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Smith not being extradited to Kenya

Atlanta attorney Loren Collins, who had offered to represent Lucas Smith in what Smith claimed was an imminent extradition from the Dominican Republic (where Smith is residing at present) to Kenya, has good news for Smith.

I had previously contacted the US Embassy in the Dominican Republic who checked with Dominican  authorities to learn that there was no pending extradition and published that response in my article “Smith safe!” Now Collins has contacted the DR Supreme Court (who handles extradition cases) to confirm that there is no extradition proceeding.

Collins gave Smith the good news at Smith’s, “Was Obama Born in Kenya” blog. Collins sums it up:

Regardless, no extradition is definitely good news. It means you don’t have to worry about getting sent to Kenya, it means there’s never been any need for my legal help, and it means that Bruce gets his $5,800 back. It was good that he was willing to help out a friend, but luckily we found out that that wasn’t necessary after all. It would’ve been a real shame if someone had abused his generosity. I’m glad I could help out.

Smith benefits from the paucity of birther material to publish, and gets an article here for something that’s just an unimportant novelty.

Mama Sarah Obama injured in auto accident

Sarah Obama - 2010 photo with US Ambassador Michael RannebagerKenya’s newspaper of record, The Nation, reports that President Obama’s step-grandmother, Sarah Obama (shown in this 2010 photo with US Ambassador Michael Rannebager), was injured in an automobile accident last month. Obama, age 91, was an occupant of an automobile when the driver lost control and rolled the car. The elderly Obama survived with bruises and was released from hospital. Relatively minor accidents  can be serious for persons of that age.

Mama Sarah, as she is called locally for her advocacy and care for children, is well known for a recording in which she states through a translator that President Obama was born in Hawaii.

MCRAE: Wh-whereabouts, whereabouts was he born? I, I thought he was
born in Kenya.
TRANSLATOR OGOMBE: No he was born in America, not in Mombasa.
MCRAE: OK. Do you know whereabouts he was born?
TRANSLATOR OGOMBE: (Pause.) Huh?
MCRAE: Do you know where he was born? I thought he was born in Kenya. I was gonna go by and see where he was born.
VOICE (background): It was Hawaii.
VOICE OF MRS. OBAMA OR ANOTHER WOMAN (background):
Hawaii.
BROTHER TOM (background): Hawaii, yeah?
VOICE OF MRS. OBAMA OR ANOTHER WOMAN (background): Yeah.
TRANSLATOR OGOMBE (background): Yes.
TRANSLATOR OGOMBE (to McRae): Sir, she says he was born in
Hawaii.
MCRAE: OK.
TRANSLATOR OGOMBE: Yeah, in 1960 this was Hawaii, where his
father, his father was also marrying there. This was Hawaii.
MCRAE: OK.
TRANSLATOR OGOMBE: Yeah.
MCRAE: Was, was, was Mrs. Obama, was sh–was she present? Was, was
Mrs. Obama, see I thought you said she was present. Was she, was, was she, was she able to see him being, being born in, in Hawaii?
TRANSLATOR OGOMBE: (pause, silence) Hoh? (pause) Uh, yeah would
you please pronounce?
MCRAE: OK I’m sorry. I, I thought she said she was present when he was
born. I was—
TRANSLATOR OGOMBE (sounding exasperated): No, no! The, the
woman was not present. She was uh not, a what–you see, she was here in Kenya, and Obama was born in America. That is, that’s obvious.
MCRAE: OK.
TRANSLATOR OGOMBE: Because, because the grandmother was married here in Kenya, and Obama was born in America, oh yeah, so his son, the little Obama, was marrying, was marrying, in America, in United States.
MCRAE: Oh, OK, fine. I mean, I–I just, I misunderstood what she was
saying. I thought you said she was present when he was born.
TRANSLATOR OGOMBE: No, not present there. The present with me here was tonight. Not present so she can leave.  No she was here in Kenya while he, uh, her son, the little Obama, was marrying in America. And, uh, he be present if it–
WOMAN’S VOICE (background): It was in Hawaii.

Transcript Copyright 2009 by Greg Doudna. Used by permission.

Secret codes: what the heck is the NSIS?

The NSIS (National Security Intelligence Service) is sort of the Kenyan equivalent of the US CIA, used by conspiracy theorists as sources for rumors that cannot be verified by the public. Recall various claims about the CIA collecting DNA from the Dunham family.

Of course we have learned that sometimes government secrets are leaked. How can one tell whether a report from one of these secret organizations is real or just made up? Actually, we can get a great deal of help from the website WorldNetDaily. When WND reports on one of these sources they use code words to indicate whether the source is legitimate or a fake. A case in point is their May 30 article,  Kenya probed claim Obama born in Africa: Internal intelligence reports indicate government investigation.

How to read WorldNetDaily

When reading WorldNetDaily, one should immediately disregard the article title.  Titles correlate rather poorly with story content at WND, and appear to be designed throw the uninitiated reader off the track (or perhaps for marketing purposes). If anything of value is to be found, one must look into the article, and often at the very end.

In this article we are discussing three documents with Kenyan sources written on them. Two contain the name of Kenya’s immigration secretary as the author. These are, of course, confidential documents and cannot be verified by the source. In order to see if they are genuine, one needs to look at each and every reference to the documents in the article looking for the code word that indicates whether they are genuine. Among the many references in the article, we see one saying “purportedly written by” and that is the key phrase by which WND tells the initiated reader that WND believes them to be fakes. Continue Reading →

Two documents from Kenya?

Here are two documents allegedly from Kenya that arrived in my in basket this morning. The appeared in WorldNetDaily. Folks here have left a number of useful comments.

It is my personal view that they are fakes. They don’t pass the smell test. Evidence-based analysis is always best, but sometimes you just have to ask why. Why would the government of Kenya write a letter to the US confessing that their vital records system is in such a mess they cannot conclusively answer the question? Why would the US Ambassador have any reason to ask about a presidential candidate’s place of birth? Why would a classified internal document from Kenya end up on WorldNetDaily instead of a locked file cabinet where it belongs? Where’s the provenance?

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Dr. Conspiracy’s First Fake Kenyan Birth Certificate (revised)

This is the true story of DCFFKBC.

Dr. Conspiracy

For a long time, I have been a commentator on Obama conspiracies. Prompted by Lucas Smith’s appearance here, I decided to get a little more involved and become a character in the story too — I hired a detective.

The detective was not someone who contacted me, but someone I more or less randomly selected from a directory of private detectives in Kenya. I gave him this task:

I want to obtain a copy of a birth certificate for any person (preferably deceased) born in 1961, and issued by the Coast General Hospital in Mombasa. My interest is in the characteristics of the certificate, and not information about any particular individual. I would want to receive a scanned copy of the document via email.

What I received in return was the certificate following, which had  my name on it. The detective explained that this is what a certificate looks like, not that of a real person. I have redacted identifying information from the certificate, just because I expect it will get passed around a lot and I don’t know what if anything on it is for an actual person, nor exactly what part of it is authentic and what part is a mockup. One obvious defect (among several) in the image it is that the font is wrong for the year of birth.

Dr. Conspiracy's First Fake Kenyan Birth Certificate (click to enlarge)

When I explained that I wanted a hospital-issued certificate, the detective went from Nairobi to Mombasa and contacted the hospital to see if a certificate could be obtained. I posed a few questions about what years the hospital had records for, whether they issued certified copies, and when Dr. Maganga was Chief Administrator. The detective submitted the questions and the certificate request in writing to the hospital. While waiting for a response, he told me that the official dates of Heltan Mananga’s tenure as Chief Administrator were June 1, 2009 – December 4, 2010. Continue Reading →

Mike Huckabee’s bizarre interview

Gov. Mike Huckabee

Former Arkansas governor and presidential candidate Mike Huckabee stunned this observer with a really bizarre remark made in a radio interview on the Steve Malzberg talk show yesterday (2/28/2010) as reported at Politico.com.

If you think about it, his [Barack Obama's] perspective as growing up in Kenya with a Kenyan father and grandfather, their view of the Mau Mau Revolution in Kenya is very different than ours because he probably grew up hearing that the British were a bunch of imperialists who persecuted his grandfather.

I would think that anyone from planet Earth knew that Barack Obama was raised largely in Hawaii by his maternal grandparents and was never even in Kenya until he was an adult. But then I daresay that Hawaiians have a different view of the Brits than Mike Huckabee, who hasn’t figured out that Hawaii was not a British colony.

Is this another alternate theory of Barack Obama’s life to debunk? A Huckabee adviser did not have an immediate explanation for Huckabee’s comments to WOR, according to the Associated Press.

Interview audio available on the MediaMatters web site. The AP story has been picked up by numerous outlets across the country.

Update: It appears Huckabee (who mentioned the so-called snub against the British when a loaner bust of Churchill was returned) likely got his idea from a misunderstood Newsweek article, last year:

Maybe it’s no surprise that Obama wouldn’t want Churchill watching over his shoulder. After all, it was Churchill who, in 1952, ordered a crackdown on the Mau Mau rebellion against British colonial rule in Kenya, Obama’s ancestral homeland. Obama’s grandfather, Hussein Onyango Obama, was labeled a subversive during the uprising and spent months in detention.

It’s only a small act of imagination to create a false childhood for Obama to explain the so-called influence. It’s so very “birther” don’t you think? In fact, President Obama never met his grandfather and barely knew his father.

H/t to Rickey for the link to the Newsweek article.