I just heard about this tonight while listening to the Mark Levin show. Ever hear of Stanley Kurtz? If you haven't my gut feeling is that you will
very soon, because Mark said the McCain campaign has gotten wind of this and has begun to make demands that the Democrats are scrambling to make go
away. But let's start from the beginning ...
This is all about Obama's relationshio with Bill Ayers. You know, the guy who bombed the Pentagon and stated that he wished he could have killed many
more Americans [soldiers]. He and his wife were terrorists for the 'Weather Underground'. Basically a far-left domestic terrorist group.
Well, up to now, the Obama campaign has wanted everyone to believe that there was really not much of a connection or a relationship between the two
men. Apparently that isn't the case.
The article I'm referencing is by Stanley Kurtz. He says that during Obama's first run for political office, two Chicago publications featured his
position as chairman of the Chicago Annenberg Challenge, of which Ayers was the founder and guiding force. Obama assumed CAC chairmanship months
before his first run for office, Kurtz believes, at the behest of Ayers. And it was during this time as chairman that Ayers' own educational
'projects' received substantial funding.
With a writ to aid Chicago’s public schools, the Annenberg challenge played a deeply political role in Chicago’s education wars, and as
Annenberg board chairman, Obama clearly aligned himself with Ayers’s radical views on education issues. With Obama heading up the board and Ayers
heading up the other key operating body of the Annenberg Challenge, the two would necessarily have had a close working relationship for years
(therefore “exchanging ideas on a regular basis”).
This clearly contradicts Obama's explanation that his relationship with Ayers wasn't anything of significance.
Now here's where it gets really good. Kurtz says all of the above is known from public record. But he says that a large cache of documents housed at
the Richard J. Daley public library at the University of Illinois in Chicago is likely to flesh out more of this relationship.
That document cache contains the internal files of the Chicago Annenberg Challenge. The records in question are extensive, consisting of 132
boxes, containing 947 file folders, a total of about 70 linear feet of material. Not only would these files illuminate the working relationship
between Obama and Bill Ayers, they would also provide significant insight into a web of ties linking Obama to various radical organizations, including
Obama-approved foundation gifts to political allies. Obama’s leadership style and abilities are also sure to be illuminated by the documents in
Here's where we get to the part of a major cover up and where the Democrats start sweating. Kurtz explained to Mark Levin this evening on the radio
that he spoke to several librarians who assured him that he would be able to come and access the materials. He said in fact he was sent documentation
that explained exactly where the documents were held and in which file folders.
When I learned that the CAC records were housed at UIC Library, I phoned and was assured by a reference librarian that, although I have no UIC
affiliation, I would be permitted to examine the records. He suggested I phone the Special Collections section of the library and set up an
appointment with a special collections librarian. This reference librarian also ran a search for me and discovered that, in addition to the CAC
records, one file folder in the UIC Chancellor’s Office of Community Relations archive contains information on CAC from 1995.
So, according to Ayers, he boarded a plane to Chicago so he could examine these documents for himself. But just before his plane took off, he received
an email from one of the librarians that access to the collection was "closed"! He replied in the email asking to speak to someone higher up to
appeal the matter. When his plane landed, he found an email from Ann Weller, head of the Special Collections Department. Kurtz had asked who had
authority over the collection, to which Weller replied that she, herself in consultation with the library direction made the decision to lock the
collection, saying that it came to their attention that there was restricted material in the collection.
I responded to Weller by recounting the clear and repeated representations I had received from library staff that I would be granted access to the
collection, adding that I had arranged my trip in large part because of these assurances. I then noted that I had studied the CAC finding aid with
considerable care. It was clear from that finding aid, I said, that only five out of the 947 folders were in any way restricted.
He had also asked Weller who had authority over access to the collection. Then, she changed her story. Instead of the restricted documents argument
she said that the donor of the CAC records had alerted them to the fact that the library didn't have a signed deed of gift, meaning they had no legal
right to make the materials public. Weller told Kurtz that the donor was working with them to resolve the matter and hoped to have it settled within a
few weeks. She would answer his question about who controlled the collection or who the donor was.
Kurtz continued his trip and insisted on viewing the single folder from the chancellor's records that he did have permission to see. He examined it
and took notes and asked for the contents to be copied and mailed to him.
The disturbing aspect of this account is that the graduate student, the librarian that he initially spoke with, told him that the documents had
already been processed. But when Weller told Kurtz that it had come to their attention that there was restricted materials in the collection, she also
said this was because the collection had yet to be processed.
Kurtz question whether Bill Ayers or Barack Obama himself may be connected with the donor of the collection. Ayers may be the donor, himself.
Kurtz has been getting the word out far and wide about what happened
Mark Levin tonight had said tonight that the Chicago mayor had even issued a statement telling people to leave him out of the issue. He wants as much
distance from it as possible.
John McCain's campaign has apparently gotten wind of these documents and is now calling for their release
I think Kurtz is onto something big here. Forget the Whitey tape - if these documents can prove that Obama and Ayers were funneling money to domestic
left-wing radical organizations under the guise of aiding Chicago's public schools, then it's all over for the "messiah". It will do more than
show Obama to be a liar and a radical, it will show how a majority of American Democrats can be so easily duped by a smooth talking snake oil salesman
and enough silence by the mainstream media.
Main article source: article.nationalreview.com...