Fact Check: Neil Sankey, Barack Obama and 27 Social Security Numbers?
There’s a new e-mail message making the rounds that makes all sorts of claims about the illegitimacy of Barack Obama’s claim to American citizenship, and indeed the illegitimacy of Barack Obama’s claim to actual existence.
Last night, I received a message from one Simone Tanz, a devotee of a Doctor of Naturopathic Medicine who claims to be able to cure cancer at a rate of nearly 100%. You can read the full text of Tanz’s message here; it is part of a cut-and-paste sending spree that appears to have originated in mid-April of 2010.
Here at Irregular Times we’ll take the time to fact-check the new anti-Obama message over the next week or so, updating what we find in individual posts and accumulating those findings here.
Tonight let’s start the fact-checking with this doozy that Barack Obama “has 27 Social Security numbers“:
Is is possible that just like the “Big Brother” image that he is trying to assume, he never really existed?…
There is only one Barack Hussein Obama according to the U. S. Census and he has 27 Social Security numbers and over 80 aliases.
The Collins Report connects this assertion to a source named Neil Sankey:
According to a search done by former British police detective Neil Sankey, now a U.S. citizen and a licensed private investigator in Los Angeles, Barack Obama reportedly has 27 different social security numbers under 21 different personal and/or familial name variations in 22 different states plus the District of Columbia.
Along with PI Susan Daniels, Sankey generated a large social security public data base in his lengthy research project, titled “List of Properties associated with Barack Obama and his family.”
Sankey’s research is featured in a web video entitled Dossier2MP4 produced by Jim Przybowski. The Sankey/ Daniels social security investigation segment alleges Obama currently is using a social security number of someone born in Connecticut in l890.
When asked, “How long does a social security number have to be set aside after a [death] . . when can it be used again after someone dies?” a Social Security agent named “Kathy” said “it can’t be used again. . once it’s been assigned, it can’t be used again. . .”
Neil Sankey is a private investigator in Los Angeles who sent prominent “birther” Orly Taitz a list of various names, some with supposed social security numbers (read here) that he located. How did he find these names and social security numbers? Sankey explains in an affidavit for one of Orly Taitz’s many lawsuits:
During the course of the work that I was doing in the latter part of 2008, regarding the activities and qualifications of Mr. Obama, I have compiled a record of all of the addresses in regards to which I have seen the use of his name. The records and databases which I use are many and varied having been accumulated for many different reasons but all are Public Record and the documents I have used are available to the General Public with, or without the payment of fees.
What are these public records? Orly Taitz names them in another lawsuit:
Exhibit 3 is an affidavit from a licensed investigator and retired Scotland Yard elite anti organized crime officer Mr. Neil Sankey, who has compiled from the most reputable National databases: Lexis Nexis and Choice Point a list of multiple addresses under the names of Barack Obama and Barry Obama, those addresses are connected to 39 different social security numbers, none of which were issued in the state of HI.
Inaccuracy in the Lexis Nexis database is enough of an issue that it maintains a special link for people who are interested in correcting false information about themselves. And then there’s Choice Point. What do we know about the Choice Point database service?
At Privacy International’s Big Brother Award ceremony held in Cambridge, MA on March 7, 2001, ChoicePoint received the “Greatest Corporate Invader” award “for massive selling of records, accurate and inaccurate, to cops, direct marketers and election officials.”…
EPIC argued that companies like ChoicePoint are returning people to a pre-Fair Credit Reporting Act era, one marked by “unaccountable data companies that reported inaccurate, falsified, and irrelevant information on Americans…” these public records reports sold by Choicepoint have been shown to be highly inaccurate. According to a report by Pam Dixon of the World Privacy Forum, Choicepoint’s public information reports have a very high error rate. In her sample, 90% of the reports obtained contained errors; frequently these errors were serious, such as individuals being identified by the wrong sex….
Elizabeth Rosen, a victim of the Choicepoint privacy breach, found that five of the six pages of her report contained errors. Rosen’s report erroneously indicated that she was the officer of businesses in Texas, that she maintained a private mail box at “Mailboxes Etc.,” and that she owned businesses, including a “Zach’s Cheese and Deli.” Privacy researcher Richard Smith obtained his Choicepoint report and wrote that his report “contain[ed] more misinformation than correct information.”
That bit about identifying people by the wrong sex is directly verifiable in Neil Sankey’s low-quality list, which begins by listing Stanley Ann Dunham’s sex as “male” 10 times and as “female” 0 times. Stanley Ann Dunham is the name of Barack Obama’s mother. Was Barack Obama’s mother a man? Now that would be a really explosive revelation! Other clear errors find their way into Sankey’s list — the frequent misspelling of Barack Obama’s name is one and the placement of the White House in the states of Maryland and California is another. My favorite is the record which places Barack Obama’s residence at 1234 Happy Street, a street in Covington Washington that does not exist.
Finally, what does Neil Sankey think of his own list? The Guardian asked him:
Most recently, he carried out an exhaustive search of databases that he claims threw up 140 different identification numbers and addresses for “Barack Obama”. He admits the findings prove nothing — there is nothing to link the entries to the president…
Let’s sum up: an error-riddled search with repeated false genders, multiple false names, dozens of false street addresses, and a few false states for something as easily located as the White House, generated from databases that at times contain more inaccurate information than accurate information, somehow generates multiple social security numbers for Barack Obama. Meanwhile, the search is rejected as proving nothing by the very person who carried it out.
There are two conclusions you can draw from this:
1. This sure is one screwed up list.
2. Clearly, Stanley Ann Dunham was a man and Barack Obama does not actually exist.
I go with Option 1.