Linda Davidson / Washington Post
A U.S. Army soldier said he thinks Obama is an "impostor" and is pushing for further investigation into Obama's citizenship.
A United States soldier on active duty in Iraq called President Barack Obama an "impostor" Monday, saying he would not comply with the president's military commands until he saw irrefutable evidence Obama was born on American soil.
"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," Lt. Scott Easterling wrote in a letter to attorney Orly Taitz.
Until the president - or "Mr." Obama, as Easterling writes - releases the original 'vault copy' to the public, Easterling said he would refuse to acknowledge Obama's military orders.
"I will consider him neither my Commander-in-Chief nor my President, but rather, a usurper to the Office - an imposter," he said.
Easterling said that Obama has "absolutely refused" to provide proof that he was indeed born in Honolulu - and not Kenya, as some detractors claim. Obama "has fought every attempt made by concerned citizens" to prove his eligibility for office, Easterling wrote.
The lieutenant is currently in the middle of a 15-month tour of duty in Balad, Iraq. He joined the Army at age 40 after working in Iraq as a contractor with firm KBR.
Taitz is the legal counsel behind the "Defend Our Freedoms" campaign pushing for action to unseal Barack Obama's birth records. She worked with ex-Obama opponent Alan Keyes in 2008 as he filed suit against the state of California, attempting to prevent the state from granting electoral votes to the then president-elect until his birth records were verified.
Alabama Senator Richard Shelby questioned Obama's citizenship last week as he spoke to constituents, saying he had never seen a copy of Obama's birth certificate. Several other appeals are pending or have since been denied in New Jersey, Chicago and Hawaii, among other locations, to verify Obama's citizenship, World Net Daily reports.