2. Bookies Bet on Obama Assassination: The Irish bookmaker Paddy Powe of Belfast, Ireland, had been offering odds of 12-1 that the President-elect Barack Obama would not complete his first term in office for whatever reason, even if he was killed by an assassin.
3. Taliban Terry: Taliban Terry, aka Khalid Kelly, was arrested at his Dublin residence on suspicion of threatening to kill U.S. President Barack Obama. Kelly was quoted as telling the newspaper that he expected al-Qaida to kill Obama during his visit to Ireland in part because the country's police force is poorly armed. The article said Kelly would like to kill Obama himself but was too well-known to police in Ireland.
4. The Gaddafi Angle: Former Libyan head of state, Muammar Gaddafi, was allegedly responsible in the 1970's and 1980's for shipping large quantities of weapons and explosives to the IRA (Irish Republican Army), to get back at the British for supporting the U.S. air strikes on Tripoli and Benghazi in 1986. The Sunday Times in June 2010 reported that Gadhafi was going to pay up to £2 billion ($3.20 billion) to victims of Irish terrorism for his role in supplying shiploads of explosives to the IRA. Since Gaddafi is now on the run from airstrikes ordered by Obama, a revenge assassination of Obama by Gaddafi's Irish contacts in the IRA is now politically plausible.
5. Sons of Anarchy: In the 4th season of the hit FX TV show "Sons of Anarchy", which aired September 6, 2011, the motorcycle gang purchases large amounts of automatic weapons and sniper rifles from "The Irish", which are former IRA members. The motorcycle gang's "gun running arrangement with the IRA" plays heavily in the show, and appears to be seeding the idea that the Irish are heavily involved in the gun running business. While this TV script may in fact be a coincidence, it fits nicely into the Irish scapegoat scenario.
OBAMACSI.COM: Introduced by Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny as "the American Dream come home," U.S: President Barack Obama told a crowd in central Dublin, "My name is Barack Obama, of the Moneygall Obamas." Obama's claim to be Irish may be used as a political reason for his future assassination, as an Irish assassin scapegoat could be said to be against a "black" person claiming to be of Irish decent. While this scenario may seem trivial at best, the race card will likely be front and center in the future assassination of Obama.
Title: Obama Visits Family Roots In Ireland
Date: May 23, 2011
Abstract: President Barack Obama declared solidarity between the United States and economically struggling Ireland with a symbolic gulp of beer and a rousing speech, telling a huge Dublin crowd on Monday: "Your best days are still ahead."
Beginning a four-nation European tour with a celebration of his Irish roots, Obama came to Ireland as what one man called a "long-lost cousin."Crowds packed the streets for both a stirring speech in Dublin and a visit to the tiny village of Moneygall, where an ancestor of Obama's lived before moving to the United States.
Introduced by Irish Prime Minister Enda Kenny as "the American Dream come home," Obama told the throng in central Dublin: "My name is Barack Obama, of the Moneygall Obamas."
For Ireland, Obama's arrival, and the visit of Britain's Queen Elizabeth last week, are a welcome distraction from the global attention paid to its financial woes and the ensuing international bailout.
Obama was also due to visit Britain, France and Poland on a week-long trip whose agenda includes talks on issues as Afghanistan and Pakistan after the killing of Osama bin Laden, the world economy and the "Arab spring" uprisings.
Ireland's economic slump has led to a debt crisis and drastic government spending cuts. Apart from lifting the spirits of the Irish, the visit looked set to provide some powerful images back home for Obama's 2012 re-election campaign.
He brought back the signature phrase from his 2008 presidential campaign, "Yes we can," but said it in Gaelic.
"This little country that inspires the biggest things -- your best days are still ahead," Obama said.
"And Ireland, if anyone ever says otherwise ... remember that, whatever hardships winter can bring, springtime is always just around the corner and, if they keep on arguing with you, just respond with a simple creed, 'Is feidir linn', Yes we can."
At O'Neill's pub in Dublin, revelers cheered and some chanted "USA! USA!" as the president emerged on stage for his speech.
"I think it will give the country a great lift, the kind of lift we desperately need," said Jennifer Kearney, a mother of two who brought her two daughters aged 13 and 15 into Dublin's city center for the event.
In Moneygall, Obama hoisted a glass of Guinness stout at Ollie Hayes's pub as fiddle music played, and his wife Michelle pulled pints at the bar.
Thousands of rain-drenched people lined the village's one street, festooned with American flags, and roared with delight as the motorcade rolled in.
The sleepy village of 300 was the birthplace of Obama's great-great-great grandfather, Falmouth Kearney, a shoemaker who left in 1850 to begin a new life in the United States.
This makes Obama, the son of a Kenyan father and Irish-American mother, one of 37 million Americans who claim Irish ancestry.
"I'm here to see Obama ... our long-lost cousin," said Moneygall resident Rob Lewis, 28.
Inside the pub, which was lined with framed photos of Obama, the president met Henry Healy, a 24-year-old distant cousin. He joked with the bartender to make sure the Guinness had settled properly before he and Michelle took sips.
"I don't want to mess this up," he said before saluting the bar with a "Slainte" -- Irish for 'cheers' -- and a long gulp.
"You look a little like my grandfather," he said to one of the men inside.
Back out on the street, three babies were handed over a security barricade for pictures to be taken with Obama, and women hugged and kissed him under the watchful eye of his security detail.
Moneygall is capitalizing on its famous connection, selling everything from Obama fridge magnets to Obama plastic lighters.
T-shirts with slogans such as "What's the craic, Barack?" ("How are things? What's going on?") and "Is feidir linn" are top-sellers.
Irish radio offers frequent airings of the popular song "There's no one as Irish as Barack Obama," playing on a surname that almost sounds typically Irish.
"We're a tiny nation of 4 million people so it's a lovely gesture him coming over. Given that we've had the queen as well it's been a momentous week. It's a lift for Ireland," said Susannah Moore of Dublin.
Obama was forced to leave for London for the next stop of his trip on Monday night rather than Tuesday due to a new volcanic ash cloud from Iceland (Reuters, 2011).2. BOOKIES BET ON OBAMA ASSASSINATION
OBAMACSI.COM: The Irish bookmaker Paddy Powe of Belfast, Ireland, had been offering odds of 12-1 that the President-elect Barack Obama would not complete his first term in office for whatever reason, even if he was killed by an assassin.
Title: Bookie Removes Bet On Obama Assassination
Date: November 10, 2008
Source: Belfast Telegraph
Abstract: Bookmaker Paddy Power has withdrawn a controversial bet which would have paid out if new US President Barack Obama was assassinated during his first term in office.
The bookmaker had been offering odds of 12-1 that the President-elect would not complete his first term in office for whatever reason, even if he was killed by an assassin.
The bet prompted a flood of complaints from the DUP and victims campaigner Willie Frazer who called for it to be withdrawn for being in poor taste. Last night the bet was taken off Paddy Power’s website”.
The bet would have paid out if “Barack Obama did not complete his first term in office”, but is no longer being offered.
It is understood that the bookmaker will honour existing bets for punters who wagered that Mr Obama would not complete his first four-year term but new clients will be unable to get odds on that eventuality.
Instead Paddy Power is offering three Obama “First Term Specials” to both
online punters and clients who walk into their High Street shops in Ireland
and the UK. Yesterday it was offering 10-1 odds that Obama would become a
father again during his first term, 28-1 that he would resign during his
first four years and 33-1 that he would be impeached (Belfast Telegraph, 2008).
OBAMACSI.COM: Taliban Terry, aka Khalid Kelly, was arrested at his Dublin residence on suspicion of threatening to kill U.S. President Barack Obama. Kelly was quoted as telling the newspaper that he expected al-Qaida to kill Obama during his visit to Ireland in part because the country's police force is poorly armed. The article said Kelly would like to kill Obama himself but was too well-known to police in Ireland.
Title: Irish Muslim Arrested In Dublin Over Obama Threats
Date: May 12, 2011
Source: Fox News
Abstract: Police arrested Ireland's most notorious Muslim convert Thursday over his reported death threats against President Barack Obama.
Police said Khalid Kelly, a 44-year-old dubbed "Taliban Terry" by Dubliners, was arrested at his Dublin residence on suspicion of threatening to kill the U.S. leader. He could be held for up to three days before being charged or released.
The arrest came 10 days before Obama's arrival in Ireland and four days after a British newspaper, the Sunday Mirror, printed an interview with Kelly. He is Ireland's most outspoken supporter of al-Qaida and its slain founder, Osama bin Laden.
Kelly was quoted as telling the newspaper that he expected al-Qaida to kill Obama during his visit to Ireland in part because the country's police force is poorly armed. The article said Kelly would like to kill Obama himself but was too well-known to police here.
"Personally I would feel happy if Obama was killed. How could I not feel happy when a big enemy of Islam is gone?" Kelly was quoted as saying.
Obama is scheduled to spend May 23 in Dublin and the village of Moneygall, ancestral home of a great-great-great-grandfather who emigrated to the United States in 1850. Ireland is already ramping up a security operation involving 10,000 police and troops to protect both him and Queen Elizabeth II, who arrives Tuesday in Ireland for a four-day visit.
Kelly, a former Catholic altar boy from inner-city Dublin, converted to Islam while imprisoned in Saudi Arabia in 2000 for selling illegal alcohol.
He since has praised al-Qaida and Osama bin Laden on Irish TV, trained with the Taliban in northwest Pakistan and married a Pakistani woman, and has named one of their two sons Osama.
He told an Irish TV documentary in March that Osama "is a name to be proud of" and now prefers himself to be called Abu Osama — "father of Osama." But childhood friends and neighbors, who knew him by his pre-conversion name Terry, have nicknamed him "Taliban Terry" instead.
Kelly appears in a 2010 U.S. documentary, "Holy Wars," inspecting guns for sale in a Pakistani border arms market. He returned to Dublin in April 2010 in murky circumstances. He claimed to have been deported from an unspecified country in Eastern Europe and lost his passport along the way.
Upon his return to Dublin he declared his interest in founding an al-Qaida support group called Islam for Ireland, an idea denounced by the city's Muslim community leaders.
Kelly says he seeks the
imposition of strict Sharia law in Ireland, with public beheadings of
drug dealers on Dublin's main thoroughfare, O'Connell Street (Fox News, 2011).
OBAMACSI.COM: Former Libyan head of state, Muammar Gaddafi, was allegedly responsible in the 1970's and 1980's for shipping large quantities of weapons and explosives to the IRA (Irish Republican Army), to get back at the British for supporting the U.S. air strikes on Tripoli and Benghazi in 1986. The Sunday Times in June 2010 reported that Gadhafi was going to pay up to £2 billion ($3.20 billion) to victims of Irish terrorism for his role in supplying shiploads of explosives to the IRA. Since Gaddafi is now on the run from airstrikes ordered by Obama, a revenge assassination of Obama by Gaddafi's Irish contacts in the IRA is now politically plausible.
Title: Gadhafi's Shadow Remains Over Northern Ireland
Date: April 6, 2011
Abstract: So you thought it was all over in Northern Ireland? So did we. Trouble is, it's not quite.
There is still a hardcore of terrorists -- and you'll not hear many calling them freedom fighters in this part of the world these days -- intent on dragging us back to the past.
Tragically, there was a graphic illustration of that on Saturday afternoon as a young police officer was killed when a booby-trap bomb exploded under his car. It happened in the previously bomb-hit town of Omagh, where in August, 1998, 29 people -- including a woman pregnant with twins -- were killed. There's speculation the device contained explosives supplied way back by a certain Moammar Gadhafi.
The slain police officer was 25-year-old Catholic Ronan Kerr. The fact he was Catholic is significant. Little over a decade ago, the police service in Northern Ireland was 90 percent Protestant. Now it is almost 30 percent Catholic. It's a sign of progress, but the dissidents -- viewed as being from Catholic backgrounds -- don't worry about creed when the colors of the Police Service of Northern Ireland are being worn.
Worryingly, there are unconfirmed reports in Tuesday's Belfast Telegraph that the attack was carried out by a new faction of disgruntled republicans who have recently defected from the mainstream Irish Republican Army (IRA). Victims' representatives will tell you arms and Semtex supplied by Libya are still being used by the "dissident republican" groups -- hardline anti-British paramilitaries opposed to the peace process -- that continue the campaign long since abandoned by the IRA.
Gadhafi wouldn't win any popularity poll among our IRA victims. In the 1970s and 1980s Libya shipped large quantities of weapons and explosives to the IRA, latterly to get back at the British for supporting the U.S. air strikes on Tripoli and Benghazi in 1986, according to numerous media reports.
The Sunday Times in June 2010 reported that Gadhafi was
going to pay up to £2 billion ($3.20 billion) to victims of Irish
terrorism for his role in supplying shiploads of explosives to the IRA."
Victims' families say they are yet to receive any money. This week, legal representatives for IRA and Lockerbie victims have been holding talks with rebel leaders in Libya, hoping to get information to bolster their case for compensation from Gadhafi.
Meanwhile it's two years since a police officer was killed in Northern Ireland and the slaying of Constable Kerr last weekend has sent shockwaves across the whole island -- north and south.
Monday's editorial in the Belfast-based Irish News newspaper - which reflects the views of nationalists - summed it up: "People everywhere will be disgusted, shocked and depressed by the pointless death of a young man serving the community... For those who believe the bombers are justified, they should look at this family and at the heartache they have caused. They should also think about the sort of people who can plant a bomb in Omagh, of all places. It is unspeakable."
Kerr was a Catholic officer, deliberately targeted by terrorists from Catholic backgrounds. Not that they have the support of many of their coreligionists. Indeed, the killing has united Catholics and Protestants in condemnation and grief.
The dead constable's mother, widow Nuala Kerr -- on UK Mother's Day and just 24 hours after her son's death -- faced cameras Sunday to urge Catholic officers to stick with the Police Service of Northern Ireland. She said: "This is at a time when we are striving for a neutral police force for the good of our country and I urge all Catholic members not to be deterred by this.
"We all need to stand up and be counted and to strive for equality. We don't want to go back into the dark days again of fear and terror. We were so proud of Ronan and all that he stood for. Don't let his death be in vain."
In the wake of the killing there is now a real sense of fear, especially among police officers, who have been advised by their Chief Constable to be on their guard for further attacks. They have been advised to routinely check under their cars, just like the old days.
It's not the first booby-trap car bomb -- a year ago another Catholic officer miraculously survived a similar incident, but lost both legs. Other officers now expect to be attacked. One quoted anonymously in the Belfast Telegraph said: "I live as though it is going to be me next." Another, a female officer, comments: "Worrying every day is no way to live."
A colleague is defiant as he speaks about the Kerr killing: "This tragedy will not put me off." There are no names though and media in Northern Ireland have been asked by the police force not to show the faces of officers, in case they are identified as targets by dissidents.
True, things have improved dramatically here from the dark days of what were euphemistically called "The Troubles" when thousands died.
There is now a relatively stable power-sharing administration. The vast majority of people don't want to go back to the daily despair of the 1970s and 1980s, but for the extremists the fight is not finished and won't finish while Northern Ireland is part of the United Kingdom.
There is a problem and it needs to be addressed. Some call for a massive security crackdown, others don't want a return to the days of constant checkpoints and troops on the streets. Restricting movement and freedom would be giving in to the dissidents, they say.
A few more incidents and the picture could change again. No one expects a deterioration to the widespread violence of the past, but how bad it gets in the future remains to be seen. We are clearly not out of the woods of history just yet.
On the plus side, the Provisional IRA no longer poses a threat. Far from it. A former IRA commander, Martin McGuinness, is the deputy first minister of the power-sharing government.
The British army is off the streets and so-called loyalist paramilitaries, while still around, are much more likely to be dealing drugs than killing Catholics.
But it is an imperfect peace. Terrorism has been the elephant in the room. Law-makers in Northern Ireland, keen to stress the success of the political process, especially ahead of forthcoming elections, are accused by some of playing down the threat.
Now it can't be ignored. Constable Kerr is the first PSNI officer to be killed by terrorists in two years, but it's not for want of trying.
The union for the police force, the Police Federation, says there were 175 gun and bomb attacks directed at police officers on and off duty in 2010.
The trend has continued this year and it's clear the dissidents do not intend to go away.
are thousands of miles apart, but there's a parallel between the plight
of Gadhafi and the Irish dissidents he has helped to arm. Despite
wholesale opposition, both are still hanging on, still making a noise
and still capable of instilling fear in their enemies (CNN, 2011).
5. SONS OF ANARCHY
OBAMACSI.COM: In the 4th season of the hit FX TV show "Sons of Anarchy", which aired September 6, 2011, the motorcycle gang purchases large amounts of automatic weapons and sniper rifles from "The Irish", which are former IRA members. The motorcycle gang's "gun running arrangement with the IRA" plays heavily in the show, and appears to be seeding the idea that the Irish are heavily involved in the gun running business. While this TV script may in fact be a coincidence, it fits nicely into the Irish scapegoat scenario.
Date: September 3, 2008 - Present
Abstract: "Sons of Anarchy" is an American television drama series created by Kurt Sutter about the lives of a close-knit outlaw motorcycle club operating in Charming, a fictional town in Northern California.
The show centers on protagonist Jackson "Jax"
Teller (Charlie Hunnam), the Vice President of the club who begins
questioning the club and himself.
"Sons of Anarchy" premiered on September 3, 2008 on cable network FX. Its second season debuted on September 8, 2009, and its third season began on September 7, 2010.
The third season of the series attracted an average of 4.9 million viewers per week, making it FX's highest rated series ever, surpassing FX's other hits "The Shield", "Nip/Tuck", and "Rescue Me".
On October 7, 2010, "Sons of Anarchy" was renewed for a fourth season, the first episode of which aired on September 6, 2011.
The season four premiere beat its own record as the highest rated series ever aired on FX (Wikipedia, 2011).