Monday, July 14, 2008

Additional Correspondence Re Obama Birth Certificate

Drake suggests the following approach. We will see if it works.

PO Box 130
West Shokan, New York 12494
July 14, 2008

Dr. Chiyome L. Fukino, MD
Director of Public Health
State of Hawaii Department of Health
Honolulu, Hawaii 98601-3378

Dear Ms. Fukino:

This is an additional request for information under the Hawaii Open Records Law. As my other letter indicates, your department has broken § 338-18 by refusing to provide, as the law requires, Barack Obama’s birth certificate to every American because every American has a direct and tangible interest in seeing the information first hand.

As a result, I will request some alternative information:

1. What is the proper format of the "CERTIFICATE NO."? One certificate I have seen is formatted "### ####-######" Are all formatted this way? Are the certificate numbers ordered chronologically as certificates are issued? If so, what would be the number range for a child born in 1961

2.What is the complete list of categories under the "RACE" fields?

3.How many different formats for the certificate has the department used since 1961? Are the certificates printed on pre-formated paper (with borders and coloration already printed) or is the entire certificate (background, borders, and text) printed all at once.

4.Would the department please supply a blank template for each of the different formats it has employed since 1961? If necessary it may also note "VOID" on each such template to ensure against fraudulent use.

5.What is meant by the field label "DATE ACCEPTED BY REGISTRAR"? Has the department ever used the label "DATE ACCEPTED BY STATE REGISTRAR"? What is the difference?

6.What is the significance of the text "OHSM 1.1 (Rev.11/01) LASER" at the bottom of the form? It it the technical designation for a particular type of format/template used? If so, would the department please supply a list of all such technical designations that have been used since 1961 and indicate the templates to which they correspond?

7.How are birth certificates embossed with the state seal. Are they always embossed on the back of the certificate? Ever on the front? Are they always signed to designate official status?

8. Would the department please send a copy of the currently governing intra-departmental manual for the production and recordation of birth certificates as well as the manual in effect during 1961 if they are free of charge? If not, please advise as to the cost.


Mitchell Langbert, Ph.D.

Cc: Janice Okubo, Governor Linda Lingle

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