Insanity of War Flags Over Graves
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by William Blum: Yeswecanistan
In his autobiography,
Dreams From My Fathers, Barack Obama writes of taking a job
at some point after graduating from Columbia University in 1983.
He describes his employer as a consulting house to multinational
corporations in New York City, and his functions as a research
assistant and financial writer.
doesnt mention the name of his employer. However, a New
York Times story of October 30, 2007 identifies the company
as Business International Corporation. Equally odd is that the Times
did not remind its readers that the newspaper itself had disclosed
in 1977 that Business International had provided cover for four
CIA employees in various countries between 1955 and 1960.
journal, Lobster which, despite its incongruous name,
is a venerable international publication on intelligence matters
has reported that Business International was active in the
1980s promoting the candidacy of Washington-favored candidates in
Australia and Fiji. In 1987, the CIA overthrew the Fiji government
after but one month in office because of its policy of maintaining
the island as a nuclear-free zone, meaning that American nuclear-powered
or nuclear-weapons-carrying ships could not make port calls. After
the Fiji coup, the candidate supported by Business International,
who was much more amenable to Washingtons nuclear desires,
was reinstated to power R.S.K. Mara was Prime Minister or
President of Fiji from 1970 to 2000, except for the one-month break
In his book,
not only doesnt Obama mention his employers name; he
fails to say exactly when he worked there, or why he left the job.
There may well be no significance to these omissions, but inasmuch
as Business International has a long association with the world
of intelligence, covert actions, and attempts to penetrate the radical
left including Students for a Democratic Society (SDS)
its reasonable to wonder if the inscrutable Mr. Obama is concealing
something about his own association with this world.
Adding to the
wonder is the fact that his mother, Ann
Dunham, had been associated during the 1970s and 80s
as employee, consultant, grantee, or student with at least
five organizations with intimate CIA connections during the Cold
War: The Ford Foundation, Agency for International Development (AID),
the Asia Foundation, Development Alternatives, Inc., and the East-West
Center of Hawaii. Much of this time she worked as an anthropologist
in Indonesia and Hawaii, being in good position to gather intelligence
about local communities.
As one example
of the CIA connections of these organizations, consider the disclosure
by John Gilligan, Director of AID during the Carter administration
(1977-81). At one time, many AID field offices were infiltrated
from top to bottom with CIA people. The idea was to plant operatives
in every kind of activity we had overseas, government, volunteer,
religious, every kind. And Development Alternatives, Inc.
is the organization for whom Alan Gross was working when arrested
in Cuba and charged with being part of the ongoing American operation
to destabilize the Cuban government.
Blum [send him mail] is the
author of Killing
Hope: U.S. Military and CIA Interventions Since World War II,
State: a guide to the World's Only Super Power, West-Bloc
Dissident: a Cold War Political Memoir, and Freeing
the World to Death: Essays on the American Empire.
© 2012 William Blum