Retired Navy Lt. Commander Walter Fitzpatrick III is reported to be in jail after Tennessee judge Jon Blackwood ordered his arrest for failing to appear in court. Fitzpatrick has been charged with inciting a riot at the Monroe County courthouse after trying to force his into a grand jury room to make a “citizens arrest” of the grand jury foreman. Fitzpatrick claims that the grand jury is “hopelessly corrupted” and has not been cooperating with his court appearances.
The case started last year when Fitzpatrick, a retired military man whose beef with the government goes back two decades when he faced a court-martial, tried to get a Monroe County grand jury to indict Obama for treason. The grounds? Obama, Fitzpatrick contended, was not really born in the U.S.
“These people are dangerous”
Monroe County District Attorney Jim Stutts said, “these people are dangerous” referring to Fitzpatrick, and Darren Huff who was arrested with an AK-47 in his truck, allegedly on his way to Tennessee to “take over the town” and free Fitzpatrick. Huff is facing federal charges in this matter.
Birther attorney Stephen Pidgeon who was representing Fitzpatrick has asked to withdraw from the case, refusing to give any explanation to reporters. The judge did not accept this request until Pidgeon files a proper motion, as reported by the Associated Press. Pidgeon wrote to Glenn Beck:
You are ill-informed on the “birther” issue. Barack Obama, by his own admission, was a British subject at birth. He has never denied having a Kenyan father, who himself was a British subject as a Kenyan native. This is easly established under the British Nationality Act of 1948. He is therefore disqualified to run for the office of the President, because the office is not available to subjects of other governments. The issue is very simple, and very obvious. Obama himself admitted that he wasn’t a natural born citizen when he debated Alan Keyes in 2004.
Pidgeon letter to Glenn Beck
This “admission” was supposedly a back-stage comment made to Keyes although Keyes doesn’t seem to remember it, and no recording of the incident has surfaced. Version 2 of the story is that it was a snappy retort by Obama during the debate that some claim to have heard during live coverage of the debate on C-Span, but that did not appear in rebroadcast versions. Obama’s point in either version was that he was running for Senate, not the President (in 2004).