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Officials at Occidental College in Los
Angeles have been served with a demand to produce records of Barack Obama’s attendance there during the 1980s to determine whether he was registered as a foreign national.
The case is one of three fronts now established that contest the president-elect’s constitutional eligibility for the Oval Office.
The Supreme Court and Congress also are being challenged to address concerns that Obama doesn’t meet the requirements of the U.S. Constitution that the president be a “natural born” citizen.
WND has reported on a long list of legal cases raising questions over the issue, including several that have reached the U.S. Supreme Court. Justices have declined to give any of the cases full hearings on their merits, but another conference remains on the Supreme Court docket for Jan. 23 on the issue.
“If Obama is sworn in as president, we will file a Petition for Writ of ‘Quo Warranto,’ a case that will challenge Obama as being ineligible to serve as president because he is ‘not qualified,’” said Philip J. Berg, a lawyer who has brought several cases to court.
Orly Taitz, a California lawyer whose dispute remains pending before the high court, agreed, noting that one of the hearings already is scheduled for the days following Obama’s inaugural Tuesday.
Taitz said her arguments rest on precedents from both the California Supreme Court, which years ago removed a candidate for president from the ballot because he was only 34, and the U.S. Supreme Court’s affirmation of the ruling. The Constitution requires a president to be 35.
In one of the latest developments, Gary Kreep of the United States Justice Foundation petitioned Occidental College with a demand for its records concerning Obama.
“The gravamen of the petition is the question as to whether United States Senator Barack Hussein Obama, of Illinois, is eligible to serve as president of the United States pursuant to the requirements for that office in the United States Constitution,” he wrote. “The records sought may provide documentary evidence, and/or admissions by said defendant, as to said eligibility or lack thereof.”
College officials confirmed they received the notice but had not decided how to respond. The decision, however, may be removed from their hands because of the team of lawyers Obama has engaged to prevent such inquiries into his past.
“Senator Obama has filed responsive pleadings in this matter and is represented by counsel, and has the opportunity to object to this production, should he so desire,” the affidavit from Kreep said.
“Good cause exists for this production under Subpoena Duces Tecum, in that testimony will be elicited from the original records obtained through the witness named herein, and there is no other process available to secure said testimony,” he wrote.
The lawsuits allege in various ways 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 allege his birth took place in Kenya, and his mother was a minor at the time of his birth – too young to confer American citizenship. They argue Obama’s father, Barack Obama Sr., was a Kenyan citizen subject to the jurisdiction of the United Kingdom at the time and would have handed down British citizenship.
There also are questions raised about Obama’s move to Indonesia when he was a child and his attendance at school there when only Indonesian citizens were allowed and on what nation’s passport he traveled to Pakistan in the ’80s.
“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.”
He’s asking in an open letter to members of Congress for congressional hearings “to determine the truth regarding qualifications of Barry Soetoro, otherwise known as Barack Hussein Obama…”
“As you must be aware, there are many unresolved questions concerning
Soetoro/Obama’s status or lack thereof, as a ‘natural born’ American
citizen, as required by ‘our’ U.S. Constitution,” he wrote.
He noted the failure by Congress to challenge Obama’s eligibility during the process through which the Electoral College vote was adopted.
“Because of your failure to ‘question’ the eligibility of Soetoro/Obama,
we are headed for a ‘Constitutional Crisis.’ Yes, a ‘Constitutional
Crisis’ because Soetoro/Obama who appears not to be a ‘natural born’
U.S. citizen is ‘ineligible’ under ‘our’ U.S. Constitution to serve as
president,” he said.
He cited the document published on the Internet by Obama’s campaign, the “Certification of Live Birth,” as no more than an effort to “quash” questions. Other critics have noted the state of Hawaii granted such certifications to parents of children not born in the state at the time.
“Without truthful information concerning Soetoro/Obama’s eligibility to
serve as President, ‘We the People’ have been injured,” he wrote.
Taitz took a different route, submitting to the U.S. Supreme Court a motion “to declare that by default, the president elect respondent Barack Obama has failed to qualify under [the] U.S. Constitution.”
“Does the burden of proof lie with the petitioner to prove standing and evidence lack of qualification by a candidate/president elect, where election officers rely on a candidate’s declaration? OR does the [Constitution] place the burden of proof on the president-elect to provide objective government certified witnessed proofs, with election officers under oath to challenge, examine and declare that the president elect has or has not qualified, enforceable by petition for redress of grievances?”
Not only has the respondent, Obama, “failed to submit proofs … for any of the qualifications,” she wrote. “Respondent has hindered discovery.”
She argued that having Obama declared ineligible until he would provide documentation would “cause far less political trauma” than allowing his inauguration because it would uphold the constitution.
She also raised the issue of the concealment of Obama’s records.
“Obama has refused to submit certified copies
of any of his original long form ‘vault’ birth certificates in Hawaii to any
public officer or to any Petitioner. Relevant records in Kenya have also
been officially restricted,” she said. “Obama has sealed all educational
records which might reveal his stated citizenship. These include Punahou
High School, Occidental College, Columbia University, and Harvard Law
Her letter included a warning, too.
“Thirty-three democracies descended into tyranny during the 20th century by failing to uphold constitutional protections,” she said. “Petitioner humbly prays this Court evaluate the Petitioner’s case in context of how best to enforce restrictive qualifications for president to preserve the Constitution and Republic from tyranny.”
The most recent campaign generated 12,096 messages, following the earlier effort that resulted in 60,128 letters.
Obama has claimed in his autobiography and elsewhere that he was born in Hawaii in 1961 to parents Barack Hussein Obama Sr., a Kenyan national, and Stanley Ann Dunham, a minor. But details about which hospital handled the birth and other details provided on the complete birth certificate have been withheld by Obama despite lawsuits and public demands for release.
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?