The Hawaii State House Judiciary Committee heard a bill Tuesday that would permit the government to release the vault copy of President Obama’s certified birth certificate… at least, that’s the what they should have heard. Instead, they heard a bill that would permit the government to ignore requests from concerned citizens for copies of the controversial document, according to the Associated Press.
"Do we really want to be known internationally as the Legislature that blocked any inquiries into where President Obama was born?" asked Rep. Cynthia Thielen, R-Kaneohe-Kailua. "When people want to get more information, the way to fuel that fire is to say, 'We're now going to draw down a veil of secrecy.'"
The AP story claims that Hawaii’s Health Director Dr. Chiyome Fukino released statements last year that she’s, “seen vital records that prove Obama is a natural-born American citizen.” This statement is quite simply false.
The AP’s own previous reporting on the story from October 2008, shows Ms Fukino only verified that the birth certificate is on file, nothing more and something which was not in dispute. In fact, we know Dr. Fukino did not actually see Obama's birth certificate, because, as she stated at the time, "[Hawaii] law bars release of a certified birth certificate to ANYONE who does not have a tangible interest."
So once again concerned citizens are left to wonder why. Why won’t Obama just authorize the release of the vault copy of his birth certificate? Why have federal courts ruled citizens have no standing to enforce provisions of the constitution? Why have federal courts claimed they also lack the authority to enforce provisions of the constitution? And now, why would the Hawaii legislature make a law to authorize the ignoring of document requests from citizens when they could just as easily pass a law to authorize the release of those documents, an act which would not only reduce the number of requests, but would bring the entire controversy to an end?