In the United State District Court for the District of Columbia, a retired Air Force  officer has filed the latest case challenging the eligibility of President Elect Barack Obama to be the President of the United States. The case, Hollister v. Soetoro,, was filed by Philadelphia attorney Philip Berg, whose own case against Obama is pending conference review by the U.S. Supreme Court on January 9th and 16th, 2009.

      ( for a full analysis of the Hollister filing, go to )

     Of importance in the manner in which Mr. Berg has filed this case is (1) the standing of the Plaintiff, and (2) the shifting of the burden of proof from the Plaintiff to Obama himself.

      First, Col. Hollister is retired from the military after a decorated career, and, since he is subject to Presidential recall to service, for the rest of his life, the eligibility of the Commander in Chief is tantamount to his Oath of service. The oath administered to our military, as well as to the President of the United States, is to defend NOT the President, not the Armed Forces or the Dept. of Defense, but to DEFEND the Constitution of the United States of America!! As a member of the armed forces who has sworn to defend that Constitution, how can it be ruled by a judge that Col. Hollister does not have standing to bring this lawsuit.

     The case was filed in the form of an interpleader matter, a legal format for certain types of cases. By arguing the case in this form, Berg is able to shift the burden of proof on Obama’s citizenship, dual citizenship, loss of citizenship from the Plaintiff to Obama himself. Barack Obama would have the burden of proving that he does qualify under the Constitution to be the President, as opposed to Berg proving that he is ineligible.

To read the actual pleadings in Hollister v.  Soetoro:

UPDATE: The new edition of the Globe Magazine, hitting the stands this week: