Did Hawaii have any records on Obama before 2006?

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THE POST & EMAIL THINKS NOT

by Sharon Rondeau

Did the state of Hawaii give Obama a COLB shortly before he announced his bid for the presidency?

(Apr. 8, 2010) — The Hawaii Department of Health continues to ignore and stonewall legitimate requests for information which under its UIPA law should be made available to a requester within ten days.

On February 26, 2010, our Editor-in-Chief, Mr. John Charlton, published an article demonstrating the Health Department’s increasing reluctance to comply with UIPA requests. Mr. Charlton had asked for copies of handwritten pages from the “Birth Index” maintained before Hawaii’s birth records were computerized and had offered to pay for the cost of obtaining them.  Specifically, he was looking for anyone with the surnames Payne, Dunham, Soetoro and  Obama.

Instead, the Health Department sent a PDF file of births with the parents’ names redacted.  None of the names for which Mr. Charlton had asked appeared on the list, although Mr. Charlton had obtained information independently that at least one person with one of the last names had been born during the period in question.

On March 4, 2010, Mr. Charlton sent the Hawaii Health Department the following email:

From: John Charlton (editor@thepostemail.com)
Sent: Thu 3/04/10 12:12 AM
To: hdohinfo (hdohinfo@doh.hawaii.gov)
Cc: Mr Charlton

Dear Sirs or Madams of the HI DoH, UIPA response team:

I am making a UIPA request similar to, but different from all my previous requests.

In accordance with the HI UIPA law, I am writing to request redacted copies of the pages of the Birth Index, from each edition(s) of the books which contained this index, published from 1965 to the present, for those pages on which the following names of a child would appear:

Barack Hussein Obama II

Barack Obama

Barry Obama

Barry Soetoro

Steve Dunham

Stephen Dunham

Steven Dunham

Note, that by “redacted” I mean, redacted to conceal that information on the said copies which is not generally released by your department.

Note that by “Birth Index”, I mean that index which regards grants of Certificates of Live Birth, not Certificates of Hawaiian Birth.

Note that I am not interested in computer print-outs of databases or electronic versions, but the actual hand prepared books of that period (written or typed), during whatever years such books were or are still in use, whether they regard annual or 5 year periods.

I am making my request, not to be vexatious, but to have confirmation of the public statements of members of the HI DoH, as to what they might be based on. I am specifically interested to see in which edition of this birth index, the registration of any such birth(s) first appear, if they do appear at all in said records.

By “surnames”, I mean those given to the children, not those of the parents, as recorded in the said index.

I am willing to pay for a photocopy of said pages, and for the effort to retrieve them: please inform me by email of the cost and I will send you a Postal Money Order, payable to the HI DoH.

If you have any questions about the actual records I seek, please let me know.

John Charlton

Editor
The Post & Email
http://www.thepostemail.com
P.O. Box 302

Stafford Springs, CT 06076

To which the Health Department responded:

From: hdohinfo@doh.hawaii.gov
Sent: Thu, 4 Mar 2010 13:51:11 -1000
To: editor@thepostemail.com
Subject: RE: UIPA Request of March 4, 2010

Aloha Mr. Charlton:

We’re double-checking with you to make sure you mean to request records published from 1965 to the present.

Please advise.

Hawaii Department of Health
Public Information Office staff
Send mail to:
State Department of Health
Office of Health Status Monitoring
Issuance/Vital Statistics Section/UIPA Request
Honolulu, HI 97801
hdohinfo@doh.hawaii.gov

To which Mr. Charlton responded:

From: John Charlton (editor@thepostemail.com)
Sent: Thu 3/04/10 9:56 PM
To: hdohinfo (hdohinfo@doh.hawaii.gov)

I mean the books your prepared for internal use from 1965 until you no longer prepared hand written or typed books, but switched to electronic data collection /processing.  I cannot say if that is to the present or to any specific year, because I do not know your internal practices.

I am presuming in all of this, that on an annual or regular basis that was multi year, that you prepared a copy of the general Birth Index in alsphabetical order for internal use/reference, which comprised the names of all children born who obtained a vital record through your office.

I base my assumption on the fact that when I asked on Jan 22 in another UIPA request for info on the Certificate of HI Birth program, in the course of responding to me, you send me pdfs of computer print outs which contained all name of children who ever receifved such a certificate, during the entire history of the program 1911-1971.

I understand that the general Birth Index is a much larger program, but as I am only seeking copies of the pages on which the children with the following names would appear:

Barack Hussein Obama II
Barack Obama
Barry Obama
Barry Soetoro
Steve Dunham
Stephen Dunham

And that is probably only going to be 3 such pages for every edition of the Birth Index, which was handwritten or typed, then there won’t bee too much work to obtain it.

However, if you never prepared such a book containing all such births let me know and I will modify my request.

John Charlton
Editor
The Post & Email

http://www.thepostemail.com

P.O. Box 302
Stafford Springs, CT 06076

The Health Department sent the following email almost two weeks later:

From: hdohinfo@doh.hawaii.gov
Sent: Wed, 17 Mar 2010 15:06:32 -1000
To: editor@thepostemail.com
Subject: Response to Charlton

Aloha Mr. Charlton,

The department is unable to respond to a request it does not understand.  Please clarify what specific records you are requesting.

Hawaii Department of Health
Public Information Office staff
Send mail to:
State Department of Health
Office of Health Status Monitoring
Issuance/Vital Statistics Section/UIPA Request
Honolulu, HI 97801
hdohinfo@doh.hawaii.gov

No further response from the Department of Health has been received.

Since the Hawaii Department of Health has not responded to Mr. Charlton’s UIPA request of March 4, it appears that they have affirmed that there is no documentation on file to indicate that Obama was born in Hawaii in 1961.  If Obama’s name appeared in the Birth Index, this information would have been released many months ago to quell the rising doubts about Obama’s birth story.  Then there would be no need for the secrecy and attempts to limit the public’s access to information.

Perhaps Obama presented some type of evidence to Dr. Fukino and received a COLB. Perhaps that is why the certificate number has always been obliterated:  it does not correspond to the series used in 1961 because it was issued much later.  According to the Western Journalism Center, there are five different ways in which a Hawaiian birth record can be obtained, including as an adult.

According to Hawaii’s UIPA law, once Fukino made a public statement about Obama’s records, the index data, or pieces of information used to formulate the statement, should have been readily available to the public upon request.  Despite its declarations of openness in government, Hawaii officials, particularly Fukino, have refused to follow their own law.  Why the obfuscation if there is nothing to hide?

The Post & Email will not stop its investigation until we receive answers to these questions.

Is it possible that the Director of Health, Dr. Chiyome Fukino, granted Obama a “Certification of Live Birth” sometime in 2006 or later when he was planning to run for president?  Fukino is the only person in the United States to affirm that Obama was born in Hawaii.  No hospital, doctor, nurse, witness or other individual has come forward to corroborate her story.

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