The Obama Birth Controversy

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Obama is not now, nor ever has been, a "natural born" American citizen.

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U. S. State Department Propaganda

The website, is operated by the U. S. State Department.

On August 21st, Todd Leventhal, the department’s expert on conspiracy theories and misinformation -- stories that are untrue, but widely believed -- penned a column arguing that Obama was born in the United States.  An Office of Counter-Misinformation does exist in the State Department.

In presenting his case, Leventhal, who bikes to work year-round, hauls out three old chestnuts:

1. Hawaii State Health Director Dr. Chiyome Fukino issued a statement, that confirms that Obama was born in the U.S. state of Hawaii, and is a "natural born" American citizen.

2. verified that Obama's "birth certificate" was a "real, official document."

3. Two Honolulu newspapers printed birth notices for Barack Obama.

Oh dear, here we go again!

To begin with, Hawaii Revised Statutes Section 338-18 prohibits public officials from commenting on the birth records of any specific person, so every statement made by State of Hawaii employees, in regard to Barack Obama is a violation of state statute.

According to Hawaii’s Uniform Information Practices Act (UIPA) law, once Fukino made a public statement about Obama’s records, the index data, or pieces of information used to formulate the statement, should have been readily available to the public upon request.  It's not.  Despite its declarations of openness in government, Hawaii officials, particularly Fukino, have refused to follow their own law.

Now lets look, point by point, at the expert Leventhal's assertions:

1.  Obama was born in the U.S. state of Hawaii, and is a "natural born" American citizen:

Jill T. Nagamine, Deputy Attorney General for the State of Hawaii, has made it clear that her office will not corroborate or back in any way the July 27, 2009 Statement of Dr. Chiyome Fukino, Director of the Hawaii Department of Health, that declared Obama Hawaiian-born and a "natural-born American citizen."

However, it doesn't matter if Obama was born in Hawaii, or the Rotunda of the Capital Building.  He is ineligible to serve as Commander-in-Chief because, "at birth" Obama was a subject of Great Britain, and a citizen of Kenya.  Obama is a citizen -- not a "natural born" citizen -- but a dual citizen.  Obama is technically a statutory citizen.  Statutory citizenship means that a person's citizenship requires a law or laws to define it.  A person who is natural born requires no laws to define their citizenship.  A "natural born" citizen is subject to the laws or jurisdiction of only the United States of America -- a state that is derived from having two American citizen parents, and being born in the United States.

Obama, "at birth," was subject to the laws and jurisdiction of Great Britain and Kenya.  He has posted this fact on his own website.

Barack Obama gets his U. S. citizenship via the 14th Amendment: "All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside."

Obama also has his citizenship defined via the Immigration and Nationality Act -- "by statute" --
Sec. 305. [8 U.S.C. 1405] Persons born in Hawaii.

"A person born in Hawaii on or after August 12, 1898, and before April 30, 1900, is declared to be a citizen of the United States as of April 30, 1900.  A person born in Hawaii on or after April 30, 1900, is a citizen of the United States at birth.  A person who was a citizen of the Republic of Hawaii on August 12, 1898, is declared to be a citizen of the United States as of April 30, 1900."

2. verified that Obama's "birth certificate" was a "real, official document:

Well, who the hell is  Who or what decided that a website, funded by the same left-wing money source that funded the communist Bill Ayers' Annenberg Chicago Challenge is authorized, or qualified, to perform a forensic examination of the document that allegedly establishes Obama's eligibility to occupy the Oval Office? is a partisan organization, and the two hippies that "certified" Obama's "birth certificate" have absolutely no qualifications or experience to establish them as qualified forensic document examiners.

But, the stake in the heart of this bogus document, is the statement of Hawaii Department of Health Communications Director, Janice Okubo, who is on record saying, "I don't know that it's possible for us to even say beyond a doubt what the image on the site represents."

3.  Two Honolulu newspapers printed birth notices for Barack Obama:

Leventhal provides a linked-quote from former managing editor of the Honolulu Star-Bulletin, Dave Shapiro, who allegedly says, "Those were listings that came over from the State Department of Health. They would send the same thing to both papers.”

First of all the link doesn't work, so we don't know what Shapiro may or may not have said, but in any case it doesn't matter.  Shapiro's allegation is false.  Newspaper birth notices do not come from the State Department of health.  They come from the families, just like marriage notices, and death notices.  This can be established by the fact that there is no birth notice for the Nordyke twins.  If these notices came from the state, certainly the birth announcement of twins to a prominent physician would be present on the same page as Obama's -- they're not.

Since no one has ever seen the original artifacts -- the physical newsprint announcement -- but only microfilm/fiche copies, there is speculation that Obama's birth notices were counterfeit insertions made on top of the Nordyke twins announcement(s).

Show me the aged and yellowed copy of the actual newspaper it was printed in and give me the provenance of the paper and I might believe it.

Otherwise you have a copy of a microfiche that appears to be spliced.  Better yet, show the world the actual long-form birth certificate.

In this matter, Leventhal is no "expert."  In fact, he is acting as a "propagandist," and once again, on your dime.

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