Army Doc Pleads Guilty at Birther Court-Martial, Faces Prison
December 14, 2010
(ChattahBox Political News)–The sad and pathetic spectacle of an 18-year decorated Army officer throwing away his career, his reputation and his freedom, because of his bizarre belief in the fringe birther conspiracy that President Obama is not a natural born citizen, unfolded today at Fort Meade, Md., during the start of his court-martial. Lt. Col. Terry Lakin, an Army surgeon, pleaded guilty to charges stemming from his refusal to obey the “illegal” orders of his commanders, including deployment to Afghanistan. He faces up to three-years in prison and a dishonorable discharge. During the court hearing, Lakin, said he still believes that President Obama was not born in America.
“I was praying and soul searching,” he said. “I believed there was a question that needs to be answered to ensure a valid chain of command. But I had asked every question, done everything else I could short of disobeying orders, without success,” Lakin told the military court.
Lakin begin his slow descent into madness earlier in the year, backed by the birther group Safeguard Our Constitution. Lakin posted a rambling three-minute video, in which he demanded that President Obama produce his original birth certificate to prove his eligibility to give orders as Commander-in-Chief.
“I have no choice, but the distasteful one, of inviting my own court martial. For the first times in all my years of service to our great nation and at great peril to my career and future, I am choosing to disobey of what I believe are illegal orders, including an order to deploy to Afghanistan for my second tour of duty,” said Lakin in his YouTube birther video.
The military took him up on the court martial. Lakin pleaded guilty to refusing to meet with his superior commanders and refusing to report to duty. He pleaded not guilty to a secondary charge of not appearing for a scheduled military flight.
Stars and Stripes reported that about 30 birther supporters showed up at the courthouse, carrying signs attacking President Obama as an illegal “usurper.”
“For these “birthers,” Lakin’s legal case has become their latest crusade. Supporters have raised money for his defense costs for months, and released numerous online videos featuring him which question whether Obama is a natural-born citizen, as the U.S. Constitution requires.”
“A group of about 30 birthers attended Tuesday’s hearing, handing out leaflets with a picture of Obama labeled “usurper” and “ineligible.”
For the record again, President Obama was born in Hawaii, his birth notice appeared in two local newspapers and he has placed a copy of his birth certificate online. But that’s still not enough to satisfy the crazed conspiratorial birthers who are driven by xenophobia and racism.
We live in strange times.