The enemy of my enemy is my friend
I don’t buy that, but I did hit it off well today with Dean Haskins, director of The Birther Summit. Dean had a denim shirt embroidered with the Birther Summit logo and I recognized him from photos. I went over and introduced myself before the hearing. We talked about a few things before and after concerning, the ability of the video feed to handle large traffic, the heat he’s been taking for recent criticism about the competence of Orly Taitz, and about civility in our dispute. We both agree that Orly Taitz is a negative for the birthers and we both agree in airing our differences civilly.
The one person I really wanted to talk was Christopher Strunk. He filed an FOIA very similar to mine and he filed a federal lawsuit over it. When I introduced myself with my real name and “Dr. Conspiracy” he said, “I know you. I know YOU!” (I was secretly glad a security guard was standing next to us, although my anxiety proved unfounded.) He testified about his FOIA and ended by saying both in testimony and to me, about the destroyed passport applications, something to the effect that “the dog ate the record” is not an acceptable response. What I wanted to ask him was whether he had gotten anything else new. He said no, but he really wasn’t interested in talking FOIA except to assert that the Department of State was lying about having destroyed records he sought. He was fed up with the whole FOIA process and that said that the people working in the shadows behind Obama were controlling everything. His new focus had something to do with the Federal Reserve and a trillion dollars. The room was noisy and I didn’t catch the details. My impression of Strunk was that he was would up pretty tight.
I hadn’t heard of John Sampson before Orly called him as a witness. He’s a former INS agent with what sounded like an impressive resume. He’s retired from federal service and is now a private investigator. He testified that Obama’s Connecticut social-security number (SSN) is suspicious and that further investigation was necessary.
I went up to Mr. Sampson and engaged him about his testimony. We agreed that social-security numbers in 1977 were issued centrally, not by state offices. I brought up the Honolulu/Hartford typo. He said that switching the 0 and 9 on Obama’s zip code would not yield a valid Honolulu zip code. I said that the zip code was valid in 1977. (This will be addressed in a later article after research.) We agreed to disagree. I asked him if believe that Obama’s social-security number belonged to someone born in 1890 and he almost spat out his reply, “nah.” He volunteered that the Jean Paul Ludwig thing was wrong. Mr. Sampson made it clear that a Connecticut SSN was not proof of fraud, but something that should be investigated. I asked him why, if he was convinced that an investigation was warranted, that those still working at the INS weren’t investigating. He explained that a supervisor would need “some balls” to authorize such an investigation of an important person. I can’t disagree with that.
I was glad that I finally got to meet Foggy for the first time. Poor guy arrived at the hearing a little late and had to sit with the overflow crowd. There were no great revelations. He sounds just like he does on radio interviews. We talked mostly about personal stuff which is not relevant to this blog. I can sense in him a passion for his forum, The Fogbow, just as I have for my blog. The question came up, “why do we do this?” I said it was a hobby and he agreed, “an eccentric hobby.”
I got to meet a total of 6 anti-birthers who made it to the hearing. That was nice, but I’ll respect their privacy and not say more.
Her, I didn’t talk to. First, I really had nothing to say to her. Second, she spent all her time with the news media. She’s taller in person than I had thought.