In a surprising admission that could become a major scandal in the presidential race, Barack Obama's 40-page so-called "rebuttal" to Jerome Corsi's book, The Obama Nation, acknowledges for the first time that the senator once had a personal relationship with identified Communist Party USA (CPUSA) member Frank Marshall Davis, a key high-level operative in a Soviet-sponsored network in Hawaii.Â
But the 40-page report, advertised and sold to the media as a refutation of Corsi's "lies," doesn't identify Davis as a hard-core communist and it dishonestly edits an article about Davis to eliminate references to his admitted involvement in CPUSA activities and make the black revolutionary writer and "poet" look like a civil rights activist.
In fact, Davis was a secret CPUSA member who continued his involvement in the CPUSA or its front activities into the 1970s, when he became Barack Obama's mentor in Hawaii. Corsi's book devotes part of chapter three, "Black Rage, Drugs, and a Communist Mentor," to Davis.
This official Obama campaign cover-up, which attempts to further mislead voters about Obama's mysterious and controversial background, occurs as serious questions are being raised about Obama's initial soft line toward the Russian invasion of Georgia. In his first statement on the crisis, Obama failed to directly condemn the Russian invasion. Obama "did not directly blame Russia " for the crisis, the New York Times acknowledged.
Did Obama's position reflect inexperience in foreign affairs, the influence of advisers, or an ideological tendency to take Russia 's side in global affairs against the U.S. and its allies?
According to the editor of Davis's books, John Edgar Tidwell, Davis was not only a secret CPUSA member but tried to recruit a prominent poet to the CPUSA. It's not known if he tried to recruit Obama because the major media refuse to question Obama about his relationship with Davis, and Davis died in 1987.
Curiously, Tidwell, who has access to Davis's FBI file and his personal papers, has refused to talk about Davis, even to a sympathetic reporter from the Associated Press, saying Davis has been victimized by McCarthyite "smear tactics." The AP story refused to identify Davis as a CPUSA member and described him only as a "left-leaning" poet and journalist.
For his part, Davis appeared before the Senate Internal Security Subcommittee in 1956, taking the Fifth Amendment when asked about his CPUSA activities. His lawyer was Hawaii lawyer Harriet Bouslog, another CPUSA member.
The same Senate subcommittee issued a report in 1956 declaring, "Founded in September 1919, the Communist Party of the United States of America is an organization unique in American history. It is not a true political party and differs fundamentally from all political parties in this country. It is in fact a Russian-inspired, Moscow-dominated, anti-American, quasi-military conspiracy against our Government, our ideals, and our freedoms."
In 1982 testimony, FBI assistant director for intelligence Edward J. O'Malley testified that the CPUSA has been "one of the most loyal and pro-Soviet Communist Parties in the world and has unfalteringly accepted Soviet direction and funding over the years."
The recent book, Comrade J, based on interviews with a Russian spymaster at the United Nations, documents that Soviet intelligence operations against the U.S. continued even as the Soviet Union collapsed and Russia emerged in its place.
The Obama report admits that "Frank" was in fact Frank Marshall Davis-something AIM confirmed back in February. But in trying to rebut Corsi's charge that Davis was a significant negative influence over Obama, the Obama report on page 10 quotes "an article on Davis" that describes him as being involved in the "labor movement" with other "African-American intellectuals" and committed to racial integration and harmony. No title or name of the author of the article is given. The article is simply identified as being from the Western Journal of Black Studies.
We found a copy through Questia, an online library of books and journals. The article, "Frank Marshall Davis: A Forgotten Voice in the Chicago Black Renaissance," was written by Dr. Kathryn Takara, an Obama supporter who has been critical of Accuracy in Media's attempt to document Davis's involvement in the CPUSA and his mentorship of Obama. Takara is a radical poet herself, having written poems in honor of Communist Party member Angela Davis and convicted cop-killer Mumia Abu-Jamal. She was recently quoted in an Associated Press article that portrayed Davis as a positive influence on Obama and ignored his CPUSA membership.
The pro-Davis quotes in the Takara article in the Western Journal of Black Studies, which are cited in the Obama report, are actually preceded by Davis's own incriminating words, in which he says:
"From now on I knew I would be described as a Communist but frankly I had reached the stage where I didn't give a damn. Too many people I respected as Freedom Fighters were listed as Red for me to fear name calling."
These quotes are carefully omitted from the Obama report. Instead, the report only uses quotes that make it appear as though Davis was not an extremist of any sort.Â
The Obama report also ignores the Davis quotes in the article in which he talks about the "honor" of being targeted by the House Committee on Un-American Activities and upsetting "the white power structure."
The Takara article acknowledges that Davis was investigated "due to his associates and involvement in what were considered in the forties to be radical communist groups."
Gerald Horne, the writer for the CPUSA journal, Political Affairs, who first disclosed Davis's relationship with Obama and his family, has told the Marxist publication that he is now writing "a history of the radical, Communist and working-class movement in Hawaii." He explains, "It is not well known, I'm afraid, that before statehood in 1959 probably the most vigorous, communist and radical trade union movement under the U.S. flag was in Hawaii."
Frank Marshall Davis was a remnant of that powerful movement.
"At some point in the future," Horne said, in talking about Davis's influence over Obama, "a teacher will add to her syllabus Barack's memoir and instruct her students to read it alongside Frank Marshall Davis' equally affecting memoir, 'Living the Blues.'