By Linda Bentley | December 10, 2008
On Dec. 1, Attorney Philip Berg also learned his petition for a writ of certiorari would be distributed to all nine justices and a conference would be set within ten days. Berg is appealing the lower court’s dismissal based on lack of standing.
Also docketed in Berg’s case was a motion for leave to file an amicus curiae (friends of the court) brief by Attorney Lawrence Joyce on behalf of Bill Anderson, a citizen and registered voter of Arizona, in support of Berg’s petition.
Anderson states the circumstances in Berg’s case are unique, the hour is extremely late and, as a practical matter, other cases on this matter of exceptional national importance might not come before the court in a timely manner. By allowing Berg to bring this case now, Anderson says it would prevent “nothing less than a possible national catastrophe and a constitutional crisis of unprecedented magnitude, a crisis not otherwise manageable by the ordinary operations of law.”
He points out that “military officers, sworn to defend the Constitution against all enemies both foreign and domestic, must not be placed in a situation in which they cannot say with absolute certainty whether the person claiming to be the Commander-in-Chief legitimately holds office or not …”
Anderson asks, “Are such questions to be left hanging in the balance when the moment comes – God forbid – to decide whether to use America’s nuclear arsenal? In that moment, will our military leaders consider Barack Obama to be the Commander-in-Chief, or a ‘foreign enemy’ of the Constitution?”
And, the lawsuits challenging Obama’s eligibility keep on coming.
On Dec. 1, James Broe, along with 11 other plaintiffs, filed a petition against Washington Secretary of State Samual Reed, requesting votes cast for Obama be set aside.
Broe claims Obama is ineligible to run for the office of president because: 1) he did not establish his American citizenship, 2) he did not establish that he was a “natural born citizen” as required by the U.S. Constitution, and 3) he did not run under his legal name of Barry Soetoro.
Washington statute allows any registered voter to challenge a declared elected candidate’s right to assume office if the person was not eligible to hold that office at the time he was declared elected.
Then, on Dec. 3, Attorney Orly Taitz, also representing Keyes, filed a petition in California Supreme Court to bar Secretary of State Debra Bowen from certifying the Nov. 4 election until documentary proof is provided that Obama is a “natural born” citizen.
During Monday’s press conference at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., Taitz said, “The only reason that the vast majority of Americans do not know the details is because the media was aiding and abetting Obama in defrauding 300 million Americans.”
Because Bowen only required signed statements without any verification to determine candidate’s eligibility, Taitz said, “This practice represents a much lower standard than that demanded of one when requesting a California driver’s license or signing up a child for little league.”
At last count no less than 17 lawsuits have been filed across the country with new ones cropping up almost daily, indicating the questions surrounding Obama’s citizenship and eligibility are not going to go away unanswered.
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