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article imageHawaii cites privacy laws in not releasing Obama birth records

By Michael Krebs     Jan 23, 2011 in Politics
After a public inquiry by Hawaii's Democratic Governor Neil Abercrombie to release President Obama's birth certificate, Hawaii's attorney general says the records are protected under state privacy laws.
Hawaii's Democratic Governor Neil Abercrombie has been on a mission to set the record straight on the legitimacy of the Obama presidency - by publicly attempting to squash any concerns that have been raised by so-called "birther" groups on whether or not President Obama was born in the United States.
The issue is an emotional one among supporters and critics of President Obama, but the official document - a full birth certificate - has yet to be produced by the White House, furthering the conspiracy theories raised by "birther" voices.
Hawaii's State Attorney General David Louie gave more volume to those "birther" voices on Saturday after he refused to release President Obama's birth certificate documents on privacy grounds. Louie told Governor Abercrombie that the documents could not be released without the consent of President Obama, even though Mr. Obama is a public figure and his legitimate appointment to the US presidency is dependent on proof that he was born in the United States.
"No person except a natural born citizen, or a citizen of the United States, at the time of the adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the office of President; neither shall any person be eligible to that office who shall not have attained to the age of thirty five years, and been fourteen Years a resident within the United States. Article II, Section 1," Birthers.org posted on their web site, citing the US Constitution.
"There is nothing more that Gov. Abercrombie can do within the law to produce a document," Donalyn Dela Cruz, Abercrombie's spokesperson told the Associated Press on Saturday. "Unfortunately, there are conspirators who will continue to question the citizenship of our president."
It was unclear whether or not President Obama would provide the consent necessary to release the full birth certificate documents.
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