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Gibbs sidesteps Obama's Social Security Number
Posted By -NO AUTHOR- On 06/10/2010 @ 6:02 pm In Front Page | Comments Disabled
The White House apparently isn’t going to answer questions about a mystery uncovered by private investigators, who, working independently, found that President Obama is using a Social Security number set aside for applicants in Connecticut, while there is no record he ever had a mailing address there.
WND previously reported the investigators discovered the number was issued between 1977 and 1979 – while Obama’s employment reportedly dates back to 1975 at a Baskin-Robbins ice-cream shop in Oahu, Hawaii.
The questions were raised by affidavits filed separately in a presidential-eligibility lawsuit in the U.S. District Court of the District of Columbia by Ohio licensed private investigator Susan Daniels and Colorado private investigator John N. Sampson.
The investigators believe Obama needs to explain why he is using a Social Security number reserved for Connecticut applicants that was issued at a date later than he is known to have held employment.
Les Kinsolving, WND’s correspondent at the White House, asked for an explanation from press secretary Robert Gibbs at today’s news briefing:
“WorldNetDaily’s correspondent Dr. Jerome Corsi reports … [a question has been raised] by investigators in Ohio and Colorado concerning the president’s Social Security number. Second sentence …” Kinsolving began.
“Birth certificates,” interrupted another reporter.
“He reports – no, I did not bring up the birth certificate – he reports that investigators Susan Daniels and John Sampson are asking why the president is using a Social Security number reserved for Connecticut applicants. And my question, did you know …” Kinsolving continued.
“Hold on, that’s two sentences, Lester. That … I …” Gibbs said.
“That’s two sentences, and my question – do you know of any record that the president ever had a mailing address in Connecticut?” Kinsolving asked.
Gibbs never answered, instead choosing to turn the conversation – and questions – to others instead of the president.
“I know there are faithful readers of your publication that despite …” Gibbs said.
“Including you,” Kinsolving pointed out.
“Oh, well, I don’t know that I would necessarily mark myself down as an avid reader or a faithful reader. I continue to be amazed, Lester, that two years after putting the president’s birth certificate on the Internet …” Gibbs said.
“Without a hospital and without a doctor,” Kinsolving noted.
“Do you think the president was born here, Lester?” Kinsolving asked the correspondent.
“Beg pardon?” Kinsolving said.
“Do you think the president was born in the United States?” Gibbs asked.
“I don’t know. I’d love to get the real birth certificate, wouldn’t you?” Kinsolving asked.
“I’ve seen the real birth certificate. I put it on the Internet and I appreciate your …” Gibbs said.
Kinsolving cut to the chase of the exchange.
“But you’re not answering this question,” Kinsolving said.
“I appreciate your forthrightness on the birth answer,” Gibbs said, ending the briefing.
“I see Gibby didn’t answer the question did he?” wrote a participant on a Politico forum page. “Neither will Obama propagandist ‘Snopes’ … or FactfreeCheck … but the question is not going away.”
“But Gibbs evaded the question (surprise!) Why is Obummer using a SSN reserved for Connecticut residents? I guess the WND reporter won’t be called on again! Some day all of this will come out – it always does,” added another.
“Remember what Reagan said, ‘Trust but verify.’ Obama won’t let us ‘verify’; ALL records are sealed. Why would anyone do that? Why was it allowed?” added a third.
“Well, where is the answer???” wrote a testy fourth participant.
“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 questioned.
“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 for its earlier report.
WND asked Siciliano whether he thought the question was one the White House should answer.
“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.”
Siciliano is a frequent expert guest on identify theft on cable-television networks, including CNN, CNBC and the Fox News Channel.
WND reported Daniels and Sampson each used a different database showing Obama is using a Social Security number beginning with 042.
WND has further confirmed that the Social Security number in question links to Obama in the online records maintained by the Selective Service System. Inserting the Social Security number, his birth date and his last name produces a valid Selective Service number.
To verify the number was issued by the Social Security Administration for applicants in Connecticut, Daniels used a Social Security number verification database. She found that the numbers immediately before and immediately after Obama’s were issued to Connecticut applicants between the years 1977 and 1979.
“There is obviously a case of fraud going on here,” Daniels maintained. “In 15 years of having a private investigator’s license in Ohio, I’ve never seen the Social Security Administration make a mistake of issuing a Connecticut Social Security number to a person who lived in Hawaii. There is no family connection that would appear to explain the anomaly.”
There is no indication in the limited background documentation released by the Obama 2008 presidential campaign or by the White House to establish that Obama ever lived in Connecticut.
Nor is there any suggestion in Obama’s autobiography, “Dreams From My Father,” that he ever had a Connecticut address.
Also, nothing can be found in the public record that indicates Obama visited Connecticut during his high-school years.
Daniels disclosed to WND the name of the database she searched and produced a computer screen copy of the page that listed 1890 as a date associated with the 042 Social Security number.
Daniels said she can’t be sure if the 1890 figure has any significance. But she said it appears the number Obama is using was previously issued by the Social Security Administration.
After an extensive check of the proprietary databases she uses as a licensed private investigator, Daniels determined that the first occurrence of Obama’s association with the number was in 1986 in Chicago.
Daniels has been a licensed private investigator in Ohio since 1995. Sampson formed his private-investigations firm, CSI Consulting and Investigations, in 2008. He previously worked as a deportations law-enforcement officer with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
The Daniels and Sampson affidavits were originally recorded by attorney Orly Taitz in an eligibility case against Obama last year.
The White House has maintained a computer-generated Certification of Live Birth is proof enough of Obama’s Hawaiian birth, even though it has no hospital or doctor’s name on it. Such documents differ from a Certificate of Live Birth which includes those details. In response to a direct question from WND, the Hawaii Department of Health refused to authenticate either of the two versions of Obama’s short-form certification, posted online – neither the image produced by the Obama campaign nor the images released by FactCheck.org.
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