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By Linda Bentley | June 3, 2009
When WorldNetDaily founder Joseph Farah launched his billboard campaign in an effort to seek “truth and transparency” about Barack Obama’s constitutional eligibility to serve as President of the United States, $10,000 was raised the first day. Courtesy Photo/WND.COM
Apuzzo objects to delays, Farah campaigns for ‘truth and transparency’
CAMDEN, N.J. – On May 18, Attorney Mario Apuzzo, on behalf of plaintiffs Charles Kerchner, Jr., Lowell Patterson, Darrell James LeNormand and Donald Nelsen, filed a declaration opposing defendants’ motion for an extension of time to answer his amended complaint challenging Obama’s constitutional eligibility to serve as President of the United States.
The defendants include: Barack Hussein Obama II, President Elect of the United States, President of the United States, and individually, aka Barry Soetoro; United States of America; U.S. Congress; U.S. Senate, U.S. House of Representatives; Richard Cheney, President of the Senate, Presiding Officer of Joint Session of Congress, Vice President of the United States, and individually; and Nancy Pelosi, Speaker of the House and individually.
Apuzzo filed the initial complaint at 2:50 a.m. on Jan. 20, 2009, when Obama was still only President Elect.
He served his second amended complaint on the U.S. Attorney for the District of New Jersey on Feb. 17, which gave the United States and Obama until April 20 to answer.
On April 13, Attorney Elizabeth Pascal entered a notice of appearance on behalf of the United States and Obama and requested a 15-day extension to file their answer.
Apuzzo heard nothing from the Congressional defendants, who were served on Feb. 24 with an answer due by April 27.
Subsequently, USA/Obama obtained a 15-day extension from the court clerk, extending the due date to May 5.
On April 27, a second 20-day extension was requested for USA/Obama and, while no one has yet to enter a notice of appearance for the Congressional defendants, Pascal requested in her motion that the Congressional defendants also be granted an extension.
Apparently Cheney, Pelosi and the House have requested the Department of Justice represent them in this action and the DOJ is deciding which Congressional defendants it will represent.
Pending the DOJ’s decision, Pascal requested additional time from the May 5 deadline for USA/Obama to answer.
She then asked for a 20-day extension for all defendants to run from the date the motion is decided.
According to Apuzzo, if U.S. District Court Judge Joel Schneider were to grant Pascal’s motion on June 1, all defendants would have until June 21 to respond, giving USA/Obama 124 days and the Congressional defendants 117 days, whereas government defendants are, by court rule, given 60 days to answer.
Apuzzo goes on to say, “Whether or not the President of the United States is eligible for the office he currently occupies is of utmost national importance. Every passing day Mr. Obama takes executive action that significantly impacts the lives of Americans.”
The plaintiffs allege not only has Obama failed to conclusively prove he was born in Hawaii, but that he is also not an Article II “natural born Citizen,” even if he were to prove he was born in Hawaii.
Apuzzo says currently, Obama is arguably the most powerful human being on the planet and with every passing day, the constitutional crisis only worsens.
He called the delays requested by the plaintiffs highly prejudicial to plaintiffs “who have no trust in who Obama is since he refuses to produce a valid long-form birth certificate.”
Apuzzo also stated decisions made daily by Obama regarding the war on terrorism, including managing the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan; curtailing the spread of nuclear weapons; preventing Iran and North Korea from obtaining such weapons; engaging in discussions with world leaders regarding a peace agreement between Israel and the Palestinians; his plans to address the “Muslim world” from Egypt; and his continuing decisions affecting the American economy, which will have the potential impact to drastically change its free enterprise and capitalist nature, pose a grave national security risk.
And, since the defendants have made their motion returnable June 1, Apuzzo says they have, in effect, already given themselves an extension to that date.
In conclusion Apuzzo states, “Given the dire potential consequences to plaintiff’s liberty and national importance of the issues, an extension for all the defendants to answer by June 21 (assuming the court were to grant their motion on June 1) is not acceptable.
Meanwhile numerous ex parte letters have been mailed to the judge in opposition to any further extensions being granted.
On May 19, Joseph Farah, founder of WorldNetDaily (wnd.com) launched a billboard campaign to bring the question of Obama’s constitutional eligibility to the forefront.
The billboard campaign, to pose a simple question, “Where’s the birth certificate?” raised $10,000 overnight and topped $45,000 in five days.
The company’s mission statement says WND “is an independent news company dedicated to uncompromising journalism, seeking truth and justice and revitalizing the role of the free press as a guardian of liberty. We remain faithful to the traditional and central role of a free press in a free society – as a light exposing wrongdoing, corruption and abuse of power.”
When Farah came up with the billboard idea, he said it was an effort to seek “truth and transparency” regarding Obama’s constitutional eligibility as a “natural born citizen” and “because the world has a right to know.”