Fla. – An American soldier questioning the eligibility of President
Obama to hold office has had his latest legal challenge dismissed "as
frivolous and wholly without merit," though the basic constitutional
issue has yet to have a legal ruling.
The Aug. 6 order by U.S. District Judge Richard A. Lazzara
came less than two hours after motions were filed by Maj. Stefan Cook,
a member of the U.S. Army Reserve who is seeking a firm determination
whether the commander in chief of the Armed Forces is a "natural born
citizen," a requirement for those holding the presidency.
was no reasoning, no nothing," said Maj. Cook, who noted previous legal
decisions in his case included three or four pages of legal
"It's ridiculous. They're not
even saying why it's frivolous and without merit. You can say that to
anything with no justification or reason. That's crap. So much for
jurisprudence in this country."
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latest motions sought for his case to be reheard in Florida after a
judge in Georgia declared lack of jurisdiction, as well as an attempt
to have Judge Lazzara, a nominee of President Bill Clinton, recuse himself from the case for possible bias.
had previously stated that he, too, did not have jurisdication in
Florida, so he had dismissed the case without prejudice. Cook sought a
rehearing of the matter with a different jurist, which prompted the
denial with the "frivolous" remark. No judge has addressed the main
substance of Cook's complaint regarding the natural-born citizenship of
WND asked the Lazzara's office
about why there was no explanation in the judge's "endorsed order," and
Sandra Hartman, Lazzara's judicial assistant said, "That's standard
procedure if a judge wants to use it."
She also indicated, "There's nothing sealed in this case. It's a public record."
District Judge Richard Lazzara of Tampa denied the latest motions by
Army Maj. Stefan Cook "as frivolous and wholly wiithout merit."
As WND previously reported, the Department of Defense allegedly compelled Cook's private employer, Florida defense contractor
Simtech, to fire the major from his civilian job after he had his
military deployment orders revoked amid his legal challenge to Obama.
don't have another job yet," said Cook. "I'm working on trying to find
something. I have a very broad but deep background in a variety of
subjects and I have built my experience that way just in the event of
some catastrophic experience like this."
He also said his legal fight was for "the greater good of the country."
might get crushed in the wheels, in the gears of the Chicago machine,
but if it's for the greater good and if we can gain some kind of
definitive ruling or clarity on eligibility, then that's OK."
MSNBC host Keith Olbermann is calling Maj. Stephan Cook a "jackass" and "the worst person in the world." (Click for video)
49, has been verbally flayed in the national media, labeled by MSNBC's
Keith Olbermann as a "jackass" and "worst person in the world" along
with his California attorney Orly Taitz. Olbermann said:
I was a kid in the '60s, thinking ahead toward possibly getting
drafted, I thought, "You know, if it comes to that, I'm not going to
make up some political context or pretext. I'm not gonna invent some
sudden philosophical epiphany that I'm a conscientious objector. I'm
just gonna say I really don't want to get shot and killed in Vietnam or
anywhere else." Too bad Major Cook doesn't have the guts to say that.
Then, he might be deserving of his rank, rather than an embarrassment
to all those who have served without cowardice. "Don't ask, don't tell"
is still throwing out men and women willing to die for their country,
but somehow we have room for this jackass Cook and the skirts of this
conwoman Taitz behind which he hides.
When told of the remarks, Cook responded, "Keith who?"
Mr. Olbermann would have cared to join me in Kuwait from February 2002
through September 2003, when Saddam and his buddies were shooting Scud
[missiles] and such where I was located at Camp Doha. Perhaps Mr.
Olbermann would also have cared to join me in January/February of 2008
while I was knocking around in both Iraq and Afghanistan. Should I ever
get the opportunity to deploy to either of the two again, he's welcome
to join me there."
the petition campaign to demand President Obama resolve the questions
over his birthplace by revealing his long-form, hospital-generated
Cook also wants
to clear up confusion among some who suggest he had some sort of
ulterior motive to "set up" the government by volunteering for duty and
then filing legal action.
An article in Stars and Stripes
noted, "the Army reservist's intention appeared not so much to fight
for America as to fight against President Barack Obama, in furtherance
of a bizarre conspiracy theory."
Florida resident tells WND he originally volunteered for duty in
Afghanistan last October, before the presidential election ever took
place. He was responding to a "help wanted" ad placed by the military.
But a potentially serious health threat known as a pancreatic neoplasm put his plans in jeopardy, and he asked officials in December to stop the deployment process due to his condition.
actually had [deployment] orders, then got a positive diagnosis," Cook
said, explaining he still wanted to go overseas after a recovery time
of about six months.
Cook underwent surgery in January of this year, but doctors were not successful in removing the tumor on his pancreas.
February, the soldier says he had seen Internet traffic that raised
questions about the legitimacy of Obama to serve as president, and he
contacted attorney Taitz to sign on as a secondary plaintiff in her
California litigation. He stresses he did not seek to be a primary
Despite still having the tumor,
Cook was making good medical progress, and so he renewed his effort to
get deployed in Afghanistan.
"I wouldn't have even thought about putting in for orders unless I had 'thumbs up,'" he noted.
In May, he got the medical green light, and by early June, was given the order to go to Afghanistan.
was doing my pre-combat checks, getting my personal affairs in order,
doing my training, preparing myself to go to Afghanistan, and then
maybe about two weeks or 10 days out from report date, I started
thinking about the whole legality thing and lawfulness of orders. And
that is the time when I contacted Orly and said we need to file [in
Georgia where I was based] because of this. This was early July."
Cook maintains that even to this day, he's ready and willing to be deployed "in a heartbeat."
is what I do. This is what I trained for the past 21 [expletive]
years," he emphasized. "If I have the opportunity to deploy tomorrow to
Afghanistan, I wouldn't even think twice about it if the guy sitting in
the White House issuing orders was certified as legitimate, [issuing] a lawful order. I 'd be on the next C-17 across the pond."
date, President Obama has refused to release his long-form,
hospital-generated birth certificate, which would include details
including the name of his birth hospital and attending physician, both
of which could be a starting point in determining his eligibility for
His press secretary has only mentioned the release "on the Internet" of an image puporting to be a "Certification of Live Birth," a document without such names, and which can be issued to children not even born in Hawaii.
WND has also reported that among the documentation not yet available
for Obama includes his kindergarten records, his Punahou school
records, his Occidental College records, his Columbia University
records, his Columbia thesis, his Harvard Law School records, his Harvard Law
Review articles, his scholarly articles from the University of Chicago,
his passport, his medical records, his files from his years as an
Illinois state senator, his Illinois State Bar Association records, any
baptism records, and his adoption records.
the president may be using his political action committee funds to
stomp out eligibility lawsuits brought by Americans, as he has paid more than $1.35 million to his top lawyer since the election.
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