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CIA, Secret Service: guarding Obama’s DNA

Really

ObamaDNAWe’ve had a titter over the old Michael Shrimpton video making the birther rounds, about how the CIA collected Barack Obama’s DNA back in 2007 and compared it to his relatives, and found they weren’t related. Why would the CIA do such a thing?

Well, according to a 2012 article in The Atlantic, “Hacking the President’s DNA,” snagging DNA is exactly what the CIA does to world leaders (and we thought we were just listening to their phone calls). Why? Here’s the rationale according to authors Hessel, Goodman and Kotler:

The U.S. government is surreptitiously collecting the DNA of world leaders, and is reportedly protecting that of Barack Obama. Decoded, these genetic blueprints could provide compromising information. In the not-too-distant future, they may provide something more as well—the basis for the creation of personalized bioweapons that could take down a president and leave no trace.

Michael Shrimpton described in his video how very easy it would be to harvest Obama’s DNA from a drinking glass, and that might have been true in 2007, but perhaps not today:

According to Ronald Kessler, the author of the 2009 book In the President’s Secret Service, Navy stewards gather bedsheets, drinking glasses, and other objects the president has touched—they are later sanitized or destroyed—in an effort to keep would‑be malefactors from obtaining his genetic material.

The Atlantic predicts demise of birtherism

A major article has appeared on The Atlantic web site, titled How Donald Trump Will Kill Birtherism. The thesis of the article is that Donald Trump is calling attention to birtherism and  leading the media into a frenzy of fact-checking — information that will destroy the birther movement.

Wishful thinking, I would call it

Granted, there are a number of people who have mild doubts about Obama because they saw some misinformation in an email or stumbled on s0me fact-averse web site; and maybe some of them could be swayed by a stiff dose of facts from fact checkers like FactCheck.org, or PolitiFact.com (ignoring the fact that those organizations plus every major newspaper in the country has already said the birthers are coo coo, and CNN called them “whack jobs” as early as 2008). And maybe the percentage numbers for doubt go down a little. That hardly matters. The birther movement consists of militant, hard-core denialists, regularly fanned by a host of web sites like WorldNetDaily (and worse), who have a proven track record of biting off the facts, chewing them up, and spitting them back out as proof that everybody’s lying, a traitor, and deathly afraid of Obama. Birtherism is a tar baby, rarely allowing escape for anyone once caught.

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