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CAPT. PAMELA BARNETT (RET.) WILL FILE LAWSUIT OVER NON-RELEASE OF STANLEY ANN DUNHAM’S CONSULAR AND PASSPORT INDEX RECORDS
by Sharon Rondeau
(May 23, 2011) — A retired Army captain and plaintiff in the lawsuit Barnett, Keyes et al v. Obama, about which The Post & Email reported previously, is filing a lawsuit against the State Department for failing to disclose information on Stanley Ann Dunham’s passport records requested almost two and one-half years ago.
Barnett began her search for “all United States Passport and all consular records for Stanley Ann Dunham aka Stanley Ann Obama aka Ann Dunham aka Ann Obama for the years of 1959, 1960, 1961, 1962” through a routine Freedom of Information Act request submitted electronically on January 2, 2009, prior to the faux swearing-in of Barack Hussein Obama on January 20, 2009.
Similar FOIA requests were submitted by Ken Allen of Arizona and Christopher Strunk of New York which also culminated in lawsuits against the State Department. Final responses to both actions were released on the same day, July 29, 2010, which contained some, but not all, of the information requested on Dunham. All records not released predated 1965.
The applications which were made public revealed that Dunham had used several names, provided two different dates and locations for her marriage to Lolo Soetoro, and had originally written in the name “Barack Hussein Obama (Soebarkah)” on one of them, an entry for a child which was crossed out at some point.
A letter from Jonathan Rolbin to Christopher Strunk accompanying the materials released on July 29, 2010 claimed that “Many passport applications and other non-vital records from that period were destroyed during the 1980s in accordance with guidance from the General Services Administration.”
Barnett requested different information than Strunk and Allen. In addition to passport records, she specifically requested consular records which would include foreign birth registrations. “The DOS is stalling. They do not want to come up with another story for what happened to SAD’s consulate records, like they did for her 1965 and possibly earlier passport records. If they did not have any consulate records for SAD, they easily could have said so 2.5 years ago. The DOS also should have included passport index data on SAD. Indexes are on microfilms and are listed in order of issuance. If unaltered, they would tell us whether or not SAD had a passport during the time period Barack Obama was purported to be born.”
The Post & Email conducted its own investigation into the missing passport applications in which the General Services Administration and later, the NARA, were not able to substantiate Rolbin’s claim. In fact, the GSA denied that any such directive had been issued by the agency at any time. A citizen researcher had received the same response from the GSA in November 2010.
The recent release of visa applications for Barack Hussein Obama Sr. suggest that he did not acknowledge Obama II as his son and that Stanley Ann Dunham might have been in the Philippines during the early 1960s. In a recent interview with Alex Jones, Dr. Jerome Corsi stated that Barack Hussein Obama Sr. and Stanley Ann Dunham were never legally married and that the arrangement was one of convenience so that Obama could stay in the United States.
On December 10, 2010, Barnett received the exact same SAD passport information released to Strunk. This release did not include any of the original requested information. In fact, she did not request any SAD information after 1962, and all of the documents she received were from 1967 and later. On January 19, 2011, she wrote a letter to the Chairman of the Appeals Review Panel at the State Department in which she requested that he “order U.S. Marshalls [sic] to immediately secure all of the remaining paper passport and consular documents, microfilms, and indexes regarding records for Stanley Ann Dunham (aka Obama, further on to be referenced as SAD) before they disappear as well. The processing of my original FOIA request is not complete as my request for SAD’s consular and passport records was not addressed at all by the DOS.”
Capt. Barnett has advised The Post & Email that the date “January 19, 2010” should have read “January 19, 2011.”
In her appeal, Barnett had referred (last paragraph of page 2 above) to documentation which she described as “unsworn, uncorroborated alleged ‘communication’ that discussed an alleged ‘purge project’ into federal court in response to the lawsuit Strunk v. State Department DCD 08-cv-2234 (RJL). (Exhibit 2) I bring this to your attention because this alleged correspondence and alleged ‘purge project’ affects my FOIA request directly and DOS entered it into evidence in a court of law.”
In a letter dated May 11, 2011, the State Department responded to Barnett that “Some applications were destroyed in accordance with guidance from GSA.”
The text of that documentation reads, in part:
SINCE THE LATE 1960’S THE GENERAL SERVICES ADMINISTRATION HAD PRESSURED THE BUREAU OF CONSULAR AFFAIRS TO REDUCE THE VOLUME OF PASSPORT APPLICATIONS AND RELATED RECORDS STORED AT FRC. AT THAT TIME, ORIGINAL PASSPORT RECORDS WERE RETAINED FOR A PERIOD OF 100 YEARS. THE RETENTION PERIOD WAS SUBSEQUENTLY REDUCED TO TWENTY YEARS FOR 10-YEAR APPLICATIONS AND FIFTEEN YEARS FOR 5-YEAR APPLICATIONS. IN 1982, AFTER CONSULTING WITH ALL PRIMARY BUREAU FILE USERS, THE CA BUREAU DECIDED TO REDUCE THE HOLDINGS OF RECORDS AT FRC BY ELIMINATING ALL NON-PERMANENT, ROUTINE RECORDS, RETAINING THOSE RECORDS OF PERMANENT SIGNIFICANCE INCLUDING THOSE CONTAINING INFORMATION ON, OR DOCUMENTATION OF, CITIZENSHIP.
A list of the “Records Being Retained” included:
–REPORTS OF BIRTH
–CERTIFICATES OF WITNESS TO MARRIAGE
–CERTIFICATES OF LOSS OF NATIONALITY (WITH ATTACHED FILES)
–REPORTS OF DEATH
–APPLICATIONS WITH DELAYED BIRTH CERTIFICATES OR UNCLASSIFIED
A second such typewritten page indicated that “4. RECORDS BEING DISCARDED” consisted of:
–ROUTINE PASSPORT APPLICATIONS FOR NATIVE BORN CITIZENS (WITH OR WITHOUT BIRTH CERTIFICATES OR PHOTOSTATIC COPIES OF BIRTH CERTIFICATES ATTACHED)
–ROUTINE RENEWAL APPLICATIONS
–ROUTINE APPLICATIONS FOR PASSPORTS FOR NATIVE BORN CITIZENS WHERE PREVIOUS PASSPORT USED AS EVIDENCE UNCLASSIFIED
Section “5. CURRENT STATUS” reads:
RECORDS DATING FROM APRIL 1925 THROUGH NOVEMBER 1961 HAVE BEEN PURGED. THE PROJECT STAFF IS CURRENTLY WORKING ON RECORDS DATED DECEMBER 1961 – DECEMBER 1965. THE FILE PURGE PROJECT WILL CONTINUE THROUGH YEAR 1968’S RECORDS.
POSTS SHOULD BE AWARE THAT PASSPORT APPLICATIONS LISTED PARA 4 DATING FROM APRIL 1925 THROUGH NOVEMBER 1961 NO LONGER EXIST. RECORDS DATED AFTER 1968 WILL BE RETAINED UNDER THE CURRENT 15/20-YEAR DISPOSAL SCHEDULE. ALL 1925 – 1968 RECORDS LISTED IN PARA 3 ABOVE WILL CONTINUE TO BE AVAILABLE UPON REQUEST. SHULTZ
<<END OF DOCUMENT>>
Capt. Barnett made the following statement regarding her decision to file a lawsuit against the State Department:
It clearly states in my original request that I request all passport and Consular records. The DOS is obstructing justice on the information that would prove a foreign birth of Obama through the consular birth index records. It is frightening that our federal government is so corrupt that they continue to hide and destroy information that would prove whether his mother was out of the country when Obama was born. If there was nothing to hide regarding the birth of Obama, the federal government would have answered my FOIA request and not played games with my right to information under the FOIA laws. At this point, after almost 2.5 years of stonewalling and obstructing, I have received what I accept as the DOS’s final answer on Obama’s mother’s passport and consular records.
DOS sent me information they had already released to Christopher Strunk, information that I didn’t request to try to placate me.
I have exhausted all avenues so now I have standing to sue the State Department. I will file myself, but money and time are both on low supply. I would like to file within two weeks; it would be great if someone could help financially contribute to file the lawsuit.
The U.S. State Department’s new requirements for obtaining a passport read:
Beginning April 1, 2011, the U.S. Department of State will require the full names of the applicant’s parent(s) to be listed on all certified birth certificates to be considered as primary evidence of U.S. citizenship for all passport applicants, regardless of age. Certified birth certificates missing this information will not be acceptable as evidence of citizenship. This will not affect applications already in-process that have been submitted or accepted before the effective date.
Capt. Barnett stated that anyone wishing to help defray the $350 filing fee for her lawsuit may contact her directly via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Update, May 23, 2011, 1:08 p.m. EDT: Capt. Barnett has been able to obtain a foreign birth registration document shown below:
Of the document, Capt. Barnett stated, “If Obama was born abroad, his mother would have gotten the same exact form if she registered Obama’s birth with DOS.”
Information on registration of foreign births with the U.S. State Department can be found here.