The Boston Globe Kept Obama Newsworthy Information Secret and the Immigration Service Released Two Different Obama Sr. Immigration Files
By: Mario Apuzzo, Esq.
July 7, 2011
On July 7, 2011, Sally Jacobs published her story in the Boston Globe entitled, Father Spoke of Having Obama Adopted. The story can be read at http://www.boston.com/news/politics/articles/2011/07/07/father_spoke_of_having_obama_adopted/.
What is rather revealing in Sally Jacobs’ story is what she says about Barack H. Obama Sr. speaking about having Obama Jr. possibly being adopted. What is so revealing is not so much what Obama Sr. said but rather that this information is coming out just now.
Here is what Ms. Jacobs wrote:
“‘Subject got his USC wife ‘Hapai’ [Hawaiian for pregnant] and although they were married they do not live together and Miss Dunham is making arrangements with the Salvation Army to give the baby away,’ according to a memo describing the conversation with Obama written by Lyle H. Dahling, an administrator in the Honolulu office of what was then called the US Immigration and Naturalization Service.
Obama, the Subject, and his USC, or United States citizen, wife, obviously, did not put their baby up for adoption. Whether the young couple actually considered such a step, or the elder Obama made the story up in order to appease immigration officials who at the time were considering his request for an extension of his stay in the United States, is unclear. Family members on both sides of the marriage now say they never heard any mention of adoption.
But his statement provides a unique glimpse into the relationship between the president’s parents and the fragility of his connection to the father whom he would little know.
Dahling’s memo, dated April 12, 1961, is one of dozens of documents in the elder Obama’s ‘alien’ file released by the Department of Homeland Security in response to a Freedom of Information Act request made in the course of research on a biography of Obama’s father. Obama was visiting the United States on a foreign student visa which required him to apply for an annual extension of his stay during the five years he was attending US colleges.
The memo advised that officials should continue to monitor the senior Obama’s personal life, and raised concerns about his behavior, noting that the previous summer he had been warned about his ‘playboy ways.’’’
The Boston Globe first obtained the INS file under a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request in 2009. For some unknown reason, it never released that file to the public. See the story at http://www.bluegrasspundit.com/2011/04/journalism-fail-boston-globe-reporter.html and http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-bloggers/2712804/posts .
The Boston Globe wrote a story on the Obama Sr. immigration file on April 29, 2011. See the story here http://articles.boston.com/2011-04-29/yourtown/29488020_1_ins-documents-elder-obama-memo . It is safe to speculate that Ms. Jacobs wrote her story because on April 27, 2011, another newspaper had also obtained the same file and released it to the public. What is odd is that in this story written by the same Sally Jacobs, there is no mention of the Dahling memo. The adoption story surely was newsworthy but there is no mention of it in her story.
On April 27, 2011, the Obama Sr. INS file was also released by the Arizona Independent who also obtained the file under a FOIA request by staff writer, Heather Smathers. This second file was also published on the internet. That file can be accessed and read at http://www.scribd.com/doc/54015762/Barack-Hussein-Obama-Sr-Immigration-File .
The Arizona Independent was not too happy about the Boston Globe keeping the Obama Sr. immigration file a secret from 2009. Its Managing Editor, Brian Wedemeyer, published a story on it on April 30, 2011, raising the ethical question of whether journalists should sit on newsworthy stories for the sake of writing a money-generating book about it at some later time. See his commentary here http://www.az-independent.com/2011/04/30/commentary-boston-globes-big-secret/ .
A close look at the Arizona Independent file shows that the Dahling memo found in the Boston Globe file regarding the proposed adoption is not contained in the Arizona Independent file. The question then becomes why would someone remove such a document from an official government file, causing the Arizona Independent not to receive a copy of it? Other questions are why did the Boston Globe not release the INS file since acquiring it in 2009 and not reveal the Dahling memo until now? What is it about the Dahling memo that someone did not want the public to know about it? An investigation needs to be done regarding this Dahling memo and breach of a government immigration file. Another investigation should be done into journalistic ethics and a newspaper’s duty to report the news to the public.
Mario Apuzzo, Esq.
July 7, 2011
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