Carl Gallups in an interview with Mike Zullo talked about “universe shattering” new evidence, piles of it, coming out of the of the Cold Case Posse investigation. Zullo supposedly has been “out west” for three weeks following up the lead.
I was at a loss as to what Zullo might have been up to but I was thinking “inside the box” with some vague idea that it had to do with something remotely to do with law enforcement, and remotely to do with Maricopa County Arizona, where his tax-subsidized Cold Case Posse was chartered to look into unsolved homicides in the county. Conspiracy theorists, however, don’t think inside the box—it’s one of their enabling characteristics, and one of the birthers over at Birther Report made a comment that I think has merit as to what Zullo has been doing. Here’s the comment:
FUBO: I think I might have it Doc.
End of September’s, Obamas dear Friend Keith was arrested for rape in California. He wanted to talk.
Now let’s connect the dots. Zullo has been out west for a three week interview. Kieth is out west, wanting to talk.
Keith was friends with O in the FMD days, and when O got his Social Security card, and when O was first applying to colleges. Our was also coming to terms with who he is, where he came from.
Doc, if Keith is talking, all the dots may be coming together. All of them. The Bill Ayers connection, FMD, cocaine, gay life, the SSN, his parents, and God knows what else. The genesis of the greatest deception in American history may be getting documented. Universe shattering? Maybe.
The Keith Kakugawa arrest is not something I paid any attention to when the news report surfaced in September. The Daily Mail in the UK was the only substantial coverage I could find with a smaller article in The New York Post. Our old birther friend Mara Zebest wrote it up as a smear at The Gateway Pundit. Kakugawa, two years older than Obama, was the character behind the figure of “Ray” in Obama’s book, Dreams from My Father.
The Daily Mail reported that Obama had snubbed his old friend:
Kenneth Kakugawa said his son got in touch with Obama in 2007 during his first White House campaign but claims Obama brushed him off and passed him along to his assistant.
That report differs from a report by Jake Tapper at ABC News in 2007:
Shortly after getting out of prison earlier this month, Kakugawa walked into a pay phone at the intersection of 66th and Figueroa, right off the 110 highway near Watts in Los Angeles. He was patched through to Obama’s executive assistant, whom Kakugawa told, “This is Keith Kakugawa otherwise known as Ray in the book,” he says. “She said ‘Oh my God,’ and she, put me right in touch with him” on his cell phone.
Zebest cites the Independent Journal Review blog as saying that Kakugawa is trying to sell a book he’s written about Obama that allegedly says Obama wanted to convert to Islam after reading The Autobiography of Malcolm X in high school (this was supposedly from an earlier version of The Daily Mail article that was scrubbed of this item). The statement is true, though as we can see from Keith Kakugawa’s own web site:
Barry and I were in the Academy’s large school library one Wednesday afternoon. He picked up a Malcolm X book and said that he’d thought about maybe becoming a Muslim.
I said, “Hold on, man. What you gonna do? You don’t know the first thing about being a Muslim.What are you going to do, change your name?”
He said, “Well, my name is Barack Hussein Obama.”
mm … Hussein, huh?
Kakugawa, living in Eureka, California, is certainly “out west” and maybe Zullo (or Corsi or Cashill or one of the other right-wing smear specialists) has done a deal with him for some dirt about Obama’s admitted drug use in high school or the conversion to Islam allegation. But against this, is, again in Kakugawa’s own words:
One person who identified himself as a member of the Republican National Congressional Committee (and always referred to himself in the third person as “Mr. Jones”) offered to get me out of my “current situation” with the California Department of Corrections … if I would talk to the press about all the partying, specifically the “drugs and hookers” Barry and I had done while we were in school. He had even gone so far as to offer me a list of “things” we had done together in high school.
That wasn’t the only time as this book promotional statement shows:
Discover how one famous supermarket tabloid (which one?) first offered Keith $7,000, then upped its offer. Then more. And still even more. Then finally, a $70,000 cashier’s check in exchange for a “shocking, untold story” about then-Senator Obama to print alongside its usual fare of dog-faced humans being abducted by aliens.
The more I think about this, the more I am coming to think that this may well be what Zullo has been up to.
The problem with all of this is twofold—there is simply no way anything from Obama’s high school years is the legitimate concern of law enforcement in Maricopa County, Arizona, much less a tax-subsidized charity chartered with helping with unsolved homicides there.
The other problem is that there is nothing “universe shattering” in the story. Obama has already admitted to using drugs]. His own book, Dreams from My Father (in chapter 3), talks about his reading The Autobiography of Malcolm X in high school. Kakugawa was quoted in the New York Times, in a February, 2008, article “Old friends say drugs played bit part in Obama’s life”:
Mr. Kakugawa, who spent seven years in and out of prison for drug offenses beginning in 1996, said he pressured Mr. Obama into drinking beer.
But Mr. Obama did not smoke marijuana during the two years they spent time together even though it was readily available, Mr. Kakugawa said, adding that he never knew Mr. Obama to have done cocaine. “As far as pot, booze or coke being a prevalent part of his life, I doubt it,” Mr. Kakugawa said. He had graduated, however, by the time Mr. Obama was in his junior and senior years, when he wrote that he most frequently used marijuana and cocaine “when you could afford it.”
The election is over, dudes. For all the talk from the birthers about the hidden Obama, what we continue to discover is how utterly candid he has actually been.
I’m not going to talk about what I did as a child. It is irrelevant what I did 20 to 30 years ago.
— George W. Bush