Orly Taitz has filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request with US Attorney General Eric Holder, asking for “access to the two certified copies of the long form birth certificate for Barack Obama.” [Link to Taitz web site] She thinks the FOIA requires her to get it in 20 days.
I don’t follow Taitz’s reasoning.
First, Eric Holder is the Attorney General, and his agency is the Justice Department. Why does Taitz think the Justice Department or any federal agency would have Barack Obama’s personal papers? The Freedom of Information Act only applies to federal government documents, which Obama’s birth certificate is not.
Second, we all know by now that information about living persons is normally excluded from what can be obtained by FOIA. Taitz should know this from the response she received from the Social Security Administration when she tried to get Obama’s social-security application.
Third, the FOIA does not require that results to the request be provided within 20 days. The law does require that the agency determine whether it intends to respond within 20 business days (although this doesn’t always happen). That response is a foregone conclusion.
Fourth, the FOIA doesn’t provide for access to original documents only copies. Barack Obama has already published copies.
Then Orly rambles on about not being able to ask the National Archivist for a copy because of some Executive Order. That’s silly since the National Archivist wouldn’t have Barack Obama’s personal papers.