Academics, citizenship to be investigated
NEW YORK – Though he’s been in office some 16 months, one-third of his elected term, a multitude of questions still linger as to whether Barack Obama is legally eligible to serve as president of the United States.
And one organization, in Harlem, has decided to move the issue front and center by sponsoring what it calls “a real trial” it contends will “shed light” on the questions surrounding the 44th president.
Starting Friday and for a full week, the Atlah World Missionary Church will hold in essence a citizen’s court in what it bills as “the greatest trial in American history.”
The trial, which will include legal scholars and retired court officers, will examine several issues, including Obama’s birth place, his citizenship status, his academic credentials and alleged ties to the Central Intelligence Agency as a student.
The Atlah World Missionary Church, headed by Rev. James Manning, says the proceedings are not a mock trial and are permitted under the U.S. Constitution:
“A number of Americans have been gravely concerned about the eligibility issue of Barack Obama… We have been able to look at the briefs filed by several attorneys and the courts have just refused categorically to allow any access or due process on the matter… We are going to call a 10th Amendment sanctioned trial. It is not a grand jury, it’s not a hearing, it’s a trial and we are going to follow all the rules and practices of both federal and state jurisprudence… We are going to adjudicate this trial in such a way that it will be historically respectful and appellate proof.”
Manning admitted that any verdict such a trial might produce would likely not be enforceable:
“It would not be our intent to enforce a verdict. We report such information to the appropriate authorities and it will be incumbent upon them to act accordingly. We don’t have the power to imprison or fine. But we will turn the findings of this trial over to the appropriate authorities,” he said.
The Harlem cleric believes the mainstream media has consistently ignored important questions on the Obama presidency and the time has arrived to push for answers.
Among those subpoenaed to appear at the trial are former Secretary of State Condolezza Rice, Rev. Jesse Jackson, Louis Farrakhan and Alan Keyes.
Manning says while he does not expect many of those subpoenaed to appear, some might. Keyes is among those “looking favorably” on the Harlem trial.
The White House, not surprisingly, has had little to say, says the pastor.
“There has been absolute silence,” he said.
But Manning confirmed subpoenas and indictments have been served on administration officials, though he refused to identify the individuals.
The Harlem pastor said the Harlem community, an Obama political stronghold, at first was annoyed at the trial, but in a sign of the times, now is taking a wait and see attitude.
“You need to know that Obama’s popularity in the African-American community has been slipping greatly. They have been just holding their noses too,” he said. “They are definitely very concerned that they did not pick the right person to represent them as the first black president.”
The trial begins Saturday. On Friday, Manning will lead a protest march at Columbia University.
Pastor Manning, “We The People”:
Good Luck and Godspeed, Pastor Manning!!!
UPDATE: Alex Jones interviewed Pastor Manning on April 28th about the details being presented in the treason trial (4 parts – 45 minutes):