“Iraqi Billionaire Threatens Reporters Investigating Rezko Affair” (Barack Obama — Tony Rezko — Nadhmi Auchi)



Andrew Walden

2008-08-26 at 10:37 am


Why aren’t the American media investigating the role of British billionaire businessman Nadhmi Auchi in supplying loans to Barack Obama fundraiser Tony Rezko? Some point to media bias, but there is another factor. Working for Auchi, who was born in Iraq, attorneys from London law firm Carter-Ruck have for several months been flooding American and British newspapers and websites with letters demanding removal of material they deem “defamatory” to their client.

In its June 28 edition, British satirical magazine Private Eye explains: “Until Carter-Ruck and Partners and England’s stifling libel laws got to work, the few American journalists not caught up in Obama-mania were turning to the archives of the British press to answer an intriguing question: who is Nadhmi Auchi?”

What is so “stifling” about English libel law? In the U.K., as Carter-Ruck explains on its own website, “A libel claimant does not have to prove that the words are false or to prove that he has in fact suffered any loss. Damage is presumed.”

The Obama campaign recently issued a non-denial denial in response to claims that Obama met with Auchi―contained in Jerome Corsi’s bestseller, The Obama Nation. They cited only two references. One is, “Mr. Auchi’s lawyer” who told the February 27, 2008 London Evening Standard, “As far as he can remember he has had no direct contact with Mr. Obama.” Another is, “A lawyer for Auchi, Alasdair Pepper” who says, according to the April 16, 2008 Washington Post, “Auchi Had ‘No Recollection’ Of Meeting Obama or Michelle.” Alasdair Pepper is the attorney whose name appears on the Carter-Ruck demand letters.

Silent Treatment

U.S. media outlets are historically strong defenders of press freedoms. But there has been near-total silence about the UK-based legal threats to public discussion of the Rezko affair. While Auchi’s interference may explain part of the media’s lack of interest, the attitude of the New York Times and New York Review of Books goes a long way towards explaining the rest.

If elected President, Obama will be required to swear to “preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.” Will Senator Obama now join in co-sponsoring S-2977, the Free Speech Protection Act of 2008, and call upon his fellow Democrats to bring the bill to the floor of the Senate for a vote? If not will Obama explain why the Free Speech Protection Act is not necessary to “preserve, protect and defend the Constitution?”

Will reporters covering the campaign ask Obama whether, if elected, he would approve a request for U.S. residency from Auchi?

Are the media now cooperating in their own silencing? The attitude of the New York Times does not bode well.

Hat Tip: Dancing From Genesis


5 Responses to ““Iraqi Billionaire Threatens Reporters Investigating Rezko Affair” (Barack Obama — Tony Rezko — Nadhmi Auchi)”

  1. citizenwells Says:

    I heard several weeks ago that Auchi threatened Evelyn Pringle and others.

  2. rosettasister Says:

    See also:


  3. Cao Says:

    Anybody with sense would not vote for Obama. His followers are a good indication that there are a lot of mentally unbalanced, mentally unstable idiots out there who have voting rights.

    I think you should have an intelligence test before you vote; and the votes of the idiots and the felons shouldn’t count.

  4. Cao Says:

    Dems want to give people in prison the right to vote; and deny the men and women in Iraq and Afghanistan that same privilege.

  5. sisterrosetta Says:

    “Obama’s America like Castro’s Cuba or Saddam’s Iraq” From Cao’s Blog


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