Is this really smoking gun of Obama’s Kenyan birth?
Attorney files motion for authentication of alleged 1960s certificate from Africa
WASHINGTON â€“ California attorney Orly Taitz, who has filed a number of lawsuits demanding proof of Barack Obama’s eligibility to serve as president, has released a copy of what purports to be a Kenyan certification of birth and has filed a new motion in U.S. District Court for its authentication.
This document purports to be a Kenyan certification of birth for Barack Obama, allegedly born in Mombasa, Kenya, in 1961
The document lists Obama’s parents as Barack Hussein Obama and Stanley Ann Obama, formerly Stanley Ann Dunham, the birth date as Aug. 4, 1961, and the hospital of birth as Coast General Hospital in Mombasa, Kenya.
Document enlarged to show detail alleges Barack Obama was born at Coast General Hospital in Mombasa on Aug. 4, 1961
No doctor is listed. But the alleged certificate bears the signature of the deputy registrar of Coast Province, Joshua Simon Oduya. It was allegedly issued as a certified copy of the original in February 1964.
WND was able to obtain other birth certificates from Kenya for purposes of comparison, and the form of the documents appear to be identical.
An enlarged view of the bottom of the document
Last week, a counterfeit document purporting to be Obama’s Kenyan birth certificate made the rounds of the Internet, but was quickly determined to be fraudulent. The new document released by Taitz bears none of the obvious traits of a hoax.
One of the issues Taitz must deal with will be the authentication of the document. Critics immediately jumped on the Feb. 17, 1964, date for the document, explaining that the “republic” of Kenya wasn’t assembled until in December of that year.
Media Matters wrote, “Sorry, WorldNetDaily: Kenya wasn’t a republic until Dec. 1964.”
But Kenya’s official independence was in 1963, and any number of labels could have been applied to government documents during that time period.
At Ameriborn Constitution News, the researcher noted that the independence process for the nation actually started taking as early as 1957, when there were the first direct elections for Africans to the Legislative Council.
“Kenya became an Independent Republic, December 12, 1963, which gives more [credibility] that this is a true document,” the website stated.
The 1963 independence is corroborated by several other information sources, including the online African History.
Even the People Daily news agency cited, on Dec. 12, 2005, the “42nd independence anniversary” in Nairobi. “The country gained independence from Britain on Dec. 12, 1963,” the report said.
An online copy of the Kenya Constitution, “adopted in 1963, amended in 1999,” states: “CHAPTER I – THE REPUBLIC OF KENYA, Article 1, Kenya is a sovereign Republic. Article 1A, The Republic of Kenya shall be a multiparty democratic stateâ€¦”
It was in November 1964 when the region voluntarily became a one-party state, according to an online source.
The region including Mombasa originally was dealt with as a separate independence movement, but it almost immediately became part of Kenya when the sultan of Zanzibar ceded the “coastal strip” to Kenya, according to sources.
Taitz told WND that the document came from an anonymous source who doesn’t want his name known because “he’s afraid for his life.”
Taitz’s motion, filed yesterday in the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California, requests the purported evidence of Obama’s birth â€“ both the alleged birth certificate and foreign records not yet obtained â€“ be preserved from destruction, asks for permission to legally request documents from Kenya and seeks a subpoena for deposition from Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
“I filed the motion with the court asking for expedited discovery, which would allow me to start subpoenas and depositions even before Obama and the government responds,” Taitz told WND. “I am asking the judge to give me the power to subpoena the documents from the Kenyan embassy and to require a deposition from Hillary Clinton so they will be forced to authenticate [the birth certificate].
“I’m forcing the issue, where Obama will have to respond,” she said.
“Before, they said, ‘You don’t have anything backing your claims,'” Taitz explained. “Now I have something. In fact, I have posted on the Internet more than Obama has. My birth certificate actually has signatures.”
Taitz’s most celebrated case involved a military officer, Maj. Stefan Cook, whose order to deploy to Afghanistan was revoked when he challenged Obama’s eligibility to hold office. That case has now been refiled in federal court in Florida, raising the specter of a class-action claim among members of the military that their orders aren’t valid because of questions surrounding Obama’s constitutional eligibility.
Taitz told WND she plans to file additional paperwork with the Florida court tomorrow, adding the alleged Kenyan birth certificate to Maj. Cook’s case.
The suit seeks damages and a declaratory judgment. Named as defendants are Simtech, Cook’s former civilian employer, and several officials, including Col. Louis B. Wingate and Secretary of Defense Robert Gates.
WND previously reported a judge in Georgia dismissed Cook’s case when the government suddenly revoked his orders to report to Fort Benning for deployment to Afghanistan.
WND reported when the case originally was filed that Cook’s concern was that without proof that there is a legitimate commander in chief, the entire U.S. Army becomes “merely a corps of chattel slaves under the illegitimate control of a private citizen.”
Cook told WND: “As an officer in the armed forces of the United States, it is [my] duty to gain clarification on any order we may believe illegal. With that said, if President Obama is found not to be a ‘natural-born citizen,’ he is not eligible to be commander in chief.”
The new complaint says it seeks Cook’s reinstatement with his civilian employer, Simtech Inc., as well as protection from the Department of Defense and president “from further retaliation for plaintiff’s challenge to the president’s constitutional authority.”
WND has reported on dozens of legal challenges to Obama’s status as a “natural born citizen.” The Constitution, Article 2, Section 1, states, “No Person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of President.”
Some of the lawsuits question whether he was actually born in Hawaii, as he insists. If he was born out of the country, Obama’s American mother, the suits contend, was too young at the time of his birth to confer American citizenship to her son under the law at the time.
Other challenges have focused on Obama’s citizenship through his father, a Kenyan subject to the jurisdiction of the United Kingdom at the time of his birth, thus making him a dual citizen. The cases contend the framers of the Constitution excluded dual citizens from qualifying as natural born.
Complicating the situation is Obama’s decision to spend sums estimated in the hundreds of thousands of dollars to avoid releasing a state birth certificate that would put to rest all of the questions.
WND has reported that among the documentation not yet available for Obama includes his kindergarten records, his Punahou school records, his Occidental College records, his Columbia University records, his Columbia thesis, his Harvard Law School records, his Harvard Law Review articles, his scholarly articles from the University of Chicago, his passport, his medical records, his files from his years as an Illinois state senator, his Illinois State Bar Association records, any baptism records, and his adoption records.
HAWAII OFFICIALS REFUSE TO CONFIRM OBAMA HAWAII BIRTH
Despite the overbroad and erroneous claims of many news sources, Hawaii officials have NOT confirmed that Obama was born in Hawaii.Â Read the 10/31/08 official Hawaii Dept. of Health press release.
Again, at NO time do Hawaii state officials confirm that Obama was actually born in Hawaii.
Compounding the question surrounding Obama’s citizenship status is a subsequent statement of Health Department spokeswoman Janice Okubo (see Chicago Tribune, 10-31-08). Citing Hawaii state privacy laws, and guidance from the state attorney general, she said she, â€œwas not permitted to confirm the authenticity of the certificate released by the Obama campaign.â€
Read the Berg lawsuit (currently at the U.S. Supreme Court) Berg’s initial complaint (right-click to download)
Among Berg’s arguments is that if Obama was born in Kenya, U.S. Immigration law in effect in 1961 barred Obama from U.S. citizenship at birth because his father was a Kenyan citizen and his mother, although a U.S. citizen, was not a resident of the U.S. for at least FIVE years following her 14th birthday. Obama’s mother was only 18 at the time of Obama’s birth, and thereby barred – by U.S. Immigration law – from passing U.S. citizenship to her child Obama — even though she was a U.S. citizen. Â See page 6 of the legal brief.
Read the Donofrio Supreme Court appeal: Mr. Donofrioâ€™s arguments to the U.S. Supreme Court. (right-click to download). Donofrio’s primary legal argument is that Obama could never be a constitutional “natural born” citizen simply because his father was a legal citizen of another nation, i.e. a foreign national of Kenya, regardless of place of birth. See page 16 of the brief.
BIRTH CERTIFICATE: “Certificate” or “Certification” of Live Birth?
Mr. Obama has only proffered a discredited 2007 computer-generated, unsigned, “Certification of Live Birth” that is suspected of being a forgery.
This â€œshort-formâ€ document is NOT the same as an original vault copy “long form” birth certificate (i.e., a â€œCertificatenatural born” OR “naturalized” U.S. citizen.
By Article II of the U.S. Constitution, “Naturalized” U.S. citizens, such as California’s Gov. Arnold of Live Birthâ€) as it does not bear a sworn certification of an attendant physician or contain other vital birth information such as hospital location, motherâ€™s age, etc. which are necessary to verify the full citizenship status of a person, i.e., a ” Schwarzenegger are NOT eligible to hold the Office of President.
Sample Hawaiian original birth “CERTIFICATE”
Obama’s questioned birth “CERTIFICATION“
INDONESIAN SCHOOL RECORDS
Obama’s Indonesian school document indicates Obama was a citizen of Indonesia. (original copy and translation shown). Â Until 2006, Indonesia did not allow dual citizenship, meaning that because Obama, as a minor, was legally acknowledged as an Indonesian citizen by his parents, he was temporarily stripped of his U.S. citizenship at that time.Â Under U.S. Immigration law, Obama could have regained his citizenship as an adult, but only as a “naturalized” citizen, ineligible to hold the Office of President.
Read the sworn affidavits of Bishop Ron McRae and Kweli Shuhubia (second affidavit includes partial transcript of an audio recording of Obama’s grandmother stating she attended Obama’s birth in KENYA.)
FACTCHECK.ORG: False claims and undisclosed conflict of interest
FactCheck.org is an arm of the powerful Annenberg Foundation which also runs the Chicago Annenberg Challenge, the entity which employed Barack Obama as its chairman of the board.Â FactCheck.org conducted an allegedly “independent” analysis of Obama’s 2007 computer-generated birth document (see image link above, on right).
According to the National Review, the Annenberg Challenge was founded by former â€œWeather Undergroundâ€ terrorist Bill Ayers, who apparently played a pivotal role in politically positioning Obama to run for public office.Â See this National Review article detailing Obamaâ€™s relationship to Annenberg and Ayers and its unsuccessful efforts to review the archives of the Annenberg Challenge.
FactCheck is guilty of making the patently false claim that the Hawaii “â€¦Department of Health confirmed Oct. 31 that Obama was born in Honoluluâ€¦” See http://www.factcheck.org/elections-2008/born_in_the_usa.html. Hawaii officials have made NO such claim. See specific rebuttal at top of this page.
On the same web page FactCheck also falsely states that, â€œFactCheck.org staffers have now seen, touched, examined and photographed the original birth certificate.â€Â In truth, the document examined by FactCheck is a 2007 computer-generated document and is obviously not the â€œoriginalâ€ Obama 1961 birth certificate sought by the Foundation.
These are simply and unequivocally, false statements.
OBAMA BIRTH DOCUMENT:Â Forgery
A highly experienced Document Forensics expert, writing under the pseudonym “Polarik” for the safety of his family, recently released his final findings and evidence concluding the birth document proffered by Obama is a forgery.Â The detailed analysis examines not only the original graphic released on Obama’s website, but the digital photographs later released by Annenberg’s FactCheck.org on its website as part of its allegedly independent analysis (see above). To WTP’s knowledge, neither FactCheck.org nor Obama have allowed any other party to conduct a direct examination of the document.
Again, it is important to note that Obama’s document is NOT an original, hand-signed “Certificate of Live Birth” but only a computer-generated printout which lacks vital birth information necessary to conclusively establish Obama’s citizenship. Click here to access Polarik’s analysis: http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-bloggers/2136816/posts.
Polarik has also released a short YouTube video summarizing his findings:
Just when you thought there couldnâ€™t be any more players in the ongoing soap opera over the hunt for President Obamaâ€™s original birth certificate and his constitutional eligibility for office, there comes yet another name: Elena Kagan.
Yes, the same Elena Kagan nominated by the commander in chief to be the next justice on the U.S. Supreme Court has actually been playing a role for some time in the dispute over whether Obama is legally qualified to be in the White House.
Hereâ€™s the connection. Kagan served as solicitor general of the United States from March 2009 until May of this year.
In that role, she legally represented the U.S. government in numerous cases coming before the Supreme Court.
A simple search of the high courtâ€™s own website reveals Kaganâ€™s name coming up at least nine times on dockets involving Obama eligibility issues.