By Jim Kouri
Newly released, declassified files from the United Kingdom reveal U.S.officials’ concerns that Kenyans studying in America, including President Obama’s father, may have had ties to Kenyan terrorist groups that were supported by communist nations in the 1950s and early 1960s.
As yet the documents exist only in physical form at the National Archives in Kew, Southwest London – but they are open to the public, a British police source told the Law Enforcement Examiner on Sunday.
Documents released in April by the British government — but ignored until the left-leaning, London-based newspaper The Guardian printed a story — reveal that the President’s father, Barack Hussein Obama, Senior, was the target of an international investigation due to his ties to Kenyan terrorist groups in the 1950s such as the group responsible for the so-called Mao-Mao Uprising in Kenya.
The declassified documents, which had been kept secret for decades, “were privately condemned by Obama administration officials,” a British source told the Law Enforcement Examiner.
Obama’s White House and re-election campaign teams feared the documents could hurt the struggling president, especially with independent voters, as polls showed Obama trailing Republican contender Mitt Romney in several key states by a few points, according to a Gallup Poll also released in April.
Sadly, except for the blogosphere and European news organizations, the story regarding the British intelligence documents is being conspicuously ignored, said political strategist Mile Baker.
The documents on Obama, Sr., were released as a result of a case in the British High Court brought by a team of professors from Oxford University. The documents describe events when Kenya was still a British colony and Obama Sr. was a Kenyan national who traveled to Hawaii for a college education, despite his political radicalism and poor academic record, according to Britain’s Daily Mail, hardly a right-wing publication.
On September 1, 1959, one British ambassador penned a highly classified communiqué that stated, “I have discussed with the State Department. They are as disturbed about these developments as we are. They point out that Kenya students have a bad reputation over here for falling into the wrong hands and for becoming both anti-American and anti-white,” according to the Daily Mail report.
The British documents revealed that Barack, Sr., and Ann Dunham, a 17-year-old white American from Kansas, traveled to Hawaii and to Indonesia where the President was allegedly raised with a traditional Muslim education, complete with Imans and Madrasas.
The Mau Mau Uprising was an insurgency by Kenyan rebels — who used terrorist tactics against the British citizens — that lasted from 1952 to 1960. The core of the resistance was formed by members of the Kikuyu ethnic group, along with smaller numbers of Embu and Meru, according to the New World Encyclopedia.
The uprising failed militarily, though it may have hastened Kenyan independence. It created a rift between the white colonial community in Kenya and the Home Office in London that set the stage for Kenyan independence in 1963.
The veterans of the independence movement referred to themselves as the “Land and Freedom Army” in English. Economic disparity between Africans and settlers in Kenya and aspiration for independence provoked the rebellion, which the British always represented as a series of lawless acts by dangerous criminal, anti-social elements, according to a Rutgers University African Studies report.
However, to what degree Obama, Sr., was involved in the uprising and killings is not known nor do the British or American documents say more than he embraced Kenya’s independence from the British Empire and he was an avowed socialist.