Thursday, March 18, 2010
Hawaii continues to receive emails seeking President Obama’s birth certificate, so the state House Judiciary Committee is considering a bill that permits government officials to simply ignore people who won’t give up.
This means you, Orly Taitz, the self-proclaimed Queen of the Birther movement.
“Sometimes we may be dealing with a cohort of people who believe lack of evidence is evidence of a conspiracy,” said Lorrin Kim, chief of the Hawaii Department of Health’s Office of Planning, Policy and Program Development.
The “birthers” claim Obama is ineligible to be president because, they argue, he was actually born outside the United States, and therefore doesn’t meet a constitutional requirement for being president.
Here is a scanned image of Barack Obama’s Birth Certificate released during the 2008 presidential campaign.
But, Hawaii still gets between 10 and 20 e-mails seeking verification of Obama’s birth each week, most of them from outside Hawaii, Kim said Tuesday.
A few of these conspiracy loons — like Orly Taitz, continue to pepper the Hawaii Health Department with the same letters seeking the same information, even after they’re told state law bars release of a certified birth certificate to anyone who does not have a tangible interest. Responding wastes time and money, Kim said.
If the measure becomes law, the state Office of Information Practices could declare an individual a “vexatious requester” and restrict rights to government records for two years.