- Law Cases
by Sharon Rondeau
(Jan. 12, 2012) — The Post & Email learned that Lt. Col. Stefan Cook, about whose illness we reported yesterday, passed away at the James A. Haley Veterans Hospital in Tampa, FL at approximately 2:30 p.m. today of pancreatic cancer.
Cook, then a Major in the U.S. Army Reserves, had challenged Obama’s constitutional eligibility to serve as president in July 2009 through Atty. Orly Taitz. After Taitz filed the lawsuit in Georgia, Cook’s orders to deploy to Afghanistan were rescinded by the Army, a move which Taitz had hailed as a victory.
At the time the lawsuit was filed, Maj. Cook had expressed his concern that he might be carrying out illegal orders in the event that Obama was not constitutionally qualified to issue them. He had told WorldNetDaily, ”[Then] any order coming out of the presidency or his chain of command is illegal. Should I deploy, I would essentially be following an illegal [order]. If I happened to be captured by the enemy in a foreign land, I would not be privy to the Geneva Convention protections.”
Cook had previously deployed to Kuwait, Iraq and Afghanistan and had 21 years of active military service, four of which were active duty. When asked what he would require to deploy again, Cook replied, “I would need to see that the individual who’s sitting in the office of the presidency as President of the United States is legally able to do so. That’s all I need to see.”
Two other retired officers had joined the lawsuit filed on Cook’s behalf. Multiple members of the military, both active and retired, had questioned Obama’s eligibility through lawsuits or other actions.
Obama’s eligibility has now been formally challenged by registered voters in the states of Massachusetts, New Mexico, New York, Georgia, Illinois, New Hampshire, and Alabama, with more states expected to follow, based on the contention that he is not a “natural born Citizen” as required by Article II, Section 1, clause 5 of the U.S. Constitution.
Cook was a resident of Florida and was active in a patriot group, which had been planning a fishing trip in April. Said one member, “Now the rest of us will do it as a memorial trip where we can all talk about the times with Stefan – he was quite a good friend to many of us – he will be sorely missed for sure.”
The Post & Email extends its deepest condolences to Lt. Col. Cook’s family and friends.
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