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The state of Hawaii claims that the “birth certificate” for Barack Obama in its files – presumably the document that was copied and distributed by the White House – remains confidential.
The image released April 27 by the White House was described by administration officials as “proof positive” of Obama’s Hawaiian birth.
Image released by the White House April 27, 2011
At that time, officials in Hawaii’s health department and governor’s office refused to provide confirmation to WND that the image released by the White House accurately represented the birth documentation in the state’s custody.
The case brought by Taitz is seeking the original application for Obama’s Social Security number, a document that could reveal information about the president’s early life relevant to his eligibility to be president.
However, in a response dated yesterday, Hawaii Deputy Attorney General Jill T. Nagamine refused to respond, according to documents obtained by WND.
“These subpoenas would require disclosure of privileged or other protected matter, and there is no exception that applies to allow disclosure to you,” she told Taitz. “Vital statistics records, such as birth certificates, are protected by strict confidentiality requirements under state law.”
President Obama in the Oval Office
She also raised the complaint that the subpoena was not “served upon my client in accordance with the requirements of Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.”
“Thus, it is our position that we have no duty to respond.”
Taitz wondered to WND just what kind of “privacy” would be under protection since Obama himself has put the document in the public domain. She said she would continue her case.
The subpoena named Loretta Fuddy, the chief of the Hawaii Department of Health, and sought the “original 1961 typewritten birth certificate # 10641 for Barack Obama, II.”
The image released by Obama has been challenged by a number of document imaging analysts as a fraud, and it doesn’t align with descriptions of it by Obama supporters.
For instance, two weeks before Obama finally released his “long-form birth certificate,” Hawaii’s former Health Department chief Chiyome Fukino – the one official who claimed to have examined the original birth document under lock and key in Hawaii – was interviewed by NBC News’ national investigative correspondent Michael Isikoff, who reported that Fukino told him she had seen the original birth certificate and that it was “half typed and half handwritten.”
However, the document released by the White House was entirely typed. Only the signatures and two dates at the very bottom were “handwritten.” What Fukino described is apparently a different document from what Obama released to the public.