WILL TECHS IDENTIFY THE PROBLEM?
by Sharon Rondeau
(Jan. 26, 2017) — In addition to a petition launched on Saturday at whitehouse.gov on behalf of former Lt. Col. Terry Lakin, a second petition is reportedly not reflecting the number of signatures from those who have said they signed it.
As of press time, the Lakin petition is showing 74 signatures, although it is suspected that hundreds or even thousands have signed it based on website traffic at several websites which publicized it.
Both petitions were launched on Saturday, January 21.
In order to post a petition to the administration, regardless of who is in office, the individual creating it must create a free account at whitehouse.gov.
The Lakin petition, on which The Post & Email has reported extensively since Monday, asks Congress to review the dishonorable discharge of then-Lt. Col. Terrence Lakin, an Army flight surgeon who in 2010 refused to deploy to Afghanistan for a second time until shown proof that Barack Hussein Obama was constitutionally eligible to serve as his commander-in-chief.
Article II, Section 1, clause 5 of the U.S. Constitution requires that the president and commander-in-chief be a “natural born Citizen,” which most Americans understand means, at the very least, “born in the United States.”
The higher standard of “natural born Citizen” over simply “Citizen” might have contemplated the citizenship of the person’s parents as well as his birthplace.
Before Obama sought the presidency, numerous credible reports had been published stating that he was foreign-born in either Kenya or Indonesia. In 1991, Obama’s literary agent published a biographical sketch describing Obama as “born in Kenya and raised in Indonesia and Hawaii,” a statement which was later altered to say “born in Hawaii.”
The second petition asks the Trump administration to “Preserve the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities” in the wake of reports that Trump planned to cease federal funding to both groups.
According to The Independent on Monday, 27 signatures were registered on the Arts and Humanities petition; on Thursday evening, that number is now 58.
The UK-based paper reported that in addition to very few signatures showing up, “Signees are also confused as to why the ‘share with others’ URL presented after signing points to an error page, along with the link for reporting issues.”
On Monday, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer suggested that White House web pages were not all functioning properly and that IT technicians were working around the clock to transition the website from the Obama White House to the Trump administration.
Within the comments at The Independent, an individual with the screen name “stringymath” wrote, “The same thing happened with our climate change petition created on January 20. At least 16 shares and several times that in signatures (with people who went back and clicked their email links), but it only says 5 signatures today. https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/establish-panel-scientists-advise-president-issues-related-climate-change.”
That petition now shows just one more signature, bringing the total to 6.