WHO IS “FIT,” AND WHO IS NOT?
by Sharon Rondeau
The image posted on the White House website on April 27, 2011 purported to be a scan of a certified copy of Barack Hussein Obama’s “long-form” birth certificate, as well as his purported Selective Service registration form, were found to be fraudulent by a criminal investigation conducted by the Maricopa County, AZ Cold Case Posse in early 2012.
Referring to steep criticism lobbied at Trump by international attorney Khizr Khan last Thursday on the closing night of the Democratic National Convention and Trump’s responses, Obama declared that ““There has to come a point at which you say somebody who makes those kinds of statements doesn’t have the judgment, the temperament, the understanding to occupy the most powerful position in the world.”
“You have sacrificed nothing and no one!” Khan had shouted angrily from the stage at Trump.
Trump issued several tweets in response to Khan’s scathing public indictment of him which congressional Republicans, “establishment” pundits, families of those who have lost loved ones serving in the War on Terror and former Republican presidential candidates found offensive and worthy of an “apology” on Trump’s part.
Arizona Sen. John McCain, who some believe Trump insulted last year during the early days of the campaign, issued a statement on Monday contending that Trump “has suggested that the likes of their son should not be allowed in the United States — to say nothing of entering its service,” although Trump never said such things.
The mainstream media immediately seized upon the opportunity to praise Khan’s words and criticism of Trump while making it appear that Trump began the controversy, publishing articles in which others excoriated Trump for “attacking a Gold Star family.”
CNN has provided wall-to-wall coverage of every development in the public feud in which during the days following Khan’s DNC speech, he called Trump “arrogant and ignorant” in what was clearly a political attack.
After Trump noted that Khan’s wife did not speak during the DNC address, Ghazala Kahn reportedly wrote “an op-ed” published in The Washington Post titled, “Trump criticized my silence. He knows nothing about true sacrifice.”
“Terrorism is a different religion” from Islam, Ghazala Khan wrote.
While Khan during his speech asked Trump if he had ever read the U.S. Constitution, holding up a pocket version of the founding document, he claimed that the “equal protection under the law” [sic] provision of the 14th Amendment was contained in the Constitution to make the case that Trump’s desire to limit or stop Muslim immigration from troubled areas of the world would have prevented his family from immigrating had Trump been president at the time.
On Monday, certain news outlets researching Khan’s history found that he is a Harvard-trained attorney who facilitates two types of visas awarded to foreigners who make sizeable “investments” in the U.S. which are said by some members of Congress to be susceptible to corruption.
As noted by Politico following its praise of Khan’s address, in 2005, just nine months after his son’s death, Khan was interviewed by The Washington Post, which reported that Khan brought his family to the U.S. in “the 1970s” to escape Pakistani “military rule.”
The family first settled in Boston so that Khizr could attend Harvard Law School. The sources of Khan’s funding have not been divulged.
The Post reported that Khan was surprised when his son chose to join the U.S. Army through the ROTC program at the University of Virginia. As Politico also revealed, the newspaper Vocativ interviewed Khan in response to Trump’s stated intention to curtail Islamic refugees last December, which reportedly led to Clinton’s invitation to Khan to speak at the convention.
In 2005, according to The Post, Khan was working “near the White House.” On Monday Breitbart reported that while in Washington, Khan had been the “manager of litigation technology” for the firm Hogan Lovells, formerly Hogan & Hartson, which is directly linked to Bill and Hillary Clinton.
As of this writing, Khan’s current website representing his own law firm is unavailable, but on Monday it reported his work in the field of E2 and EB-5 visas, which require investments in U.S. interests and can often provide a visa for the investor and his immediate family members.
Trump and running-mate Mike Pence have called Khan’s son “a hero.“
In early 2011, Trump publicly raised the absence of Obama’a “long-form” birth certificate to ostensibly prove that Obama was born in the United States, as he claimed, and as Trump understood the “natural born Citizen” requirement of the U.S. Constitution’s Article II, Section 1, clause 5 to signify.
Most Americans generally understand the requirement to mean “born in the United States,” but varying interpretations and the lack of a recent U.S. Supreme Court ruling on the issue have left it murky. Some constitutional scholars believe that the citizenship of the parents at the time of the candidate’s birth is equally important to the candidate’s birthplace, defining “natural born Citizen” as “born in the country to two citizen parents.”
In order to encourage Obama to release a verifiable document, Trump released first his short-form birth certificate, then the more detailed version containing the name of the doctor who delivered him, his parents’ signatures and other vital statistics. Trump was born in Queens, New York on June 14, 1946 to two U.S.-citizen parents. His father, Fred Trump, was born in New York, while his mother, Mary MacLeod, was born in Scotland and became a naturalized U.S. citizen in 1942.
Obama claims a birth on August 4, 1961 at the then-Kapiolani Women’s & Gynecological Hospital in Honolulu, HI, although the hospital has refused to confirm it. He claims a U.S.-born mother and Kenyan-born father who never became a U.S. citizen.
In 2007 and 2008, concerns expressed by Americans who had read credible online reports that Obama was born in Kenya or another foreign country and might even possess foreign citizenship were brushed aside by their representatives in Congress. In both January 2009 and January 2013, Congress refused to consider the doubts which existed that Obama met the constitutional requirements of the office during the joint session constitutionally required to certify the Electoral College vote tally.
After several months of pressure, on April 27, 2011, the White House released what it said was a PDF of Obama’s original birth certificate from the Hawaii Department of Health. Within 24 hours, however, experts denounced it as a poor forgery.
In September of that year, the Cold Case Posse, at the request of Maricopa County Sheriff Joseph M. Arpaio, commenced a criminal investigation of the long-form birth certificate image posted at whitehouse.gov. Unbeknownst to members of the public, the posse also analyzed the Selective Service registration form bearing Obama’s name which was released to FOIA requesters beginning in late 2008.
On March 1, 2012, posse lead investigator Mike Zullo and Arpaio announced that both the long-form birth certificate and Selective Service registration form are fraudulent, with the birth certificate image described as a “computer-generated forgery.” Zullo recently told this publication that the Selected Service form is a “hard-copy forgery,” meaning that it likely was created using real paper documents, unlike the birth certificate image.
For more than eight years, the mainstream media has remained unwilling to report that Obama’s documentation is questionable and his background a mystery. After the posse declared his documentation to be fraudulent, most outlets reported it on the Internet but not over the airwaves. Many attempted to ridicule the findings by attacking the messengers.
Despite a second press conference on July 17, 2012, when Arpaio asked the Congress to launch its own investigation to prove or disprove the posse’s conclusions, the media remained incurious and stalwart in its insistence that Arpaio and Zullo had to be wrong.
Obama’s Department of Justice has become a party in a civil lawsuit filed in December 2007 which claimed that Arpaio racially profiled Latinos and Hispanics within Maricopa County and illegally detained them. Earlier this year, U.S. District Court Judge G. Murray Snow ruled that Arpaio intentionally violated his orders to cease the operation of immigration patrols and traffic stops aimed at identifying illegal aliens in the county and is imposing restrictions on Arpaio’s office while considering whether or not criminal charges should be filed with the U.S. Attorney.
In late May 2014, Trump spoke at a press conference at the National Press Club during which he stated that he had no regrets about raising questions about Obama’s birthplace and birth certificate. When questioned, Trump responded that he wanted to see Obama release his college applications, which he believed will show one of two possibilities: 1) that Obama was born in a foreign country, as many have suspected, and obtained student financial aid designated for foreign nationals; or 2) that Obama was born in the U.S. but misrepresented himself as a foreign national to obtain said scholarship monies.
While Congress continues to condemn Trump for many of his remarks, millions of Americans condemn Congress for having done nothing about the man occupying the White House for the last eight years without any verifiable documentation of his qualifications.
As Obama praises Gold Star families for the sacrifices of their sons and daughters in the U.S. military, Obama lacks a legitimate military registration form, which is required by law for anyone serving within the federal government.