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'Documents' show Obama birthplace in Hawaii?
Posted By Chelsea Schilling On 07/14/2009 @ 9:21 pm In Front Page | Comments Disabled
Another newspaper reports that President Obama was born in Hawaii – and, for skeptics, it cites unidentified “documents” that can prove it.
In a story WND first reported July 11, the Ledger-Enquirer in Columbus, Ga., published the account of an Army Reserve officer who claims he should not have to obey deployment orders to Afghanistan, because Obama has not provided proof of his eligibility for office.
In an earlier version of the story, the daily newspaper published by McClatchy followed Maj. Stefan Frederick Cook’s eligibility concerns with a statement claiming the president was born in Hawaii.
“Actually, Obama was born in Hawaii in 1961, two years after it became a state,” it stated, unequivocally.
A screenshot of the original story follows, with the birth statement outlined in red:
Ledger-Enquirer publishes statement about alleged Obama birth in Hawaii
But within hours, the statement was bumped down the article. A screenshot of the new version shows that the story now states, “Documents show Obama was born in Hawaii in 1961, two years after it became a state.”
Ledger-Enquirer adjusts report, citing unidentified ‘documents’ as evidence for birth claim
The article was featured on the Drudge Report. The Ledger-Enquirer did not respond to WND’s questions about the alleged “documents” it cites.
The report also failed to identify the plaintiff’s well-known attorney, Orly Taitz, as female. Instead, the story indicated Maj. Cook was “his” client.
As WND reported, Maj. Cook is scheduled to have a hearing on the matter July 16 at 9:30 a.m., according to Taitz, who is handling the claim.
Cook told WND he’s ready, willing and able to carry out the military needs of the United States, but he raised the challenge to Obama’s eligibility to be president because if he would be captured by enemy forces while serving overseas under the orders of an illegitimate president, he could be considered a “war criminal.”
“As an officer in the armed forces of the United States, it is [my] duty to gain clarification on any order we may believe illegal. With that said, if President Obama is found not to be a ‘natural-born citizen,’ he is not eligible to be commander-in-chief,” he told WND hours after the case was filed.
“[Then] any order coming out of the presidency or his chain of command is illegal. Should I deploy, I would essentially be following an illegal [order]. If I happened to be captured by the enemy in a foreign land, I would not be privy to the Geneva Convention protections,” he said.
The order for the hearing in the federal court for the Middle District of Georgia from U.S. District Judge Clay D. Land said the hearing on the request for a temporary restraining order will be held Thursday.
Cook told WND he is prepared for a backlash against him as a military officer, since members of the military swear to uphold and follow their orders. However, he noted that following an illegal order would be just as bad as failing to follow a legal order.
“What I want to do is deploy to Afghanistan, do my job as an Army officer, engineer. I do not want to subject myself to the possibility that I might be violating the [Uniform Code of Military Justice],” he said.
Named as defendants in the case are Col. Wanda Good, Col. Thomas Macdonald, Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and Obama, described as “de facto president of the United States.”
“Where’s The Birth Certificate?” billboard in Pennsylvania
The billboard campaign follows an ongoing petition campaign launched several months ago by WND Editor and Chief Executive Officer Joseph Farah.
The billboards are intended to raise public awareness of the fact that Obama has never released the standard “long-form” birth certificate that would show which hospital he was born in, the attending physician and establish that he truly was born in Hawaii, as his autobiography maintains.
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.
Complicating the situation is Obama’s decision to spend sums estimated in the hundreds of thousands of dollars to avoid releasing a state birth certificate that would put to rest all of the questions.
The “Certification of Live Birth” posted online and widely touted as “Obama’s birth certificate” does not in any way prove he was born in Hawaii, since the same “short-form” document is easily obtainable for children not born in Hawaii. The true “long-form” birth certificate – which includes information such as the name of the birth hospital and attending physician – is the only document that can prove Obama was born in Hawaii, but to date he has not permitted its release for public or press scrutiny.
Oddly, though congressional hearings were held to determine whether Sen. John McCain was constitutionally eligible to be president as a “natural born citizen,” no controlling legal authority ever sought to verify Obama’s claim to a Hawaiian birth.
Although Obama officials have told WND all such allegations are “garbage,” here is a partial listing and status update for 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:
WND has reported that among the documentation not yet available for Obama includes his kindergarten records, his Punahou school records, his Occidental College records, his Columbia University records, his Columbia thesis, his Harvard Law School records, his Harvard Law Review articles, his scholarly articles from the University of Chicago, his passport, his medical records, his files from his years as an Illinois state senator, his Illinois State Bar Association records, any baptism records, and his adoption records.
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