October 29, 2008, - 12:41 pm

EXCLUSIVE: Ali Abunimah is Likely Source of Secreted Obama/Khalidi/Ayers Tape; LA Times’ Wallsten Plagiarized Schlussel Back in April, Said Politico

By Debbie Schlussel
**** UPDATE: Can Ali Abunimah be bought off for $175,000? Depends on what he’s getting from greater Arabia, Islamia, and Obama. ****
There has been much discussion throughout the Net about a secreted video showing Barack Obama at a dinner with terrorists Bill Ayers and wife Bernadine Dohrn, and the anti-Semitic Arafat advisor, Rashid Khalidi.
The Los Angeles Times has a copy of the tape, but won’t release it because they said the source–whom I believe is Arab American Action Network (AAAN) founder and anti-Israel Palestinian activist Ali Abunimah of Electronic Intifada–required it not be released as a condition of sharing it. That’s because it likely shows Obama applauding an anti-Semitic, anti-Israel poem that was read at the dinner.
But what you may not know is that I started the whole story, and Los Angeles Times reporter Peter Wallsten plagiarized me. (WND’s resident ganif Aaron Klein also ripped-off the same article in May.)


Ali Abunimah: Likely Source of Withheld Obama-Khalidi Tape

A refresher: In January, I wrote an exclusive column about Barack Obama’s Nation of Islam staffers and “evolving” positions on Israel and the Jews. In March, I was contacted in writing by Los Angeles Times reporter Peter Wallsten, who told me he read my article and wanted to report on it for the L.A. Times. I agreed, provided that he credit me and/or mention my name and site in the article, to which he agreed. We spoke on the phone at some length.
In April, Wallsten wrote the story. Portions of it were lifted from my article. But I was never credited, contrary to Wallsten’s promise. Even the Politico said Wallsten plagiarized me.
I’m almost positive that the video Wallsten referenced in the story was obtained from Arab American Action Network founder Abunimah because my article–the one Wallsten ripped off from me–featured photos of Barack Obama and wife Michelle seated with PLO advisor Edward Said at another AAAN annual banquet and led Wallsten to contact Abunimah. I noted in my article–from which Wallsten got most of his info–that the pics were from Ali Abunimah’s Electronic Intifada site, in which he wrote about Obama’s 180 on Israel from those days of AAAN dinners and PLO confabs.
I believe that Wallsten contacted Abunimah about the photos and learned of the other AAAN annual banquet dinner (at which Abunimah, Obama, Ayers, Dohrn, and Khalidi were all in attendance), and that Abunimah is his source for the video.
Here’s my e-mail to him. I’ll let you know when and if I get a response.

From: Debbie Schlussel writedebbie@gmail.com
Date: Wed, Oct 29, 2008 at 12:45 PM
Subject: Press Inquiry for Ali Abunimah . . .
To: abunimah01@yahoo.com
Did you show or provide the tape of Obama at the dinner with Rashid Khalidi to the LA Times’ Peter Wallsten? Do you have a copy of the video? Will you release it for viewing? If not, why?
Looking forward to your responses for quotation on my website.
Debbie Schlussel

As you probably know by now, last week, Gateway Pundit/Jim Hoft asked L.A. Times plagiarist/”reporter” Peter Wallsten whether he has the tape about which he wrote in April. I’m not sure why Jim waited until now, but I’m glad he didn’t wait until a week from now. I’m assuming he only just thought of it, unlike everyone else, I’m glad he had the instinct to look into obtaining the tape.
In any event, the L.A. Times–usually telling us about the public’s right to know–now only believes in “the public’s right to know what we want it to know and what will aid our pan-Obama-ist agenda.”
If I were major media sources, I would bug the heck out of Ali Abunimah and pressure him to release the tape because I’m quite sure he has it and that he is Wallsten’s unnamed source.
You heard it here first. You’ll see it plagiarized by FOX News, Sean Vannity, and everyone else, everywhere else. Watch Aaron Klein steal it like he does with all his “work.” They usually rip me off. But I do the work. They–unlike most conservatives who believe in intellectual property rights and don’t condone thievery–think I’m their bitch. And as long as you patronize those frauds, I apparently am.

35 Responses

I know it is frustrating to have these hacks steal your work, but I think there is still a bright side to it —
At least the issue is becoming publicized before the election; it looks like there will be massive attention paid to this issue which benefits all of us. I also believe that enough people know about your lead in binging this issue to light that you will ultimately get proper recognition for this.
This is a cutting edge issue for those calling themselves conservatives — whether they will or will not give you credit. It will provide us with a clear guideline of which conservatives have integrity and which do not, even though we pretty much know where they stand. But I think this issue is potentially like Swift Boat; sooner or later the basis and origin of this information will become widely known.
You are doing incredibly important work, and many of us recognize this. Your blog has a big impact, and since what you write is the truth, your role will ultimately become acknowleged. Truth has a way of cutting through misrepresentation.

c f on October 29, 2008 at 2:13 pm

You rule, Debbie! That’s why you have the best, most informative political blog when it comes to flushing out Terror Suspects/Collaborators/Sympathizers for all of the world to see. Thank you for your tireless efforts.

Yiddish Steel on October 29, 2008 at 2:15 pm

Debbie- I thought that dinner with photos of Obama and Said was in May 1998?

Gateway Pundit on October 29, 2008 at 2:20 pm

Here’s a better link to the Obama and Said dinner.

Gateway Pundit on October 29, 2008 at 2:20 pm

At this point, the story of the suppressed tape is actually becoming bigger than what might be on the tape. I think you’ll see Obama ask for the tape to be released, but with words to the effect that he dosen’t believe now what he believed then. The longer this story festers, the more it actually hurts Obama.

sonomaca on October 29, 2008 at 2:44 pm

Hey Debbie, about 2 hrs. ago Bill O’Reilly said on his radio show that Khalidi doesn’t like Jews too much and I(O’Reilly) wouldn’t hang around with him, However this tape and the LA Times not releasing it is basically no big a deal.

OneIrishJew on October 29, 2008 at 2:50 pm

If only you had this tape when you wrote your original story. I was looking for your original piece this morning, hoping you had a video attached to it, but no such luck. You’re amazing Debbie and your work speaks for itself. If it were not for you none of this would ever had seen the light of day. G-d brings us unlikely heros and heroines and you are one of the best. Thank you for all the work you do regardless of the attacks and death threats you receive I’m sure on a daily basis. May G-d continue to keep you safe.

wolf2012 on October 29, 2008 at 2:59 pm

Debbie Schlussel
You are right to be cross at the way people plagiarise your work.
But even this Brit in London, not Jewish, recognises what sterling efforts you make, how deep you dig and how much bad stuff you have exposed.
So keep up the good work – virtue is its own reward

JohninLondon on October 29, 2008 at 3:17 pm

This Wallesten guy doesnt have the moral courage to keep his word to you for not citing you. Then has the Barack COBRA-MA “audacity” to say he has to keep his word to his source. It has to be him, since he is the point man on this story and editors would lead it to him since it was “his story”. Too bad you didnt tape him on his word and put that out in the public. If the tape surfaces and it knocks Obama out then maybe Moveon.org would have a real reason to blame you. Who would get the last laugh.
As for Hannity err..Vannity, he has so much talent but does throw people under the bus for self-promotion.
LATIMES is owned by the Tribune Company which owns the Chicago Tribune. COBRA-MA might have some influence in this decision. WGN owned by Tribune Company was intimidated by COBRA-MA earlier this year about what was being aired on its station.
Was COBRA-MA aligned with other COBRAs? No joke this is the name they gave themselves COBRA (Coalition of Blacks for Reparations in America). He has alliances with Bill Ayers and learned the ways of Saul Alinsky, they shaped his view of America.
(video missing)
He is qouted about reparations. He is evasive in response. Doesnt say he is for or against, but has an open mind to reparations. He doesnt believe Supreme Court wouldnt go for it, but would his Supreme Court nominees go for it? J.Wright is a big COBRA and his involvement with these groups nationally only leads one to believe where there is smoke there is fire. Obviously like everything else COBRA-MA says he is against reparations now.
Even Ralph Nader called COBRA-MA the “biggest con artist in our generation by far”. Nader has been at it for 50 years. And this is a lefty.
Nader also smells something THE BARACK is cooking and it STINKS. A self serving individual who will say or do anything to be president. Doesnt COBRA-MA sound like the actor, wrestler The Rock?

californiascreaming on October 29, 2008 at 4:15 pm

I heard there were two tapes: One is the fundraiser and the other is the (anniversary?) party ???????
Who knows? Knowing the LA Times, I’m sure they’ve got a whole wharehouse packed floor-to-ceiling full of incriminating evidence.
The Plagiarism is a separate issue, and Debbie can deal with that.
Making the tapes public is urgent, and before Nov. 4. I think it will happen. Someone’s gonna leak those tapes. Money talks, and right now, what with the LA Times laying off thousands……the employees are out for themselves. It’s only a matter of time before these tapes hit the public. But I hope it’s before Tuesday!

Maxine Weiss on October 29, 2008 at 4:45 pm

Wow. Great stuff, Debbie. Thank you.

TheJIDF on October 29, 2008 at 5:39 pm

“Subject: Brits have a way with the language”
“You have to pinch yourself – a Marxist radical who all his life has been mentored by, sat at the feet of, worshiped with, befriended, endorsed the philosophy of, funded and been in turn funded, politically promoted and supported by a nexus comprising black power anti- white racists, Jew-haters, revolutionary Marxists, unrepentant former terrorists and Chicago mobsters, is on the verge of becoming President of the United States. And apparently it’s considered impolite to say so.”
– “Melanie Philips, The Spectator ( UK ) 10/14/08”

Jackson Pearson on October 29, 2008 at 5:55 pm

Thank you Debbie!

caitlynn on October 29, 2008 at 7:51 pm

I can’t believe that these terror connected scumbags are just running around our country in the first place let alone out getting their butts kissed at dinners.
These news papers should be chained shut and sold to private developing firms and let the wrecking balls do their thing.

samurai on October 29, 2008 at 7:55 pm

Hey Debbie- MY bad on my previous comment above mentioning O’Reilly’s comments without conveying my anger at his obtuseness, stupidity, and complete ignorance about Khalidi. I was trying to point out that O’Reilly doesn’t know what he’s talking about, and you as always are in the forefront!

OneIrishJew on October 29, 2008 at 8:13 pm

SMOKING GUN: There are 3 tapes.
1. The 2000 Khalidi fund raiser
2. The 2003 Khalidi going away party
and—get this:
3. A few months ago, according to CNN Michele Obama attended a party for the Khalidi daughter’s marriage.
This is all according to CNN.

Maxine Weiss on October 29, 2008 at 8:32 pm

We need to see that Tape!
Email these people and complain about their Pravda-like behavior:
Scott.pompe@latimes.com, This guy is out of the office… His auto reply sends his Cell Phone number… Use it at your own discretion…
Or call them at any of the various numbers below:
(800) LATIMES, Ext. 74511
(800) 252-9141
(877) 554-4000
(213) 237-5000
Fax: (213) 237-7679

Avalonjohn on October 29, 2008 at 8:44 pm

Funny I referenced/Used pieces of that article today, of course I gave you credit and linked it.
As usual, you are ahead of the Curve Debbie

Yidwithlid on October 29, 2008 at 9:04 pm

Oh Debbie! A story I could share with you! PLEASE nudge me to follow up on this article. I have some interesting MICHIGAN stuff on Ali Abunimah to share with you. We might need to talk about it, but I gotta dig through my archives and do some preparation so I can compare notes accurately and not merely from my fickle memory.
I just got back from a long business trip and am too pooped to dig into this. We should compare notes soon. Please prod me to follow through.
On a more urgent matter… Hopefully you know that the LA TIMES is owned by the CHICAGO TRIBUNE. Sam Zell owns the CHICAGO TRIBUNE. Sam Zell’s mom was a Sugarhara Jew who was rescued from the Holocaust by the Japanese Envoy Chiune Sugihara. She was a good friend of my mother. Sam Zell supports Israel; maybe not to your satisfaction, but I think there’s good reason to think that a public outcry and emotional plea on this subject directed toward Sam could have a positive outcome.
Don’t be bashful about it. HA HA! Like I ever have to worry about that.
Please! Don’t worry about being plaigerized. I don’t care how you do it! GET THAT LA TIMES VIDEO OUT IN PUBLIC! It’s not important who gets credit for it. I’m depending on you to use your tenacity to rescue the Jewish People from imminent disaster. I trust you and I don’t know where else to turn.
TINSC (aka There is NO Santa Claus)

There is NO Santa Claus on October 29, 2008 at 10:05 pm

Petition: LA Times release the Obama\Rashid Khalidi Video. You can view & sign this petition at: http://www.thepetitionsite.com/1/la-times-release-the-obamarashid-khalidi-video
Sponsored by: The American Voter and Subscribers of the La Times.

MI on October 30, 2008 at 12:09 am

I have been working so hard to get my hands on any and all information to prove my “gut instinct” that Barack Obama (BO) is not who he pretends to be. I have found so many things that I constantly email to everyone I possibly can to make sure that BO DOES NOT GET ELECTED! I feel there are many indications that he has hidden agendas, to the detriment of many, especially the Jews. In searching for more information on this L.A. Times article, I found your site and I can’t tell you how hopeful I feel after reading the information you and so many others posted, Debbie! I feel like BO is part of some sort of “conspiracy” and that he has “hypnotized” too many in our nation. I keep telling people, “OPEN YOUR EYES…WHY CAN’T YOU SEE THE PHONEY-NESS OF THIS MAN??” He actually is trying to “Buy” the presidency (just like he bought his way, through some radical associations, into college and the senate – It is so obvious)I fear that IF elected, he will bring to the White House his Anti-Israeli “friends” because he has ulterior motives not to mention the fact that he also wants to turn our great Capitalistic Society into one of Socialism where WE ALL WILL BE HURT! A person like this, who does not have the welfare of ALL the people at heart but only SOME of the people, and who never sees America as a great place, but always refers to America in the negative, has no business getting elected for the country’s highest office! I keep telling my Jewish friends and family that NO JEW CAN AFFORD TO EVEN TAKE A CHANCE ON THIS MAN!! Some listen and agree, but many others have an answer for everything. Even when BO says things, in his own voice…in his own words…they say, “That’s not what he meant…” WE NEED THIS TAPE! I feel certain that with this tape, many people will finally see (especially Jews) who this man really is! I CAN’T THANK YOU ENOUGH FOR YOUR SITE AND YOUR WORK!!

Soul on October 30, 2008 at 12:47 am

Obama is the most dangerous man in the United States but McCain calls him honorable! The Republicans and Democrats have brought this country to the brink of disaster. This country MUST have more than two major parties for our democracy to survive. Bush has been a horrible president. Yet Obama will be much worse. Both houses of Congress will be controlled by the Democrats. If this does not make the people wake up, nothing will. The Libertarian Party is the third largest party in the United States but the media excludes them. We need a fourth party. I nominate DS to be the Chairman of the new Patriot Party.

ParaLyzer on October 30, 2008 at 1:21 am

can’t you sue him?

ploome on October 30, 2008 at 7:18 am

Great work. I remember that post and the pictures.
Interesting selectve ethics at the LA Times. Wallsten doesn’t honor his agreement with you, but honors his agreement with Abunimah or whomever transferred the documentary evidence.
The offer of $150k or $200k is insignificant. Obama has millions of dollars with which to meet the highest bid.
In a way, the lack of the tape is perhaps even better than the tape. The story stays alive.

Pinetop on October 30, 2008 at 7:27 am

now, i bet you a dollars to donuts that you won’t post this. free speech on sites like this usually means “free to speak if you agree with me” and i certainly don’t.
have you actually *seen* the tape? “likely shows” because you have two sources that have seen it or is this just more conspiracy theory blah blah blah that helps you ignore the basic facts of the last twenty months.
obama is going to get elected because he learned from history: superior campaign organizing gets you elected. its simple: organize the shit out of things, stay on message, make sure your base is behind you, focus on the middle, stay on message. he doesn’t need a “msm conspiracy” any more than george bush and karl rove did. he’s raised money 86 bucks at a time. he’s put field offices in more places than any candidate in history. he’s actually energized young people in a way that no one ever has. he has stayed on message and given folks a reason to vote for him. his opponents (clinton and mccain) focused on the old machine, attack politics, depended on large donors, ignored the internet, cell phones, texting and the power of getting the vote out.
i do hope you, and all the republican pundits and strategists continue to believe that we democrats are closet communists that stole the election with the connivance of the msm. if you do, we will actually have a chance to replicate what obama did on the state and local level and repair some of the damage the republican party and power elite (you know, the rich guys, the ones that served as delegates to the RNC this year) have done to our constitution, civil rights, economy, world standing and future. that would be good.

keepthinkingthatway on October 30, 2008 at 8:35 am

As you can see, you weren’t denied your freedom to disagree here, but you can “keep thinking that way” if you want to.
Because Obama and his left-wing supporters ran a smarter campaign than McCain, doesn’t mean he will do good things for the country. After all, running a campaign, and running a country are hardly the same, if one judges on the substance of presidential actions. You don’t need to tell us that Obama has run a better campaign. It is painfully obvious to everyone. But a presidential campaign isn’t supposed to be “Dancing With The Stars,” a fact that I think not everyone yet realizes.
And just so you know, the “power elite” is well placed in both parties. It isn’t limited to Republicans, and the Democratic “power elite” will be just as self-serving. Maybe you haven’t been around long enough to see that.
Many people say that Obama is not qualified to be president. I disagree. He is well qualified to be a fine president that ushers in a degree of socialism that we have not seen before, and create a welfare state that will be dependent on immigrant labor and high taxes to finance the welfare payments, just like in France, Britain, and so many other European countries. So if that’s what you think is best for the country, by all means, vote Obama.
As for what the Republicans have done to our Constitution and civil rights, perhaps you’d care to explain? I’ve not noticed any infringements on my civil rights. In fact, civil rights are nowadays extended to terrorists–a far too generous extension, in my opinion. Our world standing? The whole world is breaking down our door to get in, including people from those Islamic countries that claim to hate us. The economy? Still the biggest and strongest in the world, but certainly could be improved. But you can’t blame economic problems on Republicans. There’s plenty of blame to go around.
If you think democrats are going to solve your problems, you are going to be disappointed.

cumulusnine on October 30, 2008 at 9:15 am

Keepthinkingthatway, I know Debbie will “keep thinking that way” because she and conservatives have high standards. Democrats have become the party of the collection of losers. Things didnt go well in your life, you didnt have a father, you have no moral convictions, you hide behind your race, you dont want to work, your sexuality is your identity, you might be a Democrat. Where is self-determination, cant find it in the Democratic Party. You will have more determination in your own life than government if you allow it. Now if you want a check from the government, the Democrats will give you one. America is about freedom and opportunity. Democrats want big government, because they fear failure. Without taking a risk you will never achieve all you can in life. Blame everyone else but yourself for the failures in life. Instead of saying the biggest “change” will come from yourself not Obama. Just like all those forecloses coming. “The devil made me sign those docs.” No accountability. All people will fail at one time or another, losers have a mentality of never accepting accountability and never learning from it.
Yes COBRA-MA ran a “slick” campaign just like his buddy Wille Clinton. COBRA-MA has hung aroung communists like Khalidi who is qouted in this Communist Rag the Revolutionary Worker. Blaming America about its past and its place in history.
Khalidi is anti-American and wants the overthrow of America as we know it. So COBRA-MA is asking us to vote for him while he supports communists like Khalidi, while McCain gave his life and still survived against communists while in Vietnam. I trust McCain’s courage and sincerity in protecting our country. That is the first duty of the Commander in Chief, COBRA-MA fails.

californiascreaming on October 30, 2008 at 11:37 am

Ooohh–How scary,Michelle Obama attended a wedding .Must be some juicy stuff there. As a supposed journalist you of all people should realise the value of keeping your sources confidential if they so desire.Do you really think that the Jewish owner of the paper would be OK with Obama if there was a real story here ? However I’m sure he is happy that all of you loonies are driving up the traffic for the paper.so keeping this story in the news is great for him .
I will mention I am Jewish as well.I left the GOP and registered Democrat after McCain chose Palin,the biggest insult to women this century by a Republican.

mommom on October 30, 2008 at 12:10 pm

Yeah, all of you need to “Keep thinking that way”. First of all civil rights why is it every eight years they have vote whether black people keep their right to vote? Second trusting Mccain, Why is he trying to distance himself from Bush when not even a year ago he wanted the world to know how much he agreed with Bush.
Try becoming a single mother who worked hard to become an RN makes 60,000/year and gets 10,000 taken in taxes because I don’t make enough for tax cuts. Why should the wealthy get more opportunity for tax cuts. Just because I want to take care of your ailing parents and wipe crap off their butts because you won’t, why should I be penalized for it????
Ever wonder why people live on welfare. It is depressing to work. Why work and get majority of your money taken when you can take others for free?
Cumulusnine, I proudly display my black, white, and native american races. I am a very liberal democrat, because I think for myself and don’t go with the flow.
Self determination is in the lower and middle class, parents who work three jobs just to pay the bills. Not everyone loses their home because they “live beyond their means”, some do it because they lose their jobs, their lifestyle, and after a few months their life savings.
Think you have job security after a Bush admirer gets into office, think again.

Historyrepeatsitself on October 30, 2008 at 12:35 pm

I know this is getting off topic, but you sound really bitter. Why are you bringing up race? I didn’t mention race. As for your $60k salary, WOW, try being a single father like I was raising a kid on less than $35k in the 1990’s. I would have loved to have 60k! As for your tax burden, on a $60k salary, $4,500 of your withholdings are for Social Security and Medicare (payroll taxes) which will not change under the Democrats. The rest, $5500 or so in Federal Income Tax is only 9 percent of your income. That doesn’t sound like “the majority” of your income to me.
As for rich people getting more deductions, I don’t think so. If your income goes over $156,000, you’ll start losing itemized deductions in the “phase-out” because the government thinks that you don’t deserve the deductions if you make that much money.
It isn’t news that some people have bad luck in their lives, and most people, democrats AND republicans think there should be safety nets.
Why work and get the majority of your money taken when you can take others for free, you ask? Oh, I don’t know, how about honesty and integrity and a sense of personal dignity, just for starters! A single parent with one child and making less than $25,000 pays NO income taxes. They only pay about $1800 in Social security and medicare taxes, which will help them “get their butts wiped” as you put it, when they get old.
I’ve prepared tax returns for many years, and believe me, most of the people making over $250,000 get taken to the cleaners by the IRS every year.
I know lots of people that would thank their lucky stars to get a job paying $60k. Maybe you would benefit from thinking about what you have. If you have a soft spot in your heart for the less fortunate, donate more to charity. It may reduce your taxes if you itemize.

cumulusnine on October 30, 2008 at 2:19 pm

Historyrepeatsitself aka “poor Me”
Are you on medication?
If not, you need professional help from reading your rant.I urge you to seek medical attention right away.
BTW Boo Friggin Hoo

ScottyDog on October 30, 2008 at 3:42 pm

Edwin Vieira asks “Why doesn’t Obama prove, with conclusive
documentary evidence, that he is ‘a natural born Citizen’ of the
United States who has not renounced his American citizenship?” Because
of his failure, America is potentially facing the gravest
constitutional crisis in her history. “The potential for chaos, both
domestically and internationally, arising out of this systemic
uncertainly is breathtaking.” http://www.newswithviews.com/Vieira/edwin84.htm
It is crucial that people not vote for Obama until he produces proof
that he is eligible to be president. Dr. Vieira says “If Obama turns
out to be nothing more than an usurper who has fradulently seized
control of the Presidentcy, not only will the Constitution have been
egregiously flouted, but also this whole country could be, likely will
be, destroyed as a consequence.”

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