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Weather Underground bomber unmasked — as city schoolteacher

The Weather Underground's work...

The Weather Underground’s work…

NY Post: The “bomb guru” for the terrorist group the Weather Underground never served a day in jail — but he did spend decades teaching in New York City classrooms, a new book reveals.

Ronald Fliegelman built explosives for the Weather Underground, a far-left group that launched a domestic bombing campaign in the 1960s and ’70s, including one explosion inside NYPD headquarters.

Bomb builder and school teacher Fliegelman

Bomb builder and school teacher Fliegelman

But when the group dissolved, Fliegelman managed to safely fade away into the square life. For 25 years, he worked as a public special-education teacher, retiring to a quiet life in Park Slope, Brooklyn, according to “Days of Rage: America’s Radical Underground, the FBI, and the Forgotten Age of Revolutionary Violence” (Penguin Press).

And he’s unapologetic about his past, according to author Bryan Burrough. “Ron is proud of what he did,” he told The Post.

The Weather Underground first organized in 1969 as a splinter of the Revolutionary Youth Movement within the ’60s protest group Students for a Democratic Society. Their members were mostly white and middle class, advocating the complete overthrow of the US government.

Obama buddy Bill Ayers

Obama buddy Bill Ayers

Under the leadership of co-founder Bill Ayers — who went on to become a University of Illinois professor whose political relationship with then-candidate Barack Obama was scrutinized during the 2008 presidential campaign — the group also pushed for a sexual revolution. Their slogan? “Smash monogamy.”

To achieve their goals, the militant group — popularly known as the Weathermen, derived from the Bob Dylan lyric, “You don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows” — embarked on a years-long bombing campaign, targeting places it considered pillars of US imperialism, capitalism, racism and anything contrary to their “ism” of choice: communism.

To protest the US invasion of Laos, for example, they bombed the Capitol Building in 1971. That same year, they targeted the headquarters of the state Department of Corrections in Albany for the deaths of 29 inmates during the Attica prison riot. They even busted LSD guru Dr. Timothy Leary out of a California jail and helped smuggle him to Algeria in 1970 — the same year they issued a “Declaration of a State of War” against the United States.

“We believed Third World countries would rise up and cause crises that would bring down the industrialized West, and we believed it was going to happen tomorrow, or maybe the day after tomorrow,” a former Weatherman tells Burrough.

“The myth, and this is always Bill Ayers’ line, is that Weather never set out to kill people, and it’s not true — we did,” group member Howie Machtinger tells Burrough. “You know, policemen were fair game.”

Despite the tough talk, the group was already in crisis not long after its formation. On March 6, 1970, a bomb exploded prematurely inside a town house at 18 W. 11th St. in Greenwich Village. Three Weathermen were killed — the two building the bomb, Terry Robbins and Diana Oughton, and another, Ted Gold, who was entering the building.

If the Weathermen were going to wage a war, they needed to do so without killing their own members, Burrough notes. “No one knew what to do. I gave a thought to giving up, and I had a gun pulled on me and was told I was not leaving,” recalls Fliegelman.

The son of a Philadelphia doctor, Fliegelman got his start with Students for a Democratic Society, where he gained a reputation for being a technically proficient workaholic, once manually printing hundreds of leaflets when the mechanical printer broke down. “Fliegelman was the one person who knew how to strip down and reassemble guns, motorcycles and radios, who knew how to weld, who could fix almost anything,” writes Burrough.


“Everyone was afraid of the stuff, for good reason,” Fliegelman says. “What we were dealing with was a group of intellectuals who didn’t know how to do anything with their hands. I did. I wasn’t afraid of it, I knew it could be handled.”

After the Village town-house explosion, Weather Underground founding member Jeff Jones summoned Fliegelman to a meeting in Central Park. “You either know how to build something or you don’t,” Fliegelman says. “[Jones] said, ‘Well, what do we do?’ And I said, ‘This can never happen again. I’ll take care of it.’ And I did.”

From that day on, Fliegelman spent hundreds of hours studying explosives. “When you’re young and you’re confident, you can do anything. So, yeah, you play with it, and try to build something. The timer is the whole thing, right? It’s just electricity going into the blasting cap,” he says.

“Eventually, I came up with a thing where I inserted a lightbulb, and when the bulb lit, the circuit was complete, and we were able to test things that way. If the light came on, it worked. The rest of it is simple.”

Members recognized his contribution. One member described him as possessing “a Santa Claus twinkle in his eye that inspired confidence.” “Without him,” former Weatherman Brian Flanagan tells Burrough, “there would be no Weather Underground.” From then on, Fliegelman says, he built most of the group’s bombs, even jetting off to the San Francisco Bay Area to help members there. “Maybe they did two or three things without me,” he tells Burrough. “But I doubt it.”

Weather Underground also bombed the Pentagon

Weather Underground also bombed the Pentagon

His first attack, in 1970, was the most nerve-racking. And why not? They were going inside NYPD headquarters. “That first one was the scariest,” Fliegelman recalls. “Going into a public building, there was security, and you had to get past it. We had people who did the casings. We needed people who wouldn’t be noticed, so they went in dressed like lawyers. Still, I was scared. Very scared. We knew if we did this, they would come after us.”

But things went smoothly. “It wasn’t like they had metal detectors back then. There was just a guy at the desk, and we walked right past him,” Fliegelman tells Burrough.

The bomb — created in an apartment on quaint Amity Street in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn — had a simple design: 15 sticks of dynamite attached to a Westclox alarm clock bought at a RadioShack. The device, hidden in a hollowed-out law book, was placed above a ceiling tile in a second-floor bathroom at the Centre Street building, about 125 feet from Commissioner Howard Leary’s office.

At 6:40 p.m. on June 9, a warning was called in, and 17 minutes later, the bomb exploded, destroying two walls and blasting a 20-by-40-foot hole in the floor.

Mayor John Lindsay promised a “relentless” investigation, but that didn’t slow down Fliegelman, who built the bomb that blasted a toilet in the Corrections offices in Albany, Burrough writes.

“Tonight we attacked the head offices of the New York State Department of Corrections,” the group boasted afterwards. “We must continue to make the Rockefellers, Oswalds, Reagans and Nixons pay for their crimes. We only wish we could do more to show the courageous prisoners at Attica, San Quentin and the other 20th-century slave ships that they are not alone in their fight for the right to live.”

Fliegelman’s memory gets hazy when asked about the Capitol bombing of 1971. He says he “believes” he built the device placed in the first-floor men’s room near the Senate, which caused about $300,000 in damage, according to Burrough. And he says he can’t remember whether he built the bomb that went off in a fourth-floor rest room at the Pentagon in 1972 in retaliation for US raids in Hanoi.

Burrough says Ayers, in his memoir, “Fugitive Days,” refers to Fliegelman’s involvement in the Pentagon caper, calling him by the pseudonym “Aaron.”

“Aaron was the backbone of the group — entirely committed and trustworthy, hardworking and dependable . . . A guy we all believed could easily survive in the Australian Outback or the Siberian wilderness for weeks with nothing but a pocket knife . . . The model middle cadre,” Ayers writes.

The group began to dissolve after a peace accord was signed to end the Vietnam War in 1973, and four years later, it was defunct. By then, Fliegelman was living with fellow Weatherman Cathy Wilkerson, a bomb-maker in her own right.

The two had a daughter and split up. Fliegelman, meanwhile, simply returned to his parents’ home in Philadelphia, working at a school for troubled children, abandoning his bomb-making ways as easily as a snake sheds its skin. “For me, it was really seamless,” he tells Burrough. “No one — the FBI, no one — ever came looking for me.”

Fliegelman was among 13 Weathermen indicted on charges of conspiring to commit bombings and assassinations, but the indictment was dropped in 1973 by the Justice Department in the wake of a Supreme Court decision that barred the use of electronic surveillance without a court order. Fliegelman was underground at the time and never arrested, Burrough notes.

There’s a five-year statute of limitations on most federal crimes except for murder, so by the time he began working for the city in 1983, Fliegelman didn’t have to look over his shoulder.

He started as a special-education teacher at PS 54 in Bedford-Stuyvesant, Brooklyn, and later taught at PS 305, also in Bed-Stuy, according to the Department of Education. He retired in 2006. Now 70 years old, Fliegelman collected $40,035 in pension last year, according to public records.

His life now appears to have taken on all the trappings of the leisure class. On Thursday, he was seen walking a small white dog in idyllic Park Slope before climbing into a Subaru Forester SUV.

Approached by The Post, Fliegelman, who wears a neat ponytail, said: “What happened 40 years ago is different from what’s going on today. War was a big thing. It was on TV every night. You don’t know that with the Iraqi war, the Afghanistan war. There was the draft, as well.”

Asked whether he considered himself a terrorist, he said: “Did you ever notice how many people were hurt by our bombs? People were not hurt by our bombs.”


Chinese government crushes protester to death with steamroller

A man in China resisted being forcibly “relocated” (evicted) from his farm land. So the vice mayor of his village simply had a steamroller crush him to death.

The evil Chinese government is censoring all news about this horrible incident, so I’m posting it here in spite of the sickening story and images. Please help me break through the Chinese Communist Party’s Internet firewall by re-posting this on your blogs and emailing it to your friends and families and encourage them to forward it to their e-lists.

FYI, despite what our panda-hugging government and media have been saying about China’s “capitalist” economic reforms, the reforms are confined to the cities where businesses are now privately owned. In the vast countryside, there is no private ownership of land (nor is there private land ownership in the cities)Peasants only have users’ right (usufruct) to farm the land, which is owned by the state in the name of the mythical “proletariat,” which turns out to be the Communist Party and government officials.


Paul Joseph Watson reports for Infowars.com, September 25, 2012:

A villager in northern China attempting to resist a forced government relocation by remaining on his land was brutally crushed to death by a road flattening truck on the orders of a Chinese government official.

The story, which was censored in China’s state controlled media, has caused outrage amongst users of Weibo, the Chinese version of Twitter, given its horrifying similarity to what happened to student protesters who were crushed to death by tanks during the Tiananmen Square protests in 1989.

The victim, He Zhi Hua, refused to accept a paltry payment from the government which has forcefully evicted Changsha Village locals in order to re-appropriate their land for commercial use.

When Hua began a protest by lying down on the spot through which construction vehicles had to pass, the local Vice Mayor ordered workers for the state-owned company to murder Hua by driving over his body with a huge road-flattening truck.

Shocking images show Hua’s pulverized brains and his mangled body in the aftermath of the state-sponsored execution.

Fearing unrest if the story got out to a wider audience, the government sent in 200 men to keep angry locals at bay and hide the remains of the body. The man’s family was offered a sum of money in order to keep quiet about the incident.

China is routinely rocked by riots staged by residents furious at the arbitrary theft of their land by the state, which under the Communist system claims that the government owns all land and that private property rights are non-existent. However, the state-owned media ensures that news of the protests does not reach a national audience.

In another similar case in Pan Jin City, when villager Wang Shi Jie tried to prevent workers hired by local government officials destroying his crops and confiscating his land before harvest, he was shot dead. When Jie’s father attempted to rush to his son’s aid, he was shot in the leg twice.

After the incident, hundreds of police officers were sent to dispose of the body and beat up villagers who complained about the man’s murder. The dispute started after it emerged that the agricultural land was being sold by the government to developers without the villagers having been notified.

And if you think this can’t happen here, you’re being naive.

Remember this commercial, “No Pressure,” made by Global Warming true believers for its 10:10 Campaign – a worldwide campaign exhorting us to reduce our carbon emissions by at least 10% in 2010. In the video, school children and adults who refuse to join 10:10 are blown up into bits, their blood and pieces of flesh spattering those nearby. This video/commercial is not a spoof. The people who put this together are serious and really really sick. Note that former X-Files actress Gillian Andersen (Scully) is one of the actors.

Then there’s Larry Grathwohl, a former FBI agent who infiltrated the Weather Underground (WU), a radical left group that originated in 1969 as a faction of the Students for a Democratic Society (SDS). Bill Ayers and his wife Bernadine Dohrn were founders of the WU. Both are Chicago pals of Obama.

The goal of the Weather Underground was to foment a violent overthrow of the U.S. government and replace it with a “dictatorship of the proletariat.” The clandestine organization instigated a series of terrorist bombings in the 1970s. Ayers and Dohrn were complicit in the conspiracy to bomb the office of California State Senator John Briggs. The two turned themselves in December 1980. Charges were dropped for Ayers; Dohrn received three years probation and a $15,000 fine. Both dispute their being labeled “terrorists” and remain unrepentant to this day.

Ayers and Dohrn: Then (l) and now (r)

In the video below, Grathwohl tells us how the members of the Weather Underground calmly made plans to kill an estimated 25 million Americans who they expected would resist “reeducation” after the WU had seized political power.

This is the mind of the radical Left, whether it’s Communist China, North Korea, the former Soviet Union, or the American Left.


Today is the Left’s “Day of Rage”

A week ago, FOTM reposted J. B. Williams’ noteworthy article on the Left pushing for a civil war in America. If everything goes according to the Left’s plan, today may be the beginning of America’s second civil war.

Today, September 17, is the “Day of Rage” — a day of ostensibly “non-violent” civil disobedience targeting Wall Street and  capitalism itself, orchestrated by a group of leftwing radicals. Reportedly, similar protests are also planned across the world, designed to bring down the market and the entire political economy of the West.

The fact that September 17 is chosen is very telling because today is Constitution Day — the day America remembers and celebrates the signing of our Constitution at the Philadelphia Constitutional Convention in 1787.

Across the globe, a “day of rage” is planned for the following places:

Here’s the US Day of Rage website. The plan is to “occupy” Wall Street and to have protests in at least 5 major U.S. cities: Seattle, Washington; Portland, Oregon; San Francisco, CA; Los Angeles, CA; and Austin, Texas.

Click here for a global map of the planned protests.

Here are some of Day of Rage’s slogans, posted on the Twitter feed of the group, Take The Square, one of the Rage’s social media planners:

  • “Fight market dictatorship!”
  • “People of the world rise up!”
  • “We are legion!”
  • “Take to the streets!”

According to The Blaze, the ringleaders of the US Day of Rage are:

  • Stephen Lerner, the director of the banking and finance project of the 2.2 million member Service Employees International Union (SEIU) and serves on its  International Executive Board. As early as March 2011, Lerner had stated his intention to destroy JP Morgan Chase and cause the collapse of the stock market: “How do we bring down the stock market? How do we bring down their bonuses? How do we interfere with their ability to, to be rich?”

Barack Obama has ties with both SEIU and ACORN. Lerner was a frequent visitor to the White House in the first year of Obama’s presidency.

Although organizers of the Day of Rage say that the protests will be non-violent, when we look into the origin of the term “Day of Rage,” we find more ominous undertones.

According to The Blaze, the term “Day of Rage” finds origin in “Days of Rage,“ a violent set of riots waged in Chicago in 1969 by the Weathermen’s Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn — Chicago friends of Barack Obama’s. Ayers initially claimed that his Day of Rage would be “non-violent”. But the Weathermen arrived for what became a 4-day rampage in Chicago, in full-clad battle gear, helmets and weapons in tow, and called on activists to kill the rich and even their own parents.

In an interview in 2001 with Chicago Mag, the remorseless Ayers was candid about the Days of Rage’s purpose, which was to “kill all the rich people. Break up their cars and apartments. Bring the revolution home, kill your parents—that‘s where it’s really at.”

As the Weathermen marched on, smashing windows and vandalizing property through the tear-gassed streets of Chicago, nearly 300 militants were arrested and over 60 people were injured. Some reports estimate the damage climbed to hundreds of thousands of dollars — a steep price for four decades ago.

More on who’s funding the Day of Rage in a later post!

H/t Steve, Tina, and Melthemean.


Secrets About His Past Obama Doesn’t Want You to Know

Obama managed to get elected in 2008 despite his secrecy and questionable birth eligibility because the MSM aided and abetted him by not investigating him as they should, and because of the willing blindness (if not collusion) of the Democrat and Republican Parties.

But he can’t pull the same stunt in 2012, because the secret’s out. Many Americans know about it, this blog (among others) has posted on it, and Donald Trump is drawing national attention to it. Here’s an excellent article on the subject.

H/t new fellow, the Microsoft whistleblower Tony Whitcomb!

The President with No Past: Obama’s
Electability in 2012

By Dr Stuart Jeanne Bramhall – Political Fail Blog – April 11, 2011

What are the chances of a president who has all his pre-presidential records sealed
winning re-election to a second term? At the moment, because of Executive Order 13489, the public and press have virtually no way to independently verify much of what Obama tells us of his early life. Except for Fox News, the mainstream media has virtually ignored Executive Order 13489 (http://www.fas.org/sgp/obama/presidential.html), which Obama signed immediately on assuming the presidency. In my view, this poses a major public relations problem for a president has broken all his campaign promises and who has no public record prior to 2004.

Among pre-presidential records declared “sealed” when the press has asked to see them are (see http://tinyurl.com/2g3k5vp):

  • All college records from Occidental College, Columbia University or Harvard Law School.
  • All Harvard Law Review articles and University of Chicago scholarly articles.
  • Obama’s client list from the law firm he worked for in Chicago.
  • His Illinois state senate records and schedules (which are supposedly lost).
  • His passport records.
  • His parents’ marriage license and divorce decree.
  • His mother’s marriage license from her second marriage.
  • His adoption and kindergarten records.

What’s Obama Hiding?

Except for a few reactionary birthers, who believe the president was secretly born in Kenya (with an American mother, he would still be a US citizen under current law), the most popular theory is that Obama spent his early adult life working for US intelligence. The Russians apparently had their suspicions when they detained Senator Obama in 2004, following a three day disarmament fact finding mission and demanded to search his aircraft (http://tinyurl.com/43tgu28). It’s also a matter of public record that Business International Corporation (BIC), which employed Obama for one year after he graduated from Columbia University in 1983 was a front company the CIA used for economic intelligence gathering (New York Times 12/27/77). According to the Times, BIC used journalists as non-official cover (NOC) agents in a number of foreign countries. A NOC (Valerie Plame is the best example) is an intelligence operative who assumes a covert role in an organization with no official ties to the government they are spying for. Obama’s job was to do research and to write for two BIC publications, Financing Foreign Operations and Business International
Money Report (

Reverend Manning’s Mock Treason Trial

Following Obama’s inauguration, Harlem pastor Dr James David Manning propelled Obama’s past into public view with a highly publicized mock treason-sedition trial in May 2010. In my view, the transcript of Dr Manning’s trial makes a pretty convincing case that Obama didn’t attend Columbia University in 1982-83, the years he claims to have been there. He’s not listed in the year book or the graduation roster, and no one in the political science department (his major) recalls ever seeing him there.
The rest of the case is based on hearsay evidence from a phone conversation a Manning witness had with an alleged KGB-CIA double agent named Krezonoski. According to the double agent, Obama was really in Afghanistan in 1982-83, as the lead agent for the CIA operation training mujaheddin guerrillas to fight the Soviet occupation. In his testimony, the same witness implicates Obama in a vast liberal conspiracy which also involves Bill and Hillary Clinton and the Whitewater scandal.

Wayne Madsen’s Investigation Into Obama’s Elusive Past

Wayne Madsen, whose intelligence credentials (see below) make his allegations more plausible, also claims that Obama was in Afghanistan between 1981 and 1983. However his sources (unnamed intelligence operatives and arms dealers in Kabul) are only slightly more credible than an alleged phone conversation with a
supposed KGB/CIA agent.

Obama admits that he was in Pakistan in 1981, visiting his mother, who had been transferred from Indonesia to Lahore. However there are some interesting unanswered questions about this trip, such as why a 20 year college student would be staying with a high level Pakistani official Muhammadmian Soomo (who would become acting president of Pakistan in 2008) and why the President has sealed these passport records.

The Foundations Obama Worked for in Chicago

It’s also Madsen’s belief that furniture sales was merely a cover, that Stanley Armour Dunham had a CIA role in overseeing Airlift Africa and other foreign students at the University of Hawaii. Even more mysterious is Madsen’s photo of the family in Beirut, Lebanon in the early fifties (http://www.opinion-maker.org/2010/08/special-report-the-story-of-obama-all-in-the-company-part-iii/). Madsen also notes the existence of an FBI file on Armour Dunham (J Edgar Hoover commonly kept files on covert CIA agents) which was allegedly destroyed in 1997.

Obama first gained public prominence as the chairman of the board of the “liberal” Chicago Annenberg Challenge (CAC). However strong links between CAC and Chicago’s business elite, as well as their successful attacks against
teachers’ unions (by empowering Local School Councils to fire hundreds of
teachers and principals), raise serious questions about CAC’s “liberal”
credentials. This becomes especially significant in light of Obama’s appointment
of former Chicago school district CEO and school privatization champion Arne
Duncan as director of the Department of Education (see blog).

As Webster Tarpley points out in Barack H. Obama: the Unauthorized Biography, one of the strongest supporters of CAC was Chicago corporate mogul Thomas Ayers. By an amazing coincidence, Ayers was the father of the former Weatherman terrorist Bill Ayers. Nevertheless Tom Ayers has impeccable corporate credentials, which include heading Commonwealth Edison for seven years in the seventies, and serving on the board of General Dynamics, Searle, Chicago Pacific, Zenith, Northwest Industries, First National Bank of Chicago and the Chicago Tribune.

Bill Ayers, the Ex-Weatherman Terrorist

Stranger still Bill Ayers, the ex-Weatherman terrorist, wrote the grant to
secure Annenberg funding for the CAC and credits himself as one of its co-founders. He was also influential in getting his friend Barack Obama, a 34
year old with no education credentials, appointed as CAC’s first chairman.
Obama’s annual salary as board chairman was $70,000 (in addition to his
substantial income from his law practice).

All this raises the tricky question of how Bill Ayers transformed himself from a bomb making terrorist facing the death penalty to a tenured Professor of Education at the University of Illinois-Chicago and pre-eminent education reformer. Many former Students for a Democratic Society (from which the Weathermen formed their splinter group) believe the Weather Underground was actually created by US intelligence, with the objective of discrediting, fragmenting and/or shutting down SDS. This view is substantiated by FBI documents that came to light in 1973, revealing the role of agent provocateurs in instigating much of the violence attributed to the Weathermen. Ayers successfully used this evidence to get his weapons and bomb making charges dismissed.

Obama’s Fictional Autobiography

For me, Madsen’s most interesting and credible findings concern Obama’s family, rather than the President himself. I think they establish quite clearly that Obama’s parents, maternal grandparents and stepfather — like the Bush family — all had intelligence links. And that Obama has fabricated many details about his past to conceal this.

The scenario Obama lays out in Dreams from My Father about his parents’
background differs markedly from limited information available from school and
other public school records. He indicates his parents first met in a Russian class at the University of Hawaii in [1960] ( In Dreams from My Father, Obama says 1959, when her yearbook indicates she was still in Seattle attending Mercer Island High school).

However Wayne Madsen points out that Stanley Armour Dunham, Ann’s father, already knew Obama senior. He has a 1959 photo of Dunham officially welcoming Obama senior with a traditional lei ceremony. This suggests that Stanley Armour probably relocated to Hawaii in 1959, with his family following a year later. Moreover the photo raises the interesting question of why an alleged furniture salesman, with no prior connections to the Honolulu business community or the University of Hawaii is welcoming the first Kenya student to enroll there.

Stanley Dunham, Obama’s maternal grandfather, stands next to Barack Obama Sr. with flower leis.

Madsen believes that rather than being a simple goat herder, as Obama claims, his father was one of 280 students from British eastern and southern African colonies sponsored to study in the US under the CIA-inspired Airlift Africa project. http://www.voltairenet.org/article166741.html The goal of the project was to counter the influence of Soviet and Chinese backed rebels and leaders as these colonies gained independence.

It’s also Madsen’s belief that furniture sales was merely a cover, that Stanley Armour Dunham had a CIA role in overseeing Airlift Africa and other foreign students at the University of Hawaii. Even more mysterious is Madsen’s photo of the family in Beirut, Lebanon in the early fifties (http://www.opinion-maker.org/2010/08/special-report-the-story-of-obama-all-in-the-company-part-iii/). Madsen also notes the existence of an FBI file on Armour Dunham (J Edgar Hoover commonly kept files on covert CIA agents) which was allegedly destroyed in 1997.

Who Was the Real Ann Dunham?

Obama also likes to portray his mother as a struggling single parent and a free spirit and “sixties child.” However Madsen has compiled considerable evidence suggesting she was actually a career employee (and possibly a NOC — an agent under non-official cover like Valerie Plame) for a series of known CIA fronts (the USAID-funded Lembaga Pendidikan Pembinaan Manajemen, Development Alternatives Inc., the Ministry of Industry Provincial Development Program, the Ford Foundation Southeast Asia regional office, and the Asian Development Bank). Among her other duties in Indonesia in the 1970s, was “anthropological” field work. Madsen believes this was actually intelligence gathering to consolidate the CIA-sponsored coup (1965-67) that overthrew Indonesian president Sukarno. (see http://www.t-room.us/2011/03/by-wayne-madsen-obamas-cia-mommy-dearest-%E2%80%94-identifying-indonesians-for-assassination/).

Among other evidence, Madsen cites a resolution passed by the American Anthropological Association in the mid-sixties condemning “intelligence
meddling” of the CIA and Defense Department in anthropological field work. He
also quotes the 1966 Beals Report (http://www.sciencemag.org/content/154/3756/1525.citation), which states that “several anthropologists, especially younger ones who had difficulty in securing research funds, were approached by “obscure’ foundations or were offered support from such organizations only to discover later that they were expected to provide intelligence information to the CIA.”

Colonel Lolo Soetoro

In 1962 Stanley Ann Dunham divorced Obama senior and met retired Indonesian Colonel Lolo Soetoro. She married him in either March 1964 or March 1965 (her passport records list two different dates). However Ann
remained in Honolulu when Soetoro returned to Indonesia in 1966. She and five
year old Barack joined him in 1967, after she received her bachelor’s degree in

According to Madsen, Soetoro was linked to the CIA via his participation in the 1965-67 CIA-backed coup that overthrew Sukarno, Indonesia’s first democratically elected president. Madsen disputes Obama’s claim that Soetoro did “topicological surveys” for the Indonesian army when he returned from Hawaii in 1966. I, too, find it extremely implausible that the fascist general Suharto would employ an experienced combat officer to perform geological
surveys in a country racked by extreme political instability and violence. Although his evidence is sketchy, Madsen believes Soetoro returned to active
duty to fight communist insurgents in Java (see http://www.opinion-maker.org/2010/08/special-report-the-story-of-obama-all-in-the-company-part-iii/).

By the time Ann joined Soetoro in Jakarta in June 1967, Suharto had consolidated the coup and installed himself as acting president (March 1967).


Wayne Madsen is a Washington, DC-based investigative journalist, author and political and national security commentator for Fox News, ABC, NBC, CBS, PBS, CNN, BBC, Al Jazeera, and MS-NBC. As a U.S. Naval Officer, he managed one of the first computer security programs for the U.S. Navy. He subsequently worked for the National Security Agency, the Naval Data Automation Command, Department of State, RCA Corporation, and Computer Sciences Corporation. Madsen is a member of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ), Association for Intelligence Officers.