A report from the Office of the Inspector General from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services concluded years before the dispute erupted over President Obama’s birth certificate and his eligibility to be president such documents “may … not be the best proof of identity.”
The report compiled in 2000 by Inspector General June Gibbs Brown deals primarily with using birth certificates to establish identity, not necessarily birth location as is the issue with Obama’s document.
But the report raises a number of alarms about the use of the documents.
“It was the consensus of those we interviewed that a number of state practices create opportunities for fraud. Those practices include the following:
delayed, amended, and midwife birth registrations that are based on affidavits of personal knowledge, include no documentary evidence, and are not often marked or overlaid accordingly;
delays in matching death and birth records can make the identities of many deceased persons easy to assume between the time the person dies and the time the death and birth records are matched;
questionable physical security situations that create opportunities for fraud; and
limited oversight of local issuing entities by state vital records offices,” the report said.
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 at more than $1 million to avoid releasing a state birth certificate that would put to rest some questions.
WND has reported that among the documentation not yet available for 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, medical records, files from his years as an Illinois state senator, his Illinois State Bar Association records, any baptism records, and his adoption records.
WND also has reported that a hearing is scheduled tomorrow in one such dispute. In this case, a hearing is scheduled in a California courtroom on a case challenging Obama’s eligibility handled by attorney Orly Taitz.
The case features an affidavit alleging included is a document that is the real Obama birth certificate from Coast General Hospital in Mombasa, Kenya.
“The true and correct photocopy of the birth certificate obtained is attached to this affidavit as Exhibit A,” the declaration reads. “I declare, certify, verify, state and affirm under penalty of perjury under the laws of the United States of America that the foregoing statements of fact and descriptions of circumstances and events are true and correct.”
Taitz hopes the court will order expedited discovery, a ruling that would open many of Obama’s currently sealed documents, including his college records and Hawaiian long-form birth certificate, to court scrutiny.
“We’ll see what happens on Tuesday. If Judge Carter has the guts, we may move very fast,” Taitz told WND. “If expedited discovery is ordered, I’ll be dashing to Occidental College and then be on a flight to Hawaii.”
The 2000 report from the Department of Health and Human Services said, “Even if their security is improved, birth certificates may still not be the best proof of identity. For this reason, program administrators may not want to use birth certificates at all, or use them only with other documents…”
Among the issues that has complicated the Obama case is the existence of a state law at the time he was born that allowed parents or others to register a birth in Hawaii after the fact. Such provisions could allow someone to have a baby overseas and return simply to declare a Hawaii birth and obtain a Hawaiian birth certificate.
It was in 2004, following a long investigation by the FBI and Department of State, Jean Anderson, the former deputy registrar of the Hudson County, N.J., Office of Vital Statistics, pleaded guilty to taking money for falsifying county records.”
“False identification is a major factor in crime, and that most, if not all, federal fugitives and drug trafficking crimes are associated with false identification,” the 2000 report defined as the issue.
“They also conclude that stolen, counterfeit, and altered birth certificates are often used as ‘breeder documents’ that allow the holder to obtain documents needed to create new identities. The Office of Inspector General has conducted three inspections focused specifically on birth certificate fraud that identified a number of vulnerabilities in birth certificate processes. Because so many federal and state agencies rely on birth certificates to assist them in determining eligibility for services and benefits, it is important that these agencies have current information on the nature and extent of birth certificate fraud to assist them in the proper assignment and protection of benefits.”
A significant problem, however, is that “fraudulent birth certificates are easy to obtain.”
The documents, the report said, “were never designed to provide sole proof of identity, and because a birth certificate cannot be positively linked with an individual, their use for that purpose is questionable.”
Because of the dearth of information about Obama’s eligibility, WND founder Joseph Farah has launched a campaign to raise contributions to post billboards asking a simple question: “Where’s the birth certificate?”
“Where’s The Birth Certificate?” billboard at the Mandalay Bay resort on the Las Vegas Strip
The campaign followed a petition that has collected more than 450,000 signatures demanding proof of his eligibility, the availability of yard signs raising the question and the production of permanent, detachable magnetic bumper stickers asking the question.
The “certification of live birth” posted online and widely touted as “Obama’s birth certificate” does not in any way prove he was born in Hawaii, since the same “short-form” document is easily obtainable for children not born in Hawaii. The true “long-form” birth certificate – which includes information such as the name of the birth hospital and attending physician – is the only document that can prove Obama was born in Hawaii, but to date he has not permitted its release for public or press scrutiny.
Oddly, though congressional hearings were held to determine whether Sen. John McCain was constitutionally eligible to be president as a “natural born citizen,” no controlling legal authority ever sought to verify Obama’s claim to a Hawaiian birth.
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