The following article was written probably some time around the end of 2012. For some unknown reason, it wasn’t published. It’s possible that it wasn’t published because Loren Collins made observations in the same area that I did, and did a better job of it. In any case, I add the following to the Lost Articles collection.
Since this article was published yesterday a commenter pointed out that there is an actual person named Kweli Shuhubia in Kenya who is an associate of Ron McRae. Here is a photo of McRae in Kenya with another Kenyan associate, Brother Daniel:
McRae in his own affidavit calls the him the Reverend Kweli Shuhudia (note the difference in spelling), and explains, “actual name temporarily withheld to protect his life. No less than Jerome Corsi himself has said at WND that “Kweli Shuhubia” is a pseudonym:
A second affidavit was sworn by Kenyan Anabaptist minister Rev. Kweli Shuhubia, a pseudonym chosen to protect his safety.
Loren pointed out in his comment at The Free Republic in 2010 that “nowhere does the ‘affidavit’ [Shuhubia’s] mention that the affiant’s name is a pseudonym.” That leaves us in a quandary as to whether it is a pseudonym or an eponym or just fouled up. So I may re-frame my titular question as: “Who is the author of Kweli Shuhubia’s affidavit”? And with that amendment, I resume the old article…
The Second Amended Complaint in the case of Berg v. Obama et al (2008) contained the curious affidavit of one, Kweli Shuhubia. The affidavit claims that Shuhubia is an African minister who was present during a transatlantic phone call between then presidential candidate Barack Obama’s step grandmother and American Anabaptist bishop and street preacher, Ron McRae.
The affidavit contains a transcript of the first part of a taped interview from the conversation, the statement that it is “common knowledge” in Kenya that Barack Obama, Jr. was born there, and that Shuhubia spoke with a “regional registrar” in Mombosa (sic) who confirmed that Obama’s birth was registered in Kenya and that this was all “top secret.”
It was later said that the name was a pseudonym, assumed out of fears for the personal safety of the writer of the affidavit. The writer of the affidavit writes as though he was the person identified as “Brother Tom” on the tape recording. (The recording and a transcript are linked here.)
So if indeed “Kweli Shuhubia” is not the writer of the transcript, what is the real name? Here I advance the theory that the writer is none other than Ron McRae himself.
The affidavit starts off:
I, Kweli Shuhubia am over the age of eighteen (18) and not a party to the within action.
This is the identical form of Ron McRae’s affidavit. This means that at least the boiler plate introduction to the affidavit was likely prepared by the same person. [Since this article was originally written, Loren Collins published a comparison of the affidavits of McRae and Shuhubia noting other extensive verbatim similarity in places.]
Does the writer of the affidavit leave any telltale hints to show that he was present in the room with Sarah Obama during the phone conversation? I find none. In fact, the transcript is marked in several places “unintelligible” which doesn’t make sense if written by someone who was on the African end. The affidavit says: “Ms. Obama’s home was flooded with people who were celebrating Senator Obama’s success story.” Yet of this flood of people, none are named, not even Sarah Obama’s “grandson,” mentioned in the affidavit. The lack of specifics is suspicious.
Later the affidavit says:
I interviewed personnel at the hospital in which Senator Obama was born in Kenya. I then had meetings with the Provincial Civil Registrar. I learned there were records of Ann Dunham giving birth to Barack Hussein Obama, III in Mombosa [sic], Kenya on August 4, 1961. I spoke directly with an Official, the Principal Registrar, who openly confirmed the birthing records of Senator Barack H. Obama, Jr. and his mother were present, however, the file on Barack H. Obama, Jr. was classified and profiled. The Official explained Barack Hussein Obama, Jr. birth in Kenya is top secret.
The officials are identified by title: “Provincial Civil Registrar” and “Principal Registrar,” but not by name. Someone who had actually met with these people would know the name, and since the titles are specific to an individual, withholding the name could not be to protect them. It may be that the names (which are easily obtained on the Internet) were withheld to make it more difficult to contact them to check out the story. The other problem with this account is that the Principal Registrar oversees documents in Nairobi, not Mombasa. Shuhubia cannot even spell the name of the city Mombasa!
Does it strike anyone else as odd that the official “openly confirmed” what was “top secret”?
This brings us to another interesting point. Under Kenyan law, the Principal Registrar prepares an alphabetic index of all the births in the country (and has been doing so since — drum roll — 1961). The index is open to the public.
Finally, the affidavit concludes: “I declare under the penalty of perjury of the laws of the United States, that the foregoing is true and correct.” This is rather an odd thing to say by someone who is not under the jurisdiction of the United States. Further, there is no official stamp or notary on the document. Indeed, what Berg submitted to the court isn’t signed at all that I can tell; it looks like the signature was (rather obviously) pasted into the document.