Anybody can get a "birth certificate" in Hawaii.
Sun Yat Sen,
the father of modern China, born in China, has one.
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The Way It Was
In the State of Hawaii, back in 1961, there were
four different ways to get an "original birth certificate" on record.
They varied greatly in their reliability as evidence. For convenience,
I’ll call them BC1, BC2, BC3, and BC4.
BC1. If the birth was
attended by a physician or mid wife, the attending medical professional
was required to certify to the Department of Health the facts of the
birth date, location, parents’ identities and other information. (See
Section 57-8 & 9 of the Territorial Public Health Statistics Act in the
1955 Revised Laws of Hawaii which was in effect in 1961).
1961, if a person was born in Hawaii but not attended by a physician or
midwife, then all that was required was that one of the parents send in
a birth certificate to be filed. The birth certificate could be filed by
mail. There appears to have been no requirement for the parent to
actually physically appear before "the local registrar of the district."
It would have been very easy for a relative to forge an absent parent’s
signature to a form and mail it in. In addition, if a claim was made
that "neither parent of the newborn child whose birth is unattended as
above provided is able to prepare a birth certificate, the local
registrar shall secure the necessary information from any person having
knowledge of the birth and prepare and file the certificate." (Section
57-8&9) I asked the Dept of Health what they currently ask for (in 2008)
to back up a parent’s claim that a child was born in Hawaii. I was told
that all they required was a proof of residence in Hawaii (e.g. a
driver’s license [We know from interviews with her friends on Mercer
Island in Washington State that Ann Dunham had acquired a driver’s
license by the summer of 1961 at the age of 17] or telephone bill) and
pre-natal (statement or report that a woman was pregnant) and post-natal
(statement or report that a new-born baby has been examined)
certification by a physician. On further enquiry, the employee that I
spoke to informed me that the pre-natal and post-natal certifications
had probably not been in force in the ‘60s. Even if they had been, there
is and was no requirement for a physician or midwife to witness, state
or report that the baby was born in Hawaii.
BC3. In 1961, if a
person was born in Hawaii but not attended by a physician or midwife,
then, up to the first birthday of the child, a "Delayed Certificate"
could be filed, which required that "a summary statement of the evidence
submitted in support of the acceptance for delayed filing or the
alteration [of a file] shall be endorsed on the certificates", which
"evidence shall be kept in a special permanent file." The statute
provided that "the probative value of a ‘delayed’ or ‘altered’
certificate shall be determined by the judicial or administrative body
or official before whom the certificate is offered as evidence." (See
Section 57- 9, 18, 19 & 20 of the Territorial Public Health Statistics
Act in the 1955 Revised Laws of Hawaii which was in effect in 1961)."
[In other words, this form of vault birth certificate, the Delayed
Certificate, required no more than a statement before a government
bureaucrat by one of the parents or (the law does not seem to me clear
on this) one of Barack Obama’s grandparents. If the latter is true, Ann
Dunham did not have to be present for this statement or even in the
BC4. If a child is born in Hawaii, for whom no
physician or mid wife filed a certificate of live birth, and for whom no
Delayed Certificate was filed before the first birthday, then a
Certificate of Hawaiian Birth could be issued upon testimony of an adult
(including the subject person [i.e. the birth child as an adult]) if the
Office of the Lieutenant Governor was satisfied that a person was born
in Hawaii, provided that the person had attained the age of one year.
(See Section 57-40 of the Territorial Public Health Statistics Act in
the 1955 Revised Laws of Hawaii which was in effect in 1961.) In 1955
the "secretary of the Territory" was in charge of this procedure. In
1960 it was transferred to the Office of the Lieutenant Governor ("the
lieutenant governor, or his secretary, or such other person as he may
designate or appoint from his office" §338-41 [in 1961]).
1982, the vital records law was amended to create a fifth kind of
"original birth certificate". Under Act 182 H.B. NO. 3016-82, "Upon
application of an adult or the legal parents of a minor child, the
director of health shall issue a birth certificate for such adult or
minor, provided that the proof has been submitted to the director of
health that the legal parents of such individual while living without
the Territory or State of Hawaii had declared the Territory or State of
Hawaii as their legal residence for at least one year immediately
preceding the birth or adoption of such child." In this way "state
policies and procedures" accommodate even "children born out of State"
(this is the actual language of Act 182) with an "original birth
certificate on record." So it is even possible that the birth
certificate referred to by Dr Fukino is of the kind specified in Act
182. This possibility cannot be dismissed because such a certificate
certainly satisfies Dr Fukino’s statement that "I as Director of Health
for the State of Hawai‘i, along with the Registrar of Vital Statistics
who has statutory authority to oversee and maintain these type of vital
records, have personally seen and verified that the Hawai‘i State
Department of Health has Sen. Obama’s original birth certificate on
record in accordance with state policies and procedures." If this is the
case, Dr Fukino would have perpetrated so unusually disgusting a
deception that I find it practically incredible (and I greatly doubt
that anyone could be that shameless). On the other hand, if the original
birth certificate is of types 2, 3, or 4, Dr Fukino’s statement would be
only somewhat less deceptive and verbally tricky. I only bring up this
possibility to show how cleverly hedged and "lawyered" and basically
worthless Dr Fukino’s statement is.
Sections 57-8, 9, 18, 19, 20
& 40 of the Territorial Public Health Statistics Act explain why Barack
Obama has refused to release the original vault birth certificate. If
the original certificate were the standard BC1 type of birth
certificate, he would have allowed its release and brought the
controversy to a quick end. But if the original certificate is of the
other kinds, then Obama would have a very good reason not to release the
vault birth certificate. For if he did, then the tape recording of
Obama’s Kenyan grandmother asserting that she was present at his birth
in Kenya becomes far more important. As does the Kenyan ambassador’s
assertion that Barack Obama was born in Kenya, as well as the sealing of
all government and hospital records relevant to Obama by the Kenyan
government. And the fact that though there are many witnesses to Ann
Dunham’s presence on Oahu from Sept 1960 to Feb 1961, there are no
witnesses to her being on Oahu from March 1961 to August 1962 when she
returned from Seattle and the University of Washington. No Hawaiian
physicians, nurses, or midwives have come forward with any recollection
of Barack Obama’s birth.
The fact that Obama refuses to release
the vault birth certificate that would instantly clear up this matter
almost certainly indicates that the vault birth certificate is probably
a BC2 or possibly a BC3.
It is almost certainly a BC 3 or even a
BC 4 if the "Certification of Live Birth" posted on the Daily Kos blog
and the fightthesmears.com website by the Obama campaign is a forgery
|Okubo Lies -- Or Did She?
|In an Hawaii Star Bulletin
article penned by June Watanabe, she responds to a question from a
Question: What is the state's policy for issuing a
"Certification of Live Birth" versus a "Certificate of Live Birth"?
My first, second and fourth children received certificates, but my third
and fifth children received certifications. Why the difference?
The certificate contains more information, such as the name of hospital,
certifier's name and title; attendant's name and title, etc. The
certification has only the child's name, date and time of birth, sex,
city/island/county of birth, mother's maiden name, mother's race,
father's name and father's race. Why doesn't the state just issue
certificates? When did it stop issuing certificates? Is it
possible to obtain certificates for my third and fifth children?
Answer: No, you can't obtain a "Certificate of Live Birth" anymore.
The state Department of Health no longer issues copies of paper birth
certificates as was done in the past, said spokeswoman Janice Okubo.
The department only issues "Certifications" of Live Births, and that is
the "official birth certificate" issued by the state of Hawaii, she
said. And, it's only available in electronic form.
explained that the Health Department went paperless in 2001. "At
that time, all information for births from 1908 (on) was put into
electronic files for consistent reporting," she said. Information about
births is transferred electronically from hospitals to the department.
"The electronic record of the birth is what (the Health Department) now
keeps on file in order to provide same-day certified copies at our help
window for most requests," Okubo said.
Asked for more information
about the short-form versus long-form birth documents, Okubo said the
Health Department "does not have a short-form or long-form certificate."
"The birth certificate form has been modified over the years and decades
to conform to national standards and models," she said.
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