Anti-Obama Book Author Corsi Arrested in Kenya

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Kenyan authorities have arrested Jerome Corsi, the author of a hit book on Obama, “Obama Nation,” on immigration violations, the AP reports:

The American author of a best-selling book attacking Barack Obama is being detained in Kenya because he does not have a work permit, a senior immigration official said Tuesday.

Jerome Corsi, who wrote “The Obama Nation: Leftist Politics and the Cult of Personality,” was being held at immigration headquarters in Nairobi after police picked him up from his hotel Tuesday, said Carlos Maluta, a senior immigration official in charge of investigations.

“We still haven’t decided what to do with him,” Maluta told The Associated Press. …

An article in Kenya’s oldest newspaper, The Standard, described Corsi’s book as “a smear crusade.”

Corsi’s book claims the Illinois senator is a dangerous, radical candidate for president and includes innuendoes and false rumors — that he was raised a Muslim, attended a radical, black church and is secretly seething with “black rage.” Obama is a Christian who attended Trinity United Church of Christ in Chicago, and his campaign picks apart the book’s claims on the Obama campaign’s rumor-fighting Web site, FightTheSmears.com.

According to a statement announcing Corsi’s visit, he arrived last week at the invitation of Christian missionaries concerned about the rise of Islam. Corsi was planning to file daily dispatches all week, the statement said.

Corsi was also the author of the anti-John Kerry book, “Unfit for Command: Swift Boat Veterans Speak Out Against John Kerry.”

Update: News wires now report that Kenya is deporting Corsi.

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