Thursday, December 25, 2008

Obama's Mysterious Birth - The Question of the Certificate Number

From the Honolulu Advertiser (Here's the crucial last paragraph):

"Bloggers and other skeptics also wonder why a large black rectangle
appears next to the words "CERTIFICATE NO."
Health Department spokeswoman Janice Okubo said the blackened portion
is a department file number that was redacted to prevent hackers from
breaking into the Health Department's system." (emphasis added)

And this from factcheck.org :

"We asked the Obama campaign about the date stamp and the blacked-out certificate number. The certificate is stamped June 2007, because that's when Hawaii officials produced it for the campaign, which requested that document and "all the records we could get our hands on" according to spokesperson Shauna Daly. The campaign didn't release its copy until 2008, after speculation began to appear on the Internet questioning Obama's citizenship. The campaign then rushed to release the document, and the rush is responsible for the blacked-out certificate number. Says Shauna: "[We] couldn't get someone on the phone in Hawaii to tell us whether the number represented some secret information, and we erred on the side of blacking it out. Since then we've found out it's pretty irrelevant for the outside world." The document we looked at did have a certificate number; it is 151 1961 - 010641." (Emphasis added)

Which is it? Did the Hawaii Health Department redact the number, or a member of Obama's campaign? Is it sensitive, as according to the Advertiser, or irrelevant as according to Obama's campaign? If Hawaiian officials say it's important, why has factcheck published them? If it's not, why would the Dept. of Health say so to begin with? Does anyone else smell a rat?

It seems to me that we the people are not getting the whole story. Since truth does not fear investigation, why not have a definitive one once and for all?

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