Ramona attorney challenges validity of Barack Obama’s birth certificate
Ramona attorney Gary Kreep, executive director of the United States Justice Foundation based in his office on D Street, was scheduled to appear in court Monday to challenge the validity of President Obama’s recently released birth certificate.
Kreep is representing two candidates of America’s Independent Party in the 2008 election, who sued in federal court to question Obama’s eligibility to be president. That case was dismissed by the U.S. District Court in Santa Ana in 2009 on the basis that the courts do not have the authority to rule on the matter.
However, that decision was appealed, and the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Pasadena agreed to give Kreep 10 minutes on Monday to argue the case again.
Although several suits questioning Obama’s eligibility have been filed, “this is the only case in the country that has been allowed to proceed to oral arguments in the appellate court system,” Kreep said.
The Ramona attorney believes that this issue is critically important because “if Obama is not eligible to serve as president, then everything he has done as president is null and void,” including signing the Obama health care bill and nominating two Supreme Court justices.
“We are in the midst of a constitutional crisis,” said Kreep, who rejects the idea that he is a “birther,” calling it a pejorative term created by the left. Instead, he calls himself a defender of the U.S. Constitution and its requirement that a person must be a natural-born U.S. citizen to serve as president.
Kreep was expected to ask the appellate judges to give his forensic expert permission to examine Obama’s birth certificate.
“We won’t know whether it’s a real birth certificate until our forensic expert has a chance to look at the original,” he said. “All we can go by is what’s on the White House website, which looks like a combination of several documents. Computers are too good these days.”
Does Kreep believe that Obama is a valid president?
“Personally, I don’t know, but all available evidence says he’s not,” Kreep said. “The most important piece being his step-grandmother on tape acknowledging that she was present in Mombasa, which is now Kenya, when he was born. You can’t be born under U.S. law in Mombasa, with the circumstances of his parents, and be a natural-born citizen eligible to serve as president of the U.S.”
Kreep also points to the fact that Obama says he made a trip to Pakistan in the 1980s, but didn’t have a U.S. passport until he became a senator in 2004.
“He had to have a passport from a foreign country; we’d like to know what country that was,” Kreep said.
The Ramona attorney said he has “dedicated the last two-plus years to fighting this battle,” and noted that a recent poll showed that more than 60 percent of Americans have questions about whether Obama is a legitimate president.
Although Kreep is a registered Republican, and says he didn’t vote for Obama, “I was very proud when he won the election,” Kreep said. “It showed me that America had moved beyond racial politics.”
Kreep said that he is not being paid for his legal work on this matter. Costs are being covered by donations to the United States Justice Foundation, which he co-founded in 1979 in Escondido with two other attorneys. Later he moved the headquarters to Ramona, where he now lives, because he could buy office space, instead of renting it.
The foundation’s website describes the group as “a nationwide, nonprofit, conservative, legal action foundation.”
Although a number of news organizations have investigated and confirmed that Obama was born in Hawaii in 1961, Kreep is not convinced.
“Obama has engendered so much distrust and questioning over this issue,” Kreep said, “that I don’t think he’s going to be able to put the genie back in the bottle at this time.”
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