Was the Name Barack Obama Stolen from a Man born in 1890?
Anti-Obama activist Orly Taitz asserts that Barack Obama is engaged in identity fraud, based in part on the following legal claim filed by Taitz:
Social security number that Mr. Obama is using currently 042-68-4425, is a number, fraudulently obtained by Mr. Obama, as according to affidavits of Mr. Sankey, Ms. Daniels and former immigration officer, private investigator Mr. Sampson, this number was assigned between 1976-1977 in CT, while Mr. Obama resided at a time in HI. As a matter of fact, Mr. Obama never resided in CT.
042-68-4425 was originally assigned to an individual born in 1890, which makes him 120 years old. It appears this individual applied for the benefits when he was older and retired, and needed some Medicaire or Medicaid benefits. Mr. Obama is not 120 years old.
Social security numbers of people who have died are not reused for newly born Americans, but are rather “retired.” This fact, in combination with the assertion that SS# 042-68-4425 is claimed by Barack Obama and yet assigned to someone born in 1890, is used as the basis for Orly Taitz’s accusation that:
Obama used a stolen social security number 042-68-4425, which was issued to another individual born in 1890 in the state of CT.
These are rather stark assertions. Let’s fact check them.
What’s the basis for the claim in those affidavits that Barack Obama’s social security number is 042-68-4425? It is an error-ridden search of a database so discredited that the company creating it no longer exists, generating absurdities like placement of the White House in both California and Maryland, repeated declarations that Barack Obama’s mother is a man, and street addresses like 1234 Happy Street and 3 Multiple Street that do not exist. Neil Sankey, the man who carried out these searches, has admitted that they actually do not prove anything. For full consideration of these points, see our previous fact-check here.
But even assuming that Barack Obama’s social security number were 042-68-4425 — a claim that has not been proven — how would one conclude that the same number “was issued to another individual born in 1890 in the state of CT?” One would search the Social Security Death Index (here and here). This public record contains information on all the social security numbers of Americans who have died.
Go ahead and do carry out a search for your deceased grandmother or grandfather. Mine were born in 1901 and 1898 respectively; they got social security numbers and they are easily found in the index by searching either for their names or for their social security numbers.
Now go ahead and carry out a search for the social security number 042-68-4425 in the Social Security Death Index. There are no results. This means (unless you want to start arguing that Barack Obama’s handlers have scrubbed the records, in which case you can argue anything at all) that there is no deceased person, born in 1890 or any other year, who ever had the social security number 042-68-4425.
Orly Taitz’s claim? Clearly FALSE.
Postscript: Since it is so clearly false that Barack Obama stole the social security number 042-68-4425 from a man who died in 1890, you may be asking yourself: where did Taitz even get the notion to start claiming that it is true in the first place? Why, from the results of Neil Sankey’s error-ridden search engine spree. On page 27 of the document that places the White House in Maryland and California, “Barack Hussein Obama” is identified as a male with social security number 042-68-4425 who was born in 1890.
If you’re a reasonable person, considering the numerous other outlandish errors in the document, you conclude that this entry is erroneous, too.
If you’re like Orly Taitz, you conclude that you’ve just uncovered a vast conspiracy to defraud a 120-year-old dead man, construct a false identity, and orchestrate a criminal takeover of American government.
Which sort of person are you?