Controversial Obsession DVD now being direct mailed to Colorado voters

The copy of Obsession mailed to my home.

The documentary Obsession: Radical Islam's War Against the West was made in 2005, but it's been causing a stir of late due to the insertion of a one-hour edition in the September 14 Denver Post and over seventy other newspapers located in swing states -- a fact that's led critics to suspect political motivation. (Here's our first item about the movie, plus a piece about the way the Denver Newspaper Agency responded to complaints and the Post's belated article on the controversy.) Now, however, the Clarion Fund, which paid to distribute the discs, is cutting out the middle man. Yesterday, I found another copy of Obsession in my mailbox -- evidence that Clarion is taking the direct-mail route in an attempt to convince voters that they should keep terrorism in the forefront of their mind when casting their ballot.

At this point, little is known about the Clarion Fund other than that it clearly has access to huge piles of money. But Tampa, Florida radio host Ahmed Bedier, a frequent commentator on Muslim issues, claims that it is "a front organization for Israeli-based Aish HaTorah International, which is described on its website as "a world leader in creative Jewish educational programs and leadership training, dedicated to answering the vital question, 'Why be Jewish?'" Below, find two videos featuring Bedier and others participating in a round-table discussion about Obsession and related issues. It originally aired on Tampa television station WTVT, a Fox affiliate. -- Michael Roberts

Part one of the discussion:

Part two:

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