In a now famous report, Factcheck.org, in response to a story originally published in The Rocky Mountain News, attempted to lay rest to allegations that Obama was currently a Kenyan citizen. In that report, Factcheck.org. stated that Obama had been a Kenyan citizen up until August 4, 1982 when they allege Obama’s Kenyan citizenship expired.Yes, Barack Hussein Obama is probably holding the highest office in the land in violation of the Constitution because people who think they know what is best for us refused to conduct proper due diligence in vetting this man we still know so little about. Because our federal courts systematically denied the people of this country the right to be heard on this issue, this important constitutional issue did not get resolved, and Chief Justice John Roberts swore into the office of the presidency someone who probably should have been denied access to the presidential ballot as other similarly-situated third party candidates have been dealt by state election authorities on numerous occasions in past elections.
Obama republished – at his web official site, Fightthesmears.com – only that part of the Factcheck.org analysis which stated that the President was a British citizen at birth. Obama republished this word for word thereby admitting the truth of the following assertion:
When Barack Obama Jr. was born on Aug. 4,1961, in Honolulu, Kenya was a British colony, still part of the United Kingdom’s dwindling empire. As a Kenyan native, Barack Obama Sr. was a British subject whose citizenship status was governed by The British Nationality Act of 1948. That same act governed the status of Obama Sr.’s children…
The question arises as to why Obama didn’t republish the full article by Factcheck.org concerning his various foreign citizenship issues. Perhaps by placing a link on his page – just above the quote above – back to Factcheck.org, Obama intended to endorse all of the conclusions made by Factcheck.org in the report. But since the report has now been established to contain false and misleading data, I do not believe it’s fair to assume Obama endorsed that false data since he did not republish it . . .
Factcheck.org was absolutely wrong when they reported Obama’s Kenyan citizenship expired on August 4, 1982.
This is not just an issue of numerical semantics. Whether Obama was a Kenyan citizen on January 1, 1983 has important relevance to Obama’s status in the United Kingdom and to Commonwealth Citizenship in the Commonwealth of Nations (formerly known as the British Commonwealth).
On January 1, 1983, the British Nationality Act of 1981 went into effect. Section 37 of the BNA 1981 makes all citizens of commonwealth nations, who had been British Subjects before commencement of the BNA 1981, to thereafter “have the status of a Commonwealth Citizen“.
Section 50 of the BNA 1981 also states that Commonwealth Citizens are not aliens of the United Kingdom.
So, since Obama was a citizen of Kenya on January 1, 1983, he was also a Commonwealth Citizen and he was not an alien in the United Kingdom from that date. Had Obama’s citizenship expired on August 4, 1982 - as was incorrectly stated by Factcheck.org – then the British Nationality Act of 1981 (which didn’t go into effect until January 1, 1983) would not have governed Obama’s status.
The irony is that Factcheck.org was allegedly correcting The Rocky Mountain News story which stated that Obama was currently a dual citizen of Kenya. Suffice it to say, I am not impressed with Factcheck’s fact checking abilities. We shall see if they have the humility to correct their mistake.
Because of various statutory exceptions regarding the declarations mentioned in Section 97 of the Kenyan Constitution, the original report by the Rocky Mountain News – stating that Obama was a dual citizen of Kenya and the US – might have been accurate. Information not currently in the public domain is necessary to answer this question as well as the question of whether Obama is currently a British citizen . . .
It has now been conclusively established that President Obama could not have lost his Kenyan Citizenship on August 4, 1982. This means his foreign nationality issues were not only governed by the Kenyan Constitution, but – as of January 1, 1983 – he was also governed by the British Nationality Act of 1981.
My research has discovered multiple legal mechanisms which have the potential to establish that President Obama is now a full citizen of Kenya as well as the United Kingdom, the European Union, the Commonwealth of Nations and the Republic of Indonesia. Unfortunately, information available in the public domain cannot answer these questions.
The American people, despite what they have been told by factions such as the unreliable Factcheck.org, continue to remain in the dark as to whether their President holds any foreign citizenships or nationalities at this time.
This is potentially a much worse constitutional crisis than the country faced during the height of Watergate with former President Richard Nixon. At least Nixon legitimately held the office, even as he trounced on the Constitution he took an oath to uphold. Impeachment is never going to happen, but there is a little something Obama could do to help put the American people at ease. "It’s time for the nation to call on the President to officially and legally renounce all foreign allegiance," Donofrio writes. "And it’s time for the President to respond." Good luck with that request, Leo.
The reaction from the Left and the mainstream media will be predictable. They'll tell you the dual citizenship claim is simply made up nonsense by the wacko birthers, or that it just doesn't matter because Obama was born in Hawaii and he can hold citizenship to as many countries as his heart desires and it won't change the very broad definition they accord to what constitutes a natural born citizen. They'll tell you the founders were all slave-owning racists who wouldn't have let blacks or women be president so what they have to say is of no consequence to us today. I ask them to explain why our own State Department says this about dual citizenship:
“The U.S. Government recognizes that dual nationality exists but does not encourage it as a matter of policy because of the problems it may cause. Claims of other countries on dual national U.S. citizens may conflict with U.S. law, and dual nationality may limit U.S. Government efforts to assist citizens abroad. The country where a dual national is located generally has a stronger claim to that person’s allegiance. However, dual nationals owe allegiance to both the United States and the foreign country. They are required to obey the laws of both countries. Either country has the right to enforce its laws, particularly if the person later travels there.“ (Emphasis added.)
The U.S. State Department discourages dual citizenship, but it's okay for our president to be one? I'll let Secretary of State Hillary Clinton take a shot at explaining that one.