Hawaii plane crash fires up Obama conspiracy theorists

Loreta Fuddy

Death of official who certified president's birth certificate attracts the attention of ‘birthers' including Donald Trump

LAST UPDATED AT 14:15 ON Fri 13 Dec 2013

THE death in a plane crash of the Hawaiian official who certified Barack Obama's birth certificate has sent conspiracy theorists into a frenzy.

A small but significant number of Americans believe Obama was born in Kenya, not Hawaii, and is therefore ineligible to be the president of the United States. These ‘birthers', as they are known, are convinced that the death of Hawaii's public health director Loretta Fuddy on Wednesday afternoon may not have been an accident.

Fuddy was killed when the single-engined Cessna aircraft she was travelling in crashed into the sea shortly after takeoff from Kalaupapa Airport on the island of Molokai. Seven other passengers and the pilot were rescued, but Fuddy was trapped in the wreckage, the Los Angeles Times reports.

The 65-year-old was briefly in the spotlight in April 2011, when she verified the authenticity of the president's birth certificate. Obama was forced to produce the document after a concerted campaign by ‘birthers', the most prominent of whom is the property tycoon Donald Trump.

When Obama offered his birth certificate for scrutiny he said: "I know that there's going to be a segment of people for which, no matter what we put out, this issue will not be put to rest."

He was right. Trump and his fellow ‘birthers' declared the document was probably a forgery and continued their campaign. Now they have “seized” on Fuddy's death to suggest that something - it's not clear what - doesn't add up.

Trump lead the way by tweeting: "How amazing, the State Health Director who verified copies of Obama's 'birth certificate' died in plane crash today. All others lived."

Other birthers were more explicit. "The WH tying up loose ends?" asked one. "What did she really know?" and "R.I.P. Loretta Fuddy - we'll know the truth about Barack Hussein Obama, regardless."

In the meantime, Fuddy's family, friends and colleagues are mourning her death and crash investigators were trying to determine if the accident was due to human error or mechanical failure. A spokesman for the National Transportation Safety Board said the agency's findings should be ready within 14 days. · 

Disqus - noscript

When a light aircraft crashes in water, it's a miracle if anyone survives, not a mystery if someone dies.

so when all the crew survives but one, one very convenient to terminate, it is likely this was a manufactured event, as the likelihood of such a miracle is, er... too convenient

why these idiots get a life! Leave the president to get on with his job.

What job? What has Obama done apart from tell lies and continue the wars that Bush started? No genuine birth certificate has ever been produced - the pdf document on the government website is an electronic fake which has been manufactured. No original has ever been produced. Why support a liar?

Too many witnesses have died in 'crashes' and 'accidents' that don't support the official government accounts for 9/11, the 'fake' birth certificate etc. and illegal wars .. too many whistleblowers being bumped off!

Too many brainwashed idiots are believing western media propaganda and can't see through the government lies and b*llsh*t!

For further concise, balanced comment and analysis on the week's news, try The Week magazine. Subscribe today and get 6 issues completely free.