Wednesday, May 14, 2008

A Story You Won't See On Advance Indiana

On May 8, 2008, Advance Indiana continued churning the story of Larry Sinclair, a man who claims he had gay sex with Barack Obama after watching him use crack cocaine in a limousine. Welsh has repeatedly written about this allegation and accused the "mainstream" media of being negligent in not covering it.

But here's what AI hasn't told you. paid Sinclair $10,000 to take a four-hour polygraph back in February, and the results showed deception as to both the sex and the drug use allegations.

Sinclair's response? To claim he passed the test but the Obama campaign bribed to have its polygrapher misinterpet the data. He further attacked the reputation of the polygrapher, who he claims lied about having a Phd to the U.S. Supreme Court. Sinclair's approach reminds me of what I learned in criminal procedure at IU-Bloomington: if you don't have the facts, argue the law. If you don't have the law either, attack your opponent's credibility.

Unfortunately, Sinclair has some credibility problems of his own. AI also reported on May 8 that Sinclair was about to give the limo driver's name. He WAS, but curiously, Sinclair changed his mind. Sinclair simply states that "the driver will testify in legal proceedings." But in the meantime, he wants to protect the driver from interference and death threats from the Obama campaign. "Riiiighhht," Ipopa says with his Dr. Evil voice.

Sorry, but this guy is out there.

Read the e-mail below from Mr. Sinclair himself in response to critics who have made reference to his criminal history, and put aside for a second that he's been convicted of forgery, check deception, and credit card fraud (all crimes of dishonesty). Instead notice that the man has had FOUR (and arguably five) different names, "Larye Avilla," "La-Rye Ashaiti Silvas," and "Mohammed Fatha Gahanan," for sure, and possibly Larye Adams. Doesn't the fact someone has repeatedly changed his legal name alone give us pause?

Apparently, not when you have a single-minded commitment to toppling Obama.



John M said...

Make sure you check out this afternoon's entry before he thinks better of it. Nothing gets AI agitated quite like an uppity, er, politician.

Anonymous said...

AI will call you a liar and accuse you of be a excuse making liberal...

Anonymous said...

I'm always happy to see a critique of Advance Indiana. cheers!

FYI--there's a blog out there set on laying out the evidence _against_ Sinclair's story.

Anonymous said...

The guy who polygraphed Larry Sinclair really is a phony Ph.D. But in any event, polygraphy is junk science, and the results are evidence of nothing one way or the other, regardless of the polygrapher's academic background. For relevant commentary see, Larry Sinclair and the Polygraph.

The bottom line: while not disproven by polygraph results, Sinclair's allegations against Barack Obama remain entirely unsubstantiated.

Chris Worden said...


For junk science, polygraphy has certainly been embraced by our government. This is a statement in 2001 from Michael Capps, the Deputy Director Development Programs, Defense Security Service:

"The U.S. government now has 24 polygraph programs, staffed with approximately 500 polygraph examiners. These men and women serve in all regions of the country and much of the world, in the military, intelligence, and law enforcement sectors. Current polygraph applications for the federal government include: protection of the President; vetting of intelligence sources; protection of classified programs; confidential informant validation; as part of counternarcotics, counterinsurgency, and counterterrorism programs; screening of applicants to intelligence agencies; investigation of human rights violations; management of convicted sex offenders; investigation of food and drug tampering; location of assets concealed by convicted thieves and drug traffickers, and; traditional criminal investigation."

I know that locally if a parent is alleged to have sexually abused a child in a Child in Need of Services (CHINS) proceeding, a firm in Broad Ripple gives him/her a polygraph, and if they fail, it becomes very unlikely they get their children back because to successfully complete the program, the parent must acknowledge they need help combating the abuse (if they are found to have deceived on the test, of course). In other words, if you don't "confess" to what the polygraphers believe, you get a report to the court showing you still maintain your innocence and therapy won't help you.

legaldiva said...

I've seen this story for quite a while. It's a load of crap, and that's why the media isn't giving it any coverage. Seriously, if there was a scintilla of truth to this story, we would have been inundated with news stories on it.

Wilson46201 said...

Maybe Larry's sometime usage of the name "Muhammad" will convince Gary Welsh that he's really a dangerous Moooslim terrorist -- who knows? Maybe Welsh will now start publishing daily stories about Larry Sinclair and his ties to Islamic TERRORISM?