First there was President Obama's refusal to release his medical and college records. Then there was the brouhaha over his birth certificate. Well, get ready for what is sure to be the next big controversy to get conspiracy theorists salivating -- Obama's social security number.
According to an exclusive report on World Net Daily, the president has a social security number that was not issued in the state in which he lived. Oh, and it appears his number was issued for someone who was born in 1890.
Social security numbers are not a random as one might think. The first three numbers are assigned to certain states.
"Since 1973, Social Security numbers have been issued by our central office," the Social Security web site explains. "The first three (3) digits of a person's social security number are determined by the ZIP code of the mailing address shown on the application for a social security number."
According to two investigators working separately -- Susan Daniels and John Sampson -- the first three numbers of Obama's social security number are 042. The Social Security web site confirms that numbers between 040 and 049 are reserved for Connecticut residents. Obama lived in Hawaii, and there is no record of him ever having a Connecticut address.
Records indicate the card was issued to Obama between 1977 and 1979. Obama's earliest employment is reported as 1975 or 1976 at a Baskin-Robbins ice-cream shop in Hawaii. Obama would have needed to have a social security number to work there.
"I doubt this is President Obama's originally issued Social Security number," Daniels told WND. "Obama has a work history in Hawaii before he left the islands to attend college at Occidental College in California, so he must have originally been issued a Social Security number in Hawaii."
Another problem the investigators found is the birth date of the cardholder. The records reportedly show the date 1890 alongside Obama's birth date of 8/4/61. Daniels said she couldn't be sure if the 1890 figure has any significance. But she said it appears the number Obama is using was previously issued by the Social Security Administration.
Daniels said there is only one logical explanation. She is "staking my reputation on a conclusion that Obama's use of this Social Security number is fraudulent.
"There is obviously a case of fraud going on here," Daniels insisted. "In 15 years of having a private investigator's license in Ohio, I've never seen the Social Security Administration make a mistake of issuing a Connecticut Social Security number to a person who lived in Hawaii. There is no family connection that would appear to explain the anomaly."
Robert Siciliano, president and CEO of IDTheftSecurity.com and a well-known expert on identity theft, can't explain it, either.
"I know Social Security numbers have been issued to people in states where they don't live, but there's usually a good reason the person applied for a Social Security number in a different state," Siciliano told WND.
"In the case of President Obama," he continued, "I really don't know what the good reason would be that he has a Social Security number issued in Connecticut when we know he was a resident of Hawaii."
The Social Security Administration does sometimes issue new social security numbers to people upon request. But there are very limited reasons, such as for victims of identity theft, harassment or abuse.
The Daniels and Sampson affidavits were originally recorded in an eligibility case against Obama last year.
The White House has not commented on this latest controversy.