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Beckwith Responds To The Washington Post

The first thing I have to say about "An Attack That Came Out of the Ether," published by The Washington Post on June 28th, is that at NO time was I ever contacted by this woman, Danielle Allen, from Princeton's Institute for Advanced Studies (IAS).  I spoke to two male Post reporters, who spoke to me over the phone for a period of months.  The first contact was in the fall of 2007.  They told me they were trying to track down the source of emails they considered negative to the Obamamessiah.

Allen, who is an Obama shill from Chicago and who has contributed $2,750 to Obama (going back to 2004), obsesses about the "Muslim" Obama stories, but steers clear of Obama's relationships with communists, Marxists, socialists, terrorists, racist reverends and convicted swindlers.  The trick she attempts to use is to knock down one or two or three items so the other four thousand don't count.

The following notice appears on my website's "About" page: "I don't write this stuff -- I cherry-pick it and publish it here -- every attempt is made to provide attribution and/or links to the original source -- if you don't like the writer's viewpoint -- send them an email -- not me.  If the reader finds content that is incorrect, I will correct or delete it upon the submission of two links to an independent source with more accurate information."

And I mean just that and I do just that.  I want The Obama File to be able to withstand the type of attack that Allen attempts in this article.

I was quoted as saying, "If 20 percent of what's on my Web site is true, this guy is a clear and present danger," the report left out out the entire statement.  I told her reporters that I believed that The Obama File content was better than 95% accurate, but that If 20 percent of what's on my Web site is true, this guy is a clear and present danger.  I still believe that.

Allen writes, "There was 'Beckwith,' whom she pegged as a veteran from Boston, old enough to vote for John F. Kennedy, in uniform by 1964 (I got out in '64), and host of a Web site that devotes considerable space to an 'Obama file' that says the senator is 'by birth, blood and training, a Muslim.'"

That statement is true.  Just ask Obama's sister Maya.  In an interview with the New York Times, published on April 30th, 2007, Maya Soetoro-Ng, Obamaís younger half sister, told the Times, "My whole family was Muslim, and most of the people I knew were Muslim."

I assume Maya thinks of her brother, Obama, as a member of her family?

Even if Maya didn't make such a statement.  Islam is patrilinear.  The son of a Muslim is a Muslim (birth, blood) and Obama did study Islam, the Quran and the Hadith at the Besuki Primary School in Jakarta, Indonesia for two years (training).   Further, he attended mengaji classes where he studied the Quran in its native Arabic (more training).

In his autobiography, "Dreams From My Father," Obama, himself, mentions studying the Quran and describes the public school as "a Muslim school."  He wrote, "In the Muslim school, the teacher wrote to tell mother I made faces during Koranic studies."

According to Tine Hahiyary, one of Obama's teachers and the principal from 1971 through 1989, Barry actively took part in the Islamic religious lessons during his time at the school.  His teacher was named Maimunah and she lived in the Puncak area, the Cianjur Regency.

"I remembered that he had studied "mengaji" (recitation of the Quran)" Tine said.

These facts can account for the startling statement Obama made on February 27th, 2007, when he said the Muslim call to prayer was "one of the prettiest sounds on Earth."

In an interview with Nicholas Kristof, published in The New York Times, Obama recited the Muslim call to prayer, the Adhan, "with a first-class [Arabic] accent."

The opening lines of the Adhan (Azaan) is the Shahada:

Allah is Supreme! Allah is Supreme!
Allah is Supreme! Allah is Supreme!
I witness that there is no god but Allah
I witness that there is no god but Allah
I witness that Muhammad is his prophet...

According to Islamic scholars, reciting the Shahada, the Muslim declaration of faith, makes one a Muslim. This simple yet profound statement expresses a Muslim's complete acceptance of, and total commitment to, the message of Islam.

Obama knows this from his Quranic studies -- and he knows the New York Times will publish this fact and it will be seen throughout the Islamic world.

Regardless of Obama's religion, what message is he sending the world's 1.2 billion Muslims?

I suppose it's easy for Obama to remember the Shahada for the 35 years since he left Indonesia -- and in 'first-class' Arabic -- especially since he believes the Muslim call to prayer is "one of the prettiest sounds on Earth." -- no matter what religion he belongs to, those Muslim prayers must run through his head, and often -- what does that really make him?

And although I do have a Boston accent, of which I'm proud (you can hear it on the webcast at the link on the main page), Allen gets in a little ethnic stereotyping by calling my accent a "... thick Boston brogue" -- Bostonians don't have brogues -- my antecedents from Ireland do -- it's a good thing I don't have a chip on my shoulder and charge "racism" at such obvious stereotyping -- like some folks might.

And there is no "unnamed 'colleague' in Europe" -- that's probably my friend and fellow FReeper, ExpatGuy, who operates the "An American Expat in Southeast Asia" blog (a truly great resource about Obama's time in Indonesia).  But, what the heck, Europe, Southeast Asia, they're all foreign places-- ya' seen one, ya' seen 'em all.

Allen is also incorrect when she writes, "His initial goal was to take swats at the liberal left.  'Then this new guy comes along called Obama,' he said." -- All one has to do is to read the "About" page on my website to get it right -- "The Obama File is a spinoff of www.FreedomsEnemies.com where it started out as a single page.  Freedom's Enemies documents the relationship between the political left and Islamofascism.  Along comes Obama -- with a foot in each camp -- and The Obama File just evolved.

The reason I spun off The Obama File is that I did not want the name, Freedoms Enemies, to be a pejorative to the information I was compiling on Obama.

This sentence is also false -- "Beckwith said he built a Web site that features hundreds of pages of material intended to undermine Obama." -- There are 18 subject area pages on my website.  Because I take pains to document and provide attribution for everything, those 18 pages link to thousands of source articles, primarily from mainstream media sources (including The Washington Post), and my intention is not to "undermine" poor Barry -- just like it says on my "About" page -- it is to "oppose the most liberal (read "left-wing") member of the U. S. Senate sitting in the Oval Office" -- and there is No requirement to be fair and balanced -- this is an opposition website.

I suppose it could have been more of a hatchet job, but what amazes me is Allen's obsession with the Muslim thing -- that rumor is more than a year old and has been fed by Obama and members of his family more than anyone else.  If she wants to know where the "Muslim rumors" came from, she should look towards Obama.

Had Obama just come out at the beginning of his campaign and simply stated that he had spent a couple of years as a child in Islamic studies as the result of having a Muslim step-father, but has since moved away from Islam, he wouldn't have to deal with this issue.

Instead he insists on his official website, in spite of all the evidence to the contrary, "Obama Has Never Been A Muslim" -- and that's simply not true.


It's Obama's own mendacity and dissimulation that is his problem and Obama is the source of that problem -- not me or the others that Allen has chosen to attack.

What I want to know is why she isn't knocking down stories about Obama's relationship with communists, Marxists, socialists, terrorists, convicted swindlers, and don't forget the racist Reverends -- Wright, Pfleger, Meeks and Moss.


Could it be that those long-term relationships are just too easy to document?

Danielle S. Allen is Dean of Humanities and a Professor of Classical Languages and Literature at the University of Chicago (where Obama taught) and the UPS Foundation Professor in the School of Social Science at the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS), at Princeton.

She is a past member of the Obama Campaign, resigning the day before she began this investigation.  She is a maximum contributor to the Obama Campaign ($2,750) and is probably violating federal law by using tax-exempt facilities and her grant money to do opposition research for the Obama Campaign?

She is hardly an  independent investigator, but more likely a friend of Obama from Chicago -- I wonder where she goes to church?

The Washington Post is silent on these critical details.

But it is kinda cool that this website is now one of "the most vexing problems in the universe."

And Matthew Mosk, whose byline the article appears under, is the reporter who wrote about FreeRepublic.com's (FR) "involvement" with a "smear campaign" against Maryland's notorious governor, Martin O'Malley.  Mosk got himself caught up in the story, known as the nefarious MD4Bush scandal,
so much so that he is rumored to have had an FR screen name at one point.

What is known for sure is that somebody at the Washington Post was participating in the O'Malley threads; and then, lo and behold, the Washington Post's Matthew Mosk writes an "expose" about FreeRepublic.com!

So, one has to wonder about this new attempt by the Washington Post's Matthew Mosk and this think tank woman to smear FreeRepublic.com and the rest of us -- all conservative, and all in opposition to the Obama candidacy.

How did Danielle Allen find Matthew Mosk to write this piece?  Or did Matthew Mosk feed the FR threads to Allen, and then "discover" her investigation?

Legendary Chicago Internet columnist and Obama author Andy Martin, another of Allen's targets has some interesting observations on Allen, Mosk and The Washington Post -- and here is an update -- "Washington Post "Obama girl" Danielle Allen; the mystery woman in her own words."

Read the National Review Online's take on the Washington Post article.

At least the Washington Post could have put a link to my website somewhere in this article so their readers could judge "The Obama File" for themselves.

Update -- Reader, Stanley V. makes several interesting observations:

Dr. Allen seemed impressed with the level of technical proficiency required to launch an electronic smear campaign.  Do these emails exist or is this just an excuse to try and discount the information content of your site.  For someone advertised as having, "the classicist's careful attention to texts and language with the political theorist's sophisticated and informed engagement" her article sadly seemed to talk a lot about nothing.  What did these emails say, that he was a Muslim?  He was educated to be Muslim, was that point lost on Dr. Allen?

Perhaps, Dr Allen would like to discount all sources of information, web or email based, as suspect, if they are negative towards Obama, since there are obviously sophisticated internet conspirators that are following a schooling fish model acting to confuse and mislead the easily manipulated American voter.  From the IAS towers we may be too stupid to be allowed to make up our own minds based on the information from both sides.

Itís interesting that she was put up as the author of this article after the fact it needed the IAS logo, otherwise it would have no credibility.  I can understand that a candidate would want a fair chance to offer a rebuttal to an email that has false content, but as the reader I didnít see any rebuttal.  I was left with the underlying message to disregard any negative information about the candidate, and the subtle reminder that Iím too ignorant to be able to spot a false and fabricated email if there ever was one.  How do I know if the email if fabricated if the Washington Post wonít publish it along with the article that references it?  If itís fabricated why not reference the claims and demonstrate why they are false.  This comes back to the audience is felt to be too limited to follow logic.


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