Back at The Betrayal, commenting on an article titled: Linda Starr Posts New Information that has the old “travel ban to Pakistan” myth along with the curious comment of “independent confirmation of information we’ve had and from OUR OWN State Department”. I politely commented:
I’ve never been able to track down the source of the “travel ban to Pakistan” story.
There was an early version on WorldNetDaily by Aaron Klein that it was “difficult” for Americans to go to Pakistan. This seems to be speculation based on the fact that Pakistan was a Muslim country under military rule, which grew over the months into a “travel ban” to Pakistan in a later article in WorldNetDaily by Janet Porter.
Of course I didn’t tell them (in hopes my comment would pass moderation) that the whole travel ban myth is long blown by a 1981 article in the New York Times travel section describing a tourist trip to Pakistan by an American that year. This is discussed in my article: Barack Obama was an Indonesian Citizen. Adding “independent confirmation of information we’ve had and from OUR OWN State Department” appears to be just another stage in the evolution of the myth.
Today I went back over to The Betrayal, pleased that my comment (above) passed moderation. Today I added new information received from one of the visitors here.
tis reported as as saying: “That means Barry swore an Oath of Allegiance to Indonesia and had to renounce all other allegiances to get that passport. This is independent confirmation of information we’ve had and from OUR OWN State Department, Barry couldn’t go to Pakistan on an American passport if he didn’t have one.”
We now know that Linda Starr could not have gotten any such confirmation from the State Department because because it’s not true. A State Department Travel Advisory from 1981 has been found in a Federal Depository Library Archive Program archive stating plainly that Americans could travel to Pakistan on a 30-day visa in 1981. http://dosfan.lib.uic.edu/ERC/travel/cis/southasia/Pakistan.htm#Travel%20Warning click on the 1981 link.
This is rather the smoking gun.
For more on this topic, see: Barack Obama traveled to Pakistan on an Indonesian passport (updated).