Maybe a new birther moving company should be incorporated given how often they change their stories and move the goalposts. At least some birthers, unwilling to continue the “birth certificate is a forgery” theory in the light multiple verifications from Hawaii (not that they haven’t been verifying it since 2008) and replacing it with acquiescence that the Obama’s long form really is in Hawaii’s files, but that it’s not true.
Jerome Corsi raised the claim that his “mole” in the Hawaii Department of Health knows that a fake Obama certificate was inserted into the files. (Corsi promised to name names1, but he never did.) Other’s fall back on the very old “grandmother registered him” theory. Like all birther scenarios, they are both wildly impossible. Let’s look at each.
In the case of modern fraud, because certificates are sequentially numbered, the fact that Obama is in the book means that someone else had to be taken out of the book. There then remains the problem of putting in a certificate that would fool the state of Hawaii vital records staff, no small task. All this had to have been done before Obama was elected, since Dr. Fukino saw the birth certificate in the files in August of 2008. While we have no confirmation from Hawaii that vintage microfilm copies of the records bear the same certificate, SURELY THEY KNOW one way or the other. So if the “health department insider” switched the certificate in the book, AND someone got it entered into the computer system (to print the COLB) and printed in the 1961 birth index (which surely is decades old), the honest health department folks would have found out, and the entire vital records department has to be in on the conspiracy. And where did those 1961 newspaper notices from the Health Statistics Bureau come from?
The route for a vintage fraud is even crazier. In this case, it requires the complicity of attending physician Dr. David A. Sinclair, Ann Obama and Kapiolani hospital OR the state registrar of Hawaii knowingly inserting a fake certificate. Why would they do that for some baby of no special significance? I don’t understand the birther fascination with grandmothers, but there’s no mechanism for Madelyn Dunham to get a fake doctor-signed certificate from Kapiolani into the records (and frankly no reason for her to do so).
Both modern and vintage frauds also require the insertion of notations into the State Department files from 1961 and manipulation of vintage INS statistical reports of travelers from Kenya to the US to erase Ann Obama’s return trip.
It seems to me that both scenarios are totally absurd.
1I sense a certain reluctance on the part of some birthers to name names, except for Barack Obama and deceased persons who can’t defend themselves. When Dr. Alvin T. Onaka undeniably placed his signature on a verification of the Internet long form, birthers seemed to back away from calling him the culprit. Sheriff Joe Arpaio had his unnamed “person of interest” and Jerome Corsi refused to give a name. Birthers now are gravitating to President Obama’s deceased grandmother, pushing the conspiracy further and further away from facts and evidence and living persons.