Is the Secret Service Targeting the Birthers?

Birther BillboardStephanie Mencimer writes in Mother Jones:

Over the past year, Secret Service agents charged with protecting President Obama seem to have taken a keen interest in the Birther movement, the committed group of anti-Obama activists around the country who claim the president was born in Kenya, not Hawaii, and is thus ineligible to serve.

The idea has been widely and repeatedly debunked (see’s thorough takedown), but that hasn’t stopped Birthers from doggedly making their case in American courtrooms, to US attorneys, and even to a rural county grand jury, in the hopes that a judge will rule in their favor and Obama might eventually be removed from office. Those efforts have failed spectacularly, but they seem to have succeeded in placing the Birthers on the radar of the Secret Service.

At least a half-dozen prominent anti-Obama activists who’ve petitioned various federal agencies or courts to investigate the president’s citizenship or publicly questioned his eligibility to serve say they’ve been visited by Secret Service or Homeland Security agents. Dr. Orly Taitz, the “Queen Bee” of the Birther movement, says, “A number of my supporters had visits from Secret Service, from different agencies, INS, Homeland Security. There are a whole number of people who got these visits to intimidate and harrass them.” She says federal agents visited her home once; however, she was not there to be interviewed.

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7 Comments on "Is the Secret Service Targeting the Birthers?"

  1. if they aren't they should be.
    I'm no obama fan but it would be very easy for that movement to spawn violent sub groups,
    if the secret service isn't looking at them they aren't doing their job

  2. Well that is a giant bucket of crazy, so I wouldn't find in terribly surprising that they're keeping a good eye out.

    There are certainly surveillance examples that are a lot LESS rational. The Pentagon's illegal surveillance of the completely non-violent Quakers comes to mind.

  3. James T. | Jan 8, 2010 at 7:07 am |

    For awhile I had some people in my Facebook friends list that subscribed to that bullshit. They annoyed me to the point I got rid of them, but I almost miss the bastards, they were funny. Almost every day for awhile they were making their statuses a demand for Obama to show his birth certificate to a judge, or posting copies of Orly Taitz's fake “Kenyan” birth certificates for Obama (showing him being born in Mombasa, which was at the time of Obama's birth in Zanzibar, not Kenya – which wasn't even a country yet.

    Of course why would his father and mother have gone to Mombasa to deliver him, when Nairobi was closer? “Maybe they were there for vacation,” one of these dumbfucks responded.

  4. tonyviner | Jan 8, 2010 at 2:03 pm |

    Not that I agree with abuse of authoridad, these people need to have their collective bells rung. I agree with Sean, they should at least be watched for crazies.

  5. So maybe the Brit, Neil Sankey can succeed where the Russian immigrant (from the Moldavian Soviet Socialist Republic) has failed, bring it on.

    Poor little Birthers (still in denial about their losses), Judge Land and now judge Carter, smack down the crazies (case dismissed).

    Not even “Fake News” Glenn Beck or Bill O’Reilly believes the crazies, how funny.

    To all the birthers in La, La Land, it is on you to prove to all of us that your assertion is true (TOUGH WHEN YOU KEEP LOSING CASES), if there are people who were there and support your position then show us the video (everyone has a price), either put up or frankly shut-up. I heard Orly Taitz, is selling a tape (I think it’s called “Money, Lies and Video tape”). She is from Orange County, CA, now I know what the mean when they say “behind the Orange Curtain”, when they talk about Orange County, the captial of Conspiracy Theories. You know Obama has a passport, he travel abroad before he was a Senator, but I guess they were in on it.

    In my opinion the Republican Party has been taken over the most extreme religious right (people who love to push their beliefs on others while trying to take away the rights of those they just hate) and that’s who they need to extract from their party if they real want to win. Good Luck, because as they said in WACO, “We Ain’t Coming Out”.

    I wonder if she is a mail order bride, just like her law degree? She is perfect reporter material for “Fake News”, where unfounded rumors and innuendo reign supreme , unlike a our US courts of law, where you need to present documented facts, not half baked lies (prepare for more failures).

    A lawyer, dentist, realtor and black belt, WOW I must say a JACK of all trades master of none

    I heard that she now wants to investigate the “Republican 2009 Summer of Love” list: Assemblyman, Michael D. Duvall (CA), Senator John Ensign (NV), Senator Paul Stanley (TN), Governor Mark Stanford (SC), Board of Ed Chair, and Kristin Maguire AKA Bridget Keeney (SC). She wants to re-establish a family values party.

    I can only hope that Taitz will resist the state collectors that will be hounding her like the “ruff ruff” that she is to collect the $20K.

  6. Because of inbreeding the bigots will ultimtely die off… who care what the say.

  7. Because of inbreeding the bigots will ultimtely die off… who care what the say.

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