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Anti-Barack Obama author detained while promoting his book in Kenya

Corsi Jerome Corsi, the author of a controversial book attacking Barack Obama, has been detained in Kenya and is expected to be deported, The Times' Nairobi bureau chief, Edmund Sanders, reports.

Corsi is the author of "The Obama Nation: Leftist Politics and the Cult of Personality," a bestselling book whose assertions -- that Obama was raised a Muslim and is secretly seething with "black rage" -- have been widely dismissed as false and based on little more than the author's desire to derail the Democrat's presidential candidacy.

Corsi arrived in Kenya Thursday to promote the book and to investigate Obama's ties to Kenyan Prime Minister Raila Odinga, according to a news release sent to the media by Corsi's publisher last week. In a chapter of Corsi's book titled "Kenya, Odinga, Communism, and Islam," the author claims Obama gave Odinga $1 million for his 2007 presidential campaign -- a claim both Obama and Odinga deny.

Corsi was detained on Tuesday by Kenyan immigration officials for failing to obtain the proper visa needed to work in the country. He told the Associated Press that he expects to be deported soon.

Obama, whose father was Kenyan and mother was American, is wildly popular in Kenya and the U.S. election is being closely followed in the country.

Corsi played a role in the 2004 presidential election with a book attacking that year's Democratic nominee, John Kerry. "Unfit for Command: Swift Boat Veterans Speak Out Against John Kerry" hit No. 1 on the New York Times bestseller list. "The Obama Nation" spent four weeks at the top of the bestseller list.

-- Kate Linthicum

Photo credit: Jerome Corsi arrives at the immigration department in Nairobi, Kenya / AP

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You are not supposed to photograph him without his sheet on. He could loose his standing in the brotherhood

This was obviously the result he wanted. There is no other incentive to go and promote his book in Kenya. This is his way of getting publicity. Ridiculous!

I view him in the same light as those who believe the Holocaust never took place. He is a self serving nobody whose only way of getting recognition is to piss in the middle of the street in a small town in Texas.

he makes money by attacking a democratic candidate every 4 years. Neat trick. I will probably make money in 2012 by writing some made up stuff like he does. Only in America.

So much for free speech in Kenya!

Me: I am not going to read the book. I have no interest in the book. But, still, even authors of crazy books have rights too free speech -- in the United States of America, anyway...

Easy as it is to take such rights for granted, let's not forget that there are regimes out there that will arbitrarily suppress the speech of individuals or groups they don't like.

Where's Voltaire when we need him: "Monsieur, je combatterai vos idées jusqu’a la mort, mais je suis pret a mourir pour que vous puissiez continuer à les exprimer!"

What a windbag. He must be amazed that a government may not take lightly to someone speaking poorly about a Favorite Son.

Any chance that, rather than deporting his butt back to us, they could simply keep him?

Kenyans ought to ship him to Darfur, so he can research the consequence of promoting fear, hate, and rage.

Couldn't happen to a nicer person. Maybe they will delay his deportation until after Nov. 4.

WOW! This article so innacurate. The trip was not to promote the book but to find more links between Obama and Odinga. Also Corsi was taking money to Obama's brother who lives in the shack. Yes it was a publicity stunt but guess what??? He was about to drop some new info about Obama and that is why he got arrested!

funny I thought Obama was half white. Maybe Corsi forgot his black glove when packed for Kenya. Maybe he will in fact lose his standing in the "Brotha hood"

Wait a minute. So he wrote a book about Obama and Odinga being connected and THEN went to go investigate to see if they were connected??

Yeah, that makes a lot of sense...

Wow, you all are very ignorant.
Yeah, don't read the book, that will educate you.
Even the devil knows God's word in every detail.
Ignorance is bliss I suppose.
By your comments, you definitely have proven that the socialism rampant in Obama's followers is gaining momentum.
You disappoint America.
Don't be a sheep.

Windbag or not, facts that have been substantiated are still facts. Obama does NOT stand for CHANGE. He has demonstrated he is just another politician with only one thing on his mind, HIMSELF. We are NOT a socialist country and regardless of your political views, his background and plans are socialism-based and there is no denying them. Partisan lines need to be dropped and our elected officials need to get their heads out of their proverbial backsides and do what is right for the country and stop worrying about self-serving power plays...and that goes for BOTH sides. Obama needs to face his ties and past just as you expect the Republicans to do. I can just hear the liberal press if Cindy McCain had said "for the first time in my adult life, I am proud of my country". Double standards and prejudice do not only exist behind "white sheets". You worry more about the rights of known terrorists in Guantanamo than you do about our own citizen's right to have a cross in public view. The Qur’an can be displayed and read anywhere but God forbid someone tries to leave or read the Bible in public. What has this nation come to?

The man went to Kenya to more fully investigate things he had stated in chapter 4 of his book. He was not investigating after the fact - he was investigating to see if there was even more. People should wake up. I know Obama has great charisma and his popularity has a lot to do with the fact that America wants to prove to itself and the rest of the world that we are not racist. I am all for a black president - but not this one! There are so many skeletons in his closet - don't be blinded by his color and charm - he is not a good man.


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