Conservative Scholar Takes On U. Of Illinois In Fight Over Papers Linked To Obama

This reminds me of the last Presidential Election when one John F. Kerry refused to sign a document that would have made all of his military service records publically available for review. That refusal allowed an image of secrecy to grow and flourish among his political enemies and eventually over into the swing voter. Kerry lost that race.

Now we have B. Hussein Obama who is refusing to allow certain documents under the custodianship of the University of Illinois to be made public for review. Why? What is in those papers that is so damaging?

Maybe those papers would show the true relationship between B. Hussein Obama and domestic bomb-setting terrorist Bill Ayers? Maybe those papers would reveal even more close ties between Obama and other radical leftist organizations? We won’t know until those papers are released in their entirety and completely unaltered and unedited.

Chronicle, has this to say:

Stanley Kurtz suspects that the Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama is playing down his ties to the radical left. The conservative scholar just can’t prove it.

That’s because the University of Illinois at Chicago, which houses the papers of the Chicago Annenberg Challenge — a defunct education foundation with ties to both Mr. Obama and the former Weather Underground leader Bill Ayers — won’t let him see the papers.

“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,” he writes.

The above quote links to the article by Stanley Kurtz in National Review, which can be accessed on-line here:

Chicago Annenberg Challenge Shutdown?
Stanly Kurtz
National Review Online
August 18, 2008

From which we have the following:

Ayers and his wife, Bernardine Dohrn were terrorists for the notorious Weather Underground during the turbulent 1960s, turning fugitive when a bomb — designed to kill army officers in New Jersey — accidentally exploded in a New York townhouse. Prior to that, Ayers and his cohorts succeeded in bombing the Pentagon. Ayers and Dohrn remain unrepentant for their terrorist past. Ayers was pictured in a 2001 article for Chicago magazine, stomping on an American flag, and told the New York Times just before 9/11 that the notion of the United States as a just and fair and decent place “makes me want to puke.” Although Obama actually launched his political career at an event at Ayers’s and Dohrn’s home, Obama has dismissed Ayers as just “a guy who lives in my neighborhood,” and “not somebody who I exchange ideas from on a regular basis.” For his part, Ayers refuses to discuss his relationship with Obama.

Unfortunately, I don’t yet have access to the documents. The Special Collections section of the Richard J. Daley Library agreed to let me read them, but just before I boarded my flight to Chicago, the top library officials mysteriously intervened to bar access. Circumstances strongly suggest the likelihood that Bill Ayers himself may have played a pivotal role in this denial. Ayers has long taught at UIC, where the Chicago Annenberg Challenge offices were housed, rent-free. Ayers likely arranged for the files of the Chicago Annenberg Challenge to be housed in the UIC library, and may well have been consulted during my unsuccessful struggle to gain access to the documents. Let me, then, explain in greater detail what the Chicago Annenberg Challenge (CAC) records are, and how I have been blocked from seeing them.

If B. Hussein Obama is such a forthright and honest candidate who has been telling the truth about his relationship with the terrorist Ayers, then he should have no problem releasing all of those documents unaltered and unedited.

Otherwise, he is just a typical Dem hypocrite.

You can access the original article on-line here:

Conservative Scholar Takes On U. Of Illinois In Fight Over Papers Linked to Obama
Kelly Field
Chronicle.com
August 19, 2008

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