Making Government Operations More Open


Robert C. Byrd

United States Senate

Washington, DC 20510-6025


January 14, 2009


Dear Senator Byrd,


In response to your letter of January 7, 2009, I am appalled by your ignorance regarding the Obama "natural born citizen" issue. You are the senior member of our Senate and of all 548 members of our government in Washington, D.C., you should be the most knowledgeable of our Constitution and its requirements. Regardless of where Obama was born, by all reported statements of fact, including Obama's own website, his father was a student from Kenya here on visa, not a US resident or citizen, and was a British citizen. His mother was an eighteen year old who under US law in 1961, could not pass citizenship to her child unless she was a US resident five years past the age of sixteen. The natural born provision of our Constitution protects our country from having the office of our President and Vice-President being held by a foreign usurper. By this, I am not accusing Obama of being a usurper. He, most likely, just happened to fall into this ineligibility situation by his circumstances; as have many other good citizens of our country. As I'm sure you must know, sometimes our laws result in unpleasant consequences for a few in order to provide for the good of the many. This is the case with the natural born provision. It appears to me that you need to review the acts of the 1st Congress, specifically the words of John Jay, our first Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, to familiarize yourself with the natural born provision of Article II of our Constitution and why it is there. Under modern thinking, can you imagine that Prince William of Great Britain could have visited our country and seduced a young woman and produced a child which he could then have provided the financial means to cause him to be elected to the highest office in our land and perhaps the most powerful position in the world. When he becomes King William, he would have a blood alliance between Great Britain and United States? Who did we fight for our independence? Why would we want to take a chance on going back?


Under the Freedom of Information Act, I am requesting that you inform me and provide documentation as to who or what agency is responsible for insuring that a person who places their name upon our election ballot for the office of President or Vice-President meets the "natural born" qualification of Article II of our Constitution.


I've seen many instances of Congress winking at our Constitution but this is the most dangerous and has aroused me to do all I can to bring it to the attention of those who are in a position to protect us from a Constitutional crisis.


As to the birth certificate issue, you enclosed a December 8, 2008 AP press release which clearly distorts the truth. This is a perfect example of the confusion caused by the mainstream media being paid to disseminate misinformation to the public. It explains to me how this situation has gotten so out of hand. The press release contains these words which you believe to be true:


"Hawaii Health Department Director Dr. Chiyome Fukino and the state's registrar of vital statistics, Alvin Onaka, say they checked health department records and have determined there is no doubt Obama was born in Hawaii."


This is an outright lie. I wrote to the governor of Hawaii. Her office sent me a link to the press release which stated:


"Therefore, I as Director of Health for the State of Hawai'i, along with the Registrar of Vital Statistics who has statutory authority to oversee and maintain these type of vital records, have personally seen and verified that the Hawai'i State Department of Health has Sen. Obama’s original birth certificate on record in accordance with state policies and procedures."


No where in this document does it state where Obama was born. Apparently you have not educated yourself on the fact that Hawaii allowed family members of/or residents to register a birth that took place outside their state within descriptions set by their law. There are some competent attorneys who think it is highly possible that this was done by Obama's mother or grandparents. When the Obama campaign refused to release his birth certificate to reporters, the public began to suspect he may not have been born in the United States. The Certificate of Live Birth which Obama released does not state the location or hospital of birth or any name of any attending doctor or midwife or any witnesses at all. It could very well be a copy provided as certification that he has a birth recorded in Hawaii and that birth could have by their law taken place outside the state. Many legal challenges are in the works. The Supreme Court still has more than one on their docket for consideration. I believe that before this issue is resolved, many of our "leaders" will be wiping egg off their faces. This will signal the end of a mainstream media already in serious trouble. I believe this will be for the good of the citizens of the US and the entire world and may be the reason God has allowed this situation to evolve.


The press release you sent me also included other statements which I beg to differ with but for the sake of brevity will not include here. The statements below are taken from the only public sources I can find as to Obama's birth. There are two public sources for two different birth sites, neither of which has been confirmed. His sister has, likewise, cited these same two different sources in two different interviews several years apart. This can only be confirmed by Obama himself and he has refused. I might add he has spent an enormous amount of money in refusing when he could just state publicly where he was born and give permission for Hawaii officials to provide confirmation as their law allows. This would settle the birth certificate issue for me and most folks without seeing the vault certificate.


Barack Obama was born at the Kapi'olani Medical Center for Women & Children in Honolulu, Hawaii




A UPI article Nov. 4, 2008 cites the following:

Obama described his birth at Queen's Medical Center in Hawaii Aug. 4, 1961


Traditionally, a presidential birthplace becomes a historic landmark. I find it unbelievable that in our modern times, we have no way to prove this historical fact for President-elect Obama. No one will even ask him to state his place of birth publicly.


Genealogy is my hobby. Until a few years ago, when younger politicians convinced our lawmakers to hide and destroy public records in the name of privacy, I was able to confirm vital records from the present back to early 1600’s. In the last few years, I have found myself blocked from important research information by new laws. This is a very dangerous situation and needs to be addressed. All vital records should be public. Study the history of why we collected this information and why it is so important for all of us.


It is my hope and prayer that you or someone will stand up and see to it that this issue is resolved before it leads to civil unrest and possibly the end of our constitutional government. Our government, based upon constitutional law, has endured and been a shining example to the world for over 230 years. I pray God's blessing for it to continue.


Respectfully submitted,

Why Is This Idea Important?

Because TRUTH is the foundation of everything. How can we follow government leaders who do not first win our trust and respect? We need our President to settle this distracting issue now! We are a UNION, we need unity to proceed.


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