Soldier Challenges President Obama's Citizenship
By Prescott Carlson in News on Jul 15, 2009 4:40PM
An Army reservist has found a unique way to get out of going into battle. U.S. Army Major Stefan Frederick Cook is balking at being deployed to Afghanistan, saying that the Commander-in-Chief has no right sending him there because Barack Obama can't legally be the President.
Cook is a "birther" (wow, something actually stupider sounding than "truther"), part of a group still clinging to the notion that Obama was born in Kenya instead of Hawaii, as claimed. And because his father was not a U.S. citizen this would mean Obama is not a "natural-born" citizen and ineligible for the Presidency. You might remember a previous court case on this caused quite a stir around these parts.
Taking the case for Cook is lawyer Orly Taitz, who has represented other suits challenging Obama's citizenship status including one suit filed by loon and former Illinois Republican Party embarrassment Alan Keyes. Cook had received his active duty orders on June 9, ordering him to report for duty today, July 15. Taitz applied for a temporary restraining order on July 8.
Here's the real kicker -- the ploy, for now at least, seems to have worked. Army officials today are saying that Cook's deployment orders have been revoked, and he is no longer expected to report to MacDill Air Force Base in Florida. Lt. Col. Maria Quon refused to give a reason for the revocation saying, "Because of the Privacy Act I couldn't go into it." Given this outcome, Ms. Taitz might soon find herself with other clients trying to pull the same stunt.