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Status report: The eligibility issue
Posted By Drew Zahn On 12/13/2008 @ 12:20 am In Front Page | Comments Disabled
More than a dozen lawsuits have been filed over Barack Obama’s eligibility to assume the office of the president, many have been dismissed, while others remain pending, including a case being considered by the U.S. Supreme Court.
The cases have, in various ways, alleged Obama does not meet the “natural-born citizen” clause of the U.S. Constitution, Article 2, Section 1, which reads, “No Person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of President.”
Some of the legal challenges have alleged that Obama was not born in Hawaii, as he insists, but was born in Kenya. Obama’s American mother, those suits contend, was too young at the time of his birth to confer American citizenship to her son under the law at the time, meaning a Kenyan birth not only disqualifies Obama from being a “natural-born citizen,” it may also mean he’s not currently an American citizen at all.
Other challenges have focused on Obama’s citizenship through his father, a Kenyan subject to the jurisdiction of the United Kingdom at the time of his birth, thus making him a dual citizen. Such cases contend the framers of the Constitution excluded dual citizens from qualifying as natural-born.
Several details of Obama’s past have added twists to the question of Obama’s eligibility and citizenship, including his family’s move to Indonesia when he was a child, on what nation’s passport he traveled to Pakistan in the ’80s and conflicting reports from Obama’s family about his place of birth.
Perhaps the most perplexing detail, however, has been Obama’s own refusal to allow the public release of a signed, “vault” copy of his original birth certificate.
A partial listing and status update for several of the cases surrounding Obama’s eligibility to serve as president is below:
Despite numerous setbacks in the courts and several conflicting statements on who has standing to determine a candidate’s eligibility to be elected president, the challenges continue.
Private investigator Douglas Hagmann of HomelandSecurityUS.com reported earlier this week that he found 13 cases challenging Obama’s eligibility still active or semi-active.
Last month, WND reported the worries over a “constitutional crisis” that could be looming over the issue of Obama’s citizenship.
“Should Senator Obama be discovered, after he takes office, to be ineligible for the Office of President of the United States of America and, thereby, his election declared void,” argues the Alan Keyes case pending in California, “Americans will suffer irreparable harm in that (a) usurper will be sitting as the President of the United States, and none of the treaties, laws, or executive orders signed by him will be valid or legal.”
With such high stakes potentially at risk, WND earlier launched a letter campaign to contact Electoral College members and urge them to review the controversy.
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