Obama: Papers Please...
Could Questions Over Barack Obama’s Citizenship
Create a Constitutional Crisis?
By Keith Burton and Perry
Hicks – GCN 10/27/08
A growing controversy stemming from allegations that Democratic
presidential hopeful Barack Hussein Obama
is not a natural-born American citizen intensified late last week. Friday,
Oct. 24, a federal judge in Philadelphia threw out a lawsuit filed by
attorney Philip J. Berg, a democrat, who claimed that Obama was not
qualified to be president and that his name should be removed from the
Nov. 4 ballot.
The judge in the case did not rule on the evidence, but primarily on
whether Berg had standing as a citizen to present the lawsuit. As a
result, the evidence suggests that the issue would remain even if Obama
was elected and could
trigger a constitutional crisis as the U.S.
Constitution requires that presidents be born in America.
Alleged in the
complaint filed in a Pennsylvania federal district court on Aug. 21, Berg
claims that the evidence shows that Obama was born in Mombasa, Kenya and
that the Democratic presidential standard bearer is not even an American
citizen but a citizen of Indonesia and therefore ineligible to be
In a news release Berg plans to
appeal the judges ruling to the Supreme Court.
Berg was quoted as saying, “This is a
question of who has standing to stand up for our Constitution," Berg told
Jeff Schreiber of
America's Right blog. "If I don't have standing, if you don't have
standing, if your neighbor doesn't have standing to ask whether or not the
likely next president of the United States – the most powerful man in the
entire world – is eligible to be in that office in the first place, then
Privately, lawyers complain that Federal
Judges routinely avoid ruling directly on difficult cases by ruling that
plaintiffs have no “standing.” Taxpayers, for example are almost never
found to have standing in Federal suits challenging tax code. In Berg’s
case against Obama, Federal District Judge R. Barclay Surrick
ruled that citizens do not have standing in a matter of constitutional
qualification for the highest office in the republic.
Judge Surrick even went on
as far as claiming that Obama’s failure to meet the Constitutional
requirement was "too vague and its effects too attenuated to confer
standing on any and all voters." (Ed- emphasis added.)
Judge Surrick's comment
that the Constitutional requirement is "too vague and its effects too
attenuated..." denies the public's trust that the candidate is one of
them, a citizen whom there should be no question of allegiance.
Of the three
branches of Federal Government, the executive branch alone is embodied in
one person who is the commander-and-chief of the military,
has access to the nuclear ICBM launch codes, is able to suspend habeas
corpus in time of war, and can issue executive orders that can have the
near impact of legislated law.
This issue of qualifications is often
misunderstood. There is no “agency” of the federal or state government
that examines a presidential candidate’s citizenship status. Berg went as
far as researching to see if there was an agency of the government charged
with enforcing the provisions of the Constitution if just this kind of
thing were to happen. What he found was that there were none.
Vetting candidates for their qualifications
and fitness to hold office is the function of the political party. While
the Constitution and election laws of most states define what the
qualifications of a candidate should be, the actual verification is
determined by the candidate’s party and not a federal or state board or
A key concern by everyone is why Obama won't release an actual
certified copy of his Hawaiian birth records, as well as his college
records, all of which he has kept from the public. A purported "record of
live birth" presented on Obama's website to answer questions has been
repeatedly challenged as unauthentic and this week, the governor of Hawaii
sealed Obama's birth records from any outside examination. Only Obama
himself can request the records.
Obama's decision not to reveal a certified copy of his records,
including school records has been widely seen as an effort to hide
something. Obama has been described as the
most secretive democratic presidential candidate ever in some news
To be heard in
Federal court, Berg’s allegations are clearly well developed. The
following timeline has been assembled from allegations taken from Berg's
filings, Barack Obama's statements and biography, and other news and
mainstream history sources.
- Obama’s mother, 18 year old
Ann Dunham, married to Obama Sr. February 2, 1961 and traveled to Kenya
very pregnant with the infant we know today as Barack, but has also been
- Dunham, either finding out
that her husband had another wife, or not liking the way Muslim men
treat their wives, or possibly both, decides to return to her parents in
Hawaii. The airlines will not permit her to board a plane as her
delivery is imminent.
- Dunham gives birth to a son
in Mombassa, Kenya, August 4, 1961.
- Dunham returns to Hawaii and
according to Berg registers the birth August 8, 1961.
- A newspaper clip birth
announcement is extant from August 13, 1961.
- Ann Dunham divorces Obama and
later meets and marries Indonesian citizen Lolo Soetoro.
- Ann Dunham Obama Soetoro and
young Barry move to Jakarta, Indonesia with husband Lolo sometime in
1967. As the nation is undergoing great strife, only citizens may
attend state schools. According to Berg, Lolo either adopts or
otherwise certifies Barry as his child thus making Obama a “natural
Indonesian citizen.” School records show Obama as Barry Soetoro and his
religion as Muslim.
- Barry Soetoro returns to
Hawaii alone to live with his maternal grandparents in 1971. He attends
private Punahou School 5th through 12th grade.
According to Berg, Dunham never takes the steps to repatriate Barry as a
- After graduation from Punahou,
Barry Obama goes off to attend Occidental College in Los Angles,
California before transferring to Columbia University in New York. He
will later attend Harvard Law School. Because Columbia and Harvard will
not honor Berg’s Federal subpoenas, it is thought that Obama may have
possibly attended on a foreign scholarship as an Indonesian national.
- Obama admits attending
"socialist conferences" and coming into contact with Marxist literature.
But he denies that he is a "hard-core academic Marxist," a charge made
in 2004 by U.S. Senate opponent, Republican Alan Keyes. However, through
Marshall Davis, Obama had an admitted relationship with someone who
was publicly identified as a member of the Communist Party USA (CPUSA).
The record shows that Obama was in Hawaii from 1971-1979, where, at some
point in time, he developed a close relationship, almost like a son,
- Obama’s undergraduate work is
in political science with a specialization in international relations.
- Barry returns home from
college on break and announces that he would like to be known hereafter
traveled to Pakistan in 1981 with Pakistani friends at a time when
Pakistan allegedly would not permit entry by U.S. citizens. Obama is
alleged by Berg to have entered Pakistan with his Indonesian passport.
- After graduation from
Columbia, Obama works in New York for four years first for Business
International Corporation, persistently reported as a CIA front
organization because of its business role of researching international
economics and politics. Obama then shifts to the New York Interest
Research Group, a non-profit student run political organization not
associated with Columbia University.
- Obama subsequently relocates
to Chicago to be the director for The Developing Communities Project
working in the city’s far south side. Additionally, Obama did
consulting and instructional work for the Gamaliel Foundation, a
community organizing group inspired by and built on the ideas of the
famous radical, and self-styled “professional” community organizer, Saul
If one just scans the
top ten quotes attributed to Saul Alinsky, one sees the entire design
of the present Democrat political machine and the reason why someone like
McCain is helpless before it. To defeat it one must counter-attack it but
in very clever ways that prevent them from assuming a sympathetic “victim”
position. They are not above infiltrating your ranks for the sole purpose
of having one embarrassing you. To them there is no honor. To them,
winning is everything, and they will never give up. All of the “community
organizers” are patterned after Alinsky. One of their hallmarks is to be
paid for their revolutionary services, so be astute to follow the money
- Obama attends Harvard Law
School where he was also selected as first, black editor, and later,
black president of the Harvard Law Review, graduating in 1991.
- During his law school
summers, Obama worked first for the Chicago law firm of Sidley & Austin
and later Hopkins & Sutter.
- After graduation, Obama
returned to Chicago where The University of Chicago offered him a book
writing fellowship as part of his recruitment package to teach
- The book, Dreams of My Father
was to take one year to write. When either a manuscript didn’t
materialize, or a manuscript of sufficient quality was not produced,
some believe William Ayres ghost wrote the book for him.
- The official line is that
Dreams was written over several months in 1995 in Bali where Obama and
his wife Michelle retired for just that purpose.
- While Obama waited to begin
teaching at the University of Chicago, he directed Illinois chapter of
Project Vote, an ACORN type organization targeting African Americans
founded by Left-Wing lawyer Sandy Newman.
- In 1993, Obama joined civil
rights law firm Davis, Minor, Barnhill, and Galland.
- Obama’s law license became
inactive in 2002. According to Berg, Obama’s Illinois BAR application
stated that he had never used another name other than Barack Hussein
Obama, an outright lie as he, again according to Berg, has gone by the
following names: Barack Obama, Barry Soetoro, Barry
Obama, Barry Dunham, and Barack Dunham.
- Also in 1992, Obama was a
founding member of Public Allies board of directors, supposedly
resigning before his wife, Michelle, became the founding director for
Public Allies Chicago. Public Allies is a taxpayer supported Left wing
nonprofit organization with a nebulous “Our mission is to advance new
leadership to strengthen communities, nonprofits and civic
- From 1994 until 2002 served
on the board of directors of the Joyce Foundation, another hard Left
“charitable” organization that funds a broad range of programs from
educational and training for low income workers to research to reduce
gun ownership including the funding of anti-gun groups.
- Obama served from 1995 to
2002 on the board of directors, and 1995 to 1999 as founding president
and chairman of the board of the Chicago Annenberg Challenge, an
organization co-authored by William Ayers of Weathermen fame- by then
associate professor of education at the University of Illinois at
Chicago, Anne Hallett, executive director of the Cross Cities Project,
and Warren Chapman, senior program officer for education at the Joyce
- Annenberg Challenge has a
connection to Newton Minow of Sidley & Austin, one of the firms Obama
worked during his summers while in law school.
- Obama served on the board of
directors from 1993 to 2002 for the Woods Fund of Chicago, a
philanthropic organization that was the first to fund the Developing
Communities Project, the organization that first brought Obama to
The Chicago community of
professional radicals had formed an amazingly well interlocked, if not
incestuous network of organizations. They served on each other’s boards
and saw to it that public and private money was spread around. They also
looked to growing new leadership from the grassroots level.
- 1995- political career was
launched in William Ayres home when he was introduced to about a dozen
influential people by Alice Palmer, then state senator. Palmer was
giving her blessing to Obama to run for her seat.
- When Palmer failed to win the
congressional seat (won by Jesse Jackson Jr.) she petitioned to run for
her state senate seat again, anyway. Obama was able to challenge
Parker’s signatures and those of the other challengers disqualifying all
of them, thus he ran unopposed.
- According to Erick Erickson
writing in Human Events, June 10, 2008, Obama sought out and won
the functionally communist New Party endorsement for his state senate
bid. This is significant in that by this time, according to Erickson,
the New Party and ACORN were virtually one and the same.
- Obama served in the Illinois
senate from 1997 to 2004. While Obama’s legislative record
authorship-wise is lackluster, he did sponsor a number of bills one
could expect of a community organizer: Efforts to stop racial profiling
such as requiring police to keep records of who they stop for traffic
violations, controlling payday loan companies, and taping homicide
- 2004- Obama runs for the U.S.
Senate with Left Wing political strategist and fellow Chicagoan David
Axelrod at the helm. His Republican opponent, Jack Ryan withdrew from
the race due to a sex scandal involving his actress wife, Jeri Ryan.
- Rather than have Obama win
another election unopposed, the Republicans recruit Alan Keyes who
attempts to establish residency and launch a campaign with over two
months to election day. Keyes had told me in an interview that his
motive was Obama’s state senate vote against requiring doctors to render
medical aid to delivered babies that had somehow survived their
- Obama wins handily with 70%
of the vote serving in the U.S. Senate from 2005 to present.
- February 10, 2007 Obama
announces his run for president of the United States. Television media
powerhouse and fellow Chicagoan Oprah Winfrey signs on to promote his
- After Oprah, the Hollywood
set at first defect from his chief rival, fellow U.S. Senator Hillary
Clinton, in singular numbers. However, over time, the rate picks up
until it is a mass exodus leaving Clinton largely isolated.
- Kennedy family throws support
to Obama in our estimation to rest control of the party away from the
Clintons and the centrist DLC faction.
- Donations pour into Obama via
the internet bypassing the Clinton’s party control. Much of it is said
to be from small donors. However, it appears an untold but very large
amount of cash has come from suspicious and possibly overseas sources in
the form of under $200 donations that do not have to be reported. Some
of these “small donors” have been see to have given tens of thousands of
dollars- far about the legal maximum.
- Obama reports collections of
far beyond $600 million.
- ACORN and some other activist
groups have been found to have registered thousands of bogus “voters”
making potentially all of their hundreds of thousands of new voter
registrations suspect. Voter rolls, particularly in hotly contested
states are in an unbelievable state of disorder.
- To make matters worse, the
Democrats have protested requiring photo identification at the polls,
even though voters are registered at their local Department of Motor
- Now, U.S. District Court
Judge Surrick has ruled that Berg does not have “standing” to sue Obama
in that effectively a non citizen becoming president in contravention to
the U.S. Constitution is "too vague and its effects too attenuated to
confer standing on any and all voters."
With Judge Surrick’s
dismissal, it would appear that Berg’s feared constitutional crisis is now
upon us and if Obama is elected, a cabal
of Chicago neo-socialists is about to take over the country. And don’t
count on the judiciary to make things right after the election. Some of
these men and women in black evidently appear all too happy to ignore the
Constitution, that is until Obama is ready to replace them.
To some others, Barack
Obama might be the ultimate illegal alien.
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About the Authors.....
is a former Mississippi Coast resident and was a correspondent for the old
Gulfport Star Journal. He has appeared on Fox News Channel. Perry has also
hosted his own radio talk show on the auto industry with a mix of
politics. Perry is a former college professor and is a senior writer for
GCN on stories of national importance with local interests. His articles
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Keith Burton is owner and editor of
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