By Susan Brinkmann, OCDS
A U.S. soldier in Iraq has issued a statement calling President Barack Obama an “imposter” and saying he is unable to recognize him as his Commander-in-Chief because of Obama’s failure to produce a valid birth certificate.
According to a report appearing on WorldNetDaily.com, Scott Easterling, 40, who is on active duty in Iraq, issued the statement in a “To Whom it May Concern” letter addressed to California attorney, Dr. Orly Taitz and her Defend Our Freedoms Foundation. Taitz is handling a series of legal cases seeking to uncover Obama’s birth records and other documents that would reveal whether he meets the requirements of the U.S. Constitution to be President.
“As an active-duty officer in the United States Army, I have grave concerns about the constitutional eligibility of Barack Hussein Obama to hold the office of president of the United States,” Easterling wrote.
Obama “has absolutely refused to provide to the American public his original birth certificate, as well as other documents which may prove or disprove his eligibility,” Easterling wrote. “In fact, he has fought every attempt made by concerned citizens in their effort to force him to do so.”
Until Mr. Obama releases a ‘vault copy’ of his original birth certificate for public review, “I will consider him neither my Commander in Chief nor my President, but rather, a usurper to the Office – an impostor,” Easterling wrote.
Taitz said she advised Easterling to obtain legal counsel before making any statements regarding the commander-in-chief, but the soldier insisted on moving forward. His contention is that as an active member of the U.S. military, he is required to follow orders from a sitting president, and he needs – on pain of court-martial – to know that Obama is eligible.
“My conviction is such that I am compelled to join Dr. Orly Taitz’s lawsuit, as a plaintiff, against Mr. Obama. As a citizen, it pains me to do this, but as an officer, my sworn oath to support and defend our Constitution requires this action,” he said.
Easterling is among the plaintiffs Taitz is assembling for a new legal action over Obama’s eligibility. Obama’s citizenship status has been called into question because there is some evidence supporting the fact that he was born in Kenya to a mother who was too young to confer citizenship upon him according to the laws in effect at that time.
According to the U.S. Constitution, “No Person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of President.”
A number of similar lawsuits have been filed by citizens across the country, including one by former Ambassador Alan Keyes, but all have been dismissed.
Taitz said other members of the military have filed cases questioning Obama’s eligibility but these were filed by mostly retired officers and the courts ruled they don’t have standing to issue their challenge.
Easterling, however, is on active duty and subject to enemy fire. This would certainly give him sufficient reason to need to know the legitimacy of his orders, she said.
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