April 5-6, 2011 -- Tales from the Obama Crypt
WMR has spoken to a number of individuals familiar with Barack Obama, Jr. at Harvard and in the city of Chicago. Combined, these individuals who researched Obama during his early lawyer and politician years are painting a very different portrait of Obama and his mother and maternal grandparents.
In fact, and as WMR previously reported, Obama's mother, Stanley Ann Dunham and maternal grandfather, Stanley Armour Dunham, both were affiliated with the Central Intelligence Agency. We have also reported on Obama's maternal grandmother, Madelyn Dunham, and her link to CIA money laundering accounts at the Bank of Hawaii in Honolulu.
However, it is now evident, from information gleaned from African-American associates of Obama's in Chicago in the mid-1980s, that Stanley Armour and Madelyn Dunham, like their daughter Stanley Ann Dunham, have fabricated personal histories.
From an African-American political activist in Chicago who knows President Obama, we have learned that Obama's mother was not born in Wichita, Kansas but was born in Beirut, Lebanon while her parents were serving with the wartime Office of Strategic Services (OSS), the forerunner to the CIA. Ann Dunham's birth date is reported to have been November 29, 1942. This was during the time after which Lebanon's Vichy-led government collapsed --July 14, 1941 -- and when the leader of the Free French, General Charles de Gaulle, proclaimed Lebanon nominally independent. After Lebanon's nominal independence was declared on November 26, 1941, the United States opened an embassy in Beirut at ambassadorial level. Soon, the U.S. embassy in Beirut became one of the top OSS listening in the Middle East and U.S. Army personnel, seconded to the OSS, arrived in the city.
Stanley Armour Dunham reportedly enlisted in the U.S. Army on January 18, 1942, a few months after Lebanon's nominal independence was granted under French domination. It is not certain when Mr. Dunham actually joined the Army because his service records in the military have been curiously sealed. It has been reported that Dunham served in England with the 1830th Ordnance Supply and Maintenance Company, Aviation in support of the 9th Air Force in the lead up to the June 6, 1944 Allied invasion of Normandy. However, from 1942 to 1944, little is known of Dunham's military service.
Dunham's wife, who supposedly worked at a Boeing B-29 assembly plant in the Dunhams' hometown of Wichita, reportedly gave birth to Stanley Ann Dunham on November 29, 1942. However, we have now learned that Mrs. Dunham was, in fact, posted to Beirut with her OSS husband in 1942 when she gave birth to Obama's mother.
The Dunhams would not have been the only couple working together for the OSS. Famed chef Julia Child met her husband Paul Child during their joint service for the OSS during World War II. Julia Child served in Ceylon and China during the war and she met Paul during her OSS service abroad. They married in 1946. Before joining the OSS, Julia Child worked for a furniture store in New York City, W. & J. Sloane. The fascination of retail store people for OSS, and later, CIA work is uncanny. One of the OSS's and Britain's Secret Intelligence Service's (SIS) top "archaeologist" spies in Peru, Cuba, and Chile during World War II was William J. Clothier II, grandson of the co-founder of the Strawbridge & Clothier Department Store chain based in Philadelphia. Another archaeologist who was a spy for the United States in both World Wars I and II was Samuel Lothrop, who, according to David H. Price in his book "Anthropological Intelligence: The Deployment and Neglect of American Anthropology in the Second World War," was not only from a wealthy New England family but was friends with New York socialite and one of Franklin Roosevelt's intelligence advisers, Vincent Astor. Lothrop was kin to Alvin Lothrop of Chelsea, Massachusetts, who, with Samuel Woodward founded the Woodward and Lothrop department store chain in Washington, DC.
Nor would anthropologist spies been unknown to the Dunhams in Beirut. According to Price in his book, one of the OSS's leading anthropologist spies, Derwood Lockard, served in Beirut toward the end of World War II after having served in Kenya from 1943 to 1944.
Stanley Armour Dunham supposedly was discharged from the Army on August 30, 1945, but because his military records are sealed, this cannot be verified. In the post-war years, the Dunhams were said to have moved to Berkeley, California; Ponca City, Oklahoma; Vernon, Texas; El Dorado, Kansas; and Mercer Island in Seattle, Washington before moving to Honolulu, Hawaii in 1960. Stanley Armour Dunham, according to what is now appears to be a biography concocted by the CIA, for whom Dunham began working for in 1947 after the transition from the OSS. Mr. Dunham supposedly worked for a chain of furniture stores. Not much is known about the Dunhams' daughter, Stanley Ann, until she was enrolled in Mercer Island High School in 1956.
However, if the Dunhams were stationed in Beirut up until the time Stanley Ann Dunham was enrolled in Mercer Island High School in 1956, all the furniture store jobs held down by Stanley Armour and all the restaurant waitress jobs held by his wife were clever ruses devised by the CIA to mask their actual war-time work in the Middle East. From Oklahoma to Washington state and finally to Hawaii, Stanley Dunham reportedly worked for four furniture stores: J. G. Paris in Ponca City, Doces Majestic and Standard-Grunbaum in Seattle, and Pratt Furniture in Honolulu. There is no documentation to show that Pratt in Honolulu existed beyond a Hawaii-registered shell company. In addition, Madelyn Dunham's wartime OSS work with her husband in Lebanon would explain why she became one of the first female vice presidents at the Bank of Hawaii in Honolulu and was trusted to handle the escrow accounts used to bribe CIA-financed leaders in Indonesia, South Korea, Taiwan, Japan, and the Philippines. Madelyn was enrolled at the University of Washington before moving to Hawaii but she never obtained her degree.
Evacuating Madelyn Dunham and her daughter from Lebanon in 1956 would have made sense for the CIA. In 1956, what had been a peaceful country conducive to a CIA family posting became embroiled in conflict between the Christian Maronite President Camille Chamoun on one side and Sunni Muslim Lebanese Prime Minister Rashid Karami and Egypt's President Gamal Abdel Nasser on the other side. The UK, French, and Israeli invasion of Suez, although not supported by President Dwight Eisenhower, caused problems for the Americans in Lebanon. The pro-U.S. Chamoun was accused by Karami and Nasser of not taking stronger action against London and Paris, including severing diplomatic relations, for their attack on Egypt. The creation of the United Arab Republic (UAR) by Egypt and Syria in 1958, the calls by Lebanese Sunnis for Lebanese accession to the UAR, and the overthrow of the Hashemite monarchy in Iraq the same year, promoted Eisenhower to land U.S. Marines in Lebanon in 1958 in response to a request from Chamoun. By that time, the Dunham mother and daughter had been safely inserted into Mercer Island, which had a heavy concentration of CIA and Pentagon personnel. It is quite possible that Stanley Armor Dunham's "furniture store" cover in Seattle was used to mask his actual continued work in Lebanon for Eisenhower's OPERATION BLUE BAT Marine landing in Beirut.
There is a photographic clue as to the Dunhams presence in Beirut in the early to mid 1950s. In the photograph above, a ten- or elevem-year old Stanley Ann Dunham (left) is wearing a sash with the stylized abbreviation "NdJ" on the sash of her school uniform. WMR has had it confirmed by African-Americans in Chicago who knew Obama that the abbreviation stands for "Notre-Dame de Jamhour," a private Catholic school in Beirut, which, as WMR previously reported, "NdJ was a male-only school until 1975 but there is also information that NdJ has had a sponsorship arrangement with Catholic educational institutions in Lyon, France."
As with his mother and maternal grandparents, there are huge holes in the history of President Obama. Although it has been previously reported that his academic records from Occidental and Columbia remain sealed, there are facets of Obama's time at Harvard Law School. Obama was elected the first black president of the Harvard Law Review in 1990. Although Obama was quotedin The New York Times, at the time, saying, "The fact that I've been elected shows a lot of progress . . . It's encouraging . . . But it's important tat stories like mine aren't used to say that everything is O.K. for blacks. You have to remember that for every one of me, there are hundreds or thousands of black students with at least equal talent who don't get a chance."
However, according to an African-American contemporary of Obama at Harvard in 1988, two years before Obama's election to head the Harvard Law Review, there was another painted of Obama. Our source happened to hear a speech by an unknown law school student on campus who was railing against black student activism on campus, cautioning those present that such activism was counter-productive. Our source listened intently to the student's speech and turned to a colleague and inquired, "who is that mulatto up there speaking against our interests?" The answer from the other student was, "That's Barry Obama." The last name was pronounced by some Harvard African-American students as "O-Bama," as in "ALA-bama," a reference to Obama's conservative views that accommodated white faculty and students on campus. Our source did opine tohis colleague at the time, "that mulatto is going places with that attitude."