Obama’s Incomplete Dossier; HI State Sen Intros “Vexatious Requests,” Birth Cert Bills
On a tip from Lyle Rapacki, Ph.D.: If you ever wanted to have a concise collection of data on President Obama concerning both what we know and what we don’t know about his background, the below YouTube video is for you. While most of the data included in the video is not new, this appears to be the first time that all prominent facts and figures concerning Mr. Obama’s background have been conveniently put together.
Readers will recall that I highlighted Dr. Rapacki’s work on March 25, 2009, when he had released a report on presidential eligibility as a white paper for InfraGard. His personal commentary from a recent email on the video sums up my thoughts as well:
WE THE PEOPLE were ridiculed, even threatened each time we asked to have clarified Mr. Obama’s status insofar as citizenship and background. Our elected representatives told us there was “nothing to the claims.” Senator McCain wouldn’t even raise the issue during his campaign for the Office of the Presidency, even though the same issues were raised on the floor of the Congress about McCain’s citizenship having been born in the Panama Canal Zone. Even conservative commentators, like Glenn Beck, Bill O’Reilly, Sean Hannity relegate those who raise this issue as “birthers” -- a left handed dismissal by more learned and wise individuals with whom we should just take our cues. With the exception of a very few brave souls who have risked their reputation and personal safety, almost anyone with a large arena, a national microphone, or a pen (computer) who can reach the farthest corners of our Nation refuses to stand and force the subject out of the dark closet into the daylight where the details can be seen, and the subject can be decided once and for all!
Where have the Patrick Henrys and John Adams of our generation gone; those brave young Americans sitting in a Contential Congress not afraid to challenge a tyrant King. Who will be the next John Hancock who is NOT afraid to sign his name so large that the King can not miss reading it? The issue remains unsettled. The subject, so many are afraid to touch, will not go away. The topic of being rightfully seated as the duly constituted President of the United States continues to fester, and even appears to still be infected with grave doubt, fear, oozing anger and disdain.
Look below at the YOUTUBE site now making the rounds. Listen to the sobering message, the chilling account, the provocative questions begging to be answered. WE THE PEOPLE want to know what is the truth? What is so wrong with our question? Why are our elected representatives castigating us for asking; for performing by ourselves the due diligence they should have accomplished? Look at the YOUTUBE site below…the issue remains, the questions persist. There is fear that our American political process has been infected, and merely putting a bandaid over the site will not clear the infection. WE THE PEOPLE have asked for help in resolving this challenge. Something is not right, and we don’t feel well at all about this issue.
So, like the patient whose doctor doesn’t listen because afterall, they are the doctor and know better, WE THE PEOPLE will continue to look for another health care provider who will listen and investigate with us the issue at hand. We have to, it is critical, our health and welfare as a nation is at stake.
LYLE J. RAPACKI, Ph.D.
Protective Intelligence and Assessment Specialist
Consultant at Behavioral Analysis and Threat Assessment
Independent Intelligence and Information Warfare Analyst
Lyle is an independent intelligence analyst who receives and disseminates critical intelligence and policy information from and to law enforcement, intelligence and homeland security officials and operatives, and government and community leaders. He is the author of dozens of white papers, bulletins and briefings, and he is frequently called on to share his expertise with public and private security directors and organizations.
The video, entitled, “Dossier:”
As always, it cannot be emphasized enough that the vetting process for all political candidates is strictly voluntary and entails little to no legal enforcement — basically an honor system. As FamilySecurityMatters.org pointed out back in September, 2008, “Who Vetted Obama?“
The answer? Nobody.
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Even more interesting is late news coming out of the great State of Hawaii on a story I covered back in August, 2009 concerning State Senator Will Espero’s promise to introduce legislation concerning vital records (via “butterdzillion” on FreeRepublic):
On Jan 27, 2010 Hawaii State Senator Will Espero has introduced a bill to label some people “vexatious requestors” who can be denied responses from the DOH. This action was taken 2 weeks after I posted “Red Flags in Hawaii”, (see at http://butterdezillion.wordpress.com/2010/01/11/red-flags-in-hawaii-2/ ), a blog post documenting how Hawaii government officials have broken laws and rules in order to cover for Obama.
The Honolulu Advertiser has an article about it. Apparently I can’t post anything from the HA because they won’t allow it, but it’s in an article online today. In it, Okubo claims that she gets about 50 requests/month for Obama’s BC.
First off, I call BS on that number. I requested all the UIPA requests involving Obama for a 2-week period and there were 7 requests -- only 2 of which were for a BC, and both for a non-certified abbreviated birth certificate, which the Administrative Rules expressly authorize to be released to anybody who asks for it.
Second, I believe this firmly places us in phase 3 of the saying, “First they ignore you. Then they ridicule you. Then they fight you. Then you win.”
From the HonoluluAdvertiser:
“They’re spurred on by these ‘birther’ blogs who direct them to bombard the Health Department even though they have no legitimate right to the information,” [Health Department spokeswoman Janice] Okubo said.
“They’ve been misled to believe that the state of Hawai’i gives out birth information to anyone who requests it, but really our law protects birth information. We’re entrusted with protecting people’s vital records. To open them up would mean opening them up to identity theft and other types of concerns.”
State law allows birth certificates to be issued to family members, legal guard- ians, representatives of a person’s estate, or by court order or other legal purposes.
Okubo said those who have been requesting Obama’s birth certificate don’t meet the legal standards.
Sorry, Ms. Okubo, but some of us already know that certain records are private. What has been requested are certain facts surrounding these documents — but more on this process in a moment.
The article continued:
Rick Newbold, a defense contractor from North Carolina now working in Iraq, asked the Health Department and the White House for Obama’s birth records, in part, because Newbold believes it’s “hypocritical of the president to proclaim that his administration is transparent when it obviously is not,” he wrote in an e-mail to The Advertiser.
“My interest in discovering and defending the truth about our chief executive is to maintain the integrity of the office of the president and to protect our republic from subversion, especially from foreign powers. America is in decline as a result of the globalist mindset and monied interests who seek to destroy America and integrate it into a global system of governance and taxation.”
The continuing issue over Obama’s birthplace — and, therefore, his eligibility to serve as president of the United States — has led state Sen. Will Espero, D-20th, (’Ewa Beach, Waipahu) to introduce two bills this session on different sides of the issue.
Senate Bill 2056 would open up Hawai’i birth records under strict conditions to people who currently have no legitimate right to see them. Senate Bill 2937 would allow state agencies to label people who persistently “abuse” the public information process as “vexatious requestors,” which would allow state officials to deny their requests for documents.
Espero does not necessarily believe that everyone should see birth certificates that are now restricted, but said he wrote the bills to trigger legislative hearings to discuss the issue.
“It’s all because of the noise about the president not being born here,” Espero said.
“I believe he’s born here. Most of Hawai’i believes he’s born here and it’s not an issue here as it is with these Mainland birthers. It probably would not end all of the controversy because I believe the people that are these birthers have some other motives. Whatever you say or provide to these people, they will not be happy with anything.” …
Attorney Jeff Portnoy, who represents The Advertiser, has made a career out of fighting for public access to government records and believes that county and state officials need to be more open about what they do.
“On paper, the present state laws regarding access are very impressive, both philosophically and technically, in talking about that in a democracy, the public should have access to the workings of government,” Portnoy said. “Practically, the interpretation of those laws leaves a lot to be desired.”
The reality, Portnoy said, is that “Hawai’i has a significant reputation as being a hostile place to obtain records and access and, frankly, a history of executive and legislative leaders who have been fairly hostile, either through their attorney general or corporation counsels or the bureaucracy itself.”
Portnoy understands the desire among some people to see Obama’s birth records, but he does not put their requests in the same category as seeking openness to government dealings, such as details of public works projects or private meetings among officials to decide who will chair city councils, commissions and boards.
“That’s the people’s business,” Portnoy said. “We’ve never brought an action to get somebody’s Social Security number and there are legitimate reasons to keep birth records private. Identity theft is a legitimate, serious issue.”
Then, Ms. Okubo stated the following:
The majority of the people who e-mail or send letters to Okubo asking for Obama’s birth certificate do not challenge her response once she tells them they have no legal right to the information, she said.
But about a dozen people continue to hammer Okubo with follow-up requests.
“They want all of the organizational charts for our Office of Health Status Monitoring that handles vital records and for our health informations systems, our IT office,” Okubo said. “They request from me every single communication or every single document or request every record available related to President Obama’s vital records.”
Okubo readily acknowledges that she hasn’t always been able to reply to a request within 10 working days as required under Hawai’i’s Uniform Information Practices Act, the state’s version of the federal Freedom of Information Act.
But she adamantly disagrees with the “birthers’ ” interpretation of Hawai’i law.
“They usually say that by not giving out his birth certificate we’re breaking the law,” Okubo said.
“But we would be breaking the law by giving out a birth certificate to someone who does not have a right to it.”
When Okubo told one writer they did not have a right to Obama’s birth certificate because they were not related to the president, the person wrote back saying they, indeed, had a common ancestor.
“They said they have a tangible right to his birth certificate because they’re descended from Adam,” Okubo said, referring to the biblical figure. “We told them they need to provide some type of legal documentation.”
Frankly, Ms. Okubo, it sounds like you may need a bit of cheese with that whine! This sounds harsh because applications like Microsoft Word and/or Outlook could make your job 75% easier.
You see, all you have to do is create a form letter that could be sent and/or attached via email back to the “illegitimate” requester stating that they cannot request the kind of data they’re requesting (if that’s the case).
So, the real issue is with approximately one dozen concerned citizens asking your office (”hammering,” to the article’s term) for info? Wow. We, the People must be really effective if all it takes is for 12 individuals to cause you to begin griping.
The bottom line is this: we have the government complaining that concerned citizens are making a number of requests of it, when there is no law that disallows such requests to be made. Yet, somehow, we are supposed to be sympathetic to the bureaucrat who appears to be tired of doing her job.
Guess what, Ms. Okubo? It’s not your job to characterize any citizen as a “birther” or any other such label, simply because you dislike the insinuated intention of these requests. Your job is to do your job without respect to person, according to the law; nothing more, nothing less.
See the following links regarding the eligibility saga:
- The background:
- The questions:
- The State Department and Sen. Patrick Leahy’s (D-VT) Natural Born Citizen Resolution (April 10, 2008)