Question: Why would Wikipedia, a widely read online multi-authored encyclopedia, have a mechanism for the alteration or disappearance of inconvenient or embarrassing documents, photographs, transcripts, or other records to give the impression that something never happened (e.g., LtCol Lakin’s challenge to President Obama’s eligibility to hold office, etc.)?
These articles and/or blog posts and videos give us an eye-opening insight into this disturbing issue-You Decide:
Obama’s paltry paper trail raises serious questions–Posted on The Washington Examiner-By Diana West, Columnist-On November 21, 2010:
These are pertient excerpts from this ariclte and/or blog post:
“Wikipedia, the widely read, online, multiauthored encyclopedia, features an entry on the term “memory hole,” which originated with the prescient if not also clairvoyant George Orwell. The Wikipedia definition begins: “A memory hole is any mechanism for the alteration or disappearance of inconvenient or embarrassing documents, photographs, transcripts, or other records … particularly as part of an attempt to give the impression that something never happened.”
Wikipedia itself may have just offered a good example of how the mechanism works when unknown, unknowable site authorities “took down” a new entry on Lt. Col. Terrence “Terry” Lakin’s challenge to President Obama’s eligibility to hold office almost as soon it went up.
I read a screen shot of the entry and it is factual and non-inflammatory. Did Lakin’s page go down the memory hole?
Wikipedia readers who seek information about Lakin are redirected to a synopsis of his case within a composite entry on the larger Obama citizenship controversy. Not all but much of the same information is available there, only now, instead of appearing under a biographical entry titled “Terrence L. Lakin,” it is included within “Barack Obama Citizenship Conspiracy Theories.”
I linger over this incident not only because Lakin supporters have dubbed this week Terry Lakin Action Week, urging American citizens to take the occasion to call their congressional representatives about the case, or even because Lakin, a decorated, 18-year Army officer and physician, faces an upcoming court-martial at Fort Meade, Md., on Dec. 14 for refusing to follow orders to redeploy to Afghanistan because of his conviction that the president hasn’t proven his eligibility to hold office.
Those are both timely reasons to think about Lakin. But there is a larger question here that his sensational case should point us to consider.
Essentially, Wikipedia’s editing decision reflects one point of view regarding the Obama “natural-born” citizenship matter — the point of view, as polled by CNN in July, of the four in 10 American voters who believe Obama was “definitely born” in the United States. That relatively low percentage of convinced Americans surprised me given the near-100 percent figure that would surely apply to mainstream (read: liberal) and conservative media, with “alternate” exceptions.
Rounding out the poll, 29 percent believe the president was “probably born” in the United States; 16 percent think he was “probably born” in another country; 11 percent think he was “definitely born” in another country and only 2 percent had “no opinion.” This demonstrates that the topic resonates with practically every American, with a fairly whopping six in 10 Americans at least a little uncertain whether Obama was born where he says he was born.
Of course, Obama’s failure to release his original 1961 birth certificate (which, contrary to mantralike misperception, has never been released) is just the beginning.
There remains a startling dearth of documentation pertaining to Obama’s progress through his 49 years of life that only begins with his birth certificate.
A gaping hole — dare I say “memory hole”? — seems to have consumed all possible Obama records from his education, health, family records, even his pre-presidential political career. But this subject is never taken seriously by the media or the political establishment, including, most glaringly, erstwhile GOP opponent John McCain, who, on being challenged on the eligibility question himself, should have called on candidate Obama to join him in releasing their bona fides together.
But even to suggest such a thing is to indulge in “conspiracy theories.” Not surprisingly, Wikipedia defines this term for us as well, noting that it’s “often used dismissively in an attempt to characterize a belief as outlandishly false and held by a person judged to be a crank or a group confined to the lunatic fringe.”
In this definition may lie the key to understanding the singularity of the Lakin case. As a senior military officer with an unblemished career, service in war zones, decorations, Pentagon responsibilities including those of flight surgeon for the crew of Army chief of staff, and recommendation for promotion to full colonel, Lakin is neither a “crank” nor a “lunatic.”
But he has a simple request for the president that drove him to what amounts to a historic act of civil disobedience for which he may well serve time in prison:
Release your original 1961 birth certificate so this poisonous issue no longer divides the American people.
Columnist Diana West is syndicated nationally by United Media and is the author of “The Death of the Grown-Up: How America’s Arrested Development Is Bringing Down Western Civilization.”
‘Natural-born citizen’ targeted in more Web sanitizing: ‘Deleted segment referenced requirement Obama can’t meet’–Posted on WND.com-By Steve Peacock-On May 2, 2011:
‘Natural-born citizen’ info vanishes off Wikipedia: ‘In wake of Obama’s release of his long-form birth certificate’–Posted on WND.com-On May 1, 2011:
Jerome Corsi and Al Discuss Wikipedia Scrubbing of LTC Lakin Article on Peter Boyles Show – Part 1–Posted on YouTube.com-By BirtherReportDotCom-On Nov 15, 2010:
Note:The following are introductory primers that relate to and/or support the above article and/or blog post-You Decide:
Obama Eligibility Primer–Posted on WND.com-On September 7, 2010:
Obama Presidential Eligibility – An Introductory Primer–Posted on People.Mags.Net-Last Revised on November 12, 2010:
Note: What follows is a letter that was drafted by Mr. Lucas Daniel Smith and mailed to United States Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi on July 4, 2010, which provided her with a Certified True Copy of President Obama’s Kenyan Birth Certificate that he personally obtained in February 2009 from his birth hospital in Mombasa, Kenya-You Decide:
Letter addressed to United States Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi on July 4, 2010:
Question: Do you know who represented President Obama in all the Supreme Court petitions to prove his citizenship and may now help rule on them?
The following Supreme Court Dockets reveal that Elana Kagan, as the Solicitor General, represented him in all the suits against him that were filed with the Supreme Court to show proof of natural born citizenship-You Decide:
Jerome Julius Brown, Sr., Petitioner v. Barack H. Obama, President of the United States, et al., Docket No. 09-8857, January 29, 2010:
Gary William Holt, Petitioner v. Barack H. Obama, President of the United States, et al., Docket No. 09-6790, October 1, 2009:
The Real Truth About Obama, Inc., Petitioner v. Federal Election Commission, et al., Docket No. 09-724, December 22, 2009:
Note: What follows is an article and/or blog post that was recently published by Media Matters for America, an ultra Liberal news outlet funded by George Soros (Obama’s puppet master), whose sole mission is take down Fox News through its unrelenting and outrages attacks-What’s wrong with this picture?-You Decide:
FLASHBACK: When Fox News Ignored The Birther Story In 2008–Posted on Media Matters-By Eric Boehlert-On April 14, 2011:
Note: These articles and/or blog posts relate to and/or support the above article and/or blog post-You Decide:
Is Obama constitutionally eligible to serve? ‘WND’s complete archive of news reports on the issue’-Posted on WND.com-Posted on WND.com-On April 29, 2011:
CNN: Trump Makes ‘Stunning Claim’ About Obama Birth Certificate–Posted on The Blaze-By Scott Baker-On April 26, 2011:
Hawaii senator questions Obama’s true birth father: ‘There is information, for reasons known only to him, he doesn’t want released’–Posted on WND.com-On April 24, 2011:
White House Blasts Franklin Graham for Birther Comment–Posted on NewsMax.com-On April 25, 2011:
Franklin Graham Curious About Obama Birth Issue–Posted on NewsMax.com-By Hiram Reisner-On April 24, 2011:
Breitbart: Obama story has ‘Swiss cheese holes’: ‘He’s probably been videotaped millions of times, yet we don’t know anything about him’–Posted on WND.com-On April 22, 2011:
THE BIG LIST of eligibility ‘proofers’: ‘See those who have raised questions about legitimacy of Obama presidency’–Posted on WND.com-On April 21, 2011:
What if the Birthers are right?–Posted on Hot Air Green Room-By SUSANANNE HILLER-On April 20, 2011:
Obama social security number questioned–Posted on YouTube.com-By microserf2001-On Jun 19, 2010:
Trump offers support for Ind. senator’s birther bill–Posted on WishTv.com-On April 22, 2011:
Trump Gives Heated Interview To ABC: ‘Obama & His Minions‘ Have ’Co-opted You’–Posted on The Blaze-By Jonathon M. Seidl-On April 19, 2011:
1 guv vetoes eligibility bill, another promises to sign it: ‘Verification measures heating up as legislatures start to take action’–Posted on WND.com-By Bob Unruh-On April 18, 2011:
Obama birth certificate debate: A closer look–Posted on News Sentinel-By Joe Guzzardi-On April 16, 2011:
Donald Trump, Talk About Terry Lakin–Posted on American Thinker-By Stella Paul-On April 13, 2011:
Obama’s half-sister joins eligibility talk-show tour: ‘Tells Piers Morgan ‘tremendous amount of proof’ already released’–Posted on WND.com-By Bob Unruh-On April 12, 2011:
Trump poll triumph built on doubting Obama’s birth: ‘President should just release full birth documentation ending legitimacy questions’–Posted on The Washington Times-By Jeffrey T. Kuhner, The Washington Times-On April 12, 2011:
Does Hawaii ever release long-form birth certificates? ‘Ex-official says Obama’s document is in file cabinet at Department of Health’–Posted on WND.com-By Bob Unruh-On April 11, 2011:
O’Reilly falsely claims Conn. was residence for Obama Sr.: ‘Fox News host tries to explain anomaly in president’s Social Security number’–Posted on WND.com-By Jerome R. Corsi-On April 14, 2011:
Eligibility verification just 1 vote from governor: ‘Oklahoma lawmakers chasing Arizona to be 1st with requirement’–Posted on WND.com-By Bob Unruh-On April 13, 2011:
Video: Mike Gallagher, The Birthers Should be Heard–Posted on ExposeObama.com-On April 10, 2011:
Trump Will ‘Probably’ Run as Independent If He Doesn’t Win GOP Nomination–Posted on The Wall Street Journal-On April 11, 2011:
Donald Trump Scores an Important Victory… Over the Media–Posted on American Thinker-By Seth Forman-On April 11, 2011:
Palin: Trump Right on Obama Birth Probe–Posted on NewsMax.com-By Hiram Reisner-On April 10, 2011:
Donald Trump Responds–Letter posted on The New York Times-By Donald Trump-On April 8, 2011:
Major Chance This Guy Has Violated The Constitution: Trump’s Emotional Birther Defense Gets Giggles & Smirks From Morning Joe Panel-Posted on The Blaze-By Naked Emperor News-On April 7, 2011:
Donald Trump’s interview with Meredith Viera–Posted on Patriot Action Network-By Asst Natl Dir Mellie B-On April 7, 2011:
Hawaii senator wonders what Obama’s concealing: ‘Why would anyone spend millions not to make that information public?’–Posted on WND.com-By Drew Zahn-On April 5, 2011:
Obama’s Puddles–Posted on American Thinker-By Cindy Simpson-On March 18, 2011:
Obama may have a criminal past…–Posted on No We Won’t-By Rick Perry-On April 1, 2011:
Obama Deconstructed: An Interview with Jack Cashill–Posted on Canada Free Press-By Roger Aronoff –On March 28, 2011:
Obama Birth Certificate Issue Still Haunts the President–Posted on The Moral Liberal-By Steve Farrell-On March 31, 2011:
Another presidential hopeful wants Obama eligibility proof–Posted on WND.com-By Bob Unruh-On April 2, 2011:
Video: New Alan Keyes Interview on Eligibility–Posted on ExposeObama.com-On April 3, 2011:
Donald Trump casts Obama as an impostor on the Laura Ingraham Show–Posted on The Daily Caller-By Daniel Keylin, The Daily Caller-On March 31, 2011:
Angry Trump Fires Back: Here’s My Official Birth Certificate — Where’s Yours?-Posted on NewsMax.com-By David A. Patten-On March 29, 2011:
Donald Trump: Obama presidency possibly illegal ‘To be honest with you, I want him to have a birth certificate’–Posted on WND.com-By Joe Kovacs-On March 29, 2011:
Rush: Trump’s Birth Certificate Outcry Is Service to Everyone–Posted on NewsMax.com- By Dave Eberhardt-On March 25, 2011:
Trump Refuses to Back Down Over Obama’s ‘Very Strange’ Birth–Posted on NewsMax.com-By Jim Meyers and Ashley Martella-On March 24, 2011:
Trump: Obama Must Release Birth Certificate–Posted on NewsMax.com-By Newsmax Wires-On March 23, 2011:
Doubting Donald? Now Trump wonders about Obama eligibility Tells ABC: ‘The reason is because he grew up and nobody knew him’–Posted on WND.com-On March 17, 2011:
Another look at Obama’s Social Security number–Posted on WND.com-By Jack Cashill-On March 17, 2011:
Obama’s laughing at you-Posted on WND.com-By Joseph Farah-On March 17, 2011:
Barack Obama’s ‘privacy rights’–Posted on WND.com-By Joseph Farah-On March 16, 2011:
‘First thing I would do is offer birth certificate’: ‘Member of Congress says decision on 2012 pending, but New Hampshire visit on agenda’–Posted on WND.com-By Bob Unruh-On March 11, 2011:
Undercover sting catches NPR talking about Obama birth: ‘To run for president you have to be born in the U.S.’-Posted on WND.com-On March 8, 2011:
The “Non issue of Obama’s eligibility” IS one of the BIG issues in 2012–Posted on Dr. Laurie Roth-On March 2, 2011:
Billboard company: You can question God, not Obama ‘ClearChannel banned ‘birth certificate’ message, welcomes atheists national outdoor ad campaign’–Posted on WND.com-On March 3, 2011:
Momentum builds in eligibility push: ‘Just voting for unapproved candidate could soon become criminal action’–Posted on WND.com-By Bob Unruh-On March 3, 2011:
Professor Charles Rice on Obama’s ‘eligibility’–Posted on Renew America-By Matt C. Abbott-On February 27, 2011:
Hawaii to keep Obama ‘birth certificate’ secret: ‘Democrats kill plan to sell access for $100’–Posted on WND.com-By Jerome R. Corsi-On February 18, 2011:
Kenya’s Parliament Officially Claims Obama Born in Kenya–Posted on Common Sense-On February 15, 2011:
Barack Obama-President or Pretender?-Posted on International-By Robert Quinn-On February 15, 2011:
Stunner! Supremes to give eligibility case another look: ‘Challenge to Obama getting 2nd conference before court’–Posted on WND.com-By Bob Unruh-On February 17, 2011:
Americans’ questions about Obama eligibility surge: ‘Coming book rockets up Amazon rankings on Drudge Report posting’-Posted on WND.com-By Bob Unruh-On February 17, 2011:
Birther debate alive across U.S.–Posted on Politico-By ANDY BARR-On February 14, 2011:
Supreme Court Told: Don’t Avoid Eligibility–Posted on ExposeObama.com-By Bob Unruh-On February 9, 2011:
Obama’s Social Security number goes to court: ‘Complaint in federal district seeks evidence of suspected fraud’–Posted on WND.com-By Jerome R. Corsi-On February 7, 2011:
11th state eyeing proof of Obama’s eligibility: ‘Lawmaker files new bill to require presidential candidates be qualified’–Posted on WND.com-By Bob Unruh-On February 9, 2011:
The Two Issues Regarding Obama’s Eligibility to be President–Posted on BirtherReport.com-By Attorney Mario Apuzzo-On January 27, 2011:
10 states now developing eligibility-proof demands: ‘107 Electoral College votes controlled by Arizona, Texas, Connecticut, others’–Posted on WND.com-By Bob Unruh-On January 26, 2011:
Game-changer! Arizona to pass 2012 eligibility law: ‘Obama will have to produce birth certificate to run again’–Posted on WND.com-By Bob Unruh-On January 25, 2011:
Hawaii official now swears: No Obama birth certificate: ‘Signs affidavit declaring long-form, hospital-generated document absent’–Posted on WND.com-By Jerome R. Corsi-On January 24, 2011:
Hawaii Won’t Release Obama’s Birth Info–Posted on FoxNews.com-On January 22, 2011:
Limbaugh: Obama Must Release Birth Certificate–Posted on NewsMax.com-By Jim Meyers-On January 21, 2011:
Obama Fails Under the 20th Amendment–Posted on drkatesview-On January 21, 2011:
Old media now asking where is birth certificate: ‘WND report on guv’s interview grabbing attention of skeptics’–Posted on WND.com-On January 20, 2011:
Hawaii governor can’t find Obama birth certificate: ‘Suggests controversy could hurt president’s re-election chances’–Posted on WND.com-By Jerome R. Corsi-On January 18, 2011:
Will Obama Silence Blundering Abercrombie?-Posted on American Thinker-By Jack Cashill-On January 3, 2011:
Answer Man: Luke Scott talks Nugent, hunting and Obama origin–Posted on Yahoo Sports-By David Brown-On December 7, 2010:
McCain 2008 lawyer is the culprit in Wikipedia Lakin deletion–Posted on SafeGuardOurConstitution.com–By Margaret Hemmenway-On December 3, 2010:
American History Shows Elected Officials can be Removed from Office for Ineligibility–Posted BirtherReport.com-By CDR Charles Kerchner (Ret)-On November 19, 2010:
Obama’s presidential eligibility: A misguided focus–Posted on RenewAmerica.com-By Monte Kuligowski-On November 30, 2010:
Supremes challenged to put Constitution above Twitter: ‘Case questioning eligibility says facts don’t support Obama story’–Posted on WND.com-By Bob Unruh-On November 26, 2010:
Old and New Birthers: Skepticism About Obama’s Birth Eligibility Spreads–Posted on Before It’s News-By Fellowship of the Minds (Reporter) Contributor profile-On November 26, 2010:
‘Unthinking anger’?–Posted on WND.com-On November 26, 2010:
Investigation: Obama likely not eligible ‘Authors dissected ‘natural born’ qualification’–Posted on WND.com-On November 24, 2010:
U.S. Supreme Court confers on Obama eligibility: Is president a ‘natural-born citizen’ as Constitution requires?–Posted on WND.com-By Brian Fitzpatrick-On November 23, 2010:
The winning hand of eligibility issue–Posted on WND.com-On November 22, 2010:
Washington Times – Kerchner v Obama & Congress et al Petition for Writ of Certiorari scheduled for Conference on 23 Nov 2010 with U.S. Supreme Court–Posted on A Place to Ask Questions to Get the Right Answers-On November 21, 2010:
Old papers tell different tales on Obama’s past: ‘Articles from 1990 cast doubt on president’s ‘official’ childhood story’–Posted on WND.com-By Jerome R. Corsi-On November 21, 2010:
Letter to President Obama Requesting That He Provide Long Form Birth Certificate-Posted on Congress.org-On November 16, 2010:
Confirmed: Hawaii Department of Health Can Issue a Hawaii Certificate of Live Birth AKA Long-Form Birth Certificate; Obama Got $10.00!?-Posted on BirtherReport.com-On October 20, 2010:
How Could Stanley Ann Dunhamm Have Delivered Barack Hussein Obama Jr. in August of 1961 in Honolulu, When Official University of Washington Records Show Her 2680 Miles Away in Seattle Attending Classes That Same Month?–Posted on Atlas Shrugs-On October 24, 2008:
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