By Wayne Madsen
Online Journal Contributing Writer
Our sources also report that, currently, the major impetus for incessant rumors about Obama’s lack of a U.S. birth certificate is the Netanyahu government. WMR first reported on the attempt to paint Obama as born in Mombasa, Kenya, after our South African intelligence sources reported that a group of U.S. intelligence operatives, similar to the one that Karl Rove dispatched to South Africa in 2004 to dig up dirt on Teresa Heinz Kerry from South African and Portuguese colonial security files, arrived in Nairobi to dig up dirt on Obama’s Kenyan-born father and was on the hunt for a certificate of birth for his son at a Mombasa maternity hospital. The hunt for dirt on the Obama family, which was known to and approved by key officials of the Hillary Clinton campaign, turned up empty-handed.
After the birth certificate story was debunked, Netanyahu resurrected it as a way to pressure Obama from the U.S. fundamentalist right-wing, a group with which he maintains close political and religious links. Currently, Israeli propaganda experts are feeding a flurry of derogatory, bogus ”intelligence” on Obama to neocon media outlets in the United States.
From WMR’s archives: “On February 25, 2008, WMR reported that Karl Rove was quietly assisting the Clinton campaign in a dirty tricks operation against Obama. Rove currently works for Fox News, whose owner Rupert Murdoch, held a fundraiser for Hillary Clinton. On February 19, a Stanley [Associates] employee accessed Obama’s file for the second time. Sometime later that same week, a team of three Americans arrived in Nairobi, Kenya, and traveled to western Kenya and Barack Obama’s father’s birth place to dig up ‘dirt’ on Obama’s family. The details of Barack Obama, Sr., now deceased, would have been readily found in Senator Obama’s passport file. That is the real story, minus the neocon obfuscation and smoke screen.”
Also, according to WMR’s February 25, 2008, report: “WMR’s intelligence sources in Africa are reporting that amid the post-election turmoil wracking Kenya, a three-person team (including a possible Korean-American woman) arrived in Nairobi last week and began asking questions about Barack Obama’s father, the late Barack Obama, Sr.
“The team also inquired about the Senator Obama secondary school in Nyangoma-Kogelo in northwestern Kenya, the area where Obama’s father, an ethnic Luo, hailed and where his grandmother, Sarah Ogwel Onyango, still lives.
“There are also reports that another political operative has arrived in South Africa claiming to have personal connections to Obama. The individual, who is not Cuban, is claiming to be part of an Obama-sponsored US-Cuba dialog initiative. The individual is reportedly attempting to make contact with South African Communists ‘on behalf’ of Obama. The South African Communists contacted are wary of the individual and consider him to be an agent provocateur.”
Passport file rifling
On March 24, 2008, WMR reported: “In another case of neocon manipulation of the news, the story about Barack Obama’s passport file being accessed by two employees of Stanley Associates, Inc. of Arlington, Virginia, a company whose president, Philip Nolan, has donated to the campaigns of Hillary Clinton and her pal, John McCain supporter Joe Lieberman, has strangely morphed into a story about another State Department contractor snooping on McCain’s and Obama’s passport files.
“The story, when it first broke on the evening of March 20, concentrated on the two employees of Stanley being fingered in the snooping after a computer system audit automatically discovered that a VIP’s files were being examined. The initial report from MS-NBC was that the two employees were fired. There was a follow-up report that a third contractor, who was not fired, was disciplined for a passport file access infraction.
“But when the neocon owned and operated Washington Times and Fox News began to report the story, emphasis was shifted to the third employee who was not fired. It turns out that the employee works for The Analysis Corporation (TAC), based in McLean, Virginia. It was very convenient for the neocons to shift the story to TAC because its Chief Executive Officer is John O. Brennan, a retired CIA official and adviser to the Obama campaign.” [Brennan is now the deputy National Security Adviser in the Obama White House].
Warning shot by Netanyahu fired at Obama
Recent information obtained by WMR from U.S. intelligence sources points to the current false birth certificate controversy as merely a “warning shot” being fired across Obama’s bow by the Netanyahu government. Netanyahu’s government has been caught leaking “intelligence” on Obama’s history to neocon news media with the caveat that it is based on bona fide Israeli intelligence reports.
The real issue, WMR is informed, is the distinct possibility that Obama has been in possession of a passport or passports in addition to his U.S. passport, all stemming from his past post-undergraduate and possible pre-graduate work for Business International Corporation, Inc., a non-official cover “business research” firm in Manhattan that operated on behalf of the CIA. Obama wrote for a few Business International Corporation publications as far as his “official” record is concerned.
Obama has apparently gotten tough with the Netanyahu government, telling the Israeli prime minister that he will not be told what to do by Netanyahu or Israel. That toughness has earned Obama a place at the top of Netanyahu’s political hit list.
Netanyahu now apparently stands ready to shift the controversy away from the birth certificate non-issue to the more problematic passport issue. In addition to his American passport, Obama may have traveled in the past, while working for Business International Corporation and other U.S. intelligence-connected entities, on a British or Indonesian passport, or both. In addition to Mossad, Britain’s MI-6 is said to be aware of Obama’s past non-official cover work for the CIA and his past possession of a British passport. This information was reportedly shared with the Hillary Clinton campaign, including former President Bill Clinton, by senior British government officials.
Obama’s post-graduate CIA employment
On February 24, 2009, WMR reported: “After graduating from Columbia University in 1983, Barack Obama went to work for a firm called Business International Corporation (BIC), a firm that was linked to economic intelligence gathering for the CIA.
“For one year, Obama worked as a researcher in BIC’s financial services division where he wrote for two BIC publications, Financing Foreign Operations and Business International Money Report, a weekly newsletter.
“An informed source has told WMR that Obama’s tuition debt at Columbia was paid off by BIC. In addition, WMR has learned that when Obama lived in Indonesia with his mother and his adoptive father Lolo Soetoro, the 20-year-old Obama, who was known as “Barry Soetoro,” traveled to Pakistan in 1981 and was hosted by the family of Muhammadmian Soomro, a Pakistani Sindhi who became acting president of Pakistan [allegedly with the support of the CIA] after the resignation of General Pervez Musharraf on August 18, 2008. [Soomro’s father was Pakistani parliamentarian Ahmed Mian Soomro. Muhammadmian Soomro, a former official for the Bank of America, International Bank of Yemen, Faysal Islamic Bank of Bahrain, Muslim Commercial Bank, Agriculture Development Bank of Pakistan, Federal Bank of Cooperatives, and National Bank of Pakistan, represented Pakistan at the 2004 funeral of President Ronald Reagan. Reagan was President while Obama was working on his unspecified mission for the CIA in Pakistan in 1981].
WMR was told that the Obama/Soetoro trip to Pakistan, ostensibly to go “partridge hunting” with the Soomros, related to unknown CIA business. [The Soomro family were political allies of Pakistan People’s Party (PPP) leaders Begum Nusrat Bhutto, the widow of the slain ex-PPP Prime Minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto, and Benazir Bhutto, their daughter. Bhutto’s brother, Shah Nawaz Bhutto, was found suffocated in his apartment in Cannes, France in 1985 under mysterious circumstances. The Soomros, who are actually a powerful Sindhi clan, continue to be close to the Bhuttos].
“The covert CIA program to assist the Afghan mujaheddin was already well underway [at the time of Obama’s stay] and Pakistan was the major base of operations for the CIA’s support [for the rebels]. Obama also reportedly traveled to India, again, on unknown business for U.S. intelligence. WMR has been told by knowledgeable sources that Obama has, in the past, traveled on at least three passports: U.S., Indonesian, and British.
“BIC also maintained a European subsidiary, Business International S.A., in Geneva.
“BIC had long been associated with CIA activities since being founded by Eldridge Haynes, a self-professed liberal Democrat. The BIC headquarters was located at the prestigious address of 1 Dag Hammarskjold Plaza in Manhattan. BIC held a series of off-the-record, no press, meetings between top U.S. business executives and top government officials, including the President, and the Secretaries of State, Defense, Treasury, Commerce, and Labor; the Attorney General, Senate leadership, and the heads of the Export-Import Bank and the Inter-American Development Bank.
“BIC held international meetings in locations like Brussels and Mexico City. In 1961, a BIC meeting in New Delhi was attended by Indian Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru and Foreign Minister Morarji Desai, who would later become Prime Minister [Desai, in 1992, unsuccessfully sued for libel journalist Seymour Hersh over Hersh’s allegations that Desai passed intelligence to Secretary of State Henry Kissinger via the CIA during the 1971 India-Pakistan war. The US Supreme Court refused to consider a federal appeals court decision in Hersh’s favor] . . .”
Obama’s work for a company having ties to the CIA barely registered a blip on the 2008 presidential campaign radar screen. At the very least, Obama helped in providing economic intelligence to the CIA as a contract employee. At most, Obama was, like previous BIC employees who operated abroad for the CIA, a full-fledged non-official cover (NOC) agent. Since President Obama has backpedaled on CIA renditions and torture, as well as warrantless electronic surveillance by U.S. intelligence, he owes the American people a full explanation of the circumstances behind his being hired by BIC, what his job actually entailed, and whether he continued to have a relationship with BIC or any other CIA operation while attending Harvard Law School and thereafter.”
WMR obtained some 1975 Business International Corporation reports from CIA archives. The output of the firm suggests that it was primarily providing economic intelligence to the CIA as highlighted by the headlines from its October and November 1975 reports:
“The Trading Company: A New Way to Cope with Global Changes.”
“Foreign Investors Find India’s Emergency Rule a Double-Edged Sword.”
“What Venezuela and Bolivia Want”
“Raw Material Producers Eye the OPEC Model: Who? Where? How?
“New UK Perspectives: Wilson’s Economic Plan, Oil and EEC Tensions”
“Latest from Canberra” [a report on the ouster of Labor Prime Minister Gough Whitlam’s government] [there is also a report on the prospects for New Zealand’s Labor government seeing its parliamentary majority trimmed].
“Dwindling Petrodollars Being Change of Pace to Venezuelan Economy”
The Big Six Summit in Paris
When Obama was in Pakistan and worked for Business International, the CIA was involved in a massive espionage campaign in India, as well as with a significant support network for the anti-Soviet Afghan mujaheddin in Pakistan. In 1983, while Obama was with Business International in New York, the first secretary of the U.S. embassy in New Delhi, Henry L. Wetherbee, was expelled after the Indian Intelligence Bureau exposed his involvement with an espionage network of three retired Indian Air Force officers and a civilian. Wetherbee, whose official cover was an embassy policy planning officer, bought classified information from the Indian officials on Soviet equipment being provided for Indian Air Force bases. At the time, India maintained close military relations with the Soviet Union and was opposed to the U.S. support for the Afghan mujaheddin from bases in Pakistan.
The Pakistan that Obama visited in 1981 on “unknown” CIA business was awash in CIA agents providing Afghan Islamist guerrillas with caches of weapons from old Lee-Enfield rifles to Kalashnikov automatic rifles and rocket launchers to mortars, many of which were from Chinese sources.
It was in the environment of Indian-Pakistani antagonism, coupled with U.S.-Soviet rivalry in nearby Afghanistan, that young Obama was immersed while involved with NOC activities on behalf of the CIA in the early 1980s. While Obama traveled to Pakistan on his Indonesian passport, the CIA’s hand-picked dictator, President Suharto, was crushing his political opposition, among them some of his longtime associates who criticized Suharto’s dictatorship: A. W. Fatwa, sentenced to 18 years in prison for “subversive” activities; General Hartono Dharsono, sentenced to seven years on the same charges; and former senior minister Slamet Bratanata and General Abdul Haris Nasution, who helped Suharto gain power.
There is a certain optimism by Obama administration officials about the ouster of governments around the world unfriendly to American interests in the Business International reports, suggesting that Obama’s early work for the CIA front favorably exposed him to the notion that the overthrow of governments is in the best interests of the United States. Obama’s reaction to the recent military right-wing coup against President Manuel Zelaya in Honduras suggests possible influence on him at a young age to such imperialistic American policies. Obama also does not appear to be bothered by the actions of U.S.-supported dictators who act in the very same manner as Suharto during Obama’s childhood in Jakarta.
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Emanuel, for his part, realizes that his future depends on the success of the Obama’s presidency. Knowing that he would not last long in a Biden administration or a weakened lame duck Obama administration, Emanuel, WMR is told, is retaliating fiercely against the volley of political threats from Netanyahu and his chief advisers.