Is Barack Obama constitutionally eligible to serve as president?
WND has been reporting since before the 2008 election on questions – and lawsuits – raised over Obama's birth and eligibility.
Congressional hearings were held to determine whether Sen. John McCain was constitutionally eligible to be president as a "natural born citizen," but no controlling legal authority ever sought to verify Obama's claim to a Hawaiian birth.
The U.S. 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."
Obama's presidential campaign released to select news organizations only what is known as a "certification of live birth," a document obtainable in Hawaii in 1961 by Americans actually born outside the country. However, Joseph Farah, WND editor and chief executive officer, has been calling for the release of Obama's long-form birth certificate showing the hospital of his birth, attending physician and other details to confirm his citizenship status.
Complicating the issue are Obama's move to Indonesia as a child, where he reportedly attended that nation's public schools, and his later travels to Pakistan, raising questions about on what nation's passport was that travel accomplished. Then there are the multiple law firms hired to make certain Obama's long-form birth certificate information, and other documentation such as college records, remain sealed from public view.
Among the highlights of WND's exclusive 2010 reporting on Obama's eligibility:
WND was the first national news outlet to publish the claims of Tim Adams, the former senior elections clerk for the city and county of Honolulu in 2008 who made the stunning claim Barack Obama was definitely not born in Hawaii as the White House maintains, and that a long-form, hospital-generated birth certificate for Obama does not even exist in the Aloha State.
Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie suggested in an interview that a long-form, hospital-generated birth certificate for Barack Obama may not exist within the vital records maintained by the Hawaii Department of Health.
Breaking the law in service of a greater good proved very costly for Lt. Col. Terrence L. Lakin. WND reported extensively on the case of the Army flight surgeon who lost his career and his freedom after exposing himself to court martial, in an effort to validate the military chain of command by determining whether President Obama is constitutionally eligible to serve as commander-in-chief of the armed forces.
WND obtained copies of affidavits filed separately in a presidential eligibility lawsuit in the U.S. District Court of the District of Columbia. Two private investigators working independently want to know why President Obama is using a Social Security number set aside for applicants in Connecticut while there is no record he ever had a mailing address in the state. The Social Security website confirms the first three numbers in his ID are reserved for applicants with Connecticut addresses, 040-049.
WND reported exclusively on efforts by Republican-controlled Houses, Senates and governors' offices in several states to demand proof of constitutional eligibility from presidential candidates before they would be
allowed on the state ballot.
According to Barack Obama's official MySpace page, the president is not getting any older, he's actually getting younger, by a total of four years.
Other highlights of WND's exlusive reporting on Obama's eligibility:
One of the most famous and influential researchers in modern history conducted and sponsored experiments on hundreds of young children, even infants, that included raping them? It seems too unbelievable to be true.Yet it is fully documented – and an elderly survivor of that horror came forward to reveal her story to readers of WND.
In a multi-part series of exposés in WND, "Esther White," a pseudonym for a woman now in her 70s and living in California, tells how, at age 7, celebrated sex researcher Alfred Kinsey encouraged her father – even paying him – to rape her repeatedly for "data" that could be used in his internationally best-selling books, "Sexual Behavior of the Human Male" and "Sexual Behavior in the Human Female."
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Beginning Nov. 1, 2010 the Department of Homeland Security instructed the Transportation Security Administration to employ the use of new invasive airport pat-down procedures and nude-imaging scanners at airports.
Men, women and children must now endure public humiliation and invasive groping by TSA personnel as part of the cost of flying, reported WND.
"What is happening around the country is a national embarrassment," said Joseph Farah, editor and chief executive officer of WND. "I personally canceled family travel plans this week as a result of widespread reports of groping, voyeurism and humiliation techniques. The American people will not be treated like cattle. The policies of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano must be reversed, and they must be reversed before Thanksgiving. Those forced to travel under these conditions can help stop it by making the rest of America aware of the abuse."
WND provided readers with a way to help put a stop to airport humiliation through invasive "pat-downs" and "virtual strip searches.
Thousands signed a petition demanding action against the intrusive airport screening procedures implemented by Janet Napolitano and sent a letter to Congress, President Obama and others telling them exactly what they thought about the issue.
Among WND's many other "gate rape" exclusives:
Democrats in the House needed 216 votes to pass the Senate's version of a sweeping health-care package Barack Obama has been pushing with all his presidential might. They tallied 219.
Republicans in Congress, however, who voted in a solid block to oppose the measure that many argue grants the federal government far too much power at far too much of a cost, blasted the bill during the debate as the "mother of all unfunded mandates."
"This debate is not about the uninsured; it's about socialized medicine," argued Rep. Devin Nunes, R-Calif., on the House floor. "Your multi-trillion-dollar health-care bill continues the Soviets' failed Soviet socialist experiment. It gives the federal government absolute control over health care in America. ... Today Democrats in this House will finally lay the cornerstone of their socialist utopia on the backs of the American people."
WND reported on efforts by several U.S. states to sue the federal government over the massive health-care overhaul, claiming it constitutes a major overstep of federal power.
Virginia's attorney general, who won a preliminary round over the Obama administration in his state's fight over Obamacare, warns if the federal government can order citizens to purchase health insurance, "they can order you to do anything." If the insurance mandate is upheld, according to Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli, it will be the end of the American way of life and government.
Read more WND exclusive reports on Obamacare:
Rebellion in America
On issues ranging from light bulbs and medical marijuana to health-care mandates and gun regulations, states in a rising tsunami are challenging the federal government's authority to micromanage their affairs and WND has reported exclusively on key developments.
WND reported when Idaho became the seventh state to declare that guns made and kept inside its borders essentially are free from federal application, registration and ownership regulations in a surging movement among states that one supporter describes as a direct challenge to "a government monopoly on the supply of firearms."
And when a state lawmaker in Virginia proposed that his state adopt a plan that would exempt products made in the state from the federal government's authority under the Commerce Clause to limit, restrict and regulate, WND reported exclusively on the developments.
Something in the air
WND's coverage played a pivotal role in helping to launch the tea-party movement. The news site was the first media outlet to provide a comprehensive list of more than 40 planned tea parties across the nation, using information gathered through Facebook and other online searches.
In 2010, WND reported as taxpayers from across the nation descended on the White House and took their fight against excessive spending, growth of big government and soaring deficits to more than 700 rallies in U.S. cities.
In February 2010, WND also provided the most in-depth coverage of America's first national tea-party convention in Nashville, Tenn., featuring former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin and WND founder Joseph Farah as its keynote speakers.
Other WND highlights from the tea-party movement:
Elena Kagan, President Obama's Supreme Court pick to replace John Paul Stevens, has a history of supporting abortion, repeal of the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy and expansion of the president's regulatory power and has touted controversial White House regulatory "czar" Cass Sunstein as the "preeminent legal scholar of our time," WND exclusively reported.
A report by WND revealed how as associate counsel in the Clinton administration, Kagan rewrote a report by the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecology to strengthen its recommendation that partial-birth abortion remain legal.
WND also revealed that in her undergraduate thesis at Princeton, Kagan lamented the decline of socialism in the country as "sad" for those who still hope to "change America."
And in her few academic papers, Kagan argued certain forms of speech that promote "racial or gender inequality" could be "disappeared," revealed WND in an exclusive report.
"In all my years of observing Washington, I don't think I've ever been more stunned and disappointed by the testimony of a Supreme Court nominee than I was with Elena Kagan," said Farah. "This is someone, who, from her own testimony, doesn't believe in the Declaration of Independence, which we just celebrated and commemorated for the 234th time in our nation's history. This is someone who claims she doesn't have a view about 'natural rights' – those that real Americans believe are unalienable and God-given."
More WND scoops on Kagan:
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