“This could be over tonight.”
It infuriates me no end how a a clever lawyer can say something that appears to be one thing, but is actually something else. If infuriates me because anyone who does this demonstrates disdain for his listener. He is saying: “I am clever and you are too stupid to see what I am doing.” Lakin’s lawyer, Paul Jensen, tried to imply things that were false by clever irrelevancies and innuendo, but he told one outright whopper:
In the state of Hawaii there’s a statute that allows anyone born outside the state of Hawaii, including in a foreign country, to obtain a Hawaiian birth certificate, at any age, by going back and filling out a form.
Jensen then cited HRS § 338-17.8 Certificates for children born out of State.
That law does not allow “anyone” to obtain a Hawaiian birth certificate. It is limited to applicants who can prove to the director that “the legal parents of such individual while living without the Territory or State of Hawaii had declared the Territory or State of Hawaii as their legal residence for at least one year immediately preceding the birth or adoption of such child.” So he lied. He said “anyone” but of the billions of people in the world, it only applies to a handful of Hawaii residents who give birth to children out of state. I am not talking about whether or not the statute fits President Obama. I am simply saying that he lied about the statute. He is a lawyer and he waved a piece of paper in his hand representing it as a copy of the statute. It is not reasonable to believe that he was mistaken. He lied.
Now someone might argue that while technically false, since Stanley Ann Dunham was indeed a resident of Hawaii for a year prior to President Obama’s birth that the law applied anyway and that the lie was harmless. Not so. The law HRS 338-17.8 was not passed until 1982. President Obama’s birth registration was filed August 8, 1961. A registration could not have been filed in 1961 under this (or any) Hawaiian statute. Not only did Lakin’s attorney lie, but he tried to trick the viewer into thinking the statute he cited was relevant.
Birtherism is founded on lies just like this one. It’s evil like this that put the fire in my belly to build this web site and keep it going.
Actually he told another whopper: “this could be over tonight”.
Lakin himself came across as sincere but clueless. Somebody else is pulling his strings. Go HERE to see photos of what looks like Paul Jensen assisting Terry Lakin in incriminating himself.
That wasn’t the only lie. Claiming Obama can “end this” by producing his “long form” birth certificate is a lie.
The charges against Larkin will still be prosecuted and nothing Obama ca do will end that since the military needs to show that a service member can’t ignore orders based on an Internet rumor.
The birthers have multiple fall back positions if a new document is produced.
1) It’s a fake.
2) He doesn’t have an American father.
3) He had foreign citizenship and loyalties. (British, Kenyan, and Indonesian)
4) He gave up his citizenship.
5) Blacks weren’t full citizens and can’t be “Article II natural born citizens”.
When people decide they are right, no facts can challenge their opinions.
“This could be over tonight”? So if President Obama produced his “vault copy” with the footprint, you would then plead guilty to the charges? ’cause you ain’t getting another chance to obey your orders, birfoon.
it appears that Lakin completely fell for the lawyers bull pupu, really sad. Only one way this can go, DOWN!
If I had Jensen on the witness stand for an hour, I could tear him apart. Of course, Lakin will never get to try his “birther defense” before the court martial.
That’s exactly correct. Refusing to follow an order should be harshly dealt with; it is nothing less than mutiny.
TRUE, but it;s evident that Lakin believes all his lawyer claims, he thinks he will be saved by being the hero that brought Obama down. Lakin can avoid prison by claiming insanity, thats it. A sad way to end his career!
Sad to see someone throw it all away. At least the lawyer appears to be coming out a ‘winner’, if the $500k estimate provided by Lakin’s supporters is accurate.
They always do.
missed it, but thanks for covering it. Saw a video of it to catch up. Good on AC for attacking the claims of the 2bit lawyer, but wish he could have had the ammunition against the Hawaii statute (like that it was passed in 1982)
And of course, another lie of Jensen, is that if you’re born out of the country, and registered your birth in Hawaii, that COLB will reflect the country of birth.
As I related before, a good friend of mines while growing up in Hawaii, was born in the Philippines (both parents were immigrants on work visas to live in Hawaii). The entire family then moved back to Hawaii when he was 3 years old; with the Philippines Birth Certificate, they registered his birth in Hawaii, and on his Hawaii COLB, it states Cebu City, Cebu, Philippines. At 14 years of age, he and his parents took the path to Naturalization, and they became citizens a year later. His COLB still says that he was born in Cebu City, Cebu, Philippines.
I also had a neighbor born in the Philippines and had her birth registered in Hawaii, her BC states born in Iloilo, Philippines (by the way she is a muslim)
that lawer mislead and lied, poor Lakin is going down, this idiot is totally unprepared for his defense.
My mom was born in Kau, Hawaii. My grandparents were listed as filipinos. My mom is a natural born citizen!
The birthers are dropping like flies…turkey shoot!
I have zero sympathy for Lakin; I hope the miserable traitor rots in Leavenworth.
That said, some lied on CNN??? Heavens! Vapors! Shades of Darth Cheney!
Anderson Cooper was an asshole. He tried to incriminate Lakin by asking him questions. Lakin could not say much and he has to talk through his lawyer because Lakin has the right to remain silent. Cooper touted a completely invalid Certification of Live Birth.(No Certificate #) The lawyer did mention the modern statute about getting BC to prove his point but the statutes in 1961 were even more lax and again the possibility that Obama’s birth was merely registered as being born in Hawaii while Obama was actually born in Kenya has not been ruled out. Addition, Obama still have not released the BC and won’t release it and no coorborating evidence has yet to be shown that Obama was in fact born in Hawaii.
Anderson Cooper didn’t give Lakin and his lawyer a chance to present their case.
If it was me, I would have immediately canceled the interview until I had a chance to present my case.
Cooper should have known better than to ask Lakin tough questions when Lakin has the Right to Remain Silent.
has lakin figured out yet that his lawyer specializes in dog bite cases ?
Personally Lakin should have blown Anderson Cooper out of the water, but Anderson Cooper wouldn’t let them present their case and kept interupting. I think if Lakin gets another interview, a definite rule should be established that Lakin and his Lawyer have 3 to 5 minutes of uninterupted dialog and if the news commentator interrupts the interview is halted instantly. I am sure that Cooper’s intent was to try interrupt as much as possible as prevent the facts from getting out and to attempt marginlize the issue.
No, Anderson’s questions were not being answered by Lakin. He wanted Lakin to answer his questions; his stupid lawyer kept on answering for him. It was Lakin who disobeyed direct orders, a “crime’ he admits to, so there is nothing to defend here. His “lawyer” didn’t need to be the person answering questions.
The problem with most “news interviews” is that the interviewer has often been too lax in allowing the interviewee to “spin” or spew lies at length unchecked.
Personally, I think Anderson did the right thing by cutting him off and correcting him every time he was caught in a lie.
The objective of journalism is to get at the truth and to fact check.
Good for Anderson on calling out the BS and cutting him off when he was spewing garbage!
Good for Anderson Cooper.
Perhaps you might not be in Iraq today if your media had been less supine when presented with a strong of lies.
John: Cooper should have known better than to ask Lakin tough questions when Lakin has the Right to Remain Silent.
Lakin has the right not to be on the Anderson Cooper 360 television show. It’s no secret what Anderson Cooper thinks of birthers. If Lakin goes on the show and can’t answer the tough questions, it’s his own fault.
Hawaiiborn: His “lawyer” didn’t need to be the person answering questions.
Lakin is not skilled in double talk and that was what he needed a lawyer for.
If Lakin is interviewed further in the future, he is likely not say much beyond a few words. That is because Lakin has the Right to Remain Silent and anything he says could be used against him in his court martial. Lakin is very cautious about what he says. Lakin’s lawyer does most of the talking to make sure that Lakin is protected.
Personally Lakin and his lawyer should really walked up and left the studio about 30 seconds to a minute into the interview when it became clear that Anderson Cooper was not going to be able to let they present his case.
I think for furture, Lakin should be given 3 to 5 minutes of uninterrupted dialog and then the reporter can respond. Any interruption results in the immediate halting of the interview.
Yes, of course this lawyer is lying but birthers are stubborn and stupid they believe their own lies.
Listen birthers all you have to do is send an email to the Vital Statistic Dept. and ASK!
I emailed them a while back asking them if a foreign child can have a COLB and this was their response:
Vital Statistic of Records
Office of Health Status Monitoring
Hawaii; Dept of Health
1250 Punchbowl St.
Honolulu, HI 96813
“A foreign child would have a “certification of foreign birth” not a COLB on the top of the certificate, and the place of birth would be indicated”
nice try lawyer but obviously you’re a birther!
….Unless of course the family lied and stated that person was born in Hawaii, and Hawaii DOH accepted the testimony as fact.
“President Obama’s birth registration was filed August 8, 1961.”
There you go again, stating something as FACT that you cannot possibly prove as such.
I think common sense tells us that something is amiss with his birth filing at the Hawaii DOH. Maybe it was the date, maybe it was a misspelling of a name – but there is something that Obama does not want to be made public.
I think we can probably assume that yes, the birth registration was filed on Aug 8, 1961 – but you Dr. C do NOT have enough information at your fingertips (unless you a much closer to Obama than I realize) to make such statement as FACT.
I didn’t watch the CNN interview – I’m not interested in Lakin or Cooper for that matter. I think it is a bunch of hoopla.
Even though the COLBs have changed with terms Date Accepted Vs. Date Filed, we only know that Obama’s BC was filed. We don’t know if it was ever accepted. The Long-form BC would indicate if Obama’s BC was ultimately accepted.
But the fact is that the law to register foreign children in Hawaii was passed in 1982, Obama was 21, and it was for children over 1 yr old, Obama was registered on Aug 8, he was 4 days old, so again birther you lost!
what an idiot, hey john get a job so you can afford going to school.
what common sense tells us is that you are a liar and your opinions are worthless.
John: Would the State Registrar have been able to produce an official document stating the information was on file had the information filled not been accepted.
Common sense?! You are talking about common sense? but birthers don’t have ANY!
In the first place it is common sense that why Hillary, a lawyer,didn’t brought that up during the campaign.You are very naive or stupid if you think that Bush/Cheney didn’t investigated Obama. Dr. C doesn’t have enought information?! What about you birthers?
All you have is fakes and lies!
“It is impossible to defeat an ignorant man in argument” William McAdoo
John: You do realize that even if the President were a 22 year old born in Khazakhstan of a French mother and a Chinese father, Lt Col Lakin is still required to obey the orders of his commanding officer??
If you don’t het that, you and we should be glad that you are a civilian.
John: we only know that Obama’s BC was filed. We don’t know if it was ever accepted.
They only issue birth certificates for records that are accepted. So we know it was accepted. You don’t know it was accepted because you are an idiot.
Scott Brown: There you go again, stating something as FACT that you cannot possibly prove as such.
It’s on his birth certificate, signed by the head of vital statistics of the State of Hawaii and sealed with the state seal. It is consistent with contemporary newspaper listing (the record HAD to have been filed before it could appear in the Vital Statistics list in the newspaper). So it is a FACT and I just proved it.
Scott Brown: unless you a much closer to Obama than I realize
Hey I get an email from the President every week (asking for money). I get one from John McCain too (same reason).
John: Unless of course the family lied
If you allege fraud, prove it. And while you are at it, please prove that you are not a terrorist trying to destroy the US government by undermining faith in the President. (A birth certificate is not sufficient.)
The “accepted vs filed” issue was extensively covered by Dr. C, it is an idiots talking point to make it a dispute. (as birthers are prone to do)
please keep up, it will help you from appearing to be an idiot (unles that is your choice)
John: I think for furture [sic], Lakin should be given 3 to 5 minutes of uninterrupted dialog
And 30 minutes for a team of legal experts to point out all the lies.
John: Lakin has the Right to Remain Silent
So do you.
Stephen Pidgeon should get with Lakin’s attorney and turn over the Port of Entry Doc. According to Ed Hale, Hale claimed he saw the document only once before givig it over to Pidgeon. Accroding to the Port of Entry Doc, shortly after Obama’s birth Stanely Ann Dunham entered the country with a baby in tow.
all the questions:
” do you honestly believe president obama was not born in hawaii ?”
” can the col not talk for himself ?” -directed at jensen
” are you saying that all military born in hawaii should be suspect because that is what they provide ( a COLB ) ?” -i’m paraphrasing a bit on that one.
basically same question is repeated.
” have you ever asked for any superiors birth certificate ? ”
” you served under gen. casey, where was he born ? ”
” how can you say you’re not grandstanding ? ” – paraphrasing
” why this issue ? ”
” what’s wrong with a COLB in your opinion ? ”
you mean Ed Hale, the one with the Kenya BC that he was to reveal. Are you one of Ed’s 3 fans. Did you participate in sending this scam artist the $100.00 to view that non-existant BC. Using Ed as a source is tantamount to being insane and identifies you as a rather complete idiot.
I’ll believe it when I see it.
scott brown is telling us how to define a fact ? oh the irony.
are you still holding strong to your lie, scott ?
Exactly. For Lakin, there is no “ending this.” Even if, for some reason, Obama were to produce the documentation they “request,” it wouldn’t satisfy the birthers, or end any legal consequences to LTC Lakin.
If they don’t get discovery (and they won’t), LTC Lakin gets court-martialed. If they do, he still gets court-martialed.
In either case, he’s probably going to lose his rank (dismissed from service) and possibly get some jail time. So he loses either way.
I was talking to my husband who retired from the Air Force. He was not surprised to see that most of these folks are in the Medical field. He told me that they are not officers of the line. If for example, they were in certain military situations and a Lt. Colonel doctor and a Lt. were there, the Lt. would out rank the doctor. My husband tells me that they can have a different perspective (I am phrasing this politely)of the military. Thus the doctor may not, despite his years of service, really get the importance of following your superior’s orders.
And he kept it and said nothing. Please, as the birthers are so fond of saying “Produce the document today and this will all be over.”
Why do you think Linda Lingle, had her appointed official go and view the original certificate while she was campaigning for John McCain? She was checking it out. You betcha!
Thank you. Thank you. All these birthers who say they respect the American military and then fail to do their homework confound me.
What’s amazing is that the babbler liar scott brown and birther regurgitators like john seem to never learn, as their views are shown to be idiotic they continue in the same vein. john repeatedly regurgitates birther points with abandon as to facts. What is it with these people, does hating Obama cause that much lunacy?
Produce the state today and this will all be over.
“Perhaps you might not be in Iraq today if your media had been less supine when presented with a strong of lies.”
Exactly. Where were the journalists from the Vietnam era? Journalists regurgitated government press releases and called it journalism.
“It is impossible to defeat an ignorant man in argument” William McAdoo
When you argue with a fool, make sure you are not doing the same thing. Which is why I rarely anwer them, unless is it truly egregious.
“You don’t know it was accepted because you are an idiot.”
No, just a fool.
medical is non-combat and as such has different rights and restrictions under the geneva convention. a medical officer can not give a combat command to anyone. it’s not a matter of out-ranking.
“get the importance of following your superior’s orders”
Mary: I was a civilian volunteer with the IDF. I could not pick and choose what my CO said.
Your CO says something, you DO it. D’ya think Orly will get an interior decorator for his suite in Kansas?
I just had to get that out of myself.
Incredible, Someone who believes in Ed Hale the renown Bigfeet Killer.
Oh boy ignorance and myth do mix so well.
Incriminate himself? John, surely you realize that Lakin’s YouTube video already did that. He’s toast already, having incriminated himself looooooooooong before that assclown Jensen was “appointed” his counsel by an organization that is using Lakin for its own purposes. Nothing admitted — or retracted — at this point will save Lakin from his fate.
Facts is what Anderson Cooper WAS pointing out. If Jensen and Lakin want to spew their propaganda and pseudolaw uninterrupted, I’m sure William Wegener will give them that platform. He’s as rah-rah birther as they come.
His right to remain silent was BEFORE he made a YouTube video and talked to the likes of Pest & Efail. That right was waived weeks ago. There is nothing left to “protect.”
Besides, the court martial will focus solely on Lakin’s missing troop movement. Lakin “spoke” by action (or, more precisely, inaction) when he failed to report at his newly-assigned post. No Fifth Amendment right protects one from incriminating conduct.
*Waaaah* The media guy was mean to us birthers and won’t let us tell our tall tales on TV unchallenged! *Waaaah* *sniff* *sob*
Again our resident liar Scott Brown emerges….And says nothing. Someone that has lied does however have an insight on lying, so in this case Scott is an expert. However as the vital statistics that Leo Donofrio received confirmed that Barack Obama Sr. and SA Dunham has a baby boy on August 4 1961. And the newspapers confirmed the birthdate. So his the evidence does shows that his birth was that date. In addition the proof (the COLB) does state that his birth was registered with the health department 4 days after the birth….Nice try Scott the liar but maybe you would have better luck with telling us what state you were born in. You know the one that issues a COLB just like Obama’s but you couldn’t get a US Passport with….
Ed Hale? Wow…No one would believe it if he said that the sky was blue…he is a bigger liar that Scott Brown or Lucas Smith….Every time Ed Hale claimed he has some incriminating piece of evidence, what happened? Nothing. He just is a scammer and con artist. And Pidgeon? What a joke? How is is so called Chrysler case going? Did he get his QW case that would somehow require Obama to release his “Long form” BC yet? When the birthers reference known con artists and liars, you know their case is worthless….
Rich, it must cause some serious mental issues…..Because no matter what the theory and lack of evidence, they seem to believe it…The birthers are just not rational people…
Thanks for the correction.
I think he will be lucky to stare at grey cement blocks. He is an idiot.
Neither could my husband. He highly respected some and not others. But they were his superior officers and unless they asked him to violate the code of military conduct he could not and would not question.
Good Article from CAAAFlog…
“I find the subject of President Obama’s eligibility to serve as President to be interesting. But it’s clearly resolved by Superme Court precedent. President Obama was born in Hawaii subject to the jurisdiction of the United States (in other words, his parents didn’t have diplomatic immunity). He is, accordingly, a natural born U.S. citizen. See, e.g., United States v. Wong Kim Ark, 169 U.S. 649 (1898); Luria v. United States. 231 U.S. 9, 22 (1913); Elk v. Wilkins, 112 U.S. 94 (1884).
But while I find the eligibility debate interesting, it is also profoundly irrelevant to the prosecution of LTC Lakin. LTC Lakin is guilty of missing movement and violating lawful orders regardless of whether the President is or isn’t constitutionally eligible to serve. There is no real prospect that his court-martial will result in the production of any documents or testimony concerning the irrelevant issue of President Obama’s constitutional eligibility to serve as President. Instead, the case is likely to be a circus leading to an inevitable conviction. Attempts to press the issue on direct appeal will fail because ACCA will hold that discovery into eligibility issues isn’t relevant and CAAF will either agree or, more likely, simply deny review, thus foreclosing a cert petition on direct review. Collateral review attempts will fail under abstention (if filed before the completion of direct appeals) or because the issue was fully and fairly resolved by the military (if filed after completion of direct appeals). Some courts on collateral review may add that it agrees with the military courts’ determination that President Obama’s eligibility was irrelevant.”
AC did make one misleading comment , you do not have to be a citizen to join the U.S. military(just a legal resident with no ties to certain countries), but you do have to be a U.S. citizen to accept a commision. So I am hoping he meant to ask are all commissioned officers from Hawaii based on LTCol Lakin’s view of the COB suspect and holding their commisions illegally and can not issue any legitimate orders unless they provide the long form. Otherwise AC did an excellent job.
This just adds to my previously posted comments that Ltcol Lakin does not have the right to vet the president or his superiors.
As this goes on, it just shows why he can’t win. I reiterate, do we want to give every citizen the right to demand an original BC of every public offical that has a requirement that they be U.S. citizens, and the inferrance that unless the questioned individual provides proof that meets the questioning citizens individual litmus test, those in question have no authority.
That is just rediculous. Would we really kick out every officer serving in the military born in Hawaii that can not produce a long form even though their COB’s are certified true by Hawaii, or discharge every commisioned officer in all branches of service who cannot produce a long form eventhough they have passed background checks and had their COB’s certified true by their birth states? Would we fire every police officer in every U.S. town that could not do likewise?
This is why he won’t and can’t win.
This would truly cause some major issues not only for the military but for every community in this country.
I urge Lakin supporters please rethink your position.
To the LTCol, please sir get out while you can, renounce this position and beg the miltary for mercy and go on with your life. I honestly feel you are being used and it is not right. You deserve better than this and so does your family. You do not deserve to go down as a traitor after 18 years of faithful service. Those advising you mean you no good. Please wake up.
The atty didn’t really “lie”, he simply didn’t spell out the requirements.
As for the law being passed in 1982, it doesn’t matter: it was clearly retroactive (it was open to those born in the “territory” of HI, an entity that dissolved in 1959; it’s thus retroactive).
Also, the only proof that the cert was filed in 1961 is… on a picture on a webpage.
If you want to see some actual lying, here are some ways that Cooper lied and misled in the same interview:
Isn’t that enough for you to call someone on the other side of the argument a liar on your batshit crazy website?
I just read the LTcol’s bio and it says he is selected for “FULL BIRD” , To pin on June 2011. I really know he has lost his mind. To possibly throw away full bird Colonel over this is totalY unbelievable.
Our old friend BZ and her idiotic fellow freepers are going crazy regarding the Lakin interview…
Some of her humorous comments…
“We don’t get cable and nothing my husband has tried will get my computer to load what’s necessary for me to see videos. (Funny things happen when you speak out against Obama’s eligibility, ya know?) So I can’t see what happened.
It’s probably a good thing in this case because wilfully ignorant people like Cooper really bug me.
Was it pointed out that the HDOH has indirectly confirmed that the Factcheck COLB is a forgery?”
3 posted on Saturday, May 08, 2010 12:06:49 AM by butterdezillion
It’s sort of complicated because the HDOH doesn’t have to answer questions but does have to respond to requests for documents – but the summary is this:
The Hawaii Department of Health has confirmed in 2 different ways, through official communications, that the Factcheck COLB is a forgery because
1) the HDOH has made repeated statutory admissions that Obama’s birth certificate is amended. Any genuine long-form or COLB from the HDOH has to have note of that amendment. The Factcheck COLB doesn’t and is thus known as a forgery. And
2) The HDOH has stated that all of Oahu’s birth certificates have always been received at the state registrar’s office and given a birth certificate number by the state registrar on the same day – the “date filed”. The Factcheck COLB has a “date filed” 3 days earlier than the Nordyke twins’ but a certificate number 2 later than theirs.
This new statement from the HDOH rules out the previous attempts to explain the discrepancy (pre-numbered BC’s at hospitals, or BC’s sitting in piles for 3 days awaiting processing). Because the number and date filed are incompatible, the Factcheck COLB is known to be a forgery.
More (and more complete) information and documentation (including the laws and e-mails from the HDOH) can be found at http://butterdezillion.wordpress.com/2010/01/11/red-flags-in-hawaii-2/
8 posted on Saturday, May 08, 2010 12:13:04 AM by butterdezillion
William Wegener? Google search turns up many, but none seem to be birthers or broadcasters.
The attny did lie. Just like on your site you indicate the requirements regarding someone that wants to be designated a “native born Hawaiian” in regards to their Homelands program. You don’t cite the section of the DoH site that specifies that the COLB is suffcient and the only document that you will get if you request a BC. In addition I don’t think that Obama was trying to claim anything for the Homelands program. Also unless you can find a law that was in effect in 1961 that was exactly like the one in 1982, your theory lacks substance. The COLB states that the birth was registered 4 days later. Unless you have some evidence to the contrary, saying that a 21 year old Obama had his birth registered in 1982 under this new law is silly. Especially since he had a US Passport in 1967 when he traveled to Indonesia, he would have had to show a BC to get one. So that kind of sinks your theory…
What a crazy convulated website of illogic. Lingle lied! Cooper lied!, but not a reason why they would lied. Do us all favor sell your computer and close your website.
Typical birther BS.
Well, his lawyer isn’t skilled in the double talk either. He just came across as an ignorant blowhard.
That’s a tough question; I’m pretty sure if things were reversed I’d give the person the benefit of the doubt since most people would realize that not “anyone” can get a cert.
Exactly what documents have to be submitted to prove that the 1982 law applies to someone? How difficult would it be for someone who isn’t really covered to fake it?
1. BHO could get anything he wanted from HI’s DOH, all he’d have to do is ask and they’d jump on it. I know; I’ve spoken to them and it’s not like they’re his biggest opponents or something.
2. The “COLB” is actually just a picture of a supposed COLB. We know the picture exists; we have no verification that what’s pictured matches what’s on file. HI admits they never verified that picture against whatever they have on file.
No, both recent posts about this list how they lied and misled. I love those numbered lists!
If you don’t think Lingle lied, then tell us at which character range in the first statement from HI’s DOH it says the name of the hospital. Tell us which character range it says he was born there (the second statement said that, but Lingle was referring to the first statement).
24ahead your link has bad info
It says: The qualifications for the Hawaiian Home Lands program require a certified copy of a standard birth certificate – also known as the “long-form certificate” filled out in the hospital and including details such as the name of the hospital and the attending physician.
Not True , no where on actual Hawaiia Gov real site is this found.
if you go to the actual Hawaiian Gov site it says this about Hawaiian Home Lands:
“Birth certificates (Certificates of Live Birth and Certifications of Live Birth) and Certificates of Hawaiian Birth are the primary documents used to determine native Hawaiian qualification.”
“State Department of Health (DOH) no longer issues Certificates of Live Birth. When a request is made for a copy of a birth certificate, the DOH issues a Certification of Live Birth.”
Read it yourself, here is link to Hawaii Gov.: http://hawaii.gov/dhhl/applicants/appforms/applyhhl/
In the future when you supply a link at least link to one that tells the truth.
Why do birthers link to such crappy and secondary sites, tell me that dear 24ahead, why do you link to sites that lie, a common birther tactic.
24AheadDotCom: The atty didn’t really “lie”, he simply didn’t spell out the requirements.
No, he lied. If he had said “some people” it would have been true, but “anybody” is false.
24AheadDotCom: As for the law being passed in 1982, it doesn’t matter: it was clearly retroactive
Yes, it was retroactive, but Obama’s birth was registered on August 8, 1961. The form was filled out, the document filed, and it was printed in the newspaper in 1961.
24AheadDotCom: Also, the only proof that the cert was filed in 1961 is… on a picture on a webpage.
No, there is also the listing of the birth in the Department of Health Vital Statistics newspaper column.
I listened to what Cooper said, and he was correct.
hey 24ahead, come back and explain your Hawaian Home Lands lie, or are you to scared to admit to it. How long before 24ahead admits he posted a lie on his site? The site 24ahead links to on that point is WND, the crappiest site on the internet, they love to lie. Don’t you idiots know we can easily link to the actual Hawaian Gov. site. Wow, talk about gullible, why don’t you join scott brown in your little lies, Idiot.
You cannot refuse an order, unless it would result in another My Lai.
Thems the rules.
I read your article. Total and utter bullshit.
I don’t know exactly what Lakin believes or doesn’t believe. I do think that Lakin believes his puppet-masters who have told him that he will be able to subpoena records related to Obama. I think Lakin believes that he can really use Obama as his defense, and that when doing so he can get discovery.
Lakin would never get off with the insanity plea. Legal insanity means that at the time of the crime, the defendant wasn’t able to distinguish right from wrong. Lakin’s youtube shows quite clearly that he understands that his actions are illegal and against military rules. He knows he is violating military code and is doing so willingly.
Lakin is choosing to be a sacrificial lamb. I wouldn’t be surprised if Lakin was being paid to do this (I am not saying that he is, but wouldn’t be surprised if her were). I hope that this is worth it to Lakin, who is facing several years in prison. By the time his sentence is up, it is possible that Obama will have already finished his 2nd term as POTUS.
The one thing I will say on the side of the birthers is that the DHHL in November 2008 had different information about birth certificates than they do today. They probably changed it once they realized that the DOH doesn’t print Certificates of Live Birth any more. I don’t recall, though, any mention of a “long form” certificate.
I couldn’t find a page on the Wayback machine for 2008 but I did find in Google several web pages that claimed that it said this: “In order to process your application, DHHL utilizes information that is found only on the original Certificate of Live Birth, which is either black or green. This is a more complete record of your birth than the Certification of Live Birth (a computer-generated printout). Submitting the original Certificate of Live Birth will save you time and money since the computer-generated Certification requires additional verification by DHHL.”
To the best of my recollection, this is what the site said in November 2008. The DHHL is responsible for verifying ethnic Hawaiian ancestry. The Certificate is more desirable for genealogical purposes, but the Certification is perfectly adequate from a legal standpoint to establish place of birth. As someone already said, Obama isn’t trying to prove he descends from Hawaiian aborigines.
the birthers are claiming this as current and it is not, so they are lying or do not check actual sources. a wayback machine is not the Hawaian Gov. so it is poor research or flat out lies (American Thinker primary source for this one. They check didly squat)
Re not having to be a citizen to be in the military. True if you’re an enlisted man, but how about officers? Anderson Cooper was asking about the chain of command, those above Lakin, who would be Colonels or higher. We haven’t had a field officer not a citizen since the time of Lafayette. So, Cooper was correct.
As I watched Jensen shout through the entire interview, I had this sense that Jensen has been prepped. I think that the organization “supporting” Lakin had a hard time finding a lawyer willing to take this case. Jensen is a moron who stepped up for the $. Jensen doesn’t have a clue about any of this and he has a steep learning curve. Then again, Jensen and Lakin won’t be allowed to use the birfer defense, so what is there for Jensen to catch up with?
I found it interesting that Jensen had to have the Hawaiian statute in front of him. Other birfer lawyers have that memorized! Even Orly can rattle that off at any moment.
Jensen is a bully. Lakin would do better to use his military lawyer and to dump Jensen. Anyone would be smart to dump Jensen.
This was Anderson Cooper’s show. They knew he was going to ask LAKIN questions, and they decided to bullshit Cooper. Being a journalist, not a puppet of some political party like another net work’s asshats, Cooper wouldn’t let them get away with anything.
I think that AC was referring to Lakin’s claim that all soldiers have to show their BCs to enter the armed services. Lakin has repeatedly claimed that soldiers have to do this because Lakin had to do that. I don’t think Lakin understands any part of military procedure.
I think that Georgetown meant William Wagener, who is the guy who interviews Orly all of the time. His youtube channel is http://www.youtube.com/user/williamwagener.
In an earlier version of the Hawaii Homelands web site, they asked for (but did not require) the long form, presumably because the long form contains the birth place and age of the parents, something necessary in assessing the qualifications of someone as a native Hawaiian. They previously said that if the short form were submitted, the process took longer.
commisioned officers do have to be U.S, citizens, as do most Police officers and State judges. So his question would apply to all officers, it could also to all enlisted as well if he is saying a COB is not really a birth certificate. I was a Marine Corps recruiter and assure you it is the opposite, that hospital form is worthless to get in military, you need a COB verified by the stae with an official seal.
24AheadDotCom: HI admits they never verified that picture against whatever they have on file.
It is true that they never verified the picture, but they did verify the essential information from that picture: Born Hawaii 1961.
Is there a John echo in here??
That was my point, but poorly made.
24AheadDotCom:… Lingle lied…
A lie requires an intent to deceive. While Lingle was not 100% accurate in her account from memory, I see no intent to deceive.
Lingle was responding to an off the wall question in a radio interview. Lakin’s attorney was presenting prepared material in which he made the following misrepresentations:
1. Hawaiian law does not require that the birthplace on its birth certificates be accurate
2. The newspaper birth announcements of Obama’s birth did not come from the health department
3. “This could be over tonight” (Lakin’s own web site raises the “british father” objection that could not be resolved with a birth certificate)
4. “Anyone” can get a Hawaiian birth certificate.
the source code on the current Hawaiian Gov Home Land site shows it dated at 1999, 8 years before the American Thinker article- poor research is what birthers are famous for. I’m sure they know it but continue publishing it. UNETHICAL!
You’re playing the game of sematics. Is it a part of the Consititution that a President birth hospital is a requirement? Lingle and her Health Director both have stated that President Obama was born in Hawaii.
Which brings up another point Lingle has stated she was campaigning for McCain when the birther issue arosed. Maybe she was in on the conspiracy with McCain and the RNC?
Typical birther logic.
Someday birthers will face reality
You’re correct that many birthers are passing along information that is no longer current. They’re simply repeating what they’ve heard before, but what’s the problem with the Wayback Machine? It’s an archive of web pages. If I’m not mistaken, Dr. Conspiracy uses it himself.
Because all you are interested in Scott Brown, is lying. What state were you born in again? Oh that’s right…you are still unable to answer such a basic question after making up that garbage story of yours.
You called the governor of Hawaii a “liar” for a simple misstatement. So you do not give people on the other side the benefit of the doubt.
As for your other questions, why don’t you demonstrate how difficult it would be by getting your very own COLB from Hawaii saying you were born there? I’m sure you could now, since the law was passed 28 years ago, right?
LMAO! Wow, you are about as gullible as they come, aren’t you, John?
Hey, Ed Hale has several Bigfoot corpses to sell you too.
Poor delusional BZ. I almost feel sorry for her. She so utterly lacks logic and reading comprehension skills and so foolishly believes in the wackiest conspiracy stuff out there.
Daily life has to be a scary thing for people like her who don’t understand the world around them.
sorry mary. got you confused with another ” brown ” and….. the quote was too tempting.
Thanks! I had tried “Wegner”, “Wagner” but not Wagener.
Dr. C also gets a shout out from CAAFlog here:
I agree, but that was kind of vague and before a birther pointed it out , I tried to clarify.Anyone attempting to join military must provide a BC that is verified as true, and yes if that BC is a fraud they are frauduenly enlisted. Thats why prior to graduating from Boot camp all docs are recertified and any doc not certified as true by a recognized government agency will result in an admin discharge at entry level. So all docs are double certified , Upon enlistment and while in initial training. And really triple certified due to background check done by FBI.
We may reasonably presume that Obama provided a birth certificate (and a long form at that) when he got his first passport, and it was recently verified by the director of the Hawaii Department of Health. A “background check” was undoubtedly performed by opponents in one or more elections Obama ran in.
This is why the Lakin objection is so misguided.
Man, did they get that lawyer from central casting? He had “the only bar I graduated from is the one on the corner of east and fourth” look down pat.
Poor Lakin. This is going to be awful.
Lakin already incriminated himself by making the video and having it posted on YouTube. More than likely, that’s going to be used at his court martial. And the chain of command when you’re in the military goes up and ends at the CiC. You aren’t allowed to pick and choose which orders you are going to obey. Lakin may have believed the orders were illegal because Obama isn’t the legitimate president but if military members were able to do this, we’d have disarray in the military. Military command is structured to prevent this from happening.
Now, I could understand Lakin questioning an order if he was ordered to go in and slaughter a bunch of people he believed were innocent civilians but to refuse to deploy because he thinks it is an illegal order just isn’t going to fly.
Jensen does know he’s lying and he knows there are enough birfoons out there that believe him. This whole thing is setup to smear the President. Another Republican ploy to remove a sitting president just like they tried to with Clinton. Problem is that Obama didn’t have the background that Clinton had – like womanizing. So, they’ve been trying to throw everything they can against the wall and make it stick. Trying to claim Obama used crack and was gay. He’s a Muslim. He wasn’t born in Hawaii. He might have been born in Hawaii but he’s got dual citizenship. It’s all a boat load of crud and the American Patriot Foundation is just out to make as much money off of it as they can from idiots that will send them their dollars.
Common sense would dictate that after you lied the first time you wouldn’t keep making up stories. Common sense would dictate when asked what state you were born to prove your story that you would actually state which state you were born in. Aparently you’re hiding something.
The “right’ to remain silent is one of those pesky Supreme Court supported, Constitutionally documented rights…..you know….like birth on the soil makes you a citizen, Full Faith and Credit…….
Oh..and is wholly irrelvant here as this was a press interview and not a court of law.
Do please try to stay on point
Ultimately, AC’s point was there are other military personnel from Hawaii that have shown the exact same COLB that Obama has provided and since those soldiers provided that COLB, should they be suspect that they’re not eligible to serve in the military. Of course, the blow hard Jensen kept stating that they’re not required to be NBC. Even though Jensen is correct in stating that the COLB is in fact an abstract, it is still a valid document to prove that the president was born in Hawaii and thus a natural born citizen.
Even though the COLBs have changed with terms Date Accepted Vs. Date Filed, we only know that Obama’s BC was filed. We don’t know if it was ever accepted.
Perpetually deluded John,
I suggest that you take another look at Obama’s COLB.
It says “Date Filed by Registrar.” You got that? It was filed by the Registrar. The report of the birth is received by DOH, it is then accepted by the Registrar, who then files the birth certificate. It has to be accepted before the Registrar can file it. I would think that even a simpleton such as you would be able to comprehend that.
Nonsense argument. Date filed is now the standard for COLB. The fact that there exists a COLB for Obama is sufficient evidence that your ‘argument’ is once again specious
Yes. I want Anderson to use this method in interviewing politicians of both parties. It would promote a healthy democracy.
Thats why I can not understand why they keep asking about the long form, The certified true COB from the state would trump that document. I assure you can not use that hospital form alone to get in the military or obtain a passpost.
The” Long Form” is a certified copy of the birth certificate, just as the COLB is. They have equal legal weight although the long form has more information on it. Hospitals create birth certificates which are filed with the State and become legal records. Hawaiian birth certificates issued before 2001 were photocopies of the registered long form, photo printed onto security paper, stamped and sealed. Hospitals will also give parents a souvenir hospital certificate (the one that might have footprints on it) that has no legal significance.
One of the few times Lakin spoke was interesting. When Anderson Cooper asked him about whther or not he questions if soldiers born in Hawaii were really born there, Lakin replied that it was not about other soldiers, it was about the Constitution, or something to that effect.
In his Youtube video, I believe he said something about Obama not having to show the same document soldiers are required to show when enlisting or being deployed overseas.
Because I can assume that many Hawaiian natives who enlisted in the service used the same type of document that Obama already produced, it seems like Lakin contradicted himself. Now he’s saying that being President requires some higher level of proof.
Sounds like he’s moving the goalposts to me.
Of course he is, Steve! That’s what birthers do. All there arguments are built on false premises, so all they can do is move the goalposts over and over again as each one is knocked down.
When they run out of arguments and can’t move to goalposts any further, their next lame trick is to return to trotting out their earlier dis-proven arguments again, hoping that people have forgotten them already.
That’s all they’ve got. That and their fear & hate to sustain themselves.
I accept that the long form is a legal doc if properly certified and if we are talking about the state form created by the state from information off the form (birth record)received from the hospital. If we are talking about the original form (birth record) issued by the hospital not converted into a state document (the so called long form)then that can not be used to enlist in the miltary. As a Marine Corps Recruiter in Virginia from 1998-2000 many applicants even had a plastic card given them by hospital with their info on it. They could enter delayed entry program with it but they could not ship to boot camp without the certified state COB. Just as some applicants had mini pocket size diploma cards. Could enter delayed entry program but could not ship to boot camp without official certified diploma(official size). So once again it perplexes me why they would think that long form (which I will call the converted to state Document from Birth Record form)would trump the state certified COB since the COB is created from the long form. Thats why I assumed they are asking for the original document from the hospital (birth record) guessing they hope it is different from whatever was submitted to the state to create long form. (Hence the fraud and conspiracy claims)that would make more sense to me. So my comments were about the birth record . So I stand corrected. The long form is a legal doc if certified but the birth record is not. Please correct me if I am wrong. I definitely do not want to put out any bad info, there is enough out there already.
Thanks for your respectful correction.
From enlistment manual record of birth is not an acceptable document to verify eligibility.
b. Documents to verify eligibility include (return all documents to applicant after proper citizenship entries are made
on the DD Form 1966)—
(1) For U.S. citizens—
(a) Birth certificate.
(b) USCIS Form N–550/551/570 (Naturalization Certificate).
(c) USCIS Form N–560 or N–561 (Certificate of United States Citizenship).
(d) U.S. passport (unaltered and originally issued for 5 or more years to the applicant).
(e) DD Form 372 (Request for Birth Verification).
(f) DS Form 1350 (Certification of Birth).
(g) FS Form 545 (Certification of Birth Abroad of U.S. Citizen).
(h) FS Form 240 (Report of Birth Abroad of U.S. Citizens).
(i) Tribal card (not expired) or letter from tribal council for American Indians born in Canada under the Jay Treaty.
(j) Court order of final adoption for applicants enlisting based on citizenship derived from adoption.
There may be some rule of evidence that says that; but common sense says otherwise, seeing the COLB is based on the long form and not the other way around.
yguy: There may be some rule of evidence that says that;
Not all false statements are lies.
And if they are, then Gov. Lingle was lying when she said Fukino released a statement to the effect that Obama was born in Kapiolani Hospital.
So you think if the original documentation is subpoenaed and it shows he wasn’t born in HI, Lakin should be found guilty anyway?
“So you think if the original documentation is subpoenaed and it shows he wasn’t born in HI, Lakin should be found guilty anyway?”
Yes. Just as a person can be found guilty of breaking the law for escaping jail if that person was later found innocent of the original crime, Lakin could- and should be found guilty anyway.
Why? Not as an Obama supporter, but as one who believes in military discipline, if any officer is allowed to challenge the legitimacy of a President, this would open the door to any officers challenging not only the legitimacy of the President but of any of the chain of command.
Seriously, if you think this through- I think going to war in Iraq or Afghanistan without a formal declaration of war is unconstitutional. But at the same time, I recognize that allowing soldiers to refuse orders based upon that claim would lead to chaos. Unless an order is clearly illegal- My Lai illegal- a solder is obligated to follow it.
Lakin will be found guilty and should be.
Again, assuming you agree that our actions in Afghanistan or Iraq are actually necessary to defend the citizens of the United States, then he is putting all of us at risk by his refusal to be deployed. His commander issued a lawful command, and he should be found guilty of refusing that order.
I can’t speak for Tomtech, but as far as I’m concerned, yes, Lakin should still be found guilty even if it’s uncovered that Obama wasn’t born in Hawaii. Lakin failed to obey orders. It doesn’t matter who’s president.
Lakin served under Bush, and I haven’t heard that he asked his superiors about whether or not he should follow Bush’s orders. The minority opinion of SCOTUS in 2000 said the winner of the election wasn’t clear. That ruling placed doubts in people’s minds that Bush was legally elected. Bush was believed by some to be a de facto president. If a soldier who voted for Gore disobeyed an order because he believed Bush wasn’t president according to the Constitution, I would’ve expected him to be found guilty, too.
So a guy falsely convicted of a felony escapes and is apprehended, and during the trial the judge learns that someone else has made a patently credible confession to the crime the defendant was convicted of…and you appear to be saying justice demands that the trial continue regardless.
If that’s the case, you and I have nothing more to discuss.
The comparison to the 2K election is absurd, because to subject a presidential election to judicial review would be such a monumental undertaking in the practical sense that constitutional considerations are almost an afterthought. Lakin is not asking for millions of ballots to be manually recounted. He’s asking to see a document that Obama could have with little more effort than it takes to get a COLB – and certainly less than it takes to quash discovery of said document.
Justice and the law are 2 different things. In your example, we could argue about what justice demands, but the law is clear-escape is against the law, whether you are guilty or innocent of the original crime.
Who the President is, is immaterial in Lakin’s case. His order came from a superior officer, not the President. As nemo noted, suppose some officer thought Gore really won in 2000. Would you support his right to disobey orders? Pretend you’re sworn and answer honestly.
Lakin’s violation of the UCMJ by refusing a legal order and missing a troop movement is Lakin’s decision only.
The eligibility status of the President has nothing to do with this
Nothing at all. The trial is all about what Lakin did and did not do.
Why is this so hard to comprehend?
Lakin has no legal rights to see whatever documents he believes the President should provide him with.
Lakin violated the UCMJ by missing a troop movement and failure to follow legal orders.
That’s the only issue on the table.
Lakin’s guilt or innocence does not depend on the President’s eligibility.
You don’t seem to grasp the salient facts.
1. Deliberately and defiantly disobeyed orders of his immediate chain of command
2. Deliberately and defiantly refused to deploy to a change of station as per direct orders of his direct chain of command
These are the charges raised against him and at the GCM those are the only questions that will be countenanced.
He does not and never has reported directly to the POTUS, nor has he received direct orders from the POTUS.
As such an requests or demands by Lakin or his lawyers to sub-poena any data from Obama will be summarily dismissed as irrelevant.
He will be tried on the charges he is accused of and unless he tries for a reasons of insanity plea, will be convicted on the charges he is accused of.
Once that happens the Birther crew will drop him in the dust and he will be a convicted man with neither rank nor career.
“So a guy falsely convicted of a felony escapes and is apprehended, and during the trial the judge learns that someone else has made a patently credible confession to the crime the defendant was convicted of…and you appear to be saying justice demands that the trial continue regardless.”
Are you just trying to be argumentative? I layed out my case pretty straightforward and you didn’t respond to it, but presented a new- and not relevant case.
Lakin is not accused of forging Obama’s BC, and therefore he would not be absolved if in some alternate reality Obama’s BC were found to be forged.
So to recap for you:
a) if a person is being tried for a crime, and evidence is found that another person commited the crime, then the first person should be exonerated.
b) if a military person is being tried for refusing orders, even if some other person is found to have committed a different crime, the military person is still guilty of refusing an order.
And I don’t think you really came here for a discussion anyways did you?
My apologies- I misread Yguys response.
So to answer you: I think that the convicted felon would be eligible to have the original conviction invalidated, and a sympathetic DA might dismiss the escape charges, but I don’t think a judge would have that legal discretion.
So are facts and allegations. What’s your point?
It cannot be argued intelligently that justice demands that the judge disregard the confession, except by the mentally deranged.
No, because again, no court is competent to judge the vote counting process in a Presidential election.
Are you saying that every order given by anyone in the military is invalid if Obama is found to be ineligible?
So, the military, basically, has ceased to exist?
A sergeant cannot order a private to get a hair-cut because the President is ineligible?
Really, that’s what you believe?
Did the President order the private to get his hair cut?
Was Barack Obama’s signature on the bottom on Lakin’s order to deploy?
Obama is not in Lakin’s chain of command, and even if he were, he is acting as de facto President, vested with all the powers of the office, so orders issued are valid even if he is later found to be ineligible.
The closest analogy is if your company has held out John the Plumber as competent to contract on behalf of your company and he signs a contract with me, you are bound by that contract even if, unbeknownst to me, you fired John before he signed the contract.
The judge would definitely consider the confession in dismissing the original charge. It’s irrelevant in the escape charge. The proper action for the innocent person in jail is to petition for a new trial, not bust out of jail. This isn’t “Jail Break”, it’s real-life law.
You should pass the word to the Supreme Court, which stopped the 2000 count.
The de facto officer doctrine does not apply when allegations of defect are alleged before the officer commences performance of his duty.
Ryder v. United States, 515 U.S. 177 (1995).
by Supreme Court – 1995
What grounds would the DA have for continuing the prosecution if there is reasonable doubt as to the original conviction?
Doc said “We may reasonably presume that Obama provided a birth certificate (and a long form at that) when he got his first passport, and it was recently verified by the director of the Hawaii Department of Health. A “background check” was undoubtedly performed by opponents in one or more elections Obama ran in.”
And you have the audacity to make fun of the birthers for speculating?
What passport would that be, Doc? Indonesian, British, Kenyan, U.S.? Show me!
Either demonstrate that a background check was performed, or admit that it wasn’t. If it was performed, produce the results. Many catastrophic events have taken place because somebody believed “the other guy” had already checked it. Do you even have one person who said they performed a background check on Obama? Just one person?
Maybe not, but he has the right and responsibility to disobey orders he has reasonable cause to believe are illegal.
That is of no moment. If the ultimate source of the order he received is the CiC, the legal authority of the order he received from his immediate superior depends on that of the original order.
Let’s say a cop arrests me on suspicion of drug possession. In the course of the arrest, I punch him in the face. It later turns out that I didn’t have drugs. Do you think the cops would let me go on resisting arrest and assaulting an officer?
Disclaimer: This is a thought experiment only. Do not attempt this.
“Kill that unarmed civilian” is an illegal order. “Report for duty” is a legal order. Lakin disobeyed a legal order.
End of story.
I don’t know whether you can cite anything that supports this, but if that’s what the law says, it’s clearly unjust.
Actually, if he’s innocent, and has pursued every legal avenue, escape – if it can be done without injury to anyone else – is perfectly proper, since it is the state which has acted improperly. Nothing could be more elementary.
More accurately, it stopped the FLA judiciary from exercising authority it didn’t have under the Constitution.
Which is irrelevant. All of the birthers, who once again are unfamilar with how the law really works, live in a fantasy land where the law works how they want it to. In the military things are different. As Bovril stated, Larkin is charged with the following….
1. Deliberately and defiantly disobeyed orders of his immediate chain of command
2. Deliberately and defiantly refused to deploy to a change of station as per direct orders of his direct chain of command
Either one is punishable by time in Leavenworth. Where Larkin is in the most trouble is disobeying the order of his direct commander. No amount of let me see Obama’s BC records will help him with that one.
In the birther fantasy land, because the President is the CiC, all orders eventually come from him. However in the real world that is not so. The Army makes deployment decisions every day and relies on the chain of command. There has not been one military legal expert, even on FOX, that has been able to say that Larkin has a chance. The Army is going to make an example out of him and rightfully so. Larkin is a seditious dupe and will be hopefully sent to do some hard time in Leavenworth….
At his own risk, the precedent cases are clear that an order which appears to be a legal one, may be ignored at one’s own risk.
Since Lakin was informed that the direct orders were legal, and since US v Newt shows how one cannot raise the constitutionality question anyway, that refusing to follow orders which appear by any standard to be legal, is done so at one’s own risk.
How familiar are you with US v Newt?
US v New…
Hobbes would agree with you about what is ethical and just for the innocently accused (unless you tried to kill the king), but the law is a different matter – this is why both judges and prosecutors should have (and exercise) discretion.
Seems to me that you have not really read the ruling. The challenge to the validity of the Court was raised in a rehearing.
Seems you are mixing up your cases
WTF, what you fail to realize is that no one has to demonstrate anything to you or me. That is not in the Constitution. It amazes me how all of a sudden everyone wants the proof that supports the proof. Legally there comes a point that you have to accept what has been presented. Just like you had to accept that George Bush was born in CT. No proof was ever provided and none was asked for.
Then you say the following humorous statement…”What passport would that be, Doc? Indonesian, British, Kenyan, U.S.? Show me!”
Interesting. No proof that the President was ever in Great Britian as a child, he had a passport before he ever went to Indonesia, and wasn’t in Kenya until he was over 21. So common sense and logic would dictate that there would be only on passport, and American one because he was born in the US, the country he spend most of his life in with the exception of 4 years when he was living in Indonesia.
But even of a US passport was produced, your next statement would be how do we know that the information used to get the passport was not forged. The questioning will never stop nor will the goalposts stop moving.
The COLB is exactly like any other on issued after 2007 from HI, with the correct seals and signatures, the birthers claim that it could have been forged.
Dr. Fukino and Gov Lingle state Obama was born in HI, they are lying or the information they are using to make that statement was forged.
The newspapers have a notice of the birth from the HI DoH, then the papers were either forged or the information from the DoH was forged.
In other words nothing will ever be enough. And if all documentation was presented to your satisfaction then you would pull the De Vattel nonsense out to try and disqualify him. And if the SCOTUS ruled for Obama, you would claim that the Justices were bribed/threatened to rule that way. So he can never win. Let’s be honest. No birther, if Obama cured cancer and eliminated the deficit would ever vote for him. So why should he even care about a crackpot 1% of Americans that hate him. He is doing the right thing. Worrying more about the country than a bunch of hateful people…
No, just orders which have Obama as their ultimate source.
No, it would just be operating under illegitimate authority.
I think that would depend on whether John was aware that he’d been fired, but I don’t see how the analogy helps anyway.
You’re arguing essentially that Lakin has an obligation, presumably to the American people, to obey the order to deploy; but the ultimate expression of the will of the people is the Constitution, which says legal orders can only come from a natural born citizen, about which there is reasonable doubt in the case of Obama.
So he didn’t hire John the Plumber, and his obligation is certainly not to follow John’s orders.
yguy says “No, just orders which have Obama as their ultimate source.”
And how can you determine that? The problem if you want to make the assumption that Obama being illegitmate is that any order given by any commander can be questioned. You can’t pick and choose which ones are legit and which ones are not….
That is why Lakin has no shot in getting acquitted. The military is based on following orders. You question orders at your own risk. Lakin took the risk and will probably pay for it. You are obligated to follow orders in the military. If you are ordered to deploy, you go. You have a duty to your unit and your fellow soilders. Lakin’s seditious act not only was a slap in the face to his unit and fellow soilders, but this country.
Lakin will realize that questioning the CiC’s legitimacy did not work for New. The UCMJ is very explicit when it comes to following orders. He choose not to so he will have to pay….
No, because you haven’t exhausted all legal remedies, and because assault is not escape.
Background checks are performed on all those seeking security clearances.
Please say that again but now as an argument. It just does not make sense.
This question is quite relevant. Exhausting legal remedies does not provide one with a right to use illegal ones.
His orders came from his immediate line superiors in the chain of command…..that’s it, end of story. Your thesis would be that ALL orders of all types at all times descend from the civilian in charge of the military….which incidentally is the Sec Def…..
You plainly have not an iota of understanding on the military
Not at all, but I’ll wager it shows “one cannot raise the constitutionality question” about as well as Wickard v Filburn shows someone not engaging in commerce can be prosecuted under the commerce clause. 🙂
It may not be possible in call cases, but clearly it’s possible in some. For instance, no one being deployed to Iraq in March of 03 was ignorant of where the order was coming from.
Since you won’t accept the simple fact and it is a fact, of the irrelevance of your personal view on orders and chain of command I suggest the folowing.
Go to http://www.cafflog.com which is the blog site of the Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces.
(The CAAF is where Lakin will eventually lodge his appeal and be confirmed as still convicted when he is convicted)
There are already a number of posts from actual serving military officers and lawyers who have already, as we have, dismissed this fantasy as without any standing or basis in law.
Feel free to argue with them, I dare you.
p.s. The opinions of actual officers and lawyers are running 100% that Lakin is going tio be convicted and that search for some outative BC will be denied.
p.p.s. There is also a strong thread of opinion that any such request will be dismissed with the threat of sanctions if it is repeatedly raised.
yguy- You are entitled to your opinion on what the law should be, but when it comes to what the law IS, you have to accept the opinions of those more knowledgable than you (which is, frankly, just about everyone here). You are entitled to lobby your congressional reps to change the UCMJ to allow soldiers to disobey orders if they don’t like the President. But until then, you really are simply wrong in your statements regarding current law.
If you go to the doctor and he tells you you have cancer, it doesn’t do much good to argue that you shouldn’t have cancer or that it’s unfair. Sometimes, you just have to accept reality, whether you like it or not.
What you’re missing is that the law is only respectable insofar as it is just, either in form or application.
No, it all depends on whether I know that John has been fired. Only if you have successfully stripped John of the trappings of office can contracts signed by him be disclaimed by you.
It’s the doctrine of apparent authority, which is the corporations equivalent of de facto officer doctrine.
Until Obama is found illegitimate and stripped of office, all his orders are in the same category as those signed by John the plumber before the world finds out he’s been fired – valid and enforceable.
Their commanding officer. Perhaps the top general had a case that he shouldn’t have been required to follow the order to turn around and order deployment, since, in his case, the President would have been the first officer in his command who could order a general court martial, but those below that top officer cannot challenge the validity of the office of the President.
The President is not the first officer who can order a general court martial against Lakin, therefore he is not in Lakin’s chain of command. The order to deploy did not originate with him. Obama was not the ultimate source of his orders.
That’s how military justice works. (Approximately, since IINA military L.)
Bovril points you to the wonderful resource, CAAFLOG.com, which explains a little better how military justice works. It appears that the reasoned opinion over there is that Lakin has a snowball’s chance in Heck of winning his suit, since Obama’s eligibility is not relevant.
Greg is absolutely correct on this. Once a principle endorses an agent to a third party, it becomes the duty of the principle to notify the third party that the authority of that agent has been terminated.
What that has to do with Lakin, I don’t know. 🙂
He didn’t know the order to deploy came from the CiC?
How exactly does the conclusion follow from the premise?
What is your basis for this assertion?
That’s not what I’m asking about right now. I’m asking how you justify the claim that Obama isn’t in Lakin’s chain of command.
Pray be specific.
You are simply wrong that soldiers can disobey legal orders. You might want it to be otherwise, but it isn’t.
But if you don’t believe me, do the following experiment:
1. Join the Army.
2. Disobey an order.
Maybe you can get to be Lakin’s cellmate in the brig.
More accurately, you are simply wrong that I ever made such a claim.
Now would you care to find fault with something I actually said?
you are correct please note my post above from militaery processing manual
yguy: Not all false statements are lies.
I agree with that 100%, and you will rarely see me personally claim that someone is lying. However, in the case of Attorney Jensen on CNN, he was an attorney, he chose what he was going to talk about, he claimed to have the statute IN HIS HAND and I just don’t see any reasonable excuse for a mistake.
There’s no reason to think Lingle was prepared for the question, or that she had a copy of Doctor Fukino’s statement in her hand. It was a year ago. It is easy go think that she simply made a mistake. There was no reason for her to lie.
Obama is like the endorsed agent. He is de facto president and his actions are legal and proper until he is properly removed from office. The de facto officer doctrine is older, has more theoretical support and makes more prudential sense, than the doctrine of apparent authority.
Lakin’s behavior is exhibit 1 for why this doctrine is appropriate.
We have a war that was validly entered into by Bush (presumably) and, because Lakin doubts Obama’s eligibility, suddenly the war is unprosecutable?
Yeah, doesn’t work like that!
Also please note in below submittal (military acceptable documents to prove eligibility) that a U.S. passport is also a valid document to prove citizenship and eligibility to join the military.) so technically one could argue that a COB is not even necessary as far as the Military is concerned to prove citizenship if you have shown a valid passport that is “unaltered and originally issued for 5 or more years to the applicant”. I wonder if the LTCol or his lawyer were aware of that.
Ah, but Bush v. Gore WAS subjecting a presidential election to judicial review when it shouldn’t have been. Trying Obama’s eligibility for the presidency in a court of military justice would be, too. Article I, Section 3 provides for the removal of a president by the legislative branch, not the judiciary, and most certainly not by the military.
Regarding Bush v. Gore, Article II, Section 1, Clause 2 states that the state legislature decides how electors are chosen. It’s up to the legislature to decide a disputed election unless the Constitution of that state provides otherwise. The Florida Constitution supposedly does provide for judicial review on such matters, so SCOTUS should’ve let the ruling of Florida’s Supreme Court stand. SCOTUS should never have intervened in the election. I say this as someone who didn’t vote for Bush or Gore. If SCOTUS had ruled that Gore would be president, I would’ve opposed that, too. The dissenting SCOTUS justices said the winner of the election was unclear. For those who agreed with the dissenting justices, Bush was a de facto president until 2004.
I don’t understand why you think that subjecting Obama’s presidential election to judicial review in a court martial isn’t a monumental undertaking, too.
nemo: I think if you read between the lines of the birthers, they don’t believe in democracy. Our friend WTF? said “Elections don’t matter!”, “Elections are just popularity contests.” They read the Constitution and all they see are 3 words. The paragraphs about how a President is ELECTED, they ignore. Oh, elections are OK when the “right” guy wins, but otherwise, they’re just an inconvenience. So, a President where there is the slightest question about NBC status (however bogus) is a scandal. A President where there are real, serious questions about whether he actually won-no big deal.
I think they would really prefer a system like Iran’s where a Guardian Council of mullahs picks a limited slate of candidates and the people get to choose one from the list. The only change they would make is that the Guardian Council would be fundamentalist preachers, rather than mullahs.
Let me quote from real military lawyers. This is the JAG’s response to Lakin’s complaint:
“Your complaint is deficient and will not proceedu under Article 138 and its implementing provisions in chapter 20 of AR 27-10, Military Justice, 16 November 2005. Article 138 permits Soldiers to complain of alleged wrongs committed by a commanding officer. However, as explained below, General Casey is neither your commanding officer nor did he commit any wrongs against you. Additionally, neither General Casey nor any other Department of Defense official is in a position to provide any redress for your complaint.
Army Regulation 27-10, paragraphs 20-4b and 20-4e define the terms ‘commanding officer’ and ‘wrong,’ respectively. A ‘commanding officer’ is ‘[a]n officer in the complainant’s chain of command, up to and including the first officer exercising general court-martial jurisdiction over the complainant, authorized to impose nonjudicial punishment (Article 15, UCMJ) on the complainant.’ General Casey does not meet the definition of ‘commanding officer’ because he is not a member of your chain of command and he does not have the authority to impose nonjudicial punishment on you.”
That’s why I conditioned my response on the fact that I was not a military lawyer. Obama may be in the chain of command, but Lakin cannot bring an article 138 complaint against him because Obama is not Lakin’s commanding officer.
Lakin is in the same situation as Michael New. Michael New argued that he was simply not following unlawful orders. The court reminded him that if the order looks, on its face, like a legal order, then he is required to follow it. If you have to go to court to determine if it is legal, in other words, follow the order or get court-martialed!
Greg-I have a general question regarding court martials. As I understand it, their jurisdiction is limited to members of the military. Do they actually have subpoena power over civilians? How would they enforce that?
Of course, this isn’t an issue in the Lakin case, since Obama’s birth records are completely irrelevant to his offense, but what would happen in a case where a civilian had evidence that pertained to a court martial and didn’t want to testify?
Again, IANA (military) L, and a search of google suggests that I am truly out of my element trying to talk about military subpoenas. It appears that military investigators only have subpoena power after a referral but that after that, they have the same power as in a civil court. (Rules for Court Martial 703(e)(2))
The problem for Lakin is that his defense counsel will have to ask “trial counsel” for the subpoenas. “Trial Counsel” in military parlance appears to mean the prosecution. CAAFlog explains the problem:
The prosecution won’t agree to issue subpoenas because the President’s eligibility isn’t relevant to the case.
Lingle was not under hostile interrogation.
Jensen clearly was. Had Cooper been interested in the truth, he would have asked for clarification of Jensen’s point. Things being what they were, Jensen had to fight through a barrage of irrelevancies to get anywhere close to presenting the basics of his case.
The impeachment process presumes the President was legally inaugurated to begin with.
Actually, the very clause you cite makes it impossible for any state to provide otherwise – which is exactly why SCOTUS was correct in thwarting the attempt by the FLA judiciary to subvert that clause.
That is of no moment, because A2S1C2 provides for federal judicial review.
If you can’t see a difference between recounting millions of ballots under court supervision and issuing a subpoena for documents that would take a judge maybe a half hour to look over, I don’t know what else to tell you.
No, Obama’s lack of eligibility would mean *he* lacks authorization to prosecute the war.
Really? Where does it say that?
And President Obama was legally inaugurated. Congress and the whole Supreme court and 2 million people were there. Are you saying that if someone found him having sex with an intern or committing some other grave crime, he can’t be impeached? Wow, if I were him I would be having a grand time.
Does Obama have the authority to pay Lakin’s salary? Unless Lakin turned down his pay starting on Jan 20,2009, he is a hypocrite.
And why the *he*? Are you saying Obama is a she?
Greg said; “The President is not the first officer who can order a general court martial against Lakin, therefore he is not in Lakin’s chain of command.”
Later Greg said; “Obama may be in the chain of command, but Lakin cannot bring an article 138 complaint against him because Obama is not Lakin’s commanding officer.”
Just to clarify the issue, the Commander-in-Chief is at the top of every member of the U.S. Military’s chain of command.
Greg said; “Lakin cannot bring an article 138 complaint against him because Obama is not Lakin’s commanding officer.”
That is correct.
Greg said; “Lakin is in the same situation as Michael New.”
The decision against New had nothing to do with law, and everything to do with conformity. In essence, the ruling was ‘The lawfulness of an order is of no consequence, as long as the overwhelming majority is willing to blindly follow it’. We all know that to be a load of crap.
Every Member of the U.S. Armed Forces has a duty to disobey an unlawful order. While they do so at their own peril, it is still nonetheless their duty. With that duty to disobey an unlawful order comes a collateral duty to interpret the law. After all, one cannot impose a duty to disobey an unlawful order without also imposing a duty to interpret the law. Can they? If anyone thinks a Member of the Armed Forces is not qualified to interpret the Constitution, and the laws and treaties created in the pursuance thereof, let them be the first to introduce an amendment to the Constitution that would relieve the member of their obligation to interpret the law. What? No takers? Funny how so many want to have their cake and eat it too.
While most of those who interpret the law (judges) have the luxury of immunity from prosecution (should the get it wrong), the Members of our Armed Forces, out of battlefield necessity, are granted no such immunity.
While Lt. Col. Lakin has no immunity if he misinterprets the law, he is still obligated to disobey an unlawful order.
What law is Lakin interpreting? Answer: The U.S. Constitution. And according to the SCOTUS holding in Marbury, that law reigns Supreme over any Act of Congress.
Right or wrong, Lt. Col. Lakin recognized his obligation at his own peril. That’s not an easy thing to do.
It’s easy for those who have never donned the uniform to make fun of him. Most of those who do, do so in the name of no-holds-barred partisan politics. They never have, nor do they ever intend to, stand in his shoes. They make fun of him, as is there protected right, but I wonder how many of them would do so at their own peril. Alas, there is no consequence for the anonymous blogger.
I have no problem with those who disagree with Lt. Col. Lakin. I welcome their opinion with regard to the law. [Aggravating insult deleted, Doc.]
BTW: My disgust was not directed a Greg. I don’t recall Greg ever personally attacking Lt. Col. Lakin.
Trial counsel could subpoena Form SS-5, Social Security Application for Barack Obama from SSA for self-identification as to U.S. Citizen or Legal Alien.
Trial counsel could subpoena I-94, USCIS, Certificate of Loss of Nationality (CLN), DoS, IRS, FBI and USCIS (DHS).
Trial counsel could subpoena any of those things, if they, in fact, existed, Don.
None, however, are relevant to the case since Obama’s eligibility is not relevant to the case.
And in practice, what does that mean? That anyone currently in the military can refuse to serve overseas until they, themselves, are satisfied that Obama is eligible?
In a little under a month, yguy, Lakin will be “arraigned,” and his court martial will begin in earnest. Every military lawyer I’ve seen predicts that Obama’s eligibility will not be a factor in the case. Why do you think that is?
Only 3 justices (Rehnquist, Scalia and Thomas) agreed there was an article II issue.
Seems pretty self-evident to me that they never counted on the American people being fool enough to elect someone who failed to meet the minimal and explicit constitutional requirements.
Did any of them see his original birth certificate?
If he’s ineligible, he has no authority whatsoever.
That’s his lookout.
Do you imagine that if Obama is found to be ineligible that every military and government employee will have to return their paychecks back to Jan 20, 2009?
This is why the de facto officer doctrine exists.
Google is your friend, google “de facto officer doctrine.”
Or, let the military lawyers at CAAFlog explain it to you:
Of course, until then, Obama is presumed to have all the authority. Especially since it is not even Obama who is responsible for paying Lakin.
US v New has shown how this is a dead end. But it does show that Lakin himself is a bit inconsistent in his refusals.
If the American people are content to leave in office a President who is ineligible, they have thrown away the Constitution.
They must be guided by conscience.
Because respect for the Constitution among jurists has been increasingly subverted by reliance on case law, and because nobody wants to face the repercussions of Obama being exposed as ineligible.
At least we know when the begining of the end for the seditious LtC. Lakin will begin….
“A preliminary hearing is scheduled for June 11 in the court martial of Lt. Col. Terrence Lakin, the Birther Army doctor who refused to obey orders, the group representing him announced today.
Charges were brought against Lakin April 22, and a commanding officer appointed of what is known as an Article 32 pre-trial investigation, which has similarities to a grand jury investigation in a civilian case.
The Article 32 hearing will be on the morning of June 11 at Walter Reed Army Medical Center, where Lakin is based, the American Patriot Foundation said in a press release.
According to the Navy JAG website, an Article 32 hearing typically involves an airing of evidence and examination and cross-examination of witnesses:
An investigative hearing is scheduled as soon as reasonably possible after the investigating officer’s appointment. The hearing is normally attended by the investigating officer, the accused and the defense counsel. The commander will ordinarily detail counsel to represent the United States, and in some cases a court reporter and an interpreter. Ordinarily, this investigative hearing is open to the public and the media.
The investigating officer will, generally, review all non-testimonial evidence and then proceed to examination of witnesses. Except for a limited set of rules on privileges, interrogation, and the rape-shield rule, the military rules of evidence (which are similar to the federal rules of evidence) do not apply at this investigative hearing. This does not mean, however, that the investigating officer ignores evidentiary issues. The investigating officer will comment on all evidentiary issues that are critical to a case’s disposition. All testimony is taken under oath or affirmation, except that an accused may make an unsworn statement.
A report on the hearing is prepared and sent to a commander who then decides on disposition of the case.”
But it would not mean that the military lacks authorization to do so. You do understand that Obama’s eligibility has no impact on Lakin or the prosecution of the war?
You do understand that Lakin has no defense? The eligibility of the President has no relevance to the chain of command pursuing an action.
Because they are familiar with case law, de-facto officer doctrine and US v New. Just a ‘guess’…
The outcome is predictable.
Then, I would like all birthers to live their values:
No Social Security
No military or civil service pay
No pay from government contracts
Oh, and by the way, the Border Patrol has to stop patrolling the border now.
In WW2, a Nazi wearing a US Army Captain’s uniform and speaking perfect “American” would have “apparent authority” too.
I don’t see why. That money is appropriated by Congress, not the CiC.
“Because respect for the Constitution among jurists has been increasingly subverted by reliance on case law, and because nobody wants to face the repercussions of Obama being exposed as ineligible.”
That statement shows you are not knowledgable about the law. Which is always the problem with the entire birther argument. Even when every legal expert and scholar tells you that Lakin has no chance with the Obama is ineligible defence, you make a silly statement that somehow people fear that Obama will be exposed as being ineligible. What a crock. No one is remotely afraid of that because a majority of Americans know that he is eligible. After 2 years of ridiculous theories and innuendo, not one piece of admissible evidence has ever been presented that has contradicted the facts that Obama was born in HI, thus eligible to be President. Those are the facts, and in the real world, the law relies on factual evidence. Not imaginary evidence and wild and improbable scenarios.
Jurists rely on case law because that is how the law works. The Constitution is a fine document but is not perfect. Which is why it has been amended 27 times. And which is why the judical branch is tasked with interpretation of the document. You may not like it but the law is implicit in this case. Lakin is done and Obama is still the eligible and rightful President of the US until at least January 20, 2013.
That’s just a silly argument.
But you do understand the ‘de facto officer’ doctrine and the ‘disobey orders at your own risk’?
Has it occurred to you to discuss these issues and show that you at least have read about them?
On the other hand, if ‘american’ people want to have a duly elected President removed through non-constitutional approaches, they have thrown away the constitution
Imagine that… reliance on case law and precedent.
Do you have any idea how silly your claims have become?
All because you refuse to accept Obama as our President
It would mean it lacks authority to do so under direction from Obama.
Lakin did not swear an oath to aid the prosecution of any particular military action.
Go on Google and find me a single example of a soldier refusing to follow orders until he was convinced that his Captain was not a Nazi.
Here’s what one court said about the issue:
McCall v. McDowell, 1 Abb. 212 (Cir. Ct. D. California 1867)
More recently, the military court reaffirmed this and said:
United States v Rockwood, 48 M.J. 501 (Army Ct. Crim. App. 1998) (in part quoting Dinsman v. Wilkes, 53 U.S. (12 How.) 390, 403, 13 L.Ed. 1036 (Dec. Term, 1851)) (emphasis added)
You really should read the court martial of Michael G. New. Otherwise, you’re never going to understand why you lost in this case. (psst, you’re going to lose and you won’t get discovery!)
That’s of course a circular argument and thus until shown that President Obama is ineligible, the military has all the authority to do so. Furthermore, as US v New has shown, the military, and certainly individuals in the military, cannot raise such issues to excuse their failures to obey direct orders.
Lakin is bound by the UCMJ and legal precedent. His claim that he swore an oath to the Constitution provides no excuse for him missing a troop movement or disobey a direct order.
The issue of eligibility of the President is totally irrelevant to Lakin’s behavior. Imagine US tax payers refusing to pay traffic fines because the President is presumed to be ineligible.
Let me predict:
The Court will rule that the orders were legal and that the claim that President Obama is not eligible is irrelevant and furthermore covered by the political question doctrine.
Lakin’s orders thus will be ruled to have been legal and the Court Martial has to decide an appropriate level of punishment.
The Court Martial will return a guilty, which will be appealed. The Court of Appeals will sustain the ruling and the case will be appealed to the Civilian Courts where it will end when the Supreme Court will deny cert in 7-10 years from now.
US v New.
Yes Greg, the law is clear. Too bad that some people lacked appropriate legal advise in these matters
The defense that you were disobeying an illegal order arose in the 1940s. Before then, it was unheard of to contend that you weren’t following orders because they were illegal. In 1867, one court said it like so:
McCall v. McDowell, 1 Abb. 212 (Cir. Ct. D. California 1867)
So, I’m sorry, when did this disrespect for the Constitution arise? 1867? And were those judges afraid of Obama, too?
You birthers don’t care about living in a nation of laws. You’d cut them all down if they would let you get at Obama.
You birthers remind me of A Man for All Seasons:
MORE No, far below; but let me draw your attention to a fact-I’m not God. The currents and eddies of right and wrong, which you find such plain sailing, I can’t navigate. I’m no voyager. But in the thickets of the law, oh, there I’m a forester. I doubt if there’s a man alive who could follow me there, thank God . . .
(He says this last to himself)
ALICE (Exasperated, pointing after RICH) While you talk, he’s gone!
MORE And go he should, if he was the Devil himself, until he broke the law!
ROPER So now you’d give the Devil benefit of law!
MORE Yes. What would you do? Cut a great road through the law to get after the Devil?
ROPER I’d cut down every law in England to do that!
MORE (Roused and excited) Oh? (Advances on ROPER) And when the last law was down, and the Devil turned round on you-where would you hide, Roper, the laws all being flat? (He leaves him) This country’s planted thick with laws from coast to coast-man’s laws, not God’s-and if you cut them down-and you’re just the man to do it-d’you really think you could stand upright in the winds that would blow then? (Quietly) Yes, I’d give the Devil benefit of law, for my own safety’s sake.
I don’t know who the Hell you think you’re kidding. At this point, no belief in Obama’s eligibility can be based on anything but faith.
Actually, Obama’s refusal to release the original is prima facie evidence to the contrary; and regardless of codified rules of evidence, no jurist who cared about the truth would accept a COLB as dispositive WRT his birthplace.
Up to a point, yes.
And what precisely does that have to do with case law?
Not exclusively, it isn’t. Anyone who swears an constitutional oath is duty bound to interpret it. Otherwise we have a government by men rather than laws.
Nobody wants to face the repercussions of Obama being ineligible.
What, exactly, are those repercussions? Is every military action taken illegally, or not?
Anyway, talk of the fear of repercussions is mighty heady stuff coming from someone who said:
Apparently, though, unseating a sitting president and invalidating every action taken by that President isn’t so monumental. Forget that the Supreme Court put in place the de facto officer doctrine just because it would be so monumental. But, since Lakin needs to get out of going to Afghanistan, we’ll ignore that long-standing doctrine.
You’ve got it backwards. If we allow each individual who swears an oath to have his own, personalized, interpretation of the Constitution, we have a government of men, not laws.
Shorter yguy: Screw the law! Obama’s the devil, get him!
You want to live in a nation of laws, yet you want to chuck the laws about birth certificates?
Cognitive dissonance: Aisle 1!
The problem being, of course, that if he is not eligible, neither was he “duly elected”.
Again, I understand that you have a prejudice towards President Obama however, until you have some credible evidence that the President is not eligible, this is pure speculation.
As to his election, it met all the requirements laid out by the Constitution, the election, the electoral college, the counting of the votes, the Congress finding the Candidate to have qualified, the Supreme Court swearing in.
So what now? Are you suggesting that because you have some concerns we ignore the Constitution?
More nonsense. Duly elected refers to the process of election, not the qualifications.
Did Obama stage a coup? No. Did 69 Million Americans vote for him? Yes. Was that enough to secure him 270 electoral votes? Yes.
He was duly elected.
You’re arguing that he was not duly qualified.
The fact that it’s a different word should be a clue that it has a different meaning!
I’d say you have a grave misconception about what Prima facie means then. As for the long form, a long form certificate would be much easier to forge. So even if the law allowed the release of it you birthers would still be claiming its a forgery. This has nothing to do with the constitution it has to do with the tantrum you losers are throwing.
I have a question: So if Obama is deemed inelligible who do you think would become President? Biden? Do you really want that?
But Obama has released the COLB which is prima facie evidence of his birth on US soil.
I find it fascinating that somehow you believe that the President has to prove his innocence…
And you really believe that you are defending our Constitution?
True jurists would understand the value of any birth certificate to establish the location of birth.
I understand that you do not like what it states but why should we care about your ‘feelings’?
For all I know, that’s because illegal orders weren’t being given.
Arguably it can be traced back at least as far as Marbury v Madison.
Yes, but not necessarily to his CO.
That’s ok, the soldier may disobey any order, however at his own risk. Especially if the order at first appearance is not blatantly illegal.
Lakin gambled and he will likely lose as he disobeyed direct orders from his superiors and has no foundation to challenge the validity or legality of their orders.
Mark my words… US v New
To whom then? Orly Taitz?
We have an all volunteer military. Everyone knows the rules when they join. Those who want to follow their own star should pick a different career.
Yguy, interesting response. Most Americans believe that the President is eligible because of evidence. The COLB, the statements by Dr. Fukino and Gov. Lingle stating that the President was born in HI. But according to your theory, we believed that every other President was eligible because of “faith” also. We all know no other President released their Birth Certificate, school records, or anything else. So where was your shock and disbelief? Where were you running around demanding to see George Bush’s BC? You didn’t because you choose to belive, contrary to any real evidence, that Bush was born where he claimed that he was born. Same with Clinton, Bush I, and Reagan. You just choose not to believe Obama, even with all of the evidence that shows that he was born in HI.
You then state…
“Actually, Obama’s refusal to release the original is prima facie evidence to the contrary; and regardless of codified rules of evidence, no jurist who cared about the truth would accept a COLB as dispositive WRT his birthplace.”
So in your legal expertiese, refusal to release records that are protected by privacy laws is evidence of guilt? Do I have that correct? As I have said before, we all know you are nowhere close to a legal expert. You think that he is guilty even though you have to proof of his guilt other than not releasing documents that you feel will prove his guilt. Amazing. No wonder why you can’t argue with a birther. They have no clue. Just a hint, you are making the accusation so you are taked with providing the proof. Obama is not required to release anything to disprove your accusation.
You then say “And what precisely does that have to do with case law?” Everything. You originally stated the following…
“Because respect for the Constitution among jurists has been increasingly subverted by reliance on case law, and because nobody wants to face the repercussions of Obama being exposed as ineligible.”
Your implication was that judges were ignoring the Constitution, like it was some sort of infallable document, in order to follow “case law”. My point was that the Constitution is not perfect, which is why it has been amended so many times. And following case law and precedent is what judges and lawyers do. That is the basis of our legal system. As I have said before you may want to become familar with how the legal system works before coming up with your preconcieved notions and opinions….
If a reader clicks your link, they’ll see you’re quoting Ryder v. U.S. where SCOTUS decided the de facto officer doctrine does not apply to Federal officers who ignore, dismiss or do not hear a complaint concerning an alleged defect in their commission.
There were numerous complaints abouts Obama’s eligibility prior to his being sworn in and numerous complaints after he was sworn in.
The military and Federal employees wont’ be the ones required to make restitution for the usurper’s crimes, it will be the usurper and his syndicate that will pay.
Had you bothered to read the decision, you’d know Powell’s constitutional eligibility per A1S2C2 was not at issue.
The argument about whether or not impeachment is the proper course of action in disqualifying a federal officer who doesn’t meet the eligibility requirements was discussed in the Senate in 1849. Senator James Shields was a naturalized citizen who fell short of the constitutional requirement of nine years of citizenship. The Senate determined he was ineligible under the Constitution and discussed whether or not impeachment was the proper course. Shields’ election was considered by some to be void and by others to be voidable. Impeachment, resignation, or removal? In the end, Shields resigned and a resolution was passed declaring the election void.
Senator Underwood said in the course of the debate, “Now, sir, if you look at the Constitution, you will find that non-age, alienage, and conviction upon impeachment, all amount to individual disqualification to hold office. But how do you reach it, sir? You reach it under another provision of the Constitution, which requires that each House shall be the judge of the elections and returns of its members; and when the House, upon proper investigation, comes to the conclusion that any member of the House has not attained the full age of thirty years, or that he is incapacitated by alienage, or that he has been convicted, upon impeachment, of some crime, then, sir, it is in virtue of the sentence of that tribunal which has investigated the facts that the office becomes vacant, and the member is turned out. Until that sentence is pronounced by the body, judging of the qualifications of its members, the original evidence of election stands perfectly unimpeached, and there is no question in regard to non-age, alienage, or impeachment, or any other disqualification which can possibly arise. It arises only, sir, upon investigation upon the part of this body, under its constitutional right to investigate the qualifications of its members.” Underwood also brought up the “de facto officer” doctrine which would mean that Shields’ acts as senator would be considered valid until the point he was disqualified by the Senate.
While the President isn’t a member of the legislative branch, Article I, Section 3 of the Constitution provides the Senate the power to disqualify a President just as they were empowered in the case of Senator Shields to disqualify him. The Constitution doesn’t say the Senate can disqualify a president with the exception of non-age, alienage, or lack of residency. The House and the Senate can investigate Obama’s eligibility requirements; and, if found to be lacking, he can be removed by the Senate or forced to resigned. This is what the constitution requires.
And you know as well as I do that this issue isn’t just about whether or not Obama was born in Hawaii. There are still those people who contend Obama isn’t a natural born citizen because his father was a CUKC, and they want him to be removed from office by the courts or by a US Marshal. If you think making an end run around the legislative branch’s powers to disqualify a president elected by 69 million people is perfectly acceptable, while recounting 6 million votes to determine the will of the people of Florida is unacceptable, I don’t know what else to tell you, except that we can agree to disagree.
To the American people, the ultimate expression of whose collective will is the Constitution.
This was decided in 1803. Our nation existed under the Constitution for 16 before MvM and 207 years since.
Since you’re pining for an ideal that hasn’t existed since 1803, maybe you’d be better served moving to another country.
You could remedy that whole “not knowing” thing by reading the case. It wasn’t premised on whether there was a history of legal orders, was it?
Okay, reading problems?
Here’s the court’s statement again:
You can argue that the officer’s first duty is to the Constitution, but that doesn’t change the fact that officers do not have the liberty to refuse to follow orders that are facially valid.
It’s pretty simple. If you have to go to court to prove that the order is unlawful, you have to follow the order!
Sven, when will the fantasy “time” come? Will that be about the same time you find the mythical adoption papers for Obama or discover the secret Obama US citizen renounciation that he did when he was 7? The fact is there is no usurper, unless you are discussing George W/ Bush and his first term. Becasuse in 2008 the individual with the most electoral and popular votes was elected President, and was certified by the US Congress. Barack Obama. You have nothing other than fantasy and fiction. But it is entertaining so we look forward to your next installment of your novel….
Of course, you read footnote 58:
“Respondents cite one other exclusion during the period between the Declaration of Independence and the Constitutional Convention 11 years later. In 1780 the Virginia Assembly excluded John Breckenridge because he was a minor. Minority, of course, was a traditional standing incapacity, and Charles Warren therefore appears to have been correct in concluding that this exclusion was probably based upon an interpretation of the state constitutional requirement that members must be duly qualified according to law.”
Duly qualified, yguy, not duly elected.
That’s certainly true in the absence of common sense – which, not coincidentally, one must ignore to believe there is no reasonable doubt about Obama’s eligibility.
But yes, if an individual is incompetent to interpret the Constitution as it applies within his area of responsibility, he needs someone to do his thinking for him. Too bad for John Merryman that Abe Lincoln didn’t think like that, huh?
The problem with US v Ryder is simple. The plaintiff argued that the civilian members had not be appointed by the President. However, here we have a case where the President was duly elected by all essential elements. While some may have raised objections, the ultimate arbiter on the issue was Congress who found the President to have qualified.
There is no supervision of the Courts over this political issue question.
Not so much, no.
It found that in a criminal prosecution, a defendant who raises an appointments challenge against the trier of fact before that trier finishes adjudicating the issue is not barred by the de facto officer doctrine.
Obama won’t be deciding Lakin’s fate, so he cannot rely on Ryder.
Would you like to cite a different case, Don?
And according to the Constitution, our President was duly elected and removable only by process of impeachment.
That there are some people who want to ignore the Constitution should not give any credibility to the concept that Lakin was bound by the UCMJ which clearly describes his duties and obligations.
A claim that Lakin believes he is ‘protecting the Constitution’ is no defense, as Michael New found out in US v New. When he argued that the order was illegal because the deployment was unconstitutional, the Court not only ruled that the issue of legality could be decided by the Court and did not have to go before the Jury and furthermore observed that the constitutionality of the deployment was a political question.
Same applies here.
Since I never said anything like that, perhaps you’d care to limit your objections to what I have said.
The question, of course, is whether orders which come from a nominal CiC whose legal authority is patently dubious are properly characterized as patently valid.
Another foolish claim. Obama, by any admissible and credible evidence has been shown to be a natural born citizen due to his birth on US soil.
Still missing the point. If a soldier interprets the Constitution and then refuses to obey orders, such a step is made at his own risk, especially when there is no clear illegality in the orders.
To allow soldiers to question political issues, or even ‘constitutional’ issues would turn our military into chaos.
That’s a leading question as there is no evidence that the President, who was duly sworn in should be considered to have dubious legal authority.
The problem is that the authority of the President was resolved during the election, followed by the Congress and Supreme Court. To allow a continued challenge to the Presidency would be foolish, and anti-constitutional. Especially when there is no clear evidence that places ANY reasonable doubt upon Obama’s natural born status.
Born on US soil, hence a natural born citizen.
Indeed, the issue is not qualifications but the process of election. Exactly as Greg tried to explain to you.
As you can see for yourself, that does not say Breckenridge was duly elected. The ruling says Powell was duly elected, but assumes he was also constitutionally eligible.
So if you’re neurotic enough to retain your determination to win this paltry semantical point, you need to look elsewhere for support.
Oh my goodness… Is that your final answer? I assume you have abandoned hope on winning through reason and logic.
The issue is quite relevant because ‘duly elected’ and ‘eligible’ are two very different concepts.
Duly elected AND not ineligible to serve. Two separate steps.
If you insist on laboring on such a misapprehension, no skin off my nose.
You’ll forgive me for not being terribly keen on defending the opinions of people I know nothing about, I’m sure.
No. Why do you ask?
True enough. However, I’m aware of no other President who, when questioned about his eligibility, refused to release pertinent documentation; so perhaps up to now such faith was not unreasonable.
What other President fought discovery of it in court, after releasing a purported abstract thereof?
More accurately, in the complete absence of any evidence to the contrary, which of course is not the case with Obama.
No. Refusal of an office holder to release records that bear directly on his qualifications for said office is prima facie evidence of the possibility that he is unqualified.
So why do you ask if you have it right and then evince such determination to get it wrong?
Yeah, and you apparently think the judiciary is legally empowered to compensate for such perceived imperfections, which of course is baloney.
Let me make it extremely simple for you yguy. Lakin will be found guilty (or cut a deal before trial). I will put money on that-$100. You aren’t confident enough in your position to do the same. Or are you?
No it isn’t, because both are required for anyone to hold office legally. If Obama is ineligible, we don’t have half a President, just a usurper.
Again you don’t seem to understand prima facie and how it portends to a court of law. You think somehow not presenting a long form certificate, when a short form COLB is valid in court. The COLB is plenty valid when getting an id and passport. Somehow you think not presenting what you want presented in court somehow counts as prima facie evidence to contest the prima facie evidence in court. Your logic makes no sense.
I asked you about who would be president because I’m curious as to how you would want this resolved. So I’ll ask you again. Who would be president in your mind if Obama was removed.
That is incorrect, if he is found to be ineligible he is not a usurper. The term usurper is someone who holds no color of title to the office. President Obama was duly elected by the people, the electoral college, found to have qualified by Congress and sworn in by SCOTUS.
Ineligibility would not make the president a usurper, just a de facto rather than a de jure officer.
Refused to release them to whom? What body has the authority to qualify or disqualify the President of the United States? The courts aren’t authorized by the Constitution to determine a president’s eligibility.
Senator Allen G. Thurman was a justice on the Ohio State Supreme Court and the Democratic nominee for Vice President in 1888. He dismissed the idea in 1877 that one could contest the presidency on any grounds in court even with a quo warranto.
So the original BC is either not admissible or not credible.
How very interesting.
More to the point, a CiC who refuses to release information that would presumably remove all doubt as to his authority cannot help but foster doubt among some under his command.
It wouldn’t remove all doubt and you know it. Its just an excuse for you guys. That’s why now you have people asking for a bunch of other random documents. Then you have people trying to claim the 2 citizen parent rule that doesn’t exist. You’re like the mouse in “If you give a mouse a cookie” No matter what he presents it won’t matter.
It’s like the In Living Colour “Anonymous Express” skit.
It’s not relevant as the COLB is for all legal purposes equivalent.
Blame the victim, interesting…
Common sense is not always that. All that is needed is the location of birth, and this was already presented in the COLB and confirmed by the DOH of Hawaii and incidental, contemporaneous information.
The question is, why the ever moving goalposts? The President show the only document Hawaii has available and people want the full ‘original’ document. Then rumors about the original document being forged start, combined with foolish claims about other irrelevant records, and then in the end the argument is becoming: regardless of the location of birth, he is still ineligible.
Why should the President cater to such foolishness and allow himself be distracted?
Just to clarify, I wouldn’t necessarily call him a usurper if he were born in the US and found ineligible on other grounds, because he wouldn’t necessarily have lied to get into office.
A slippery slope…
1) No, the orignal BC is not unnecessary. A document that is prima facie evidence of birth was made available for public inspection. That is all you would need in a court of law. Just because there may be an alternate form of evidence for the same event has no bearing on the validity of the other. Both are sufficient, and the absence of one has no bearing on the validity of the other.
2) We’ve heard the “if he just releases the document” argument many times…and half the time, it’s only a breath away from the laundry list of college, high school, and kindergarten records, which doesn’t matter anyway, because we’ve invented a new definition of NBC that would exclude him anyway, plus we’re inventing fantasy stories where a 4 year old child can renonuce their citizenship. Or they’ll just call it another forgery, like they did with the first. Why even acknowledge the fringe, when you know nothing will please them, and when the vast majority of them have no interest in the truth, and are simply looking to bring down the president…just like they tried with all the conspiracy myths about Clinton, drug rings, killings, etc. No evidence there either, but that didn’t stop them. You just ignore them, and make examples of the likes of Lakin.
“No. Refusal of an office holder to release records that bear directly on his qualifications for said office is prima facie evidence of the possibility that he is unqualified.”
You would be right except for the fact that the COLB was released and no specific requirements are prescribed in the Constitution regarding a BC other than for the President to be a natural born citizen, which in this case was for Obama to prove he was born in HI, which he did. The only individuals that could have objected, Congress, in which there are 535 of, did not object. So they felt that the evidence provided, the COLB was suffcient.
“Yeah, and you apparently think the judiciary is legally empowered to compensate for such perceived imperfections, which of course is baloney.”
Actually it is not. The judical branch is specifically empowered to interpret the Constitution, as well as any laws which are enacted. Judical rulings become de facto law, for example Roe v. Wade and Brown v. Board of Ed. Those are examples of the judical branch stepping up to compensate and address issues not specifically mentioned in the Constitution….
LMAO! So now yguy is trying to distance himself from the “stink” of birther that is all over him?
Sorry, dude. Like every other argument where you are trying to live in denial of reality, you are totally a birther – face it.
We’ve heard your silly predictions and other nonsense on this case. The trial date has now been set.
Our prediction stands – he’ll be prosecuted on the 2 issues he was charged with and no “discovery” requests on Obama will be granted.
So, come back here after the trial and we’ll see who’s right.
Actually the letter below, posted at the Post and Fail website, shows the main reason behind the entire Lakin issue. And it is about money. There are some people out there that have realized that the birthers are so overcome with hate of the President for whatever irrational reason, they will ignore common sense and donate to the cause….Read it, hilarious stuff….
Dear Supporter of LTC Terry Lakin,
The Army has now officially scheduled a formal hearing its case against Terry, who is being court-martialled by the Army for refusing to obey orders to deploy to Afghanistan because the President refuses –even in the face of mounting evidence to the contrary– to prove his eligibility under the Constitution to hold office.
The hearing will be held on June 11, 2010 at Walter Reed Army Medical Center in Washington, D.C. at 9:00 a.m. in room 134 of Building T-2. All proceedings are open to the media and public.
The court martial process, which begins with the military’s equivalent of a preliminary hearing in a civilian criminal court, known as an “Article 32 Investigation” (referring to the provision found in that section in the Uniform Code of Military Justice) was commenced on May 3, 2010, when LTC Lakin was notified that the Art. 32 hearing would take place May 6, 2010. Lakin’s civilian lawyer, Paul Rolf Jensen, immediately requested a continuance to June 11, 2010, and this request has been granted. Assisting Jensen in his defense of Lakin is a very experienced senior member of the Army’s Judge Advocate General’s corps.
Your past generosity had enabled us to hire counsel and to prepare for the hearing, and we thank you so very much for your support. But you need to know that we continue to need your help to pay for witnesses to travel to Washington for this hearing (one of whom will be retired Major General Paul Vallely, who has spoken out publicly in support of Lakin!)
We implore you to again stand with LTC Lakin who has put his very freedom on the line by inviting his own court martial in order to expose the corruption in our political system which has allowed our Constitution to be ignored, debased and disrespected.
LTC Lakin, if convicted, will go to prison at Ft. Leavenworth for a very long time. You can continue to help prevent that by sending your most generous tax-deductible contribution to the American Patriot Foundation’s Legal Defense Fund. You can do so by either visiting our website at http://www.safeguardourconstitution.com, or by mailing your check, payable “American Patriot Foundation” to us at 1101 Thirtieth Street, N.W., Suite 500, Washington, D.C. 20007.
If you saw the interview last week that LTC Lakin and his civilian counsel, Paul Jensen, gave to CNN, then you are in good company. More than 200,000 people have watched it on youtube alone! While it was tough to go on a program where the questions were as hostile as we expected them to be, LTC Lakin was completely unafraid, and if anything, this helped prepare him for the cross examination he will face at trial.
Once again, we are so grateful to you for standing with LTC Lakin both in the past and going forward; thanks and God bless.
AMERICAN PATRIOT FOUNDATION, INC.
Umm…the same people to whom he released the COLB?
No body has authority to qualify the President WRT the NBC clause, as the requirements are as objective as it gets; but any government agent with the proper authority is certainly justified in publicly affirming that he is ineligible, if indeed that is the case.
Since federal law cannot be written so as to abridge the right of the people to petition the government for redress of grievances, neither can any law be so construed by a court. This being the case, any citizen has standing under the Constitution to bring before a court a legitimate grievance, as which the failure of government agents with proper authority to verify the constitutional eligibility of one elected to federal office surely qualifies.
Yes, a document of unknown provenance, which the DoH has refused to authenticate.
And why exactly would a judge who cared about the facts consider prima facie evidence dispositive when possibly contradictory evidence is just as readily available?
Then why would the judge issue a subpoena for the COLB rather than for the original?
That’s odd, seeing I don’t recall making any predictions.
However, the right to petition is not the same thing as a constitutional right to get a response from the government, nor does it trump other provisions in the consitution that establish three co-equal branches of government. Additionally, the right to petition does not trump the requirement for courts to only address actual cases and controversies, so no, it doesn’t create a magic silver bullet to overcome this hurdle either.
And finally, you can petition the government. Write a letter to your congressman, who is a member of the branch of government that can remove the president if they find a reason to. See how this solution doesn’t actually violate other provisions of the constitution?
Do you not see how you contradict yourself?
How exactly have they refused to authenticate it?
And under the FRE, assuming the pictures are accurate, it is a self-authenticating document. Unless you have admissiable evidence that actually undermines its authenticity, there is no need for any further authentication. And there is no admissiable contradictory evidence. Thus, there is no need to go any further.
I get the feeling, you don’t quite understand what prima facie actually means. Prima facie evidence means that the evidence, standing alone and unexplained, or otherwise unsupported, is suffient to prove the fact. If contrary evidence is offered, this doesn’t cancel the evidence, it merely means the trier of fact balances the evidence to determine what evidence he feels is most trustworthy or compelling. Again, as not a shred of admissable evidence has yet to be offered, a judge would have no reason to look any further. And again, if a judge really required proof of birth, the COLB would be sufficient. You would have to give a very strong argument why a document that is considered sufficient under the FRE is not enough (i.e., if the information not reported on the COLB was the information that was actually relevant in the dispute).
If the grievance has prima facie legitimacy, it most certainly is.
Which is what we have here, obviously.
You think the petition clause was drafted to protect the right to write to congressmen?
I wouldn’t expect a court to remove Obama, only to rule on his eligibility.
What have I proposed that violates any constitutional provision?
By refusing to comment on the doucment posted by Obama, obivously.
I’m not interested in your feelings, thanks anyway.
And by your own admission, so would the original…so why not subpoena that instead of the COLB?
No, there is no requirement anywhere in the Constitution for the goverment to respond to your redress. You have a right to complain. Not a right to get a response. Please show me where you find such a right.
Look up the requirements for standing. They’ve been repeated here many times, and Wiki might even have a half way decent explanation. One of those requirements is redressability. If you expect the court to rule on, but do nothing about Obama’s NBC status, then there is no relief the court can grant. By your own words, there can be no standing.
1) Violation of case/controvery: asking the court for what comes down to an advisory opionion. Give a legal opinion that the court does not have the power to, or you are not asking for to redress.
2) Separation of power/political question: Asking the court to come down on a subject that the constitution has clearly given to other branches of government (determination of who has qualified to hold the office of president)
I would think the statement, “I, Dr. Chiyome Fukino, Director of the Hawai’i State Department of Health, have seen the original vital records maintained on file by the Hawaii State Department of Health verifying Barack Hussein Obama was born in Hawaii and is a natural-born American citizen.” Actually carries more weight than saying, “the document is real.” And again, unless you can provide some evidence that the document is not as it appears in the pictures, it is a self authenticating document, and requires no additional statements. The fact that you have a statement saying he is born in Hawai’i is just another layer of proof.
Perhaps you shouldn’t be so defensive when point out that you don’t have a firm grasp on a word you throw around quite frequently. I’m sure you’re not interested in my advice either, but using legal terms in a forum frequented by many attorneys, it is in your best interest to have a solid grasp of how to use them.
As for your subpoena the original question…first off, I don’t see how you would ever get a court case to the point where you would have an opportunity to subpoena the document. If a case ever did come up where by some miracle they had standing, all the president would have to do is dig up that very same COLB that was posted on factcheck, produce it to the other side, and file a Motion for Summary Judgment. End of case. If something can be dismissed quickly and efficiently, do you honestly think the court is going to waste everybody’s time with extended discovery and subpoenas so you can have the type of evidence you feel you’re entitled to? No. They’ll just say, “oh, the party produced this self authenticating document. You have no admissable evidence to counter. You lose.” The case wouldn’t survive long enough for you to make demands for what you wanted.
How did I contradict myself? My point originally was that the Constitution is an imperfect document, hence the judicary, especially the SCOTUS….
I already have.
Last time I checked, the prevailing view is that the petitioner needs to suffer tangible harm or something to that effect; but of course the petition clause admits no such limitation.
That is absurd, since no federal court is empowered to do anything whatsoever, as Hamilton observed so emphatically in Federalist #78.
Using fancy words is not going to make any difference. The right to petition is not the same as the right to have one’s grievances addressed.
The right to free speech is not the same as the right to be heard.
The court is not in the business of providing such rulings. Without a remedy there is no reason for the courts to get involved.
No, a petitioner could sue the AG under the take care clause, to demonstrate that he has taken reasonable measures to confirm the eligibility of the sitting President, including examination of the original documentation. If discovery showed that Obama was born in HI, the relief would be that the petitioner – along with every other American of good will – is reassured as to the legal authority of the President; and if not, presumably the citizenry would prevail upon members of the other branches to act accordingly.
There is nothing in the constitution that speaks directly to that issue in the case of constitutional requirements. Neither, AFAIK, is there relevant any case law. Nixon v. United States (91-740), 506 U.S. 224 (1993) has only tangential bearing, and Powell v McCormack is a clean miss.
Because the COLB is the only legal document the State of Hawaii is providing for?
Yeah, let’s make sure one does not actually familiarize oneself with the concept and pretend that the legal standing comes from the petition clause.
Unwilling to learn, doomed to repeat the same foolishness
That is not what the term legal relief is all about.
Furthermore, there appears to be no requirement for the AG to make the determination of eligibility.
You are asking the court to make a ruling, that they have no power to resolve one way or another. As you stated, you just want them to determine if he is qualified. I don’t care what clause you imagine your claim to fall arise under, the courts simply cannot do this. If a court cannot provide a remedy, there is no case or controvery, and it is beyond the scope of the federal courts.
Sure you can sue, but it will be dismissed for lack of standing. AGs have wide discretion for the cases they persue. Just like any other case you bring, you still need to show invidualized harm, redressiblity, and all that other fun stuff.
As for the courts reviewing constitutional requirements….perhaps you should read a few of Orly’s long line of dismissals. I’m too lazy myself to look them up no, but I do recall every single DoJ motion to dismiss has argued political question.
Courts are not Constitutional Commissions to which questions can be referred. They decide actual cases. Let’s say Congress wants to know if a proposed law is constitutional. Can they ask the Supreme Court to give an opinion? No. All they can do is pass it and wait for someone to challenge it and then see whether the Court strikes it down.
You can get opinions by asking recognized legal scholars. What do they say about Obama’s eligibility? Unanimously, they say he’s eligible. What has the one Court that actually ruled on Obama’s eligibility said? That he is eligible (Indiana Court of Appeals, Ankeny v Daniels).
You can construe the law however you like in your own mind. However, despite over 70 attempts, no court has seen things your way. What part of 0-70 do you not get?
Guess you forgot what question you asked.
Even if it’s a forgery, huh?
Before you presume yet again to lecture me on the definition of “prima facie”, learn the difference between evidence and proof.
That would clearly be the right thing to do, given the import of the question. What any court would do I can’t answer for.
Given the fact that most of the data have been confirmed, why the silly idea that it is a forgery?
The right thing to do… According to what standard? I’d say that the Courts are doing way too much already, but that’s how our system works.
I didn’t say it does. I said any rule defining standing is superseded by the petition clause whenever the two conflict.
I didn’t say it is, I just noted that it could be; and obviously the easiest way for a judge to be sure is to subpoena the COLB and/or the original from the DoH.
What the F are you talking about? The petition clause has nothing to do with the courts. It says you have the right to petition your representatives. That means you can collect signatures at the mall or march on Washington (lawfully). It doesn’t guarantee that your representatives will listen to you-if they don’t your remedy is your vote, not a frivolous lawsuit.
You come here and make laughable misstatements. For Pete’s sake, at least label them properly as “just your opinion”; stop pretending they are facts. Pretending that your opinions are facts is lying.
“Everyone is entitled to their own opinions, but not their own set of facts”-Sen Daniel Moynihan
Too bad the courts do not appear to be agreeing with you.
Interesting hypothesis but not really with much foundation so far.
The right to petition does not mean that your grievance should be heard or even addressed. Surely you do understand this?
Why? Just because something ‘could be’ does not mean that we should take it serious and take action.
Thank God for that.
If a case arises where it were relevant they would. None have so far. Cases have to pass certain barriers to reach the point of taking testimony. None have. That is the birthers fault, not Obama’s. They failed to get plaintiffs with standing. They failed to file in the right court at the right time. Once the inauguration occurred all the cases became moot under the political doctrine. That isn’t me who says so, it’s judges.
In 2012, if the birthers can get their act together (doubtful) they could have another shot. Then the court would look at the COLB. Don’t get your hopes up that they will find it to be fraudulent, because it is quite genuine.
You call that a standard? You mean a hunch by a few makes it the right thing to do?…
Common Sense dictates otherwise.
Nothing explicit in the Constitution, but the take care clause says the President is to ensure that the laws are faithfully executed, and the AG seems the logical choice to act in the President’s stead in this case, political realities aside.
Constitutional, political, judicial realities aside, this is quite far fetched argument.
So let me get this right, you want to have the AG sued for something that may or may not be his duty so that some people who have concerns feel better.
Note how little legal and judicial relevance there is to your arguments. No wonder you hide behind the concept of ‘common sense’ even though it is neither.
Question: To whom does the Constitution assign the qualification of the Candidate for President?
Especially if you don’t much care to know the truth.
Yes, I’m sure it would be absolutely catastrophic if the original were published under court order and found to be veridical. 🙂
The burden is on you to prove it’s a forgery. There is none. As for the difference between evidence and proof, I may have been a little sloppy in my use. Her statement is another strand of evidence that comined with all else is proof of Obama’s birth in Hawai’i. Now perhaps you’ll do the same and correct the error of your ways.
The import of a question doesn’t change the requirements on the parties. If you have no evidence what so ever, and the other side has a document, that is sufficient to prove their case, even if there are thousands of documents that you may feel prove their case, even “more betterer” they’ve already done all they need to. You aren’t entitled to higher level of proof just because you feel you’re entitled to it, or it’s a really important issue. It is not even the right thing to do. It’s a waste of scarce judicial resources, and tax payer money.
You see, that’s how this little “prima facie evidence” comment along the bottom of the document works. Unless you can show a reason why the document should not be trusted, the document, all by itself is all the evidence a court need. The burden is on you to show why the document cannot be relied on before a court will even bother spending any time looking at anything else.
the problem with your argument is that the standing requirement is a Constitutional limit on the jurisdiction of the courts. So your petition clause, which has never been interpreted to a right to have a court decide your question (well, unless you consider dismissing your case for lack of standing “deciding your question”), cannot overrule a limit placed on the court by the Consitution itself.
The judicial power does not extend to “constitutional repair”. If there is no remedy under existing law, all the court can do is say so and leave it to Congress or the states to furnish a remedy by statute or amendment, respectively.
That’s a foolish argument. One can doubt anything, claiming that one is interested in the truth but then one will certainly never find the truth.
Common Sense dictates that when data overwhelmingly and conclusively support a fact that it is rather foolish to further pursue it under the veil of ‘finding the truth’.
Luckily the Court has ways to prevent such abuse of resources.
And I can: Obama’s refusal to release the original, after releasing the purported COLB.
So let me get this straight. Obama releases his COLB and when people then require him to release more and more data, and he refuses, that somehow is a reason the document should not be trusted?
Show me an official request from anyone and an official refusal from him. No court case ever got to the point that this was ever an issue.
You seem to think that everyone has to do something because you want it. Did your parents give you everything you wanted when you were a small child?
What I think many are missing including the LTcol, is that for now this is a military matter,and will be settled by military standards. I have posted on here the legal docs acceptable to verify citzenship as far as military processing is concerned and by military standards the certified state COB is sufficent. So as far as the miltary is concerned the COB states born in HAWAII and that is proof enough by military processing standards.(PLACE OF BIRTH IS IMPORTANT TO THE MILTARY BECAUSE ALTHOUGH CITENSHIP IS NOT REQUIRED THERE ARE HOSTILE COUNTRIES THAT IF YOU ARE BORN THERE YOU CANNOT ENLIST without a waiver) No one can make more stringent rules on the spot for different applicants that would be discrimination and illegal. The certified COB is accepted for all to Enlist and the info on it is accepted as fact Even if a law was passed to require a long form only or long form plus another in current order curently accepted it would not be retroactive. As a military recruiter I could not make my own requirements to certify citizenship. I had to go by the order (posted on here, and not edited) and it says a certified COB is sufficient to verify citizenship. And that also means any info on it is accepted as fact. the place of birth is on the COB which has to be verified to present hostile country citizens from joining unless they receive a waiver, And the military accepts what is own the COB as fact of country of birth. So the Ltcol’s own statement has condemned him(saying the president won’t submit what all miltary have to to join) They can submit any document listed in the order (posted previously)to verify citizenship and eligibiliy even a passport. The president provided a COB, The state of HI has verified it is true. The miltary orders say that those events are enough to satsfy citizenship and country of birth. these are the facts, that is the order, look it up. Case closed.
Sure, if no readily available data are being suppressed, but that’s not the slice of reality we’re living in.
Show me reagan’s Long form birth certificate
That’s just non-sensical. All the data point to a single fact but you want more. Is there no end to this foolishness. The COLB which was released has all the relevant data.
Nothing is being ‘suppressed’, it’s just that you have not explained why the data should be released, other than based on what you somewhat confusingly have called ‘common sense’
Here is what lectlaw has to say about standing, my emphasis:
Where exactly in the Constitution do you find requirement (1)?
Ah, now we have an accusation of lying… Very good yguy…
I guess that under your ‘rules’ you have lost the argument?
Why do you not study the caselaw which was developed that led to the present requirements for standing?
Do you really believe that the Supreme Court just invented this? Surely without an injury of a protected interest, there is no real controversy.
Cite a case that explains requirement (1) in light of the petition clause and I’ll have a look.
It doesn’t matter whether they did or not. What matters is how requirement (1) can reasonably be inferred from anything in the Constitution.
Lectlaw didn’t have footnotes?
Annotated Constitution – about 50 pages on the development of the doctrine of standing. It started from the very first day:
The founders wanted things to come to the judiciary which were judiciable problems – things which were of a “Judiciary Nature.” What does that mean? One party is concretely harmed, and one party is alleged to have done the harming!
Generalized standing, tax-payer or citizen-suits were the recent invention and a restricted doctrine of standing was the return to the founders intent.
yguy: Lingle was not under hostile interrogation. Jensen clearly was.
While Jensen was under hostile interrogation, as you say, his answers were his prepared talking points. Cooper was clearly winning and Jensen’s only recourse was an audacious lie. Unfortunately Cooper didn’t have a copy of the statue in front of him, or Jensen would have been finished. Instead Cooper ended the interview.
yguy, the Founders did imagine a limit on the jurisdiction of Federal courts and you have to have a grievance to petition government for redress. Balancing the right to redress grievances with the need to impose realistic limits on the use of the courts, the Supreme Court in NAACP v. Button said:
371 US 415 (1963)
I stand in awe of your penetrating insight.
Swell. Where do you find that definition in the Constitution, or even anything you quoted?
Come back after you’ve read the 50 pages I linked to. I’m tired of holding the hand of birther wannabe lawyers.
You won’t like it, though. Just more reliance on “case law.” Just ignore it and substitute your own “special” interpretation of the Constitution. Then, when your side loses, you can blame it on the fact that the Constitution has been subverted starting in 1803 with Marbury v. Madison.
Lujan v Wildlife Defender. The classic. Follow the references to earlier cases.
One does not go without the other silly…
I have no idea how you think any of that supports your position. Imposing requirements on qualifications for attorneys does not patently abridge the right to petition when the pro se option remains available; and determining that corporations can’t litigate on behalf of stockholders seems a far cry from declaring the last line of defense in the perpetual war against tyranny of the majority to be unavailable to the citizenry on the grounds that the governmental perfidy to which the petitioner objects will afflict his descendants, and those of his countrymen, rather than himself.
Where do you find that definition in the Constitution, or even anything you quoted?
The fact that you can’t find it is irrelevant. What is relevant is that every Federal judge has found it, and every Supreme Court justice has found it. It’s the law.
Standing is the principle which prevents U.S. citizens from paralyzing the government by filing endless lawsuits about every statute and policy decision which with they disagree. It is the principle which prevented anti-war activists from claiming in court that the wars in Vietnam, Iraq and elsewhere were or are unconstitutional.
As the Supreme Court ruled in Lujan v. Defenders of Wildlife (90-1424), 504 U.S. 555 (1992):
This Court has consistently held that a plaintiff claiming only a generally available grievance about government, unconnected with a threatened concrete interest of his own, does not state an Article III case or controversy. See, e. g., Fairchild v. Hughes, 258 U.S. 126, 129-130. Vindicating the public interest is the function of the Congress and the Chief Executive. To allow that interest to be converted into an individual right by a statute denominating it as such and permitting all citizens to sue, regardless of whether they suffered any concrete injury, would authorize Congress to transfer from the President to the courts the Chief Executive’s most important constitutional duty, to “take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed,” Art. II, § 3. Pp. 15-23.
As for petitions, the First Amendment guarantees the right to “petition the Government for a redress of grievances,” but there is nothing in the Constitution which requires the government to act upon a petition.
Assuming you mean Lujan v. Defenders of Wildlife (90-1424), 504 U.S. 555 (1992), I don’t see any reference to the petition clause in any of those opinions, so you’re going to have to provide a relevant quote or two.
Tyranny, perfidy, last line of defense. Lofty and airy words from someone who doesn’t seem to realize that petition for redress of grievances came from the Magna Carta and meant until late in the 20th Century only petitions sent to the legislative branch. Only recently was the right to petition courts recognized. Anyway, I guess you missed the part where the state can limit access to the court to “individuals with a direct interest of their own …”
Here’s an idea. You show us a single case where the court has expanded standing based on the petition clause.
Or, tell us exactly what you’re trying to argue and then show us a case that supports that.
How fascinating, seems to me that yguy has not even a case to support his assertion about the petition clause.
yguy may want to do some research before making further comments on the topic of standing and the petition clause.
Wow. Just wow. You folks are just taking this yguy fella and having him for lunch!
Shorter summary of entire yguy argument: “I’m not a real lawyer, but I did stay at a Holiday Inn last night!”
Guess irrelvance trumps loftiness every time, huh?
Aside from the fact that you had to butcher that quote to make it say what you want, you have yet to square it with the petition clause.
HRS §338-13 and §338-18 require the DoH to make a certified copy of the original as accessible to the registrant as is the COLB.
To Hell with that. What you’ve provided so far suggests I’d be rummaging through a haystack for a needle that probably isn’t there to begin with.
“Don’t make me do stuff… I’m reading superfudge”
That’s Holiday Inn Express
If I can’t, what do you imagine it proves?
That requirement (1) as cited from lectlaw can’t be justified under the petition clause.
No, you show me a case that addresses my argument, since you guys are the case law worshipers.
Sorry I haven’t been paying attention to what you’re claiming. What is your claim again? What are you trying to use the petition clause for?
Bob… actually, I intentionally left the Express off. A further subtle dig at yguy that he wouldn’t even be able to get that right! 😉
No you didn’t Obama made you do it! CONSPIRACY!!!!
Well that’s the answer I’m waiting to hear
For Gods sake get with the program
§338-13 Certified copies. (a) Subject to the requirements of sections 338-16, 338-17, and 338-18, the department of health shall, upon request, furnish to any applicant a certified copy of any certificate, or the contents of any certificate, or any part thereof.
(b) Copies of the contents of any certificate on file in the department, certified by the department shall be considered for all purposes the same as the original, subject to the requirements of sections 338-16, 338-17, and 338-18.
(c) Copies may be made by photography, dry copy reproduction, typing, computer printout or other process approved by the director of health. [L 1949, c 327, §17; RL 1955, §57-16; am L Sp 1959 2d, c 1, §19; HRS §338-13; am L 1978, c 49, §1]
Which is exactly what Obama’s COLB is…..a selected copy OF THE CONTENTS…..not a copy of the entire document….
Then why can’t YOU find it so as to point it out?
First of all, you’re quoting from a syllabus, which carries no legal weight. Second, Scalia’s cite of Fairchild is incomplete. Here it is with some context:
So essentially Brandeis was affirming the impropriety of advisory opinions, which is as unhelpful in this context as it is uncontroversial in general.
The point is, if he wants a certified copy of the original, the law says he – or anyone qualifying under §338-18 (b) (9) – can get one.
So the COLB is not “the only legal document the state of Hawaii is providing for.”
That you don’t know what you’re talking about. That you’re pulling a meaning of the right to petition out of your nethers and that no court has ever agreed with you that it acts to limit the doctrine of standing.
Like I said, you wouldn’t like it. It cites to case law, and that case law doesn’t agree with your orifice-based interpretation of the First Amendment right to petition the government.
But, you know what, you’re right. Lectlaw was making that requirement of standing up. Or, the Supreme Court completely missed the meaning of the right to petition. If only they had had you to write an amicus brief then, maybe, Scalia wouldn’t have made such a fool of himself when he said:
So, too, was Burger mistaken in Schlessinger v. Reservists when he wrote:
Obviously, if Burger was mistaken in reaffirming the principles of Levitt, the Supreme Court was wrong in Levitt when they wrote:
And, that makes Tyler v. Judges (1900) wrong:
Obviously, then, you are squandering immense legal talent by posting here, yguy. As far as I can tell, not a single court has applied the right to petition to limit the application of standing – not in the entire history of the nation. Obviously, the court is being stymied by the history of the Petition clause. Obviously, since Lujan is the law of the land, there is an immense need among groups like Wildlife defenders to break that doctrine.
If you can get around standing using the petition clause, yguy, you could write your own ticket to partnership at any law firm in the country.
What are you doing still here?
You should probably sue, then, since Hawaii doesn’t share your interpretation of their laws.
The petition clause has nothing to do with the standing requirement in Court…
As to case law that addresses our argument, it was provided. As to a case that addresses your ‘argument’… Well, is that not your ‘job’? To find support for your claims?
Thanks for trying to educate yguy…
You’re right. But, as I’m sure you’re aware, the part of the decision summarized there was 5 pages long – pages 573-578 of the decision. I don’t think Dr. C. wants so much of the case copied over here.
Kennedy’s concurrence gives a pretty good explanation of the Constitutional theory behind the concrete injury requirement:
It’s kind of funny that you disagree with Marbury v. Madison, which gave the Court the ability to review the actions of Congress, but you want the Court to be able to hear generalized complaints of a speculative and non-concrete nature.
The petition clause has no relevance here.
You have shown this quite aptly, I’d say
That would certainly make sense had I based my claim on any case law. Things being what they are, it’s clear the ignorance is entirely on your end.
That I wouldn’t know. What I do know is that you have yet to quote anything from any court ruling that even makes a pretense of reconciling that requirement with the petition clause.
Please, you’re missing my much bigger mistake. I mistakenly quoted from the dissent in that case.
The case itself said this:
The problem for your case, yguy, is that this seems to be it for the Supreme Court’s use of the right to petition in the context of standing.
You can’t arrest people for soliciting litigants when the litigation in question is of a political nature.
As far as I can tell, no other case has compared the petition clause with standing.
As I mentioned, if you can figure out a way around standing based on the petition clause you are wasting considerable talents here on this blog.
It shouldn’t be hard, you’ll just have to rewrite the history of the petition clause so that it always comprehended court action. You might also have to rewrite the history of the cases and controversies clause, too. But that shouldn’t be too hard for a guy who knows so much about the law that he can divine its meaning without reference to a single case.
I’m just curious to see if anyone else in the world has ever thought that the petition clause and standing needed to reconciled.
You and you alone, in the history of this nation, know of this interpretation of the petition clause.
Good for you!
That, and $2.65 will get you an iced-coffee from Dunkin Donuts.
It won’t get you standing.
That’s a real problem for you who argues that the petition clause is somehow relevant here.
In other words, there is no support for your position, as you have already indicated.
That’s quite a problem for you now isn’t it?
Other than a foolish reference to the petition clause while ignoring the relevant parts of the Constitution you have nothing to show.
It surely won’t..
We have no way of knowing that, since there is no indication that anyone meeting any of the critieria in §338-18 (b) has made a request for the original.
So let’s see if I can capture yguy’s ‘argument’.
The Petition Clause overrides and other Constitutional requirements which guide the concept of judicial standing even though there is a specific section which outlines Article III courts.
A more proper reading of the Constitution would recognize the petition clause in its proper format and recognize that it grants people the right to file a grievance, however beyond that it does not determine what should happen with said grievance.
That’s where the concept of standing becomes relevant. Before a Court can allow a case to move forward the issue of standing needs to be resolved.
For that, there needs to be a real controversy.
Hence the requirements as outline in Lujan v Defenders of Wildlife.
Thus the question: Where can (1) be reconciled with the petition clause is a flawed question as it presume that standing follows from the petition clause.
Hope this clarifies.
We know they claim not to release the long form birth certificate anymore.
Only the COLB available now
So, apparently, this poor mom simply cannot get a long form for her third and fifth child because Hawaii is misinterpreting their own law.
You should tell someone about that. Don’t forget to mention your qualifications as internet legal genius – no need for case law here!
Okubo has been a little short of 100% in accuracy in the past.
One cannot petition a branch of government to redress a grievance that such branch has no authority to redress.
The precedent you cite only goes back to 1900, and it’s equivocal (he must generally aver an injury peculiar to himself…) at that.
Your point being…?
It quotes back to 1809 (OWINGS V. NORWOOD’S LESSEE). It also quotes cases from 1827, 1850, 1859, 1861, 1875, 1890, 1892, and 1893.
But, it’s case law, so of no moment.
If it was the Founders’ intent that the petitions clause should trump the Cases and Controversies clause, why are you the first to notice this, 223 years after the Constitution was written?
That your ‘argument’ about the petition clause is somehow lacking in relevance so far?
More likely she can’t get it because a long form was never generated originally for those children due to the transition to paperless, wherefore the DoH doesn’t have it to give. So no violation there. Obama’s original, OTOH, is on record according to the DoH.
Karl Coplan, Petition Clause Interests and Standing for Judicial Review of Administrative Lawmaking, 34 Admin & Reg. L. News 3 (2008-2009).
The article argues that standing should be subjected to the same tests as other First Amendment restricting government actions (vindicates a substantial governmental interest and operates in the least restrictive manner).
In the example the author gives, the denial of standing to some (those who are benefited by government regulation) as opposed to others (those burdened by regulations) is a viewpoint discriminatory practice.
So, one lawyer has raised the petition clause as a bar to standing doctrine in the 223 year history of the nation. It was not successful.
I look forward to reading a nuanced argument for why not allowing birthers access to the courts is viewpoint discriminatory, doesn’t vindicate a substantial governmental interest and does not do it in the least restrictive manner.
Yes, and I’m sure every one of them has direct bearing on the matter under discussion.
That’s not why it’s of no moment. It’s of no moment because it doesn’t address my contention which you are so determined to find fault with.
Seeing the question is based on a strawman, it merits no response.
Does this mean that your strawman about the petition clause being relevant to the legal concept of standing merits no response?
I understand that you are unwilling to defend this position.
yguy, if no court in the history of the nation has accepted the Petitions Clause as modifying standing, how do the courts act as:
If no court in the history of the nation has accepted the Petitions Clause as modifying standing, how is this statement true:
If, as I’ve shown with citations to articles, that the history of the petition clause was to protect the right to send petitions to the legislature and only in the past 50 years was it extended to the courts, how do you square that history with this statement of incredulity:
If no court in the history of the nation has held the petitions clause to be at all implicated in standing decisions, how is this statement remotely true:
Also, if you did say the above, how is it a strawman to reword your statement as follows:
If no court in the history of the nation has considered the petitions clause to limit standing in any way, why do you expect that a court would have spent time putting the concrete injury requirement in terms of the petitions clause as you requested here:
No court has ever reconciled standing with the petition clause because they have been considered unrelated doctrines.
I don’t know where you’re getting this. The article doesn’t show on google, and a quick scan of the opinion in Bennet betrays no consideration of the petition clause.
Definition of Amicus briefs
It was the second link when I googled the title.
There is nothing that needs squaring. That the precursor(s) to the petition clause were meant to apply to legislatures is rendered moot by the fact that the petition clause explicitly applies to government in general. Had the framers meant to allow Congress to legislate against the right to petition the other branches, they would surely have substituted “Congress” for “government”.
That a proposition has never been tested in court says nothing of its truth value. Neither have you shown that the standing doctrine predates 1900.
Because it is yet to be demonstrated that the standing doctrine necessarily follows from anything in A3S2C1.
Perhaps you are unaware of the difference between a doctrine and a constitutional provision.
So in other words, your ‘proposition’ remains untested and thus its truth value depends on your arguments.
So far, I’d have to reject your claim, mostly because of your unwillingness to further support it with reason.
So in your book, Obama is guilty, until he proves his innocence, even after he has already proven it under the law, because he didn’t prove it the way you wanted it proven?
Sorry, that’s not how the law works, nor how prima facie evidence works. The document provided is all he has to show under the law to prove he was born in Hawai’i. Get it through your head, Prima Facie evidence means that it is sufficient on its own to prove what it claims to represent. You have to show that the document itself is unreliable for some reason. The fact that there may be additional evidence to support his claim is immaterial. The fact that he refuses to produce any of this additional evidence doesn’t change the change the character of the COLB as prima facie evidence, and suffient evidence to prove a claim. That’s why it’s called prima facie evidence. To eliminate the need to provide for duplicative documentation. The only way to require additional evidence is to provide admissable evidence that the document is unreliable, and even then, the trier of fact balances the evidence to determine which is evidence is more reliable. You have not provided a shred of admissable evidence as to the unreliablity of the document. Therefore, there is no reason under the law to look at any other documents.
There is no reason or anything that yguy can back up his personal “unique” understanding of law in his own mind. It is nothing but the same old, same old “proud ignorance” we see here time and time again of people who try to come off authoritative on stuff they have no idea what they are talking about.
yguy’s entire “legal background” probably consists of watching episodes of Judge Judy and Law & Order.
Yguy, you want to have it every which way but Sunday. You want it to be an originalist argument – that the founders intended the petition clause to allow generalized standing when the history is clear that when the Founders talked about petitions it was something that was heard by the legislature. And, of course, you want to ignore all the originalist statements about its meaning. You want it to be the Founders intent, despite the fact that it is obvious from the history that no one even considered the possibility of applying it to courts until the 50s.
Let me play along for a second.
1. It’s a First Amendment right. None of the 1st A rights are absolute. Shouting fire. Religious use of peyote, etc. Are there limits to the petition right? I can seek redress for any generalized wrong? Can I seek redress for YOUR wrong? A wrong that has nothing to do with me?
2. What do you think happens when you petition Congress? They get your petition, they read it, and then they round file it. Standing doesn’t forbid you from filing your case. You can file it, the court will tell you that you can’t bring generalized claims and round-file the case. What words in the petition clause give you the right to prosecute your claim to fruition? Have they been doing it completely wrong in Congress? If so, isn’t the right to speech similarly phrased? Shouldn’t it include within it the right to force people to listen to you?
This, of course, is nonsense. If any piece of evidence is sufficient to prove something, it is no longer prima facie evidence, but conclusive evidence; and since it is self-evident that the probative value of any evidence is inversely proportional to the probability that conflicting evidence exists, it’s clear that the closest we’ll ever get to proving HI is his birthplace is to inspect the original documentation.
Why? it will also show Hawaii as his state of birth?
Do you believe it has been ‘rebutted’? In any legal sense?
Let’s pretend, for a second, that the petition clause of the first amendment limits standing. Some questions:
1. It’s a First Amendment right. None of the 1st A rights are absolute. Shouting fire. Religious use of peyote, etc. Are there limits to the petition right? I can seek redress for any generalized wrong? Can I seek redress for YOUR wrong? A wrong that has nothing to do with me? Clearly, petitions have not historically been limited to things of personal interest to the petitioner. So, do you mind if I litigate all your interests? I promise I’ll do a good job – plus, if I lose, it’s only you who is bound by the decision, so what do I care?
2. What do you think happens when you petition Congress? They get your petition, they read it, and then they round file it. Standing doesn’t forbid you from filing your case. You can file it, the court will tell you that you can’t bring generalized claims and round-file the case. What words in the petition clause give you the right to prosecute your claim to fruition? Have they been doing it completely wrong in Congress? If so, isn’t the right to speech similarly phrased? Shouldn’t it include within it the right to force people to listen to you?
3. The standard test for the abridgment of first amendment rights is whether it implicates a significant governmental interest and whether the method is the least restrictive method. Standing implicates the ability of courts to marshal their scarce resources. Is that not a significant judicial interest? As I noted above, there was a debate about it in the Constitutional Convention with James Madison arguing, successfully that the judiciary should limit itself to matters of a judicial nature. The interest is enshrined in the Constitution. If it’s a significant interest, can you think of a less restrictive method of attaining it?
Sweet Christ on a cracker. In the absence of admissable evidence to the contrary, prima facie evidence is conclusive. The fact that it is prima facie evidence means it shifts the burden to the opposing side to counter that evidence. In the presence of the COLB, there is no need to examine the original document unless you provide evidence as to why the document should not be relied on.
Unless you can provide rebuttal evidence, the COLB is legally sufficient to prove his birth in Hawaii.
Nowadays, hospital electronic medical records systems transmit births to jurisdiction, and the Intrajuridsictional Exchange (IJE) is used to electronically transmit vital events between states: “State to state, no papers.”
I am forced to agree with you on this point. It might take a lawsuit, but I think that the law is clear that President Obama could get a copy of anything they have. Law trumps policy.
What they said about petitions in a general sense is irrelevant. What matters is how it was meant in the context of 1A
Actually they are, if they’re used responsibly.
A standing violation of a constitutional provision is not such a wrong.
False parallel. There are many people who are not in the employ of any random US citizen. There is no one in the US government who is not.
No, it isn’t. You don’t prove something by refusing, on any pretext, to look at potentially contradictory evidence. So to say the law forbids the original from being admitted as evidence is to say the law forbids the question from ever being resolved in court, except to the satisfaction of those who don’t want to know anyway.
There is no “potentially contradictory evidence”. Again the burden of proof lays with the accuser. Until Taitz and crew can prove that the COLB cannot be relied upon with actual hard evidence, the COLB is conclusive proof. The law doesn’t work off of hypotheticals and absence of proof.
again…do you not understand the meaning of prima facie evidence? Unless you provide some rebuttal evidence, he as proven his case. End of story. A party does not have to provide every possible piece of evidence that exists to prove a fact, especially when the side contesting the fact has yet to produce a single shred of admissible evidence.
And I never said the law forbids the original from being admitted as evidence. It certainly can be admitted. There is just no need for it. I said that the COLB, absent any rebuttal evidence, is all the he needs to produce to prove he is born in Hawaii. Prima facie means that on its face it alone is sufficient to prove what it claims, absent rebuttal evidence as to why it should not be relied on. The burden is on you as to why it cannot be relied on. The burden is not on the person offering the prima facie evidence to show there is no contraditory evidence…otherwise, it wouldn’t be prima facie evidence.
Yes, I do. You obviously don’t.
No, he has not proven his case unless he has shown his contention to be true. To say otherwise is to say one can prove a case using fraudulent prima facie evidence.
He has shown his contention to be true. That’s why he’s president. Congress signed off on it, the supreme court signed off on it. It’s done and over with. There is nothing fraudulent about the COLB. Until you show prima facie evidence to contradict the COLB you have no case.
The First Amendment doesn’t say “a standing violation of a constitutional provision,” does it?
You wanted to find out, exactly where in the cases and controversies clause one finds the requirement for concrete injury. I’d like you to point out, exactly, where in the First Amendment you find a limitation to standing violations of the Constitution.
Please demonstrate that a limitation to standing violations of the Constitution necessarily follows from anything in the First Amendment.
“Obedience to an order is a complete defense unless the order was illegal and the accused actually knew it was illegal or a person of ordinary sense and understanding would, under the circumstances, know the order was illegal.”
I copied that from the Military Judges’ Benchbook.
No crime can be charged if an order looked legal to the soldier and the soldier did not actually know that the order was unlawful or reasonably should have known.
Here’s part of the jury instruction for the obedience to an unlawful order defense:
I’m sorry. I missed the part where you presented evidence to show that the COLB was fraudulent. Let’s forget the words “prima facie” for just a moment and just stick with “evidence.” Evidence always trumps no evidence.
Again yguy shows total unfamiliarity with the concept of prima facie evidence. While he calls it ‘fraudulent’ it is prima facie legal evidence and meets the FRE for self authenticating documents. Combined with the statements by the Hawaiian officials, there is an excellent prima facie case.
If yguy wants to overcome the prima facie nature of the case he has to show that his claim of ‘fraudulent’ has any foundation in fact or that there exists evidence which is sufficient to overcome, the prima facie status of the COLB.
He can’t and he won’t.
Typical and predictable… Just like he is unable to defend his position about the ‘petition clause’ and standing…
Educational at best to those who want to avoid going down a foolish path of ignorance, causing one to become enslaved.
Many must have seen the equivalent document called a COLB which shows President Obama born on US soil and thus a natural born citizen.
What does that even mean? Case law is based upon the constitution itself. It is the supreme court’s interpretation of what our laws say. Good lord you have no case at all.
You do understand that the right to remain silent is something which applies in legal proceedings and has no relevance to being interviewed on the telly? Lakin and his hack lawyer were not being compelled by a state agency to be there or answer questions which placed him in any jeopardy; consequently, your invocation of the right to remain silent is a mere rhetorical device aimed at deflecting attention from the fact that Lakin is a puppet for the birfoon movement.
Bob FTW for FG reference 😀
I never said it was.
You’re on trial for murder, and 5 people claim to have seen you do it. Your attorney wants to put on the stand a witness who can testify that you were elsewhere at the time, but the judge says it’s not needed because the 5 witnesses have given prima facie evidence. How is that essentially different from admitting a COLB – which is testimony from present day HI officials – into evidence and excluding the original documentation, which is testimony from HI officials from 1961?
Bad analogy crazy pants. The lawyers present a list of witnesses to the judge and an idea of what they are there for. The COLB is a government document that serves as prima facie. It contains information that is already in the long form. The long form would not contain a different birth state or city. Again you have a bad misconception of what prima facie means.
Damn, it’s tough to slip anything by you.
I never said it did, obviously. I merely pointed out that as an American citizen, there is no such thing as a constitutional violation that “has nothing to do with me”.
Only for people who think the testimony of government officials is beyond question.
Again missing the point…
COLB shows Obama born on US soil. The testimony of government officials explain that the information on the COLB is accurate.
You have a foolish tendency to reject anything as potentially fraudulent… Even when the facts are quite clear…
That’s not skepticism anymore…
If you cannot see why it’s different then I believe we have found the source of your confusion.
Prima facie evidence can be overcome by contrary evidence.
In this case, you have the prima facie evidence of the COLB and the testimony of the responsible Hawaiian officials. It is now up to you that this evidence can be overcome by other legal evidence.
Surely you must realize how confusing your ‘example’ was?
You insist that given prima facie evidence, more prima facie evidence is needed…
Hilarious, the back pedaling is fascinating to watch….
Even a superficial understanding of the concept of standing and how it relates to Constitutional provisions would have cured yguy from his foolish assertions about the petition clause.
Now he has to pretend he did not make these foolish claims..
That’s what Greg said, none of the 1st Amendment rights are absolute…
Obviously your ‘argument’ which is merely an assertion runs counter to the facts. The question is: When the Constitution assigns a particular action or task to Congress, can the Courts rule against Congress? Logic, reason and the separation of powers all argue against it.
In other words, the assertion of a violation of a Constitutional provision in such an instance may not be justiciable through the Courts.
There are good reasons for that and our Founders and Congresspersons all understood that the alternative was far too disastrous to our political system. Allowing for instance the office of the President to be challenged after election would result in chaos.
I think we have a solution to the yguy issue. Everyone start posting lolcats – he may be able to understand them.
When compared to statements from you yeah they have more credibility. You have government documents and statements by government officials compared to wild conspiracy theories. I think I’ll take the word of government officials
BO’s original 1961 birth record includes the attestation of his mother, delivery doctor and hospital administrator. But, we can’t see it because it will lead to the conclusion the Soetoro adoption was annulled and a Hawaii District Court Judge ordered the data found on the COLB to be “filed” with the HI DoH.
Does any of this information make BO ineligible for POTUS?
The Justice Department has denied BO was ever Barry Soetoro. If he was never Barry Soetoro, then he was never an Indonesian National.
If the eligibility challengers can get the Court filings unsealed on the Soetoro adoption, then it will lead to conclusive evidence Barry Soetoro was an Indonesian National. If was an Indonesian National, then how can he be a Natural-born American citizen?
I see a lot of comments on this thread about getting the “original” birth certificate into court.
I think the piece that is missing is the fact that the original on file with the Department of Health would NEVER be taken to court — if the paper original still exists, then the DOH would be required to maintain possession of it.
In response to a subpena, they could send the custodian of records to personally testify in court, and they could even produced a photocopy of he original and certify that — but the actual paper original… nada.
The job of a vital records department is to KEEP the original paperwork and never let it out of their custody… so that they don’t LOSE it. The whole purpose of a system for certifying copies is to create a mechanism to verify the existence and contents of the documents without releasing the filed, never-to-be-let-go paperwork.
In your analogy, they don’t *exclude* the prima facie evidence of the first 5 witnesses — they simply allow your attorney to present your witness. The jury can decide whether they believe the 5 prosecution witnesses… or whether they believe 1 witness.
IF there was a court case for which the fact of the President’s birth was at issue (not true in the Lakin case) — and the COLB was produced to establish prima facie evidence of the President’s birth — the opposing side could introduce whatever admissible evidence they had in an effort to rebut the information in the COLB, but that wouldn’t result in excluding the COLB from evidence. Obviously, what they introduced would need to be a better or more reliable sort of evidence — and one that contained contradictory information.
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“I welcome their opinion with regard to the law.”
The beauty of this is that you are wrong, and Lakin will be found guilty of what he’s charged with, and there is nothing you can do or say that will change that.
Do you even have
Do you have any actual proof that Obama was ever adopted by Soetoro? How about proof that he legally changed his name to “Barry Soetoro”
My prediction is that rather than press forward in an attempt to bring the facts to light, Lakin and his defense team will draw things out as long as possible.
No hospital administrator as such signs a birth certificate in Hawaii. I suppose the local registrar MIGHT also be the hospital administrator, but that’s not known.
Your analogy breaks down precisely because you have no witness for your side. The judge isn’t refusing to let your witness testify; your witness didn’t show up! As I said before “evidence trumps no evidence.”
Trial counsel may want to subpoena anything, but in the end they will get nothing. At best they will get the birth certificate COLB which shows President Obama to be born on US soil.
Nothing else matters, not his presumed Indonesian citizenship for which no evidence exists, nor his Kenyan or British statutory citizenship.
When the COLB shows that President Obama is born on US soil, Lakin will be doomed.
Of course, it may never get this far as the judge may rule that the order was indeed a legal order and that the issue of eligibility is irrelevant and a political question.
Lakin is doomed.
There is just no good way out. Even if the president were shown to be ineligible, Lakin would still be guilty of disobeying legal orders and missing a troop movement.
Lakin is doomed.
No, they don’t. If you don’t like my analogy the way it is, make your own. Don’t bugger up mine to make it suit your purposes.
Again, my analogy says the witness is available but the judge won’t let him testify. Obviously that’s improper, just as it would be to subpoena the COLB and not the original.
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The online image of Obama’s COLB is “inconclusive” according to attorney Jensen.
Once a certified copy of Obama’s COLB is shown it will be identified as amended. The amendment opens the door for Jensen to unseal the Soetoro adoption records which leads to Barry Soetoro, Indonesian National.
Watch a replay on Jensen on AC360. You could tell he was ready to shout the truth out, but he held back and kept trying to explain to Cooper the COLB was “inconclusive.”
Sven still speculates…
“But, we can’t see it because it will lead to the conclusion the Soetoro adoption was annulled and a Hawaii District Court Judge ordered the data found on the COLB to be “filed” with the HI DoH.”
Please provide us with the evidence that there was an adoption by Soetero? OK, no evidence? How about evidence that there was ever a hearing regarding this issue where some mythical judge ordered anything…? None? So basically you just have your imagination, running away with you, thinking that such events occured. OK, how about something simple. Admissible evidence that Barack Obama ever went by the name Barry Soetero in the United States? None?
So lets recap. You feel that the birth records will show that a adoption happened, even though you have no evidence that such an event ever happened….
You should be at convict Manning’s pretend trial…Because you have a pretend theory and pretend evidence so you would fit right in…
The problem is that the original would merely confirm the COLB and thus is not, as in your example, evidence that rebuts the prima facie evidence.
Thanks for trying but remember that the prima facie evidence needs to be overcome by the plaintiff. Asking for more prima facie evidence is not going to be helpful here.
Sorry but once again your ‘logic’ fails to hold.
A certified copy already has been provided and shows no evidence of an amendment.
Note that even under the best circumstances, if the COLB were to show that President Obama had been adopted, this does not undermine President Obama’s natural born status.
The courts have been quite clear on this matter.
What Lakin is hoping for is much simpler, that the COLB or ‘birth certificate’ would show Obama born in Kenya. That is almost as foolish as your argument.
But unlike your argument, it would at least mean that President Obama would not have been born on US soil.
So let me repeat this: Obama’s Indonesian citizenship status has no relevance to his natural born status.
That’s OK. The online image of attorney Jensen looks pretty inconclusive to me.
Since your analogy neither reflects an accurate concept of prima facie evidence, nor anything relating to real evidence against Obama, your analogy is not an analogy but an irrelevancy.
Eyewitness testimony isn’t prima facie evidence?
The original may or may not be real evidence against Obama’s eligibility. We’ll never know unless it is produced in open court, any more than we would know if the witness for the defense could provide an alibi if he were kept in a dungeon to make sure he didn’t testify.
“The online image of Obama’s COLB is “inconclusive” according to attorney Jensen.”
Jensen fancies himself another Perry Mason. (snicker)
The long form wouldn’t present anything contradictory. You’re working off a bad assumption that there is contradictory evidence different from the government issued COLB. Once again your analogy is bad. The judge would know beforehand that there is contradicting information because when the lawyers submit the witness list they pretty much know which side they’re on.
Your insistence on the other hand is based on a bad assumption that there is contradictory information in the long form when you have not been informed of such nor have proof of such.
Have we achieved a breakthrough? Of course eyewitness testimony is not prima facie evidence.
So you have no way to overcome the prima facie nature of the COLB but you hope that the full record will somehow show something?
Since the location of birth is the only relevant data point, the COLB shows exactly the same relevant data as the long form.
Sorry but you do not appear to understand these legal concepts.
Even if you were to doubt the COLB, you may at best get the testimony of a DOH official to certify the accuracy.
Its guilty until proven guilty with these birthers
No, you are working off a bad assumption that there is NO contradictory evidence. The COLB and the original represent the testimonies of two different sets of witnesses, and here you are insisting, in essence, that they cannot possibly contradict one another, which is patent insanity.
No, you are working off a bad assumption that there is NO contradictory evidence.
What exact evidence is admissible that’s against it?
You have a tape where the grandmother says multiple times that Obama was born in Hawaii. Despite being Hearsay, this is not evidence against it.
You have several birth certificates that would not be admitted in a court of law, because they have not been authenticated by the Kenyan Government, and some of them are admitted forgeries to “Punk” the Birthers. Others are “found” by people breaking the law, who have a history of forging documents and laying the ground work.
You have the insane ramblings of people who obviously do not know the law, who insist that Obama voluntarily gave up his U.S. Citizenship at the ripe old age of 6, but refuse to show a case since 1933 where a minor of 6 has successfully given it up. There is also no evidence cooberating this.
Then you have a bunch of statements that are taken out of context from the Kenyan Assembly, though there’s evidence that your interpretation of them is not what they mean.
The reason we say that there is no evidence against this, is because we have yet to be presented with any admissible evidence against this. If you come back with some, we may revise our statement, but right now, our statement is the truth.
I haven’t said there IS evidence against it. I have merely noted that the original is potentially contradictory evidence.
Its not a bad assumption when you have no proof of contradictory evidence. As has been explained to you evidence doesn’t work that way. This is like saying the Russians have some secret awesome nuke and because we can’t find proof that it exists then it must exist. There’s no logic with what you’re saying. No the COLB and Long form do not represent two different witnesses as the COLB contains information from the long form. Thus in your scenario the COLB and long form are the same “witness”.
Patent insanity is believing something without any proof which is what you’re doing.
Perhaps you’d care to explain why the testimony of 5 eyewitnesses doesn’t constitute evidence sufficient to raise a presumption of fact unless rebutted.
Yes, it is. When you’ve gotten that through your head, get back to me. Until then, have a nice life.
Sure and you’re potentially a serial killer
Eye witness testimony is no longer considered reliable in a court of law.
At least I got you to look something up. Your 5 eyewitnesses might be sufficient, or they might not be sufficient to make the case. It depends on the particulars of who they were and what they said.
The COLB is, on the other hand, prima facie evidence by statute. It’s rather like when the State says that a blood alcohol content over a particular level is prima facie evidence that someone is intoxicated.
But I still don’t understand your analogy. If your 5 witnesses were an analogy to the COLB and I agreed to the assumption that the 5 witnesses were sufficient to establish the fact in question, no one has said that either is immune from rebuttal. I am simply saying that you have no rebuttal in the case of the COLB. It’s not that a judge is refusing to let you present evidence, it is that you don’t have any evidence.
I guess you are saying that if the COLB were presented, that the other side would be entitled to subpoena a copy of the hospital certificate. That might happen, but since the COLB is a certified copy of the other, there is no way the other could differ. And add to that the State of Hawaii has an official government web site saying Barack Obama was born in Hawaii. It’s sort of moot.
To complete your legal education, you might look up some old Perry Mason episodes and look for the phrase “fishing expedition.”
No its not. You have presented no contradictory evidence. Again you’re working off an assumption of guilty until innocent but with you birthers its always guilty until guilty because no amount of proof will deter you away from wild conspiracy theories