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Andy Martin says it’s time to bring down the curtain on Orly Taitz’ “birther” circus

August 6, 2009

Internet Powerhouse Andy Martin says Orly Taitz has shown she is neither a “birther” nor a “doubter;” she is a nut case and an incompetent lawyer. Martin says he may be the “Godfather” of the “birther” movement but he disassociates himself from forged documents and delusional claims.

Internet Powerhouse Andy Martin says two people created the “birther” movement; Barack Obama and Martin

Martin suggests that an Israeli dentist is destroying rational discussion over Obama’s birth certificate and says it is time to “shut down the Orly Taitz circus”

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(CHICAGO)(August 5, 2009) Two people are responsible for the “birther” movement: Barack Obama and me. As the dogged investigator, over the past five years I have researched Barack Obama’s family history, and written columns and a bestselling book raising questions about Obama’s family. I stand by all of my research.

Barack Obama, in turn, believes that toying with Americans who question his provenance benefits him. In the short run Obama might profit from the excesses of fringe elements of the birther movement; in the long run Obama is destroying his presidential legacy by playing games with the truth.

The evidence is undisputed that there have been as many imaginary and incendiary conspiracies hatched by left-wing media as there have been by right-wing conspiracy theorists. Neither the right not the left has a monopoly on crackpotism where Obama is concerned. I do not fall into either camp. From Day One my goal has been to seek the truth and find the facts; nothing more, nothing less.

In mid-August, 2008 I received a call from a Pennsylvania attorney named Philip Berg. Berg said he was planning to file a lawsuit questioning Obama’s legitimacy and he sought my advice as the recognized expert on Obama. I agreed to review his draft document.

I look a look at Berg’s complaint and realized immediately his claims were gibberish. I told Berg he should not file his lawsuit because it would be quickly dismissed and would actually help, not hurt, Obama. (That is exactly what happened.)

Berg spoke to me in terms that demonstrated psychiatric ideation and I had no further contact with him. Berg apparently made a small fortune collecting money from people who were desperate to believe anything negative about Barack Obama. Eventually I reported him as a fraud artist.

In mid-October 2008 I landed in Honolulu to investigate Obama’s past and began to assemble a team. We were the first investigators to look into Obama’s past. The meathead media had completely ignored Hawai’i. (I am happy to report a film we produced in is final production, finally, and will be available shortly. Patience please. We do not have the financial resources of a movie studio.)

While in Hawai’i, I filed a lawsuit in the local state courts seeking access to Barack Obama’s original, typewritten 1961 birth certificate. Obama was promoting a computerized, laser-printed document as a “copy” of his original certificate. Obviously the modern database output was not a “copy” anything but the limited information in the database itself.

Although a trial judge disagreed with my interpretation of Hawai’i law, my case is still pending both in the trial court and in the Hawai’i Supreme Court. (Litigation ain’t beanbag, and confusion and delay are staples of every court system everywhere.)

I have every expectation that my legal claims are meritorious.
My lawsuit simply claims that scholars and archivists have a right to see original Hawai’i documents. No one who writes a book or does historical research does so without seeking access to the original material. Two thousand years after Jesus, people still search for original “scrolls” and texts to analyze. Before computers, we used to call these “ribbon” copies because they were typed on a typewriter (or tablet).

On February 8, 2007 I also raised the question of Obama’s citizenship at birth. Obama was born a dual national because his father was British. Obama initially denied and subsequently admitted I was correct.

Throughout all of the attacks that Obama and his media darlings directed at me, I stood fast because my fundamental factual claims were correct. Indeed during the 2008 campaign, I was the only “opponent” that Obama attacked in national television, because I was the only writer who was raising serious questions about him and presenting them in a coherent manner on television (click on Part Two):


In 2009, I am still working on the Hawai’i birth certificate lawsuit, and Obama is still concealing access to the original “ribbon” copy. Likewise he has placed a cordon sanitaire around his college materials.

In April, 2009 I convened a National Conference on Barack Obama’s Missing Birth Certificate and college records. I also believe that Obama is being disingenuous about his college files because he is concealing something. What he is concealing, I am not sure. Why won’t he make his records public? He is sitting in the White House as our president, and his college activity is a natural target of scholarly research and popular authors.

Enter Orly Taitz.

I am not quite sure when Orly Taitz popped up. Ms. Taitz was born in the former Soviet Union, now Moldova, and became a dentist in Israel. She eventually ended up in California (doesn’t everyone?) where she obtained a “law degree.”

California is one of a handful of states that still permits unapproved “law schools” to confer law degrees. These institutions are a relic of the past when most lawyers interned with practicing lawyers and “read” law in law offices. Despite the fact that the “law” has become incredibly complex, California persists in licensing unqualified and incompetent lawyers such as Taitz.

One of Taitz’ first crusades was the allegation that the U. S. Supreme Court was conspiring to deny “birthers” review of their claims. (That argument was also a profitable cash machine for Phil Berg.) As I pointed out, most of the birther lawsuits were untimely, poorly drafted and lacked adequate legal “standing” to proceed. Ironically, birther “conservatives” believed that “conservative judges” on the Supreme Court would attack Obama. The reality is that a judge’s loyalty is first to his or her institution, not to a “cause.”

Taitz continued to spin conspiracy theories.

Recently she made claims about a California lawsuit she had filed. For the first time, I actually downloaded one of her legal documents. The arguments she made were gibberish. Her writing was incoherent and her presentation was nonsense. Taitz has no experience as a federal litigator. Her legal education was clearly deficient. Other than obtaining a degree” from a Cracker Jack box “law school,” she has no relevant legal experience. Yet she was wading into the most complex legal questions imaginable. Taitz substituted conspiracies for her lack of knowledge or competence.

I have been biting my lip because it looks bad for me, as someone who has my own lawsuit pending, to denigrate another lawyer’s filing. But in the past several weeks, Taitz has become intoxicated with her own nonsense. Last month she issued a release that said a federal judge had agreed to hear her case. The judge had “agreed” to no such thing. He had merely agreed to proceed with motions. Was Taitz the victim of her broken English? Or was she misleading the public? Or was she a nut? You be the judge. Her claims about the court’s action were incorrect.

The leftist media love Taitz. She is increasingly acting like a crackpot; what’s not to like for the leftist media, portraying her as the “Queen” of a “crackpot movement.” What could better serve the left than a right-wing nut with an accent, spinning out-of-control conspiracy theories and becoming increasingly oppositional and paranoid.

It is time for the “father” of the birther movement, me, to exercise some parental discipline. Orly is being grounded.

The Orly Taitz circus must be shut down.

First, Taitz is professionally incompetent. She is a dentist with a questionable law degree. She knows as much about law as I know about filling teeth (because she was trained in Israel, I assume she is an excellent dentist; but who knows?).

Second, most of Taitz’ conspiracy claims originate in disinformation. I don’t know who creates all of this disinformation, but I have a strong suspicion.

Third, Taitz exercises no professional discipline, and manifests professional incompetence, by filing claims and documents with courts when these claims and documents have no arguable validity.

Finally, Taitz has now turned on the media that are using her; she accuses people such as David Shuster (who is a distant relative of some sort of a close friend of mine) of being proto-Nazis. Enough. Taitz’ latest performance on MSNBC is an embarrassment to birthers, perhaps even to lawyers, since she is a licensed California attorney.

Here are the unavoidable factual issues, and the legal basis for the birther movement to move forward if it is able to disentangle itself from Orly Taitz and her crackpot behavior.

First, although I have not physically seen the “Kenyan birth certificate” (“KBC”) (and birthers have attacked me for “commenting without seeing”), the likelihood is that the KBC is a forgery. Who forged that document is a legitimate avenue of inquiry. Ironically, by inadvertently filing her forged document in a federal court, Taitz created FBI jurisdiction for a criminal investigation of the KBC.

Second, Obama is in fact concealing his college records from Occidental College, Columbia College and Harvard law school. I received an e-mail a few hours ago claiming the Occidental records had been released; those “records” were another hoax.

Third, Obama is still concealing his original, typewritten 1961 Hawai’i birth certificate and everyone—even meathead media-agree and admit that the original document has on it information which is not contained on the laser-printed database output Obama offers as a “copy” of the typewritten 1961 original. As a published author who is writing a second book on Obama, I am pursuing access to that historical record in the Hawai’i courts.

In April, 2009 I convened a National Conference on Barack Obama’s Missing Birth Certificate and college records. I believe that Obama is also being disingenuous about his college files because he is concealing something. What he is concealing, I am not sure. Why won’t he make his records public? He is sitting in the White House as our president, and his college activity is a natural topic for scholarly research and popular authors.

The Conference was recorded and the expectation was that it conference would be on the internet in short order. The tape appears to have been stolen, and I am seeking to recover it. I apologize for this confusion. I believed the conference provided a very valuable oversight of all of the issues which trouble birthers. I apologize for trusting someone who is apparently dishonest to edit the tape. Legal action is imminent.

I would like to convene a second birth certificate conference (see for background on the original) and I am going to start raising funds to cover the cost of the conference. This time I will maintain custody of the tapes myself, so they are not stolen. Because of my political campaign, the conference probably will not be convened until December.

The media have concocted the term “birther” to disparage Americans who have reasonable doubts about Barack Obama’s eligibility to be president.

I originally scoffed at the “natural born citizen” language of the Constitution, and I stated at the April conference that I do not believe a modern court would bar Obama from eligibility. But there is language in old case law from which an argument can be crafted that Obama in fact does not meet the constitutional test. His father was indisputably not an American citizen.

There is a great deal more gibberish out there about Obama, and many more seeds of doubt about who he really is. We are witnessing a historical dance of death. Obama has created these gaps both by his lies and distortions, and by his concealment. Despite media ridicule, public concern is not going to go away. The “birther movement,” is not going to disappear because at its core it presents legitimate doubts about who Barack Obama really is.

In fact, as soon as the crackpots such as Taitz are silenced, the birther movement will gain renewed energy. Why is Obama hiding his college files? Why is he obstructing access to his 1961 Hawai’i original? Who paid for Obama’s law school? Was it Khalid Al-Mansour? These are completely legitimate questions that are being obscured by Taitz’ histrionics. There are many more legitimate questions that scholars and authors can and will continue to ask about Obama in the days, weeks, months and years ahead.

Orly Taitz has become an impediment to reasoned discussion concerning the gaps in Obama’s family and personal history. It is time for responsible birthers to shut down her circus before she does further damage to the legitimate cause of historical inquiry. It is time for Orly to go back to filling teeth instead of claiming she is tryign to fill in the blanks in Obama’s resume. She is not professionally competent to do so.

Orly Taitz has become the left-wing media’s favorite birther for a reason. Taitz is a nut case even if the investigation she claims to be pursuing has limited but legitimate grounds to proceed.

Footnote: in what must be some in of perverse justice, Taitz and Berg are suing each other. I do my own independent research for a reason. I can keep my distance from the Taitz’ and Bergs out there.

[To be continued}
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One Comment
  1. Yes, the Kenyan Birth Certificate that Dr. Taitz submitted is an obvious fraud. In fact, the source document for the forgery came from an Australian birth certificate.

    It has always amazed me at how well Obama has thrown that Birth Certificate red-herring out there. I don’t need to see his original vault birth certificate to know that he was born with dual citizenship—which is exactly what Our Founding Fathers were trying to prevent in Article II, Section 1…

    However, by carefully hiding his vault Birth Certificate and other documents, he has managed to successfully control and distract the general public from the 800 pound gorilla in the room – his dual-citizenship at birth…


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