Is the U.S. Selective Service System now blocking access to President Barack Obama’s online registration records?
Members of the public searching the federal database for the commander in chief’s registration are suddenly finding new difficulty, possibly due to the startling revelation of Obama’s alleged use of a Connecticut-based Social Security Number.
The Selective Service System, or SSS, collects names of Americans for use by the Department of Defense in the event of a national emergency. On its website, it says it provides the nation “with a structure and a system of guidelines which will provide the most prompt, efficient, and equitable draft possible, if the country should need it.”
Regarding President Obama, “He is registered. There is no doubt in our minds that he has, and we’re quite prepared to say so,” SSS public-affairs specialist Dan Amon told WND.
But the agency’s online search engine now appears to be precluding the public from seeing Obama’s record after allowing unfettered access.
The database allows people to search for registrants as long as a correct name, Social Security Number and date of birth are entered.
On May 5, WND entered the criteria for President Obama, using his date of birth as Aug. 4, 1961, and his Social Security Number, which begins with the Connecticut-issued prefix of 042.
The Selective Service database instantly issued a “matched record” without a problem that day, indicating Obama’s Selective Service Number is 61-1125539-1. It lists date of registration as Sept. 4, 1980.
This May 5, 2010, screenshot of the Selective Service System’s website shows President Obama’s Selective Service record was able to be searched and located using his name, date of birth and Social Security Number (the last four digits of which have been redacted by WND).
However, when WND re-entered the same information on May 20, the database did not provide the matched record, but instead posted a message, stating, “Error. Sorry, your request cannot be processed at this time because you have exceeded the daily limit for the verification of these credentials.”
This May 20, 2010, screenshot of the Selective Service System’s website shows the results of the exact same search for Obama’s record, on WND’s first attempt that date, The system displayed an error message, suggesting too many verification requests exceeding the daily limit.
WND asked Selective Service what was causing the sudden problem in retrieving records.
Amon said it’s likely because many people across the nation are now searching for Obama’s records.
“If you run into problems, others have, too,” he said.
Amon says a hacking attempt several years ago prompted the agency to beef up security to prevent future electronic attacks. He initially said the agency created a limit of three verification requests per day for any given record.
“If someone in Omaha, Neb., does it on a whim, then someone in Ohio does it, then that’s two times.”
He said when more than three requests are submitted – no matter where they’re entered from – people would see the error message noting the daily limit has been exceeded.
“It’s like 20 people trying to crowd into a doorway,” Amon explained. “If nobody else in the world is doing it, if you punch it in the format suggested, [you get good results]; but if others try, then it will shut it down.”
However, when WND repeatedly entered valid information for another American registrant, it received a matched record without any error message despite dozens of requests in the same day.
Amon later indicated his statement about the limit of three was “more of a guess.”
He said he checked with the information-technology department about the limit, and admitted, “They got a little edgy.”
“They just didn’t want to answer it,” Amon said, explaining the IT administrators did not wish to “divulge specifics of the system.”
WND tried a variety of combinations for Obama, sometimes using his correct information, and sometimes using incorrect data, such as changing his date of birth or submitting random Social Security Numbers such as 111-11-1111.
When at least two of the three criteria were entered correctly, WND received the error message indicating the daily limit had been exceeded.
However, when less than two were correct for Obama, such as his name only, WND received a message stating, “Sorry. Based on the information you submitted … a registration record cannot be found for this individual.”
In this case, WND submitted only one correct criterion, Obama’s last name. A generic Social Security Number of 111-11-1111 was entered along with the wrong date of birth, 1960 instead of 1961. A message indicating no record was found was displayed, instead of an error message for exceeding any daily limit.
The problems using the SSS search engine come in the wake of WND’s disclosure that two private investigators working independently are wondering why Obama is using a Social Security Number set aside for applicants in Connecticut while there is no record he ever had a mailing address in the state.
Security website confirms the first three numbers in his ID are reserved for
applicants with Connecticut addresses, 040-049.
“Since 1973, Social Security numbers have been issued by our central office,”
the Social Security website explains. “The first three (3) digits of a person’s
social security number are determined by the ZIP code of the mailing address
shown on the application for a social security number.”
The question is being raised amid speculation about the president’s history
fueled by an extraordinary lack of
public documentation. Along with his original birth certificate, Obama also
has not released educational records, scholarly articles, passport documents,
medical records, papers from his service in
the Illinois state Senate, Illinois State Bar Association records, any baptism
records and adoption papers.
Robert Siciliano, president and CEO of IDTheftSecurity.com and a nationally
recognized expert on identity theft, agrees the Social Security number should be
“I know Social Security numbers have been issued to people in states where
they don’t live, but there’s usually a good reason the person applied for a
Social Security number in a different state,” Siciliano told WND.
WND asked Siciliano whether he thought the question was one the White House
“Yes,” he replied. “In the case of President Obama, I really don’t know what
the good reason would be that he has a Social Security number issued in
Connecticut when we know he was a resident of Hawaii.”
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