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Appeals court dumps eligibility arguments

Philip J. Berg

Arguments that had been expected to be taking place before a federal appeals court right about now on whether U.S. citizens have a right to know that their president is eligible for the office he holds have been delayed.

Philip Berg, the first lawyer to take the issue of Barack Obama’s compliance with the U.S. Constitution’s requirements for president to court, says he’s been told by officials with the 3rd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals that the oral arguments in his Berg vs. Obama case, No. 088-4340, have been put off.

“About two months ago I received notice that the Third Circuit would schedule ‘oral argument’ the last week of May 2009 or the first week of June 2009,” he said. Not hearing from the court further, his office contacted the judges and was told the earliest time the arguments now could be held would be in September or October.

“I am totally disappointed that there has been this delay,” said Berg, who documents progress on his three separate lawsuits at his ObamaCrimes.com website.

“I am determined to keep fighting lawfully through our court system; I believe there is a judge or justices that will grant us discovery as it is essential … that the truth be told,” he said.

WND reported earlier when the trial court judge issued his opinion that Berg had no standing to demand such evidence.

Judge R. Barclay Surrick ruled that ordinary citizens cannot sue to ensure that a presidential candidate actually meets the constitutional requirements of the office of president.

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The judge said Congress could allow that, by determining “that citizens, voters, or party members should police the Constitution’s eligibility requirements for the presidency,” but that it would take new laws to grant individual citizens that ability.

“Until that time,” Surrick wrote, “voters do not have standing to bring the sort of challenge that plaintiff attempts to bring.”

Berg’s case alleges that the uncertainty about how the U.S. does enforce the requirements of presidency may result in a constitutional crisis should an ineligible candidate win the office.

As WND reported, Berg filed suit in U.S. District Court in August, alleging Obama is not a natural-born citizen and is thus ineligible to serve as president of the United States. Berg demanded that Obama provide documentation to the court to verify that the candidate was born in Hawaii, as Obama contends, and not in Kenya, as Berg believes.

Surrick expressed skepticism that a foreign-born Obama could have escaped the primary election season without be discovered, but refused to rule on that key issue.

The judge cited Article III of the U.S. Constitution, limiting federal judicial power to handling cases and controversies in which plaintiffs have clear standing through specific, personal injury.

Berg, the judge ruled, simply didn’t have a case for a particular injury and thus, had no standing to sue.

Berg also has pending another Berg vs. Obama case, but it is under court-ordered seal and no information is public on that claim yet. A third case, Hollister vs. Soetoro a/k/a Obama, is on appeal also.

Berg said in a prepared statement that the 300-plus million citizens of the United States should have a right to know such information.

“When people are made aware of the Obama ‘HOAX,’ that Obama has not proven he is constitutionally ‘qualified/eligible’ to be president; that Obama has not produced his original (vault version) ‘Birth Certificate;’ that Obama has not produced legal documents to show he legally changed his name from his ‘adopted’ name of ‘Barry Soetoro’ from Indonesia; they will demand Obama be removed from his office of president of the United States,” Berg said.

WND reported just days ago how a new campaign launched by WND Editor and Chief Executive Officer Joseph Farah to put up billboard’s asking “Where’s The Birth Certificate?” is collecting attention from other media outlets.

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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 lawsuits 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 and the hiring of myriad lawyers to defend against all requests for his documentation. While his supporters cite an online version of a “Certification of Live Birth” from Hawaii as his birth verification, critics point out such documents actually were issued for children not born in the state.

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The ultimate questions remain unaddressed to date: Is Obama a natural born citizen, and, if so, why hasn’t documentation been provided? And, of course, if he is not, what does it mean to the 2008 election or the U.S. Constitution if it is revealed that there has been a violation?

And the answer could take only minutes: authorization from the president to Hawaiian officials to release his documentation.

White House spokesman Robert Gibbs has laughed at a question about the original birth certificate, citing the unsubstantiated online posting as proof of a Hawaiian birth.

But here is a partial listing of some of the cases over Obama’s eligibility:

In addition, other cases cited on the RightSideofLife blog as raising questions about Obama’s eligibility include: