Man behind whispers about Obama has a history of making scintillating statementsOctober 13th, 2008 - 3:19 pm ICT by ANI
New York, Oct.13 (ANI): The statement that Obama is a Muslim who has concealed his religion has generated enough controversy during the current presidential campaign, that even today, it continues to be an engine that drives other false rumors about Obamas background.
Until this month, the man who is widely credited with starting the cyber-whisper campaign that still dogs Obama was a secondary character in news reports, with deep explorations of his background largely confined to liberal blogs where he is a bete noir.
But an appearance in a documentary-style program on the Fox News Channel watched by three million people last week thrust the man, Andy Martin, and his past into the foreground.
The Fox program allowed Martin to assert falsely and without challenge that Obama had once trained to overthrow the government.
An examination of legal documents and election filings, and interviews with those from Martins past, revealed a man with a history of scintillating if not always factual claims, who has left a trail of animosity including anti-Jewish comments — among political leaders, lawyers and judges in three states over the course of more than 30 years.
A law school graduate, his admission to the Illinois state bar was blocked in the 1970s after a psychiatric finding of moderately severe character defect manifested by well-documented ideation with a paranoid flavor and a grandiose character.
Though he is not a licensed lawyer, Martin went on to become a prodigious filer of lawsuits, and he also made various unsuccessful attempts to run for public office in three states, as well as for president at least twice, in 1988 and 2000.
Based in Chicago, he now identifies himself as an author and writer who focuses on his anti-Obama Web site and press releases.
Martin, in a series of interviews, did not dispute his influence in Obama rumors.
Everybody uses my research as a take off point. Im a colorful person, theres always somebody who has a legitimate cause in their mind to be angry with me, the New York Times quotes him, as saying.
When questions were raised last week about Mr. Martins appearance and claims on Hannitys America on Fox News, the programs producer said his views were expressed as his opinion and not necessarily fact, and, as such, were not unwarranted.
It was not his first turn on national television.
The CBS News program 48 Hours devoted an hour-long program to his legal prowess in 1993 entitled, See You in Court; Civil War, Anthony Martin Clogs Legal System with Frivolous Lawsuits.
He has filed so many lawsuits and paperwork containing anti-Semitic slurs a judge barred him from doing so in any federal court house without preliminary approval.
He prepared a run for Congress in Connecticut where paperwork for one of his campaign committees listed as one purpose to exterminate Jew Power. He ran for the Florida State Senate and the United States Senate in Illinois. When running for president in 1999, he showed a television advertisement in New Hampshire that accused George W. Bush of cocaine use.
In the mid-1990s he was jailed in relation to an assault case in Florida.
His newfound prominence, and the persistence of his line of political attack — updated regularly on his Web site and through press releases — amazes those from his past.
Well, thats just a bookend for me, said Tom Slade, a former chairman of the Florida Republican Party who says the party spent hundreds of thousands of dollars defending against lawsuits Martin brought for Slades refusal to support his bid for state office. Hes crazy as a run-over dog. But hes fearless.
Given Obamas unique background, which was the focus of his first book, it was perhaps bound to become fodder for some opposed to his candidacy.
Theories about Obamas background have taken on a life of their own. But every independent analyst seeking the origins of the cyberspace attack winds up back at Martins first press release, posted on the Free Republic Web site in August 2004. (ANI)
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