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A lawyer spearheading the effort in Washington state to bring light to the issue of Barack Obama’s eligibility to be president says he was shadowed all day today by officers with the federal Department of Homeland Security, the Snohomish County sheriff’s office and the Everitt city police department.
“There’s definitely observation,” attorney Stephen Pidgeon told WND. “Maybe observation in anticipation of making an arrest.”
Pidgeon has been the attorney for Washington state plaintiffs challenging Obama’s eligibility to be president under the Constitution’s demand for that office to be occupied only by a “natural born” citizen. Dozens of similar cases have been filed around the country since the election and many have been dismissed, often because judges rule the plaintiffs don’t have “standing” to bring a complaint.
The Washington state case, however, cites state law that vests in citizens the right to raise questions about an elected official’s authority, effectively granting standing to those plaintiffs.
The case, although it has been filed, has not been brought to court for hearings yet.
Pidgeon told WND today he contacted his personal defense attorney, and also was in contact with the Alliance Defense Fund, a national organization advocating for civil liberties and religious and personal freedoms.
Pidgeon is affiliated with the organization and told WND that there would be a letter sent inquiring about the surveillance.
He said he first became aware of the situation when his wife left their rural home early in the day and reported there were three law enforcement vehicles parked nearby, along with three black Suburban-style vehicles carrying camouflage-wearing agents, apparently from Homeland Security.
Pidgeon said he has been “outspoken” about the Obama administration and its validity due to the eligibility questions, but didn’t realize he was “qualifying as an enemy of the state.”
He immediately reached out to a number of individuals through e-mail.
“My only protection is to contact the people I know,” he said.
Officials of the Department of Homeland Security did not return multiple WND messages seeking a comment on the situation. Officials with the Snohomish sheriff’s office and the Everett city police department said they didn’t know anything about it.
“Where Homeland Security is concerned, obviously there are people working for the Obama administration with little consideration for free speech,” Pidgeon told WND.
He said when he left his home, he had a sheriff’s vehicle “marking every turn that I made.”
“There’s definitely observation,” he said.
“The fact of the matter is that we have taken the position and it is consistent with Orly Taitz’ position that Barack Obama failed to establish his bona fides by the election on November 4,” he said. “We alleged under Democratic National Committee rules he had a burden to establish to the DNC’s satisfaction his eligibility. He never did.
“As a consequence the burden remains on him. He didn’t meet the burden of proving his eligibility to hold the office.”
He said voters cannot simply rewrite the Constitution’s eligibility requirements in a presidential vote. For one thing, only 52 percent voted for Obama, and the Constitution requires approval from three-fourths of the states for an amendment.
He also cited U.S. senators and congressman who have credited the online “fact” organizations such as snopes or factcheck for authenticating Obama’s eligibility.
“Any senator who would rely on snopes or factcheck to establish a judicial opinion whether or not this person has documented his eligibility is a fool,” Pidgeon said. And citing a federal judge who said the issue of Obama’s eligibility already had been “twittered,” he said that is “tantamount to malpractice.”
Several hours after Pidgeon returned WND’s call, he called again.
“We are definitely under surveillance and it’s coordinated with Homeland Security,” he said.
He said one of his associates had been followed from his home to the law firm’s downtown office, and the associate was stopped just outside the building.
“The police officer claimed he didn’t have brake lights working,” Pidgeon said. “But he does.”
WND has reported on dozens of legal challenges to Obama’s status as a “natural born citizen.” The Constitution, Article 2, Section 1, states, “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 question whether he was actually born in Hawaii, as he insists. If he was born out of the country, Obama’s 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.
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. The cases contend the framers of the Constitution excluded dual citizens from qualifying as natural born.
Further, others question his citizenship by virtue of his attendance in Indonesian schools during his childhood and question on what passport did he travel to Pakistan three decades ago.
Adding fuel to the fire is Obama’s persistent refusal to release documents that could provide answers. While his supporters cite an online version of a “Certification of Live Birth” from Hawaii, critics point out such documents actually were issued for children not born in the state.
Hawaiian officials have confirmed they have a birth certificate on file for Obama, but it cannot be released without his permission, and they have not revealed the information it contains.
John Eidsmoe, an expert on the U.S. Constitution working with the Foundation on Moral Law, told WND a demand for verification of Obama’s eligibility appears to be legitimate.
Eidsmoe said it’s clear that Obama has something in the documentation of his history, including his birth certificate, college records and other documents that “he does not want the public to know.”