Why does Obama/Soetoro/Obama (if and when did he legally change his name?) pay expensive lawyers to keep America in the dark? Why has the apparent fraud and foreigner failed to be transparent with any of his records? President usurper Obama/Soetoro/Obama has failed to be transparent with his original (long form) birth certificate, school records, passport records and immigration records. Why, if he has nothing to hide? Clearly, Obama/Soetoro/Obama appears to be a shady character engaged in mass deception, disrespecting We The People, treating our Constitution with contempt, and hell-bent on destroying our Republic.
It's a matter of life or death for the United States.
A concerned citizen,
David Ben-Ariel
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So where's yours?

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U.S. Rep. Marsha Blackburn, a Tennessee Republican, has become the sixth co-sponsor of a proposal by Rep. Bill Posey, R-Fla., that would require documentation of eligibility from presidential candidates.

She has joined Reps. John Campbell, R-Calif.; John R. Carter, R-Texas; John Culberson, R-Texas; Bob Goodlatte, R-Va.; and Randy Neugebauer, R-Texas, in support Posey's H.R. 1503 plan.

The bill's provisions are simple:

"To amend the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 to require the principal campaign committee of a candidate for election to the office of President to include with the committee's statement of organization a copy of the candidate's birth certificate, together with such other documentation as may be necessary to establish that the candidate meets the qualifications for eligibility to the Office of President under the Constitution."

It also provides:

"Congress finds that under section 5 of article II of the Constitution of the United States, in order to be eligible to serve as President, an individual must be a natural born citizen of the United States who has attained the age of 35 years and has been a resident within the United States for at least 14 years."

The sponsors' goal is to have the bill become effective for the 2012 presidential election, and it now is pending in a committee of the U.S. House of Representatives.

Read the latest now on WND.com.

The "Certification of Live Birth" posted online and widely touted as "Obama's birth certificate" does not in any way prove he was born in Hawaii, since the same "short-form" document is easily obtainable for children not born in Hawaii. The true "long-form" birth certificate – which includes information such as the name of the birth hospital and attending physician – is the only document that can prove Obama was born in Hawaii, but to date he has not permitted its release for public or press scrutiny. Oddly, though congressional hearings were held to determine whether Sen. John McCain was constitutionally eligible to be president as a "natural born citizen," no controlling legal authority ever sought to verify Obama's claim to a Hawaiian birth.

WND has reported that among the documentation not yet available for Obama includes his kindergarten records, his Punahou school records, his Occidental College records, his Columbia University records, his Columbia thesis, his Harvard Law School records, his Harvard Law Review articles, his scholarly articles from the University of Chicago, his passport, his medical records, his files from his years as an Illinois state senator, his Illinois State Bar Association records, any baptism records, and his adoption records.

You would think as serious as this issue could be-this picture of a birth certificate means nothing-the original should be examined by a documents expert. I mean after all, the job in question(president of the United States)has certain requirements that should be met, with NO exceptions or doubt.

That's what an honest person - with nothing to hide - would have done months ago. Clearly Obama/Soetoro/Obama isn't sensitive or in touch with We The People who have legitimate questions and honest concerns about his apparent ineligibility to be POTUS.

Obama/Soetoro/Obama could put it all to rest, but fails to do so. That should even cause Obamatons - those who suffer delusions of Obama's grandeur - to wonder: "WHY doesn't he put up, so they'll shut up?"

Furthermore, honest folks acknowledge the "certification of live birth" fails to prove Obama/Soetoro/Obama is a natural born citizen, as only the long form birth certificate can (recording the hospital, the doctor, etc.) - the one the fraud and foreigner refuses to release, fails to be transparent about, pays lawyers to keep under wraps.

Common sense dictates something isn't right with Obama. Why remain in denial? Why aid and abet Obama's mass deception? Why be a useful idiot for one who has played and continues to play the public for fools?

and how about the newspaper birth listing

It's a certification of live birth that fails to document hospital, doctor or other pertinent information to prove one is a natural born - born in the USA - citizen.

Despite ignoble efforts by Obamatons to obfuscate this issue, a growing number of Americans are being educated as to this Constitutional requirement for POTUS and the big difference between a "certification of live birth" and a proper long form birth certificate.

Obama/Soetoro/Obama could easily dismiss all doubts, relieve all concerns, by releasing his long form birth certificate, which could properly be examined to determine its authenticity by bipartisan experts, but he refuses/fails to do so? WHY? Apparently the fraud and foreigner has plenty to hide and his lawyers work hard to keep American in the dark about his shady character.

The certificate I posted is prima facie evidence of his birth.

There's a city full of walls you can post complaints at

Those who know the law, know the Constitution requires the POTUS to be a natural born citizen, not merely an American citizen. All that questionable "certificate of live birth" does is acknowledge a birth - not where or in which hospital or what doctor - facts Obama/Soetoro/Obama's lawyers are working hard to keep hidden from the American people. Go educate yourself.

That is all the Constitution requires.

There's a city full of walls you can post complaints at

I would think that the person in question here SHOULD be at the forefront to clear up the situation and personally present the certificate for forensic examination.

as long as he has nothing to hide. It's obvious the president usurper intends to keep America in the dark about any and all of his records, failing to practice what he preaches about transparency in government. Shameful, but not surprising.

What's shameful, is that he is perfectly content to keep not clearing up, what could be cleared up, in a heartbeat. If there are no problems with the certificate-produce it.

Obviously the shady character has plenty to hide. A normal and legitimate American would gladly prove they are a natural born citizen (if and when they're running for office) - not stonewall and get hateful against those who dare to state: "THE EMPEROR HAS NO CLOTHES!"

All the other fluff doesn't count when it comes to the REAL THING - the original long form birth certificate Obama keeps suppressed, hidden from view, out of sight from We The People. It's horrible how many useful idiots aid and abet Obama's mass deception and seek to shoot the messenger!

it HAS to be true.

I mean, if you can't believe the media, who CAN you believe ? 


did you even click this link? http://www.factcheck.org/elections-2008/born_in_the_usa.html

goes way beyond old newspapers
factcheck.org is one of the most reputable non partisan fact checking sites in the country

Haven't you ever wondered why Obama/Soetoro/Obama has FAILED to bring it to light, why he keeps it in the dark - if he has nothing to hide? THINK about it. A mind is a terrible thing to waste.


it does not concern me

I've just returned from visiting West Virginia and was eating in a restaurant packed with military folks from the nearby armory who were getting ready to head out and I asked the one in charge if he ever wondered or heard his people express concern that Obama has failed to prove he is fit for office, has failed to prove he is a natural born citizen, and he said not really but that he wonders, being a Republican. I said it doesn't matter whether you're a Republican or Democrat (I'm independent), EVERY AMERICAN should question whether our president is a president usurper and demand answers to our legitimate question: "Where the birth certificate?"

That's a big part of the problem----people who believe everything they read. Anyone can fake a newspaper-and notice the paper says nothing about WHERE he was born, only THAT he was born. It's one reason why a notary stamp is necessary.

What was once an excellent message board has degenerated into a site that is often little more than a David Ben-Ariel pímp-fest for his 100 blogs. Not only is he clogging up the board with lunatic conspiracy theories and racist drivel, but now he's simply re-posting the same tired old nonsense.

By my count this is the fourth story-level post in the past two weeks that DB-A has created related to the idiotic birther conspiracy.

Chris: if you are happy with this lunacy clogging up your site, so be it, but as a regular poster I have to say that SB is falling off my radar. I'm not going to have a drama moment and announce a site resignation, but lately I have been visiting the site much less because it has been hijacked by loons like Mr. Ben-Ariel.

Oh: and the accent mark on the letter "i" in "pímp-fest" is because the new profanity meter did not like the word "pímp." Mr. Ben-Ariel can post just about any inflammatory, racist comment he likes, but we dare not use the word "pímp" at Swampbubbles.

How nice!

quite like the day-late and dollar-short 'where's Obama's birth certificate' sob-fest.

You people need to obtain a life...but then again, I guess this is your life.

Otherwise they would join We The People and demand:


It's that simple. Why remain dumbed down? Why continue to suffer from delusions of Obama's grandeur? A mind is a terrible thing to waste. Start asking questions and save yourself, our Constitution, our Republic.

And his newest movie:

"Tin Foil Hat Wearing , Narcissistic ramblings for make people of Swampbubbles believe in the coming alien invasion"

Sacha Baron Cohen as David Ben-Ariel

Don't blame me,
I didn't vote for a

Focus on the message:

WHERE'S THE BIRTH CERTIFICATE? Question why Obama/Soetoro/Obama refuses to open up and share it with We The People. What's he got to hide or lose? Only the presidency he doesn't deserve, eh? Kick him to the curb! Let justice prevail and truth triumph.

Oh: and the accent mark on the letter "i" in "pímp-fest" is because the new profanity meter did not like the word "pímp." Mr. Ben-Ariel can post just about any inflammatory, racist comment he likes, but we dare not use the word "pímp" at Swampbubbles.

Post a video containing the word pimp though and you should be fine, HM. It works that way for the site's webmaster, at least. It's fine to hear it, we just can't read it.

LOL, it's a trip, ain't it?

retar ded red neck free-for-all, including the g a y, aids-ridden absurdness that is david ben ariel. good for him. and yes, HOW NICE. let them rot over here.

and thanks to chris' stupid filters the above is barely recognizable. please excuse my linguistic creativity.

there is always toledotalk.com and i recently bought glassshitty.com
maybe we can start up something new there? ;)

Despite diversionary tactics, vain attempts to shoot the messenger, the message remains the same and poses a legitimate question, an honest concern, rational and unbiased folks can clearly see:


I suggest you quit blathering on about this tired old rag of "news' - and check it out on snopes.com (click on politics, then click on obama).
The requirement to be president is that he has to be a resident of this country for 14 years, regardless of where he was born. IF you want to complain about Obama regarding a birth certificate - then start bitcing about McCain as well, who was born in Panama very early on. Get OVER it.

Not to give any creedence to the ramblings of DBA, but I do feel it necessary to point out you are mistaken.

United States Constitution Article II:

"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; neither shall any person be eligible to that Office who shall not have attained to the Age of thirty five Years, and been fourteen Years a Resident within the United States"


What that means: Although you can be born outside of the United States, you must be born to a Natural Born Citizen of the United states and also reside within the United States for 14 years to be President OR you could have been a resident of the United States before September 17, 1787 (when the US Constitution was signed).

To verify, a "Natural Born Citizen" has been defined by the Supreme Court.


"Section 1401(g) of the Immigration and Nationality Act provides that a child who is born abroad of one alien parent and one United States citizen parent is generally deemed to be a citizen of the United States at birth if, prior to the birth, the parent was physically present in the United States for not less than five years, at least two of which were after the parent turned fourteen. 8 U.S.C. § 1401(g). If, however, such a child is born out of wedlock and the citizen parent is the father, Section 1409(a) imposes additional conditions, including: that a blood relationship between the child and the father be established by clear and convincing evidence; that the father agree in writing to provide financial support for 6  the child until he or she turns eighteen; and that, while the child is under the age of eighteen, the father legitimate the child or acknowledge paternity in writing under oath, or that paternity be established by adjudication. 8 U.S.C. §§ 1409(a)(1), (3), (4).1 A child born out of wedlock to a United States citizen mother is not subject to Section 1409(a), but instead acquires citizenship at birth provided the mother had United States nationality at the time of the birth and had previously been physically present in the United States for a continuous period of one year. 8 U.S.C. § 1409(c)."

So, if your parent(s) fall into the Supreme Court defination above, you are a citizen of the United States.

Don't blame me,
I didn't vote for a

going on in your life but to look this all up, and for that I feel sorry for you.

Democrats can tell you what they think the Constitution says and means.

Republicans can quote the document.

Don't blame me,
I didn't vote for a

You can copy+paste... good for you!

Quit watching Oprah and The View, and try to educate yourself.

Then maybe your attempts at being condescending would be funny.

Right now, the only opinion you may be able to speak intelligently about is: Which light beer is the best choice when service BBQ Pork Rinds?

Now turn off your computer. I hear WWF Smackdown is on Pay-Per-View.

Don't blame me,
I didn't vote for a

I dare to share the plain truth that Obama/Soetoro/Obama has failed to prove he is a natural born citizen, and those who do ramble, who rant and rave, throw up all sorts of smokescreens, diversionary tactics, shoot the messenger, and other temper tantrums instead of growing up, realizing they've been played for fools by the president usurper and therefore should now help clean up the mess they've made and demand justice remove him from office, the sooner the better since he's purposely destroying our Republic and disrepecting We The People and treating our Constitution with contempt.

Snopes wouldn't hold up in Court, but Obama's original long form birth certificate would prove something. Where's your common sense? Why has he miserably failed to show it and clear up any confusion? Clearly the fraud and foreigner has plenty to hide. Let him prove me wrong. In this case, I'd love to be wrong. Apparently I'm not.

Ironic you bring up Senator McCain (BTW - I voted for Chuck Baldwin), since he was thoroughly vetted very publicly and yet a racist double standard resulted in Obama/Soetoro/Obama not being as thoroughly investigated as Senator McCain. Shame, shame! There's no time like the present. Justice demands it!


chris - I agree that dba is consuming a lot of space over his repetiivtive ramblings & racist rants. I rarely bother to read his posts - but it's gettting tedious.

As for the profanity meter - good grief. I do appreciate the effort to clean up peoples mouths, and can live with this profanity meter just fine, I have to wonder how I"d post a comment about a female dog - am I not allowed to call it a b - it -ch ? (wow, the profanity meter made me jump through it's spelling hoops 3 times for that last word.)

It's typical for losers who can't refute what I say, who can't honestly debate, to cry and complain and expose their desperation, upset their delusions of Obama's grandeur are disturbed. Such fascists (opposed to freedoms of speech and religion they disagree with) are the real racists for ignoring the racist double standard that fails to thoroughly investigate Obama/Soetoro/Obama as Senator McCain underwent.

Despite the rants and raves and name-calling against those who dare expose the emperor has no clothes, the legitimate question, the honest concern remains:



There's a city full of walls you can post complaints at

The main question to concern ourselves with, other than if Barry's a bisexual, closet homosexual, Muslim, Socialist, etc., is whether or not he is a natural born citizen as our Constitution requires.


D B-A makes Louis Farakhan look like Stephen Hawking.


Obama/Soetoro/Obama's black racist church, Jeremiah Wright's haven of hatred, rewarded black racist Louis Farrakhan their "lifetime achievement award." Farrakhan said Obama is the Messiah and his racist comrades and bigoted buddies are all gung ho for the fraud and foreigner.

Unlike those shameful black racists, Black Supremacists who hate people of white color and the United States, who blame everybody but themselves for their self-inflicted troubles, who claim to be Afro-centric and yet stay here and endlessly complain (did they flunk geography or drop out of school?) and try to further shake down white guilt, black conservatives rebuke their racism, their hatred, their bigotry and like Alan Keyes demand:


geez mikeyA - don't tell him that, he'll take it as a compliment.

Obama/Soetoro/Obama continues to obfuscate, to stonewall, to keep America in the dark about his long form birth certificate. If the fraud and foreigner had nothing to hide, if he were truly a natural born citizen as our Constitution requires, surely he would have gladly proven to We The People a long time ago. Yet those who have been Obamatized, who have drunk the kool aid of their naked emperor, devoid of all reason, logic and common sense, continue to be played for fools and make excuses for him, aiding and abetting his terrorism against our Constitution and Republic, instead of joining the Revolution and demand:


The Miami Herald:

President Obama should do what he says about secrecy
OUR OPINION: President Obama promised transparency but often sides with secrecy

"WHERE'S THE BIRTH CERTIFICATE?" Why did Obama originally say on his website that he was "governed" by the British Nationality Act? Why does he pay lawyers to work hard to keep America in the dark? Why does he refuse to open up? What's he hiding?

Demand your representatives get long overdue, honest answers to these serious questions. America can't afford to wait!



should be placed under protective custody.

The word is out and the heat is on, even though Obama's goons work hard to suppress this information - they fail!


if I buy into all this Obama is not an American hoopla but upon reviewing the Certification of Live Birth above one entry really struck me as odd...

Fathers Race

1.) African is not a race.
I am American of German decent but my race is Caucasian. It is not American or German.

2.) I doubt that in 1961 African Americans were classified as that. The most common description probably would have been Negro.

Not making any conclusions...I'm just saying.

If man has no tea in him, he is incapable of understanding truth. ~Japanese Proverb

 "I hope these rumors are false, and the administration will give the American people the full transparency on this issue that they deserve,” Rep. Pete Hoekstra (R-Mich.) said.

And Rep. Hoekstra was referring to Obama May Delay Report on Closing Guantanamo Until Congress Is Out of Session to Avoid Publicity and Scrutiny, Hoekstra Warns

However, if he and others (Americans first, partisans second) were on the ball they would demand to see Obama's long form birth certificate so he can be legally stopped from doing any further damage.

Chris Matthews Wrong on Obama Birth Certificate

Among the key documents that Obama continues to shield from the public:

Obama released just one brief document detailing his personal health. McCain, on the other hand, released what he said was his complete medical file, totaling more than 1,500 pages.

Obama refused to offer his official papers as a state legislator in Illinois. Nor did he produce correspondence, such as his schedules of appointments or letters from lobbyists, from his days in the Illinois state Senate.

Obama did not release his client list as an attorney or his billing records. He maintained that he performed only a few hours of legal work for a nonprofit organization with ties to Tony Rezko, the Chicago businessman convicted of fraud in June 2008 but did not release billing records that would prove this assertion.

Obama ignored requests for his records from Occidental College, where he studied for two years before transferring to Columbia University.

Obama’s campaign refused to give Columbia, where he earned an undergraduate degree in political science, permission to release his transcripts. Former President George W. Bush and presidential contenders Al Gore and John Kerry all released their college transcripts.

Obama did not agree to the release of his application to the Illinois State Bar, which would have cleared up intermittent allegations that his application may have been inaccurate.

Obama did not release records from his time at Harvard Law School.

During the presidential campaign, McCain’s campaign released a full list of all online donors. Obama’s campaign still has not released the names of those who donated at least one-third of the $750 million he raised.

Ironically, Obama accused the Bush White House of being "one of the most secretive administrations in our history," and chided then-Sen. Hillary Clinton for not releasing her White House schedules.


How else can we verify that our President can draw a turkey using the outline of his hand?

There's a city full of walls you can post complaints at


McCain Campaign Investigated, Dismissed Obama Citizenship Rumors
Frivolous 'Birther' Lawsuits Fuel Conspiracy Theories, Media Coverage
By David Weigel 7/24/09 8:38 AM

In the final months of the 2008 presidential race, Sen. John McCain’s (R-Ariz.) campaign learned of a lawsuit filed in Pennsylvania that asked the state to strip Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) of the Democratic nomination on suspicion that he was not an American citizen. The complaint for declaratory and injunctive relief was filed by Phil Berg, a former deputy state attorney general who left government in 1990 for a series of gadfly political campaigns. His last round of notoriety had come when he filed RICO complaints against George W. Bush, Saddam Hussein and multiple members of the Bush administration for “accountability” for the 9/11 attacks. Still, Berg’s complaint had gotten glancing local media attention, and the Democratic National Committee’s counsel had filed a motion to dismiss it. One lawyer who was doing some work for the campaign was tasked with reading Berg’s lawsuit and gauging its chances of success.

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“The conversation was along the lines of ‘this is idiotic, but explain to me why,’” said the lawyer, who spoke under condition of anonymity to TWI. “I looked at whether the lawsuit was going to be dismissed. I said yes.”

Berg’s main problem was the one that has bedeviled the the small, but growing, number of lawyers and amateur attorneys who have filed frivolous lawsuits against President Obama on the “question” of his American citizenship. He and they have run up against the doctrine of standing, which requires plaintiffs to prove that they have been or will be harmed by the law that they’re challenging. Like the people who challenged McCain’s citizenship in 2008 and 2000, or the people who challenged Dick Cheney’s right to run for vice president because he, like George W. Bush, resided in Texas, “birther” plaintiffs have failed again and again to get their cases heard because they lack standing.

“We monitored the progress of these lawsuits against the Obama campaign,” said Trevor Potter, a Washington attorney who served as general counsel to the 2008 and 2000 McCain presidential campaigns. “The McCain campaign faced a series of lawsuits like this, too, alleging that he could not be president because he was born in the Panama Canal Zone. Both campaigns took the position that these plaintiffs lacked standing.”

But the flawed conception of the many “birther” lawsuits, coupled with the inexperience and foul-ups of “birther” lawyers, have only fed the frenzy over Obama’s legitimacy to serve as president of the United States. A survey of the lawsuits filed against Obama reveals a reliance on widely debunked rumors, bogus stories sourced back to web sites, affidavits from “experts” who refuse to provide credentials or even their real names, and frequent and blatant misunderstandings of basic constitutional law. The dismissal of “birther” lawsuits has allowed conspiracy theorists to believe that the information in those suits is accurate–a belief that manifests itself in the emails, phone calls, and town hall meeting rants that have pushed the theories into the mainstream media and the halls of Congress.

While they ruled out any chance of the ‘birther’ lawsuits holding up in court, lawyers for the McCain campaign did check into the rumors about Obama’s birth and the assertions made by Berg and others. “To the extent that we could, we looked into the substantive side of these allegations,” said Potter. “We never saw any evidence that then-Senator Obama had been born outside of the United States. We saw rumors, but nothing that could be sourced to evidence. There were no statements and no documents that suggested he was born somewhere else. On the other side, there was proof that he was born in Hawaii. There was a certificate issued by the state’s Department of Health, and the responsible official in the state saying that he had personally seen the original certificate. There was a birth announcement in the Honolulu Advertiser, which would be very difficult to invent or plant 47 years in advance.”

“Birther” lawyers and bloggers, who gained an unexpected prominence in the mainstream media, have consistently denied Hawaii’s own records of Obama’s birth. They have also built up a corpus of information which, they argue, would invalidate Obama’s claim on the White House even if he was born in the United States. These rumors, and the inability of “birther” lawyers to test them in court, have proven pervasive enough to fuel the conspiracy theories.

After the DNC requested a dismissal of Berg’s lawsuit, he responded in a Sept. 29, 2008 filing that cited numerous Internet rumors and incorrect citations of American and international law. Berg cited “Wikipedia Italian version” and “Rainbow Edition News Letter” as evidence that Obama had not been clear about which hospital he was born in; he alleged that Obama must have been adopted by Lolo Soetoro, the Indonesian man who married Obama’s mother when the future president was five years old, because he attended elementary school in that country. Because a contemporary school record referred to Obama as “Barry Soetoro” and listed his nationality as “Indonesian,” Berg argued that there was “absolutely no way Obama could have ever regained ‘natural born’ status.”

“That’s just completely wrong,” said Mitzi Torri, an Arizona-based immigration lawyer. Torri pointed to the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952, which sets a high bar for renunciation of American citizenship. According to the INA, an American can only forfeit his citizenship if he commits treason, if he makes a “formal declaration of allegiance to a foreign state,” or if he becomes a citizen of another country “upon his own application or upon an application filed by a duly authorized agent.”

“Berg wants to say,” said Torri, “that this document from a school Indonesia, which has no signature, which has no standing whatsoever, is more important than Obama’s birth certificate or our immigration law.”

Berg’s filings made other claims that have shown up in anti-Obama lawsuits and in the proliferation of “birther” Website. One relies on an audio tape of Obama’s step-grandmother Sarah Obama, who lives in Kenya, being goaded into saying (through a translator) that the future president was born in Kenya before quickly correcting herself. (A doctored version of this tape, which cuts off before the retraction, is posted on YouTube.) Another claim: Obama traveled to Pakistan in 1981, when it was illegal for an American to do so, suggesting that he used a non-American passport. The problem is that there never was any such ban.

“We have no record of any travel ban between America and Pakistan during that period or since,” said Noel Clay, a spokesman for the State Department.

“We got that from someplace,” Berg told TWI on Thursday. In an email, he added his paralegal was “reviewing” his files on Pakistan. Yet the false claim appears in Orly Taitz’s lawsuit on behalf of perennial presidential candidate Alan Keyes, which argues that Obama visited Pakistan “when entrance to Pakistan was banned to Americans, Christians and Jews,” proof that he gave up his American citizenship.

In October 2008, when Berg v. Obama et al was dismissed for lack of standing, the attorney told sympathetic reporters that the DNC had “admitted” the truth about Obama’s citizenship by not rebutting his claims. Joseph Sandler, who filed motions to dismiss Berg’s case and other Obama citizenship lawsuits as general counsel, explained why claims like these are never debunked by lawyers for the president.

“When you file a motion to dismiss, to try to get the case thrown out before any factual inquiry is made, the facts that the plaintiffs put into their complaint are assumed to be true,” said Sandler. “You have to show that even if the facts were true, they don’t have a case.”

As a result of that, extremely questionable theories and “facts” have become linchpins of ‘birther’ theories. ‘Birthers’ who refuse to acknowledge the legitimacy of Obama’s Certificate of Live Birth often cite the expertise of “Dr. Ron Polarik,” a self-described “expert in computer graphics” who maintains a blog at Townhall.com and has recorded a video, in which his face and voice are blurred, explaining how the image was “forged” with Adobe Photoshop. “Polarik” submitted an affidavit in support Orly Taitz’s Keyes case that is signed “XXXXXXXXXXX,” making it inadmissible.

“If it ever comes down to it,” explained Gary Kreep, another lawyer for Keyes, “we’ll use his real name.”

Some anti-Obama claims take the issue entirely out of the hands of the president or Hawaii officials. Carl Swensson, a conservative activist from Georgia, has organized “Citizens’ Grand Juries” that have indicted the president for treason. Mario Apuzzo, a New Jersey attorney, has sued Obama on the grounds that he never was, and never could be, a “natural born” citizen. Both men pass over precedent for “The Law of Nations,” the 1758 treatise by the 18th century French scholar Emerich de Vattel. In one translation, de Vattel writes that “the natives, or natural-born citizens, are those born in the country, of parents who are citizens.” That’s enough for some Obama ‘birthers’ to say that Obama might be a citizen of Kenya–as one constituent of Rep. Mike Castle (R-Del.) put it–but he cannot be a natural born citizen of the United States. “It’s what the founding fathers used,” explained Swensson.

Constitutional scholars consider this a dubious argument at best. “The framers of the 14th Amendment thought about this,” explained Elizabeth Wydra, chief counsel for the Constitutional Accountability Center. “They wanted to make sure that the children of slaves who were brought here illegally, slaves who were brought into this country after the end of the slave trade, would be citizens.”

Apuzzo is not convinced. He argued that the founders wrote the phrase “natural born citizen” for a reason; to make sure that no one with “blood ties” to another country could become president. He speculated what might happen if Gov. Bobby Jindal (R-La.), whose parents were Indian, became president. “India is a nuclear power. Here comes the president, who says we have to go in and attack Pakistan. Are we doing that because we are defending India’s interests? You just don’t know. You can’t have Constitutional rule if you allow this.”

Because of the dismissal tactics used by lawyers for the president, John McCain, and both political parties, believers in these various theories and readings of the Constitution argue that they have never been proven wrong. Although Rep. John Campbell (R-Calif.) explained his support of a House bill that would require copies of birth certificates from presidential candidates by saying it would “put all this to rest,” the very frivolity and obscurity of the challenges to Obama suggest the beginning of a conspiracy theory that will never be debunked to the satisfaction of its believers.

An Army captain fighting deployment to Iraq has challenged the legitimacy of Barack Obama’s presidency in a federal complaint filed this month, and has employed attorney Orly Taitz — a national figure in the birther movement — to represent her.


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