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Barack Obama, His Mother, and the CIA   Boiling Frogs Post  H/T Dan Lynch, (FBF)

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".

Oddly, Obama doesn't 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.[10]

The British 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.[11] 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.12 After the Fiji coup, the candidate supported by Business International, who was much more amenable to Washington's 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 1987.  
In his book, not only doesn't Obama mention his employer's 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)[13] -- it's reasonable to wonder if the inscrutable Mr. Obama is concealing something about his own association with this world.

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by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Sat Dec 13th, 2014 at 07:46:03 AM EST
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Obama's working for Business International is certainly suggestive. His mother's working with CIA-infiltrated organisations, frankly, isn't. How could an American anthropologist work in the Asia-Pacific region at that period without working with CIA-infiltrated organisations? Clearly, not at all.

But the paragraph on the Fiji coup of 1987 is bullshit. Suggested reading. The coup was a personal initiative of its leader, prompted by the election of an ethnic Indian prime minister. Any CIA involvement was marginal at best, and the offhand denial of any indigenous agency in the affair is rather insulting.

It is rightly acknowledged that people of faith have no monopoly of virtue - Queen Elizabeth II

by eurogreen on Sun Dec 14th, 2014 at 09:01:20 AM EST
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the offhand denial of any indigenous agency in the affair is rather insulting.

...and yet all too frequent in certain circles that think themselves as progressive. Progressive, not to the point of conceiving that the natives may grow restless without the CIA telling them to...

Even though the USA doesn't have the same colonialist past as European nations, paternalism is still alive and well.

by Bernard on Sun Dec 14th, 2014 at 01:35:29 PM EST
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