Obama's mystery links to Gadhafi uncovered
Prez fails to call for dictator's removal despite reports of attacks on citizens
JERUSALEM – As pressure mounts on the White House to intervene to stop Moammar Gadhafi's bloody crackdown in Libya, many commentators have been wondering why Barack Obama has been cautious in his criticism of the dictator after the U.S. president so fervently supported the removal from office of U.S. ally Hosni Mubarak of Egypt.
But Gadhafi has been tied to Rev. Jeremiah Wright, Obama's spiritual adviser for more than 23 years.
The Libyan dictator also has financed and strongly supported the Nation of Islam and its leader, Louis Farrakhan. Obama has ties to Farrakhan and his controversial group.
So far, White House officials have called for an end to the violence but have seemingly ruled out any unilateral action in Libya. Despite Gadhafi's reported ordering of massacres that reportedly have killed hundreds of civilians in recent days, Obama hasn't called on Gadhafi to leave office.
Pressure has been mounting on Obama to take a tougher stand, with the chairmen of the House and Senate foreign relations committees calling on the White House to re-impose economic sanctions on Libya that were lifted in 2004.
But Obama has multiple close ties to activists who have had relationships with Gadhafi.
Jeremiah Wright, former pastor of Obama's longtime Chicago church, went with Farrakhan to visit Gadhafi in 1984.
During the 2008 presidential campaign, Wright himself noted the trip could cause problems for Obama.
"When [Obama's] enemies find out that in 1984 I went to Tripoli to visit [Gadhafi] with Farrakhan, a lot of his Jewish support will dry up quicker than a snowball in hell."
Farrakhan, a close friend and associate of Wright, has been financed by Gadhafi, including with a $5 million interest-free loan in 1985.
Later that year, Gadhafi spoke by satellite to Farrakhan's Saviour's Day Convention in Chicago, and reportedly told Farrakhan supporters he was prepared to provide weapons to a black army in the U.S. to destroy "white America."
In October 1995, Gadhafi reportedly called Farrakhan with congratulations on the success of the Million Man March. Gadhafi was said to have assured Farrakhan that together "we will unite our capabilities and efforts to achieve this."
According to reports in 1996 from Libya's news agency, JANA, Farrakhan and Gadhafi agreed to work together to mobilize "oppressed blacks, Arabs, Muslims and Red Indians" to help reshape U.S. foreign policy.
Gadhafi said that until his alliance with the Nation of Islam, "our confrontation with America was like a fight against a fortress from outside."
He asserted his alliance with Farrakhan provides him with "a breach to enter into this fortress and confront it."
Farrakhan went to Libya for multiple other events. He was the recipient in 1996 of the Gadhafi Human Rights Award, which came with a $250,000 prize. Farrakhan accepted the prize despite U.S. sanctions on Libya.
Obama tied to Nation of Islam
Wright and Obama reportedly attended the Million Man March on Washington, which was led by Farrakhan and other prominent black leaders such as Al Sharpton.
Rev. Willie Barrow, a member of the Obama campaign's official Faith Outreach Team and an Obama superdelegate, is a close friend of Farrakhan's and a staunch Nation of Islam supporter.
Farrakhan stated in a 2002 interview he met with Barrow to devise his Nation of Islam platforms.
Marxist activist Cornel West, an adviser to Farrakhan, also had been an adviser to Obama’s 2008 campaign and is a close Obama associate and personal friend.
During the period of Obama's attendance at Wright's Trinity United Church, which practices controversial Black Liberation Theology ideology, the Chicago church was openly allied with Farrakhan and the Nation of Islam.
Wright gave Farrakhan his 2007 Empowerment Award. Farrakhan delivered multiple guest lectures at the church.
Wright has been involved in Farrakhan initiatives and labeled him "one of the most important voices in the 20th and 21st century" during a national address to the media in April at which Nation of Islam officials were invited guests.
Obama has appeared at least three times on the cover of Trumpet magazine, founded by Wright. The magazine, to which Obama last year granted a lengthy, exclusive interview, regularly hails Farrakhan.
Obama's face was featured on the cover of a 2006 issue of Trumpet alongside Farrakhan's image.
During the 2008 presidential campaign, a 2004 photo emerged of Obama's wife, Michelle, posing with Farrakhan and Obama adviser Barrow at a woman's luncheon for the Rainbow/Push Coalition for which Barrow serves as chairman emeritus.
In the picture with Michelle Obama is Khadijah Farrakhan, Louis Farrakhan's wife.
Another Obama connection to supporters of Farrakhan comes from David Axelrod, Obama's chief political strategist.
Although he is Jewish, Axelrod sits on the finance committee of St. Sabina, the Chicago Catholic parish that was led by controversial pastor Michael Pfleger, an outspoken Farrakhan supporter who hosted the Nation of Islam chief at his parish several times.
The Archdiocese of Chicago temporarily removed Pfleger from his duties at St. Sabina in 2008 following a well-publicized guest sermon at Trinity church in which Pfleger claimed Hillary Clinton cried in public because she thought being white entitled her to the Democratic presidential nomination.
Pfleger hosted Farrakhan at his church several times, including one May 2007 sermon that was Farrakhan's first public appearance since he announced in 2006 he had been suffering from prostate cancer and was seriously ill.
According to reports, Pfleger spent hours with the Nation of Islam chief during his illness. Pfleger previously enlisted Farrakhan's support for several of his initiatives, including an anti-gun protest in 2007.
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BREAKING NEWS: Qaradaw Issues Fatwa Calling On Libyan Army To Kill Gadhafi
US media has reported that Global Muslim Brotherhood leader Youssef Qaradawi has issued a fatwa (religious ruling) on live TV calling for the Libyan army to kill Libyan leader Moammar Gadhafi. According to a report by the LA Times:
Sheik Yusuf Qaradawi, head of the International Union for Muslim Scholars, issued a fatwa on live television (Arabic link) Monday night urging the Libyan army to kill the country’s embattled leader, Moammar Kadafi. “It is not heroism to fight your people and to hit them with missiles,” Qaradawi said in an interview with Al Jazeera, which also hosts his popular show, “Sharia and Life.” Libyan security forces waged a fierce attack on demonstrators in the two major cities of Tripoli and Benghazi on Monday, with many reports that the regime had ordered air strikes against protesters. Those assertions were bolstered by news that two Libyan fighter jets had landed in Malta on Monday and that the pilots were seeking asylum after refusing orders to bomb demonstrators who had taken control of Benghazi, according to the Times of Malta. “I say to my brothers and sons who are soldiers and officers in the Libyan Army to disobey when [the government] gives orders to kill the people using warplanes,” the cleric said. “I now issue a fatwa urging officers and soldiers who can to kill Moammar Kadafi.” “Shoot him down and relieve the people and the country of his burden,” he added. “This man wants to annihilate the people.”
VATICAN CITY: Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi is “merciless”, the Vatican newspaper headlined yesterday in an article lamenting that the regime has reportedly resorted to bombing civilians.
“The situation is ever more critical in Libya where dire news reports pour in which, if confirmed, paint a frightening picture of massacres of the civilian population” by the Libyan armed forces, including the air force, wrote the Osservatore Romano daily.
Bombings of Libyan civilians have been widely reported in the north African country in the throes of a popular uprising.
Amid continued fighting, swathes of the east of Libya have fallen to opposition control and others into lawlessness, residents and reporters said. The International Federation for Human Rights (IFHR) said on Wednesday that at least 640 people have been killed.
On Wednesday a fighter pilot disobeyed orders to bomb the opposition stronghold of Benghazi and ditched his plane after he and his co-pilot ejected, a Libyan newspaper reported on its website.
Two days earlier, the pilots of two Libyan fighter jets landed in Malta and defected after they too had been ordered to attack protesters in Benghazi.
Libyan envoy to Jordan resigns
AMMAN: The Libyan ambassador to Jordan has resigned from his post, the state-run Petra news agency reported on Thursday, amid deadly protests against Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.
“Libyan ambassador to Amman Mohammad Hassan Barghathi has announced his resignation from his post because of the current developments in his country,” Petra said without elaborating.
“The bloody clashes in my country, where the Libyan people are being killed are unbelievable, unimaginable and unjustifiable,” Petra quoted Barghathi as saying.
Calling for reforms in Libya, Barghathi expressed “sadness and sorrow for the painful images of the Libyans.”
Gaddafi’s regime has met the most serious challenge to its 41-year rule with deadly force, in which at least 640 people have died, according to the International Federation for Human Rights.
President Obama issued an executive order Friday evening that imposes immediate sanctions on Libyan ruler Muammar al Qaddafi, his sons and his accomplices in the slaughter of civilians. In a letter accompanying the order, Obama declared a national emergency over the situation.
"I have determined that the actions of Colonel Muammar Qaddafi, his government, and close associates, including extreme measures against the people of Libya, constitute an unusual and extraordinary threat to the national security and foreign policy of the United States. The order declares a national emergency to deal with this threat," Obama wrote in the letter to House Speaker John Boehner (R-OH).
THE WHITE HOUSE Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release February 25, 2011 EXECUTIVE ORDER - - - - - - - BLOCKING PROPERTY AND PROHIBITINGCERTAIN TRANSACTIONS RELATED TO LIBYA By the authority vested in me as President by theConstitution and the laws of the United States of America,including the International Emergency Economic Powers Act(50 U.S.C. 1701
.) (IEEPA), the National Emergencies Act(50 U.S.C. 1601
.) (NEA), and section 301 of title 3,United States Code, I, BARACK OBAMA, President of the United States of America,find that Colonel Muammar Qadhafi, his government, and closeassociates have taken extreme measures against the people ofLibya, including by using weapons of war, mercenaries, andwanton violence against unarmed civilians. I further findthat there is a serious risk that Libyan state assets will bemisappropriated by Qadhafi, members of his government, membersof his family, or his close associates if those assets are notprotected. The foregoing circumstances, the prolonged attacks,and the increased numbers of Libyans seeking refuge in othercountries from the attacks, have caused a deterioration in thesecurity of Libya and pose a serious risk to its stability,thereby constituting an unusual and extraordinary threat to thenational security and foreign policy of the United States, andI hereby declare a national emergency to deal with that threat. I hereby order: Section 1. All property and interests in propertythat are in the United States, that hereafter come withinthe United States, or that are or hereafter come within thepossession or control of any United States person, includingany overseas branch, of the following persons are blocked andmay not be transferred, paid, exported, withdrawn, or otherwisedealt in: (a) the persons listed in the Annex to this order; and (b) any person determined by the Secretary of theTreasury, in consultation with the Secretary of State: (i) to be a senior official of the Governmentof Libya; (ii) to be a child of Colonel Muammar Qadhafi;
2 (iii) to be responsible for or complicit in, orresponsible for ordering, controlling, or otherwisedirecting, or to have participated in, the commissionof human rights abuses related to political repressionin Libya; (iv) to have materially assisted, sponsored, orprovided financial, material, logistical, or technicalsupport for, or goods or services in support of theactivities described in subsection (b)(iii) of thissection or any person whose property and interests inproperty are blocked pursuant to this order; (v) to be owned or controlled by, or to have actedor purported to act for or on behalf of, any personwhose property and interests in property are blockedpursuant to this order; or (vi) to be a spouse or dependent child of any personwhose property and interests in property are blockedpursuant to this order. Sec. 2. All property and interests in property that are inthe United States, that hereafter come within the United States,or that are or hereafter come within the possession or controlof any United States person, including any overseas branch, ofthe Government of Libya, its agencies, instrumentalities, andcontrolled entities, and the Central Bank of Libya, are blockedand may not be transferred, paid, exported, withdrawn, orotherwise dealt in. Sec. 3. For those persons whose property and interestsin property are blocked pursuant to this order who might havea constitutional presence in the United States, I find thatbecause of the ability to transfer funds or other assetsinstantaneously, prior notice to such persons of measures tobe taken pursuant to this order would render those measuresineffectual. I therefore determine that for these measures tobe effective in addressing the national emergency declared inthis order, there need be no prior notice of a listing ordetermination made pursuant to section 1 of this order. Sec. 4. I hereby determine that, to the extentsection 203(b)(2) of IEEPA (50 U.S.C. 1702(b)(2)) may apply, themaking of donations of the type of articles specified in suchsection by, to, or for the benefit of any person whose propertyand interests in property are blocked pursuant to sections 1and 2 of this order would seriously impair my ability to dealwith the national emergency declared in this order, and I herebyprohibit such donations as provided by sections 1 and 2 of thisorder. Sec. 5. The prohibitions in sections 1 and 2 of this orderinclude but are not limited to: (a) the making of any contribution or provision of funds,goods, or services by, to, or for the benefit of any personwhose property and interests in property are blocked pursuant tothis order; and (b) the receipt of any contribution or provision of funds,goods, or services from any such person.
3 Sec. 6. The prohibitions in sections 1 and 2 of thisorder apply except to the extent provided by statutes, or inregulations, orders, directives, or licenses that may be issuedpursuant to this order, and notwithstanding any contract enteredinto or any license or permit granted prior to the effectivedate of this order. Sec. 7. (a) Any transaction by a United States person orwithin the United States that evades or avoids, has the purposeof evading or avoiding, causes a violation of, or attempts toviolate any of the prohibitions set forth in this order isprohibited. (b) Any conspiracy formed to violate any of theprohibitions set forth in this order is prohibited. Sec. 8. Nothing in this order shall prohibittransactions for the conduct of the official business ofthe Federal Government by employees, grantees, or contractorsthereof. Sec. 9. For the purposes of this order: (a) the term "person" means an individual or entity; (b) the term "entity" means a partnership, association,trust, joint venture, corporation, group, subgroup, or otherorganization; and (c) the term "United States person" means anyUnited States citizen or national, permanent resident alien,entity organized under the laws of the United States or anyjurisdiction within the United States (including foreignbranches), or any person in the United States. Sec. 10. The Secretary of the Treasury, in consultationwith the Secretary of State, is hereby authorized to take suchactions, including the promulgation of rules and regulations,and to employ all powers granted to the President by IEEPAas may be necessary to carry out the purposes of this order.The Secretary of the Treasury may redelegate any of thesefunctions to other officers and agencies of the United StatesGovernment consistent with applicable law. All agencies of theUnited States Government are hereby directed to take allappropriate measures within their authority to carry out theprovisions of this order. Sec. 11. The Secretary of the Treasury, in consultationwith the Secretary of State, is hereby authorized to determinethat circumstances no longer warrant the blocking of theproperty and interests in property of a person listed in theAnnex to this order, and to take necessary action to give effectto that determination. Sec. 12. The Secretary of the Treasury, in consultationwith the Secretary of State, is hereby authorized to submitthe recurring and final reports to the Congress on the nationalemergency declared in this order, consistent with section 401(c)of the NEA (50 U.S.C. 1641(c)) and section 204(c) of IEEPA(50 U.S.C. 1703(c)).
4 Sec. 13. This order is not intended to, and does not,create any right or benefit, substantive or procedural,enforceable at law or in equity by any party against theUnited States, its departments, agencies, or entities,its officers, employees, or agents, or any other person. Sec. 14. This order is effective at 8:00 p.m. easternstandard time on February 25, 2011. BARACK OBAMA THE WHITE HOUSE,February 25, 2011.