Will changing the name of a document fix the problem facing Hawaii officials over questions about President Obama’s original long-form “birth certificate?”

Someone may think so, according to a new report.

The report confirmed that the state in recent days has dropped the “Certification of Live Birth” that it has used for a number of years to headline abbreviated computer-generated documents citing birth information in the state’s database, and the documents now are being called a “Certificate of Live Birth.”

The suggestion comes in a report by an investigator commissioned by a retired CIA officer on the documentation of Obama’s origins. It was posted online by the Western Center for Journalism, which withheld the name of the officer.

“Until June 2009, the reasonable doubts about where Obama was born could have quickly and finally been resolved if he had authorized the release by the Hawaiian Dept of Health of his original birth certificate or else applied for it himself and released it to the media,” said the report.

“But as these doubts have increased and reached the point where they are no longer ‘fringe’ phenomenon, the Hawaiian state govt has recently taken certain steps that would create procedural and possibly legal barriers to a resolution of the controversy,” the report said.

The report described the “slipperiness” in recent statements from both health department director Chiyome Fukino and spokeswoman Janice Okubo.

Fukino issued a statement affirming that the original documents from Obama’s birth are on record, but providing no details. Okubo has stated there are regulations that prevent officials from discussing those records.

Because of that, the investigator said, “it is, I think, also reasonable to regard these steps with suspicion.”

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Instead, the forms now are being titled “Certificate of Live Birth,” the report said.

“A family that I am acquainted with has a child who was born in Hawaii 6 months ago. They filled out and mailed in a form to the Dept of Health, as did their doctor. In return the Dept sent them in the first week of June, 2009, the same abbreviated computer-generated form that last year on the Daily Kos and subsequently on the Obama campaign web site was called a ‘Certification of Live Birth.’ The form that this family received this year is identical in format to the Certification of Live Birth on the Daily Kos web site with one exception: the title at the top of the form,” the investigator reported.

“On June 12, 2008, the title for this abbreviated form was Certification of Live Birth. The title for the form that this family received in the first week of June 2009 is Certificate of Live Birth. I called The Dept of Health and confirmed that the title of the form had been changed. The bureaucrat that I spoke to said the change had been made ‘recently,’ but could not or would not tell me when. Sometime between June 12, 2008 and the first week of June 2009 the Hawaiian Dept of Health changed the title of this abbreviated form from ‘Certification of Live Birth’ to ‘Certificate of Live Birth,” the report said.


The investigator followed up with an explanation.

“The use of the word ‘Certificate’ rather than ‘Certification’ makes the form feel somewhat more like a traditional birth certificate than the ‘Certification of Live Birth’ that the Daily Kos website and subsequently the Obama campaign posted on the Internet even though, like the ‘Certification,’ it also lacks any information about the hospital, doctor, or midwife. There is no footprint etc.,” the investigator said.

“This renaming of the document will be very convenient for the Hawaiian Dept of Health in future stonewalling should any legal pressure be brought against them to produce Obama’s ‘Certificate of Live Birth,'” the report said.

“Instead of producing the original ‘Certificate of Live Birth,’ they will produce the abbreviated ‘Certification of Live Birth’ form that the Dept of Health has now renamed a ‘Certificate of Live Birth’ and claim that they are doing so ‘in accordance with state policies and procedures’ in the words of the Dept’s Director, Dr. Chiyome Fukino.”

The report said no matter what the piece of paper is called, “this abbreviated document provides none of the probative information that was or wasn’t on Barack Obama’s original Certificate of Live Birth. Unlike the Certificate of Live Birth of the time when Barack Obama was born, this new Certificate of Live Birth provides no real evidence of where a child was born or indication of where such evidence might be found. It provides no information that would demonstrate to the people of the United States whether there is convincing evidence that he was actually born here or whether a relative or two (or possibly even Barack Obama himself) just made a statement to that effect to a low level bureaucrat. (As is permitted under Section 57-40 of the Territorial Public Health Statistics Act in the 1955 Revised Laws of Hawaii.),” the report said.

But such a move is unlikely to finish questions about Obama’s origins, since WND has reported that other documentation not yet publicly disclosed by Obama includes his kindergarten records, Punahou school records, Occidental College records, Columbia University records, Columbia thesis, Harvard Law School records, Harvard Law Review articles, scholarly articles from the University of Chicago, passport, his medical records,  files from his years as an Illinois state senator, Illinois State Bar Association records, any baptism records  and his adoption records.

Several WND calls and e-mails to Hawaiian officials asking them to confirm the change of title for the document did not generate a response.

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Here is the “Certification of Live Birth” presented by Obama:

Short-form “Certification of Live Birth”

And here is an image of an actual long-form Hawaiian birth certificate from the same hospital President Obama reports he was born at from the day after the president’s birth:

Photostat of Susan Nordyke’s 1961 Hawaii birth certificate (Courtesy Honolulu Advertiser)

WND reported earlier that the document Obama posted on his campaign website and distributed to select news organizations as proof he was a “natural born citizen” would not be accepted as a “birth certificate” even for some Hawaiian state government eligibility issues. The state later changed this requirement, too, to allow use of the abbreviated “Certification of Live Birth.”

WND also previously reported certifications of live birth were widely issued to Hawaiians born in foreign countries in 1961, the year Obama was born. No federal or state official has ever explained why a document issued for foreign births could possibly be used to establish eligibility as a “natural born citizen.”

Hawaii’s director of health, Dr. Chiyome Fukino, this week issued a second statement that she has seen the “original birth records” that verify Obama was born in Hawaii and is a “natural-born American citizen.”

But in two separate telephone interviews with WND, Janice Okubo, the health department’s public information officer, told WND that Hawaii law prohibited her from commenting on the birth records of any specific person.

WND also reported the Hawaii Department of Heath affirmed that no paper birth certificate records were destroyed when the department moved to electronic record-keeping in 2001.

That statement from Okubo contradicted CNN U.S. President Jon Klein, who ordered host Lou Dobbs to quit discussing Obama’s birth certificate on the air. Klein insisted the issue was “dead” because Obama’s original long-form birth certificate had been destroyed by the Hawaii DOH in the conversion to electronic files.

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