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FTR #654 The Obama File, Part I: The Slumlord Connection

MP3: 30-Minute Segment
REALAUDIO NB: This RealAudio stream contains both FTRs 653 and 654 in sequence. Each is a 30 minute broadcast.

Introduction: As novelist William Faulkner observed–“the past is never dead and buried, it isn’t even past.” As we look to the perilous future which President-elect Obama must navigate, it is important to anticipate some of the avenues of attack that the forces opposed to him might use. This program explores a web of associations in Chicago that connect Obama to the urban political machine of the Daley family and–more importantly–to a milieu of slumlords who’ve generated much of their wealth at the expense of poor African-Americans. (As disturbing as this connection is, Mr. Emory stresses that this is not necessarily to be held against Obama. Dave opined that no one can ever become President or even a major party candidate without associating with some pretty unsavory individuals.) Of greater significance for our purposes is the fact that one of the principals in this slumlord network–Syrian-born Antoine “Tony” Rezko described by some as Obama’s political godfather–has links to the Bush administration, GOP string-puller Karl Rove and to people associated with the Carlyle Group. In addition to Rezko’s links to the very Republican elements who are ranged on the opposite side of the aisle from Obama, Rezko has links to terrorist elements as well. (This is explored at greater length in FTR #655.) Interestingly–possibly significantly–Rezko’s elevation into the ranks of Illinois politicos came courtesy of Talat Othman, a close associate of the Bush family and administration, as well as the man who interceded on behalf of the individuals and insitutions targeted by the Operation Green Quest raids of 3/20/2002.

Program Highlights Include: Organized crime links of some of Obama’s Chicago slumlord connections; the untimely deaths of some of Obama’s slumlord associates; review of the Grover Norquist/Karl Rove/GOP/Islamist connection.

1. Antoine “Tony” Rezko was more than a casual acquaintance of Obama’s.

” . . . The Davis Miner Barnhill & Galland law firm, where Obama worked for nearly a decade, served as a hub for a slew of slumlord deals, many that benefited the firm’s founder, Allison Davis, and Obama’s claims that he knew nothing about the inner workings of this small firm, represent an insult to the intelligence of the American public.

Tony Rezko was Obama political Godfather. Obama received his first contributions of $2,000, to launch his political career as a state senator on July 31, 1995, from Rezko. Obama started out saying that Rezko only raised $50,000 or $60,000 for his political career but after a year of lying his way through the primaries, the latest total he gave to the Sun-Times and Tribune during interviews on March 14, 2008, adds up to $250,000.

For a year, he also minimized his relationship with Rezko by telling the media that he only had dinner or lunch with Rezko one or twice a year. But when confronted by Sun-Times reporters during the March 14 interview, with the allegation that an FBI mole saw him coming and going to Rezko’s office often and that three sources said he talked to Rezko on the phone daily, Obama changed his tune.

Now the story is that he may have talked to Rezko daily at times during campaigns but sometimes he went for a whole month without talking to him. ‘I have to say we’re talking over the course of 10 years,” Obama said, “there might have been spurts where I talked to him daily.’ . . .”

“Barack Obama-The Wizard of Oz” by Evelyn Pringle; Scoop.co.NZ; 3/29/2008.

2. The Rezko milieu is fundamentally corrupt. Veteran listeners will recognize the pattern of strategic lethality manifesting itself in the wake of the Rezko corruption scandals. Many principal targets of the investigation died as the inquiry unfolded.

” . . . In terms of dollar amounts of campaign contributions directly from Rezko in Illinois, the top four earners were, the now deceased President of the Cook County Board, John Stroger, Blagojevich, Chicago Mayor, Richard Daley, and Obama – in that order.

Rezko was the head of Stroger’s campaign finance committee at the same time that he served on Obama US Senate finance committee.

When it came time for Stroger’s reelection campaign, in the midst of the erupting Rezko scandals in the media, on April 8, 2005, the Tribune reported that Stroger ‘has selected beleaguered businessman and political powerbroker Antoin ‘Tony’ Rezko as one of the honorary chairs of his campaign fundraiser next month.’ Stroger appointed Rezko’s wife Rita to the Cook County Employee Appeals Board, which hears cases filed by fired or disciplined workers, at a part-time salary of $37,000 a year.

According to documents filed in the Rezko corruption case, this was Rita’s sole income when she supposedly came up with a $125,000 down payment and secured a $500,000 mortgage to buy the $625,00 lot next to Obama. Less than a year after Obama bought his strip of land, Rita sold the rest of the lot to attorney Michael Sreenan, and made a profit of more than $50,000.

On February 27, 2007, the Sun-Times pointed out that Obama’s ‘new neighbor, Michael Sreenan,’ had contributed $5,000 to Obama’s campaigns. Less than a year after buying the lot, Sreenan put it up for sale for $1.5 million in October 2007.

Of course John Stroger will not be answering any questions about corruption, or any other matter, because he died on January 18, 2008. His former chief of staff and godson, Orlando Jones, will not be talking either because he was found dead of self-inflicted gun wounds in September 2007, ‘just as a corruption inquiry targeting him was heating up,’ according to a September 7, 2007 report by CBS News channel 2 Chicago. ‘Jones left his position in county government to create a lobbying firm in association with Tony Rezko, who has been indicted on fraud charges,’ CBS reported. . . .”


3. At the epicenter of Mr. Emory’s exploration of the Rezko/Obama/slumlord connection is the political relationship between Rezko and the political forces that will be working to destroy Barack Obama and the United States. Rezko is deeply connected to the GOP, the Bush administration and, as we will see, Islamist elements associated with the Underground Reich.

” . . . The trail of corruption involving the people raising money for Obama’s political career stretches from the city of Chicago to the Illinois tollway to the O’Hare airport all the way over to Iraq. And testimony in Rezko’s corruption trial reveals that an equal number of Democrat and Republican crooks benefited from all the moneymaking schemes.

Rezko is not a Democrat; he’s an equal opportunity profiteer. He supported President George Bush and attended a Christmas party at the White House in December 2003, at the same time that he was a top fundraiser for Obama’s US Senate campaign.

Rezko co-hosted a $3.8 million Chicago fundraiser for Bush in 2003, and on December 9, 2003, he donated $4,000 to Bush, as a “self-employed businessman,” and gave another $2,000 on December 19, 2003, according to the Center for Responsive Politics.

Prior to backing Rod Blagojevich for governor of Illinois, Rezko threw his money behind Republican candidates for governor, including George Ryan, who was convicted of doling out leases and contracts to cronies and sentenced to prison for more than 6 years.

Rezko then switched horses and chose Blagojevich in 2002 and Obama has supported Blagojevich, even when his administration was embroiled in corruption investigations. Recent testimony in the Rezko trial by his co-conspirator, Chicago businessman, Stuart Levine, explained that Rezko had plans for Blagojevich to be Presidential, not Obama. However, anybody following the trial knows that Blagojevich is more likely to be headed to the ‘Big House’ rather than occupying the White House. . . .”


4. The Obama/Rezko/slumlord milieu is linked to that of the GOP and George W. Bush through-among other elements-the Carlyle Group and Karl Rove. These links will assume larger significance when we explore attempts at badjacketing Obama in FTR #655.

” . . . Some of the people listed in the indictments as co-schemers and individuals include William Cellini, a long-standing Republican powerbroker in Illinois, and Robert Kjellander, treasurer for Chicago Sun-Times the Republican National Committee.

In the April 3, 2008, Mark Brown wrote: ‘For more than three decades, William Cellini has been the unseen hand pulling the strings of Illinois government, adroitly manipulating it to his purpose.’

‘That purpose,’ Brown noted, ‘was mainly to make himself rich — through lobbying fees and insider contracts, government loans and leases for his real estate developments, and finally the coup de grace, his own riverboat casino company.’

Cellini was a co-founder of Commonwealth Realty Advisors, ‘a firm that has received hundreds of millions of dollars in pension funds to invest on behalf of retired state employees and teachers,’ according to a report by Rick Pearson in the April 6, 2008 Chicago Tribune.

The Feds have several incriminating taped conversations between Cellini and the co-schemers and after hearing the tapes, Sun-Time reporter, Mark Brown wrote:

‘That Cellini would slip up and allow himself to be caught on a federal wiretap is nothing short of a miracle to those of us who have marveled at his career and attempted to expose his deals where we could — mostly in vain and always too late to foil him.’

On January 7, 2005, Crain’s Chicago Business described Robert Kjellander as the ‘White House’s man in Illinois,’ and noted that:

Mr Kjellander, ‘the GOP national committeeman from Illinois, long has been at the center of the state Republican Party and related government doings. He is a close associate of key presidential advisor Karl Rove, and is considered the unofficial chief operative in the state for President George W. Bush.’

In 2005, the Feds issued a subpoena to the Illinois Teachers Retirement System pension fund for records pertaining to a deal in which Kjellander was paid $3.1 million by the Carlyle Group, with an additional $1.4 million still to come. Many little known facts about the secretive Carlyle Group are discussed in the book, ‘The Iron Triangle,’ by Dan Briody, including this bizarre eye-opener:

‘On the morning of September 11, 2001, ‘in the plush setting of the Ritz-Carlton hotel in Washington, DC, the Carlyle Group was holding its annual international investor conference. Frank Carlucci, James Baker III, David Rubenstein, William Conway, and Dan D’Aniellow were together, along with a host of former world leaders, former defense experts, wealthy Arabs from the Middle East, and major international investors as the terror played out on television.

‘There with them, looking after the investments of his family was Shafiq bin Laden, Osama bin Laden’s estranged half-brother. George Bush Sr. was also at the conference, but Carlyle’s spokesperson says the former president left before the terror attacks.

‘In any circumstance, a confluence of such politically complex and globally connected people would have been curious, even newsworthy. But in the context of the terrorist attacks being waged against the United States by a group of Saudi nationals led by Osama bin Laden, the group assembled at the Ritz-Carlton that day was a disconcerting and freakish coincidence.’

Kjellander and Cellini have not been indicted – yet. When prosecutors filed a proffer with the court outlining the evidence to be used at trial they made it known that they did not intend to call several co-schemers to testify, including Cellini. Resko’s attorneys then filed a brief seeking to exclude the statements attributed to Cellini and others, on the basis that they would not be called as witnesses and in Cellini’s case, he had never even been interviewed by prosecutors. . . .”

“Barack Obama-Subplots of Operation Board Games” by Evelyn Pringle; Scoop.co.nz; 4/21/2008.

5. Concluding the program and looking ahead to FTR #655, it is significant that Tony Rezko was introduced into Illinois state government by Talat Othman, a longtime associate of both Georges Bush, a former director of Harken Energy (one of Bush’s failed energy companies), a protege of the BCCI milieu and a director of Grover Norquist and Karl Rove’s Islamic Institute–the point of interface between the GOP and the Islamist terror funding apparatus in the United States.

” . . . Rezko was introduced to state politics and Ryan’s predecessor, Jim Edgar, by Talat Othman, a longtime fundraiser for state and city government officials. . . .”

“Arabs in Chicago Discover Political Clout and Controversy” by Ray Hanania; Arab American Media Services;6/8/2005.


2 comments for “FTR #654 The Obama File, Part I: The Slumlord Connection”

  1. Evelyn Pringle did a great job with documenting the Rezko Trial and digging out many facts that shine a spot light on suspicion. Her reward for this great work has been an effort to silence her but unfortunately what ever it is may be very temporary.

    My personal experience with Obama’s name comes from the family I was in for more than 26 years. They are directly involved in “The Combine”, also called “The Shadow Government” but better known as “The Political Mafia”. Their criminal links aren’t limited to only the Illinois area as it extends far into the Federal Government including Bush and Clinton. There is a lot to talk about that covers my 26 years in this family that would make everyone want to fasten their seat belts. Let me add that my youngest son to my dismay is directly involved with Rezko. Unless he gets out of this mess, he may well soon be sharing underware with Rezko’s pals.

    In the 90’s the family talked about Obama. I beleive this happened after Obama started working at the Law firm. The law firm is an important connection as this is where the family may have started their drug distribution business out of Florida with Clyde O’Connor.

    Mexico drug plane used for US ‘rendition’ flights: report
    Sep 4, 2008

    One of their planes was busted in Mexico with more than 3 tons of cocaine on board. Clyde and Greg Smith are still at large. It’s important to remember that the family often bragged when I asked them why they aren’t worried about being prosecuted. Their answer was the family was considered a CIA Asset and wouldn’t ever be prosecuted. This may well explain why in Mexico, the Mexican Government has aggressively been pursuing the drug groups and the families are crying foul. They want to know why no one in the US has been pursued? Guess why? I know a few of the families involved in this and also know that they too are CIA Assets.

    There is alot more, but be assured that Obama has been considered from day one a TEAM Member in this criminal system.

    Unfortuantely there is a lot more but little time to write.

    Marty Didier
    Northbrook, IL

    Posted by Marty Didier | December 3, 2008, 3:36 pm
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