FORT MEADE, Md. – An Army doctor who disobeyed orders to deploy to Afghanistan because he questioned President Barack Obama’s eligibility for office pleaded guilty Tuesday to one of two charges against him.
Lt. Col. Terrence Lakin of Greeley, Colo., pleaded guilty in a military court to a charge that included disobeying orders to meet with a superior and to report to Fort Campbell in Kentucky. Lakin, a 17-year veteran, faces up to 18 months in prison and dismissal from the Army when he is sentenced on that charge.
He pleaded not guilty to a second charge of missing a flight meant to take him to Fort Campbell, and the court-martial proceeding continued on that count. His defense attorney is arguing Lakin wasn’t specifically ordered to be on that particular flight.
A military jury will decide Lakin’s eventual sentence, but Lakin won’t be able to raise the topic he wanted to as part of his original defense: whether Obama was born in the U.S. and therefore can serve as commander in chief. In September, a military judge ruled that whether Obama is qualified under the U.S. Constitution to hold office is not legally relevant in Lakin’s case.
In videos posted on YouTube, Lakin aligned himself with so-called “birthers” who question whether Obama is a natural-born citizen as the Constitution requires for presidents. Lakin, a flight surgeon, says in the videos that any reasonable person looking at available evidence would have questions about Obama’s eligibility to be president and that he had “no choice” but to disobey orders. He said he would “gladly deploy” if Obama’s original birth certificate were released and proved authentic.
Officials in Hawaii say they have seen and verified Obama’s original 1961 birth certificate, which is on record with that state. But birthers have not been satisfied with that assurance or the “Certification of Live Birth” Obama has released. The certification is a digital document that is a record of a person’s birth in the state, but the certificate does not list the name of the hospital where Obama’s mother gave birth or the physician who delivered him.
On Tuesday, members of the military jury that was asked to hear the case were questioned about whether they had heard of the birther movement and what feelings they had about individuals who identify with it. Several said they had heard the term, and all but one said they had at least heard of the case of a military doctor refusing to deploy because of his questions about the president’s eligibility for office.
Lakin had been ordered to deploy for what would have been a second tour of duty in Afghanistan.
His parents and two brothers were in court Tuesday, as were supporters who audibly scoffed when one potential juror said he believed evidence that Obama was eligible to be president.
During the morning portion of the trial, Lakin said he had gone to a chapel and done some soul-searching about whether to disobey orders.
“I believe there is a valid question that needs to be asked and answered,” he said, referring to Obama’s eligibility to be president.
Comment by American Grand Jury:
I cannot walk in LTC Lakin’s shoes. He has a wife and a family to consider. Pleading guilty was probably the best he could do under the circumstances. He has a very good lawyer advising him who is ex-military.
That being said, it is beyond disgusting that a Military Kangaroo Court will sit there and beat a decorated Military Doctor into submission simply to protect a criminal.
Barack Hussein Obama, known as Barry Soetero is absolutely the biggest fraud and traitor we have ever known in the history of America. Obama has willfully violated the Constitution and the trust of the people. What is so evil is that this man does it with great joy and profit. Obama truly hates America — without question, all his actions and motivations are that of a foreign illegal alien.
The charges against Obama are overwhelming. Obama has never proven a “real” birth in the State of Hawaii. No such certified birth document has ever been released to the public or divulged in a any court of law, or competent jurisdiction. In fact, the piece of paper depicted as an image of Obama’s so called Hawaiian birth wasn’t even posted by Obama. It was posted by some 3rd party website that has been proven over and over again to be less than reputable. We have conclusive forensic evidence in our American Grand Jury files proving the image in question to be nothing more than a photo-shopped digital file, never being that of an original Certification of Live Birth from the State of Hawaii.
Even if the document were real, a “Certification of Live Birth” lacks complete credibility. Such document doesn’t prove Obama to be Constitutionally eligible to be president — it doesn’t even prove he was born in Hawaii — Obama has never produced any certified document from a Doctor or Hospital proving any real claim to US Citizenship or birth in the State of Hawaii. Everything is speculation on the part of the Media and the public that blindly believe Obama without proof. Until Obama actually proves “natural born” citizenship, his presidency is a fraud. It is basically that simple.
Those of you that blindly follow Obama have no right to sit in judgment against people like Lt. Col. Terry Lakin. He is an honorable man, God-fearing and a dedicated servant to our Country. When you deny Terry Lakin his Constitutional right to question Obama’s claim to citizenship and the presidency you do so because of greed, mis-justice and hate. Lakin has every right to question Obama. You have no right to stop him. Taking one man’s rights away and giving them to another violates every common sense law known to man. It violates God’s will. Even if you don’t believe in God you cannot in good conscience stand as a human being and believe that men should always prosper at the expense of others. That is immoral and wrong. If you take joy in prospering at the expense of others then you are no better than the Obamas’ of the world.
Lieutenant Colonel Terrance Lakin (L) and his brother Greg Lakin step out of the magistrate court during a break for lunch in his court martial December 14, 2010 at Fort Meade in Maryland. Lakin had refused to deploy to Afghanistan until US President Barack Obama produced a birth certificate to prove that he was born in the US. He is charged with violating one specification of Article 87, UCMJ, missing movement; and four specifications of Article 92, UCMJ, failure to obey an lawful order and dereliction of duty.