Jerome Corsi under arrest in kenya

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    wnd's Jerome Corsi went to kenya to work on his anti-Obama book. he's been placed under arrest while trying to leave that country.

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2008/oct/08/uselections2008.kenya



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    American anti-Obama author arrested before Nairobi book launch




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    A controversial American author and conspiracy theorist was arrested in Nairobi and deported yesterday after trying to plug his bestselling book attacking Barack Obama, whose late father was Kenyan.
    Jerome Corsi arrived in the country last week to promote The Obama Nation: Leftist Politics and the Cult of Personality, an error-riddled book that recently became a bestseller in the US. It falsely claims that Obama, who is revered in Kenya, was raised as a Muslim, and smears the prime minister, Raila Odinga, the country's most popular politician.
    Corsi had said that he also planned to deliver a $1,000 (£570) cheque from a conservative website owner to George Obama, the presidential candidate's half-brother who lives in the Kenyan capital's Huruma slum. But by widely publicising his itinerary, Corsi, whether intentionally or not, attracted government attention. Immigration police detained him at a luxury hotel which was due to host the book launch yesterday.
    Ministry officials, denying the book had anything to do with the arrest, said Corsi had failed to obtain a temporary work permit. He was later taken to Jomo Kenyatta international airport, where he was expected to catch a flight to Europe.
    Despite Corsi's controversial and often bizarre views - including his claim that President George Bush is pursuing a "North American Union" comprising the US, Canada and Mexico - he has already proved an ability to influence American politics. In 2004 he helped sink the Democratic presidential campaign by co-authoring "Unfit for Command: Swift Boat Veterans Speak Out Against John Kerry".
    He dedicated a chapter in his latest book to "Kenya, Odinga, Communism and Islam", despite having never visited the country. Corsi claimed last week to have been invited to Nairobi by missionaries concerned about the rise of Islam.
    "Dr Corsi will also expose details of deep secret ties between US Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama and a section of Kenya government leaders, their connection to certain sectoral groups in Kenya and subsequent plot to be executed in Kenya should Senator Obama win the American presidency," he wrote on the press invitation to the book launch.
    In the first paragraph of his opening dispatch from Nairobi on Thursday for the conservative WorldNetDaily website, Corsi made clear his agenda, alleging that Odinga, who he claims has close ties to Obama, "was appointed to the [prime minister] position to stop a wave of violence by Muslim supporters" protesting against the flawed presidential election. On Friday he claimed Muslims had killed "50 Christians [who had] sought refuge in a Christian church" in Eldoret in January.
    Both claims are false. Kenya's post-election violence was ethnic-based rather than religious. If anything, the Kalenjin perpetrators of the church massacre were Christian.
    Most of Obama's relatives in Kenya declined to comment yesterday. However, one said that Corsi's planned visit to George Obama, who has stated that he is happy with his life and did not want to become a political pawn, would have been a bad idea. "I don't think the people in Huruma would have welcomed him."



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    This article appeared in the Guardian on Wednesday October 08 2008 on p18 of the International section. It was last updated at 00:03 on October 08 2008.


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