Retired USAF colonel files action against Barry Soetoro

By Linda Bentley | December 31, 2008

Oath of Enlistment is to support and defend the Constitution of the United States
WASHINGTON, D.C. – On Tuesday, Attorney Philip Berg filed a Complaint for Interpleader and Declaratory and Injunctive Relief in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia on behalf of Gregory S. Hollister, Colonel, USAF, Retired, against Barry Soetoro, AKA Barack Hussein Obama and Joseph Biden, Jr.

According to Berg, this action is a request to not only stay the joint session of Congress, in which the electoral votes are counted, but it places the burden of proof on the defendants.
Hollister’s ire was raised last year by’s ad attacking the credibility of General Petraeus. He said, “To say it upset and angered veterans and active military members is a massive understatement.”

enlistmentRetiring in 1998 as a colonel from the USAF, Hollister enlisted and began active duty in 1978, serving honorably for 20 years, after taking the Oath of Enlistment, which states, “I, Gregory S. Hollister, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; and that I will obey the orders of the President of the United States and the orders of the officers appointed over me, according to regulations and the Uniform Code of Military Justice. So help me God.”

As a result of Hollister having served a regular commission, he is considered part of the “Individual Ready Reserve,” which means he is subject to presidential recall for the rest of his life.

His interpleader action states Hollister is in possession of “certain property” consisting of duties owed by him to the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the United States and to all others above Hollister’s rank in the chain of command.

And, while Hollister’s duties themselves are the duty to obey lawful orders, the duty to disobey at least certain unlawful orders and the duty to support and defend the Constitution against all enemies, both foreign and domestic, he claims he is basically in possession of obligations he owes to the Acting President or President to receive the performance of these duties from Hollister.

Hollister says he has reason to believe Soetoro may not be a “natural born” United States citizen and, therefore, not qualified, as per the Constitution, to serve as President of the United States.

He says his questions regarding Soetoro’s eligibility to serve as president arose when he learned Soetoro may have been born in Kenya to a U.S. citizen mother and a foreign national. Hollister stated this was further complicated when he learned Soetot attended public school in Indonesia under the name Barry Soetoro, as an Indonesian citizen.

In his memoir, “Dreams from my Father,” Soetoro is silent about his birthplace, although he speaks in detail about his life in Indonesia.

“Unfortunately,” said Hollister, “Soetoro’s records pertaining to his life are confidential either by being sealed or by statute,” depriving citizens access to such documents.

Under Indonesian adoption law, once an Indonesian citizen adopts a child, as it appears Lolo Soetoro had done when married to Stanley Ann Dunham, Soetoro/Obama’s mother, the adoption severs the child’s relationship to the birth parents and the adopted child is given the same status as a natural child and the child takes the name of his step-father, in this case, Soetoro.

This is also confirmed in Dunham and Soetoro’s divorce documents, which indicate they had two children in 1980, one under the age of 18, Maya Soetoro, Soetoro/Obama’s half sister, and one above 18 but still dependant on the parties for education.

Hollister believes Soetoro was never naturalized in the United States after his return to Hawaii to live in Hawaii with his grandparents.

Because his mother did not return with him, Hollister said it appears she did not apply for citizenship for Soetoro in the United States. Had citizenship been applied for in 1971, Soetoro would have a Certificate of Citizenship.

According to Hollister, if Soetoro returned to Hawaii in 1971, without going through U.S. Immigration, today he would be an “illegal alien” and “obviously not able to serve as President.”

Hollister, who believes Soetoro re-entered the United States at age ten by showing a copy of his Hawaiian Certification of Live Birth or his Indonesian Passport, claims Soetoro’s near four-year term as a U.S. Senator from Illinois would also be illegal.

Citing this dilemma is particularly distressful, in light of the current state of the law on obeying or disobeying lawful orders, Hollister says the Armed Forces themselves construe their oath to obey orders to require only that they obey lawful orders.

And, without a determination by competent authority as to whether Soetoro is or isn’t constitutionally eligible to be President, Hollister fears he will be left on his own to determine his duties should he receive what is purported to be his reactivation orders from Soetoro, or conflicting orders from superiors in the chain of command, or orders which may conflict with his duty to support and defend the Constitution.

Hollister pleads with the court to “act now” and declare Soetoro constitutionally ineligible to be President of the United States.

Meanwhile, Berg’s own lawsuit is making progress through the Supreme Court with his case distributed for conference on Jan. 9 to decide whether or not to hear his petition for a writ with regard to the issue of standing and possibly the merits.

The Supreme Court docket for Berg’s application for an injunction, which he refiled and submitted to Justice Scalia on Dec. 18, indicates on Dec. 23 it has been distributed for the Conference of Jan. 16.

Another entry on Dec. 23 states Berg’s application for injunction has been “referred to the court.”

Berg, who says he’s unsure what that entry means, as it is the first time such an entry has appeared on docketed cases involving Obama’s eligibility, stated, “This is the biggest hoax ever put before this country in 230 years.”

Photo: U.S Air Force Maj. Gen. David Tanzi, Vice Commander of the Air Force Reserve is pictured at March Air Reserve Base, California, in October 2005 giving the Oath of Enlistment, swearing to support and uphold the Constitution, to new enlistees.
Courtesy Photo/ U.S. Air Force by Master Sgt. Bill Kimble