The Unauthorized Biography of Barack Obama

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The Unauthorized Biography of Barack H Obama

by Webster Tarpley

Progressive Press (2008)

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Published in the lead-up to the 2008 election, Tarpley’s unauthorized biography of candidate Obama makes some uncanny predictions about his administration’s pro-corporate and pro-war policies. While some aspects of the book are purely speculative – namely those related to Obama’s psychological make-up – Tarpley raises important concerns about Obama’s background which still haven’t received the public attention they deserve.

Tarpley was one of the very first to publicize the extensive links Obama’s family had with the CIA, as well as his early grooming for the presidency – starting at Columbia University under the tutelage of Carter National Security Advisor Zbigniew Bzrezinski.

Obama’s CIA Career

Following his graduation from Harvard Law School, Obama himself went to work for a CIA front company called Business International Corporation (the New York Times exposed BIC as a CIA front company on 12/27/77). Tarpley cites former Students for a Democratic Society (SDS) leader Carl Oglesby (writing in Ravens in the Storm) that BIC’s main goal was to infiltrate student and leftist groups.

After leaving BIC, Obama became a civil rights lawyer and so-called “community organizer.” In actuality, he served on the board of a number of “progressive” foundations like the Chicago Annenberg Challenge (CAC). Tarpley, who examines the funding and specific activities of these foundations, questions the genuineness of their progressive credentials. All the evidence suggests they actually played a “gatekeeper” or “counterinsurgency” function similar to the programs McGeorge Bundy pioneered as head of the Ford Foundation.

Obama and the Agenda to Privatize Chicago Schools

In fact CAC itself, where Obama was a board member for six years (three years as chair), appears to have replicated Bundy’s 19968 strategy to pit minority boards (in Chicago they were called Local School Councils) against the New York City teachers unions. As Tarpley discovered, the campaign to give LSC’s the power to fire teachers and school principals was championed – not by grassroots minorities – but by business interests headed by Thomas Ayers.

Ayers, by coincidence, happens to be the father of Obama’s pal the former Weather Underground “terrorist” Bill Ayers. Ayers senior has impeccable corporate credentials, which include heading Commonwealth Edison for seven years in the seventies and serving on the board of General Dynamics, Searle, Chico Pacific, Zenith, Northwest Industries, First National Bank of Chicago and the Chicago Tribute.

This may possibly explain his son Bill’s “magical ability” to secure foundation funding. Ayers wrote the grant to secure Annenberg funding for CAC, and he credits himself as one of its co-founders.

By Obama’s own admission, the project on which CAC spent $100 million was unsuccessful in improving the education achievement of black students. What the CAC did accomplish, very successfully, was to drive a wedge between minority parents and the teachers unions, when they could have united to block extensive federal and state education cutbacks. It also threw Chicago schools into such chaos they became ripe for school privatization efforts (ie creation of private Charter schools), championed by the same elite business lobby that pushed through the 1988 School Reform Act. The latter created the LSCs, which ultimately laid the groundwork for former White House staffer Ron Emanuel to close 49 Chicago public schools in favor of private charter schools.

Bill Ayers: the Bomb Making Terrorist

As Tarpley points out, this raises the tricky question of how Bill Ayers transformed himself from a bomb making terrorist to a tenured Professor of education at the University of Illinois-Chicago and a pre-eminent education reformer. Tarpley and others allege the Weather Underground was actually a US intelligence creation, formed with the specific objective of infiltrating and shutting down SDS. This view is substantiated by FBI documents that came to light in 1973 reveling the role of agent provocateurs in instigating much of the violence attributed to the Weathermen – evidence Ayers used to have his own weapons and bomb-making charges dismissed.

Considerable circumstantial evidence supports these allegations. First is the striking “coincidence” that many of the Weather Underground leadership were, like Ayers, the sons and daughters of wealthy members of the corporate elite. Second is the report of former SDS members that the Weathermen, who did no fundraising to speak of, appeared to have unlimited funds to spend on organizing and military-style training. Third are their classic (successful) Cointelpro-style schemes to undermine. And last is the troubling question of how Bill Ayers can openly brag about his terrorist activities in his 2002 book Fugitive Days – and instead of the facing the death penalty for conspiracy to commit murder, enjoy status and privilege as a tenured professor of education.

13 thoughts on “The Unauthorized Biography of Barack Obama

    • Loyola Law School professor Alexandra Natapoff explains, in her book Snitching, that 50% of narcotics cases rely on informant testimony. The FBI is known to have a 20% infiltration target for organized crime, hackers, eco-terrorists, hate groups, and just about any other group it targets. That these diverse groups are infiltrated and steered into self-immolation is not surprising, it is “COINTELPRO”. These same tactics were used to manufacture the “Colombo wars” by using a top echelon mafia informant as agent provocateur and leaving carnage in the streets of Brooklyn. Here is a link to a CSPAN discussion on Natapoff’s Snitching:


      • PeaceFrog, I worked with a number of different grassroots groups during the 16 years I lived in Seattle. There was only one that wasn’t infiltrated (at least that I was aware) – the Seattle chapter of Physicians for a National Health program. The reason it wasn’t infiltrated (in my opinion) was that you had to be a health professional (doctor, nurse, social workers, etc) to join. The moment we opened the group to the wider community, we were immediately plagued by all kinds of quirky strangers who disrupted our meetings, stole our membership lists, sabotaged our databases, etc.


    • Very interesting link, Gerry. I’m not sure I agree with “race politics” being the primary problem with Chicago public schools. Both I and my mother have taught in inner city schools and their biggest problem – as documented by Jonathan Kozol in Savage Inequalities – is massive underfunding. This is immediately obvious to anyone who spends any time in these schools.

      Back in the 1970s I was expected to teach science in junior high school without a text book, and the underfunding issue has only got worse since then.

      Interesting point you make about Hillary, Obama and McCain all being sanitized by the CIA. The late conspiracy researcher Sherman Skolnick always maintained the Clintons were a CIA couple:

      The above link doesn’t mention that Bill was most likely spying on anti-Vietnam War protesters when he was a Rhodes scholar in England:

      I think it would be extremely refreshing if they let us vote for a presidential candidate with no CIA history for a change.


  1. And the tentacles never end.

    I read, a few years back, that up until Obama, the former presidents were all related in some way. I don’t know if this is true? But if it is true, it is what I have suspected all along; we have never had a presidency/representative democracy, we have had a monarchy/oligarchy.

    I truly no longer pay much attention to the individual stooges, like Obama, Hillary, etc. I see the entire political system as a fraud and so refuse to take part in and support it.


    • I think what distinguishes most presidential candidates is their personal wealth (being a millionaire seems to be a qualification). Because they’re rich, they can afford to trace their pedigrees.

      I’m sure I’m the fifth cousin to someone really famous (or infamous), but the only way i would be able to find out is to trace my ancestors (and all their descendants) back 6 generations. Most average Americans are lucky to know who their great grandparents were.

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      • Could be. My father’s family was well off until 1929 (real estate). And he seemed to know his ancestry going back into the early nineteenth century. Whereas my mother only knew her grandparents, great grandparents and some cousins.

        But what I read seemed to be suggesting that there was a more direct (close) lineage between the presidents. Like I said though, I’m not sure the article was correct. And even if it is true, I wouldn’t be surprised, with all the inbred, good old boy connections that seem so obvious today.

        Peas in a pod!


  2. “22 World Cities Join World Police Force” – U.S. Attorney General addressed the United Nations to launch a global police force.
    Hmm, I can not imagine a grassroots movement or any community brainstorming that idea. But, the United Nations (aka globalists) looking for the other half of NATO global military may have an agenda to add a global police institution as well.
    Something to consider.

    Attorney General Loretta E. Lynch introduces the “Strong Cities Network” global community-based police force.


    • According to the website, the cities that have already joined are:
      New York, London, Beirut, Aarhus, Atlanta, Rotterdam, Victoria, Stockholm, Copenhagen, Kano, Montreal, Palermo, Mumbai, Denver, Mombasa, Paris, Dakar, Tunis, Medellin, Anatalya, Minneapolis, Oslo, and Puno.

      We, the People – are always the last to know.
      Marginalized citizens, go back to sleep, because your lives are in the hands of the globalists.

      Don’t you feel secure and worry free?
      Sarcasm is intentional, and I am expecting the globalists to use that line for promoting this foul agenda.


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