Just because one thing happened before another doesn’t mean that the first caused the second. Such an inference is called the “post hoc” fallacy. Nevertheless, precedence can be suggestive and at least create possibilities.
In this case I’m referring to the appearance of President Obama’s social-security number in public records and associated dates. The first event I want to discuss is the appearance of Obama’s social-security number on the Internet. While it may have been available earlier, I was able to locate a copy of Obama’s SSN (badly redacted) in ECF document 84-2 filed by Orly Taitz in the Barnett v. Obama case in California federal court on October 11, 2009. Obot1 commented on this document on October 16, 2009, indicating that the badly redacted number was “out there” by that time.
The second event was the appearance of a public record linking the name “Harrison J. Bounel” to that xxx-xx-4425 social-security number. The date on the public record, according to Mr. Hendershot at “the Obama Shuffle” web site is November, 2009.
That is, the public record linking Bounel (who no one seems to be able to find) with the SSN did not appear until after the SSN was made public. This leaves the obvious possibility that the public record was derived from a fraudulent use of the public number. The fact that Barack Obama’s address in Chicago is also associated with the record is strong additional reason to think that the record is bogus.
The other thing that birthers associate with the Obama SSN is the date 1890, and they have generally linked the Bounel name with that date of birth. If that is indeed so, then a 119-year-old Bounel did something in 2009 to create a public record of his social-security record at Barack Obama’s house.
This is what the birthers base their beliefs on? 🙄