Obama birth status story sparks storm of Web traffic and comments

When Ledger-Enquirer reporter Lily Gordon wrote a short story Monday afternoon about a U.S. Army major filing a suit in federal court to stop his deployment to Afghanistan, she was not prepared for the reaction.

The article sparked the highest volume of traffic ever by a single story in the history of, including written threats against the newspaper.

“All I did was a write a story on an open public document and it set off a powder keg,” Gordon said Friday.

Maj. Stefan Frederick Cook and his lawyer, Orly Taitz, filed the suit July 8 in U.S. District Court asking for conscientious objector status and a preliminary injunction based on his belief that President Barack Obama is not a “natural born” citizen of the United States and is therefore ineligible to serve as president of the United States and commander-in-chief of the U.S. Armed Forces.

U.S. District Court Judge Clay Land dismissed the suit Thursday in a one-hour hearing.

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