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Obama Birther Soldier is a FreeRepublic Poster

Maj. Stefan F. Cook, who is refusing to be deployed because of his belief in conspiracy theories about President Barack Obama’s citizenship, is a member of, and

Rian Mcconnell
Last updated: Jul 31, 2020 | Jul 14, 2009

Maj. Stefan F. Cook, who is refusing to be deployed because of his belief in conspiracy theories about President Barack Obama’s citizenship, is a member of, and frequent poster at, the conservative Website FreeRepublic.

Cook, who posts under the name “roaddog727,” revealed his identity in a post about the veteran networking site Together We Served.

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He’s been a member of the site for nearly six years; on his profile page he calls himself a “staunch Republican and defender of the faith” and lists his favorite authors as “Robert A. Heinlein, Larry Niven, Isaac Asimov, Arthur C. Clarke, Tom Clancey (sic), John Milton.”

Cook wasn’t always so worried about deployment. In February 2005, he informed fellow Freepers that he’d gotten new orders.

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Cook’s FreeRepublic posts are all over the map, from IT issues to global warming denialism.

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He put out early hints that he was working with Orly Taitz. In March, he posted an incoherent white paper on Obama’s citizenship, appending a message to fellow Freepers.

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Rian Mcconnell | Rian is a Villanova University graduate who was born in DuBois, Pennsylvania. He graduated from Thomas Jefferson University in Philadelphia with a medical degree. His residency was at Thomas Jefferson and its associated Wills Eye Hospital, and he finished his education with fellowships in cataract and corneal surgery at the University of Connecticut. He has a vast experience in ophthalmic surgery, with a focus on cataract surgery, corneal transplantation, and laser refractive procedures. He serves on the board of Vision Health International, an agency that provides eye care and surgery to indigent patients in Central and South America, in addition to his surgical practice.


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