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The Five So-Called Inaccuracies

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in response to reader comment: Dean: I found 5 inaccurate claims in your email.

Submitted by Dean M. (United States), Feb 7, 2009 at 00:50

Dear Sean,

My so-called inaccuracies:

1. If you will read my remarks more carefully you will see that I said nothing about President Clinton. I said Hillary Clinton was willing to work for Mr. Obama as his Secretary of State.

2. I beg to differ with you on the passport issue. Mr. Obama went to Pakistan "in the open" in 1981, at a time when US citizens were banned for travel to that country. Pakistan was experiencing great unrest. Mr. Bin-Laden was operating out of Quetta, Pakistan at that time.

3. I believe there was, indeed, government involvement in keeping information about Mr. Obama from public scrutiny. His birth certificate, school records, medical records--anything that could give us personal information about Mr. Obama, has been taken out of the public domain. There is no way to for an individual to be so completely removed from public scrutiny except by government involvement in the form of classifying the information.

4. I fail to grasp your point about Leon Panetta being appointed to the directorship of the CIA and how that proves BIC wasn't used as a cover for CIA agents.

5. I stand corrected as to who gets credit for calling Obama an "abeed al-beit," "house servant," which was translated as "House N..." It wasn't technically Bin-Laden himself, but his lieutenant Al-Zawahiri. But they are both of one mind and he was expressing his captain's sentiments exactly. That was back in November, right after the election.

This, however, illustrates my point even more emphatically. Bin-Laden would have his servant (abeed) make the statement about the White House servants (Rice, Powell and Obama).

In light of the fact that Mr. Obama also told Ms. Couric (see CBS EVENING NEWS online Jan 14) that his NUMBER ONE PRIORITY as President was to take care of business on the border between Pakistan and Afghanistan, and that a most desired goal in this effort would be to kill or capture Bin-Laden, Osama was being wise, following an Arabic minded protocol (which involves a certain subilty) to have his second in command deliver the message concerning the abeed al-beit. This Al-Zawahiri did, contrasting Obama with Malcolm X who changed from belonging to the US Black Muslim group to becoming a Sunni Muslim. (This might have been an indirect slam at Obama for having Shia sympathies and being a closet Muslim).

Mr. Obama has not hidden his intention to go into Pakistan and to kill or capture Bin-Laden. He said this throughout the Presidential campaign. No one in the mainstream media has really been paying attention.

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