A commenter under the name Danae at the Free Republic forum has posted what is claimed to be a recently-obtained (since 2001) copy of their original Hawaiian birth certificate. Here’s the image:
In support of the claim of authenticity, an image of a receipt from the Hawaii Department of Health was published.
Here is my take on all of this.
I personally think it likely that the document is authentic.
There is nothing in the image that tells me when it was issued. There is nothing that ties the image to the receipt. There is simply no way to verify the authenticity of the document as a recently-issued one (since Hawaii went “paperless” in 2001). In fact, creation of a fake one from an old Hawaiian birth certificate, is easy to accomplish.
Contrast this to Barack Obama’s published Certification of Live Birth which is on security paper, has a signature stamp and a raised seal (internal authentication) and the facts of which are verified by the Hawaii Department of Health on their web site.
On the other hand, I have no reason to conclude that the document is not authentic. The Hawaii Department of Health has stated officially, and to commenters here, that they no longer issue long-form birth certificates. However, the document in question here is not a long-form birth certificate. It is not a birth certificate of any kind because it is not certified (stamped, signed, sealed) by the state. It’s just a photocopy of an original birth certificate. It is no more a birth certificate than a photocopy of your driver’s license is a driver’s license. Therefore, issuing this plain-paper copy is consistent with the Department of Health’s statement that they don’t issue long form birth certificates any more. (In fact, I have consulted with another jurisdiction that works exactly that way — no certified copy of the long form, but they will print a image on request.)
If I had bet someone that they couldn’t get a Hawaiian long form birth certificate, I wouldn’t pay up for this piece of paper. Without any doubt, if Barack Obama were to release a document like this, not on security paper, not signed, not dated, not sealed, the birthers would not accept it, and they would most definitely not accept it as a “birth certificate.” That is, Danae has not produced what the birthers are demanding from Barack Obama.
I got an email from Danae, who filled in some of the blanks in her story, including the name of the organization for which she needed the “long form.” There were several markers in the story that increased my confidence that her document is exactly what it purports to be and nothing that led me to doubt it.
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