Investigation hits headlines as author detained
Democratic presidential nominee Sen. Barack Obama’s participation in Kenya’s political battles grabbed headlines when author and WND senior staff reporter Jerome Corsi was detained by soldiers and prevented from reporting his findings to media at a news conference in Nairobi.
Now “The Obama Nation,” the book that contains a large part of Corsi’s investigation into Obama’s work with opposition leader Raila Odinga in Kenya, has skyrocketed up the Top 10 list of best-sellers at Shop.WND.com.
The New York Times No. 1 best-seller outlines Obama’s extensive connections with Islam and radical politics, his continuing links inside Kenya and what may have been a political strategy discussion about Odinga’s campaign that resulted in post-election violence against that nation’s Christian community.
Corsi, who also co-wrote the No. 1 New York Times bestselling “Unfit for Command” and is a senior staff reporter for WND, writes about the “extreme leftism” that an Obama presidency would feature.
By tracing Obama’s career and influences from his early years in Hawaii and Indonesia, the beginnings of his political career in Chicago, his voting record in the Illinois Legislature, his religious training, his religious conversion through his recent involvement in Kenyan politics, his political advisers and fund-raising associates and his meteoric campaign for president, Corsi shows that an Obama presidency would, in his words, be “a repeat of the failed extremist politics that have characterized and plagued Democratic Party politics since the late 1960s.”
Corsi, who has fallen ill following his detention in Kenya, was confronted by armed soldiers and immigration authorities just as he was planning a news conference in Kenya to release more results from his investigation of Obama and Odinga.
The situation developed last Tuesday as Corsi was to discuss Obama’s ties to Kenya as well as Odinga, who has claimed he is Obama’s first cousin. It was a series of “protests” following Odinga’s 2007 election defeat in that nation’s presidential election that produced enough violence to damage or destroy hundreds of Christian churches and kill an estimated 1,000 people.
Corsi was taken under guard to an immigration office and held without food for most of the day until his scheduled flight out of Nairobi was being prepared, and he then was taken to the airport.
A Kenyan resident later told Corsi bribes totaling thousands of dollars were paid to facilitate his departure, at which point Kenyan authorities made sure he understood he was not welcome.
“Don’t ever come back. See you in hell,” Corsi reported an unidentified official told him as the author left.
In second place this week is the strong statement made by the NObama 08 Magnetic Bumper Sticker.
The bumper sticker has been at either of the top two positions in the list for most of the last several months.
It reflects an opinion not just about a political candidate but all of the issues that come with a candidate, such as abortion. GOP candidate Sen. John McCain has a long record of supporting pro-life positions, and Obama has advocated for abortion even beyond what the National Abortion Rights Action League has sought.
As WND reported, the issue was in the news recently when an Obama campaign television commercial not only attacked McCain but also took aim at an unusual target: a 31-year-old woman who was born alive after her mother’s botched abortion.
Obama’s commercial calls McCain’s ads “the sleaziest ever, truly vile.” When the screen shows clips of abortion survivor Gianna Jessen and the ad she made asking Obama to reverse his stance on born alive infant protection legislation, the Obama ad calls Jessen’s appeal “a despicable lie.”