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There is a far-reaching scandal brewing for presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama, thanks to a radio talk show host based in Oregon. Syndicated talk show host Laurie Roth’s revelations make the news story about Obama’s relationship with a racist, anti-American pastor look like child’s play.

A top official at the Pentagon during former-President George H. W. Bush’s Administration and a former CIA intelligence officer maintain that Barack Obama and former Weather Underground honcho William Ayers funneled money to Professor Rashid Khalidi, a known terrorist sympathizer.

Khalidi serves on the faculty of Columbia University in New York and is best known as the professor who invited Iranian President Ahmedinejad to visit Columbia University after he finished his speech at the United Nations. According to confidential sources, Khalidi has direct ties to the Palestinian Liberation Organization (PLO), a group on the US State Department’s list of known terrorist groups.

“One source for this information was once a top military figure in the 1990s. He doesn’t take making allegations lightly. If he says something happened, believe me, it happened,” said syndicated radio talk show host Laurie Roth.

“Another source is a former agent for the Central Intelligence Agency, who is an expert in counterterrorism,” said Roth, who broke the story on her show Friday night.

“I certainly don’t want to demonize someone because they are a woman, black or liberal running for President. I love the idea that in our culture, a black and woman can now run. However, it does matter to me with any candidate, their consistency with good judgment, their voting record, their association with people with questionable backgrounds and commitment to our country,” she said during her show. To listen to Laurie Roth’s 3-21-08 show click here.

Here are the connections as described by very reliable sources, who possess impressive military, national security and intelligence backgrounds: READ MORE.

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Obama’s economic adviser is member of Skull & Bones.

Obama’s economic adviser on NAFTA: Excerpts from ‘the Canadian memo.’

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More on “NAFTA-gate.” We now have a copy of the Canadian diplomatic memo of the meeting Feb. 8 between Barack Obama’s economic adviser, Austan Goolsbee, and Georges Rioux, Ottawa’s consul general in Chicago.

Herewith are some excerpts:

?Noting anxiety among many U.S. domestic audiences about the U.S. economic outlook, Goolsbee candidly acknowledged the protectionist sentiment that has emerged, particularly in the Midwest, during the primary campaign … (he) cautioned that this messaging should not be taken out of context and should be viewed as more about political positioning than a clear articulation of policy plans. He also suggested that of the Democratic candidates, Obama has been the least protectionist.?

?He again cautioned that much of the current conversation in the US about the negative impact of free trade is not aimed at Canada. He said the ?blood bath? is over expanding free trade to countries like Peru and Korea.?

?He was frank in saying that the primary campaign has been necessarily domestically focused, particularly in the Midwest, and that much of the campaign rhetoric that may be perceived to be protectionist is more reflective of the political maneuvering than policy. On NAFTA, Goolsbee suggested that Obama is less about fundamentally changing the agreement and more in favor of strengthening/clarifying language on labor mobility and environment and trying to establish these as more ?core? principles of the agreement.?

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John McCain Says NAFTA Important To War On Terror

ABC News

“If we announce that we’re going to unilaterally change a treaty or suspend it ? obviously that I think it can affect Canadian public opinion adversely; in fact, I’ve been told that by my Canadian friends and colleagues,” he told reporters after a town hall meeting at the corporate headquarters of Dell Inc.

“The Canadians are now supplying brave young Canadians to the fight in Afghanistan. One of our priorities is to try to get more cooperation from our allies throughout the world.

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HOUSTON, Texas.? Who has the right to use the “Si se puede”?

It is a famous phrase of fight, created by the leadership of the Union of Peasants in the sixties and since then has been utilized by numerous politicians and activist, mainly Latin.

Huerta thinks that Obama should not use the “Si se puede”.

“He hasn’t joined with the Latin Americans and now he wants that community to vote for him, and is using that phrase. I was native of that phrase and this represents many things, the sacrifice of the peasants, the martyrs that we had in our union (of peasants), people struck and imprisoned”, Huerta said.

Huerta is uncomfortable with Obama, a senator of Illinois, because he “never went to visit to Elvira Arellano when she was in sanctuary”, he never helped in the liberation of a Mexican youth, that was accused unjustly of homicide in El Paso.

In general, Huerta said, Obama, has not been there in the fights of for immigrants.

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He plans to continue the NAU summit meetings with greater transparency. Maybe we’re so far along already that he feels it time to let the cat out of the bag.

Dallas News
Barack Obama: I will repair our relationship with Mexico

Under George W. Bush, the United States has not lived up to its historic role as a leader in the Western Hemisphere. As president, I will restore that leadership by working to advance the common prosperity and security of all of the people of the Americas. That work must begin with a renewed strategic partnership with Mexico.

Mr. Bush took office vowing to make the Americas a top priority. But over the last seven years, the administration’s approach to this issue has been clumsy, disinterested and, above all, distracted by the war in Iraq. Indeed, relations have not fully recovered since Mexico refused to fall in line with President Bush’s rush to war.

Mexico’s President Felipe Calderon just traveled across the United States but didn’t even go to Washington, which isn’t that surprising given how little Mr. Bush has done to improve relations.

Starting my first year in office, I will convene annual meetings with Mr. Calderon and the prime minister of Canada. Unlike similar summits under President Bush, these will be conducted with a level of transparency that represents the close ties among our three countries. We will seek the active and open involvement of citizens, labor, the private sector and non-governmental organizations in setting the agenda and making progress.

With our neighbors to the south, that agenda must include securing our border. The hard work of comprehensive immigration reform must be done at home; we will be a nation of laws and immigrants. But we also have to work with Mexico to crack down on both illegal immigration and transnational criminal organizations that threaten people on both sides of the border.

This will take new investments and new partnerships. Here’s some of what we need to do:

? Increase technology and real-time intelligence-sharing to allow U.S. and Mexican authorities to track and dismantle drug-trafficking cartels.

? Invest in anti-drug education on both sides of the border to reduce demand for illicit narcotics.

? Make a concerted effort to disrupt arms smuggling and money laundering from the United States that supplies Mexican drug cartels with weapons and funds.

? Partner with Mexico to enhance the professionalism of its law enforcement and judiciary officials.

It’s also time to develop a bilateral strategy for lifting up our border communities. Six and a half million Americans live in cities and towns next to the border, and 61 million Americans live in the four states that border Mexico. Too often we neglect the unique needs of these communities, which are integrated with their sister cities across the border. As president, I will work with state and local governments to enhance cross-border partnerships in transportation, law enforcement, environmental protection, health care and water usage.

At a national level, our diplomacy with Mexico must aim to amend NAFTA. I will seek enforceable labor and environment standards ? not unenforceable side agreements that have done little to curb NAFTA’s failures. To reduce illegal immigration, we also have to help Mexico develop its own economy, so that more Mexicans can live their dreams south of the border. That’s why I’ll increase foreign assistance, including expanded micro-financing for businesses in Mexico.

Finally, we have to recognize the connection between our rhetoric and our relations ? both with Mexico and within our own borders. We can and should have a robust debate about immigration reform, but we should never demonize or scapegoat any ethnic group. Already, we have seen an unacceptable spike in hate crimes aimed at Latinos across America. This has proven divisive here at home, and it risks poisoning our relations with Latin America.

Our relationship with Mexico should serve as a bridge to greater security and prosperity in North America and to better relations with Latin America. But we cannot achieve this partnership unless we engage in sustained and focused diplomacy, and develop a more effective working relationship with our neighbor to the south.

Sen. Barack Obama may be contacted through barackobama.com. Viewpoints has invited Sen. Hillary Clinton to submit an essay on this topic as well.

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“It is the time of the Latino, your time to step up, your time to take this country over,” Lopez said, eliciting applause. “But si se puede doesn’t mean anything unless you go out and make it happen.”


El Paso Times

Hollywood television celebrity and popular comedian George Lopez brought U.S. Sen. Barack Obama’s message of hope and change Wednesday afternoon to an estimated 1,200 potential young voters at the University of Texas at El Paso.

Lopez spent 22 minutes on stage spinning familiar comedy lines and urging students to vote early and then vote again in precinct caucuses after the polls close on election day. He later fielded questions backstage.

“I’ve seen in Senator Obama somebody who really cares about people. It’s nice to feel like you’re important to the fabric of America,” Lopez said. “Latinos cannot be under fire every day and when it comes time to make a difference, you don’t vote.”

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Obama’s talk of pulling out of Iraq is empty campaign rhetoric as well.

CTV

Barack Obama has ratcheted up his attacks on NAFTA, but a senior member of his campaign team told a Canadian official not to take his criticisms seriously, CTV News has learned.

Both Obama and Hillary Clinton have been critical of the long-standing North American Free Trade Agreement over the course of the Democratic primaries, saying that the deal has cost U.S. workers’ jobs.

CTV on Obama, Clinton and NAFTA

Within the last month, a top staff member for Obama’s campaign telephoned Michael Wilson, Canada’s ambassador to the United States, and warned him that Obama would speak out against NAFTA, according to Canadian sources.

The staff member reassured Wilson that the criticisms would only be campaign rhetoric, and should not be taken at face value.

But Tuesday night in Ohio, where NAFTA is blamed for massive job losses, Obama said he would tell Canada and Mexico “that we will opt out unless we renegotiate the core labour and environmental standards.”

Late Wednesday, a spokesperson for the Obama campaign said the staff member’s warning to Wilson sounded implausible, but did not deny that contact had been made.

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