By George Archibald
The Federal Bureau of Investigation’s office in Winchester that answers the public’s Freedom of Information Act requests has told this reporter that the FBI will not release any documents in its files about President Obama’s background until Mr. Obama personally completes a form for them that proves his own identity.
“Records pertaining to a third party generally cannot be released absent express authorization and consent of the third party, proof that the subject of your request is deceased, or a clear demonstration that the public interest in disclosure outweighs the personal privacy interest and that significant public benefit would result from the disclosure of the requested records,” wrote David M. Hardy, chief of the FBI’s FOIA office in a letter on May 4.
The FBI’s Record/Information Dissemination Section (RIDS) office in Winchester responds to all FOIA requests received by the bureau nationally. Hardy said the April 15 request was titled “Obama, Barack Hussein/Specific Documents” and assigned FBI FOIA Request No. 1165733.
The request specified any records in FBI files on Obama’s background and that of his family members. Specified were documents and records concerning the president’s date and actual place of birth; national citizenship when born in August 1961 and subsequently; childhood immigration to Indonesia as a six-year-old in 1967, when his mother reportedly renounced his U.S. citizenship and legally changed Obama’s name as a minor child to Barry Soetoro and citizenship to Indonesian.
Also requested were any FBI file documents concerning Obama having regained his U.S. citizenship after returning to the United States as a 10-year-old child in 1971 or thereafter, which would have made him a naturalized U.S. citizen.
Naturalized citizens who were previously foreign nationals or born outside the United States are not eligible to be as a certified presidential candidate on state ballots or to become president.
There are several reported pending federal court cases filed in California and elsewhere that have challenged Obama’s right to be president on the citizenship issue. The cases threaten the legitimacy of Obama’s administration and actions in office, including his appointments and ratification of congressional acts and laws sent for his signature as president.
One reported case found in a Google search that appeared to be headed for the U.S. Supreme Court was an internet link to a purported Associated Press story published by The Washington Post. But a further independent search on both the Associated Press and Washington Post web sites did not turn up the story, which appears to be fraudulent.
Nonetheless, the FBI FOIA request would be formally appealed if the FBI continues to delay and withhold release of the requested Obama records.
FBI public information officer Dennis Argyll in Winchester yesterday affirmed the bureau’s refusal to release any Obama documents until the president personally signs and returns the Department of Justice Form 361 Certification of Identity in connection with the pending FOIA request.
Argyll said in a telephone call that he would not acknowledge Obama’s position as president or confirm his identity over the telephone for purposes of the FOIA request.
“He [Obama] must authorize people before we release the documents you have requested,” Argyll stated. “All you have to do is what’s in that [May 4 FBI] letter.”
Argyll was asked, “Won’t you save us all a lot of time and just accept over the phone that President Obama is who we all know he says he is?”
“The answer is no,” Argyll responded. “We have to have his permission [to release requested documents under the FOIA.] Otherwise, you’re not going to get them.”
View the president’s long form birth certificate here: birth-certificate-long-form