ED NOTE: And to return the favor, Hawaii Democrats are providing a bill which is guaranteed to fuel the birther conspiracy mongers. This pleases Obama immensely because birtherism is a conspiracy theory foisted on conservatives by Democrat 9-11 trooothers whose goal is to divert opposition to Obama into dead end conspiracism. This AP Article appears on Drudge Report and in dozens of mainland news papers, but is nowhere in Hawaii’s so-called media.
UPDATE: Conspiracy is Not the Case: 50th District Representative Cynthia Thielen Does Not Support "Birthers’" Conspiracy Theory
HONOLULU - Yesterday, SB2937, Relating to Information Practices, was heard before the Judiciary Committee. In a recent article by Mark Niesse, Associated Press, Representative Cynthia Thielen was quoted as saying "Do we really want to be known internationally as the Legislature that blocked any inquiries into where President Obama was born? 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.'"
"What Mr. Niesse omitted was my quick statement that I do not believe in the 'birthers’' claims of a conspiracy regarding President Barack Obama's citizenship," the Representative said. "I do believe that government records should be public, except where there is a privacy right to-know such as with birth certificates."
Hawaii considering law to ignore Obama 'birthers'
Mar 17, 1:48 AM (ET) By MARK NIESSE
HONOLULU (AP) - Birthers beware: Hawaii may start ignoring your repeated requests for proof that President Barack Obama was born here.
As the state continues to receive e-mails seeking Obama's birth certificate, the state House Judiciary Committee heard a bill Tuesday permitting government officials to ignore people who won't give up.
"Sometimes we may be dealing with a cohort of people who believe lack of evidence is evidence of a conspiracy," said Lorrin Kim, chief of the Hawaii Department of Health's Office of Planning, Policy and Program Development.
So-called "birthers" claim Obama is ineligible to be president because, they argue, he was actually born outside the United States, and therefore doesn't meet a constitutional requirement for being president.
Hawaii Health Director Dr. Chiyome Fukino issued statements last year and in October 2008 saying that she's seen vital records that prove Obama is a natural-born American citizen.
But the state still gets between 10 and 20 e-mails seeking verification of Obama's birth each week, most of them from outside Hawaii, Kim said Tuesday.
A few of these requesters continue to pepper the Health Department with the same letters seeking the same information, even after they're told state law bars release of a certified birth certificate to anyone who does not have a tangible interest. Responding wastes time and money, Kim said.
Both Fukino and the state registrar of vital statistics have verified that the Health Department holds Obama's original birth certificate.
The issue coincides with Sunshine Week, when news organizations promote open government and freedom of information.
"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.'" (Which is precisely why Hawaii Democrats are doing this—to fuel the fire.)
Nobody at the hearing questioned the fact that the president was born in Hawaii.
Attorney Peter Fritz asked why the state would pass a law punishing repetitive requests for open records. Instead, the state could simply say it would only answer each person's question once.
If the measure passed, the state Office of Information Practices could declare an individual a "vexatious requester" and restrict rights to government records for two years.
The committee will schedule a vote on the measure, said Chairman Jon Riki Karamatsu, D-Waipahu-Waikele.
The measure is SB2937.
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