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by Sharon Rondeau

Was Stanley Ann Dunham an unmarried expectant mother in 1961 who left the country to have her child?

(Jul. 7, 2011) — Despite numerous FOIA requests made and lawsuits filed against the U.S. State Department, no travel or passport information on Stanley Ann Dunham prior to 1965 has been made available to the public.  Contrary to a State Department assertion that “Many passport applications and other non-vital records were destroyed during the 1980s in accordance with guidance from the General Services Administration,” neither the GSA nor NARA was able to locate any evidence that such destruction took place.

The current U.S. Department of Justice states on its FOIA page:

…Obama and Attorney General Holder have directed agencies to apply a presumption of openness in responding to FOIA requests. The Attorney General specifically called on agencies not to withhold information just because it technically falls within an exemption and he also encouraged agencies to make discretionary releases of records. The Attorney General emphasized that the President has called on agencies to work in a spirit of cooperation with FOIA requesters. The Office of Information Policy at the Department of Justice oversees agency compliance with these directives and encourages all agencies to fully comply with both the letter and the spirit of the FOIA. …Obama has pledged to make this the most transparent Administration in history.

Regarding exceptions to the 1966 FOIA law, the web page states:

Not all records can be released under the FOIA.  Congress established certain categories of information that are not required to be released in response to a FOIA request because release would be harmful to governmental or private interests.   These categories are called “exemptions” from disclosures.  Still, even if an exemption applies, agencies may use their discretion to release information when there is no foreseeable harm in doing so and disclosure is not otherwise prohibited by law.  There are nine categories of exempt information and each is described below.

Exemption 1: Information that is classified to protect national security.  The material must be properly classified under an Executive Order.

Exemption 2: Information related solely to the internal personnel rules and practices of an agency.

Exemption 3: Information that is prohibited from disclosure by another federal law.  Examples of laws which Courts have approved for use under Exemption 3 can be found here.

Exemption 4: Information that concerns business trade secrets or other confidential commercial or financial information.

Exemption 5: Information that concerns communications within or between agencies which are protected by legal privileges, that include but are not limited to:

  1. Attorney-Work Product Privilege
  2. Attorney-Client Privilege
  3. Deliberative Process Privilege
  4. Presidential Communications Privilege

Exemption 6: Information that, if disclosed, would invade another individual’s personal privacy.

Exemption 7: Information compiled for law enforcement purposes if one of the following harms would occur.  Law enforcement information is exempt if it:

  • 7(A). Could reasonably be expected to interfere with enforcement proceedings
  • 7(B). Would deprive a person of a right to a fair trial or an impartial adjudication
  • 7(C). Could reasonably be expected to constitute an unwarranted invasion of personal privacy
  • 7(D). Could reasonably be expected to disclose the identity of a confidential source
  • 7(E). Would disclose techniques and procedures for law enforcement investigations or prosecutions
  • 7(F). Could reasonably be expected to endanger the life or physical safety of any individual

Exemption 8: Information that concerns the supervision of financial institutions.

Exemption 9: Geological information on wells.

Mr. Kenneth Allen supplied The Post & Email with additional information recently released to him on Barack Hussein Obama Sr. as a result of an additional Freedom of Information request which quotes Obama Sr. as having told INS authorities that he had an American wife overseas in April 1964.

Dated 4/21/64, a memo entitled “RE:  A11 938 537 – BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA” indicates that Obama had attended the University of Hawaii from 1959 to 1962, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree.  It continues:

Transferred to Harvard in September 1962 to study for Ph.D. in Economics.  Expects to get degree in 2-3 years and then go home.  Had not filled in marital status, etc. and employment portion of I-539.  E.J.Golden said to hold up extension for present.

Talked with Miss Frost at Harvard as alien claimed he couldn’t remember where he had worked in the U.S.  She said he works on research at Harvard; and that Mr. Henry, one of the Harvard officials, intends to talk to subject re his marital situation.  Harvard thinks he’s married to someone in Kenya and someone in Honolulu, but that possibly he belongs to a tribe where multiple marriages are O.K.

Mr. Henry may not talk to him until after his exams in case he might get upset and use that as an excuse for not passing.  Harvard will call us with the results of the interview.

After alien stated he was married, he said he was separated and thatthey [sic] may get a divorce.  The wife in the Philippines from whom he is separated is a U.S.C. Memo on yellow paper in file indicates he had wife in Kenya when he arrived in U.S. in 1959.

Was the wife “in the Philippines” Stanley Ann Dunham?  What was the “U.S.C. wife” to Barack Obama Sr. doing overseas?  If it was Dunham, why wasn’t she in Hawaii as her biography typically reads?  If Dunham had “fallen in love with a grad student” in Hawaii, why did Harvard state that Obama Sr. had achieved a B.A. as of 1962, not 1960 or 1961?

If Stanley Ann Dunham left the United States between 1960 and 1964, the years for which records have been unavailable, she would have had to have applied for a passport, yet the State Department maintains that the records were “destroyed.” If she had her baby overseas and that baby is Barry Soetoro, aka Barack Hussein Obama II, is he a natural born Citizen as required by Article II, Section 1, clause 5 of the U.S. Constitution?

If some records for Lolo Soetoro and Stanley Ann Dunham were finally made available to Mr. Allen, why was nothing released under the name “Barry Soetoro,” which appears to be an alias for Barack Hussein Obama II?  The exemption frequently cited on the documents is (b)(6), which claims privacy concerns, just as the Hawaii Department of Health has in regard to releasing Obama’s original birth certificate, if in fact they have it.

While Obama Sr. supposedly had a wife in Honolulu, why did he tell immigration authorities that a U.S. citizen wife was in the Philippines?

An article dated July 7, 2011 from The Boston Globe states that Obama Sr. told an INS official that he and his “USC wife,” who was expecting his child, had discussed arranging for an adoption of the baby.  If they were married, why would they have discussed such a thing? The article contains no documentation or external links to source the information.

Page 21 from documentation released by the State Department on Barack Hussein Obama stating that he had a U.S. citizen wife in the Philippines in April 1964

Were Obama Sr. and Stanley Ann Dunham ever really married?  Obama had already been married to a Kenyan woman, Kezia, and although it has been reported that he “divorced” her, it has also been reported that Kezia gave her approval for Obama to take another wife and even became “friends” with Stanley Ann.

Did Dunham go to Kenya to have her baby with the expectation that the child’s father’s family would raise him?  If she had gone overseas for the birth of the baby, she would have needed a passport.  Mysteriously, the State Department has maintained that it doesn’t have the records, which could imply that they did or do exist.

The address provided in the two purported birth announcements for Obama II stating the parents’ address does not agree with the address which the father provided in his application for a visa extension in August 1961.  He lists a wife, Ann Dunham, but does not provide her address on the form when asked, nor does he acknowledge having a child born earlier that month.

One of Stanley Ann’s biographers, Janny Scott, stated that Stanley Ann married Lolo Soetoro in 1964, but records released by the State Department revealed that Dunham married Soetoro in 1965, although she provided two different dates for the marriage.

Did the biographer use original sources such as documents from the State Department or Hawaii Department of Health to arrive at the 1964 date? If not, how much of the biography is accurate?  Where are the footnotes stating Ms. Scott’s sources?  Writer Jack Cashill has also questioned the reliability of Scott’s work, citing the lack of information regarding Ann Dunham’s relationship with Barack Obama Sr., their alleged wedding and the months leading up to the alleged birth of Barack Obama II.

A Certificate of Marriage document released by the State Department with signatures and signed statement of certification shows a marriage date of March 1965.

Portion of marriage certificate for Stanley Ann Dunham and Lolo Soetoro

Another biography of Dunham states that she and Lolo Soetoro were not yet married in 1967.  An article published shortly after the 2008 presidential election maintains that Barack Hussein Obama II was born in Kogelo, Kenya.  The same article states that Dunham married Soeotor in 1967, not 1965.

Why are there so many inconsistencies in the histories of Stanley Ann Dunham and her son, Barry Soetoro/Barack Hussein Obama II?

The document which Obama claimed as a certified copy of his original birth certificate on file with the Hawaii Department of Health is lacking the statement present on his mother’s marriage certificate from 1965, four years later, which reads:

This certifies that the above is a true and correct copy of the original record on file in the research and statistics office
Hawaii State Department of Health

There are two signatures below the statement:  Walter B. Quisenberry, M.D., Director of Health, and George H. Tokuyama, State Registrar, and the document is dated “3-15-65.”

Other documents released contain the (b)(6) privacy exemption:


If Stanley Ann Dunham and Lolo Soetoro are deceased, whose privacy could the State Department be protecting?
Document dated 7-19-65 regarding whether or not Lolo Soetoro should be granted a waiver to allow him to remain in the United States following the expiration of his visa. The same (b)(6) exemption is used to redact information.

Obama’s “birth certificate” does not bear the signature of the director of the Hawaii Department of Health, currently Loretta J. Fuddy.  However, the birth certificates released by Eleanor Nordyke, the mother of the twin girls born on August 5, 1961 at Kapiolani Medical Center, have the same statement quoted above which appears on the marriage certificate for Stanley Ann Dunham and Lolo Soetoro, including the two signatures below it.

Without that statement of certification, is the long-form birth certificate bearing Obama’s name authentic?  Is his social security number? Is his real name Barack Hussein Obama II or Barry Soetoro?

Is there anything authentic about him?

Of the FOIA release, Mr. Allen told The Post & Email, “the 118 pages aren’t all I asked for, I asked for much more.  I have 2 years to file suit for the rest and because the answer from the 9th circuit is due I’ll see what else I can retrieve.”