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A former military officer who has pursued a criminal complaint accusing President Obama of treason over his refusal to provide his original birth certificate that could document his presidential eligibility is facing a court hearing in two weeks over allegations of disorderly conduct and “rioting” for confronting a grand-jury meeting in Tennessee.

WND reported last year when retired U.S. Navy officer Walter Francis Fitzpatrick III, who has run a campaign for two decades to uncover and try to correct what he believes are criminal activities within the military, leveled the accusations against Obama.

In his complaint addressed to Obama via U.S Attorney Russell Dedrick and Assistant U.S. Attorney Edward Schmutzer, Eastern District, Tennessee, Fitzpatrick wrote then: “You have broken in and entered the White House by force of contrivance, concealment, conceit, dissembling, and deceit. Posing as an impostor president and commander in chief you have stripped civilian command and control over the military establishment.”

He continued, “I accuse you and your military-political criminal assistants of TREASON. I name you and your military criminal associates as traitors. Your criminal ascension manifests a clear and present danger. You fundamentally changed our form of government. The Constitution no longer works.”

Now Fitzpatrick is facing a local court hearing in Monroe County, Tenn., on municipal and county allegations of resisting arrest, riot, disorderly conduct and interrupting a meeting.

Officials with the sheriff’s office said he was released today, and his supporters said he staged a five-day hunger strike in jail before leaving on the $1,500 bond.

According to JB Williams, who writes at Canada Free Press, a sheriff’s department officer confirmed to him that Fitzpatrick had declined food and water during his incarceration following his arrest last Thursday.

According to a report at the Rise Up for America website, Fitzpatrick, in the course of doing research on Obama, discovered that a local government operation appeared to have flaws.

He reported that while Tennessee law specified that a “foreperson” of a grand jury shall hold office for two years, the actual case in Monroe County involved a foreman who had been in the position for 27 years.

Fitzpatrick then filed paperwork with the court in his attempt to make a “citizen’s arrest” of the alleged offender, and he was in return arrested when he attempted to make the arrest.

A video has been posted by his supporters explaining the case:

Fitzpatrick’s supporters called for a rally Wednesday at the Monroe County Courthouse in Madisonville, Tenn.

A report in the local Advocate and Democrat newspaper said Fitzpatrick “barged” into the county grand jury.

The same panel repeatedly had rejected his requests to express his concerns that Obama is ineligible to be president, the report said.

The U.S. Grand Jury website earlier issued a report on the Monroe County grand jury procedures that alleged that the process there “has been tainted and corrupted by the continuous service of Mr. Gary Pettway as grand jury foreman for the past 27 years” and that there exists “evidence of obstruction” in Fitzpatrick’s efforts to present his evidence to the panel.

“On Thursday of last week, Lt. Cmdr. Fitzpatrick attempted to exercise his right as a citizen, NO, his DUTY as a citizen and effect a citizen’s arrest against known criminals named in Monroe County Tennessee,” said a commentary posted on the site. “He was met with opposition from the local law enforcement to include the Madisonville Police Department and the Monroe County Sheriff Department taking orders from one of the named criminals in his arrest complaint.

“Although you may not live in Monroe County or even in Tennessee, make no mistake, this does affect you. If this action is not met with swift and certain justice, we will see similar scenes unfold all across this country.”

WND previously reported Fitzpatrick, a 1975 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, said he has devoted his career fulltime to investigating issues in military justice and defending wrongly accused soldiers, sailors and Marines. His own career was torpedoed by a court-martial more than 20 years ago over his authorization of the use of a ship’s fund to send an officer to the funeral for his brother, who had been killed by terrorists.

He later retired and was awarded a military pension.

WND has reported on a multitude of cases brought over Obama’s eligibility. Some are by critics who have doubts about whether he was born in Hawaii in 1961 as he has written. Others question whether the framers of the Constitution specifically excluded dual citizens – Obama’s father was a subject of the British crown at Obama’s birth – from being eligible for the office.

Obama’s actual response to those who question his eligibility to be president under the Constitution’s requirement that the U.S. president be a “natural born citizen” has been to dispatch both private and tax-funded attorneys to prevent anyone from gaining access to his documentation.

Besides Obama’s actual birth documentation, the still-concealed documentation for him includes kindergarten records, Punahou school records, Occidental College records, Columbia University records, Columbia thesis, Harvard Law School records, Harvard Law Review articles, scholarly articles from the University of Chicago, passport, 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.

The issue has prompted a number of state legislatures to work on proposals that would require presidential candidates to submit proof of their eligibility. And a similar proposal has been introduced in Congress by Rep. Bill Posey, R-Fla.

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.”

However, none of the cases filed to date has been successful in reaching the plateau of legal discovery, so that information about Obama’s birth could be obtained.

The White House has not replied to numerous requests for comment.


“Where’s The Birth Certificate?” billboard helps light up the night at the Mandalay Bay resort on the Las Vegas Strip.

Because of the dearth of information about Obama’s eligibility, WND founder Joseph Farah has launched a campaign to raise contributions to post billboards asking a simple question: “Where’s the birth certificate?”

The campaign followed a petition that has collected more than 498,000 signatures demanding proof of his eligibility, the availability of yard signs raising the question and the production of permanent, detachable magnetic bumper stickers asking the question.

A new effort now asks those in authority regarding the nation’s elections to demand the full proof.

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.

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Note: A legal defense fund has been set up for Lt. Col. Terry Lakin.



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