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WILL ESPERO NOW DECLARES THAT “VOTERS HAVE RESOLVED THE ISSUE” OF OBAMA’S ELIGIBILITY IN COMPLETE DISREGARD OF THE U.S. CONSTITUTION
by Sharon Rondeau
(Mar. 16, 2010) — Hawaii State Senator Will Espero first entered the controversy over Barack Hussein Obama’s eligibility last summer when he stated that birth certificates of people born in Hawaii should be made available to the public for inspection.
However, since that time, he has introduced legislation which directly contradicts that statement and conflicts with his own state’s open records law.
He has now gone even farther by stating in a letter that “Obama’s eligibility was confirmed by nearly 70 million Americans. In addition, his mandate to become President was decided by two-thirds of the electoral votes in the 2008 Presidential election. The voters of America have resolved this issue.”
Espero’s letter can be viewed below.
Last August, according to WorldNetDaily, Espero stated that he had “confirmed plans to introduce legislation through which the state’s lawmakers would force the public disclosure of all President Obama’s birth documents held by the Hawaii Department of Health, including President Obama’s long-form original birth certificate.” At that time, Espero was quoted as having said, “”My decision to file the legislation was primarily a result of the fuss over President Obama’s birth records and the lingering questions.”
The Honolulu Star reported on July 28, 2009, “The issue is not likely to go away, and Hawaii state Sen. Will Espero said he would introduce legislation next year to have birth certificates declared public records. Espero (D, Ewa-Honouliuli-Ewa Beach) said the Obama fuss has raised questions about public and private records and says it would be in the state’s interest to have open public record of births.”
However, the legislation Espero introduced in January was just the opposite. He proposed amending the wording of Hawaii’s version of the Freedom of Information Act, or UIPA, to allow the administrator of the law, the Office of Information Practices, to declare certain people “vexatious” in their requests for information, thereby justifying a denial of their requests. Dr. Chiyome Fukino, Director of the Hawaii Health Department, has supported Espero’s proposal by testifying that her department receives “50 email inquiries a month seeking access to…Obama’s birth certificate.” Fukino has apparently perjured herself, as the documentation which The Post & Email has in its possession indicates UIPA requests of a much smaller number, with many of the requests having nothing to do with birth records of any kind. Fukino’s testimony was also marked “LATE.”
The proposed amendment reads, in part: “”The office of information practices may declare that a person is a vexatious requester if it determines that the person has established a pattern of conduct that amounts to an abuse of a process set forth under this chapter. When the person has been working in concert with another person to make requests, including making identical requests, both persons’ requests may be considered as part of the person’s pattern of conduct.”
Espero is the author of another proposal which places restrictions on the public’s access to information even more than SB2937. This bill, SB2056, carries the description, “Permits the public inspection of birth certificates under certain conditions.” Some of those conditions are a$50 fee per item to be inspected, submitting to camera surveillance and redaction of information which the Health Department deems “sensitive or confidential,” and a time restriction of 15 minutes which must be done in the presence of a Health Department employee.
The Honolulu Advertiser reported on February 19, 2010, “Espero does not necessarily believe that everyone should see birth certificates that are now restricted, but said he wrote the bills to trigger legislative hearings to discuss the issue.” Yet little more than 24 hours’ notice was provided to the public to prepare for the hearing which will take place today in Honolulu.
Anyone who still wishes to make his voice heard regarding the proposal may contact the Hawaii legislature as follows:
Fax: 808-586-8494 or 1-800-535-3859
In person: Drop off statements to Room 302, State Capitol, 415 S. Beretania St., Honolulu, HI
By web: http://www.capitol.hawaii.gov/emailtestimony
Make sure to include the bill number, SB2937, on your communications.
Why did Senator Espero begin by affirming that birth records should be made public and ending with two proposals which severely limit the public’s access to information?
What is the Hawaii legislature, the Hawaii Department of Health, and specifically, Dr. Chiyome Fukino, hiding? Why are they going to such great lengths to try to stop the requests for information about the person in the Oval Office?