All along the primary campaign, questions were raised as to the location of Obama’s birth. Some were saying Kenya, some Canada, some others referring to Obama’s own words in his book, were saying Hawaii. Such location is important. It directly relates to the federal requirements needed to be fulfilled by any candidate to the Presidency of the United States. If you were not born on the US territory and are not complying with the few exceptions allowed, you cannot legally have your name on the ballot.
To put an effective end to such uncertainties, Obama posted a copy of a Hawaiian Certificate of Live Birth (CLB) on a web site he specifically established to mute unsubstantiated rumors about him and his wife www.fightthesmears.com.
It has to be noted that a CLB is not a Birth Certificate. It is an official form confirming the presence in the official records of a Birth Certificate, and summarizing the info written on such Birth Certificate.
On August 3, 2008, a computer forensic expert writing under the pen name TechDude, posted an extensive expose scientifically demonstrating how Obama’s CLB was, in his opinion, a forged document made from his half-sister Maya Soetoro Hawaiian CLB. This demonstration was posted on the blog of Texas Darlin www.TexasDarlin.wordpress.com, a PUMA member of the PUMA coalition JustSayNoDeal.com, along with the extensive credentials of TechDude.
Soon after other individuals, some using other computer forensic methods, some replicating TechDude methodology, arrived at the same conclusion. According to them, the CLB posted on Obama’s official site would be faked. It would be a forgery of a CLB issued to his sister, whose name appears underneath the later graphically designed upper layer.
If so, the obvious question is WHY. Why produce a fake when an original should be so easily provided.
At this time, no definite answer has been offered but several theories are being advanced.
A) There is no Birth Certificate (BC). Either because Obama was not born in Hawaii, and indeed himself has named two different Hawaii hospitals as the location of his birth, adding to the doubt. Or because, his mother never officially requested one, as she was at the time already separated from Obama biological father and romantically linked with her future second husband, and maybe wanting to clarify her situation before naming an official father on the Birth Certificate.
At this time, there is no solid indication that Obama was not born in Hawaii. And because Obama has been issued an American Passport, it could be assumed that he has an American BC, submission of an original BC being one of the basic requirements to the issuance of a passport.
B) The original BC has been sealed in the process of an adoption. In the US, when a child is adopted domestically or abroad, the original BC is sealed, meaning a new BC is issued naming the adoptive parents as original parents and the new BC is glued onto the original BC.
This seems to be a very plausible theory. Indeed, Obama’s mother upon marrying Lolo Soetoro went to live with him in Indonesia, where Barack, then called Barry, was registered at school under his Stepfather last name. It is also indicated that public school attendance in Indonesia was then restricted to Indonesian citizens. Would Obama have been officially adopted by his stepfather as a toddler? Therefore, would Obama Hawaiian Birth Certificate now identify him as Barry Soetoro, son of Loto Soetoro?
That would raise the question of dual citizenship, an impossible characteristic for any American President because of the inherent conflict of allegiance it presents.
Furthermore, up to 2007, Indonesian law did not recognize the possibility of dual citizenship. In their eyes, if Obama was an Indonesian citizen via adoption by his stepfather, that is all he was. Not an Indonesian/American. And in turn, respecting countries not recognizing dual citizenship, the US consider such citizen foreign only. Not foreign/American. That would have made Senator Obama strictly and only an Indonesian citizen at the time of his election to the Illinois State Senate and then at the time of his election to United States Senate - A total violation of eligibility criteria. Let's remember that to enter their names on the ballot in US elections, candidates only submit an affidavit under oath of having appropriate documentation, but only present the actual documentation ie. BC, if challenged to do so in court.
Other questions are being raised:
The possibility of dual citizenship with Kenya:
When Obama was born, Kenya was still a British Colony. On December 12, 1963, Kenya got his Independence and Obama (if he had not been already formally adopted by his Stepfather) became a Kenyan Citizen through his biological father. This dual citizenship could be regarded as “of circumstances” and in any event seems to have stopped. According to Chapter VI, section 97, Clause 1 of the Kenyan Constitution, unless a Kenyan citizen, who is also citizen of another country, upon turning 21 actively renounce the other citizenship and take the oath of allegiance to Kenya, such Kenyan citizen loose his Kenyan citizenship. Therefore, it is pretty safe to state that as of today Obama is not a Kenyan citizen.
The impossibility of Maya Soetoro having a Hawaiian Birth Certificate:
Maya has always stated having been born in Jakarta, Indonesia. Therefore, how could she have been issued a Hawaiian CLB, certifying the presence of a Birth Certificate in Hawaiian records? Well according to Hawaiian Law it is quite possible to have a “late” or “altered” Hawaiian Birth Certificate issued even if you were born somewhere else. Such is to protect the idea of Hawaiian identity and linage even for Hawaiians not born on the Island. (see references)
Those questions go to the core of the eligibility issue. Is there too much to ask to see a valid original Birth Certificate from Barack Obama?
I think not.
( [§338-16] Procedure concerning late and altered birth certificates. (a) Birth certificates registered one year or more after the date of birth, and certificates which have been altered after being filed with the department of health, shall contain the date of the late filing and the date of the alteration and be marked distinctly “late” or “altered”.
[§338-17.8] Certificates for children born out of State. (a) Upon application of an adult or the legal parents of a minor child, the director of health shall issue a birth certificate for such adult or minor, provided that proof has been submitted to the director of health that the legal parents of such individual while living without the Territory or State of Hawaii had declared…Hawaii as their legal residence for at least one year immediately preceding the birth or adoption of such child.
(b) Proof of legal residency shall be submitted to the director of health in any manner that the director shall deem appropriate.…
§338-21 Children born to parents not married to each other. (a) All children born to parents not married to each other…shall take the name so stipulated by their parents….The original certificate of birth shall contain the name so stipulated. The child or children or the parents thereof may petition the department of health to issue a new original certificate of birth, and not a duplicate of the original certificate that has been amended, altered, or modified, in the new name of the child, and the department shall issue the new original certificate of birth…
(b) The evidence upon which the new original certificate is made, and the superseded original certificate shall be sealed and filed and may be opened only upon order of a court of record.)
Article written by : French Nail