BUYER BEWARE BIRTHER BALONEY (1 of 2)

© 2012 jbjd

As if providing the facts that would drive the discourse of the 2012 election cycle away from fatuous fiction with respect to President Obama’s origins wasn’t sufficiently challenging; now, when he is turning the corner to what could have been a virtually guaranteed rejection of his bid for re-election, Constitutional huckster Sheriff Joe Arpaio -‘I never met a due process right I couldn’t deny’ – beguiled a duplicitous AZ SoS Ken Bennett into helping steer Mr. Obama over the finish line, aided and abetted in his siren song by his WND handlers, including Dr. Jerome Corsi; and a supporting cast of crazies.

The stated story line sounds simple enough. In lieu of a bona fide identification document generated by the issuing authority and conveyed directly to the AZ SoS;  Ken Bennett asked HI officials to verify vital information related to Barack Obama’s birth ( “verification in lieu of a certified copy” ) pursuant to Hawaii Revised Statute section 338-18(g), which allows such confirmation under conditions specified in the law. (The official HI DoH web site carries a downloadable request form; however, I have been unable to locate an image of Bennett’s original request to HI, either in ‘form’ form or, as a written narrative.)

As Bennett rationalized to Mike Broomhead on KFYI radio; he requested a verification in lieu of a certified copy because, while he believes President Obama was born in Hawaii – “at least I hope he was” – his “responsibility as Secretary of State is to make sure that the ballots in Arizona are correct and that those people whose names are on the ballots have met the qualifications for the office that they’re seeking.” He explained that after the press conference held by Sheriff Joe Arpaio and his posse, in which Arpaio stated, the long-form birth certificate posted on the WhiteHouse.gov web site “might” be fraudulent; people began contacting his office.  He had received about 1,200 emails from Arizona voters who are concerned about President Obama’s birth records, and felt it was his duty to follow up.

Or, maybe he asked HI to confirm Obama’s credentials, for the reason printed in the Arizona Republic. “I was just trying to put this thing to bed and agree to a constituent’s request, which I’m allowed to do” …”This is a constituent from Arizona, whom I work for.” Perhaps not surprisingly, he never named the constituent.

But neither explanation passes the ‘smell test.’ The only time that candidates for President are required to self-affirm their Constitutional qualifications is on the application to the SoS to appear on the Presidential preference primary ballot. (Most of us first saw this ballot application in 2008.) And the 2012 AZ Presidential preference primary went off without a hitch on February 28. As for the upcoming general election ballot, well, under AZ law; the Presidential nominee of the major political party is entitled to appear on the general election ballot. http://www.azleg.gov/FormatDocument.asp?inDoc=/ars/16/00804.htm&Title=16&DocType=ARS

MOST IMPORTANTLY; NO LAW IN AZ REQUIRES THE PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATES TO BE CONSTITUTIONALLY ELIGIBLE FOR THE JOB IN ORDER TO HAVE THEIR NAMES PRINTED ON EITHER THE PRIMARY OR GENERAL ELECTION BALLOT, ANYWAY! And no law in that state requires Electors to vote only for Presidential candidates who are Constitutionally eligible for the job. In other words, Bennett had no duty to determine Mr. Obama’s Constitutional eligibility!

Besides, people have been asking S’soS in all 50 states, including AZ, to verify Obama is a NBC, since 2008.  Why confront HI now? Rather, what makes sense is that Bennett is pandering to the fringe, believing this will help his presumed gubernatorial bid in 2014. In his present position as Secretary of State; he would have better served the citizens of AZ had he understood the difference between a bona fide identification document generated by the issuing authority (DE-CODER RINGS (1 of 2) and (2 of 2)) and a paid political announcement; and explained this difference so as to inform the voters (to say nothing of the disservice to the state’s campaign for presumptive R Presidential nominee, Mitt Romney, for whom he is co-chair).

Now, back to the dance of deception between state officials of both states…

Officials from the Offices of the HI AG and the Department of Health began corresponding with Mr. Bennett so as to establish whether he had a legal right under HI law to the verification requested. If so; then, they would provide the requested verification. TPM (Talking Points Memo) obtained this correspondence from HI through a public records request (based in HI law). Reading the exchange; it appears that HI asked SoS Bennett to prove it satisfied one of the exceptions listed in their law for breaching the confidentiality of vital records; and Bennett, try as he might, could not reach the level of exception. Indeed, the last letter from HI makes clear, he had not established to their satisfaction, his right to obtain such verification. Nevertheless, immediately thereafter, they transmitted that “verification in lieu of a certified copy,” a mere 8 (eight) weeks after he first asked HI – using whatever form – to provide this verification.

Even if you knew nothing else about the laws impacting the exchange – ballot eligibility; campaign expenditure (political advertising); what constitutes a bona fide identification document generated by the issuing authority – this providing such verification despite expressing these reservations, with no intervening ‘change of heart’ evidenced in their communication; should have signaled, ‘something fraudulent this way comes.’

But then there was this…

Obviously, requests to HI for information about Barack Obama have burdened their state agencies. HI Deputy AG Nagamine sent Bennett a “link is to the Department of Health’s website that was created in response to the high volume of inquiries about the President’s birth certificate. It includes the press releases issued by Dr. Fukino, the former Republican-appointed Director of Health. ttp://hawaii.gov/health/vital-records/obama.htmlId. Bennett acknowledges her claims of disruption. “I understand your client’s initial trepidation in responding to this request given the significant amount of email, fax and phone call traffic that this issue has spawned. My office too has received numerous constituent requests and I agree with Director Fuddy’s assertion in her letter of April 25, 2011 that the sheer volume of inquires has “been disruptive to staff operations and have strained State resources.”” Id. (Of course, readers of “jbjd” know better than to credit anything credited to Ms. Fukino concerning the so-called ‘facts’ of Obama’s life. They would likely notice, these links to Fukino’s statements contain the disclaimer, ‘no other documentary evidence supports these statements were  made.’

Also see, for example,  TRUMPED by TRUMP (Updated 04.10.11) and RECOGNIZING when the PEOPLE INVOLVED with the PRESS ROLLOUT of PRESIDENT OBAMA’S 2011 LONG FORM BIRTH CERTIFICATE AD CAMPAIGN WORE a PUBLIC v. PRIVATE HAT)

So, given the notoriety of a request from a state SoS to verify President’s Obama’s bona fides; and, given the burden imposed on HI offices as the result of similar requests for such verification; and, given this opportunity to (perhaps) once and for all end all such Obama-related requests to HI for authentication; one could rationally expect to see the signature of an official employed by the HI DoH on the bottom of the issued documentation. If so then, one would be wrong. Because for reasons which can only be speculated; whoever actually signed that letter is anonymous, leaving behind only what appears to be his or her initials. (Maybe someone can submit another request to HI using the public records laws, to learn the signer’s real name.)

Nevertheless, notwithstanding these obvious fatal faults with the legitimacy of this ‘verification in lieu of a certified copy’ process; several media outlets have touted the production by the anonymous HI signatory as ‘proof’ of President Obama’s  Constitutional eligibility for office. That is, this confirms his HI birth. Oh, sure, it does no such thing. But that has not stopped such claims; and it serves Bennett and the bumbling Birthers who incited his quest, right.

(continued in BUYER BEWARE BIRTHER BALONEY (2 of 2)

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