The more Barack Obama conceals his original birth certificate, the more Americans want to know exactly what he is hiding and why. Reportedly, he has already spent about $2 million on lawyers and legal fees to keep that birth certificate hidden. In that, Obama is aided by the willing accomplices in the liberal media who use ridicule to dismiss and delegitimate the inquirers by calling them “birthers.”
At this point, I can just hear the clamoring voices about how Obama had already made public his birth certificate, yada yada yada. If you’re one of them, you’ve just demonstrated you are either stupid or hopelessly uninformed.
What Obama had his minions put on the web during the 2008 presidential campaign was a CERTIFICATION OF LIVE BIRTH (COLB) from Hawaii (also called the “short form”), not his original “long form” birth certificate. The two are not the same. The long form is more detailed and includes the name of the birth hospital and of the attending physician. At the time when Obama was born, in 1961, one could obtain the short form certification-of-live-birth without having been born in Hawaii. In effect, the short form simply certified that a live human birth had taken place.
Here’s a long-form birth certificate from 1963:
Here’s the short-form certification of live birth that Obama released:
After Obama won the ’08 election, he went back to Hawaii during the Christmas holiday break, ostensibly to finally put to rest his maternal grandmother, Madelyn Dunham, who had died nearly TWO months ago, a day before the presidential election. (Madelyn took care of Obama from ages 10 to 17 after his mum, Stanley Ann Dunham, had removed him from Indonesia and dumped him in Hawaii for Madelyn to raise.) While in Honolulu, Obama asked the Hawaii state government to seal his original long-form birth certificate from public scrutiny. Meanwhile, Hawaii Health Director Dr. Chiyome Fukino obligingly issued a statement saying that she had seen Obama’s birth certificate and that he is a “natural-born American citizen.”
That hasn’t stopped Americans from asking to see the long-form birth certificate; some invoke the Freedom of Information Act.
These requests so irk Hawaii’s government officials that the state legislature is resorting to a bill to stop these citizen inquiries, on the grounds that having to respond to the requests wastes time and money. Lorrin Kim, chief of the Hawaii Department of Health’s Office of Planning, Policy and Program Development, claims that the state gets between 10 and 20 e-mails each week, seeking verification of Obama’s birth. Kim says “a few” of these requesters continue to pepper the Health Department with the same letters, even after they’re told state law bars release of a certified birth certificate to anyone who does not have “a tangible interest.” (This is how things have come to in America: We, the People, are told we do not have “a tangible interest” in wanting to know what our president is hiding about his birth!)
The proposed bill, SB2937/SD1, is called the “vexatious requester” bill, which is aimed at circumventing current open records law. First proposed by state Senator Will Espero, the bill has already been approved by the Hawaii state Senate. It is now before the state House.
The bill’s intent is to remove the ability of a person deemed a “vexatious” or annoying requester to file an appeal with the Ombudsman as the current law allows. If the measure passes, the state Office of Information Practices can declare an individual a “vexatious requester” and restrict his or her rights to government records for two years. In plain English, what the bill does is to permit government officials to ignore people who won’t give up.
SB 2937 says: “An agency may request that the office of information practices declare that a person is a vexatious requester if it determines that the person has established a pattern of conduct that amounts to an abuse of a process set forth under this chapter.”
The bill considers any of the following behaviors to be those of a “vexatious requester”:
- A large quantity or broad scope of requests by the person;
- Splitting requests to avoid or minimize fees;
- Duplicative or repetitive requests made for the same action, where the agency has already responded to the request ;
- Requests for records submitted for a purpose other than obtaining access to the records, including nuisance value or harassment;
- Institution of proceedings under this chapter, including appealing requests or submitting complaints or investigation requests, without reasonable grounds, or to accomplish an objective unrelated to the purpose of the proceedings;
- Abandonment of requests when the fee is not waived, and the request is for a purpose other than obtaining access to the records; or
- Requests that only marginally promote the public interest in disclosure under this chapter, including requests focused on an agency’s handling of the requester’s own requests or correspondence.
Last Tuesday, March 16, Hawaii’s House Judiciary Committe had a public hearing on the “vexatious requester” bill. The timing was unintentionally ironic because the hearing coincided with Sunshine Week, when news organizations promote open government and freedom of information.
Nobody at the hearing questioned the assertion that Obama was born in Hawaii. However, Rep. Cynthia Thielen (R-Kaneohe-Kailua) did ask: “Do we really want to be known internationally as the Legislature that blocked any inquiries into where President Obama was born? When people want to get more information, the way to fuel that fire is to say, ‘We’re now going to draw down a veil of secrecy.'” For his part, attorney Peter Friz asked why the state would pass a law punishing repetitive requests for open records. Instead, the state could simply say it would only answer each person’s question once.
The committee will schedule a vote on the bill, said Chairman Jon Riki Karamatsu (D-Waipahu-Waikele).