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Let Us Expose the Phonies – A Case Study on Andy Martin

Andy MartinIn the comments section of Leo Donofrio’s blog post entitled Obama Opposed the Born Alive Infant Protection Act And Won The Nobel Peace Prize, a few commentators have discussed exposing the phonies surrounding the birth certificate controversy so that the proper focus can be placed on Barack Obama’s British citizenship at birth and the potential problem that implies for natural born citizen status.  This article will focus on one potential phony known as Mr. Andy Martin. 

Andy Martin is a self proclaimed “Internet Powerhouse,” and lists his occupations as:  “Internet writer/columnist/investigative journalist.”  Interestingly, he does not list as one of his occupations, attorney, but that does not imply that he is not an attorney, but simply that he does not see that presently as one of his primary occupations.  He does, in some of his posts, refer to himself as a public interest lawyer.  In September of 2008, Andy Martin announced that he was launching an investigation into Obama’ time spent in Hawaii.  In a post on the day of the announcement, Martin stated the following:

(NEW YORK)(September 23, 2008) Andy Martin has an invitation for those who want to join in the effort to research and investigate the “Lost Obama.” “Join me in Hawaii.” Martin will lead a research team in Hawaii October 15-22.

We have a plethora of leads for Obama in Hawaii, and we have numerous stories with a Hawaii angle,” says Martin. “We have been forced to do the job the mainstream media refuse to do. The Internet rules!

ContrarianCommentary.com is making available free participation in this research expedition. We are not collecting a penny from anyone. People who want to join us and share the research effort can make their own travel arrangements and hotel accommodations in Hawaii.

As Andy Martin counted down the time until his Hawaiian investigation would begin, he claimed that he had received threats.  In an October 14, 2008 post he stated:

NEW YORK NEWS CONFERENCE: Obama investigation team in Hawaii receives threats

“We have no way of gauging the seriousness of these threats,” says Andy Martin. “We will be taking precautions. Obama associates with violent people and his authoritarian personality lends itself to violent supporters.”

On October 15, 2008, Andy Martin and his “research team” landed in Hawaii.  The next day Mr. Martin informed his readership of the following:

(HONOLULU, HI)(October 16, 2008) First the good news. Our new fighting camp in Honolulu is fully operational. We have set up our communications, computers, printers and everything else within 24 hours of arrival. We are already out in the field doing our Obama research.

One national television network has already requested to cover this mission and we expect to liaison with them shortly.

The following day, October 17th, Andy Martin announced that he was filing a lawsuit in the Hawaii First Circuit Court.  His lawsuit (CIVIL NUMBER: 08-1-2147-10 BIA) was against both the Governor of Hawaii, Linda Lingle, and the Director of the Department of Health, Chiyome Fukino.  The following day, October 18th, Andy Martin wrote a blog post providing the details to his Hawaiian lawsuit.  Martin’s lawsuit in summary alleged the following:

EMERGENCY MOTION FOR ORDER TO SHOW CAUSE

Plaintiff ANDY MARTIN (“Plaintiff”), pro se, respectfully moves this Court on an emergency basis for an Order to Show Cause (“OSC”) directing the defendants to show cause on or before October 22, 2008 at a hearing before this Court why the relief requested by the Plaintiff should not be granted.
1. This lawsuit does not involve complicated or disputed facts.
2. Time is of the essence because Plaintiff would like to write columns and articles about the Birth Certificate before November 3, 2008.
3. Plaintiff is physically present in Hawai’i and is available to appear before the Court in person at any hearing on or before October 22, 2008.
4. There is intense national interest in access to an officially certified copy of the birth certificate in question as well as any related supporting information which the defendants may have in their possession.
5. A proposed OSC is attached to this Emergency Motion.

At this point, Mr. Martin was on the right track in his pursuit of information; however, it appears he did not seek the correct venue (as will be discussed later in this article).  As we have discovered through Leo Donofrio’s blog and the initial research by blogger MissTickly (AKA TerriK),  Hawai had clear open information laws that Mr. Martin could have studied and utilized to pursue the information he was requesting.  In addition, Mr. Martin was in Hawaii for a week and could have taken the opportunity while he was there to go to the sites where the records were located and request public information (such as index files).  From Mr. Martin’s posts on his blog, we do not see evidence that Mr. Martin pursued the open records laws of Hawaii; rather, he summarily filed a lawsuit while he was physically in Hawaii.  Had Mr. Martin (and maybe he did) visited the Hawaiian Department of Health website, he would have discovered a link on the front page under Popular Links entitled:  Certified Copies of Vital Records – Birth & Death Certificates.  In following these links he would have discovered that access to vital records was restricted by Hawaii Revised Statute §338-18. In fairness to Mr. Martin, we do not know if the Certified Copies of Vital Records was one of the Popular Links back in October of 2008, and, interestingly, the Wayback Machine archives for www.hawaiia.gov/doh do not appear in the archives.  In fact, only one archive for the year 2007 appears in the Wayback Machine and no archives for the year 2008.  By contrast, all archives appear in the Wayback machine for the State of Arizona’s Department of Health Site for the year 2007 and January through July for the year 2008.  At this point is it fair to assume that Mr. Martin should have known about Hawaii Revised Statute §338-18?  It seems that if he wished to bring forth a successful lawsuit familiarization with this statute would have been critical.

The next day, October 19, 2008, rather than focus on the lawsuit he had just filed, Mr. Martin chose to switch gears and announced a three part series concerning the results of is Hawaiian investigation.  His announcement read in part as follows:

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Andy Martin’s explosive new series on Barack Obama’s Hawai’ian history. Martin’s investigative team in Honolulu finds the dramatic truth about who Barack Obama really is. Martin says his revelations are a “sad story,” but an essential element in understanding the soul of the presidential candidate. The series is sure to ignite a firestorm on the Internet, and further embarrass the mainstream media that have been avoiding any searching inquiry into Obama’s past.

The Obama investigation in Hawai’i
Obama’s Hawai’i Years: The truth finally revealed
Starting Monday, October 20th

On October 20, 2008, Mr. Martin was a busy man.  He informed his readers of activity on his lawsuit where he stated that the “Hawai’i Supreme Court [was] asked to issue [an] emergency writ opening secret Obama birth files” and that an “Emergency Petition in Hawai’i Supreme Court seeks to expedite release of Barack Obama’s family records.”  In addition to his lawsuit activities, Mr. Martin was also ready to begin releasing the results of his research.  In his second blog entry on this day, Mr. Martin made the following sensational claim:

Monday, October 20, 2008

High Noon in Hawaii: Barack Obama and Andy Martin collide in the Aloha State

Chicago crusader Andy Martin stands on the verge of “taking down” the Obama campaign.
Martin says Obama is using his grandmother as a pretext, and that Obama really fears the secret truths about him that are about to be disclosed.

Barack Obama and Andy Martin confront each other in Honolulu
Andy Martin’s investigative team provokes a “suspension” of Obama’s campaign and a desperate trip to Hawai’i by the presidential candidate
The drama builds to a Hollywood “High Noon” confrontation between good and evil

ANDY MARTIN

Executive Editor
ContrarianCommentary.com

First, it should be noted that Mr. Martin has no proof that his activities in Hawaii prompted Mr. Obama to travel there.  Barack Obama’s officially stated reason for his trip was that his Grandmother was very ill.  It was believed at the time that she may not be with us much longer, and in fact, Barack Obama’s Grandmother did pass away a few days after Mr. Obama had visited her in Hawaii. Mr. Martin utilizes a timeline of circumstantial evidence to prove he was responsible for Barack Obama’s trip to Hawaii.

I will spare you further quotes from the three part series; however, in this three part series, Mr. Martin comes to the final conclusion that Barack Obama was fathered by Frank Marshall Davis rather than Barack Obama Sr., a claim that Mr. Martin once again offers with no substantial proof thereof  and has yet to prove to this day.  Throughout his blog posts and in particular in part one of his three part series, Mr. Martin promotes his book on Barack Obama The Man Behind the Mask.  Is Mr. Martin really interested in seeking the truth about Mr. Obama or is he padding his book sales and his pocket?  Mr. Martin makes speculative arguments regarding Barack Obama’s biological father that may be true, but the may has to be greatly emphasized.  Anyone can speculate about a situation and come up with some sort of sensational claim that cannot be definitively refuted, but to make a sensational claim without any concrete evidence is simply wrong on the part of the accuser.  Mr. Martin claims that this is one of the reasons why release of the vault copy birth certificate is so important, but to leap to conclusions and place wild accusations in the public domain without the release of said birth certificate bearing the results of Mr. Martin’s theories is not legitimate journalism and is not sound investigative practice.

After the sensationalism of Barack Obama’s birth, Mr. Martin returns to his lawsuit which is supposed to be heard on November 7, 2008 and later Mr. Martin informs his readership that the court date was set for November 18, 2008.  Within his blog post on Tuesday, October 28, 2008, Mr. Martin begins soliciting contributions for his legal work in Hawaii.  Originally, Mr. Martin had hoped to argue his case without being physically present in Hawaii, but once he became aware of the court’s requirement that he appear in person, he began soliciting contributions for his Hawaii case presumably to pay for his future plane trip(s) and lodging in Hawaii.

On November 18, 2008, the court date for the law suit, Mr. Martin made the following statements in his blog post:

(HONOLULU)(November 18, 2008) Aloha from Hawai’i.

A Honolulu circuit judge heard vigorous arguments in the lawsuit filed by Obama author Andy Martin. Martin is seeking access to Barack Obama’s original, typewritten 1961 birth certificate. The judge reserved judgment.

“We had about a half-hour hearing,” Martin states. “Both the Attorney General and I vigorously presented our respective positions. The Court gave no indication of when or how the ruling could come or what the result will be.

He then goes on to state that he is going to begin a “National Conversation on the Future of America” seeking “to begin a dialog and discussion on how people who reject the regime of Barack Obama will continue to manifest their opposition.”  Andy Martin supposedly does launch his “national conversation” which we will discuss later, but first he obtains the results from his Hawaii lawsuit. 

On November 21, 2008, Mr. Martin receives the following disposition of his case:  “Hawai’i court blocks release of Barack Obama’s birth certificate,” and he claims that he “hopes to appeal [the] Honolulu court decision.”  Mr. Martin follows up with a post that states Hawaii has not followed its own laws and asks the court to reconsider its flawed ruling.  Mr. Martin indicates, for the first time, in this blog post that he is aware of Hawaii’s Uniformed Information Practices Act (UIPA) when he states the following:

3. The Court decided a nonexistent standing issue

Plaintiff sought access to a historic document on two grounds: (i) a Health statute vesting as court with authority to direct release, and (ii) the Hawai’i UIPA. Both the statute, which vests the court with discretion to hear requests for access, and the UIPA, provide for review by this Court. There is thus a statutory grant of standing to seek review of a denial of access.
There is no “standing” issue in this lawsuit. Plaintiff does not need to show “injury” to seek access to a historic Hawai’i record. The AG’s claim was complete nonsense. Why the Attorney General sought to garbage-up the record with bogus standing claims is a question that should concern the court. Why the Court threw in standing as an afterthought as a basis for dismissal, when there is no such issue, is bizarre.

Andy Martin may have finally been on the right course here, yet he failed to follow up his own discovery by seeking the information directly from the DOH under Hawaii’s UIPA.  As Leo Donfrio has brought to our attention through his blog, Hawaii Revised Statute 338-18(d) could have been pursued to first substantiate through index data that Barack Obama has a vital record in Hawaii and then by applying 92F-12(a)(15) arguments could have been made that Barack Obama no longer has a privacy right to prevent requests to records.  Did Mr. Martin pursue the sound and available UIPA to find the truth about Mr. Obama’s birth?  No.  Mr. Martin could have utilized Hawaii’s Office of Information Practices (OIP) for rulings regarding any requests denied him under Hawaii’s UIPA rather than immediately pursuing litigation.  Instead, while on travel in Hawaii to supposedly expose the truth about Barack Obama, Mr. Martin rushed through a lawsuit and never pursued the clear and legal avenues Hawaii’s UIPA had to offer Mr. Martin.  It should be noted that it is not a requirement to go through the OIP before bringing a lawsuit, but Mr. Martin did not do himself or the public any service by rushing through his lawsuit without extensive research of Hawaii’s legislative acts and statutes and making the appropriate requests to the appropriate officials.  Now, the question is why?  Why did Mr. Martin not follow the UIPA and get at the truth?

As mentioned earlier, Mr. Martin began his national conversation campaign and of course took contributions for his travel and lodging expenses to Washington D.C.  With his trip to Hawaii behind him, his call for contributions to continue his lawsuit and the promotion of his book The Man Behind the Mask makes it difficult to attribute pure motivations to Mr. Martin’s work when so many donations are being asked for and accepted.  However, on December 8, 2008, to his credit Mr. Martin attempts to expose Mr. Berg (the first lawyer to bring a lawsuit regarding Barack Obama’s birth) as a huckster just looking for donations.  It could be the proverbial “pot calling the kettle black,” but at least Mr. Martin seems to understand that one shouldn’t be profiting off of lawsuits that don’t follow the proper venue.  We can only wonder if Mr. Martin sees the irony in his own claims.  Had he simply followed Hawaiian law and made appropriate requests to the appropriate Hawaiian officials under the UIPA, he could have been much more effective in Hawaii.  Instead he chose to supposedly research an unsubstantiated allegation of the true father of Barack Obama.

Interrupting Mr. Martin’s national crusade is the news and indictment of the Governor of Illinois, Rod Blagojevich.  Mr. Martin, a local of Chicago, provides his analysis of this matter and makes an appeal in a blog post from December of 2008 to be appointed to Barack Obama’s old Senate seat.  Andy Martin discusses in detail throughout many blog posts in December his thoughts on the Blagojevich matter.  As we all know, Roland Burris was later appointed by Blagojevich to the Senate seat.  Mr. Martin is now running for the Republican nomination for the 2010 election for that seat.  In late December of 2008, Mr. Martin returns to his stated mission of a national conversation.  He holds press conferences in San Francisco and San Diego regarding current events with relation to Mr. Obama and President George W. Bush.  In particular he becomes interested in the events in Gaza and writes extensively on this subject.  Then, he later moves on to Caroline Kennedy’s bid for replacement to Hillary Clinton’s Senate seat.

In February of 2009, we find out from Mr. Martin in a blog post that Hawaii denied his motion back in January and that Mr. Martin will be appealing to an Intermediate Court.  While Andy Martin was very busy discussing current affairs in December and January he has provided few details of his court case, and he has failed to provide the court transcript he promised back in November.  On February 12, 2008, he begins a two-part series claiming that Barack Obama is an “Affirmative Action President” and that his presidency has already failed.  Then on February 25, 2009, he officially announces his candidacy for the 2010 election for U.S. Senate.  In early March, Andy Martin seems to get back on the birth certificate brigade and announces that he will be holding a national conference in Washington D.C. on April 3rd and 4th.  On Saturday, March 28, 2009, Andy Martin announces that the “Hawai’i court [was] asked to expedite Obama birth certificate appeal.”    

On April 13, 2009, we still do not have an update as to his national conferences held in Washington D.C. in early April, but we now see Andy Martin shift back to a Hawaiian focus.  He encourages the nation to boycott Hawaii and he begins his renewed efforts through the courts in Hawaii.  He writes:

April 13, 2009

Dear Supporter:

Great news!

We have made tentative reservations to go back to Hawai’i: (1) to continue our research about Barack Obama’s personal history; (2) to help Hawai’ians understand why we are recommending an economic boycott of the state and (3) to file new lawsuits seeking access to public and school records concerning Barack Obama’s history.

The State of Hawai’i has been stonewalling our requests for documents and violating Hawai’i state law. More lawsuits are probably necessary. However biased the local courts may be, they have unquestioned jurisdiction over the vital information and historical documents we need. So we have to sue in Hawai’i.

We have seven days to pay for the new travel reservations, at which point they will cancel out.

This is our first preliminary letter to update you and advise you if you wish to either (1) financially support the new investigative trip or (2) join the team in Hawai’i or (3) do both.

If funded, “Operation Aloha Obama II” will launch in Honolulu on May 9th and conclude on May 14th.

So here we find Andy Martin soliciting the public for more money.  In the same blog post he makes the claim that his October 2008 trip to Hawaii and subsequent investigation was “spectacularly successful.”  Really Andy?  What successes do you proclaim?  His October 2008 investigation in Hawaii produced no tangible results.  His lawsuits to date have produced no tangible results.  His lawsuits have not followed information available to him through the UIPA if he would have just pursued the proper avenues to obtain information.  And yet, now, Mr. Martin would like the public to provide him with further funds for another trip to Hawaii which can be assumed will not produce any results based on his record to date.  He’s failed to report on his Washington D.C. trip which was supposed to be a national conversation on the subject matter of Barack Obama’s birth, and yet in every instance Andy Martin has failed to produce substantiated tangible results.  He claims to be holding yet another news conference in New York on April 18th, and yet we find all Mr. Martin does is travel around the United States quite a bit and producing nothing of substance backed by proof that we can use to get at the truth.  Then, on April 21, 2009, Mr. Martin announces a new project where he will be making a movie based on his book The Man Behind the Mask and his Hawaii investigation from the previous year.   Not surprisingly, he renews his call for contributions from the public to help him achieve his new endeavor (can also be read scheme).  Do you see a pattern here?  Every few weeks, or months, Mr. Martin launches a new project or scheme to gain public funding for his work.  It would be one thing if his former projects had produced results, but they have not.  On April 30, 2009, Mr. Martin claims his Hawaii movie project is gaining momentum, and his new claim to obtain money from the public is to “run ads in Honolulu media seeking Obama testimony and memorabilia.”  Ah Andy, yet another scheme to garner funds from the public?

So what becomes of this wonderful Hawaii movie project?  On May 4th, Mr. Martin solicits more help from the public first stating that he “ran a highly successful first round of local advertising in Honolulu” and “[d]epending on the availability of financial support, [they] will run more ads.”  He also claims in this blog post that “[b]ecause of my reputation for lawyerlike thoroughness, even our competitors are closely watching our pre-production activity for the Obama movie.”  His lawyerlike thoroughness?  This from a man that has produced absolutely nothing from his lawsuit in Hawaii.  This from a man who failed to follow the UIPA with requests to the appropriate government officials that may have produced some results.  This from a man that failed to ask for Opinion Letters from the OIP because he couldn’t because he never made the appropriate requests to Hawaiian individuals to produce the information he supposedly is so lawyerlike after in his Hawaiian lawsuit. 

On May 7th, Mr. Martin finally follows up on that Washington National Conference he supposedly held on April 3rd and 4th in Washington D.C.  He posts a YouTube video that is supposed to be a preview to the entire conference which he promises to post in a few days.  Clicking on the link (today) to the YouTube video preview he provides yields no video, just a statement that the video was removed by the user.   He reminds us that his movie project in Hawaii will begin in just two days.  In the same post he states:

Other actions and events:

In addition to movie production, we will be conducting news conferences and other activity in Hawai’i. Most of last year’s Obama critics have flamed out; like a patient and persistent tortoise we keep focused on going forward with our campaign to seek the truth and find the facts about BHO. The facts are not always as exciting as some of the lies that are published about Obama, but lies only help him. Only the truth can bring him down.

God bless you all. We are doing a good job; we need your support. If you have not yet backed Operation Aloha Obama II, you can make an online donation at:

http://www.CommitteeofOneMilliontoDefeatBarackObama.com

or mail a check to us at P.O. Box 1851, New York, NY 10150-1851.

Our next report will come to you from Honolulu.

“Most of last year’s Obama critics have flamed out,” Mr. Martin? Or have your public contributors “flamed out” because you have yet to produce for them any results based in fact, so you have to come up with another scheme and make another plea for public donations.

On May 12, 2009, Andy Martin finally shows us at first some tangible evidence that he understands Hawaii’s UIPA, but then as seems to be the case with Mr. Martin he seeks to immediately proceed to lawsuits instead of attempting to have the OIP help him in the matter.  He writes:

Dear Governor Lingle:

On April 3rd I sent you a letter stating you had failed to comply with the UIPA. I have not had any response to that letter.

If you would like to have a member of your staff contact me today at my local cell phone in Honolulu (see above), I would be happy to try and resolve this matter without a lawsuit.

Otherwise, I will file suit on Wednesday seeking to compel you to comply in full and in good faith with the UIPA.

I was at Justice Recktenwald’s installation yesterday, and I enjoyed your remarks.

Respectfully submitted,

ANDY MARTIN

First, we might ask, why is Mr. Martin pursuing Governor Lingle on this matter?  Why not ask the Hawaii Department of Health and in particular Dr. Fukino’s office for the records since they seem to be a more appropriate party in which to make the requests.  Why not go to the OIP for assistance when Governor Lingle failed to respond?  Mr. Martin fails to follow any logical procedure in dealing with the UIPA, thus he fails to get any answers.  Granted maybe Governor Lingle was obligated under the UIPA to inform Mr. Martin that her office did not hold the records he was requesting.  In fairness to Governor Lingle, it is impossible for us to know if Mr. Martin actually made the above stated request.  If he did make this request, why did he wait over a month to follow up with Governor Lingle when the UIPA clearly states he should have received a response in 10 days.

On May 18, 2009, Martin claims he will be producing two reports on his trip to Hawaii and then makes the claim that his trip was a “major success.”  He claims in this first report that he paid $600.00 (the money to do so the result of a generous public benefactor) for UIPA requests for records.  He then states that the AG’s office promised to begin providing documents in two weeks, thereby, removing Mr. Martin’s need to file a lawsuit to obtain this information.  Let’s see if Mr. Martin ever received his documents from the Attorney General’s office.  Of course he did not.  In his second report of his two part series, he states he will be letting us know how our support and our activity in Hawaii is changing the perceptions of Mr. Obama.  In his second report published May 20, 2009, Mr. Martin reverts back to his claim that Frank Marshall Davis is Barack Obama’s biological father.  Mr. Martin writes:

When we returned to Honolulu in “Operation Aloha Obama II” to film “Obama: The Hawai’i Years,” we tested the Frank Marshall Davis hypothesis all over again.

When you plug the Kenyan Obama’s name in as “father” in Barack Obama’s family tree, nothing makes sense, and nothing adds up. When you substitute Frank Marshall Davis’ name, all the pieces of the puzzle fit neatly together. The “dreams” in “Dreams From My Father” were Frank Marshall Davis’ dreams. Barack Obama came to Chicago because Chicago was both the residence and spiritual home that Frank had been forced to abandon.

Interesting, in previous posts last year, Mr. Martin claimed it was fact that Frank Marshall Davis was Barack Obama’s father, now it is simply his hypothesis. 

By May 26, 2009, Mr. Martin is back to focusing on his court case in Hawaii and states that an “Obama birth certificate brief [has been] filed in Hawaii’ appellate court” (No. 29643).  He appears to provide the full text of the law suit in this blog post.  He does make an important point in this suit where he states:  “Hawaii officials waived secrecy by publicly disseminating incomplete information about a historical document.”  He is close but not completely accurate.  Under 92F-12(a)(15), Mr. Martin has a case regarding Hawaii office holder’s official actions and how the privacy of supporting documents may now be made pubic, but he certainly does not make that clear in his lawsuit and does not cite 92F-12(a)(15)The fact that he understands he has a legitimate case is supported by the following allegation in his complaint:

With due respect, public officials are not free to manipulate records under their control, playing cat-and-mouse with the public by discussing the document while saying “I can see it but you can’t.” Such behavior constituted a waiver under Hawai’i law.

But, again, he fails to detail the statutes that help make his case instead showing court cases of precedents that support his actions.  After attempting to garner the public’s trust with his renewed legal efforts in Hawaii, Mr. Martin goes back to letting the public know what has become of the video of his Washington D.C. conference held on April 3rd and 4th.  On May 29, 2009, he tells us that:

The full video of the Washington Birth Certificate Conference should be posted on the Internet shortly. I apologize for the delay in posting but there were, as always, budgetary problems.

The Washington Conference video will provide a valuable reference point. You can see some of the original documents at:
http://nationalconferenceonobama.blogspot.com/

From this blog post, I discovered that Mr. Martin’s activities were tracked via another BlogSpot site he had created to inform the public on this conference.  On that site, he also asks for monetary contributions to his efforts.  For the most part, the conference is centered around exposure of Mr. Obama’s original long form or vault copy birth certificate as well as Mr. Martin’s theory of Frank Marshall Davis as Barack Obama’s father.  Mr. Martin began late last year after his October trip to Hawaii to refer to Frank Marshall Davis as being Barack Obama’s father as fact.  Now in 2009, he describes it as a theory or hypothesis.  In a YouTube video produced by Illuminati Productions, Andy Martin discusses the bases for his belief that Frank Marshall Davis is Barack Obama’s father comes from interviews he conducted with people that knew Frank Marshall Davis.  It is a far leap to present this as factual evidence.  For now, it is simple supposition and speculation that is not confirmed.

So what has become of Andy Martin?  He continues his run as the Republican candidate for the 2010 Illinois U.S. Senate race.  To date he has not produced the video of his Washington D.C. conference and claims that the Obama Administration is thwarting that effort.  In his August 6, 2009 blog post he claims the Washington D.C. conference tape was stolen.   His court case in Hawaii appears to be in the final judgment phase with no favorable judgments nor tangible documents being produced in his favor.  I had to find this link to the Hawaii court cases myself as he has never provided a link in any of his blog posts so that the public could easily follow the proceedings.  He has never produced that transcript he promised from his Hawaiian November 2008 court appearance.  He has yet to produce his movie on the Hawaii years.  And as recently as August 6, 2009 he renewed his request for contributions, this time to fund a second Washington D.C. conference.

We began this blog post by attempting to figure out if Andy Martin is one of the phonies out there — simply sucking off of the public teat asking for donations and contributions to pursue his work in the birth certificate controversy.  Andy Martin is certainly one of those phonies.  Although he does admit in some of his blog posts that regardless of Barack Obama’s place of birth, Barack Obama is not a natural born citizen because his father held British citizenship at birth as did Barack Obama.  Instead of pursuing this thoughtful line of attack, Mr. Martin repeatedly theorizes on another father for Barack Obama which would then make Barack Obama a natural born citizen.  Mr. Martin claims as a tagline to be “factually correct; not politically correct,” and yet he hasn’t produced a single fact from his investigations, conferences and law suits that can be substantiated.  Andy Martin claims to be a journalist.  Journalists ensure that their facts are in order before making wild accusations and diverting public attention to unsubstantiated claims.  Mr. Martin lives in the realm of unproved hypotheses and is happy to take your money as he continues to obfuscate the important issues of Barack Obama’s natural born citizen status.  Mr. Martin is happy to take your money in the name of investigative journalism, yet he appears to practice “yellow journalism” more than anything else.  Yellow journalism “exploits, distorts, or exaggerates the news to create sensations and attract readers.”  There can be no better description of Andy Martin than that.

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