How reliable is a Hawaii birth certificate? How reliable are birth announcements in Hawaii newspapers? Recent events cast doubt on both, and put the Obama eligibility question back in play.
Reliability of birth certificates
A birth certificate, from a State Department of Health, has always set the standard for reliably identifying someone. The US Passport Office, and Divisions of Motor Vehicles across the land, ask for birth certificates for a reason. They assume that someone directly attests that the person whose name appears on a birth certificate was born, and when, and where. That is what a certificate is. When you certify something, you testify, as surely as if you raise your right hand and say,
I solemnly swear that anything I may say in any business before a court of law or notary public, be the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, so help me God.
Furthermore, everyone assumes that no State issues birth certificates for anyone not born in that State.
Those who decry the Obama eligibility question, and those who raise it, think they have the last word. Barack H. Obama showed his birth certificate last year. Anyone who doesn’t accept that, might as well believe that the Earth is flat. If he was not born in Hawaii, he would not have a Hawaii birth certificate. He has a Hawaii birth certificate. Therefore he was born in Hawaii. Quod erat demonstrandum.
Not so fast!
Hawaii birth certificates not for Hawaiian-born babies only
Last week, Steven Carter, of Philadelphia, PA, solved a mystery that had troubled him since he was a boy. In fact, he is not Steve Carter, but Marx Panama Barns. In 1977, his mother ran away from her husband and took him with her. Eventually she traveled to Hawaii. The details are still sketchy, but somehow someone in authority committed Barnes/Carter’s mother for psychiatric treatment and sent the infant Barnes/Carter to an orphanage. The mother later left the hospital, and no one has seen her since.
What has this to do with Obama eligibility? Just this: no one issued a birth certificate for him until a year after his supposed birthday. That birth certificate came from Hawaii. It listed Barnes/Carter as “half native Hawaiian.” But the adult now calling himself Steve Carter has no discernible “native Hawaiian” features.
More to the point: Marx Panama Barnes was not born in Hawaii. He was born in California.
CBS-TV ran a human-interest special on Barnes/Carter. They focused only on his solving his own child-snatching. But they missed a vital point: how did he get a Hawaii birth certificate if he was not born in Hawaii?
Nor is this the first time that Hawaii has given a birth certificate to someone not born on those islands. Mike Zullo is the head of the Cold Case Posse of Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County, Arizona. He and his team have looked into the Obama eligibility question almost since the White House released what they said was Obama’s birth certificate. Zullo did not concentrate only on the flaws in the Obama birth certificate document. He asked himself whether the Hawaii Department of Health might give someone a birth certificate even if that someone was not born in Hawaii.
Zullo told interviewer Carl Gallups that the Hawaii Department of Health has done just that several times. He also gave the lie to another anti-Obama eligibility canard. Birth announcements in Hawaiian newspapers at the time relied only on family telephone calls. And no one ever checked those.
Hawaii is notorious for having satellite birth registry offices. [There, people] can literally go in and register another [person] born in a foreign country—a foreign birth—and register that birth in Hawaii and get a Certificate of Live Birth.
That last is the official title of the Obama birth certificate document. Zullo further told Gallups that his team knew of persons born in California, and adopted in Hawaii, who had Hawaii Certificates of Live Birth. Furthermore, these certificates were in the same registry as persons truly born in Hawaii.
Recall that Marx Panama Barnes/Steve Carter was also born in California and adopted in Hawaii.
What this means for Obama eligibility
The Obama eligibility question often “poisons the well.” Former Speaker of the Arizona House Kirk Adams told Obama eligibility activist Tom Ballantyne that he was afraid even to discuss it. Specifically, he feared the “constitutional crisis” that an Obama eligibility investigation would create. (Ballantyne told Drew Zahn of WND that we already have a constitutional crisis over the Obama eligibility issue.)
Adams might really fear having people laugh at him. Saul Alinsky (Rules for Radicals) knew that laughter is the most effective weapon in politics. But a Hawaii birth certificate is not reliable evidence of Hawaiian birth, even under ordinary circumstances. The Barnes/Carter case is the prize example. Mike Zullo and his fellow investigators know of others. So the Obama eligibility question is not a laughing matter anymore.
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Terry A. Hurlbut has been a student of politics, philosophy, and science for more than 35 years. He is a graduate of Yale College and has served as a physician-level laboratory administrator in a 250-bed community hospital. He also is a serious student of the Bible, is conversant in its two primary original languages, and has followed the creation-science movement closely since 1993.
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