In a shocking story reported in his own paper, WorldNetDaily, publisher Joseph Farah admits to lying to government officials on three separate occasions. Here is his confession:
I called three passport offices … I said I needed to apply for a passport but only had a short-form certification of live birth from Hawaii.
I’m stunned that Farah would stoop to lying to government officials in an attempt to get at President Barack Obama [OK, I’m not really stunned at all]. The more serious offense is his attempt to create the false impression among his readership that there is some doubt about the sufficiency of a Hawaiian birth certificate as proof of birthplace and citizenship.
Farah says: “Same country, different responses,” but who exactly did he call? Farah didn’t disclose which “passport offices” he called beyond saying they were in Hawaii, Virginia and DC. There are Regional Passport Agencies where one would expect him to get an authoritative answer. However, passport applications can be filed at Passport Acceptance facilities, which include many post offices, clerks of court, public libraries and other state, county, township, and municipal government offices.
The office he called in Hawaii (27 possibilities near Honolulu) routinely deals with Hawaiian birth certificates and gave the expected correct response that the Hawaiian certificate is fine. The folks he talked to in Virginia (over 200 offices) and DC (15 offices) may well have never seen a Hawaiian birth certificate before, and got it wrong. By using the loose phrase “only had a short-form” he may have led the office to think that his certificate was something less than the State’s standard certificate. One wonders how many additional passport offices he had to call to get the two wrong answers he was looking for.
Farah also makes another statement, which I find hard to believe:
In fact, if you visit most post offices around the country, you will see signs posted about passport application requirements that specifically say, “no certifications of life birth,”
There might be a nut-case birther postmaster who posted a sign like that, but “most post offices?” The reader can find a local Passport Acceptance Facility by searching on this page. Report back what you find.