Skip to comments.TerriK Investigation Part3: Hawaii AG Mark Bennett Approved Fukino’s Natural-Born Citizen Statement
Posted on 10/01/2009 12:06:32 PM PDT by STARWISE
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TerriK INVESTIGATION, Part 3: Hawaii AG Mark Bennett Approved Fukinos Natural-Born Citizen Statement; All Records Should Be Made Public According To Law.
Hawaii Department of Health Director Chiyome Fukinos press release of July 27, 2009 was a public statement. The UIPA (Hawaii open records law) at 92F-12(a)(15) states:
§92F-12 Disclosure required. (a) Any other provision in this chapter to the contrary notwithstanding, each agency shall make available for public inspection and duplication during regular business hours:
(15) Information collected and maintained for the purpose of making information available to the general public;
Fukinos July 27th press release stated:
I, Dr. Chiyome Fukino, Director of the Hawai‛i State Department of Health, have seen the original vital records maintained on file by the Hawaii State Department of Health verifying Barack Hussein Obama was born in Hawaii and is a natural-born American citizen. I have nothing further to add to this statement or my original statement issued in October 2008 over eight months ago.
There were two very important pieces of information made available to the public in the above statement:
- Obama was born in Hawaii
- Obama is a natural-born American citizen
It cannot be disputed that this information was made available to the public. Therefore, under 92F-12(a)(15), all Information collected and maintained for the purpose of making the July 27th statement available to the public must be disclosed.
TerriK locked onto 92F-12(a)(15) and applied it to the July 27th press release by requesting all relevant records thereto. It was a very intelligent and savvy analysis, especially for a lay person. I tend to believe the application of this provision was overlooked by Hawaii officials and this will be the game changer leading to full disclosure.
Everything specifically listed in section 92F-12 is required by law to be made public. There is no discretion involved. Furthermore, no other provision of the UIPA may work as an exception to the mandatory disclosure mandated by 92F-12. Therefore, none of the exceptions listed in 92F-13 to the UIPAs general rule of disclosure are applicable.
The only exceptions to mandatory disclosure of records listed in 92F-12(a)(15) are confidentiality laws listed in other chapters of the Hawaii Revised Statutes. This would specifically include Haw. Rev.Stat. 338-18 which makes vital records maintained by the DoH confidential.
As to Fukinos July 27th press release, 92F-12(a)(15) and 338-18 may be in conflict as to disclosure of Obamas vital records. The resolution of this potential conflict will be the subject matter of Part 4 of this report where we will comprehensively analyze whether vital records viewed by Fukino in making her July 27th statement must be disclosed.
I will tell you in advance that when such a conflict exists, the law requires that authorities give effect to both provisions where possible as repeal by implication is disfavored. OIP OP. Ltr. No. 00-02 citing Mahiai c. Suwa 69 Haw. 349, 356-57 (1987). My conclusion stated in advance of Part 4 is that those vital records must be disclosed.
That being said, this section of the report will be limited to issue of which records must be disclosed by the DoH, the Hawaii Attorney General, and any other official state or federal pertaining to the definition of the term natural-born American citizen as used by Fukino in her July 27th, 2009 press release.
NEW UIPA REQUESTS
Unfortunately, TerriKs requests for records on this issue were very broad. This doesnt mean they shouldnt have yielded some disclosure. But the DoH seized on the broadness and issued a very confusing response which did not exactly conform to the OIP administrative rules.
Therefore, I have begun the process of making very specific UIPA requests on my own behalf for the records discussed. Other researchers I am in touch with are doing the same. Below is comprehensive legal analysis which strongly indicates full disclosure must be provided.
HAWAII ATTORNEY GENERAL MARK BENNETT APPROVED FUKINOS JULY 27th PRESS RELEASE.
Justin Riggs sent the following email to DoH Communications Director Janice Okubo on July 29, 2009:
From: Justin Riggs [email address redacted] Date: Wed, Jul 29, 2009 at 12:03 PM To: firstname.lastname@example.org, [redacted other recipient]
Ms. Okubo, I am currently a masters degree candidate at
The reason that I am contacting your organizations is that you are, as far as I can tell from my research, the only two groups that have openly stated that President Obama is a natural born citizen (one of the Article II, Section I qualifications for being President). I would like to document how you came to that conclusion: i.e. what the criteria is for your organization, what evidence the candidate provides, etc.
I thank you for your time, and look forward to receiving a response in the near future.
Justin W. Riggs
Janice Okubo responded later that day:
From: Okubo, Janice S.. Date: Wed, Jul 29, 2009 at 12:20 PM To: Justin Riggs [email address redacted]
The statement was reviewed and approved by our Attorney General Mark Bennett. I am unable to provide further comment.
Janice Okubo Communications Office Hawaii State Department of Health
So, we know that Hawaii Attorney General Mark Bennet reviewed and approved Fukinos July 27th press release. Bennet may have prepared the entire press release or perhaps just the natural-born part. We dont know. Okubo states that she is unable to provide further comment, so the rest is a mystery at this point. But we certainly have another public statement here which makes information available to the public.
The public is therefore entitled to all records maintained by Hawaii officials which pertain to this July 29th statement by Okubo. For example, any emails between Okubo and AG Bennett, between Okubo and Fukino, between Bennett and Fukino, Governor Lingle, etc. which guided Okubos statement to Justin Riggs must be disclosed along with memos, letters, transcripts, video and telephonic conference recordings and any other records maintained thereto.
The same goes for any records maintained documenting dialogue between Hawaii officials and federal officials as to this issue.
But more important is that all of the above records pertaining to Fukinos July 27th press release must also be disclosed.
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Leo and TerriK! Any analysis by FR’ers? So the HI AG is involved?
“The public is therefore entitled to all records maintained by Hawaii officials which pertain to this July 29th statement by Okubo. For example, any emails between Okubo and AG Bennett, between Okubo and Fukino, between Bennett and Fukino, Governor Lingle, etc. which guided Okubos statement to Justin Riggs must be disclosed along with memos, letters, transcripts, video and telephonic conference recordings and any other records maintained thereto.
The same goes for any records maintained documenting dialogue between Hawaii officials and federal officials as to this issue.”
When Leo gives the signal - every conservative and conservative lawyer should send letters demanding the documents. Retired attorneys and former JAG officers should be all over this.
Hawaii - we want the documents now!
We’ll need a court order.
Janice Okubo, State of Hawaii's Department of Health, Director of Communications
Dr. Alvin Onaka, Dr. Alvin Onaka, State of Hawaii Chief of Vital Records Office
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By taking official agency notice of Obamas vital records and issuing an official opinion as to his Presidential eligibility, Fukinos actions fall under the law of the agency pursuant to 92F-12(a)(2). And by refusing to inform the public concerning how she came to define the term natural-born American citizen, she is guilty of making secret law.
Regardless, as I have limited discussion in this section of the TerriK Investigation report to disclosure issues attached to records pertaining only to the definition of natural-born American citizen incorporated by DoH Director Fukino (and approved by Attorney General Mark Bennett) in her July 27th press release, the privacy exception of 92F-13(1) does not apply.
There can be no privacy interest as to the definition of the term natural-born American citizen.
From Natural Born Citizen blog:
When can we expect the documents/records/opinions to be released?
[ed. all the uipa requests must be responded to by 10 business days, and if no response then we can ask for OIP opinion letters and/or appeals... not sure how long those would take. We don’t have to wait for them though, we can go straight to the judiciary for an expedited calendar. Hopefully, we are going to see a release of records before that. Anything going to trial under the UIPA shouldn’t take more than a few months... I’m just guessing, but 3 to 4 months at the most seems plausible. It helps alot if those of you reading this will apply PR pressure by reposting and keeping this story front and center. it’s a team effort.]
SW, What’s the “picture with article” ? NO SECRET LAW ?
Where was this taken and what is the implication ?
DOH DIRECTORS OFFICE SHAKEN UP BY CITIZENS HUNCH THAT OBAMA HAS ALTERED HIS ORIGINAL VITAL RECORDS
I think it’s demonstrating that now, because
that phrase ‘natural born citizen’ was put out
there officially, they cannot now claim a
privilege of privacy and in effect create a
secret law, which would contradict UIPA
Those require release of all information/records,
etc. that justify and back up the statement
they made. And it was made with the input of
and official opinion of Bennett, the Atty. General.
I’m sure it was just used to convey his argument.
Everyone, please send this out viral. Post it to other boards and e-mail it out on your e-mail list. Here’s a quote from Leo:
“[ed. post it far and wide. if you guys work as hard reposting all of this as I have in preparing it, the chances of it having a proper impact grow exponentially.]”
World Net Daily hopefully will publicize this. Maybe Beck or Savage??
I wonder if a massive letter writing campaign demanding the documents by individuals.
I would suggest the communications to Hi officials should be to follow the law & allow “ We the People “ to obtain or inspect all the documents we are entitled to see ?
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