In this day and age of zero privacy, why is Obama not releasing his Birth Certificate? It would be very simple to clear up the matter by presenting his Birth Certificate. There is a link to an alleged Birth Certificate of Obama's on the Web, but with Photoshop anything can be done. There were also questions about John McCain being a Natural-born Citizen, since he was born in Panama. But, Mr. McCain provided the necessary documents fairly quickly and the controversy went away. Grab the popcorn and watch the show over the next three weeks, this should become interesting or it may flop like a dud.
By Suzanne Roig
Advertiser Staff Writer
An author and avowed opponent of Barack Obama has filed suit against the state seeking to require officials to provide a copy of the Democratic presidential nominee's Hawai'i birth certificate.
Under state law, such copies may only be released to those who have a "tangible relationship" to the person whose record is being sought, said Janice Okubo, state Department of Health spokeswoman.
On average, health officials receive two requests for a copy of Obama's birth certificate every three weeks or so, Okubo said.
"The law was enacted primarily to protect your private information, especially in these days where there's ID theft," Okubo said.
The lawsuit was filed yesterday in state Circuit Court by Internet columnist and author Andy Martin.
Martin has written a book called "Senator Obama," and disclosed in a telephone conversation yesterday about his lawsuit that he opposes Obama's election and is the executive director of The Stop Obama Coalition.
The New York Times reported this week that Martin "is widely credited with starting the cyberwhisper campaign that still dogs Mr. Obama."
The New York Times report, dated Oct. 12 on its Web site, described Martin as a "prodigious filer of lawsuits" and said that in a series of interviews he "did not dispute his influence in Obama rumors."
The Times report goes on to say that an examination of legal documents and election filings, along with interviews with Martin's acquaintances, revealed that he is "a man with a history of scintillating if not always factual claims." He has left a trail of animosity — some of it provoked by anti-Jewish comments — among political leaders, lawyers and judges in three states over more than 30 years, the Times report said.
The lawsuit filed in Honolulu seeks to have the court order the state to turn over a copy of Obama's birth certificate, and related files and records.
The lawsuit names Gov. Linda Lingle and Dr. Chiyome Fukino, health department director.
Attorney General Mark Bennett said he had not seen the lawsuit and could not comment on it.
"But pursuant to the Hawai'i Revised Statutes, vital records are confidential and it would violate the law to release them to anyone except the individuals listed in the section," Bennett said.
The suit claims that because Obama is a presidential candidate, releasing his birth certificate is a "topic of intense national speculation."
Obama in March posted a copy of his birth certificate on his Web site, www.fightthesmears.com/articles/5/birthcertificate, to prove that he was born Aug. 4, 1961, in Honolulu.
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