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Supreme Court to take up eligibility question again
Posted By Bob Unruh On 01/06/2009 @ 9:26 pm In Front Page | Comments Disabled
WASHINGTON – A conference is scheduled Friday at the U.S. Supreme Court during which justices will consider behind closed doors – again – taking up a case that could put to rest the questions about whether President-elect Barack Obama qualifies to occupy the Oval Office under the Constitution’s requirement that he be a “natural born” citizen.
Twice before the justices have heard the questions, and twice before they’ve decided to ignore them.
The lingering questions continue to leave a cloud over the impending presidency of a man whose relatives have reported he was born in Kenya and who has decided, for whatever reason, not to release a bona fide copy of his original birth certificate in its complete form.
WND columnist Janet Porter today in her column raises some of the more significant consequences that could result should the questions continue without answers.
“What if an impostor from another country ran for the presidency and won?” she asks. “What if the media blocked any news of his birthplace and citizenship? What if the media censorship even blocked paid advertising which tried to expose it?
“What if no one had the courage to challenge or verify it? What if he was inaugurated illegally? What if the military had to answer to a commander in chief who was
illegitimate? What if every law he signed was invalid?”
And, she wonders, “What if it all happened on our watch?”
Multiple lawsuits have been filed around the nation alleging 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 Obama was not born in Hawaii, as he insists, but in Kenya. The woman identified by Obama as his American mother, the suits contend, was too young at the time of his birth to confer American citizenship to her son under the law at the time – especially if it took place in a foreign country and the man identified as his father, Barack Obama Sr., was a Kenyan citizen.
Where’s the proof Barack Obama was born in the U.S. or that he fulfills the “natural-born American” clause in the Constitution? If you still want to see it, join more than 200,000 others and sign the petition demanding proof of eligibility now!
Other challenges also 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 his 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.
On Friday the justices will consider Philip J. Berg’s Petition for Writ of Certiorari.
“This is a historic occasion that will impact the office of the president of the United States as never before. No one has ever brought an action against a president-elect candidate challenging his eligibility to serve based on the ‘natural born’ citizen requirement provided in the United States Constitution, Article II Section 1,” said a statement on Berg’s ObamaCrimes.com website.
Berg suggested if Obama “is allowed to be sworn in as president of the United States, there will be substantial and irrevocable harm to the stability of the United States of America and to its citizens.”
“Because Barack Obama is not a ‘natural born’ citizen as required by the United States Constitution, then all of his actions as president would be null and void,” Berg said.
Last month, WND reported similar concerns raised in a lawsuit filed in California.
“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 a case brought on behalf of Ambassador Alan Keyes, also a presidential candidate. “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.”
Porter told WND that her organization, Faith2Action.org, was even turned down by CNN and Fox News in its effort to purchasing advertising to publicize the dispute.
“As requested, we backed up every sentence of this ad, and still it was rejected,” she said. “What does that say about freedom of speech when we not only cannot count on the media to cover the story, but we can’t even buy time to publicize what may be the biggest story of the century.”
WND recently reported on an unscientific AOL poll that suggested voters from across the nation are becoming more and more concerned about the issue.
In the few days between that report and today, that figure dropped another 2 percent, and the latest results show 55 percent believe there is merit to the questions raised over Obama’s eligibility, including majorities in all but a handful of states.
During Obama’s presidential campaign, an image of a Hawaiian “Certification of Live Birth” was posted on the Internet in response to questions about his birth. Critics, however, dismissed it by pointing out that such a document was routinely provided to parents whose children were not born in Hawaii at the time.
Among the comments posted on the America Online poll site was this warning: “If Mr. Obama were to become president, yet not respect the Constitution and customs of this country, then he is not my president. Without legitimacy, his rule will be resisted, damaged and impaired. This can only cause harm to this country.”
The poll linked to a commentary that said, “There is virtually no chance that the USSC actually wants to look at this case for real. The best case scenario for the plaintiffs here is that Obama was born out of the country and is somehow covering it up.”
Another comment at the poll site said, “In his oath of office, the president must swear ‘to uphold and protect the Constitution of the United States.’ How can Mr. Obama satisfy this requirement, yet violate the ‘natural born’ requirement?”
Said another, “All of this controversy would go away if Obama would just produce a birth certificate. He is fueling this by refusing to do so, and by fighting the issue in court. That refusal alone should make people suspicious.”
On a similar note, a recent WND poll asked readers, “Are you satisfied Obama is constitutionally eligible to assume the presidency?” A full 97 percent of nearly 7,200 voters said “no.”
The top three answers were:
Berg, who has another case on the issue pending on behalf of a retired military officer, earlier stated, “I am determined, on behalf of the 320 million citizens in the United States, to see that ‘our U.S. Constitution’ is followed. Specifically, in the case of Soetoro a/k/a Obama, does he meet the constitutional qualifications for president?
“I am appalled that the mainstream media continue to ignore this issue as we are headed to a ‘constitutional crisis.’ There is nothing more important than our U.S. Constitution and it must be enforced,” he said.
A partial listing and status update for several of the cases surrounding Obama’s eligibility to serve as president is below:
Because of the high stakes, WND earlier launched a letter campaign to contact Electoral College members and urge them to review the controversy.
That followed a campaign that sent more than 60,000 letters by overnight delivery to the U.S. Supreme Court when one case contesting Obama’s eligibility for the Oval Office was pending.
A separate petition, already signed by more than 200,000 also is ongoing asking authorities in the election to seek proof Obama was born in the U.S. or that he fulfills the “natural-born American” clause in the Constitution.
WND senior reporter Jerome Corsi went to both Kenya and Hawaii prior to the election to investigate issues surrounding Obama’s birth. But his research and discoveries only raised more questions.
The biggest question was why, if a Hawaii birth certificate exists as his campaign has stated, Obama hasn’t simply ordered it made available to settle the rumors
The governor’s office in Hawaii said there is a valid certificate but rejected requests for access and left ambiguous its origin: Does the certificate on file with the Department of Health indicate a Hawaii birth or was it generated after the Obama family registered a Kenyan birth in Hawaii?
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