Skip to comments.The Whopper That Got Away
Posted on 08/26/2010 9:48:40 AM PDT by butterdezillion
Summary: The Passport Office claims in a memo submitted with an affidavit in the Strunk case that in a 9-month period in 1984-85, 40 workers sorted through 125 million passport files and destroyed all the "routine" records from 1925-1961. Four big problems:
1) somebody was able to get routine records from that time period which were obviously not destroyed,
2) there appears to be no record of that destruction ever being authorized.
3) the sorting they claimed is physically impossible in the timeframe they claimed.
4) the Passport Office charges $50/person (or $150 for a third party) to search the records and doesn't say that most of the records for 1925-1970 don't exist.
There appears to be a high likelihood that this memo, submitted with an affidavit, is a complete fabrication - an excuse for not showing Stanley Ann Dunham's pre-1967 passport records.
The full report is at my blog at http://butterdezillion.wordpress.com/2010/08/26/the-whopper-that-got-away-4/ In the first comment I will try to post the entire post with links. We'll see how that works.
The Whopper That Got Away
Last week an article entitled, Look Here, Birthers! drew attention to a video which showed what was claimed to be Obamas passport. That article and video came shortly after 2 FOIA requests for the passport records of Obamas mother had been answered with the release of some documents. While the FOIA responses and passport video were being analyzed in the blogosphere a necessary venture a much bigger story was being ignored: what Ill call The Whopper That Got Away.
Among the documents the State Department released to Chris Strunk was a 1967 amendment to a passport issued to Stanley Ann Dunham in 1965. In the official FOIA response it was explained:
We did not locate a I965 passport application referenced in an application for amendment of passport that is included in the released documents. Many, passport applications and other non-vital records from that period were destroyed during the 1980s in accordance with guidance from the General Services Administration.
Later, an affidavit was filed by Alex Galovich (see at http://nativeborncitizen.wordpress.com/2010/08/02/strunk-v-d-o-s-doc-37-2-declaration/ ), the supervisor in charge of FOIA responses for the State Department. The affidavit described how Strunks request was processed and included a memo cryptically dated Feb 6, 1985 which claimed that
1) Sometime between the late 60s and 1982, passport file retention requirements were changed from 100 years to 15-20 years, and
2) A project begun in June of 1984 had resulted in the destruction of records from 125 million passport files dating through November of 1961. The 40 workers, if full-time, would each have processed about 2,170 files/hour (taking about 2 seconds apiece), sorting out records in Class A from Class B (below). I think you can see why I call this The Whopper:
A listing of the primary documents being retained is
REPORTS OF BIRTH
CERTIFICATES OF WITNESS TO MARRIAGE
CERTIFICATES OF LOSS OF NATIONALITY (WITH
REPORTS OF DEATH
APPLICATIONS WITH DELAYED BIRTH CERTIFICATES
OR SPECIAL REGISTRATIONS ATTACHED
APPLICATIONS (NATIVE BORN) WITH SECONDARY
EVIDENCE OF BIRTH/IDENTITY ATTACHED
APPLICATIONS OF FOREIGN BORN CITIZENS
APPLICATIONS INCLUDING FOREIGN BORN CITIZENS
APPLICATIONS OF WOMEN ACQUIRING CITIZENSHIP
APPLICATIONS TO RESUME CITIZENSHIP (VOTING IN ITALIAN
ELECTIONS BETWEEN 1/1/46 AND 4/10/18)
APPLICATIONS TO TAKE OATH OF ALLEGIANCE AND
RENUNCIATION (SERVICE IN CANADIAN ARMY)
APPLICATIONS FOR REGISTRATION, INCLUDING
APPLICATIONS FOR CERTIFICATES OR CARDS OF IDENTITY,
OR CARDS ISSUED FOR BORDER CROSSING PURPOSES.
ALL PHILIPPINE PASSPORT RECORDS
POSSIBLE LOSS, NON-ACQUISITION, NOR-RETENTION,
DENIALS, LIMITATIONS, REVOCATIONS, QUESTIONABLE
CITIZENSHIP CLAIMS, ETC (WITH ATTACHED FILED)
FRAUDULENT CITIZENSHIP CASES OR CASES INVOLVING
FRAUDULENT USE OF PASSPORT
A listing of the primary documents being eliminated follows:
ROUTINE PASSPORT APPLICATIONS FOR NATIVE
BORN CITIZENS (WITH OR WITHOUT BIRTH
CERTIFICATES OR PHOTOSTATIC COPIES OF
BIRTH CERTIFICATES ATTACHED)
ROUTINE RENEWAL APPLICATIONS
ROUTINE APPLICATIONS FOR FOR PASSPORTS FOR
NATIVE BORN CITIZENS WHERE PREVIOUS
PASSPORT USED AS EVIDENCE
CORRESPONDENCE OF NON-CITIZENSHIP NATURE
CHARGE-OUT SHEETS BEFORE 1969
That Got Away
And this alleged passport retention change and destruction of records got away without leaving any evidence in the official records. Agencies such as the State Department are required to schedule all their records (see http://www.archives.gov/records-mgmt/publications/disposition-of-federal-records/chapter-5.html#V.Obtaining ) that is, to determine whether each record is to be kept, for how long, and in what form. The instructions for specific records is their disposition. Changing the disposition requires a formal process which is documented in the Federal Register, numbered, and posted (See 3303a at http://www.archives.gov/about/laws/disposal-of-records.html ).
A search of the Federal Register failed to locate a change from a 100-year retention to a 15-20-year retention for passport records. Further inquiries are being made.
The State Departments listing of dispositions is at http://www.archives.gov/records-mgmt/rcs/schedules/index.html?dir=/departments/department-of-state/rg-0059 . Those records include disposition changes for passport records that took place:
1) In 1978 when microfilming was required and paper records were allowed to be destroyed 15 years after microfilming (see at http://www.archives.gov/records-mgmt/rcs/schedules/departments/department-of-state/rg-0059/nc1-059-78-01_sf115.pdf ),
2) In 1979 when vital records were required to be kept separate from passport applications (see http://www.archives.gov/records-mgmt/rcs/schedules/departments/department-of-state/rg-0059/nc1-059-79-12_sf115.pdf ),
3) In 1982 when disposable statistics records were created (see #27 and #28 at http://www.archives.gov/records-mgmt/rcs/schedules/departments/department-of-state/rg-0059/nc1-059-83-04_sf115.pdf ) ,
4) And in 1997, when the dispositions of all the records, by years, was clarified and reiterated with passport applications and associated records from 1925-1970 required to be retained for 100 years. (see at at http://www.archives.gov/records-mgmt/rcs/schedules/departments/department-of-state/rg-0059/n1-059-96-005_sf115.pdf ).
That latest request, in 1997, lists the previous dispositions which were to be superseded - including #1-3 above and the agencys records transfer orders for implementing those dispositions. Nothing on this even applies to passport files from 1925-1970, which is probably why the section on 1925-1970 is crossed out since the instructions there are just a reiteration of the disposition still in effect and not a change at all. If there had been a change from a 100-year retention to a 15-20-year retention in the 1980s which has since been changed back (explaining the current disposition on the Passport Offices site see Jacobsen Exhibit E), that is where it should be listed. Its not.
The only trace of this alleged change is this memo submitted for Strunks FOIA case, to explain why the Passport Office didnt disclose Stanley Ann Dunhams 1965 passport application. This begs the question of why neither Galovich nor the memo he cited included either a copy, reference number , or date for the actual disposition change being claimed.
In the entire set of records dispositions for passport documents (found at http://www.state.gov/documents/organization/128494.pdf ), the only retention periods less than 100 years are for:
A) Paper records from 1983-1999 which have already been microfilmed (which are to be retained in paper form for 15 years)
B) Abandoned and expired registrations and applications
C) Surrendered passport books.
D) Passport authorization lists which have already been microfilmed (retain paper copies 50 years)
E) Disposable statistics and accounting records
F) Routine correspondence and UIPA Requests
The only reference to a 15- or 20-year retention period is for paper copies of passport records that have already been microfilmed. Microfilming was made mandatory in 1977 for passport files (see http://www.archives.gov/records-mgmt/rcs/schedules/departments/department-of-state/rg-0059/nc1-059-78-01_sf115.pdf ) .
The Evidence to Refute the Whopper
Unfortunately for the Passport Office, Phil Jacobsen requested and received his mothers passport application from 1953 a routine application which would have been destroyed along with Dunhams if the records from those dates had actually been destroyed as claimed in the memo.
Alex Galovich said in his affidavit that the Passport Office searched PIERS (Passport Information Electronic Records Service), an electronic database of passports issued in 1978 and later, using Dunhams various name combinations for the search. Although Galovich said, The Department of State also maintains paper records of some passport applications, he never said they searched the paper records.
In his affidavit and supporting Exhibits, Jacobsen shows that paper index records were required to be retained permanently. A search of those index cards would have revealed the status and location of the missing 1965 passport application as well as any other passport applications within the timeframe Strunks request covered (1960-1985).
1. The claim that Dunhams pre-1967 passport records were destroyed is contradicted by the existence of Jacobsens mothers passport documents from 1953.
2. Currently no record of change of retention periods has been found, and efforts to locate any such changes are continuing. Passport Services was contacted by phone and asked if passport records before 1970 had been destroyed; they refused to state whether they had or had not been destroyed, suggesting that would have to be answered by writing to the State Department.
3. The Passport Offices website lists a 100-year retention requirement for passport files from 1925-1970 and has no warning or disclaimer that records before 1969 may have been destroyed as Galovich alleges. There is a charge of $50/person (or $150 for a third party) to search for passport records. If they are charging people to search for records from 1925-1970 that they falsely told people exist, and in fact have been destroyed, that appears to be a continuing fraud.
4. The claims on the memo in Galovichs Declaration are not only unsupported by the documentation, they are physically impossible. The great probability is that this memo was totally fabricated as an excuse to keep from having to disclose Stanley Ann Dunhams pre-1967 passport records. The State Department should either produce the required disposition change records to substantiate their claim, or refer this case to the DOJ Inspector General for an investigation of potential wrong-doing.
5. The permanent paper index cards would show ALL passports that were issued to Dunham, allowing those passport applications to be located. Those should be released immediately.
Here’s a clickable link for the blog (sorry, humblegunner)
Nicely done, thanks for not excerpting!
It’s a pleasure to see the entire content posted.
I just wish I knew how to get the formatting to copy so it would be more readable.
I guess I’ve been busy with stuff besides learning HTML. lol
Just wanted you to know I respect your concerns and don’t want to needlessly blog pimp. I just want the info out there.
Lucy, can you ping the list on this thread?
Hmmmmm. Thanks for posting this information.
I shall observe: the reason the world has been able to prosecute German War Criminals after the end of WWII is that the Nazis kept meticulous records of their crimes. Is someone messing with our records in order to forstall further investigations? Seems like it.
And Clinton and Berger showed the way by lifting documents from the National Archives without getting any more than a slap on the wrist for it.
If there were more like you the world would be a better place.
I guess I've developed an obsession about such things this past year or so. ;-)
I guess I can’t throw any rocks at people for having an obsession. lol
My family wishes my obsession was something like which way the toilet paper roll is placed, not something like saving the country. lol.
Hopefully we can get back to the days where I care which way the TP rolls.
Pinging for Butterdezillion.
Check out article, and comments # 1 through # 8 .
[Thanks, Butterdezillion; good work as usual.]
your work IS appreciated by many, THANK YOU
BUMP to read later.
Thanks, butterdezillin for your dedication to NOT letting this whopper get away!
Wasn’t Brennan’s company ivloved with searching the State Dept. records of Obama, McCain, and the clintoons? ... We all assume deletions occur when such tampering happens (for which the bastard has been promoted of course). But planting of documents fabricated for planting is a real possibility. Democrats are famous for illicit handling of protected docuemtns ... never trust a democrat or their operatives. The Democrat Party is a criminal enterprise.
‘ivloved’ ... wow, my old fingers are inventing words! ... That should be ‘involved’ of course.
Thanks for the ping Lucy. Butter, thank you for your work! In the end, he’s going down. Not a doubt in my mind. They weren’t able to get to some things before others got to them. Close to 2012 it will ALL come out. tick tock The goal is to slam them with it all at the right time to make sure he never sets foot in that WH for 4 more years.
Just messin' with ya...it's almost Frieday.
Yup, I believe that's right MHGinTN.
And thanks butterdezillion for your hard work and dedication. There's a reason this issue hasn't gone away and more people doubt his "life story" than ever before (at least, as measured by "polls").
Thanks, and I’ll make sure that Phil knows you thank him too. He’s put in an incredible amount of work, effort, and investment in getting to the bottom of this. I’d be nowhere on this one without him - even if he is too shy to reveal himself. =)