Hawaii plane crash renews birther speculation

Birther theorists jumped on the news that Hawaii State Health Director Loretta Fuddy -- the official who approved the release of President Obama's birth certificate -- was the sole fatality in a plane crash in Hawaii Wednesday.
Posted By Gabrielle Levy  |  Updated Dec. 13, 2013 at 12:33 PM
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Dec. 13 (UPI) -- The death of a Hawaii state health director in a plane crash Wednesday reignited the so-called birther theories when it was revealed she was the official who verified the authenticity of President Barack Obama's birth certificate.

Loretta Fuddy was killed when the Makani Kai Air plane crashed off Molokai, and the pilot was able to make an emergency water landing. The pilot and the seven other passengers survived; Fuddy was the sole fatality.

Although the cause of Fuddy's death has yet to be officially determined, skeptics were quick to point to foul play on the part of the Obama administration.

Chief among them was the birther movement's most prominent member, Donald Trump.

In a bizarrely formatted statement, birther "Queen Bee" Orly Taitz seemed to take some credit in forcing the president's hand, claiming he acted out of fear of her efforts to bring lawsuits proving Obama's birth certificate was forged:

"Within hours after Attorney Orly Taitz published a press release of Johanna Ah’Nee-Randolph’s 'control' birth certificate showing the same evidence of forgery and backdating as Obama’s alleged birth certificate, which was certified as genuine by director of Health of HI Loretta Fuddy, it was announced that Loretta Fuddy was the only passenger to die in a small plane accident. Attorney Taitz calls on 8 courts and judges who received her cases to rule expeditiously on the merits and review the evidence of forgery and theft in Obama’s IDs before more people die in strange accidents."

And they're not alone. Skeptics posted their theories on Twitter, wondering if Obama was "tying up loose ends" or if Fuddy "knew something."

Obama's birth certificate was released to the public, with Fuddy's approval, in April 2011. At the time, the president acknowledged even the official record would not put to rest the the most suspicious of birthers.

"I know that there's going to be a segment of people for which, no matter what we put out, this issue will not be put to rest," he said.

And how right he was.

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