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“NOT ONE PERSON SHOWED UP AT MY HEARING”
by Sharon Rondeau
(Mar. 5, 2011) — On January 6, 2011, the newly-seated House of Representatives began its session by reading portions of the U.S. Constitution aloud on the House Floor during its first full day in session, an event which was open to the public. When Rep. Frank Pallone read the passage from Article II, Section 1, clause 5 of the Constitution, which reads: “No person, except a natural born Citizen, shall be eligible to the office of President…”, Ms. Theresa Cao shouted out, “Except Obama! Except Obama! Help us, Jesus! My name is Theresa!”
Ms. Cao was handcuffed, arrested and charged with Unlawful Conduct (Disruption of Congress). She was assigned an initial court date of January 19. She told WorldNetDaily in a report dated January 6, “It’s all about defending God, country and the Constitution…I understood that I as an American [needed] to do my part to defend God’s country and the Constitution, that when and if America does become a nation that is going to be really not just socialist, fascist or communist, but really controlled by a dictator, if I, TC from DC, personally did not do something to ‘change’ what was going on for the good and to bring true ‘hope,’ I would have failed.”
Cao, a devout Christian, has been standing outside of the White House for several years in an attempt to deliver her message to Americans of “praise and worship” and her anticipated return of Jesus Christ to the earth. During the Passover/Easter season last year, Cao called for “us as a global family to honor the blood of the Lamb, the sacrifice and shed blood of the sovereign God.”
Following the January 6, 2011 incident, Cao obtained representation from The Rutherford Institute, whose stated purpose is “to provide legal services in the defense of religious and civil liberties and to educate the public on important issues affecting their constitutional freedoms.”
Of their representation of Cao, Rutherford issued a press release which stated: “The sad irony here is that Ms. Cao was arrested for exercising her constitutional right to free speech at the very moment that Congress was making a show of reading aloud the Constitution. One can’t help but wonder whether Congress actually understood anything that they read.”
Here Ms. Cao provided The Post & Email an update on her case, her thoughts on what is occurring around the world, and the solution to our problems.
MRS. RONDEAU: What has occurred since The Rutherford Institute agreed to take your case?
MS. CAO: WorldNetDaily had covered my story through January 19 but is no longer reporting on it. I believe that their coverage ended because of my break with the Rutherford Institute, which I dropped from representing me. There have been some erroneous reports on the developments since then.
Rutherford had said that they were going to defend me on my First Amendment rights. John Garza, the DC representative for Rutherford; John Whitehead, Rutherford’s founder, and Douglas McKusick, his staffer, all treated me with disrespect and contempt. I filed official attorney grievance documents to the Virginia, DC and Maryland Bar Associations the day before my hearing on the 8th of February. I officially sent them on February 7. I have my letters to Rutherford, their response to me, and my letters to the Bar and their response.
John Garza withheld the prosecution documents for discovery from me, and by the time I got into his office on February 4, which was the Thursday before the hearing, I went in stating that I wanted copies of my documents “because you are not telling me anything as to what’s happening.” That was only the beginning.
When I got there, I confronted him, saying, “What’s up with this?” I said it nicely, but I asked, “Why are you withholding the information from me?” So he got quite rude and upset because I questioned him, and he became very angry, and that’s when he said that he would no longer represent me. Can you imagine? That was four days before my hearing.
The next day, I received an official note from Rutherford in which they said that “because Mr. Garza is no longer covering your case, please be advised to look for another attorney.” But by that point, I had fired them from representing me.
MRS. RONDEAU: Did they pull out first, or did you dismiss them?
MS. CAO: There were several scenarios rather than one scenario with Mr. Garza. Very specifically, I was questioning them because I wanted to know at that point exactly what they were going to do to represent me. As a matter of fact, in one conversation with Mr. McKusick, who is the staff representative of Rutherford on location in Virginia, he said that the First Amendment was a non-issue in the case. So everything was happening all at once, and how else am I supposed to know unless I ask? If my attorney is saying one thing but then your initial press release says that you’re going to defend on the basis of my First Amendment rights, you need to clarify what’s going on. So they got very upset that I was questioning them. I even tried to connect with other sources to get more information for my case, and one of their sources happened to be one of their two connections. So I said, “I need your help. I’m not getting any help this way.”
Essentially, Rutherford said to me, “If you do not trust us, then you can go elsewhere.” I said, “This is not a question of my trusting you. I want to know what you are doing. I’m not just going to follow you blindly and trust you, not knowing exactly what it is that you’re going to defend me on. I want to know your strategy.” I thought it was crazy that they didn’t want me to question them as their client; I felt they just wanted me to follow them blindly into the courtroom without really letting me know.
And honestly, this is what I saw first-hand with John Garza. Can you imagine his audacity to withhold my prosecution documents for discovery? Had I not gone into his office the Thursday prior to my Tuesday hearing, then I would not have known what was involved.
I officially dismissed Rutherford on Friday and mailed the letters to the Bar Association. Then, on Monday the 7th, I got an email from Mr. Garza in the afternoon saying, “I’m going to come to court unless your new attorney calls me.”
MRS. RONDEAU: Why would he go if you had dismissed him and his law firm had stated that they were no longer representing you?
MS. CAO: That’s why it became more bizarre. It seemed like manipulation for control. As soon as I received the email, I sent him a note saying, “If you show up, I’m going to call law enforcement at the court and tell them that you are harassing me.” I also sent that email to Rutherford. I believe that because I dropped them, it was really bad for the Rutherford firm and they somehow felt they had to make it good. So Mr. Garza showed up anyway.
MRS. RONDEAU: Your case was covered nationally. Do you think that Rutherford was uncomfortable with the idea that word would get out that they were no longer representing you?
[Editor’s Note: In its report in a section entitled “Crimesider,” CBS News referred to the U.S. Constitution as a “venerable document,” but characterized the Article II eligibility requirements as “a U.S. citizen’s eligibility to be president.” A blogger referred to Ms. Cao as “a certified birther lunatic,” and MSNBC labeled her a “birther yeller.”
However, it was MSNBC’s Chris Mathews who originally suggested that Obama was born in a foreign country. The available evidence shows that Obama was born with British citizenship, which brings into question whether or not he qualifies as a “natural born Citizen” of the United States. Polls from August 2010 show that a minority of Americans believe Obama’s birth story, including high-profile personalities such as Rush Limbaugh, Sean Hannity and former candidates for state legislatures and Congress.]
MS. CAO: Well, that’s why they initially took the case. And now the fact that I was the one who initiated dismissing them, and of course, how many of their clients have dismissed them? But I felt they were very disrespectful, and there was no way I was going to put up with their fear-mongering tactics. I believe this is why WorldNetDaily refused to do my story, because they had reported the story on Rutherford’s accepting the case, and then I dropped Rutherford.
[Editor’s Note: The Post & Email attempted to reach at least one of the reporters whom Ms. Cao mentioned she had contacted following the January 19 court date but did not respond to her. It appears that readers cannot email an author of an article directly as was previously possible from a link at the bottom of each article. We therefore accessed the “Contact” page for WorldNetDaily and called the number for the Pacific Northwest Operations Center. We got a recording which referred us back to the Contact page, but there was no option to leave a message for a reporter.]
MRS. RONDEAU: How were you put in contact with Rutherford?
MS. CAO: There was one point of contact who had suggested The Rutherford Institute as a good source of help.
MRS. RONDEAU: So what happened on February 8 when Mr. Garza showed up?
MS. CAO: I called the police officer. It was quite unfortunate, but I had no witnesses. Nobody came to my hearing.
MRS. RONDEAU: You’re kidding!
MS. CAO: Zero; not a single human being. Not a single soul. So I had no witness. That’s the whole point; I wanted people to be there to witness what was going on. There are local patriots, but not a soul showed up. That’s why I didn’t want to talk to anyone for a while. It had been just over a month since the sixth of January, but you can see how easily people forget. I felt I was compelled by God to do what I did and that it had no bearing on me individually, but that it was really for America. It was in defense of God, country and the Constitution. It was overwhelming; it was shocking that no one came.
The attorney had the audacity to sit right next to me when the judge called me to the front, and he even said right there that he was there on behalf of Theresa Cao. I said, “No, Judge, he is no longer my attorney. I have dismissed him.” So I was able to get it on record. I think he really thought that I was so desperate that I was going to grovel at his feet. It was wonderful that I was able to dismiss him in front of the judge, and he left right afterward.
MRS. RONDEAU: What was the name of the judge?
MS. CAO: Judge Marisa Demeo.
MRS. RONDEAU: What was the response to your complaints about Rutherford?
MS. CAO: Bot VA and DC outright refused to bring charges or to even pursue an investigation. The Bar Associations of VA, DC and Maryland said that they were not going to pursue it. They didn’t deal with the issue that I had brought up. I have in my hand here an article entitled “American Bar Association Fighting for Sharia Law in the United States.”
MRS. RONDEAU: I read that article.
MS. CAO: And look at their response to me, and then this story, this headline. There is truly a cover-up here because they have a set agenda to destroy America. That’s what we’ve seen all along with Obama’s ineligibility cases throughout the U.S. government in all branches. This story first broke on American Thinker, but I found out about it on Pamela Geller’s website, Atlas Shrugs. It is an amazing source and covers the details of what’s happening with Sharia law, the Middle East and Israel and how it’s impacting America.
It’s evident that Obama and the New World Order are thugs who are neutralizing all of the American government to further the path of the Islamic Sharia agenda. This has been Obama’s plan all along. As I initially noted, within the last two months since the January 6 incident, why would the New World Order be so poised to bring on the downfall of Israel, first of all, and we’re seeing that right now in the Middle East. Israel’s security is being threatened because it represents the only free country in that part of the world. So we’re seeing the potential downfall of Israel.
Also, look at all of the upheaval everywhere in the Middle East, because they want all eyes off of Obama. And they’re succeeding, aren’t they? Because the homegrown New World Order saw that Obama was not eligible, they had to do something world-encompassing to get everybody’s eyes focused on war; now, of course, the destruction of both Israel and America. Why not, right? We represent the freest nations in the world, and they plan to rule over an Islamic Caliphate with their so-called messiah. This is what they want to put in place.
The bigger picture in the Middle East and throughout the world is the plan of the New World Order system to steal the wealth of America to create their one world government. This is a key moment for them right now to take the focus off of Obama and the New World Order system which has put him in place. I am looking at it from the bigger perspective of why I believe this is happening.
My case is a microcosm of the macro of what’s happening in our world today. They want to take away my freedom of speech, my constitutional rights as an individual, and whether it’s going to be through the New World Order system that goes the Marxist, Communist or fascist route or through the Muslim Brotherhood, the ultimate goal is to destroy freedom throughout the world. I don’t think it’s just what I believe; we’re seeing the reality of this. It’s not just me dreaming it in my head. The reason I believe I can understand the perspective clearly is that in over three years of standing in front of the White House and five years in DC of actually bringing the message about the New World Order system that is intent on destroying the world and warning the nation, here we are. The New World Order wants to take away my freedom of speech in order to enable their own agenda, which is anti-Constitution.
MRS. RONDEAU: Do you think the New World Order system installed Obama?
MS. CAO: Oh, absolutely, without a doubt. How else can he be enslaved if it wasn’t for the New World Order thugs and their agenda? In the midst of this storm all around us, there is still such an uncanny calm before the storm.
MRS. RONDEAU: What are the latest developments in your court case?
MS. CAO: I was able to get a public defender. I did that within 24 hours. Her name is April Downs, and she was assigned to me by the judge, who is an Obama appointee.
MRS. RONDEAU: Was the case heard on February 8, or was it continued because you didn’t have an attorney?
MS. CAO: It wasn’t heard at all because I got a new attorney. So the next court date is March 15.
MRS. RONDEAU: Have you met with the new attorney since she was appointed?
MS. CAO: Yes, I met with her on February 8, because she stayed in the courtroom after she was appointed. We spoke about the case, and I told her that I was exercising my First Amendment rights. Then I asked her what she thought would be a good defense, and she recommended Stet Docket. My definition of that is “an agreement promising good behavior for a specific time frame (6 months to 1 year) in exchange for a clean record. This represents a guilty plea and plea bargain; the judicial corruption enacted to keep We the People in fear and bondage to depend on attorneys who are subject to the U.S. government.
However, as long as she knew what my goal was, I also needed to hear her out. I was supposed to meet with her on Wednesday morning, but she had an emergency, so she had to reschedule.
My research has provided other amendments that I will stand on concerning my case. We’re actually covering the First, Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Amendments, so it’s not just the First Amendment per se.
I”d like to focus on what I believe to be the solution and the spiritual direction in which America needs to go now. From standing in front of the White House for over three years, I call it “Heaven’s Bailout” to counter – what was the last count, now – how many trillions of dollars the New World Order system has stolen from America. This is why we’re talking about government shutdown now. We’re seeing very quickly what’s happening with all these failed global bailouts, and I’ve been trying to tell the American people the truth of what’s happening with the New World Order system. Secondly, and most importantly, is that the truth is the Word of God who is the Word of God made flesh, specifically in Yeshua, in Jesus, and all of humanity is having to say, “We’re all created in God’s image, an image of our Creator, and each of us has a choice.
The bottom-line question is, “Whom will we worship? Will we worship the God of Israel, our Creator God, or will we worship the god of this world?” That’s the antichrist. It’s a very real choice. Each of us has to make a decision: either we’re either going to worship the God of Israel, our Creator God, who created us in His image and Who has already given us victory, or we will worship the god of this world. Very specifically, our victory is found in Revelations 12:11 which declares that we overcame Satan, who is the true enemy of humanity and has deceived the world into believing a lie. So this is what’s happening right now. The spirit of the antichrist is deluding and deceiving the world from reading the Truth and causing it to turn away from God. That’s why we’re seeing God being taken away from America; He’s being taken away from the schools, from every sphere of government and life. They want to destroy America and Israel, because we believe in the God of Israel; we believe in the God of humanity.
So as we focus on the victory which we obtain by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of our testimony, our victory has already been won for us. All we need to do is receive and to actively access the grace that has been given to us, who is Yeshua, who has been revealed in Scripture, who has been prophesied. There is a specific passage in Isaiah 53, the fulfillment of who the Messiah is. Our victory and our feeling, our shalom, of being united again and made right again with our Father God is possible only through the holy sacrifice of Yeshua, and it’s in receiving this that we can receive our complete healing. This is what every human being seeks.
According to Acts IV:24-31, the answer is Yeshua. As we share this, we’ve come full circle. The answer is the Word of God Himself. I believe that it was a miracle that I was able to bring the truth out to the nation on the 6th of January, because I was able to bless God, Israel and our nation. We have to take our faith in God and it has to become an active faith. It can no longer just be dormant. I believe that with all that’s happening, the war that’s raging, every soul is longing to be made right, to be reconciled with the Father God. That is really the cry of all that we’re dealing with now. So as we share the love of God, the love of Yeshua, and release His love, and His glory, in that way we’re going to really see God: what I call “Heaven’s bailout.”
Will you stand with me on March 15?
Recently Pamela Geller stated that the American Bar Association “has decided to undertake the fight for Sharia law” by reviewing proposed legislation introduced in 14 states which would, if passed, ban the practice of Sharia law. A bill has been introduced in Tennessee which would make the practice of Sharia law a felony, which some believe is unconstitutional. Murfreesboro, TN and Williamson County have been resisting the construction of a mosque in their respective areas.
The location of Ms. Cao’s trial on March 15, 2011 at 9:30 a.m. is as follows:
Superior Court of the District of Columbia
500 Indiana Ave., N.W.
Washington, DC 20001