No evidence (save fakes, frauds and anonymous affidavits) has c0me out of Kenya to show Barack Obama was born there. In order to explain this fact, Obama denialists have invented a story of government gag orders and “top secret” status for Obama’s birth documents.
So it was not at all surprising that one of the premiere denialist web sites, The Post & Email has use the language “Kenyan parliament web site scrubs…” to describe some changes in their web site as relates to a couple of documents of interest where Kenyan parliamentarians used language in one case about Obama’s Kenyan heritage (“son of the soil”) and another that more explicitly says that the American President was born in Kenya.
The Hansards from dates both before and after March 25, 2010 are still available by clicking on their respective links from the Kenyan Parliament website. So why has the March 25, 2010 document been removed?
Let’s deal with this one first, a story reported here on Obama Conspiracy Theories on April 12, 2010. The link to the Kenyan Parliament web site originally published in that article for March 25, 2010, has indeed stopped working. It is, in my mind, a bad thing for Internet links to stop working. (See Cool URIs don’t change.) I daresay that there are hundreds of hyperlinks on this web site that point to things that have moved. There are technical means to redirect links to new locations, but they are not used as frequently as they should be. But this is no reason to think the Internet has been scrubbed as part of some worldwide conspiracy to hide President Obama’s birth place. The Kenyan Parliament minutes with Mr. Orengo’s comments are not “scrubbed” but simply moved here: http://www.parliament.go.ke/parliament/index.php?option=com_docman&task=doc_download&gid=24&Itemid= and for all I know, it might be moved again.
As for the older 2008 minutes, it appears that all the minutes for 2008 (and 2009 also) are presently off line. My guess is that they’re being moved as part of the web site re-organization. We’ll just have to wait a while and see. (This is where they should appear: http://www.parliament.go.ke/parliament/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=89&Itemid=82). But if someone is trying to hide something, removing a document from 2008 that’s been re-printed 7,000 times (Google hits), is not the way to go about it.
Update: The 2008 and 2009 debates are back online (at the link above).