Despite the defeat of Orly Taitz, the birther movement remains alive and well, and now there’s a new claim circulating as detailed in an article over at Birther Central, otherwise known as WorldNetDaily:
A college instructor who worked as senior elections clerk for the city and county of Honolulu in 2008 is making the stunning claim Barack Obama was definitely not born in Hawaii as the White House maintains, and that a long-form, hospital-generated birth certificate for Obama does not even exist in the Aloha State.
“There is no birth certificate,” said Tim Adams, a graduate assistant who teaches English at Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green, Ky. “It’s like an open secret. There isn’t one. Everyone in the government there knows this.”
Adams, who says he’s a Hillary Clinton supporter who ended up voting for John McCain when Clinton lost the Democratic nomination to Obama, told WND, “I managed the absentee-ballot office. It was my job to verify the voters’ identity.”
He says during the 2008 campaign when the issue of Obama’s constitutional eligibility first arose, the elections office was inundated with requests to verify the birthplace of the U.S. senator from Illinois.
“I had direct access to the Social Security database, the national crime computer, state driver’s license information, international passport information, basically just about anything you can imagine to get someone’s identity,” Adams explained. “I could look up what bank your home mortgage was in. I was informed by my boss that we did not have a birth record [for Obama].”
Here’s video of the interview where Adams makes his claims:
Now, it should be noted that the show on which this revelation was made is linked to and promoted by Stormfront.org (no link from me, guys), a white supremacist group), so that alone should raise a ton of red flags.
As Oh, For Goodness Sakes detailed with their meticulous research, though, Adams’s claimed employment with the City of Honolulu was much less than he claimed them to be:
Tim Adams would have seen no presidential ballots, which wouldn’t even have been printed yet, or overseen the work of anyone who did, since three months before the November 4, 2008 general election, Adams was no longer employed in that office. No ballot for Obama himself would have been processed in Hawaii, as he was not registered to vote in Hawaii, but in Illinois, where he did vote. So for what earthly reason would his personal data be available to people in this office? Unless they were breaking privacy laws left and right, just for the hell of it, which we know can happen, and snooping in the Department of Health database, which I don’t imagine was any easier then than it is now.
He also gets more specific:
I had direct access to the Social Security database, the national crime computer, state driver’s license information, international passport information, basically just about anything you can imagine to get someone’s identity,” Adams explained. “I could look up what bank your home mortgage was in. I was informed by my boss that we did not have a birth record [for Obama].
But his boss wouldn’t have access, either:
However, when WND asked Takahashi if the elections office could check on birth records, he said, “We don’t have access to that kind of records. [There's] no access to birth records.”
Moreover, in the week since the story broke, Adams himself has backed away from the claims he made in the radio interview:
Thank you for the Email. Actually I believe God has a sense of humor, because I thought these notions were pretty well common and not very important. I was actually just in Nashville, observing a conservative political conference, I’m not a member of any kind of group, and too liberal for these guys, when James Edwards, the host of the Political Cesspool, heard about me from someone and asked if I would simply state what I had observed and been told while working in Hawaii. I believe Pres. Obama was born a United States citizen, and is eligible to hold office, I find the idea that because he was probably born outside of the U.S., he must be some kind of alien to be basically racist. I do think we should close this issue and pass legislation requiring office seekers to prove identity before running for elected office.
Thanks for the kind inquiry
So that, it seems is the end of that.