Eligibility Update: FactCheck.org Doesn’t Do Forensics; NH SoS and Certificates; British Policeman on Eligibilityby Phil on 11/24/2009
TheObamaFile reports on what readers here have seen me promulgate all along regarding the FactCheck.org blog’s credentials on making any sort of forensic document determination RE: Mr. Obama’s Hawaiian Certification of Live Birth — they don’t have the right background (update: see bios here):
FactCheck.org identifies their anal-ists as Jess Henig and Joe Miller. OK, that’s fine, but who and what are Jess Henig and Joe Miller? Are they qualified to perform an analysis of ANY document, or are they just a couple of guys hanging around FactCheck.org’s office, or are they political operators? What are their bona fides? FactCheck.org doesn’t say. Wonder why?
Well, I found out. The two FactCheck.org employees who were granted access to Obama’s bogus Certification of Live Birth (COLB) are NOT document examiners or experts. Joe Miller has a Ph. D. in Political Philosophy — so he’s a political operative — while Jess Henig has an M.A. in English Literature — I’m not sure her dye-job is a political or esthetic statement.
They are a couple of partisan Obots — just what you’d expect — Jess took the photos presented on their webpage and did all of the writing, while Bob basically held the COLB open for Jess to photograph — suitable work for a Ph. D.
Those two are completely unqualified to perform any kind of forensic examination of any document, and FactCheck.org knows it — and so do Henig and Miller.
FactCheck does say their, “representatives got a chance to spend some time with the ‘birth certificate,’ and we can attest to the fact that it is real and three-dimensional and resides at the Obama headquarters in Chicago.” In my mind, that clearly shows they were working with and for the Obama Campaign and that Obama and his people are involved in this lie.
Again, as I’ve said before, these individuals may be very well credentialed in their chosen fields, but it hardly seems fitting that individuals who are not trained in the science of document forensics — like four otherwise credentialed examiners have been — could possibly have a trained opinion of the document’s legitimacy.
Further, as certain opposition commenters have pointed out many times over, the page that allegedly speaks to the authenticity of the document can lead the casual observer to believe that quotes from the HI Department of Health are directly related to the certification allegedly on hand with FactCheck.org. This is very much of a conclusory lead, as the HI DoH has never made any direct connection between what they have on file versus what FactCheck.org claims to have on hand. There is no receipt of any such transaction ever having occurred back in 2007 and nobody but the above two individuals have come forward to actually physically handle the document (regardless of FactCheck.org’s supposed willingness to allow such an inspection).
Remember — this is the only direct evidence that has ever been claimed to be originally sourced to speak on anything regarding Mr. Obama’s background. And even this is hardly a direct source; it is a “short-form” version of a “long-form” birth certificate that could very well indicate a birth registration of an immigrant (see Sun Yat-sen for such an example).
Following up on a story concerning New Hampshire State Rep. Lawrence Rappaport inquiring with the Secretary of State regarding Mr. Obama’s legitimate candidacy on the ballot in the State, The Post & Email reports on some additional details:
In an email to supporters, Rappaport reports what transpired:
“Well, here’s the sad news. Representative Vita, her husband and I met with New Hampshire Attorney General Michael Delaney and his assistant yesterday
(Friday) at 10 am. We wanted an investigation for potential fraud on either Obama or the Democratic Partly based mostly on our contention that since Obama ran for President in New Hampshire when we believe he was not eligible, we believe fraud was committed on the citizens of New Hampshire.
We based our suspicions and allegations on:
1. The Supreme Court’s definition of “natural born citizen” and subsequent affirmation of that definition by the US Congress last year, along with his admission that his father was Kenyan.
2. Questionable birth certificates, and an affadavit by a doctor that he delivered Mr. Obama as a baby in Kenya.
3. Multiple use of different Social Security numbers and a signed affidavit to that effect.
4. Attending a school in Indonesia which claimed to accept no foreign students.
Mr. Delaney still declined to prosecute saying that he thought this was a federal matter and that we should complain to the Federal Election Commission. (I most certainly will).
Disappointed, New Hampshire State Representative Laurence M. Rappaport issued this statement:
“Since I have presented evidence to both Mr. William Gardner, the New Hampshire Secretary of State, and Mr. Michael Delaney, the New Hampshire Attorney General, and neither has investigated, I am left to conclude that New Hampshire does not concern itself with the validity of candidates running for public office. Since it is too late for legislation in this session, I plan to introduce legislation next term forcing the Secretary of State’s office to confirm eligibility of all candidates running for office.
Needless to say, I am disappointed.
Another State Representative is, however, taking legislative action, according to Rappaport:
I have since learned that Representative Lars Christiansen will introduce legislation requiring the Secretary of State to verify the birth certificates of anyone running for the Presidency and Vice-Presidency in federal elections. While it is too late to sign on as a co-sponsor, I will certainly vote for that and urge my fellow Representatives to vote for it as well.
This legislation does not, however, address the natural-born-citizenship requirement, though, since that necessitates not only birth in the U.S.A., but also that the parents were citizens at time of the birth. The proposed legislation would merely confirm Obama’s legitimacy, if he can produce the semblance of an American birth certificate.
The truth of the matter is (and as I’ve been saying all along) that not only is there no defined-in-law enforcement mechanism for Article 2, Section 1, Clause 5 in the Constitution nor anywhere else, there is also no law that says what must be used nor to what extent such enforcement is to be manifested.
And, really, this is the reason why it continues to mystify me that individuals such as myself continue to be castigated for questioning this President’s eligibility. After all — what’s not specifically spelled out in the Constitution necessarily flows down to the States and/or the People via the 10th Amendment. That means that the People, no matter how few or many, have every right to bring such questions to the fore and to speak out against those who effectively wish to silence voices such as my own via such cleverly-used politically-correct tactics as claiming that individuals such as myself are racists or bigots, merely because of the melanin in Mr. Obama’s skin.
And from the Telegraph.co.uk, Neil Sankey, a former British policeman, continues his quest to determine Mr. Obama’s eligibility:
Neil Sankey, who has almost 20 years experience serving in Special Branch and the Bomb Squad, is now devoting his energies to proving that Mr Obama is not a natural born US citizen. …
Over the past year, Mr Sankey has been integral in some of the most aggressive efforts to remove him from office by claiming that his presidency is illegitimate. …
Mr Sankey, who moved to California in the 1980s to set up his own private detective agency, told the Guardian: “The objection is not Obama’s colour but his politics.
“I like him as a person, I just wish he was genuine.
“It’s quite obvious to me — America is heading towards a socialised state just as has happened in Europe. Socialised medicine, everyone on the dole, and when everything collapses you tip the scales into Marxism.” …
He told the Guardian that his fascination with Mr Obama’s heritage began with the realisation “that this man wasn’t what he said he was. He wasn’t an ordinary Democrat — he was far more extreme than that.”
See the following links regarding the eligibility saga:
- The background:
- The questions:
- The State Department and Sen. Patrick Leahy’s (D-VT) Natural Born Citizen Resolution (April 10, 2008)
Photo courtesy Telegraph