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by Sharon Rondeau

the James A. Haley Veterans' Hospital opened in 1972 and is considered a polytrauma center

(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  After Taitz filed the lawsuit in Georgia, Cook’s orders to deploy to Afghanistan were rescinded by the Army, a move which Taitz had hailed as a victory.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.

Another officer and medical doctor, Lt. Col. Terrence Lakin, had also refused to deploy for the same reason in 2010 and was imprisoned at Ft. Leavenworth for five months.

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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  1. Lt. Col. Cook provided an example of honoring his oath to the Constitution from the day he took it until his last day of service to America. What a terrific example for America in a troubled time. Lt. Col. Cook is indeed a Hero for America honoring with respect his oath with the integrity which is rare. May he now be honored to meet with his head held high, and unashamed, our Framers and Founders that they may say to him, “Job well done thou good and faithful servant of freedom and liberty”. May God bless his family; we are honored to have rubbed a shoulder with this man.

    Cody Robert Judy

  2. Lt. Col. Stefan Cook stood up for We the People and took his sworn oath seriously, as did Lt. Col. Terrence Lakin and other brave souls. Maj. Cook will be sorely missed by the People and his loving family. To his family I say that Maj. Cook is in GOD’s Loving Hands and now out of harms way, as it states so very clearly… Eccl 12:7 Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it. –or as in- 2 Cor 5:6 Therefore we are always confident, knowing that, whilst we are at home in the body, we are absent from the Lord: 7 (For we walk by faith, not by sight:) 8 We are confident, I say, and willing rather to be absent from the body, and to be present with the Lord.

    It is now all of us that are in harms way in Maj. Cook’s absence. Very few people have the strength, vision and conviction as our now departed hero Maj. Cook whom I greatly respect. My prayers for his family to be strong through faith.

  3. Lt. Col. Cook was one of the first military men to stand up for We the People. We wanted a military man so bad to help us and he answered the call. You will be remembered.

  4. God’s Speed and Blessings. Thank you for leading in efforts that will continue. Rest in the comfort of The Lord. My condolences to family and friends.

  5. I pray for God’s peace and comfort for LtCol Cook’s family. He fought the good fight and set the standard for like-minded supporters and defenders of our Constitution. He will be missed and never forgotten.

  6. Rest in peace Lt. Col. Cook. Thank you for all you tried to do for us. My own brother died of pancreatic cancer. Seems so senseless but God had better plans for both of you. We will continue your fight.

  7. Lt Col Cook heard the call and came as he was without hesitation. He will be greatly missed by all that knew him and all that knew of him.

    For many are called, but few are chosen
    —Matthew 22:14, KJV

  8. I am very sorry to hear this. My condolences to his family and friends at this sad and difficult time.

    May those of us who continue Major Cook’s battle for the truth to be fully revealed about the illegal Obama regime continue the battle until it is won, and do so in memory of Lt. Col. Cook.

  9. “GOD’S SPEED, Good and Faithful Warrior!! Rest assured that I for one, am one of many Patriots who will ensure that the Banner and Efforts that You have put forth will NEVER Fall!!
    “WE the People” the Patriots of America shall continue “The Good Fight!!