Dismissal of Suit Against Obama Proves Nothing
By Pat Shannan
In August, Pennsylvania attorney Philip Berg sued Barack Obama and the Democratic National Committee, demanding proof that Obama is a natural-born American citizen. Rather than simply producing the birth certificate that would be satisfying proof of eligibility, the defendants cowered and hid behind legal technicalities, claiming that Berg had no “standing” to challenge such a thing.
In October, only days after Berg had claimed victory by default because the defendants had not answered the suit, U.S. District Court Judge R. Barclay Surrick dismissed the suit, saying Berg had no standing to challenge Obama’s citizenship. Surrick did not define what would constitute the proper “standing,” only to say in his 33-page order that Congress can make this determination.
If a U.S. citizen and voter has no “standing” to question a candidate’s qualifications, who does? Surrick did not say. The behavior of Barack Obama the past six months has greatly increased the doubt that he is a “natural born” American. Some backers went so far as to produce a phony “Certification of Live Birth” from Hawaii and post it on a website.
However, in addition to other discrepancies, the form upon which the data appeared, showing Obama’s birth as August 4, 1961 in Honolulu, was printed on a form “revised 11/01.” The certificate’s number was blocked
out (upper right).
His paternal grandmother has sworn that she was present at his birth in Kenya.
“At this point,” Berg said, “the nation just needs to know that Mr. Obama is not eligible to serve as president of the United States and that he has so far hidden behind procedure, and that we could very well be headed toward a constitutional crisis if this is not addressed.”
Lawsuits in eight states—Hawaii, Washington, California, Florida, Georgia, Pennsylvania, New York and Connecticut—are seeking judicial authority to force the certifying or decertifying of Obama’s qualification to run as a candidate for president as a natural born U.S. citizen. The governor of Hawaii sealed his records and ordered that no one other than Obama may see them before the election.
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(Issue # 45, November 10, 2008)