Birther Who Refused Deployment To Stand Trial

Lt. Col. Terrence Lakin, an 18 year-Army veteran will face charges for disobeying orders and refusing to report earlier this year to Fort Campbell, Kentucky to prepare for deployment.  The reason the Army doctor disobeyed his deployment order: he doubts that President Obama was born in the U.S. and therefore questions his eligibility to be commander in chief.  According to Lakin, the orders were illegal.

Lakin has not been shy about voicing his birther beliefs and has said that he would “gladly deploy” if President Obama’s original birth certificate were released and proven authentic.  But officials in Hawaii, in accordance with Hawaiian law, will not release the birth certificate to anyone who does not have a tangible interest in the document.  Instead, officials say they have seen and verified the original 1961 birth certificate on record with the state.

To make matters worse for Lakin, a military judge ruled in September that the president’s birth certificate is irrelevant to Lakin’s case.  That means his lawyer will not be able to raise the issue as a defense for why Lakin did not report for his second tour of duty in Afghanistan.

That means the chances of a conviction are good.  If convicted Lakin faces up to 3 1/2 years in prison and dismissal from the Army.  His trial and sentencing phase are expected to last approximately three days.

photo courtesy of The U.S. Army via Flickr

86 comments

Martha Eberle
Martha Eberle5 years ago

My question is: how does a man rise to the level of Lt. Col., with those kinds of responsibility -- and he's a doctor to boot? -- with a stupidity gene??

Craig C.
Craig C.5 years ago

Bob, do you and she know something we don't, seems you know quite abit about this women i thought she was hispanic my bad.

Craig C.
Craig C.5 years ago

Cheryl not one of them can become the leader of the free world, please get your facts straight about the law of the land before you show us how dumb you are. By the way the courts are going to hear his case in Jan 2011, but the l.s.m will not let you know this is about to happen. Please look it up for your sake. One google and its right there. You vote for someone and give them a chance and for me he has failed.

Jamie Clemons
Jamie Clemons5 years ago

There are other much better reasons for not deploying.

John Hilfirty
John Hilfirty5 years ago

In my opinion, the majority (but not all) of the 'birthers' as they have come to be known, are 1) mainly followers; 2) refusing to accept compelling evidence that contradicts what they want to believe; and 3) are doing so because they do harbor racial bias, but like most racists will deny it till the cows come home. Just as it is human nature, the older we are the more likely it is that we harbor some feelings of racism in us. The more urban the environment we grew up in, the less likely we are to harbor those feelings. This does not make a person a racist, as I apply the meaning of the word.

To me, a better and more modern use of the term 'racist' better fits a person who not only has those quiet feelings, but is unable to control their racial bias, or even worse, who is proud of those feelings and who will allow their actions to be based on their racist feelings. Where the racial bias is strong and/or the character is weak, the end result most likely will be anger, hatred, and even violence. The victims of this deep seated racism are many, including the person harboring the hatred.

I know a number of people taking part as birthers, truthers, and other types of tea party activities, and although they all deny being racists, a higher percentage of them are.racists, and have various other social phobias, than other segments of American society.

It was great to see Obama get elected, but sadly, it is bringing out America's dark side. Just my opinion !

Cheryl B.
Cheryl Bresney5 years ago

United States Cabinet members
Cabinet member Place of Birth Positions Held
Elaine Chao Taiwan United States Secretary of Labor
Carlos Gutierrez Cuba Secretary of Commerce
John Negroponte United Kingdom Director of National Intelligence
Zalmay Khalilzad Afghanistan Ambassador to the United Nations

Members of Congress
Member of Congress Place of Birth Positions Held
Michael Bennet India U.S. Senator from Colorado
Joseph Cao Vietnam U.S Representative from Louisiana
Diana DeGette Japan U.S Representative from Colorado
Lincoln Diaz-Balart Cuba U.S Representative from Florida
Geoff Davis Canada U.S Representative from Kentucky
Jim Himes Peru U.S Representative from Connecticut
Mazie Hirono Japan U.S Representative from Hawaii
Pete Hoekstra Netherlands U.S Representative from Michigan
John McCain Panama U.S. Senator from Arizona
Ciro Rodriguez Mexico U.S. Representative from Texas
Ileana Ros-Lehtinen Cuba U.S. Representative from Florida
Albio Sires Cuba U.S. Representative from New Jersey
Chris Van Hollen Pakistan U.S. Representative from Maryland
David Wu Taiwan U.S. Representative from Oregon

Others
Name Place of Birth Positions Held
Seamus McCaffery United Kingdom Supreme Court of Pennsylvania Justice
Marian P. Opala Poland Oklahoma Supreme Court Justice
Evelyn Lundberg Stratton Thailand Ohio Supreme Court Justice

150 previous government held positions are filled by citizens born outside the U.S.

Bob Skippy B.
Bob 'Skippy' B.5 years ago

Let's put the 'birthers' into perspective:

Orly Taitz, who's the leader of the 'birther' movement, was born in the Soviet Union (Moldova), emigrated to Israel when she was 20, and didn't come to the USA until she was *27*!

So this person who's NOT A NATURAL-BORN US CITIZEN is heading up a movement to question the legitimacy of a President who WAS born in the USA???

Only in America... ;-)

Adam T.
Adam L.5 years ago

Hey Mick R., I could say the exact same thing about you, oh wait, no i can't, because you didn't have anything to say on this matter, you just jumped on a bandwagon and talked some smack about someone who did have something to say. I'm glad I amuse you, wish I could say the same thing about you..

Adam T.
Adam L.5 years ago

Larry M., are you insinuating that my reasons for questioning the legitimacy of his office is because of his race? If you are, your wrong. Again, I never said anything about his race. I have a problem with people that obtain things, including public office, via fraud.

Adam T.
Adam L.5 years ago

Glenna, the second paragraph of my last post was for you..