Sunday, August 28, 2011

WAYNE MADSEN: Living Dangerously In Jakarta

Two contrived histories combine to insulate America from the truth about Obama; it was illegal for ANY foreigner at that time to attend ANY Indonesian public school - so just exactly what was Obama's citizenship when he attended school in Indonesia

By Wayne Madsen

The official histories of Indonesia and the Obama administration would have everyone believe that in 1965, Indonesian army general Suharto put down an attempted Communist Party of Indonesia (PKI) coup attempt that saw six senior Indonesian military officers plus a first lieutenant mistaken for General Nasution brutally shot by PKI partisans and dumped down a dry well. 

Obama with mother Stanley Ann Dunham
The official time line continues by suggesting that a lowly enlisted man, Lolo Soetoro, re-called from a scholarship at the University of Hawaii and drafted into the Indonesian army about five months before the PKI coup attempt, was sent into the field to fight anti-government guerrillas. Two years later, in 1967, along comes Soetoro's American wife, Stanley Ann Dunham Soetoro, along with her six year-old mulatto child by a Kenyan father, Barry Obama, to take on a series of odd jobs and help raise her son in practical poverty. Ann Dunham, a free-spirited hippie type, eventually uses her anthropology degree to assist Javanese villagers in marketing their batik textiles and be entrepreneurs by taking out micro-loans.

These "official" time lines of history works for those who also believe in the Easter Bunny, the Tooth Fairy, and Santa Claus.

The actual history of Indonesia is that General Suharto, the head of the army under President Sukarno, conspired with the CIA to topple the nationalistic Sukarno, who was opposed to the World Bank, International Monetary Fund, United Nations, US Agency for International Development (USAID), and U.S. Peace Corps presence in Indonesia. 

The abduction and execution of the six top Indonesian military officers was carried out by Suharto's men and then blamed on the PKI as a reason to carry out a coup against Sukarno and a bloody pogrom against the PKI, an operation that saw between 800,000 and 1 million Indonesians killed by Indonesian military and intelligence officers over a period of time that included Dunham and her son's arrival and residence in Indonesia.

Lolo Soetoro, a reserve Indonesian army officer called back into service in the army in 1965 from his CIA-supplied scholarship at the East-West Center at the University of Hawaii, was a foot soldier in the putschist cabal of Suharto, the man who the CIA designated as the leader of the 1965 coup. Lolo Soetoro was one of some 4000 Indonesian army officers who were trained in the United States between 1958 and 1965 and the CIA and Pentagon ensured that these officers would be available for the long-planned overthrow of Sukarno.

Lolo with Dunham, Obama

Barry Obama Soetoro's mother, Ann, was dispatched from Hawaii to Indonesia in 1967, along with seven year-old Barack Obama, to infiltrate villages in Java to carry out a CIA survey of political leanings among the Javanese population. Those unfortunate enough to be tagged as Communists or Sukarno supporters were targeted for elimination by the CIA, which turned the target lists over to Suharto's army officers, including Lolo Soetoro. During the Cold War, the use of anthropologists by the CIA and Defense Department in the collection of ethnographic and cultural intelligence was commonplace. In Indonesia, the CIA/Pentagon program to infiltrate villages and report on political allegiances was called Project PROSYM.

However, the Suharto government, taking its cues from the CIA, carefully re-wrote Indonesian history. The official history of Indonesia has been directly and effectively used by Barack Obama and his handlers to avoid Obama having to admit the role of his mother and Indonesian step-father in one of the bloodiest chapters in the history of modern Asia.

A "cargo cult" personality has been built up around Barack Obama in Indonesia and the United States.

The Indonesian museum located at the former air base at Halim where the bodies of seven Indonesian military officers were dumped into a dry well, allegedly by the PKI, is now a showcase for the CIA-contrived history of Indonesia. Various displays at the museum push the CIA/Suharto time line. For example the infamous "Gilchrist memo" is referred to as a forgery.

In July 1965, a few months after Lolo Soetoro arrived from Hawaii, a mysterious letter surfaced in Indonesia, purportedly sent by British ambassador in Jakarta Andrew Gilchrist to the British Foreign Office in London. The memo referred to "our local army friends" in the Indonesian army. Gilchrist, in the months leading up to the coup, told London that regime change in Jakarta would entail "more than a little shooting." Before being posted to Jakarta, Gilchrist was British Consul General in Chicago.

The anti-PKI museum in the eastern part of Jakarta states the following in one of its displays about the time frame leading up to the September 1965 coup: "The campaign against ABRI [the Armed Forces of the Republic of Indonesia], and in particular against the Army, had as its background the jealousy of the PKI amongst the people. Various kinds of anti ABRI Campaigns were carried out by the PKI such as changes, issues, Provocations, political slander which were launched to the public by PKI mass media and propaganda bodies. Since 1964 this campaign increased as a "revolutionary offensive." Unilateral acts of violence, demands for the dissolution of the territorial [sic] instrumentalists, the issue of the influence of "Nasakom" (Nationalist, Religious, Communist) on ABRI, the issue of the "Fifth Force" i.e., Peasements [sic] and workers, and the false Gilchrist document were all manifestations of their actions. A climax of the campaign was the issue of the Council of Generals in 1965, which led to the attempted communist coup of 30th September 1965 (G.30 S/PKI).

One of the covert actions of the campaign was conveyed to the Congress of the Association of Indonesian Village Administration (PPDI), a PKI Mass organization, on 3rd August 1964 at the Railway Workers Union Building Manggarai, Jakarta."

The official Indonesian history of the pre-coup events illustrates that it was the very Indonesian village administration, later targeted by Ann Soetoro, was considered by Suharto to be a hot-bled of PKI activity and sympathizers. USAID, a pass-through for CIA work with anthropologists like Dunham Soetoro, along with the CIA-linked Ford Foundation, provided Dunham Soetoro's "pacification" project with tons of cash through programs like PROSYM.

From another anti-PKI museum display comes further targets for the Indonesian army and CIA: all believed to be hot-beds for PKI activity and all of which figured prominently in Dunham Soetoro's Vietnam Operation PHOENIX-like pacification work. PKI targets included farmers who were members of the "Indonesian Farmers Front (BTI), People's Youth (PR), and Indonesian Communist Women's Movement (Gerwani)." The groups were targeted after the Bandar Betsy Incident, in which peasants were accused of "stealing" land at the State Rubber Plantation No. IX at Bandar Betsy, Pematang Slantar.
Combine two bogus histories, one of 1960s Indonesia and the other of Obama's globalized family background, and the result is a cargo cult of personality, complete with a statue of a young Obama at the Menteng State Elementary school, featuring an outstretched hand holding a butterfly. 

Wayne Madsen

Wayne Madsen, at right with retired investigative 
journalist Robert S. Finnegan
Investigative journalist, author and syndicated columnist, Madsen has over twenty years experience in security issues. 

As a U.S. Naval Officer, he managed one of the first computer security programs for the U.S. Navy. Madsen has been a frequent political and national security commentator on Fox News and has also appeared on ABC, NBC, CBS, PBS, CNN, BBC and MS-NBC. He has been invited to testify as a witness before the US House of Representatives, the UN Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, and an terrorism investigation panel of the French government. A member of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) and the National Press Club, Madsen is based and reports from Washington, D.C.

Saturday, August 27, 2011

The U.S. can save money by selling off valuable embassy property

by Wayne Madsen

The Obama administration, working hand-in-glove with the Republicans in Congress, wants to balance the budget and trim the deficit on the backs of the working poor and middle classes, pensioners, the disabled, and military veterans. The first thing the United States can do is start putting some cash back into the U.S. Treasury's general fund by selling off some prime real estate in foreign capitals currently occupied by grandiose U.S. embassies, buildings that now serve no useful purpose other than demonstrate that the United States is a security bully. The U.S. embassy here in Jakarta is ringed by walls and barbed wire, hardly a friendly sight.

In days past, embassies were showcases for the host country nationals who were invited to read books and magazines and watch films in libraries run by the U.S. Information Agency. Access to the host nationals was a propaganda effort but there was at least a reason to showcase one's embassy in what amounted to a permanent World's Fair pavilion. For the host nation's VIPs, the embassies were gathering places for diplomatic receptions, usually held to honor U.S. Independence Day and other milestone events like the moon landing in 1969.

Today, U.S. embassies around the world, located near the centers of political power, are nothing more than security and intelligence bivouacs housing CIA, National Security Agency, State Department Diplomatic Security, FBI, Drug Enforcement Administration, Homeland Security Department, Pentagon, and other activities that have little to do with showcasing America, unless the goal is to show the world that America is now a military and police state, one that people, particularly those in majority Muslim nations like Indonesia, would be wise to avoid.

New U.S. embassies constructed around the world, with security as a primary objective, evoke the architectural splendor of the building designs of Albert Speer and Joseph Stalin.

However, the Cold War is long over and the days when the United States played the game of shouting, "look over here, my embassy is bigger than that of the Soviet Union and Red China!" are at an end. It is high time that the U.S. start to sell off its embassy land in capitals like Jakarta where real estate prices are skyrocketing. The U.S. embassy at Jalan Medan Merdeka Selatan in Jakarta, sits close to the seats of power in Jakarta and, if sold, could fetch hundreds of millions of dollars. There is no reason for the U.S. to occupy such a large property in the era of the Internet and when it is obvious that based on the barbed wire, walls, and security personnel surrounding it, the U.S. embassy must be some sort of magnet for an attack. Unless, of course, the United States needs such a large embassy to carry out non-diplomatic work, i.e., espionage. One way for the United States to start clipping away at the bloated U.S. intelligence and military budget is to sell off the embassy property and force the American spies into rental space, such as in the well-guarded and secure Mandiri Bank building just down the street. When the spy agencies are forced to burden the cost for their own activities, it won't take long for them to scale back their own presence in various capitals and other cities where they leech off of U.S. consulates and other diplomatic missions.

The United States has already established "virtual embassies" and "virtual consulates," called "virtual presence posts," which exist only on the Internet, in locations like Male, Maldives; Bangalore, India; Mombasa, Kenya; Cardiff, Wales; Zanzibar; Moroni, Comoros; Mogadishu, Somalia; Victoria, Seychelles; Iqaluit, Nunavut; Whitehorse, Yukon; and Nuuk, Greenland. There is no reason why other locations around the world cannot be similarly "virtualized" to save the American taxpayers money.

Selling off embassy acreage like the one the US embassy occupies in central Jakarta would force the State Department into the same austerity being imposed on retirees, the disabled, military veterans, and students in the United States while, at the same, time putting much-needed revenue back into the U.S. Treasury.

Of course, the U.S. Foreign Service and their intelligence and Marine Corps detachment pals will be loathe to give up all their perks they now enjoy from operating behind those secure embassy walls: duty free shopping in the embassy stores, cheap booze in the embassy club, access to embassy staff vehicles for personal use, etc. However, there is no reason that these personnel should not, like the diplomats of many other countries, work from rented office space in downtown capitals, use local taxis for their personal affairs, buy from local shops and supermarkets, and buy their booze, if legal, from local bars and restaurants. If alcohol is not legal in the cities where they assigned, the American diplomats and spies will just have to behave themselves and comply with local laws and traditions. If we require U.S. military personnel to risk their lives and comply with local laws in places like Afghanistan and Iraq, why should U.S. diplomats and spies be any different? If they don't want the risks involved, they should find other lines of work.

Another benefit of selling off large embassy parcels of land would be the reduction in force of the local national embassy staff, personnel who range from cooks, gardeners, and janitors to visa office personnel and secretaries. In many U.S. embassies, the third generation of some families continue to carry out the same duties -- with all the fraud associated with the nepotism constantly at play, including the outsourcing of embassy contracts for ********** from U.S. visa applications to embassy catering events.

In Asia, U.S. embassies and missions sit on valuable property in Tokyo, Bangkok, Bandar Seri Begawan, Phnom Penh, Kuala Lumpur, Seoul, Hong Kong, Hanoi, Singapore, Taipei, and Manila, cities with rising real estate values. The sale of the embassy property in Asia alone could provide billions in much-needed revenue to the Treasury. Add to the Asian property, expensive embassy and mission property in London -- where the United States is building a virtual palace on the shore of the Thames River -- Paris, Vienna, Rome, Madrid, Tel Aviv, Ottawa, Mexico City, New Delhi, Valletta, New York City (U.S. Mission to the UN), Helsinki, Yerevan, Ankara, Lisbon, Podgorica, Dublin, Montreal, Bogota, Stockholm, Copenhagen, Brussels, The Hague, and other cities, and the amount of revenue that could be generated could off-set cuts in social programs to the neediest of Americans.

The sale of unneeded embassy space will force the CIA, NSA, FBI, and the Defense Intelligence Agency to ante up for rental space in normal office buildings or cut their overseas staffs.

If Americans are being told that cuts must be made to Social Security, veterans' benefits, pensions, Medicare, and Medicaid, let the most comfortable Americans, diplomats and spies who have enjoyed duty free shopping, diplomatic perks, cost-of-living allowances, and free local transportation to also feel the pinch.

When countries like Greece, France, Britain, Italy, Portugal, Spain, and Ireland see the U.S. take the lead by shedding valuable diplomatic property, they may follow our lead in order to provide their own squeezed tax payers some relief.

After the sale of embassy property, the United States can begin off-loading military installation property in places like Japan and South Korea, as well as Germany, Italy, Spain, and Puerto Rico. As the late Republican Senator Everett Dirksen reputedly once said, "A billion here, a billion there, and pretty soon you're talking about real money."

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Friday, August 26, 2011

Indonesian single citizenship law explained

At the time Obama attended school in Jakarta it was ILLEGAL for ANY foreigner to attend public school in Indonesia

By Wayne Madsen

WMR has learned from a knowledgeable source who has covered Indonesian politics for twenty years why Indonesia has been so strict on insisting that no dual Indonesian citizenship by nationals of other countries be legal. The Indonesians, like the framers of the U.S. Constitution, particularly Article 2, Clause 5, which states that U.S. presidents must be "natural born" citizens, did not want a foreign usurper from being proclaimed President of Indonesia in the years leading up to Indonesia's declaration of independence in 1945, following World War II.

Imas Kurniawati-Finnegan © 2011
Indonesian independence leaders feared that the Dutch Queen might try to become a president-regent in a post-war independence for Indonesia that would be in name only. 

The independence leaders were also aware that the Japanese occupiers during the war suggested that Emperor Hirohito was offered as a regent-president of Indonesia in de facto colonial relationship with Japan. 

Therefore, Indonesian law was crafted to disallow dual citizens to prevent someone with loyalty to a foreign power becoming President of Indonesia.


Ironically, it is Barack Obama's own Indonesian citizenship status that has some questioning his constitutional eligibility to serve as President of the United States.

In the years following the fall of the Suharto dictatorship, rather than seeing a disclosure of archives from the Suharto "New Order" regime following the CIA-inspired coup in 1965, archives have been kept under wraps. This situation has benefited those researchers who want more information on the activities of Obama's step-father, mother, and their Indonesian and American colleagues in the years immediately following the coup. There is one group in Indonesia that is calling for more disclosure and transparency of government activities in Indonesia: the Muhammadiyah Islamic movement, condemned by some in the West as pro-Islamic state, but in reality, is as reform-minded as the Turkish Justice and Development Party and is just as committed to increasing democratic rule in Indonesia.

Wayne Madsen (USA)

Wayne Madsen
Investigative journalist, author and syndicated columnist, Madsen has over twenty years experience in security issues. As a U.S. Naval Officer, he managed one of the first computer security programs for the U.S. Navy. 

Madsen has been a frequent political and national security commentator on Fox News and has also appeared on ABC, NBC, CBS, PBS, CNN, BBC and MS-NBC. He has been invited to testify as a witness before the US House of Representatives, the UN Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, and an terrorism investigation panel of the French government. A member of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) and the National Press Club, Madsen is based and reports from Washington, D.C. 


Thursday, August 25, 2011

What Was The Meaning Of Obama's Last Name "Soebarkah" In Mother's Passport Application?

Unanswered questions remain regarding Obama's status at that time as he attended public school when it was illegal for foreigners to do so    

By Wayne Madsen

In 1968, one year after moving to Jakarta, Indonesia, President Obama's mother, Stanley Ann Dunham Soetoro listed her son's last name as Barack Hussein Obama (Soebarkah) with "Soebarkah" bracketed by parentheses, vice Soetoro. Obama's mother later used the spelling of "Sutoro" as her own last name.

Obama with father
Files released by the State Department on Dunham's name-change passport application lists two dates and places of marriage to her Indonesian Army Lieutenant Colonel husband, Lolo Soetoro: March 5, 1964, in Maui and March 15, 1965, in Molokai -- almost a year's difference. In her 1968 passport renewal application, Barack Obama's name is listed as Barack Hussein Obama (Soebarkah).

In passport renewal and amendment applications filed from Jakarta, Dunham uses two different names: Stanley Ann Dunham Soetoro and Stanley Ann Soetoro.

The name "Soebarkah" may be Obama's given Indonesian name upon his formal adoption by Lolo Soetoro. The adoption of an Indonesian name also indicates strongly that Obama became an Indonesian citizen. In Janny Scott's book, "A Singular Woman," a young Obama is quoted as telling Lolo that he wanted to one day become "Prime Minister of Indonesia," something that only an Indonesian citizen could strive to attain. Indonesian law explicitly states that dual citizenship is not permitted and, according to a 1958 Indonesian law, only Indonesian citizens could be enrolled in the two schools Obama attended in Jakarta: St. Fransiskus Assisi Catholic school and Menteng Elementary.

By becoming an Indonesian and possibly by travelling on an Indonesian passport to Pakistan and India in 1980, Obama ceased being a "natural born" citizen and became a "native born" citizen.

Although it is an Indonesian custom for family, friends, and even employers of domestic help to informally "adopt" the children of relatives, friends, and employees, Obama's adoption was much more formal and carried out pursuant to Indonesian law.

Obama's mother's listing of her son's name as "Soebarkah" was in all likelihood an attempt by her to avoid breaking U.S. law, which states, "False statements made knowingly and willfully in passport applications are punishable by fine and/or imprisonment.

Soebarkah may be Obama's given Indonesian name: a legal requirement in his formal adoption process and his becoming an Indonesian citizen

Article II, clause 5, is very specific about Obama's ineligibility to serve as President as a "native born" American who held Indonesian citizenship as a child and may have continued holding dual citizenship two years after turning 18: "No Person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of President."

Obama with mother Stanley Ann Dunham
Obama's eligibility to serve as President has never been about his Hawaiian birth certificate. Obama was born in Hawaii on August 4, 1961, which made him an American citizen until he was adopted by Lolo Soetoro, became a sole Indonesian citizen as a result of Indonesia's prohibition of dual citizens, was given the Indonesian name of Soebarkah, and may have continued to swear allegiance to a foreign power until after he turned 18.

There is a controversy over Obama's attendance at Occidental College in 1979, with unverified reports that he had been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship only available to foreign students.

Obama's Occidental records, as well as those from Columbia University, where he transferred, remain largely sealed.

With most of Obama's immediate family members dead and those who he knew in Jakarta who are still alive afraid to talk to the press, Obama has managed to continue to perpetuate a fraudulent presidency on the American people. The "birther" extremists, most of whom are unfamiliar with the history of Indonesia in the 1960s, 70s, and 80s, have managed to muddy the waters by insisting that Obama was born in Kenya, a meme that is intended to paint Obama as an African, thus catering to racist elements in the Republican Party. There is a significant issue with Obama's eligibility to serve as President but the roads to Mombasa and Honolulu are truly dead ends: the only road pointing to the answers about Obama's citizenship status leads to Jakarta.

Wayne Madsen
As a U.S. Naval Officer, he managed one of the first computer security programs for the U.S. Navy.Madsen has been a frequent political and national security commentator on Fox News and has also appeared on ABC, NBC, CBS, PBS, CNN, BBC and MS-NBC. He has been invited to testify as a witness before the US House of Representatives, the UN Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, and an terrorism investigation panel of the French government. A member of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) and the National Press Club, Madsen is based and reports from Washington, D.C. 

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

A missing Prime Minister of Australia: Harold E. Holt was spotted in China

AUGUST 21-23, 2011 -- JAKARTA

It remains one of Australia's most enduring mysteries: what became of Prime Minister Harold E. Holt, who, against the advice of his friends and bodyguards, insisted on swimming into the sea from Cheviot Beach, near Portsea, Victoria on the morning of December 17, 1967. Holt swam into the ocean until his friends and security team lost sight of him. It is maintained that Holt, an experienced swimmer and skin diver, drowned and was lost at sea. However, a knowledgeable Australian intelligence source here in Jakarta who was previously assigned to Beijing, reported that Holt was later seen in China and faked his own drowning to prevent his exposure as a spy for the People's Republic of China serving in the highest political office in Australia.

Prime Minister Harold E. Holt
 The Australian source also conveyed that Holt lived until a ripe old age in China, although his actual age at the time of his death remains unknown.

It is believed that Holt swam far enough out to sea to be picked up by a Chinese submarine that then exfiltrated him to China. Holt's bodyguards did report seeing bubbles, possibly from a Chinese submarine blowing ballast, at the same time Holt disappeared from sight.

At time of Holt's disappearance, Australian intelligence was investigating the presence of a Communist bloc spy in the highest echelon of the Australian government. Holt possibly believed the security net would eventually close in on him and requested China to spirit him out of Australia while making the public believe he died in a swimming accident.

On 2 September 2005, the Victoria Coroner officially concluded that Holt had drowned from :accidental circumstances."

In any case, Holt kept up a strongly anti-Communist public image by committing Australian troops to fight alongside the United States in South Vietnam and famously stating in Washington that he was "a staunch friend that will be all the way with LBJ." Holt also publicly criticized British Prime Minister Harold Wilson and French President Charles de Gaulle for not supporting the U.S. war effort in Southeast Asia.

The Holt case has resulted in dueling conspiracy theories, with the Australian corporate media putting out stories that Holt had committed suicide.

In 1969, the U.S. Navy commissioned a destroyer escort named the USS Harold E. Holt. A U.S. Naval Communications Station in Western Australia was also named for Harold E. Holt. Ironically, the station is responsible for communicating with U.S. submarines, some of which are conducting surveillance operations of Chinese submarines and surface craft.

Investigative journalist, author and syndicated columnist. Has some twenty years experience in security issues. As a U.S. Naval Officer, he managed one of the first computer security programs for the U.S. Navy. 

Wayne Madsen
Madsen has been a frequent political and national security commentator on Fox News and has also appeared on ABC, NBC, CBS, PBS, CNN, BBC, Al Jazeera, and MS-NBC. He has been invited to testify as a witness before the US House of Representatives, the UN Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, and an terrorism investigation panel of the French government. A member of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) and the National Press Club. Lives in Washington, D.C.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Obama's trail of discarded friends



By Wayne Madsen

WMR has discovered that President Obama has viewed the low-budget, fast-tracked production film produced in Indonesia, "Little Obama," released in the Indonesian language last year in Jakarta and due for general release in the United States next year, just in time for the presidential campaign.

However, some of the characters portrayed in the movie have not seen their lives improve as a result of their old friend acceding to the highest political office in the United States. When Obama was 9-years old, his "nanny," an Indonesian named Turdi [like many Indonesians, Turdi uses a single name], saw to Obama's every need: cooking his meals, taking him to the Menteng state elementary school, washing his clothes, and for three-and-a-half months sharing a bedroom with him.  Although Turdi was 19-old at the time he shared a bedroom at the Menteng Dalam house with 9-year old Obama and took care of his needs, WMR has been told that such an arrangement is not unusual according to Indonesian standards. However, in the United States, a 9-year old boy sharing a bedroom with a male 19-year old gay transvestite might raise eyebrows in even the most liberal of neighborhoods.

Lia Sobah

There is also the curious case of Lia Sobah, who claimed to have been adopted by Obama's Indonesian step-father Lolo Soetoro and his mother, Stanley Ann Dunham. Lia claimed to have the last name of Soetoro and said she grew up with Obama. WMR has learned, from sources close to the Soetoro family when Obama lived in Jakarta, that Lia was the daughter of the Obama household maid.  Indonesian families often unofficially "adopt" the children of their house maids as their own, sometimes providing them with money for education and other necessities such as clothing.

As previously reported by WMR, Lia was invited to the January 20, 2009 inauguration of Obama in Washington but she did not attend. Maya Soetoro-Ng, Obama's half-sister, the daughter of Lolo and Stanley Ann, criticized Lia as a charlatan trying to gain fame by claiming a relationship with Obama. In fact, Lia was the daughter of the Soetoro's family's maid and was, like many in her category then and now, unofficially "adopted" as one of the Soetoro family members. However, in the case of Barry Soetori, who is now known as Barack Obama, the adoption by Lolo was much more formal and Obama was enrolled in two Indonesian schools, one public and the other Catholic parochial, which means he had to have been an Indonesian citizen to gain admission, according to Indonesian laws promulgated in 1958 uner President Sukarno and re-asserted by President Suharto after he came to power in a CIA-inspired coup d'etat in 1965. Obama lived and went to school in Jakarta from 1967 to 1971.

WMR has also learned more on the military career of Lolo Soetoro. Soetoro attended the East-West Center at the University of Hawaii but was recalled to Indonesia by the Army, then under the command of Suharto, in May 1965 to help prepare for the September coup by Suharto against Sukarno. At the time of his attendance at the East-West Center, where he met and later married Stanley Ann after her divorce from Barack H. Obama, Sr. in 1964, Soetoro was a lieutenant in the Indonesian Army. After his return to Indonesia and the coup against Sukarno, Lolo rose rapidly through the ranks, ultimately achieving the rank of Lieutenant Colonel. After leaving the Army, Lolo was hired into the Indonesian oil industry, where, among other companies, he worked for Mobil Oil.

WMR has learned from Indonesians who knew Lolo Soetoro at the time that there was a widespread belief among many Indonesians that Lolo was trained for the coup and follow-on assignments by the CIA while at the East-West Center.  Stanley Ann's employment by Indonesian and international non-governmental organizations like the Ford Foundation (where her boss in New York was Peter Geithner, father of current Treasury Secretary Timothy Geithner) as well as the US Agency for International Development (USAID) is contrasted by general Indonesian suspicion of white foreigners, known as "bule" in Bahasa Indonesian. In addition, among Sukarno's last acts of defiance against the West was his expulsion of the USAID, US Peace Corps, the International Monetary Fund (IMF), and World Bank from Indonesia. For Stanley Ann to have been propelled into the inner workings of Indonesian and foreign NGOs so soon after Sukarno's anti-foreign influence campaign and the 1965 coup that ousted him suggests that Stanley Ann had powerful benefactors and handlers in the U.S. and Suharto governments.

There is also the odd situation of Lolo moving from a house that he owned near the St. Fransiskus school, where Obama attended grades one through three, to a smaller rental home in Menteng, where Obama lived while attending the Menteng Elementary School and where he attended grades four and five. There is some evidence that the CIA moved Lolo to a house they owned to provide better security for Lolo and Stanley Ann, both of whom were important in the post-coup village and rural area "pacification" progem to root out Communist cadres, a program called Project PROSYM, which had a counterpart in South Vietnam called PHOENIX.

The house near the Catholic school, while surrounded by a wall, offered limited security and abutted other houses. However, the detached house in Menteng Dalam, where the Soetoros moved, offered enhanced security, including a fence line and gate where security guards could be posted with an adequate security perimeter to the residence.

Left: Obama's first house, owned by Lolo Soetoro, offered only limited security. Right: the rental house that Soetoro moved to, and may have been provided by the CIA, offered enhanced security.

While Barry Soetoro went on to bigger and better things, the same cannot be said for Obama's friends in Indonesia. Lia died suddenly from a heart attack in 2010 after being reduced to selling grass in her town in West Java. Lia died very poor and virtually unrecognized by Obama.

Turdi, who is now 60, has changed his name to the woman's name of Evi and has moved outside of Jakarta to a smaller village in Java. Turdi/Evi, who remains openly gay, is very poor. A classmate of Obama blames Barry Soetoro for abandoning him after he suffered a serious bicycle accident. The injuries sustained in the accident, which may not have been as serious had the classmate received immediate medical attention, resulted in the man being rejected for military service and a career in the Indonesian armed forces. The man, who is now Obama's age, jokingly said that he ought to "sue Obama" for leaving him unaided and injured at the scene of the accident.

And for British actress, Cara Lachelle, who played the role of Stanley Ann Soetoro in "Little Obama," the co-starring performance did not prevent her from being arrested by Indonesian authorities for possession of marijuana. She is now serving a minimum six-month sentence in an Indonesian prison.

There is something else very apparent with those who are still alive, as well as those recently passed away, who knew the Soetoro family during the late 1960s and early 1970s. There is a fear about talking about what they knew about the Soetoros. It is clear that whatever parties swept through Jakarta and other parts of Indonesia looking for those who knew the Soetoros caused them to fear anyone, especially "bule," who ask questions about Barry, Lolo, and Stanley Ann Soetoro. In January 2008, State Department contractors working for The Analysis Corporation, a CIA contractor firm headed by one-time CIA counter-terrorism and rendition and torture architect John O. Brennan, rifled through Obama's passport files at the State Department. Brennan now serves as Obama's Deputy Director of National Security for Counter-terrorism. If Brennan utilized his old CIA torture and rendition colleagues to sweep through Indonesia looking for those who knew the Soetoros, there is little wonder why so many Indonesians who encountered  the Family Soetoro decades ago are afraid to talk to this day.

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Monday, August 15, 2011

Warning To Prospective CIA Agents: "The Director will disavow any knowledge of your activities."

Nothing new for CIA  coward scum  

Wayne Madsen Report
By Wayne Madsen

In the TV series "Mission Impossible," the chief of the Impossible Missions Force was warned in a taped message by his superior, "As always, should you or any of your IM Force be caught or killed, the Secretary will disavow any knowledge of your actions." A little over ten years before "Mission Impossible" ran on American television, such a scenario may have played out in Indonesia.

    Jakarta, Indonesia (Photo Imas Kurniawati-Finnegan)
From April 18 to 24 1966, leaders of the Non-Aligned Movement met in Bandung, Indonesia, hosted by Indonesian President Sukarno. The summit was attended by the leaders of and representatives from Afghanistan, Burma, Cambodia, Ceylon, China, Egypt, Ethiopia, the Gold Coast (Ghana), India, Indonesia, Iran, Iraq, Japan, Jordan, Laos, Lebanon, Liberia, Libya, Nepal, Pakistan, the Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria, Thailand, Turkey, North Vietnam, South Vietnam and Yemen.

WMR has learned that Indonesian security arrested an American man in Bandung during the conference who was believed to be planning a terrorist action against the conference venue. The unknown American was sentenced to life imprisonment on an Indonesian prison island, known as the "Alcatraz of Indonesia," Nusa Kambagang, off the southern coast of Java. The American's passport was seized by the authorities. Eventually, the passport expired and the American was considered stateless and he was disowned by the U.S. embassy in Jakarta.

In 1955, the Bandung summit was the scene of a number of U.S. journalists who were actually CIA agents who attempted to disrupt the conference. Using Nationalist Chinese assets, the CIA also attempted to assassinate Chinese Premier Zhou Enlai at the conference. On April 11, 1965, an Air India Lockheed L-749A Constellation, the "Kashmir Princess," exploded from a bomb placed on board while flying over over the South China Sea en route from Bombay and Hong Kong to Jakarta. Scheduled to be on board the aircraft was Zhou Enlai but he changed his travel plans at the last minute. Sixteen passengers and crew, including five Chinese journalists, a Polish journalist, an Austrian journalist, a Hong Kong journalist, and a member of the North Vietnamese delegation to Bandung, were killed when the plane exploded. The bomb on the plane was placed by a Nationalist Chinese agent on the CIA's payroll. The Nationalist agent, Chow Tse-ming, operated under the cover of the Hong Kong Aircraft Engineering Company and he was ex filtrated  from Hong Kong to Taiwan aboard a plane owned by the CIA proprietary company Civil Air Transport, a forerunner to Air America. The bomb was American made and used an MK-7 detonator of U.S. manufacture.

The CIA conducted a covert guerrilla war against Indonesia from 1956 to 1958. In 1956, with the encouragement of CIA director Allen W. Dulles, the CIA supported the failed PRRI-Permesta rebellion in the Celebes. In 1957, the CIA supplied weapons to secessionist rebels in Sumatra but the rebellion failed in 1958. On May 18, 1958, a CIA-contracted B-26 piloted by American Allen Lawrence Pope was shot down over Sumatra after "accidentally" bombing a church during services and killing most of the congregants.

According to well-placed Indonesian sources, as late as 2002, the American was still believed to be held in the island prison. However, it was reported that after forty-seven years in detention, the individual had gone insane. Nine years later, it is unknown whether the American is still alive.

However, for those who may contemplate a career in the Central Intelligence Agency, the "Mission Impossible" rules are germane. There are cases when the CIA will "disavow any knowledge of your actions."


Investigative journalist, author and syndicated columnist. Has some twenty years experience in security issues. As a U.S. Naval Officer, he managed one of the first computer security programs for the U.S. Navy. 

Madsen has been a frequent political and national security commentator on Fox News and has also appeared on ABC, NBC, CBS, PBS, CNN, BBC, Al Jazeera, and MS-NBC. He has been invited to testify as a witness before the US House of Representatives, the UN Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda, and an terrorism investigation panel of the French government. A member of the Society of Professional Journalists (SPJ) and the National Press Club. Lives in Washington, D.C. 



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