As I mentioned in yesterday's post, Orly Taitz, the founder and principal spokesperson for the Birther movement, is a highly educated woman, pretending to be a "ditzy blond." She graduated from the prestigious Hebrew University in Jerusalem, practices dentistry, has a law degree, real estate license, and speaks English, Russian, Hebrew, Romanian, and Spanish.
Contrary to what several bloggers have speculated here and here, Ms. Taitz is neither a Russian spy nor an agent of MOSSAD, the Israeli intelligence agency. So what is she?
Orly Taitz works for a rogue faction of the Yisrael Beiteinu [ישראל ביתנו], an ultra-nationalist Israeli political party, calling for the annexation of all areas of the Palestinian territories, in which Jewish settlements exist and for the unseating of U.S. President Obama. The party's charismatic leader, Avigdor Lieberman, is a former Russian gangster, who is currently fighting a criminal indictment charge for fraud and bribery. Even so, his popularity continues to grow among the more than one million Russians, who emigrated to Israel in the last several decades. Taitz and Lieberman both come from Chisinau, the capital city of Moldova, once part of the U.S.S.R. Lieberman emigrated to Israel in 1978 and Taitz came four years later.
Yisrael Beiteinu's meddling in American presidential politics is, firstly a means of getting back at the American Jewish community, who “betrayed the cause” by helping to elect Barack Obama to the American presidency. And more importantly, the aim of this party, which promulgates a fascist agenda, and conducts its business in Russian, is to de-stabilize Obama's presidency. They do not trust him to protect the interests of Israel, and are convinced that his Muslim-sounding name is dangerous. In fact, this group’s preoccupation with sniffing out closet-Muslims reached such a pitch of hysteria in 2009, that Taitz even refused to ride to MSNBC’s affiliate in Tel Aviv because the driver sent by the television station appeared to be a Muslim.
Taitz has been phenomenally successful in starting and fanning the rumor that U.S. President Barack Obama was born in Kenya, is not a bonafided American citizen, and thus is ineligible to sit in the Oval Office. Once polls began to show her movement growing to encompass a majority of Republican primary voters, Taitz had accomplished her goal. That is, her conspiratorial message began to win Congressional support from politicians vying for the "birther vote." Campaigning relentless on behalf of her so-called cause, this Russian-Israeli-naturalized U.S. citizen, convinced seventeen members of the U.S. Congress to support a movement, predicated on the belief that Barack Hussein Obama, could not possibly be a true-blooded American. By 2009, the number of birthers in Congress had swelled to seventeen. They include: Sen. Jim Inhofe, R-Okla., Rep. Bill Posey, R-Fla., Rep. Mary Bono Mack, R-Calif., Rep. John Campbell, R-Calif., Rep. Marsha Blackburn, R-Tenn., and Rep. John Culberson, R-Texas.
Taitz is also responsible for birther bills, which have popped up in state legislatures all over the country. According to the Huffington Post:
“Georgia is the latest state to propose legislation that questions whether President Barack Obama was born in the U.S.. . . Georgia Rep. Mark Hatfield, a Republican, said he still doesn't know if Obama is eligible to serve as president, and 92 of his GOP colleagues and one Democrat support the bill introduced Monday.”
The FBI tracked Dr. Martin Luther King for nearly twenty years, without any evidence whatsoever that the civil rights leader was a communist subversive. I can only hope that the Bureau has recalibrated its compass so that it focuses more attention on protecting our nation from real threats, such as foreign entities attempting to sow discord in order to unseat the legitimately elected president of the United States.
In addition to launching a media campaign promoting conspiratorial accusations about the president’s illegitimacy to hold office, Taitz also made use of the courts. She filed four lawsuits on behalf of soldiers who wanted to reverse their orders for deployment to Iraq on the grounds that Obama was not a legitimate commander-in-chief. The U.S. Supreme Court finally rejected her appeal, after the birther leader submitted to the court a fake document, which she passed off as a Kenyan birth certificate belonging to President Obama.