Monday, September 07, 2009

Letter From the Editor: Anti-Obama 'Birther Queen' Files Another Fake Birth Certificate

It's Time to 'Take Off the Gloves' and Reveal Orly Taitz's True Motivation For Her Stubborn Effort to Force Obama Out of Office: She's a Rabid Islamophobe With Backing From a Radical Jewish Extremist Group That Adamantly Insists Obama Is a Muslim and Poses a 'Dangerous Threat' to the Survival of Israel

Driven by an extremism that appears to know no bounds: In this photo taken in April, Orly Taitz (center, holding an allegedly forged document) ran through a litany of claims against President Obama in the office of Kentucky Secretary of State Trey Grayson at the state capital, Frankfort. Taitz insists that Obama is not a native-born U.S. citizen and is illegally holding the presidency in violation of the Constitution. But it's been revealed that Taitz is motivated more by extreme prejudice than by constitutional fealty: Taitz -- who holds dual U.S. and Israeli citizenship -- is rabidly anti-Muslim and has support from a radical Jewish extremist group that believes the president is a Muslim and a threat to Israel's survival. (Photo by John H. Richardson/Esquire Magazine)

(Posted 5:00 a.m. EDT Monday, September 7, 2009)


Enough is enough!

The time has come to "take off the gloves" and reveal the true motivations of Orly Taitz, the so-called "Queen of the Birther Movement" that bullheadedly insists President Obama is not a U.S. citizen and is holding the presidency illegally -- despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary.

Taitz's stubborn campaign to remove Obama from office resumed anew Friday with her filing of yet another lawsuit in a California federal court, accompanied with yet another certificate allegedly documenting the president's birth in Kenya.

But, just as in her previous lawsuit, the alleged Kenyan birth certificate of the president that Taitz filed with the court was immediately exposed as a forgery.

Her absolutely hell-bent determination to remove Obama from office despite her "evidence" against him getting shot down as fraudulent again and again and again would be laughable, were it not for her extreme prejudice in pursuing it.

That, unfortunately, has made it necessary to once and for all expose Taitz for what she is: A rabid Islamophobe who tenaciously clings to the false belief that the president is a Muslim and considers him a "dangerous threat" to the security of Israel.

That Taitz is motivated by extreme anti-Muslim hatred can no longer be ignored. In early April, Taitz -- an immigrant from the former Soviet republic of Moldova who holds dual U.S. and Israeli citizenship -- made an appearance at a gun show in Knob Creek, Kentucky, according to Esquire magazine, and unleashed a fusillade of anti-Muslim invectives against the president:

"I am extremely concerned about Obama specifically because I was born in [the] Soviet Union, so I can tell that he is extremely dangerous," the magazine quoted Taitz telling the crowd. "I believe he is the most dangerous thing one can imagine, in that he represents radical communism and radical Islam. He was born and raised in radical Islam, all of his associations are with radical Islam, and he was groomed in the environment of the dirty Chicago Mafia! Can there be anything scarier than that?"


The 'Skeeter Bites Report has subsequently learned that Taitz has support from the Jewish Task Force, a radical extremist group whose members, according to its Web site, follow the teachings of the late Rabbi Meir Kahane, founder of the militant Jewish Defense League (JDL), who later emigrated to Israel and founded the far-right extremist Kach Party.

The JTF, like Taitz, adamantly insists that President Obama is a Muslim -- despite overwhelming evidence that he is, in fact, a Christian -- and considers him a traitor to the U.S. and a direct threat to Israel. "We are opposed to Israel surrendering land for 'peace,'" the JTF declared on its Web site. "We are also opposed to Islamic terrorism, which we believe is an integral part of Islam."

The JTF regards critics of Israel in both the U.S. and Israel itself as "domestic fifth columnists who attempt to undermine America’s and Israel’s will to defend themselves and to properly fight their wars [against Islamic terrorism]," and included Obama as a "fifth columnist."

The group formed another organization, Jews Against Obama, "to expose him as being just that" and it strongly supports Taitz's efforts to oust the president from office. It has posted a highly inflammatory video online that claims Obama "wants to destroy Israel."


In 1988, Kahane's Kach Party was branded racist by the Israeli government for its rabid anti-Arab and anti-Muslim hatred and banned from the Israeli Parliament.

In 1994, during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan, Kach Party member Baruch Goldstein, an American-born immigrant, opened fire on a group of Muslim worshippers at the al-Haram al-Ibrahimi Mosque in the Palestinian city of Hebron, killing 29. Following the massacre, the Israeli government outlawed Kach as a terrorist organization.

The Anti-Defamation League, in a report on Jewish extremists, noted that while followers of Kahane -- who was assassinated in New York in 1990 -- "advocate militant Jewish nationalism as a means to protect the Jewish people, the Kahane Movement, in its 35-year history, "has demonstrated a pattern of xenophobia, anti-Arab bigotry and violence in the U.S. and Israel."

The ADL report notes that in 2001 -- exactly two months after the September 11 attacks -- JDL leader Irv Rubin and Earl Krugel, the group's former West Coast coordinator, were arrested in California just days before they planned to launch apparently retaliatory attacks. They were charged with plotting to blow up the San Clemente offices of Darrell Issa, a Lebanese-American Republican congressman; the Los Angeles offices of the Muslim Public Affairs Council and the King Fahd mosque in Culver City, south of Beverly Hills.

Rubin committed suicide while awaiting trial in November 2002. In September 2005, Krugel was sentenced to 20 years in prison for his role in the plot.


Taitz cannot practice law anywhere outside California because she never passed the bar exam and received her law degree from an online university that is not accredited. And her previous lawsuit against the president was undermined when an alleged birth certificate showing Obama's birth in Kenya was almost immediately exposed as a forgery.

Undaunted, however, Taitz went ahead with yet another lawsuit Friday in U.S. District Court in Santa Ana, California claiming yet again that the president was not born in the United States, but in Kenya.

Taitz filed as part of her new lawsuit yet another alleged birth certificate showing Obama having been born at "Coast Province General Hospital, Mombasa, British Protectorate of Kenya" on August 4, 1961.

And this time, Taitz claims to have a witness: Lucas Daniel Smith, a 29-year-old Iowan, who, according to Taitz's lawsuit, "went to Coast General Hospital in Mombasa, Kenya in February and paid 'a cash consideration' to a Kenyan military officer on duty to look the other way, while I obtained the copy of the birth certificate of Barack Hussein Obama.”


But, as was the case in her previous lawsuit, no sooner than the alleged "Kenyan" birth certificate Taitz filed in her new suit was made public, it was immediately exposed as a forgery. Even the Orange County Register, the largest newspaper in California's most staunchly conservative Republican county, cast doubt on the authenticity of the document.

In the first place, the city of Mombasa was not Kenyan territory in 1961; it was part of Zanzibar. Although the city was administered by the British under its Kenya Protectorate, Mombasa remained Zanzibari territory until it was formally ceded to Kenya in 1963 -- after Kenya won its independence from Britain.

Second, as we pointed out in a previous editorial on this matter last month, British law requires a birth certificate to bear the signatures of a newborn infant's parents in order for the certificate to be legally valid. This new alleged certificate -- as well as the previous one filed by Taitz -- do not bear the signatures of either the president's father, Barack Hussein Obama Sr. or of his mother, Stanley Ann Dunham.

Third, this new alleged "Kenyan birth certificate" lists the time of the future president's birth as 7:24 p.m. local time -- which happens to be the precise time he was born in Honolulu, Hawaii, according to a widely-distributed copy of Obama's birth certificate issued by the State of Hawaii.

Any serious student of geography can tell you that there is a 13-hour time difference between Honolulu and Mombasa. When it was 7:24 p.m. on August 4, 1961 in Honolulu, it was 8:24 a.m. the following day in Mombasa.

Hawaii state law forbids the release of birth or marriage certificates to anyone but the persons named in the documents or their immediate relatives. A copy of the president's birth certificate released by his campaign in June of last year to the nonpartisan Web site carries a date stamp of June 6, 2007 -- which the Web site noted "has bled through from the reverse side."

"It's therefore probably a copy obtained by Obama himself at that time," said's Brooks Jackson, a former correspondent for CNN. "This document should put to rest [all this] groundless speculation."

Fourth, Dunham, who, contrary to what both alleged "Kenyan birth certificates" say, kept her maiden name throughout her three-year marriage to the senior Obama -- and, in fact, did not adopt the surname of her second husband, Lolo Soetoro, until after their divorce in 1980, altering the spelling to "Sutoro."


Fifth -- and most important -- Dunham was never in Africa at the time of her son's birth. It would have been extremely dangerous for Dunham to be in Kenya in 1961. Tribal warfare between the Kikuyus and the Luos was raging in Kenya at the time of her pregnancy.

The ethnic warfare erupted in the immediate aftermath of the Mau Mau uprising against the British colonialists. There's no way that Barack Obama Sr., a Luo, would have dared to bring his pregnant, white American wife to Kenya at the time, knowing full well that her safety -- and that of their unborn son -- would have been in grave jeopardy.

There was another reason the senior Obama, a Muslim who later became an atheist, dared not bring Dunham to Kenya: He was married to three other women there -- a fact he kept secret from Dunham. It is not unusual under Muslim tradition for a man to have as many as four wives, but the senior Obama knew that would have been deeply offensive to his Christian-raised American wife. In addition, the senior Obama's marriage to Dunham was fiercely opposed by several of his Kenyan relatives at the time.

Ultimately, Dunham did learn of her husband's other marriages and filed for divorce in 1964.

There is no evidence whatsoever that Dunham ever set foot outside of the United States before 1967, when she moved to Indonesia to live with her second husband, Lolo Seotoro.


And then there is the not-so-small matter that the government of Kenya flatly denies that the U.S. president was born on its soil.

In Washington, Jon Chessoni, administration secretary of the Kenyan Embassy, told the online journal The Washington Independent last month that his office has received many questions about the president's alleged birth in Kenya, which he called "baseless."

"It’s madness," said Chessoni, pointing out that the president's father, had been out of the country when his son, the future U.S. president, was born in 1961. "When this matter first came up, the Kenyan government did its research and confirmed that these are all baseless claims," he said.

In fact, the senior Obama left Kenya in 1959 after he was awarded a scholarship from an American program offering educational opportunities to Kenyan students and did not return to his homeland until 1965. During those six years in the United States, the senior Obama was a student at University of Hawaii, where he first met Dunham in the fall of 1960.

They married in February 1961, only to separate a little over a year later. After graduating from the University of Hawaii in 1962, Obama Sr. left Hawaii for Boston -- leaving behind his wife and son -- and took graduate study courses at Harvard University before returning to Kenya three years later.


In a written declaration filed with the court as part of Taitz's lawsuit, Smith claimed that he "traveled to Kenya and Mombasa in particular with the intent to obtain the original birth certificate of Barack Hussein Obama, as I was told previously that it was on file in the hospital and under seal, due to the fact that the prime minister of Kenya Raela [SIC] Odinga is Barack Hussein Obama's cousin."

Smith's claim that Raila Odinga is the president's cousin is false. In a January 2008 BBC interview, Odinga did assert that he was the Obama's first cousin. But Obama's paternal uncle, Saiid Obama, denied any direct relation to Odinga.

In an interview with the Reuters news agency in January from the president's ancestral village of Kogelo, Saiid Obama acknowledged that "Odinga's mother came from this area" and is of the same Luo community as the Obamas, "so it is normal for us to talk about cousins," he said. But "he is not a blood relative," Saiid Obama told Reuters. Even if Odinga's claim were true and he was the president's first cousin -- the son of his uncle Saiid -- then why does the prime minister of Kenya not bear the Obama family name?

Smith continued in his declaration that "I had to pay a cash 'consideration' to a Kenyan military officer on duty to look the other way, while I obtained the copy of the birth certificate of Barack Hussein Obama."

While it's well known that corruption is widespread in Kenya, Smith incriminated himself by admitting in court that he paid a government official to "look the other way." In any country, that's a criminal offense -- bribery of a government official. That Smith admitted it in court renders this new so-called "Kenyan birth certificate" inadmissible as evidence, even if it was authentic, because it was obtained illegally.

No court in its right mind can accept evidence that was obtained by illegal means. Are Smith and Taitz really that stupid?


Now Taitz will have to defend herself against an attempt to ban her from practicing law in California -- and she's already lost a lawsuit from an erstwhile ally in the "Birther" movement.

A formal complaint has been filed with the California Bar Association against Taitz, on the grounds that she has "indiscriminately hurled charges of treason and called for an armed revolt against the federal government" -- the latter of which is a federal crime under the Smith Act of 1940, under which Taitz can be prosecuted.

Taitz is also accused of "actively recruited clients in a state where she is not licensed to practice law;" of "repeatedly disrespected judges and officers of the court;" of making "false and misleading claims in court filings" and of "not properly" accounting "for money she has raised to further her crusade."

Taitz was also sued by Philip Berg, a Pennsylvania lawyer who sought unsuccessfully to declare Obama ineligible to be president on the grounds that he is not a native-born U.S. citizen, as the Constitution requires.

Berg accused Taitz of "harassing" him and fellow plaintiffs in Berg's unsuccessful lawsuit against then-candidate Obama, which went all the way to the Supreme Court. He won a default judgement against Taitz in June after Taitz failed to respond to his lawsuit by a court-imposed deadline.

Yet despite all this, Taitz stubbornly continues her campaign to oust the president, even as others in the "Birther" movement have begun to give up, frustrated by their inability to come up with any concrete evidence to prove their claims against him. Only an extremist would continue to carry on despite having no chance whatsoever of winning.

And make no mistake, Orly Taitz is an extremist. She deserves absolutely no credibility whatsoever and we have every confidence that the courts will toss her latest lawsuit into the wastebasket, where it clearly belongs.

Skeeter Sanders
Editor & Publisher
The 'Skeeter Bites Report

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