Kenya 'birth certificate' said to be fake

Aug. 4, 2009 at 10:10 PM
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MISSION VIEJO, Calif., Aug. 4 (UPI) -- A birth certificate a California lawyer claims shows President Barack Obama is not a natural-born U.S. citizen is a fake, a blogger says.

In a post on the Web site, Steve Eddy of California said he discovered through an online search that the document released by "birther" Orly Taitz was a doctored version of the birth certificate for David Jeffrey Bomford, born in South Australia in April 1959, reported Tuesday.

Salon reported that Taitz responded by saying, "Obama's thugs in mainstream media came up with this Bomford report in order to stop my efforts in exposing and prosecuting Obama."

Taitz, of Mission Viejo, Calif., filed a motion over the weekend for quick action on her lawsuit challenging Obama's citizenship, The Orange County Register reported. She acknowledged the purported Kenyan document might be a forgery and asked U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to request verification from the Kenyan government.

"There are no ready means of authentication except by recovery of the original document," she said in her filing. "It is also apparent ... that political pressure may be brought to bear to destroy all relevant evidence, whether such evidence exists within or outside the borders of the United States of America."

Proof that Obama was born in Hawaii includes his birth certificate there, statements of Hawaiian officials and a birth notice in a Honolulu newspaper.

Taitz's document, described as a certified copy, says Obama was born Aug. 4, 1961, in a hospital in Mombasa. The document is dated Feb. 17, 1964, and stamped Republic of Kenya.

Media Matters for America, a Democratic-leaning watchdog group, noted that Kenya did not become a Republic until later in 1964.

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