Unbeknownst to him, President Obama is doing Rush Limbaugh a favor. By participating in the multinational operation against Gadhafi, Obama is undercutting a longtime ally and moneyman behind Rush's most persistent nemesis - Jesse Jackson.
In 2001, investigative journalist Ken Timmerman wrote a definitive Jackson expose "Shakedown: Exposing the real Jesse Jackson"
, in which he writes:
Less than three months after his [October 13, 1979] meeting with Arafat, Jackson's PUSH [Foundation] took separate $10,000 check from Libyan diplomat Ali El Houderi. The Libyan donation eventually triggered a four-year Justice Department investigation as to whether Jackson was required to register as a Libyan agent under the Foreign Agents Registration Act.
When the Atlanta Constitution first broke the story on September 24, 1980, Jackson claimed he "would accept no financial deal from Libya and none has been offered." Pressed for more specifics, he said he had written the Libyan embassy in Washington on behalf of the Wallace Company in Tuskegee, Alabama, a black-owned oil company, and had sent "several letters" to the Libyan government in support of "opening trade routes between that country and black America." But still denied having received any money from the Libyan government.
His secret ties to Libya were detailed in a classified memo sent on March 31, 1980, from Stansfield Turner, director of Central Intelligence, to Zbigniew Brzezinski, President Carter's national security adviser. The memo reportedly identified a Libyan government effort to influence the administration by funneling cash to Jackson and Billy Carter, the president's brother, and identified Jackson as a "special Libyan oil broker." Billy Carter eventually registered as a Libyan agent on July 14, 1980, after acknowledging he had received a $220,000 payment from the Libyan government on an oil deal. Jackson, typically, confessed nothing and never registered as a foreign agent.
but Jackson's Libyan connection blew up in Carter's face just one week before the 1980 presidential election, when the two were campaigning together through the South. An NBC reporter told Jackson that the FBI was trying to locate him to serve him with a Justice Department subpoena relating to his Libyan dealings. Jackson again denied that he had taken Libyan money, but telephoned an official in the Carter White House. Following his call, White House counsel Lloyed Cutler contacted Deputy Attorney General Charles B. Renfrew and the FBI withdrew the subpoena. Once again, the Carter White House saved Jackson from embarrassing scrutiny.
World Net Daily reported
on the book's revelation of Jackson's close relationship with El Rukn, a cult-like Islamic street gang in Chicago that conspired with Gadhafi in 1986 to commit terrorist attacks, a plot that failed when it was uncovered by the FBI. "The scheme involved buying machine guns, silencers, hand grenades and M-72 Series Light Anti-tank Weapons, known as LAW rockets, to destroy federal vehicles and buildings and even shoot down a commercial jetliner, according to a federal indictment."
The plot was discussed
further by Aaron Klein on his WABC radio show earlier this year (skip to 21:00 minutes), and there were reports
last year on allegations that money from Gadhafi was used to fund Jackson's 1984 campaign to win the Democrat Party's primaries.
But not to worry, I'm sure the same mainstream media who gave the "Reverend" a pulpit to spread false, made up quotes
that Rush never said will ask him how he feels about his old friendship now.
Spyridon Mitsotakis is a student at New York University, and an aspiring Cold War researcher.