BY MALIA ZIMMERMAN – Dr. Orly Taitz, a California lawyer originally from the Soviet Union, is heading up a campaign to examine President Barack Obama’s original long form birth certificate.

After serving the state 33 days ago with a demand to produce the document, Taitz brought two experts to the state Department of Health on Monday. She said they hoped to get a closer look at the document to determine whether the birth certificate is a “cheap forgery” as she and her experts allege. She calls it “Obama Fraud-gate” – a take off on Watergate.

However, her request was denied. “As you know, Hawaii law does not allow the department to release birth records to anyone that does not have a tangible interest in the record,” said Janice Okubo, spokesperson for the state Department of Health.

Joshua Wisch, Special Assistant to the Attorney General, also presented a letter to Taitz from Deputy Attorney General Jill Nagamine that denied her request. “You are seeking disclosure of privileged or other protected matter, and there is no exception that applies to allow disclosure to you,” it reads.

“This is a joke because he (the president) already has posted the long form birth certificate on the web site, whitehouse.gov. Privacy is irrelevant,” Taitz said.

Not surprised by the state’s denial, she had a back up plan. She headed over to  U.S. District Court where she hopes she can use federal muscle to force the state to compel the document at her September 14, 10 a.m. hearing.

“We want to check the authenticity – it (the birth certificate) could not be from 1961,” Taitz said. “The certificate had different fonts, different ink, and some computer graphics.”

Taitz, who runs DEFEND OUR FREEDOMS FOUNDATION, an organization that attempts to solicit Obama’s personal documents including his marriage certificate, social security card and birth certificate, said she current is managing four legal cases to view these original documents.

She started looking into presidential candidates’ personal documents in 2008 when there was a question as to whether Sen. John McCain, R-AZ, could qualify for president because he was born in overseas on a military base when his father was in the service. Then information started to come out on Obama, she said.

“I have in front of me affidavits that say the birth certificate is a cheap forgery. If this can be done to the whole nation, this fraud, we have so much corruption in the government, and no one is doing anything about it,” Taitz said.   “I was born in the Soviet Union under a totalitarian regime and people did not have a way to address grievinces. I am married with three children and I don’t want to live in a place like the Soviet Union where nothing is done about corruption. We are losing our freedom.”

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