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NEW YORK NEWS CONFERENCE: Andy Martin questions whether the Nation of Islam may be tied to the disputed death of New York Judge Sheila Abdus Salaam

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Attention, New York City daybook/assignment editors

 

Announcement of New York news conference today, Wednesday, May 10, 2017

 

Andy Martin says the Nation of Islam may have played a role in the mysterious death of New York Judge Sheila Abdus Salaam

 

Veteran investigator Andy Martin looks at the “suspicious” death of a prominent New York Judge and starts asking questions

 

Andy delves into the “secret life of Sheila Abdus Salaam”

 

Andy says there is circumstantial evidence that Abdus Salaam retained ties to the Nation of Islam even after her divorce from her first husband

 

Andy questions why one of Abdus Salaam’s husbands was “lost” in news reporting after her death, and why major NYC media could not even agree on her religious affiliation

 

Did Governor Andrew Cuomo appoint a closeted Nation of Islam adherent to New York State’s highest court?

 

(New York, NY) (May 10, 2017) Andy Martin, an internationally known investigative author and columnist, will hold a New York City news conference today, May 10th, to question whether the Nation of Islam may be linked to the disputed death of New York Court of Appeals Judge Sheila Abdus Salaam.

 

“I knew of Judge Abdus Salaam,” Andy says, “but not a great deal. I saw the initial reports of her ‘suicide’ and accepted the NYPD view that she had killed herself. But as I followed the muddled and contradictory reporting which followed, I came to believe we might have a ‘murder mystery’ on our hands. I opened an independent investigation and today I will discuss my initial findings. I will also discuss my ‘theory’ as to why she may have been killed; and I want to clearly label my theory as a theory, not fact.”

 

Andy states:

 

“1. Initial reports of Abdus Salaam’s death did not prompt any particular questions on my part. I knew of her only on a second-hand basis from a colleague who had appeared before her and was critical of her impartiality and legal judgment. The NYPD’s ‘suicide’ theory seemed plausible.

 

“2. My suspicious were triggered when I read reports in different newspapers and they could not even agree on whether Abdus Salaam was a Muslim or not. (See links below). I found it strange that someone who had been appointed by Governor Cuomo to the state’s highest court appeared to lead a ‘secret life.’

 

“3. It was not until I read a two-page report in the Sunday New York Post that I opened my own independent investigation into what I now call a ‘disputed’ death. The Post found four marriages, not three; how could the other media ‘lose’ a husband?

 

“4. I found the protestations of Abdus Salaam’s latest husband, an Episcopal priest, particularly challenging since he repeatedly stated his wife had not killed herself. That was also the consensus in African-American media. Did the husband ‘know something’ the police did not? Why was he so steadfast in his belief that she had not committed suicide?

 

“5. Once the many mysteries in Abdus Salaam’s life started to reveal themselves, I started to question everything about her past. If the media could be so wrong in the present, how could we trust their reports of her former life? Had Abdus Salaam really left the Nation of Islam? Were claims that she had abandoned the faith merely self-serving statements to advance her judicial career? How would the headlines have looked if they had read ‘Governor Cuomo appoints former Nation of Islam member to state’s highest court?’ While she was alive no one ever mentioned Abdus Salaam knew Louis Farrakhan and that he had supposedly counseled her. Only after her death was the Islam/Farrakhan link disclosed. If the Farrakhan relationship, even an old one, had been highlighted when she was nominated to the Court of Appeals, would she have been confirmed? Would a more thorough investigation have been conducted? I am absolutely convinced there is much we do not know about Abdus Salaam and her continuing links to the Nation of Islam.

 

“6. I kept returning to the certitude of the husband that she had not committed suicide. Was this misplaced spousal loyalty? Or was he aware of facts hat gave him such certitude?

 

“7. If Abdus Salaam had actually left the Nation of Islam, why did she retain an openly Islamic name in a city and state where Islam is especially suspect? Was this a religious statement or a political statement, or something deeper?

 

“8. The family knew that Abdus Salaam was taking medication, but still remained resolute that she had not killed herself. (To date there have not been any reports that she overdosed at the time of her death.) Sometimes families refuse to acknowledge suicide because of insurance considerations (a suicide may negate an insurance payment). Was there insurance? How much? For her fourth marriage, Abdus Salaam had a somewhat unusual arrangement; they lived separate lives in different cities, with only occasional cohabitation. Was there some significance to the marriage that could explain a suicide?

 

“9. Tying all of my leads together I came up with a theory as to why she might have been killed if she was killed. My views and conclusions are only a far-fetched synthesis at this point, but I have been investigating scandals and occasionally even mysterious deaths, for over a half century. I feel comfortable labeling Abdus Salaam’s death a ‘disputed’ one at this time.

 

“10. I believe there is much we do not know, and much that we have to learn about the mysterious and secret life of Abdus Salaam. She was clearly a congenial person; her successful judicial career and advancement confirm that fact. But how deep and how extensive was her ‘secret life?’ I think the NYPD needs to dig deeper. My investigation is open and continuing,” Andy says. “Her death could have been a suicide, but there is an evolving and equally plausible possibility it was not.”

 

Another interesting footnote to Andy’s investigation:

 

He studied to be an Episcopal priest (Institute of Theology) at the Cathedral where Abdus Salaam’s memorial service will be held. Small world.

 

May 19th New York news conference details:

 

Who:

 

Investigative columnist and author Andy Martin

 

What:

 

Andy Martin says the Nation of Islam may be linked to the disputed death of New York Judge Sheila Abdus Salaam

 

Where:

 

195 Broadway, New York City (by the commemorative plaque on the building)

 

When:

 

Wednesday, May 10, 2017; 5:30 P.M.

 

LINKS TO THIS STORY (cut and paste the entire link below and not just the underlined portion):

 

http://www.newyorklawjournal.com/id=1202784871914/2-Weeks-After-AbdusSalaams-Death-Questions-Outweigh-Solid-Answers?

 

http://www.brooklyneagle.com/articles/2017/4/26/questions-persist-death-prominent-new-york-judge

 

 

http://nypost.com/2017/04/23/loved-ones-mourn-wonderful-judge-found-dead-in-hudson/

 

http://nypost.com/2017/04/12/judge-washes-up-dead-along-the-hudson-river/

 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sheila_Abdus-Salaam

 

 

http://atlantablackstar.com/2017/04/23/judge-sheila-abdus-salaam-family-wants-inaccuracies-reported-media-corrected/

 

ANDY MARTIN – A BRIEF BIO:

 

Andy Martin is a legendary New Hampshire, New York and Chicago muckraker, author, Internet columnist, talk television pioneer, radio talk show host, broadcaster and media critic. With forty-nine years of background in radio and television and with five decades of investigative and analytical experience in Washington, the USA and around the world, Andy provides insight on politics, foreign policy, intelligence and military matters. For a full bio, go to: www.AndyMartin.com; also see http://www.BoycottABC.com/executive_director.htm

 

Andy has also been a leading corruption fighter in American politics and courts for over fifty years and is executive director of the National Anti-Corruption Policy Institute. See also www.FirstRespondersOnline.us; www.AmericaisReadyforReform.com.

 

He holds a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Illinois College of Law and is a former adjunct professor of law at the City University of New York (LaGuardia CC, Bronx CC).

 

He is the author of “Obama: The Man Behind The Mask” [www.OrangeStatePress.com] and produced the Internet film “Obama: The Hawaii’ Years” [www.BoycottHawaii.com]. Andy is the Executive Editor and publisher of the “Internet Powerhouse,” blogging at www.contrariancommentary.wordpress.com and www.ContrarianCommentary.com.

 

Andy’s family immigrated to Manchester, New Hampshire 100 years ago; today his home overlooks the Merrimack River and he lives around the corner from where he played as a small boy. He is New Hampshire’s leading corruption fighter and Republican Party reformer.
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Obama author and expert Andy Martin says the new biography of President Barack Obama by liberal icon David Garrow will trigger a massive new inquiry into whether Obama was/is gay

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Attention, New York, Washington, National daybook/assignment and Political editors

 

Announcement of New York news conference Friday, May 5, 2017

 

Andy Martin says David Garrow’s new biography of President Barack Obama is going to create a firestorm of inquiry over whether Obama is actually a homosexual

 

Andy was the first author/researcher to brand Obama’s life story an “invented” family history and to expose Obama’s lies about his life in Chicago

 

Andy candidly admits he never saw sufficient credible evidence to write that Obama was gay/homosexual, but Garrow may have provided the “missing link” to a number of gaps in Obama’s résumé

 

“Garrow may have stumbled on the ‘missing ink’ that explains Obama’s obsession with sexuality,” Andy says, “from filling the courts with homosexual judges to demanding that schools create unisex toilets for transgender students to being obsessed with ‘rape’ on college campuses”

 

Andy says that because David Garrow is a member of the liberal establishment, doors may have been opened for him that were closed to conservative authors and researchers

 

Is Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel at risk?

 

(New York, NY) (May 5, 2017) Andy Martin, who wrote the first exposés about Barack Obama in 2004-2007, will hold a New York news conference today, May 5th, to claim that a new biography of President Barack Obama is going to trigger a firestorm of inquiry over Obama’s true sexuality and sexual orientation.

 

Andy’s remarks:

 

  1. We have just scratched the surface in understanding Obama

 

“Barack Obama changed my life,” Andy says. “In 2004 I wrote what I thought would be a ‘one off’ exposing Obama’s bogus biography and invented family history. I ended up going to Hawai’i many times, being “investigated on the front page of the New York Tines as one of the most important stories of the 2008 presidential campaign, and becoming a focus of a Fox News Channel program hosted by Sean Hannity (please see link #1).

 

  1. Some thoughts about sexuality and homosexuality

 

“If you believe what Obama wrote to his girlfriend about ‘considering’ a homosexual encounter, in David Garrow’s new book (see links [1][2] below), you will be buying into more Obamabaloney. I am not an expert on homosexuality but from what I have read most homosexuals have early inclinations that they are gay or lesbian. A person doesn’t get to college and have no idea about their sexuality. Moreover, a heterosexual person doesn’t usually ‘consider’ becoming homosexual. Obama’s explanations to his girl friend were self-serving and were probably intended to cover his tracks and his past sexual dalliances.

 

“When I went to the University of Illinois I was placed in an honors section for rhetoric. I spent a year with Professor Herbert Bogart studying human sexuality and all of its literary and analytical permutations, in a class full of sexually repressed honors students. (Bogart probably saved my life, because I learned more about sexuality in his class than I did in any military science course, which proved helpful overseas.)

 

“While I respect that sexuality reflects a continuum of levels from fully gay to fully heterosexual, Obama’s profession that he ‘considered’ homosexual activity, and that homosexuality was less challenging than a heterosexual relationship, is pure Obamabaloney. If there is one issue that most scholars agree on it is that living in a homosexual relationship, particularly in the 1980’s, was much more challenging (in the age of AIDS) than an ordinary heterosexual relationship between a man and a woman.

 

“Once again, Obama’s facts do not line up with either reality or clinical experience, and he appears to be admitting the precise opposite of what he is relating as his inclinations. Even then he was covering his tracks and leaving behind false clues.

 

  1. The “compartmentalization” of abused children

 

“As we read liberal icon David Garrow’s massive book many will wonder ‘how was Barack Obama able to compartmentalize his sexuality and ambition until he was able to reach the White House?’ My theory, which I first offered in 2007 in a psychological profile of the presidential candidate, is that we have to understand Obama’s behavior in the context of analyzing the psyche of an abused child.

 

“Abused children become masters of compartmentalization. They have to endure unspeakable emotional and physical abuse, but still function normally in the ordinary, daily community. I have always believed that Obama was abused, emotionally and psychologically, and that he responded to his feelings of confusion, abandonment and abuse by compartmentalizing himself and his emotions and behavior. Garrow confirms my 2007 hypothesis.

 

  1. 2007-2008 rumors concerning Obama’s homosexuality

 

“During 2007-2008 I was given source materials from people who claimed to have had a homosexual relationship with Obama. I refused to use the ‘homosexual’ material because there was no extrinsic evidence to verify the encounters. And I came under criticism and attacks on the Internet because I refused to address the allegations of homosexuality. I am confident today, a decade later, I made the correct choice. Unlike others, I clearly labeled my facts and theories as facts and theories and distinguished between the two. Indeed, I irritated Obama and the Obama camp precisely because I refused to publish lies about the candidate. Unlike the work of other authors, all of the controversial material I originated about Obama’s family history turned out to be correct. I did not publish unverified allegations as facts unless I had independent evidence to support the claims.

 

“Which leaves one to wonder: when will the next shoe drop? There were endless ‘reports’ of a sexual relationship between Obama and Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel. Could Emanuel be the next ‘victim’ of Garrow’s book? Writers and researchers are going to have to go back and review their notes and files; what did we miss that Garrow found? (I am heading back to Hawaii for new research.) What is there still left to find? I firmly believe there is much more we are going to learn about Barack Obama’s private life.

 

“Garrow has opened a can of worms for Obama’s admirers. Interestingly, none of the ‘mainstream’ media that have preliminarily reported on Garrow’s new book have mentioned Garrow’s explosive findings on Obama’s potential (or actual) homosexuality. The mainstream media protection racket covering up unflattering aspects of Obama’s personal life remains in full force.

 

  1. Obama’s contrived his “blackness”/was his sexuality also contrived?

 

“One of the reasons Garrow digs deeply into one of Obama’s relationships is because Garrow probably saw for the first time how Obama was capable of contrivance and manipulation. Most people pursue nonmarital sexual encounters for the pure pleasure of the encounter. Obama moved from being a sexually active teenager to being obsessed in his 20’s with how his racial and sexual choices would affect his political future. Wow. What kind of mind and what kind of repressed psyche would you have to have to make sexual choices and romantic choices based on political ambition?

 

“Because of his smoothness and personability, Obama was someone who could have entered either white or black society on an even keel. Garrow mentions Chicago politicians I knew who made choices in their private lives that limited their public advancement; Obama chose advancement over personal satisfaction. That extreme level of self-denial may have prompted concerns as Garrow peeled back layer after layer of Obama’s manipulations and contrivances as Obama reached the threshold of becoming a public figure.

 

“We have to remember several pertinent aspects of Garrow’s status and stature. First, he was a member in good standing of the liberal establishment, giving him massive ‘cred’ as an Obama author. Second, people opened up to him and doors were opened on the assumption that Garrow was writing a sympathetic or even sycophantic biography. Conservatives would not receive similar access. Bottom line: writers have just begun to explore the many and massive ‘contrivances’ in Obama’s life. Garrow provides the first liberal-originated guide book.

 

  1. Did Obama’s mother influence Barack’s confused sexuality?

 

“My colleague Jerry Corsi explored the sexual proclivities of Barack Obama’s mother. Corsi focused on the mother in a way that I did not. But let’s turn Corsi’s writing around 180 degrees. ‘Barry’ Obama, as he was then known, had to have known of his mother’s libertine sexuality. Could he have felt shamed by his mother’s casual sexual practices?

 

“As new research is conducted and new witnesses and sources appear, we are likely to find that part of Obama’s admittedly confused sexuality, and his admitted willingness to consider a homosexual lifestyle, may have been promoted by his distaste at observing his mother’s behavior. Corsi may have been correct in his reporting about the salacious behavior of Obama’s mother, but Corsi probably missed the true significance of the mother’s behavior: she left behind a sexually confused and vulnerable son.

 

  1. What really happened at Occidental College?

 

“I have always been fascinated by the great gap in Obama’s college years: his time at Occidental College. Instinctively I knew there was a major story in the Occidental years but it was probably not a ‘political’ story, more likely some sort of ‘coming of age’ situation. Garrow, I believe, has provided the ‘missing link’ that is going to unleash a torrent of new research on Obama’s past. Occidental was an elite, expensive private college. How did Obama, a self-confessed mediocre student at Punahou School in Honolulu, finance his education there? I have wondered for over a decade what the answer to that question would be.

 

“Ultimately, the tortured ‘relationship’ between Obama and Professor Lawrence Goldyn may provide the ultimate missing link. The two men did indeed have a relationship. Obama admits he was ‘experimenting’ during his time at Occidental. Why wouldn’t he have experimented with Goldyn? Obama may have felt a need to leave Occidental to avoid further and deeper involvement with Goldyn. Goldyn may be the ‘Rosebud’ link which explains why Obama left Occidental and moved on to relative anonymity at Columbia University in New York.

 

  1. Obama’s obsession with sexuality during his presidency

 

“As I watched Barack Obama become President Obama I was amazed at his relentless and repeated obsession with controversial sexual issues. Time and time again, Obama focused on sexuality when it was counterproductive to do so. In his final year in office, Obama triggered a national controversy over transgender individuals and how to deal with their bathroom needs. Obama had to know the ‘bathroom bills’ would become a distraction and even hurt Hillary Clinton, but he persevered.

 

“Obama filled the federal courts with gay men and lesbians, to the point where it became obvious. While packing the courts with gays and lesbians never became as controversial as the bathroom bills and diktats, throughout his presidency Obama was obsessed with peripheral sexual issues. Why? Perhaps Garrow has provided an answer. At least he has pointed the way to further inquiry.

 

  1. Are Barack Obama and Michele Obama BFFs?

 

“Garrow’s book is likely to focus attention on the real nature of the relationship between Barack Obama and Michele Obama. Is theirs a ‘marriage of convenience?’ Are they ‘best friends forever? (BFFs)’ Do Garrow’s disclosures about Obama’s tortured sexuality call into question whether Michele Robinson Obama may have been just another pawn or ‘tool’ in Obama’s relentless rise to national prominence?

 

“All of these questions will come under renewed focus in the coming days. Garrow has blown open the secure ‘safe’ where the reality of Barack Obama’s personality and sexuality have remained hidden for decades,” Andy concludes. “I have been working on a second book, ‘The Search for Obama,’ as well as a book on President Trump. Garrow has now provided a road map to many new areas of inquiry concerning the mysterious Mr. Obama.”

 

May 5th New York news conference details:

 

Who:

 

Obama author and expert Andy Martin

 

What:

 

Andy Martin says a new biography of President Barack Obama by liberal icon David Garrow will trigger a firestorm of inquiry into whether Obama is a homosexual

 

Where:

 

909 Third Avenue, public sidewalk in front of FDR Station Post Office entrance, New York (under the “909” canopy in case of rain)

 

When:

 

Friday, May 5, 2017; 12:00 P.M.

 

LINKS TO THIS STORY (cut and paste the entire link below and not just the underlined portion):

 

[1]

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RgjQhnDEGSk

 

[2]

 

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-4470550/President-Obama-considered-pursuing-gay-relationship.html

 

[3]

 

New Biography Alleges Obama Almost Pursued Gay Relationship With Professor Lawrence Goldyn

 

ANDY MARTIN – A BRIEF BIO:

 

Andy Martin is a legendary New Hampshire, New York and Chicago muckraker, author, Internet columnist, talk television pioneer, radio talk show host, broadcaster and media critic. With forty-nine years of background in radio and television and with five decades of investigative and analytical experience in Washington, the USA and around the world, Andy provides insight on politics, foreign policy, intelligence and military matters. For a full bio, go to: www.AndyMartin.com; also see http://www.BoycottABC.com/executive_director.htm

 

Andy has also been a leading corruption fighter in American politics and courts for over fifty years and is executive director of the National Anti-Corruption Policy Institute. See also www.FirstRespondersOnline.us; www.AmericaisReadyforReform.com.

 

He holds a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Illinois College of Law and is a former adjunct professor of law at the City University of New York (LaGuardia CC, Bronx CC).

 

He is the author of “Obama: The Man Behind The Mask” [www.OrangeStatePress.com] and produced the Internet film “Obama: The Hawaii’ Years” [www.BoycottHawaii.com]. Andy is the Executive Editor and publisher of the “Internet Powerhouse,” blogging at www.contrariancommentary.wordpress.com and www.ContrarianCommentary.com.

 

Andy’s family immigrated to Manchester, New Hampshire 100 years ago; today his home overlooks the Merrimack River and he lives around the corner from where he played as a small boy. He is New Hampshire’s leading corruption fighter and Republican Party reformer.
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The leftist/Democratic Party War Against Fox News: constitutional expert and media critic Andy Martin explains why free speech is endangered

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Andy Martin defends Fox News against attacks from Democrats and leftist extremists

 

Andy says he had a bad experience with Fox, where they abused him and stabbed him in the back but, as a matter of constitutional principle, he still defends the network

 

Andy says we cannot return to the social mores and practices of the 1950’s and 60’s; society has moved on

 

Andy also says Bill O’Reilly got a raw deal from Rupert Murdoch’s sons, who are in the process of dismembering Fox News; allegations of “sexual harassment” are only the visible aspects of a clandestine agenda to neuter the conservative network

 

Andy says Sean Hannity is only the latest victim of what is going to be a protracted “War Against Fox News”

 

(New York, NY) (April 25 2017)

 

Dear American:

 

Sixty-five years ago U. S. Senator Joe McCarthy terrorized the media and liberals in general by accusing them of being infiltrated by “communists.” McCarthy’s supporters tried to remove individuals and reporters from appearing on TV and radio, and threatened media that refused to bend to their demands. They also used pressure tactics against advertisers, many of whom quickly caved.

 

When CBS refused to be intimidated, the network became a liberal icon for staring down and standing up to McCarthy’s accusations.

 

Today the tables are reversed.

 

Liberals are trying to intimidate the media and seeking to force the removal of conservative voices by threatening boycotts against sponsors. A demonization campaign again Fox News host Bill O’Reilly, based on stale accusations of sexual harassment, caused the sons of Rupert Murdoch to panic and remove O’Reilly.

 

As I made clear in my earlier column on O’Reilly, I strongly oppose sexual harassment and condemn abusive behavior by men or women seeking to extort sexual favors based on their positions of corporate or media authority. Almost fifty years ago I stood up at the Federal Communications Commission for the equal employment rights of women.

 

But I believe Murdoch’s sons are hell bent on destroying the legacy of their father. Rupert Murdoch was a swashbuckling and often abrasive corporate operator who built a worldwide media empire. I have followed him since the 1970’s. Rupert was “good” and “bad” and “in between.” His own moral behavior was immoral.

 

But in 1996 he gave conservatives a voice in the United States, the Fox News Network, conceived by Roger Ailes. Murdoch’s sons have not built anything; they are destroying their father’s legacy and trying to dismember Fox News as a conservative voice. O’Reilly was only the first casualty.

 

O’Reilly became a victim of McCarthyism of the left, liberals using the same sorts of malignant tactics they had condemned when they were employed by Senator McCarthy in the 1950’s. Instead of “doing a CBS” and standing up for O’Reilly, the Murdoch boys panicked at the first sign of sponsor resistance. I don’t know what O’Reilly did or didn’t do with the various women who accused him. They said he had engaged in boorish behavior; no one ever said O’Reilly attacked them or physically manhandled them. If the allegations were proven, they were still stale, long out of date and stretching back a decade in some instances, during an era when standards of corporate behavior were steadily strengthened to condemn aggressive behavior.

 

Some form of discipline against O’Reilly may have been appropriate; dismissal was not. But I knew the attacks on O’Reilly were only the first stage in a liberal/leftist plan to destroy Fox News. I said to myself, “How long before Sean Hannity is next?” I didn’t have long to wait. Over the weekend a woman surfaced and denounced Hannity.

 

I have to be honest and state that while I have no hesitation to defend Fox News, I was treated badly by the network. They took advantage of my research, used me as a guest, and then smeared me when I became the target of leftist attacks (sound familiar?). Rupert Murdoch and his minions have no loyalty to anyone but themselves. Hannity stood by silently and failed to defend me, so his defense of free speech ends where his paycheck begins. But despite my own personal experience with Fox, I see an important constitutional principle in the way the network has been targeted for destruction by leftist activists and agitators.

 

Democrats are in a bind. They lost an election for the White House to someone they considered a clown. Congress is in the hands of Republicans, especially conservatives. In the days ahead, Democratic cities are going to lose massive amounts of federal funding as they persist in the nonsense that they are “sanctuary cities” free to defy federal law. And so Democrats have chosen to try to win with the media some sense of power that they have not been able to obtain from voters.

 

“The media” are only too happy to accommodate Democrats/leftists, because the media are marbled with liberals and extreme leftists. And so we have the War Against Fox News, breathlessly covered by also-ran competitors CNN and MSNBC.

 

Hannity has denounced his accuser and says he has assembled a powerful legal team to fight back against false accusations. Hannity’s accuser has already walked back her claims and says they do not amount to sexual harassment (please see links [1] and [2] below). Where does all of this end?

 

When I went to college in the 1960’s, men and women could only meet on the first floor of dorms, with three feet on the floor. Later, doors had to be open when a male visitor was on the floor a women’s dorm. Within a few years, everything was topsy turvy and social morals had radically changed. Are we about to return to the moral standards and practices of the 1950’s? I hope not.

 

Women have made unbelievable strides in the workplace in the past decades. Will businessmen and businesswomen only be able to meet in glass rooms?

 

I don’t think sexual harassment is a joke. I take it seriously. Ironically I went to Capitol Hill, initially as an intern, soon after “sex” had been added –as a joke– to the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Over a lifetime I have seen the progress women have made. I also grew up in a single-parent home where we depended on mom’s paycheck from “The Aircraft” every two weeks.

 

But we need to distinguish between genuine workplace harassment and the types of accusations that were hurled against O’Reilly and are now being asserted against Hannity. How can anyone distinguish fact from fiction years later, when two adults met alone? And, when sexual accusations are proffered as part of a coordinated campaign against a news organization to destroy that entity, are we are straight back in the 1950’s, with leftists now using the same tactics they condemned when Joe McCarthy was terrorizing America and abusing public figures?

 

Fox News is not a sympathetic organization, as I know from personal experience and the manner in which they abused me. But I have no hesitation to defend Fox from a campaign to destroy conservative speech and free speech in America. The left lost the 2016 election. Democrats are trying to win back on TV what they lost on the political battlefield. We can’t let them do that. Attention must be paid.

 

Andy

 

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http://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/sean-hannity-denies-right-wing-blogger-s-sex-harassment-claim-n750211

 

ANDY MARTIN – A BRIEF BIO:

 

Andy Martin is a legendary New Hampshire, New York and Chicago muckraker, author, Internet columnist, talk television pioneer, radio talk show host, broadcaster and media critic. With forty-nine years of background in radio and television and with five decades of investigative and analytical experience in Washington, the USA and around the world, Andy provides insight on politics, foreign policy, intelligence and military matters. For a full bio, go to: www.AndyMartin.com; also see http://www.BoycottABC.com/executive_director.htm

 

Andy has also been a leading corruption fighter in American politics and courts for over fifty years and is executive director of the National Anti-Corruption Policy Institute. See also www.FirstRespondersOnline.us; www.AmericaisReadyforReform.com.

 

He holds a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Illinois College of Law and is a former adjunct professor of law at the City University of New York (LaGuardia CC, Bronx CC).

 

He is the author of “Obama: The Man Behind The Mask” [www.OrangeStatePress.com] and produced the Internet film “Obama: The Hawaii’ Years” [www.BoycottHawaii.com]. Andy is the Executive Editor and publisher of the “Internet Powerhouse,” blogging at www.contrariancommentary.wordpress.com and www.ContrarianCommentary.com.

 

Andy’s family immigrated to Manchester, New Hampshire 100 years ago; today his home overlooks the Merrimack River and he lives around the corner from where he played as a small boy. He is New Hampshire’s leading corruption fighter and Republican Party reformer.
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New York News Conferences: Andy Martin defends Bill O’Reilly, calls for boycott of Fox News because of O’Reilly’s dismissal

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Announcement of New York, NY news conference today, Wednesday, April 19th

 

Columnist/broadcaster Andy Martin will hold two news conferences to call for a boycott of Fox News because of the “ugly manner” in which Fox News dismissed Bill O’Reilly

 

April 19 New York news conference details:

 

Who:                                                      

 

Andy Martin, the independent Internet columnist and blogger who began in broadcasting forty-nine years ago

 

What:

 

Andy Martin says viewers should boycott Fox News; Rupert Murdoch’s children are destroying what their father created

 

Where:

 

Sidewalk in front of Forest Hills, NY Post Office, 10628 Queens Boulevard, Forest Hills, NY 11375 (Andy is also available at 9:00 P.M. at JFK Airport, Terminal 8)

 

When:

 

Wednesday, April 19, 2017; 5:30 P.M. (Forest Hills); 9:00 P.M. JFK Terminal 8

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

 

Andy Martin comes to the defense of Bill O’Reilly

 

Andy says Rupert Murdoch may be functionally senile and unable to fend off the liberal deconstructionist policies of his two sons who are dismantling Fox News

 

(New York, NY) (April 19, 2017) Andy Martin, who began in broadcasting forty-nine years ago and is committed to media diversity as well as conservative principles, says viewers should boycott Fox News because of the “ugly manner” in which Bill O’Reilly was dismissed by the Murdoch Family.

 

Andy assisted Fox News from Palm Beach, Florida during the early days of the network and once appeared on the O’Reilly Factor.

 

“Bill O’Reilly has never been formally accused of any misconduct in a court of law, or before any administrative agency. Instead, the Murdoch Family has taken to lynching a man who helped build the Fox News franchise. A pox on the Murdoch Family which is in the process of deconstructing Fox News to serve the liberal attitudes of Murdoch’s sons.

 

“I watched the competing media Tuesday night and what I saw was a disgrace to American law and American media. The daughter of Gloria Allred, who is one of the most obnoxious media hounds in the legal profession, was attacking Bill O’Reilly without making a legal claim and without filing an administrative claim and without affording Bill O’Reilly any due process whatsoever.

 

“I condemn the Murdoch Family’s malignant behavior on two grounds.

 

“First, as a broadcaster with forty-nine years of television experience, I feel the network is engaging in self-destruction. I bear no host/employee any ill will. But the ‘revised lineup’ promulgated by Fox management is a blueprint for audience capitulation. I have no hesitation to call for a boycott of Fox News (see http://www.boycottabc.com/)

 

“Second, the way O’Reilly was treated by the Murdoch Family was despicable. The Murdochs run Fox as though it is their family fiefdom. But there are public shareholders and there are many stakeholders. Yet O’Reilly was assassinated by a cabal of one old man, Rupert, who appears to be functionally senile and his two craven sons that are desperate for social acceptance in liberal New York society and are willing to jettison the proud history of Fox News. What a disgrace.

 

“When Fox was just beginning I was asked to help out, at least once and maybe more, by a producer that needed a correspondent in West Palm Beach. I was a guest on many occasions on the original Hannity and Colmes show. I was a pioneer in ‘talk television’ as it evolved in the early 1990’s. My roots in television go back to 1968 when the FCC approved my ownership of a TV station.

 

“A couple of points need to be made. In a career spanning over half a century, I have always fought for the right of women to be treated with equality and respect. The Federal Communications Commission designated me as a party in the great AT&T case that established workplace equality (Docket No. 19801). I have never engaged in and never condoned sexual harassment or aggressive behavior, quite the opposite.

 

“I do not know what Bill O’Reilly actually did. But I saw clear evidence of the sexual extortion racket Gloria Allred and her daughter Lisa Bloom have been running for years. Why Fox management would allow these hucksters to attack O’Reilly is beyond me.

 

“If O’Reilly acted inappropriately, he could and should have been disciplined in some manner. He paid large sums of money for whatever reasons prompted him to settle claims. Part of what made O’Reilly O’Reilly was his extreme energy and volatile temperament in his early years. Keith Olbermann used to delight in playing and replaying an old videotape of O’Reilly exploding on set. But no one is perfect and no one should be crucified for isolated misdeeds in a career spanning decades.

 

“It is easy to advocate for a viewer boycott because Fox News has removed its strongest presence on TV and substituted a weak lineup. I have never found ‘The Five’ watchable, and while I like Tucker Carlson in the abstract he does not have the gravitas to replace O’Reilly. Fox will be hemorrhaging viewers even without my boycott. But as a matter of honor and integrity I call for viewers to engage in an ‘extreme boycott’ because the Murdoch Family has mistreated one of its loyal employees and expressed contempt for its audience and the American people. The Murdochs will pay a heavy price in lost business and viewership for their malicious behavior.”

 

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ANDY MARTIN – A BRIEF BIO:

 

Andy Martin is a legendary New Hampshire, New York and Chicago muckraker, author, Internet columnist, talk television pioneer, radio talk show host, broadcaster and media critic. With forty-nine years of background in radio and television and with five decades of investigative and analytical experience in Washington, the USA and around the world, Andy provides insight on politics, foreign policy, intelligence and military matters. For a full bio, go to: www.AndyMartin.com; also see http://www.BoycottABC.com/executive_director.htm

 

Andy has also been a leading corruption fighter in American politics and courts for over fifty years and is executive director of the National Anti-Corruption Policy Institute. See also www.FirstRespondersOnline.us; www.AmericaisReadyforReform.com.

 

He holds a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Illinois College of Law and is a former adjunct professor of law at the City University of New York (LaGuardia CC, Bronx CC).

 

He is the author of “Obama: The Man Behind The Mask” [www.OrangeStatePress.com] and produced the Internet film “Obama: The Hawaii’ Years” [www.BoycottHawaii.com]. Andy is the Executive Editor and publisher of the “Internet Powerhouse,” blogging at www.contrariancommentary.wordpress.com and www.ContrarianCommentary.com.

 

Andy’s family immigrated to Manchester, New Hampshire 100 years ago; today his home overlooks the Merrimack River and he lives around the corner from where he played as a small boy. He is New Hampshire’s leading corruption fighter and Republican Party reformer.
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Defending United Airlines: Law professor Andy Martin defends United Airlines from recent social media criticism

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

 

Andy Martin defends United Airlines and says the obstreperous doctor who caused a flight disturbance in Chicago should have been removed from a United flight

 

Andy says social media are corrupting common sense and public discourse to the point of anarchy

 

Andy says the offending Kentucky doctor should be arrested and charged for resisting a law enforcement officer

 

Andy also says the Chicago Police Department or airport security acted lawfully and properly

 

Andy says the United Airlines “leggings controversy” was also more social media-inspired nonsense

 

(Near the Winter White House, Palm Beach, Florida) (April 11 2017)

 

Dear American:

 

I may be the only person in the entire United States defending United Airlines and the Chicago police or O’Hare Airport security, but I believe the airline acted lawfully and properly in removing an obstreperous passenger from a Chicago-Louisville flight on Sunday. As someone who is both familiar with United and its policies I think the firestorm of criticism on social media is just so much blather. Social media and the morons who pop and toot without any information, let alone informed information, are creating social anarchy in our public square.

 

We’ve had arguments at my own home over the removal incident which has received widespread publicity on cable TV and other mainstream media. But when the New York Times started printing the opinions of morons who should know better, I felt and feel it was time for some sanity to be injected into the debate.

 

I am an active member of several frequent flyer programs, including United’s, and fly regularly, particularly now that President Trump is on a regular Washington/Florida schedule. I also used United’s “buddy passes” for many years and am familiar with the corporate programs affording friends of employees reduced fares.

 

Let’s start with the crazy doctor who thinks he is the most important person in the world.

 

There have been many cell-phone videos posted on the Internet, shown in an endless loop on cable TV, with whackos in the background screaming “Oh God” even though they were not threatened. But one of the passengers, perhaps the individual closest to the unruly passenger, confirmed on, I believe, CNN that airline staff acted courteously, and Chicago police or airport security staff also acted with extreme restraint and courtesy before removing the passenger. When the passenger started acting belligerently, police or security staff had every right to remove the individual from the plane.

 

First, some background for those who do not fly regularly or ignore the messages given at the beginning of every flight. Federal law requires all passengers to obey crew instructions. A commercial airliner is not a democracy and it is not a public forum where people have “rights” to make fools of themselves or conduct protests. One moron who should know better, Andrew D Gilman of CommCore Consulting Group, was quoted in the New York Times as saying “it was my seat.” Uhh, no. It is the airlines’ seat.

 

Second, overbooking used to be a major problem. But airlines today have refined and sophisticated their reservations programs to the point where overbooking is a rare issue. I seldom hear airline employees asking for “volunteers” because flights almost always have sufficient seats for those who actually show up. But when the aviation system is disrupted, as it was last week because of strange weather patterns, problems arise (Delta Airlines, not United, had the worst). Nevertheless, it is critical to keep in mind we are dealing not with a widespread problem but rather an extremely unusual one.

 

Third, federal law gives airline employees virtually dictatorial powers because of the inherent dangers and closeness of air travel. A plane’s “captain” is called a captain for a reason. Aviation law derives from maritime law.

 

Fourth, when a crew member seeks assistance from local law enforcement (I am not sure whether the guards were Chicago Police Officers or airport security officers) law enforcement has a duty respond. In every state of the United States, refusal to obey a law enforcement officer is grounds for the officer to physically remove someone from a premises. Usually people go willingly. But when they do not, such as by going “limp” to obstruct an officer during a protest, force may be employed.

 

The doctor in question acted as though he was the law and everyone was answerable to him, not vice versa. That is simply not the case. There is no question that air crew and the police initially acted courteously and with restraint. But once he refused to move after a request to do so, he could be removed forcibly and he was. His display of crazy behavior marks him as someone who should not be allowed on an airplane ever again.

 

Fifth, what do I think should happen? The doctor should be criminally charged and prosecuted for his outrageous behavior and disruption. If he is senile that should be taken into consideration, but then why is someone with such an emotional response pattern allowed to practice medicine in Kentucky?

 

The Chicago police and the airline staff should be commended for their initial restraint.

 

The airline has a right to randomly chose passengers for removal when flight conditions mandate urgent action. Perhaps United Airlines should review whether staff should have been allowed to keep “upping the ante” until some passenger grabbed at the opportunity for free travel (I’d support that approach. Whenever an airline announces my own fight is looking for “volunteers,” I always volunteer, though I set a high dollar point for reimbursement.)

 

I would urge the public to stop responding like idiots to every video posted on social media. The videos of the crazy passenger did not carry with them any disclosure that the crew and security staff had initially acted with restraint and with extreme courtesy to all passengers. It was only when the crazy doctor provoked the police that direct action was taken as a last resort.

 

Finally, this is not the only social mediagasm United has experienced in recent weeks. When two guests of the airline traveling on a “buddy pass” were removed from the flight there was another firestorm of stupidity and misleading commentary. Because I flew for many years on discounted United passes I know all about the matter.

 

Every airline gives free travel to family members of its employees, as well as offering a limited numbers of “passes” to employees so friends can join them. One of my pilot buddies flew for United and while he was a pilot every year he offered me use of some of the discounted passes. I don’t remember the exact amount but the airline offered either an 85% or 90% discount from regular fares as well as other very liberal benefits (e.g. free upgrades). But, United Airlines has a dress code. When you travel on an employee pass, you are subject to the airlines dress code for discounted travel. Seems like a “fare” deal to me.

 

From the firestorm of moronic social media criticism of United you would have thought the airline was imposing a draconian dress code on all of its passengers. Since when did it become bad form for a business to impose reasonable conditions on a discounted employee benefit?

 

Social media are creating a situation where every minor matter gets escalated into a national hysteria without any factual basis or application of common sense.

 

I am not against all social media. Phone cameras and social media have pioneered in exposing police brutality and other forms of abuse. But if social media are allowed to create a bogus conflagration every time some public or airline employee acts properly in response to a recalcitrant passenger, the use of social media will be degraded and ultimately curtailed.

 

United Airlines, its employees and the Chicago Police (or airport security) are entitled to an apology from the millions of know-nothings and media jerks who have sensationalized boorish and unlawful behavior by the Kentucky crazy doctor and others who were taking advantage of airline “buddy pass” benefits.

 

There are two sides to every story. Sadly, social media and mainstream media following in the wake of social eruptions, often provide only one perspective, a mistaken and misleading one.

 

Andy

 

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ANDY MARTIN – A BRIEF BIO:

 

Andy Martin is a legendary New Hampshire, New York and Chicago muckraker, author, Internet columnist, talk television pioneer, radio talk show host, broadcaster and media critic. With forty-nine years of background in radio and television and with five decades of investigative and analytical experience in Washington, the USA and around the world, Andy provides insight on politics, foreign policy, intelligence and military matters. For a full bio, go to: www.AndyMartin.com; also see http://www.BoycottABC.com/executive_director.htm

 

Andy has also been a leading corruption fighter in American politics and courts for over fifty years and is executive director of the National Anti-Corruption Policy Institute. See also www.FirstRespondersOnline.us; www.AmericaisReadyforReform.com.

 

He holds a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Illinois College of Law and is a former adjunct professor of law at the City University of New York (LaGuardia CC, Bronx CC).

 

He is the author of “Obama: The Man Behind The Mask” [www.OrangeStatePress.com] and produced the Internet film “Obama: The Hawaii’ Years” [www.BoycottHawaii.com]. Andy is the Executive Editor and publisher of the “Internet Powerhouse,” blogging at www.contrariancommentary.wordpress.com and www.ContrarianCommentary.com.

 

Andy’s family immigrated to Manchester, New Hampshire 100 years ago; today his home overlooks the Merrimack River and he lives around the corner from where he played as a small boy. He is New Hampshire’s leading corruption fighter and Republican Party reformer.
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President Trump Takes Command; War Changes Everything – Middle East expert Andy Martin’s latest analysis

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(Near the Winter White House, Palm Beach, Florida) (April 7, 2017)

Dear American:

One of my favorite Broadway tunes is “Love Changes Everything.” War also changes everything.

 

When my team landed in Palm Beach, Florida Tuesday morning we were here to observe the U.S./China summit later in the week. I was working on an analytical piece which would juxtapose the conflict between the “globalist” and “nationalist” advocates in our American conversation. Wednesday, the local society newspaper, the Palm Beach Daily News, featured a story on SEAL supporters meeting at Mar-A-Lago for a SEAL demonstration and fundraising benefit (please see link #1 below). Thursday night I shared a leisurely dinner with family and friends. An MSNBC crew interviewing Republican/Trump operative Roger Stone walked by on the sidewalk. There was a gentle sea breeze.

 

Later, when Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly program was interrupted by a bulletin, I said, “This feels eerie. I think we are going to war.” Before the thought had left my mouth, the Syria attack was announced. Later Thursday night I sampled (watched) the late night shows. The Late Show had its usual searing portrayal of President Trump; but now the program carried a disclaimer: “Tonight’s show was recorded before the Syria attack.”

 

War changes everything.

 

Everything I planned to write would have to wait, maybe for the weekend.

 

Donald Trump has taken command.

 

Where to begin?

 

Trump has assembled one of the most powerful and experienced national security teams in recent history, marbled with retired generals and global leaders. America, and the world, are in good hands. Trump is not an experienced national and international leader, and certainly no wartime president. But he will have to become one. He has the team to succeed.

 

  1. The Chinese are angry and paranoid. Planning a major summit takes time. Some Chinese will believe that Trump orchestrated the bombing of Syria to send a message to China and North Korea, in effect to humiliate China. They would be mistaken, although the Chinese leader will take notice that Donald Trump (surprise!) is no Barack Obama. But the U. S. /China summit has been reduced to a nothingburger. Maybe next time.

 

  1. Trump has energized the anti-ISIS coalition “bigly.” I do not want to start an argument about what Barack Obama did but in practical terms, he started ISIS. Obama’s premature withdrawal from Iraq, based on George Bush’s incompetent agreement to withdraw on a prearranged schedule, allowed Iran to take effective control of Iraq. The result: Sunnis fled to the “safety” of ISIS and a new round of war began before the old one had ended.

 

  1. Beneath the surface, Trump did “inherit a mess” in the Middle East. Obama had staved off dealing with Middle East problems and planned to dump the situation in the hands of his successor, Hillary Clinton. Surprise, again. Trump succeeded Obama.

 

  1. Last week Trump’s representatives added to the mess in Syria by essentially surrendering that nation to the Assad regime. I do not believe the command-and-control apparatus in Damascus is so sophisticated that this week’s poison gas attack was triggered by the Trump Administration’s casual remarks about leaving Assad in place. But Assad has been committing mayhem on his own people for years. His number finally came up when he least expected. Surprise again.

 

  1. Although Trump has spent much of his life as a bully, and not a very pleasant one, he also has a soft and decent side that is not often exposed to public view. I believe he was sincerely moved by the slaughter of small children being murdered in their sleep by Assad’s poison gas. Trump’s critics like to insult him for watching their own cable TV programs! But the Syrian slaughter could not be avoided this week. A moment in history arose spontaneously out of the ether. Yes, there have/had been earlier poison gas attacks. But this one clicked. Trump was meeting in the White House with Middle East leaders. How would he respond? Trump immediately grasped the significance of the challenge he faced.

 

  1. We know the missile attacks on Syria were not planned Thursday. The background work of targeting and analysis began yesterday.

 

  1. Trump’s attack has received support from every political viewpoint. He has Nick Kristof of the New York Times backing air strikes against Assad’s air force. CBS makes a fortune broadcasting caustic comedy every night as Steven Colbert ridicules Trump. Thursday night CBS added a disclaimer to the Colbert show that the program had been taped before the attack on Syria. War changes everything. Trump is a new man. And Friday will find us in a new world.

 

  1. My regular readers know that I first met Trump in the late 1970’s and our paths have crossed in every subsequent decade. I know Trump inside and outside. Trump is not a deep thinker, but he has a deep sense of history and the flow of history. In conjunction with his national security team Trump grasped that decisive action was necessary, and Trump took command.

 

  1. Sadly, my life has been defined by war and warfare. I can quickly count to four generations of my family that have fought in the Middle East in the last 100 years. As a college student and later a private security operator I was trained to be a Cold Warrior (http://www.andymartin.com/cert.htm). I saw the horrors of Viet-Nam, Cambodia and Laos. In 2003 I lived in Baghdad after the U. S. invasion. Last summer I was in the Eastern Panhandle of Jordan, variously surrounded by Jordanian Special Forces and regular army troops, CIA operatives, British SAS, U. S. Special Forces, Russians, Syrians, rebels, refugees, ISIS and anyone else that operates in that intersection of Syrian, Jordanian and Iraqi borders.

 

  1. But I am confident we are not at risk of a broader war right now. Military men are the most anti-war people you will ever meet. They have seen the horrors, the mangled bodies, the victimized civilians. There will be men and women on the ground, again, as there are already U. S. troops in Syria and Iraq. But there will be no mass mobilization and no massive land army in the desert. Donald Trump will not repeat the mistakes of George w. Bush. Trump has a far superior team of advisers than Bush. Bush was advised by ideologues. Trump has chosen a “team of technocrats,” technocrats of war.

 

  1. Trump has been excoriated for his response to the Syrian refugee crisis. But that crisis was created by Assad, not Trump. Trump will not budge on admitting Syrian refugees to the United States. But because the refugee crisis is destabilizing both the United States and Europe, Trump will take decisive action to end the source of the problem, Assad’s regime for the Shiites and ISIS’ redoubt for the Sunnis. Men, and women, here and abroad, follow power. Trump’s team will deliver power to the battlefield. Even reluctant nations will follow.

 

  1. On the other side of the world, if you have a tendency to paranoia you can almost believe Trump orchestrated the Syria attack to intimidate and humiliate the president of China while the Chinese leader was visiting Mar-A-Lago. His entourage was and will continue to be intimidated. Korea was the “forgotten war.” For almost seventy years a mess has existed as Korea remained separated. As long as the North Korean dictators were a nuisance they could be tolerated; the risk of dealing with a nuisance was far less than the risk of restarting a war. But with Korea developing nuclear weapons and ICBMs the regime can no longer be ignored or tolerated. Trump and Tillotson have said the time for negotiations is “over.” Trump also said if China won’t restrain North Korea, he will.

 

  1. The U. S. /China summit, which was to have been a subdued meeting, has both been eclipsed by the attack in Syria and also become the last opportunity China has to tame the North Korean tiger. Trump does not have to threaten China; the cruise missiles flying of the decks of our navy’s destroyers send an unmistakable message.

 

I will still write later about the “war” between the “globalist” and “nationalist” factions in the Trump Administration.

 

But today we are all globalists. Or, if you prefer, nationalist globalists. The accidental president has become the reluctant leader of an unstable world. History is beckoning. Where history will lead us we will have to wait and see.

 

Best wishes from the Palm Beach summit,

 

Andy

 

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ANDY MARTIN – A BRIEF BIO:

 

Andy Martin is a legendary New Hampshire, New York and Chicago muckraker, author, Internet columnist, talk television pioneer, radio talk show host, broadcaster and media critic. With forty-nine years of background in radio and television and with five decades of investigative and analytical experience in Washington, the USA and around the world, Andy provides insight on politics, foreign policy, intelligence and military matters. For a full bio, go to: www.AndyMartin.com; also see http://www.BoycottABC.com/executive_director.htm

 

Andy has also been a leading corruption fighter in American politics and courts for over fifty years and is executive director of the National Anti-Corruption Policy Institute. See also www.FirstRespondersOnline.us; www.AmericaisReadyforReform.com.

 

He holds a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Illinois College of Law and is a former adjunct professor of law at the City University of New York (LaGuardia CC, Bronx CC).

 

He is the author of “Obama: The Man Behind The Mask” [www.OrangeStatePress.com] and produced the Internet film “Obama: The Hawaii’ Years” [www.BoycottHawaii.com]. Andy is the Executive Editor and publisher of the “Internet Powerhouse,” blogging at www.contrariancommentary.wordpress.com and www.ContrarianCommentary.com.

 

Andy’s family immigrated to Manchester, New Hampshire 100 years ago; today his home overlooks the Merrimack River and he lives around the corner from where he played as a small boy. He is New Hampshire’s leading corruption fighter and Republican Party reformer.
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Eight years ago corruption fighter Andy Martin explained why martial law was needed in Chicago, to stem the tide of relentless violence

Andy Martin was supposed to attend the University of New Hampshire, where his mother and uncle had graduated. But when Andy got the chance to play Big ten football at the University of Illinois he grabbed for the brass ring, eventually ending up as a corruption fighter in Illinois. Today Andy lives in Manchester, near the Merrimack River. But this year, 2017, he celebrates fifty years as a corruption fighter in Chicago and Illinois, and forty years as the last surviving reform mayoral candidate in the historic election to succeed “The Boss,” Mayor Richard J. Daley. Andy continues to fight political corruption from Hanover to Honolulu, and he remains an “honest broker” in explaining why martial law is the only approach that will succeed in quelling the violence in Chicago. Andy endorses President Trump’s promise to “send in the feds” if Chicago leaders cannot stop the killing; eight years ago in a blunt, landmark prediction, Andy said Chicago’s leaders were incapable of regaining control of the city. Andy was right. The failed political leadership in Chicago was wrong. And today President Trump is also right. Will Trump right Chicago’s wrongs?

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Andy says that without a declaration of martial law, Chicago violence cannot be stopped

 

“Illinois and Chicago politicians lack the guts to act,” Andy says; “Only President Trump has the willpower to succeed”

 

In 2017 Andy celebrates fifty years as an Illinois and national corruption fighter, and forty years since he led a reform movement after the death of “Boss” Richard J. Daley in 1977

 

Andy Martin was once a modern day successor to “Eliot Ness and the Untouchables” in Chicago; today Andy lives in New Hampshire but occasionally takes on a Chicago corruption battle

 

(Near the Winter White House, Florida) (February 6, 2017)

 

Dear American:

 

Eight years ago I called for the imposition of martial law in Chicago, to stem the relentless tide of murder and violence (please see link #1 below). History has confirmed the accuracy and wisdom of my predictions. Since 2009 thousands have been murdered in Chicago, and tens of thousands have been shot. Local authorities remain unwilling and unable to stop the violence. In 2012 I again predicted that martial law was the only solution (please see link #2 below).

 

Since my original prediction both national personalities such as Fox News’ Bill O’Reilly and local public officials have joined my call for emergency action (please see link #3 below).

 

Now that President Trump has promised to “send in the feds” (please see link #4), it is time to understand why Chicago continues to fail to provide public safety for its citizens, and why only drastic measures can succeed.

 

First, a little personal history. I grew up in New England, not the Midwest. Because both my mom and uncle had graduated from the University of New Hampshire I was expected to attend there. But I got the chance to play football at the University of Illinois and the siren call of the Big Ten took me to Illinois. I come from a military family; the last thing on my mind was becoming a corruption fighter. But through a series of accidental opportunities I ended up working for a U. S. Senator who himself had been a legendary corruption fighter in Chicago, as well as a friend of the great lawyer Clarence Darrow.

 

As a college senior I went to the Illinois General Assembly (legislature) as an intern where I encountered the Mafia, which enjoyed its own state senate seat from Chicago. The machine politics of the 1950’s-1970’s Daley Machine was operating with little hindrance. And, somehow, fifty years ago the die was cast. The people who supported and encouraged me became an informal version of “Eliot Ness and the Untouchables.” We were a team that could not be bossed or bullied or bought and had a steadfast commitment to public integrity and fighting political corruption. I was the public face and took the brunt of the counterattacks and abuse.

 

Forty years ago in 1977 I participated in the historic mayoral primary election to succeed “Boss” Richard J. Daley. Today I am the only surviving candidate from that election. But I have just as much energy and commitment today as I did fifty years ago.

 

I moved back to New Hampshire in 2010 (please see link #5 below). But because of my national corruption fighting activity from Hanover (NH) to Honolulu (HI) we still get involved with Illinois and Chicago corruption from time to time. Why do I mention my long history of experience with political corruption and public integrity? Because many political leaders have a “here today, gone tomorrow” attitude and lack any institutional memory.

 

Forty years ago Governor “Big Jim” Thompson of Illinois passed “Class X felony” legislation to rid Chicago of gang violence. Thompson is long gone (but still alive); Class X felonies still remain on the law books. But the gangs are more powerful than ever. Everything the politicians have tried has failed. That’s why it’s time for the Donald Trumps and Andy Martins to offer solutions and in the case of President Trump to take action.

 

If you go back and read what I suggested in 2009 (link #1) you’ll think it sounds pretty mild. But in 2009 I was considered “way out” for proposing a massive campaign to end gang violence through an initial declaration of martial law. Since my original proposals, thousands have died and tens of thousands have been permanently maimed and wounded by violence. Obama has come and gone in the White House. The killing continues unabated. Significantly, Obama has not moved back “home” to Chicago.

 

Recently some of us went on a ride through the most dangerous neighborhoods. They are barely a stone’s throw from President Barack Obama’s mansion on the South Side. I first went to the South Side long, long ago. But the bombed out neighborhoods of the 1960’s are still largely bombed out.

 

Chicago is composed of good people who are held hostage by crooked politicians. Both the State of Illinois and City of Chicago are bankrupt. Taxes skyrocket, services are curtailed and the “death spiral” that caused me to move away in 2010 has gotten progressively worse. Can Chicago and Illinois be saved? I believe they can. But I also believe that neither Mayor Emanuel nor Governor Bruce Rauner is going to take action. So President Trump must act.

 

Mayor Rahm Emanuel has said he wants President Trump to “help.” But Emanuel doesn’t really want Trump’s help. Emanuel wants to continue the same old failed liberal Democratic Party solutions, while trying to shift the blame for failure to Trump. Trump is too smart to fall for that snare.

 

My 2009 proposals are strikingly current. But stronger action is needed today because of the deteriorated situation.

 

In 1957, President Eisenhower sent in a contingent of the 101st Airborne Division (U S Army) to support the Arkansas National Guard which the president had federalized. (While the National Guard remains under the control of a state’s governor, a president can “federalize” state troops and place them under national command). Thus, there is a precedent for federal action to protect constitutional rights when local officials fail or refuse to act.

 

The federal ATF agency supposedly will send twenty (20) more agents to Chicago, a claim the agency denies (please see link # 7 below). But “20 agents” is a drop in the bucket. In 2014 more ATF agents were sent to Chicago with no noticeable impact (please see link #8 below).

 

Drastic and dramatic gestures are necessary. Which is why local politicians prefer to do nothing and pray for cold weather to keep people indoors. Mayor Emanuel has claimed he is “hiring more police,” but that is a typical Emanuel smokescreen. Emanuel’s hires would bring the police force back to where it was when he took office (please see link #9 below).

 

In November Chicago voters chose to continue the chaos when they rejected Trump and elected to continue the state’s relentless decline into insolvency and mediocrity. So Trump doesn’t owe Illinoisans anything. He could let the people who voted against him stew in their own juices and it would be a condign response since he is under no immediate obligation to do anything.

 

Nevertheless if Trump could succeed in stemming violence in Chicago – and he can – that would send a message to every American, “Law and order is back, anarchy will not be tolerated, and if local officials refuse to act, we will.”

 

The tragedy is that African-Americans, who remain laminated to the failed Democratic Party policies of the last half century, and laminated to the failed political leadership of the Congressional Black Caucus, are the ones who are betrayed by their local and national leaders every day in every way. Trump could redeem his campaign promise to African-Americans by “making Chicago safe again.”

 

Eight years ago I laid out a rational and reasonable program to bring peace to the embattled streets of Chicago (#1). That program can easily be updated, as I have done in these few paragraphs.

 

The cost of bringing peace is far less than the ongoing cost of the bleeding which the city and region are enduring. While “Chicago hating” is a time-tested electoral strategy in Illinois, particularly downstate, Chicago is an economic engine that powers the entire Midwest. If Chicago dies, citizens across the region, from Indiana to Wisconsin and beyond will be impacted.

 

Martial law would not have to last very long. But it would involve an initial “shock,” followed by a precinct-by-precinct effort to regain control of lawless neighborhoods. Instead of seeking to regulate the police, as President Obama did, Trump could work to encourage and professionalize local law enforcement.

 

If politicians simply allow the same failed policies to continue, and allow the same failed leaders to persist with the same failed programs, the Midwest will eventually suffer irreversible injury.

 

Demanding “jobs” and “education” and other federal giveaways, which is what Emanuel and Black leaders expect from Trump, is a pathway to oblivion. Without public safety in the streets, no program can succeed. I have known Chicago for more than a half century. The trend has been down, down, down. There is no local leadership and no local initiative. The demands for justice and giveaways have been relentless and irrelevant. Nationally, trillions of dollars in “poverty programs” have accomplished little.

 

If Trump wants to tackle the problems with real solutions, he knows where to reach me. In Manchester, New Hampshire.

 

LINKS TO THIS STORY (cut and paste the entire link below and not just the underlined portion):

 

[1]

 

https://andyforussenator.wordpress.com/2009/09/30/u-s-senate-candidate-martial-law-needed-in-chicago/

 

http://andyforussenator.blogspot.com/2009/09/us-senate-candidate-martial-law-needed.html

 

[2]

 

https://contrariancommentary.wordpress.com/2012/09/03/chicago-news-conference-conservative-powerhouse-andy-martin-renews-his-2009-demand-for-martial-law-in-chicago/

 

[3]

 

http://crooksandliars.com/2016/05/bill-o-reilly-blames-black-crime-chicago

 

http://www.nbcchicago.com/news/local/Cook-County-Commissioner-Urges-Governor-to-Declare-State-of-Emergency-in-Chicago-Over-Gun-Violence-367705961.html

 

[4]

 

 

https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/post-nation/wp/2017/01/26/trump-calls-chicago-violence-very-easily-fixable-and-blames-it-on-political-correctness/?

 

[5]

 

http://www.AndyMartinNewHampshire100.com

 

[6]

 

http://www.nytimes.com/learning/general/onthisday/big/0925.html

 

[7]

 

Twenty more ATF agents on their way to Chicago

 

http://abc7chicago.com/news/atf-denies-reports-its-sending-20-agents-to-chicago/1736921/

 

[8]

 

http://www.nbcchicago.com/blogs/ward-room/ATF-Adding-7-Agents-to-Help-Combat-Chicago-Violence-267502011.html

 

[9]

 

THE WATCHDOGS: Rahm’s police hiring will barely make up for drop

 

http://www.chicagobusiness.com/article/20160923/OPINION/160929873/more-police-will-not-cure-chicagos-violence-problem

 

http://www.cwbchicago.com/2016/09/police-manpower-dips-rahms-promise.html

 

 

ANDY MARTIN – A BRIEF BIO:

 

Andy Martin is a legendary New Hampshire, New York and Chicago muckraker, author, Internet columnist, talk television pioneer, radio talk show host, broadcaster and media critic. With forty-nine years of background in radio and television and with five decades of investigative and analytical experience in Washington, the USA and around the world, Andy provides insight on politics, foreign policy, intelligence and military matters. For a full bio, go to: www.AndyMartin.com; also see http://www.BoycottABC.com/executive_director.htm

 

Andy has also been a leading corruption fighter in American politics and courts for over fifty years and is executive director of the National Anti-Corruption Policy Institute. See also www.FirstRespondersOnline.us; www.AmericaisReadyforReform.com.

 

He holds a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Illinois College of Law and is a former adjunct professor of law at the City University of New York (LaGuardia CC, Bronx CC).

 

He is the author of “Obama: The Man Behind The Mask” [www.OrangeStatePress.com] and produced the Internet film “Obama: The Hawaii’ Years” [www.BoycottHawaii.com]. Andy is the Executive Editor and publisher of the “Internet Powerhouse,” blogging at www.contrariancommentary.wordpress.com and www.ContrarianCommentary.com.

 

Andy’s family immigrated to Manchester, New Hampshire 100 years ago; today his home overlooks the Merrimack River and he lives around the corner from where he played as a small boy. He is New Hampshire’s leading corruption fighter and Republican Party reformer.
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