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Health director who approved Obama birth certificate dies amidst controversy

Loretta Fuddy was the Hawaiian official who verified the authenticity of President Obama's birth certificate. (Hawaii Department of Health)
Loretta Fuddy was the Hawaiian official who verified the authenticity of President Obama's birth certificate. (Hawaii Department of Health)

In an event that has already sent anti-Obama, “birther,” conspiracy theorists into a frenzy, the director of the Hawaii Department of Health, Loretta Fuddy, died Wednesday in a plane crash off the coast of the Molokai Kalaupapa peninsula during an inter-island flight according information released by local authorities on Thursday.

Fuddy received national attention when she released the highly sought after and highly controversial, long-form birth certificate of President Obama in 2011.

According to Makani Kai Air’s Richard Schuman, the owner of the small, regional carrier, the single-engine plane crashed due to engine failure, which was reported by KITV4.

A National Transportation Safety Board spokesperson said the agency will conduct an investigation and issue a report within the next 10 to 14 days, even though the plane is more than likely not recoverable, which is enough to fuel a conspiracy theory with just that.

Also, the Federal Aviation Administration is conducting a probe of the incident according to a spokesperson.

Fuddy, 65, was among nine other people aboard the plane when it crashed shortly after leaving the Kalaupapa Airport on the Molokai Island at approximately 3:15 p.m. Wednesday afternoon.

Unfortunately, Fuddy was the only person who died in the crash. The other eight people on the plane, including the pilot, were rescued according to Honolulu Fire Capt. Terry Seelig who told KHON-TV: “It’s always a difficult situation when you’re not able to get everybody out.”

Nevertheless on Thursday, Lt. William Juan of the Maui Police Department confirmed that Fuddy’s body was recovered, and an autopsy would be conducted. So let the conspiracy theories begin, and they certainly have.

And after this supposedly suspicious, plane crash, the birther movement has proven once again to be more and more like the political vampire that it is, as it has continued to be resurrected.

And on Thursday, social media provided the medium for the birther ideology to return, and birther skeptics were quick to suggest that Obama somehow played a role in the death of Fuddy — having her eliminated before she could one day spill the Kenyan beans on his executive cover-up.

Some of the Twitter posts included: “The WH tying up loose ends?” and “What did she really know?” There was also a tweet that read: “R.I.P. Loretta Fuddy — we’ll know the truth about Barack Hussein Obama, regardless.”

Head birther and longtime rival Donald Trump also weighed in on Twitter. He tweeted: “How amazing, the State Health Director who verified copies of Obama’s ‘birth certificate’ died in plane crash today. All others lived.”

California-based birther Orly Taitz released a statement about the death of Fuddy as well.

“Now deceased Director of Health Loretta Fuddy was appointed to her position in March of 2011, only a couple of weeks prior to releasing forged birth certificate for Obama,” Taitz wrote.

So whether it’s the controversial death of Vince Foster, close friend of the Clinton family, or the controversial death of Former Secretary of Commerce Ron Brown, who worked for the Clinton administration; It seems as if the more hated you are politically the easier it is for conspiracy theories to stick.

This is why the Obama administration continues to be plagued with murky accusations of foul, political play from the death of anti-Obama provocateur Andrew Breitbart to the current tragedy involving the death of Fuddy and her alleged involvement in the infamously perceived and thought to be forged birth certificate.

So as long as there is an exceedingly polarizing president in the White House, often times a liberal/Democrat, a strong, anti-government sentiment seems to grow, hate group membership will often rise, and birther-like movements are almost always right there to capitalize on the fearfully inept and the most vulnerable.

Realistically, it's hard to understand why the Obama administration would want to get rid of Fuddy. It would certainly seem that there would have to be an entire slew of more pressing people to whack than her.

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