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Hawaii slams door on birth certificates, except for Obama

The state of Hawaii created an “exception” for Barack Obama to obtain copies of documents regarding his birth even while it was cracking down on anyone else who might have wanted their own records, too.

Confirmation was posted on the White House website today as administration officials released a copy of a “Certificate of Live Birth” from Hawaii in support of Obama’s story that he was born there.

The document that was released:

Released by the White House

According to the White House posting, Loretta J. Fuddy, the director of health in Hawaii, told the president she had “legal authority to approve the process by which copies of such records are made. Through that authority, in recognition of your status as president of the United States, I am making an exception to current departmental policy which is to issue a computer-generated certified copy.”

She wrote, “We hope that issuing you these copies of your original Certificate of Live Birth will end the numerous inquires received by the Hawaii Department of Health to produced this document. Such inquires have been disruptive to staff operations and have strained state resources.”

A noted from Obama said he was requesting two copies of “my original certificate of live birth.” He designated Judith Corley “of Perkins Coie” to act on his behalf.

Her letter to the state requested a waiver of state policy that allows only for the dissemination of computer-generated “short form” documents.

President Barack Obama in the Oval Office April 4, 2011

“We understand that the Department of Health has adopted this policy for sound administrative reasons. However, we are writing to request a waiver of the Department of Health’s policy, so that my client can obtain two certified copies of his original, ‘long form’ birth certificate. Waiver of the department’s policy in this instance would allow my client to make a certified copy of his original birth certificate publicly available and would also relieve the burden currently being placed on the Department of Health by the numerous inquires it receives from the media and others relating to my client’s birth record.”

Corley confirmed she would travel to Hawaii to pick up the documentation.

However, WND has found that just as possible 2012 GOP candidate Donald Trump had launched a campaign to raise the question of Obama’s eligibility, the state of Hawaii suddenly began enforcing a policy that no one could obtain a copy of his own birth certificate from the state’s Department of Health.

Although the policy of denying the public access to copies of long-form original hospital birth certificates was announced in 2001, it wasn’t enforced for years. But with Trump’s recent pointed questioning of the circumstances of Obama’s birth – and whether he was even born in America – Hawaii officials apparently determined that the long-overlooked state procedure now requires enforcement.

On March 17 the wealthy real estate entrepreneur told ABC’s “Good Morning America” Obama’s refusal to provide what is routine information about his life was “very strange.”

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Since then, Trump has been on a talk show tour suggesting he might run for president in 2012 and saying if Obama is not eligible, it’s one of the biggest hoaxes ever. He even suggested the 44th president’s tenure in the White House could be “illegal.”

The controversy pointed directly back to the state of Hawaii. It was in 2001 that the Hawaii Department of Health’s director at the time, Bruce Anderson, announced, “The Department of Health will henceforth issue and provide only computer-generated abstracts of birth and marriage records and cease to produce photocopies of actual records.”

The president’s supporters repeatedly had cited that policy as the reason why no other records of Obama’s birth could be released but a computer-generated “Certification of Live Birth” document that was posted on the Internet during the 2008 campaign.

State officials also cited the policy change as the reason they could not release Obama’s original long-form birth documentation, even though their own law specifies that the “department of health shall, upon request, furnish to any applicant a certified copy of any certificate, or the contents of any certificate, or any part thereof.”

The Post & Email blog suggested the policy, on its face, violates the state law. In any case, it was not followed for years, as confirmed by the testimony of many individuals who obtained their own original birth certificate records from the department.

One of those long-form documents was obtained from Hawaii as recently as March 15 by a Hawaii native who was willing to have a redacted version revealed for this report. That was just two days before Trump’s statements were reported widely:

Long form birth certificated obtained from state of Hawaii on March 15, 2011

It statesthat the birth occurred at Tripler Medical Center, includes a clerk’s signature, the attendant’s name as well as critical information about the mother and father, including their names and their own birth locations. The document is date-stamped March 15, 2011.

However, when Trump started asking his high-profile questions, even Obama-defending media organizations were pressed into coverage of the dispute.

So in an interview on MSNBC, Chiyome Fukino, former director of the Hawaii Health Department, suddenly announced on April 10 that original birth record copies no longer were available from the state.

While state Department of Health officials have declined to respond to numerous WND requests for comment or explanation, documents obtained by WND reveal a subsequent request for such a document was met with a denial by the state.

The receipt for the April 18 request submitted reveals that a birth certificate record is being requested, and the state’s $10 fee is being paid:

Then is the state’s confirmation that it is refusing to supply such documentation, and a statement that the $10 is being refunded:

At the time of her MSNBC interview, Fukino said, “What he got, everybody got. He put out exactly what everybody gets when they ask for a birth certificate.”

Joshua Wisch of the Hawaii attorney general’s office went further, telling MSNBC the original document belongs to the state and cannot be released to anyone – or copied by anyone, a statement contradicted by Fuddy’s actions.

“It’s a Department of Health record and it can’t be released to anybody,” he told MSNBC, saying there are no provisions that authorize copying such records.

Fukino’s statement was just one among many in a sudden surge in defense of Obama’s decision to deny access to his information. Also on the campaign has been Obama’s half-sister, Maya Soetoro-Ng. And just today the Associated Press reported White House Press Secretary Jay Carney said the questions about Obama’s eligibility are an unfortunate distraction.

The AP also reported that it was simple to go into the state offices and look in a thick binder to find a “computer-generated listing for a boy named Barack Hussein Obama II born in Hawaii.”

The report, however, did not explain on what original records the “computer-generated listing” was based.

The department’s sudden policy changes implemented over the last few weeks appear to leave the public with no access to documentation except for the same short-form, computer-generated document Obama’s campaign released in 2008:

This short-form “certification of live
birth” released by the Obama campaign in 2008 does not have the name of the hospital or an attending physician, which would be included on a long-form “certificate of live birth,” which has never been produced by Obama.

The document, which contains no information regarding birth hospital, attendant, doctor or other details found on all original long-form birth certificates, contrasts with the birth certificate from Hawaii made public by Susan Nordyke, who was born in Honolulu Aug. 5, 1961, just one day after Obama’s reported date of birth and in the same hospital where he was reportedly born.

That image:

Copy of original long-form birth certificate of Susan Nordyke, born in Honolulu the day after Obama’s reported birthdate. Obama has never produced any document like this

Moreover, on Oct. 13, 2010, a contributor with the username “Danae” posted on FreeRepublic.com a copy of her long-form birth certificate originally issued in 1969, but which the Hawaii Department of Health mailed to her  Sept. 28, 2010, after she paid a $10 fee.

An image of her posting:

To verify her transaction, she also posted a receipt she was sent Sept. 28, 2010, by the Hawaii state agency.

Because of the obvious questions raised by the statements at the time of Hawaii officials defending the secrecy of Obama’s birth records, “Danae” followed up with a photograph of her original long-form, hospital-generated certificate of live birth side-by-side with the copy she was sent:

She went even further, posting an image of both documents along with a short-form COLB, similar to the one presented by Obama’s campaign, that she also had asked the Hawaii Department of Health to produce:

Others have obtained long-form birth certificates from Hawaii, 

according to a report in “The Post & Email” blog by Miki Booth.

“When my son, Alan, requested a copy of his birth certificate he got just that – a “Certificate of Live Birth,” not the same as Obama’s. Different titles and different information. Obama’s is sorely lacking information required for obtaining a passport – Mother’s State/Country of Birth and Father’s State/Country of Birth,” she wrote.

The MSNBC report noted that when the short-form COLB image first was obtained, Obama needed to sign the request but got “testy.”

Jerome Corsi, whose new book, “Where’s the Birth Certificate?” will be released May 17, said if the document is as Fukino is describing it now, she should have included those details when she first described it as a state official.

Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie made headlines earlier this year when he publicly sought to bring closure to the issue and then explained he couldn’t find Obama’s long-form birth certificate, only some sort of written notation.

“It was actually written, I am told, this is what our investigation is showing, it actually exists in the archives, written down,” Abercrombie told the Honolulu Star Advertiser.