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.
I cannot stress enough that every reference to a document must be checked for the key words. If the reader just looked at:
Emmanuel Kisombe, the permanent secretary in the Ministry for Immigration and Registration of Persons, wrote a letter in July 2008 in reply to a letter from the U.S. ambassador in Nairobi that raised the possibility with Kenyan officials that Obama was born in their country.
they would think that WND was endorsing the letter; however, that would be a mistake as we have shown. To further hide the details, there is actually a photo of Kisombe next to this paragraph in the WND article to further distract from the coded content.
It’s also important to notice that anything that follows from a purported document is itself purported and fake, even if not explicitly labeled. An example is the clownish “interim report” only a birther could have written that WND says is from the NSIS (but not really because of the chain of “purported”). The text of the memo says:
Memo/Intercommunication 03OCT2008 FRM: Marcharia M.M., ASDD TO: Machage T.N., SDD /// We are on BRAMA 4 Team. We believe Mama Sarah Obama is a very important witness to the BRAMA case and the missing link in this matter. On more than one occasion Mama Sarah Obama has been a hostile witness in our investigations. She is either a pathological liar or trying to hide something from us because she says one thing now and retracts it the next day. In particular on the birth certificate issue she has deliberately given us very conflicting answers. We therefore ask you to consider subpoenaing her to swear under oath before we embark on the next phase of the investigations. ///
I will leave it as an exercise for the reader to pick out the mistakes and implausibilities in the memo. It is rather comical that the NSIS memo uses the correct date format for Kenya: day, month, year while the fake letters use the American format: month, day, year.