Orly Taitz, a Moldovan-born dentist and lawyer and a “birther” movement leader, has unsuccessfully appealed a $20,000 fine for a lawsuit she filed on behalf of an Army Captain, CNN reports. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas refused to intervene when appealed to, so Taitz refiled the complaint to Justice Samuel Alito. Alito referred the complaint to the entire Supreme Court, where Taitz’s appeal was rejected. Taitz had been representing Army Captain Connie Rhodes, who had argued she could not be deployed to Iraq due to President Barack Obama allegedly being a foreign-born citizen and unqualified to serve as President.
According to President Obama’s birth certificate, he was born in Honolulu Aug. 4, 1961. The birth certificate can be seen here, at the Los Angeles Times.
Taitz refilled for another hearing without Rhodes’ consent, and Taitz’s lawsuit was deemed “frivolous” by Judge Clay Land of the Middle District of Georgia, whom he accused of a political agenda and stated, CNN says, “Her response to the court’s show cause order is breathtaking in its arrogance and borders on delusional.”
Taitz has compared herself to Nelson Mandela, according to Talking Points Memo. “Listen, Nelson Mandela stayed in prison for years in order to get to the truth and justice.” She went on to compare Judge Land to a “typical puppet of the regime — just like in the Soviet Union.”
Like other contemporary conspiracy theories, such as the 9/11 conspiracy theory (the government either let it happen or made it happen), or “truther” conspirators, “birthers” believe that a large-scale conspiracy has been perpetrated against the American public. Both theories are strongly rooted in political extremes, but can have an impact on mainstream thinking, as the BBC reports.
According to the Washington Post, the Supreme Court, in a unanimous decision in December 2008, refused to take up the claim that Barack Obama was a foreign born citizen, a fact established by his birth certificate (“a forgery” according to lawyer Philip Berg) which has been verified at FactCheck.org and by the birth announcement in the Honolulu Advertiser Aug. 13, 1961.
While the Supreme Court’s decision settles the matter of Taitz’s fine, it will do nothing to stop those who believe in the “birther” movement. If anything, Taitz and her supporters will likely consider her fine further evidence of a high-level conspiracy, further supporting their beliefs. No amount of evidence will dissuade those given to agree with a conspiracy to alter their views, no matter how compelling that evidence may be — after all, in the age of Photoshop, anyone can accuse anyone else of forgery.
Bill Mears, “Justices reject appeal over fine of ‘birther’ attorney” CNN
Andrew Malcolm, “Barack Obama’s birth certificate revealed here” Los Angeles Times
Justin Elliot, “Birther Orly Taitz Compares Self To Mandela, Wants Judge Tried For Treason” Talking Points Memo
BBC News, “The evolution of a conspiracy theory”
Jess Henig, with Joe Miller, “Born in the U.S.A.” FactCheck.org
Dan Nakaso, “Hawaii officials confirm Obama’s original birth certificate still exists” Honolulu Advertiser