Report from Honolulu, Part One: Barack Obama Documents and Lawsuits
Internet Powerhouse Andy Martin begins his reporting on developments in Hawai’i with a discussion of pending lawsuits and negotiations to release Hawai’i’s records on Barack Obama. Tuesday Martin reports on his upcoming movie “Obama: The Hawai’i Years,” and its impact on public perceptions about Obama’s family history.
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
REPORT FROM HONOLULU, PART ONE: DOCUMENTS AND LAWSUITS
(NEW YORK)(May 18, 2009)
This my first of two reports on our recently concluded investigative trip to Honolulu. Thanks to all of you, the effort was a major success. As the only Obama investigator/critic who has made multiple trips to Hawai’i I can assure you there is no substitute for on-the-scene experience.
Today I will report on the progress of litigation and documents. Tomorrow in Part Two of my Report From Honolulu I will discuss the way your support and our activity in Hawai’i is changing the perception of Barack Obama’s family history.
In March, thanks to the generous underwriting of a contributor, we paid the State of Hawai’i almost $600 for freedom-of-information documents from Hawai’i state records. (In Hawai’i, the freedom-of-information statute is called the “Uniform Information Practices Act.”)
We received nothing from the Hawai’i Attorney General. In addition, materials we received from the Governor’s office were grossly incomplete. (Check our blogs for the details of our final demands for records; we posted the full correspondence.)
Last week we were within hours of suing the Governor and Attorney General for obstruction of justice under federal law, as well as local state remedies, when the Attorney General’s office called and requested a conference. We met in a civil atmosphere.
The AG’s office promised in writing to start providing documents in two weeks. Since that time frame was shorter than results from a new lawsuit, we held off filing suit. The threat of a lawsuit obviously precipitated the agreement. We have a letter in writing from the AG (copy available on request by fax).
We have advised the AG that if the document production is insufficient, or overly broad privileges are claimed, we will go back to court. We have already sued the state once, and we are prepared to do so again if necessary. I told the AG very candidly that we are interested in historical records, not litigation; but if litigation is forced upon us, we know how to sue in the local Hawai’i courts.
I also attended the investiture of a new Hawai’i Supreme Court justice in the Supreme Court’s chambers. If time permits I will try to offer some comments on that event.
Finally, on May 24th our brief is due in the Hawai’i Intermediate Court of Appeals in our appeal seeking access to Barack Obama’s original, typewritten 1961 birth certificate.
Although there has been a relentless hubbub and commotion about Obama’s birth certificate, very surprisingly I am the only person who has ever filed a lawsuit in the proper court against the proper officials seeking access to the original BC. The BC is in the custody of Hawai’i officials. The Hawai’i courts are the only forum with primary jurisdiction over the BC. Why am I alone in suing there?
The bottom line: we are aggressively pursuing historical records in Hawai’i archives concerning Barack Obama’s birth.
Ironically, although we are the first to sue for these documents in Hawai’i, no other author can claim to have conducted proper research unless he or she has also sought access. David Maraniss of the Washington Post, for example, is also doing an Obama biography and working in Hawai’i. How can Maraniss claim authoritativeness without access to the 1961 ribbon copy of the BC? How can any writer?
Thus, in seeking access to Hawai’i records, we are the original and established guardians of the truth, and only the truth. I can’t promise you we will win the first lawsuit, or the second case if one is necessary, but I can promise you we are in there fighting for the facts.
Tomorrow: How the upcoming movie “Obama: The Hawai’i years” is changing the dynamic of Barack Obama’s family history.
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Andy Martin is a legendary Chicago muckraker, author, Internet columnist, radio talk show host, broadcaster and media critic. He has over forty years of broadcasting background in radio and television and is the dean of Illinois media and communications. He is currently promoting his best-selling book, Obama: The Man Behind The Mask and producing the new Internet movie “Obama: The Hawai’i years.” Andy is the Executive Editor and publisher of http://www.ContrarianCommentary.com.
Martin comments on regional, national and world events with more than four decades of experience. He holds a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Illinois College of Law and is a former adjunct professor of law at the City University of New York. He is an announced candidate for Barack Obama’s former U. S. Senate seat.
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