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Obama Sued in Philadelphia Federal Court (Constitutionally Ineligible for the Presidency) ^ | 8/21/08 | Jeff Schreiber

Posted on 08/21/2008 5:00:24 PM PDT by LdSentinal

A prominent Philadelphia attorney and Hillary Clinton supporter filed suit this afternoon in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania against Illinois Sen. Barack Obama and the Democratic National Committee. The action seeks an injunction preventing the senator from continuing his candidacy and a court order enjoining the DNC from nominating him next week, all on grounds that Sen. Obama is constitutionally ineligible to run for and hold the office of President of the United States.

Phillip Berg, the filing attorney, is a former gubernatorial and senatorial candidate, former chair of the Democratic Party in Montgomery (PA) County, former member of the Democratic State Committee, and former Deputy Attorney General of Pennsylvania. According to Berg, he filed the suit--just days before the DNC is to hold its nominating convention in Denver--for the health of the Democratic Party.

"I filed this action at this time," Berg stated, "to avoid the obvious problems that will occur when the Republican Party raises these issues after Obama is nominated.".

Berg cited a number of unanswered questions regarding the Illinois senator's background, and in today's lawsuit maintained that Sen. Obama is not a naturalized U.S. citizen or that, if he ever was, he lost his citizenship when he was adopted in Indonesia. Berg also cites what he calls "dual loyalties" due to his citizenship and ties with Kenya and Indonesia.

Even if Sen. Obama can prove his U.S. citizenship, Berg stated, citing the senator's use of a birth certificate from the state of Hawaii verified as a forgery by three independent document forensic experts, the issue of "multi-citizenship with responsibilities owed to and allegiance to other countries" remains on the table.

In the lawsuit, Berg states that Sen. Obama was born in Kenya, and not in Hawaii as the senator maintains. Before giving birth, according to the lawsuit, Obama's mother traveled to Kenya with his father but was prevented from flying back to Hawaii because of the late stage of her pregnancy, "apparently a normal restriction to avoid births during a flight." As Sen. Obama's own paternal grandmother, half-brother and half-sister have also claimed, Berg maintains that Stanley Ann Dunham--Obama's mother--gave birth to little Barack in Kenya and subsequently flew to Hawaii to register the birth.

Berg cites inconsistent accounts of Sen. Obama's birth, including reports that he was born at two separate hospitals--Kapiolani Hospital and Queens Hospital--in Honolulu, as well a profound lack of birthing records for Stanley Ann Dunham, though simple "registry of birth" records for Barack Obama are available in a Hawaiian public records office.

Should Sen. Obama truly have been born in Kenya, Berg writes, the laws on the books at the time of his birth hold that U.S. citizenship may only pass to a child born overseas to a U.S. citizen parent and non-citizen parent if the former was at least 19 years of age. Sen. Obama's mother was only 18 at the time. Therefore, because U.S. citizenship could not legally be passed on to him, Obama could not be registered as a "natural born" citizen and would therefore be ineligible to seek the presidency pursuant to Article II, Section 1 of the United States Constitution.

Moreover, even if Sen. Obama could have somehow been deemed "natural born," that citizenship was lost in or around 1967 when he and his mother took up residency in Indonesia, where Stanley Ann Dunham married Lolo Soetoro, an Indonesian citizen. Berg also states that he possesses copies of Sen. Obama's registration to Fransiskus Assisi School In Jakarta, Indonesia which clearly show that he was registered under the name "Barry Soetoro" and his citizenship listed as Indonesian.

The Hawaiian birth certificate, Berg says, is a forgery. In the suit, the attorney states that the birth certificate on record is a forgery, has been identified as such by three independent document forensic experts, and actually belonged to Maya Kasandra Soetoro, Sen. Obama's half-sister.

"Voters donated money, goods and services to elect a nominee and were defrauded by Sen. Obama's lies and obfuscations," Berg stated. "If the DNC officers ... had performed one ounce of due diligence we would not find ourselves in this emergency predicament, one week away from making a person the nominee who has lost their citizenship as a child and failed to even perform the basic steps of regaining citizenship as prescribed by constitutional laws."

"It is unfair to the country," he continued, "for candidates of either party to become the nominee when there is any question of the ability to serve if elected."

TOPICS: Politics
KEYWORDS: 2008; 2008dncconvention; berg; birthcertificate; certifigate; colbaquiddic; democrats; dnc; electionpresident; hawaii; indonesia; judiciary; kenya; lawsuit; obama; obamatruth; obamatruthfile; phillipberg; puma; soetero
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To: musicman

Good catch. This will be delightful.

121 posted on 08/21/2008 6:06:12 PM PDT by freeplancer
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To: ovrtaxt

Can I have some of that popcorn?!

122 posted on 08/21/2008 6:07:40 PM PDT by EdnaMode
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To: John Valentine
"We don’t have a truly NATIONAL election in the United States."

Isn't it a National Election because everyone in the country goes to the polls to elect the President on the same day?

123 posted on 08/21/2008 6:08:14 PM PDT by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway...John Wayne)
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To: mass55th


124 posted on 08/21/2008 6:10:22 PM PDT by golfisnr1 (Democrats are like roaches - hard to get rid of.)
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To: LdSentinal
Is this the same attorney named Phillip Berg who is (according to Obama's campaign website) an Obama supporter?

"Why I support Barack Obama: I have known Barack for nearly 20 years, since we attended Harvard Law School class of 1991. Although he gained his strongest asset (Michelle) after we graduated, he has always been a thoughtful, determined, intelligent leader."

If so, then this is just a ruse by the Obama campaign to put up a strawman and then knock him down.

125 posted on 08/21/2008 6:10:57 PM PDT by Bubba_Leroy (DNC = Do Nothing Congress)
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To: flyfree
"Who is he defrauding and how? "

Isn't accepting funds under false pretenses committing fraud?

126 posted on 08/21/2008 6:11:29 PM PDT by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway...John Wayne)
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To: LdSentinal

Put it on the docket for some time in December...maybe.

127 posted on 08/21/2008 6:12:02 PM PDT by airborne (If ignorance is bliss, why are liberals such miserable jerks?)
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To: SkyDancer

Factcheck is an Obama controlled site via its ownership by the Annenberg Foundation. The Foundation also is the sponsor of the $500 million Annenberg Challenge initially chaired by Obama and adminstered with the help of one William Ayers. Documents of that “Challenge” have been kept sequestered by the University of Illinois as they may lead to illegal contributions to Acorn, leftists found fixing election results in 13 or 14 states since the 2000 election. (whew!)

Go to for an in depth report. Poor Walter Annenberg, a member or Reagan’s kitchen cabinet, and like many conservatives leaving fat foundations, -see Ford, Rockefeller, Pew, MacArthur - taken over by the left of left leaving their benefactors spinning in their graves.

128 posted on 08/21/2008 6:14:11 PM PDT by masadaman
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To: LdSentinal

"Dictatorial, unscrupulous, calculating, and crafty... Moreover, being intensely superstitious, she surrounded herself with astrologers... Indeed her methods were so essentially egotistical as to border on cynicism... In a word she was a woman of the Renaissance, a disciple of Machiavelli..."

-- Catherine de Medici, From the Catholic Encyclopedia

129 posted on 08/21/2008 6:15:08 PM PDT by yefragetuwrabrumuy
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To: Bubba_Leroy

Philip J. Berg tried to have Obama removed from the Democratic primaries due to his association with Rev. Wright in March 2008.

Philip C. Berg went to Harvard Law with Obama.

130 posted on 08/21/2008 6:15:59 PM PDT by Andy from Chapel Hill
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To: cardinal4

He won’t produce a certified birth certificate. He won’t release his medical records. There’s gray areas of his life prior to becoming a community organizer. We can’t see the papers for the Ayers committee he sat on. Such simple things to explain or disclose, and yet it’s all so top-secret. Got to be a reason why. The longer he procrastinates, the more it looks like he’s hiding something.

131 posted on 08/21/2008 6:17:25 PM PDT by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway...John Wayne)
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To: LdSentinal

I think people are missing the more important factors surrounding this controversy. The point is the lawsuit and related documents will create additional doubt in the mind of undecided voters about who Obama is. The stuff about divided loyalties will be the killer to some people. With Obama’s support already fading this could be the death blow.

That this is being alleged by a Hillary supporter is great. The McCain campaign should stay far away from this issue unless and until the court rules.

But the whispers and e-mails about this may snowball doubt and cause more voters to go to the safety of McCain.

132 posted on 08/21/2008 6:17:36 PM PDT by Truth is a Weapon (Truth, it hurts soooo good!)
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To: EdnaMode
Can I have some of that popcorn?!

133 posted on 08/21/2008 6:19:16 PM PDT by ovrtaxt (This election is like running in the Special Olympics. Even if McCain wins, we're still retarded.)
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To: yefragetuwrabrumuy

Perfect comparison, another one would be: Livia, the Grandmother in I Claudius, just as cunning and ruthless as Catherine de Medici./Just Asking - seoul62........

134 posted on 08/21/2008 6:20:04 PM PDT by seoul62
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To: Dutch Boy
"If this is coming from a Hillary supporter I am not sure that the legal grounds for the case is as important as spreading doubt and concern about Obama. "

Any good lawyer knows that all you have to do is plant a seed of doubt in the jury's mind, and hopefully this will do that.

135 posted on 08/21/2008 6:20:13 PM PDT by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway...John Wayne)
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To: conservativegramma
Doesn’t matter what fact check says. The AP confirmed that Obama had Indonesian citizenship on a school record. They posted the photographic image of it.

This registration document, made available on Jan. 24, 2007, by the Fransiskus Assisi school in Jakarta, Indonesia, shows the registration of Barack Obama under the name Barry Soetoro into the Catholic school made by his step-father, Lolo Soetoro. The document lists Barry Soetoro as a Indonesian citizen, born on August 4, 1961 in Honolulu, and shows his Muslim step-father listed the boy's religion as Islam. (AP Photo/Tatan Syuflana)
136 posted on 08/21/2008 6:20:26 PM PDT by Miss Didi ("Good heavens, woman, this is a war not a garden party!" Dr. Meade, Gone with the Wind)
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To: LdSentinal

I just went to and could not find the lawsuit as described. Maybe it will appear tomorrow. Should be good reading.

137 posted on 08/21/2008 6:24:59 PM PDT by Andy from Chapel Hill
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To: flyfree

“Which, IMHO, is why this guy filed suit now. It is the old game of: fear, uncertainty and doubt.” ~ flyfree

It’s an effective tactic or they wouldn’t use it. Everything they get on top of that (winning a law suit) is merely gravy.

The same game is played by the “Liars for Science” in the Global Warming Hoax:

138 posted on 08/21/2008 6:26:19 PM PDT by Matchett-PI (Driving a Phase-2 Operation Chaos Hybrid that burns both gas AND rubber!)
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To: Truth is a Weapon

You are absolutely correct. This is on page one of the “Divide and Conquer” textbook.

139 posted on 08/21/2008 6:27:06 PM PDT by xc1427 (It's better to die on your feet than to live on your knees...Midnight Oil (Power and the Passion))
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To: flyfree
"How is it personally hurting the guy who is suing, and for how much"?

He, like all citizens, are entitled to a legal presidency.

140 posted on 08/21/2008 6:27:13 PM PDT by Mariner
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