Military litigation team attending emergency hearing
Capt. Connie Rhodes, who claimed her superiors had prevented her from attending her previous, emergency court hearing, finally stood before a judge today to question the constitutional eligibility of her commander in chief.
Rhodes, a medical doctor and Army officer, filed suit in U.S. District Court in Columbus, Ga., earlier this month, requesting a restraining order preventing her deployment overseas on the basis that the top of the chain of command, President Barack Obama, has not demonstrated himself to be a natural born citizen under the U.S. Constitution.
The injunction application states, "Plaintiff Captain Connie Rhodes, M.D., F.S, submits and charges that the current de facto president never provided any evidence of his eligibility, and Connie Rhodes, M.D., F.S., submits that she cannot lawfully act under his authority."
The court documents continue, "Plaintiff contends, that in reality, to force her to serve under this illegitimate commander in chief, this secretary and Department of Defense appointed by an imposter or ineligible, fraudulently elected, illegitimate usurper would constitute involuntary servitude or judicially sanctioned rape of her individual autonomy."
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But when Judge Clay Land – the same judge who earlier dismissed a similar case filed by Maj. Stefan Frederick Cook – ordered Rhodes to appear and testify before him in an emergency hearing last week, Rhodes didn't show.
She claims she had requested leave, but her superiors denied it, meaning she would be considered AWOL – and therefore subject to court martial and imprisonment – if she left to appear before the judge.
The following video, after a scene with lawyers for both sides approaching the court, shows Rhodes' attorney, Dr. Orly Taitz, reading Rhodes' statement claiming she was barred from attending:
"This is a doctor," Taitz commented. "This is a surgeon – a highly respected member of the community and they're basically subjecting her to a court martial and possible imprisonment if she disobeys her order and appears at the hearing. This should not be happening to any officer, to any enlisted."
Maj. Rebecca Ausprung, representing the Department of the Army, Litigation Division, and also seen in the video, told the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, however, that Rhodes had not informed her adviser of the emergency hearing.
Nonetheless, Land demanded to hear not only from Taitz but also from Rhodes.
"I am going to require her to appear, so I can ask questions of her," he said.
Land scheduled another hearing for noon today and obtained a promise from Ausprung that Rhodes would be permitted to appear.
At today's hearing, the Ledger-Enquirer reports, the judge listened intently for 90 minutes but challenged Taitz repeatedly on her charges against Obama.
"Whenever I give you a minute, you go off on these talking points," Land reportedly said.
"We have not seen Mr. Obama's birth certificate," Taitz responded.
"This is not a forum to lay ground work for a press conference," Land said. "This is a court of law."
In her final argument, the Ledger-Enquirer reports, Taitz asked Land why she had to prove an alleged Barack Obama Kenyan birth certificate she submitted as evidence was authentic, yet her opponents didn't have to prove Obama had an authentic United States birth certificate.
The paper reported very little of what Rhodes said before the judge herself.
Judge Land stated he will issue a decision on Rhodes' request for a temporary restraining order by noon Wednesday.
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 over the dispute 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 over $1 million to avoid releasing a state birth certificate that would put to rest the questions.
WND has reported that among the documentation not yet available for Obama includes his 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, files from his years as an Illinois state senator, his Illinois State Bar Association records, any baptism records, and his adoption records.
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?"
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The campaign followed a petition that has collected more than 450,000 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.
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.
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