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The internet is still being spammed with emails trying to claim that Barack Obama is not a natural born citizen and therefore everyone should vote for John McCain. So, here is all the information that has been researched about Obama's birth here in Hawaii all in one chunk, so that when you get one of these "Swift Boat" emails, you can hit reply-all and send this.

First off, the claim that Barack Obama has not released his birth certificate is false. He released it months ago.

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The hoaxers have claimed that this certificate is a fake, but have yet to produce any evidence to back that claim up. Their approach, straight out of the Napoleonic code, is to make continual accusations and demand that the accused prove their innocence. They hope that simply by repeating a claim often enough, useful idiots will come to believe it. But here in the United States, we follow the principle that the ACCUSER must prove the accused guilty, beyond a reasonable doubt. What that means is that when the Swift-Boaters accuse Barack Obama of fraud, it is they who are required to provide proof beyond a reasonable doubt. Otherwise, we as citizens are obligated to ignore such baseless accusations, and certainly refuse to forward them along to everyone in our mailing lists (as these spammed emails always insist we must do).

There is more evidence that backs up the Birth Certificate. Hawaii has two major newspapers, the Honolulu Advertiser and the Star Bulletin. BOTH newspapers include birth announcements, and pages found in the archives of BOTH newspapers record the August 4th, 1961 birth of Barack Obama.

The Honolulu Advertiser The Star Bulletin

Now, McCain's (Rove's) useful idiots will scream that these are also fakes; that they are part of this grand conspiracy by Obama's parents to smuggle a newborn baby from Kenya into Honolulu to obtain a birth certificate and birth announcements. But what is lacking in their story is MOTIVE. It's not like Obama's parents knew back then that Barack would go into politics, and needed to be "Natural Born." Why bother with such a deception, which includes a very risky flight half way around the world with a newborn baby.

Finally, the Swift-Boaters hoisted with their own petard with a story carried by World Net Daily, that included the claim "WND has learned that Hawaii's Gov. Linda Lingle has placed the candidate's birth certificate under seal and instructed the state's Department of Health to make sure no one in the press obtains access to the original document under any circumstances."

This prompted the following statement from the office of Governor Lingle.


Thank you for emailing Governor Linda Lingle's office.  A recent article in WorldNetDaily.com (October 26, 2008) claiming that Hawai‘i Governor Linda Lingle sealed Sen. Barack Obama's birth certificate is false.

Under Hawai‘i's state law (Hawai‘i Revised Statutes §338-18), copies of vital records may only be released to those who have a tangible relationship to the person whose record is being sought.  Neither the Governor's office, nor any other office in the State of Hawai'i, can provide information concerning birth certificates, or produce birth certificates, to anyone except those who are listed in the law governing vital statistics records.

Vital statistics records, such as birth certificates, are protected by strict confidentiality requirements.  Specifically, pursuant to section 338-18, Hawai‘i Revised Statutes (HRS), the Department of Health, which maintains these records, may not allow the inspection of a birth certificate, or issue a certified copy of a birth certificate, or disclose any information contained in a birth certificate, unless it is satisfied that the applicant has a direct and tangible interest in the record:

(a) To protect the integrity of vital statistics records, to ensure their proper use, and to ensure the efficient and proper administration of the vital statistics system, it shall be unlawful for any person to permit inspection of, or to disclose information contained in vital statistics records, or to copy or issue a copy of all or part of any such record, except as authorized by this part or by rules adopted by the department of health.

(b)  The department shall not permit inspection of public health statistics records, or issue a certified copy of any such record or part thereof, unless it is satisfied that the applicant has a direct and tangible interest in the record.  The following persons shall be considered to have a direct and tangible interest in a public health statistics record:

(1)  The registrant;

(2)  The spouse of the registrant;

(3)  A parent of the registrant;

(4)  A descendant of the registrant;

(5)  A person having a common ancestor with the registrant;

(6)  A legal guardian of the registrant;

(7)  A person or agency acting on behalf of the registrant;

(8)  A personal representative of the registrant's estate;

(9)  A person whose right to inspect or obtain a certified copy of the record is established by an order of a court of competent jurisdiction;

(10)  Adoptive parents who have filed a petition for adoption and who need to determine the death of one or more of the prospective adopted child's natural or legal parents;

(11)  A person who needs to determine the marital status of a former spouse in order to determine the payment of alimony;

(12)  A person who needs to determine the death of a nonrelated co-owner of property purchased under a joint tenancy agreement; and

(13)  A person who needs a death certificate for the determination of payments under a credit insurance policy.

You can find the complete statute at http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/hrscurrent/Vol06_Ch0321-0344/HRS0338/HRS_0338-0018.htm


Office of Governor Lingle

Governor Lingle's office then followed up with ...

"The state registrar of the Department of Health's vital statistics record office can verify Sen. Barack Obama's birth certificate."

It should be pointed out that contrary to the claims made in some of the spammed emails, Governor Linda Lingle is a REPUBLICAN, not a Democrat. It is difficult to imagine Lingle protecting Obama to the detriment of her own party's candidate.

There is, in short, no evidence to support these allegations, and ample evidence to cast doubt on their veracity.

At the end, this is just plain old fashioned harassment by McCain's people. It is guilt by proclamation. It is smear. It is mud. It is a sign of desperation by that segment of the population which grew rich under the Bush tax cuts and will do anything to keep from losing their special exalted status.

Worse, this is an effort to distract the voters away form the real issues of this election, which remain th eeoncomy and the pointless wars being fought in Iraq and Afghanistan.

The election is less than a week away. Stay focused. Stay on target. The economy is nearly dead from 8 years of GOP leadership and pointless wars. Don't get suckered into another 4 years of the same by a little mud-slinging.

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