HI AG denies having information supporting Department of Health claim

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by Sharon Rondeau

Dr. Chiyome Fukino, Director of the Hawaii Department of Health

(Mar. 28, 2010) — The Post & Email is in receipt of a letter signed by Jill T. Nagamine, Deputy Attorney General of the State of Hawaii, which affirms her email early last month to our Editor-in-Chief, Mr. John Charlton, stating that her office will not or cannot corroborate any of the Department of Health’s public statements regarding the alleged birth of Barack Hussein Obama in Hawaii.

Ms. Nagamine’s March 19, 2010 formal letter was sent in response to the Hawaii Petition Campaign’s request for Hawaii officials to release Obama’s birth records and proof that he is a “natural born Citizen” as required for the office of President by Article II, Section 1, paragraph 5 of the U.S. Constitution.

On July 27, 2009, Dr. Chiyome Fukino, Director of the Hawaii Department of Health, issued a public statement which declared that Obama was “born in Hawai’i” and a “natural-born American citizen.”  She did not expound on how she arrived at her conclusions.  An earlier statement made on October 31, 2008 was less specific, claiming  only that Fukino had seen Obama’s vital records on file with her department.

The office of the attorney general has now contradicted in a formal letter the content of an email sent  by Janice Okubo, Public Information Officer at the Hawaii Department of Health,  in which she responded to a student researcher that the attorney general, Mark Bennett, “had reviewed and approved” Dr. Fukino’s July 27 statement:

From: Justin Riggs [email address redacted]
Date: Wed, Jul 29, 2009 at 12:03 PM
To: …janice.okubo@doh.hawaii.gov, [redacted other recipient]

…Ms. Okubo,

I am currently a masters degree candidate at …

The reason that I am contacting your organizations is that you are, as far as I can tell from my research, the only two groups that have openly stated that President Obama is a natural born citizen (one of the Article II, Section I qualifications for being President). I would like to document how you came to that conclusion: i.e. what the criteria is for your organization, what evidence the candidate provides, etc.  I thank you for your time, and look forward to receiving a response in the near future.


Justin W. Riggs

Janice Okubo responded later that day:

From: Okubo, Janice S.. <janice.okubo@doh.hawaii.gov>
Date: Wed, Jul 29, 2009 at 12:20 PM
To: Justin Riggs [email address redacted]…

Aloha Justin,

The statement was reviewed and approved by our Attorney General Mark Bennett. I am unable to provide further comment.

Janice Okubo
Communications Office
Hawaii State Department of Health…

Hawaii UIPA law requires that state officials and agencies must make information available to the public which is used to formulate public statements and opinions.  However, despite many requests for the “index data” relied upon to prepare Dr. Fukino’s statements, no information has been forthcoming from anyone at the Hawaii Department of Health.  The very limited index data released by Dr. Fukino on the Health Department’s website does not contain enough information to substantiate Fukino’s claim that Obama is a “natural-born American citizen.”

The Post & Email reported the initial email exchange between Ms. Nagamine and Mr. Charlton on February 2, 2010.

As the attorney general claims it has “no government documents pertaining to the preparation of the public statements made by Dr. Fukino in regard to vital records which pertain to Barack Hussein Obama II,” then either the attorney general is lying and breaking the law, or Dr. Fukino and Janice Okubo are.

Why are Fukino and Okubo the only ones talking?  And why does Fukino “strongly support” SB2937, which, although recommended to be “deferred” on March 16, 2010, is now headed towards passage to block requests made under the state’s own UIPA law?

To what lengths are Okubo and Fukino willing to go to protect Obama?  Why are they doing it, and what do they expect to gain from it?  What do they fear they will lose if they do not continue their charade?

There is no one else in Hawaii claiming that Obama was born there.  No other public official will confirm it.  The birthplace of past presidents has always been common knowledge which becomes part of our nation’s history and our children’s textbooks.  Why, then, the secrecy?  What is it that Obama is going to extraordinary lengths to hide?

Letter from HI Deputy Attorney General in response to the Hawaii Petition Campaign

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