As outlined in other posts (here), Mr. Philip A. Berg alleges, in his lawsuit against Obama, that "[A]s posted all over the internet, three (3) independent Document Forensic Experts performed extensive Forensic testing on the Certificate of Live Birth posted on Obama's campaign website. The Forensic Expert findings were the Certificate of Live Birth (COLB) was in fact a forgery." (Note: Berg's complaint has been dismissed, but he is appealing in both the Third Circuit and the Supreme Court. See here for current status of his appeals.)
We are providing special pages for each of the self-identified experts and their findings. Thus, we include here the information we have located to date which indicates that, in fact, the COLB reflecting Obama's Hawaii Birth (and published on the Obama campaign website) is authentic.
(Note: If you are aware of additional evidence, that either supports or refuts the allegations, please submit it through a Comment, and we will update this information accordingly! Thank you!)
12/30 Update: Information re: Hawaii DOH statements updated per recently received links/info.
11/3 Update: We have received information that calls into doubt the veracity of a report regarding a VA lawsuit and, therefore, have removed striking through it pending confirmation.
Oct. 30 Update: Virginia Board of Elections reportedly submits "original" COLB to Virginia Court.
|Documentation the COLB Reflecting Obama's Hawaii Birth is authentic|
|The following reports indicate that Obama's COLB, reflecting that he was born in Hawaii, is authentic:|
|The Hawaii Department of Health Confirms that Obama Was Born in Hawaii, as Reflected on Original Birth Certificate|
|On October 31, Dr. Chiyome Fukino, Director of the Hawaii Department of Health released the following press release:
On November 3, the Chicago Tribune's Swamp reported that Ms. Okubo (Health Department Spokeswoman, per the Press Release) confirmed in both e-mail and telephone interviews that Obama was born in Hawaii:
Obama Hawaiian-born: Citizen for sure, The Swamp/Chicago Tribune, November 3, 2008.
See also, e.g., Officials Verify Birth Certificate of Obama, Star-Bulletin, Nov. 1, 2008 ("The state health director said yesterday she has personally seen and verified Sen. Barack Obama's original birth certificate in an effort to address numerous requests for the document...."); Hawaii Officials Declare Obama Birth Certificate Genuine, Honolulu Advertiser, Oct. 31, 2008: "State officials say there's no doubt Barack Obama was born in Hawai'i. Health Department Director Dr. Chiyome Fukino said today she and the registrar of vital statistics, Alvin Onaka, have personally verified that the health department holds Obama's original birth certificate."); Obama's Certificate of Birth OK, State Says; Health Director Issues Voucher in Response to 'Ridiculous' Barrage, Honolulu Advertiser, Nov. 1, 2008 (""This has gotten ridiculous," state health director Dr. Chiyome Fukino said yesterday. "There are plenty of other, important things to focus on, like the economy, taxes, energy." So, in what likely will be a vain attempt to halt the inquiries, Fukino yesterday issued a statement saying that she and the registrar of vital statistics personally inspected Obama's birth certificate and found it to be valid. Will this be enough to quiet the doubters? "I hope so," Fukino said. "We need to get some work done." Fukino issued her statement to try to stomp out persistent rumors that Obama was not born in Honolulu -- and is therefore not a U.S. citizen and thus ineligible to run for president.")
|The Hawaii Department of Health Confirms that the COLB is "A Valid Hawaii State Birth Certificate"|
As reported by Amy Hollyfield of PolitiFact,
See "Obama's birth certificate: Final chapter," PolitiFact.com (Jun. 27, 2008) (emphasis added). About PolitiFact. See also "Lawsuit questions Obama's eligibility for office," Washington Times, Aug. 28, 2008, which reported as follows:
|The Sunday Advertisor Published Obama's Birth Announcement in August 1961|
A Honolulu, Hawaii newspaper (apparently, the "Sunday Advertiser") published an announcement of Obama's borth on August 13, 1961 - six days after his birth. See here and here. Also available here and here.
10/27 Update: The Honolulu Sunday Advertiser requires proof, via official state-issued birth certificate before printing a birth announcement. See here ("IMPORTANT: You must attach a photocopy of your baby s official state-issued birth certificate; we cannot print your announcement without it."). We are awaiting written confirmation, but have received verbal confirmation that the practice in 1961 was to report on births based on Health Bureau Statistics only.
|The (Hawaii) Star Bulletin Published Obama's Birth Announcement in August 1961|
|10/21 Update: Thanks to a reader tip, we have located the copy of the reported Star-Bulletin announcement. See announcement here. Also available here.
Source of annoucement: In posting that annoucement, the user stated as follows:
See here (requires registration).
10/27 Update: The Star-Bulletin prints birth announcements directly from the Health Department records. See here ("Each Sunday, the Star-Bulletin publishes Oahu vital statistics for marriage licenses and birth certificates filed with the state Department of Health's Vital Statistics System.") We are awaiting written confirmation, but have received oral confirmation that this practice was in place in 1961.
|WorldNetDaily reports that the birth certificate is authentic.|
The WorldNetDaily has also investigated the claim. WND (a) found the document to be authentic; (b) uncovered forgeries and alterations made by the purported "experts":
See "Democrat sues Sen. Obama over 'fraudulent candidacy'; Lawsuit disputing U.S. citizenship based in part on discredited claims," World Net Daily (Aug. 23, 2008) (emphasis added).
Given that WorldNetDaily is the publication for whom Jerome Corsi reports, it defies credibility to argue that that organization is any sort of "pro-Obama" tool. (Jerome Corsi is the person who wrote the widely-discredited anti-Obama book, The Obama Nation. See sources cited in Wikipedia* for more information regarding Mr. Corsi's politics and past publications. See also Important Note re: Wikipedia.
|Factcheck.org reports that the birth certificate is authentic.|
See Born in the U.S.A., Factcheck.org (Aug. 21, 2008, Updated: Aug 26, 2008; Updated Nov. 1, 2008).
While some of those perpetuating the forgery allegation discount Factcheck.org as biased, we note two points: