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The Army lieutenant colonel who refused to deploy to Afghanistan because he won't accept orders from President Obama, whom he considers unqualified to be commander in chief, has pleaded guilty to one charge against him.

Lt. Col. Terrence Lakin pleaded guilty Tuesday to not reporting to Fort Campbell, Ky., for his required deployment to Afghanistan, NBC News reported.

Lakin, a doctor and 17-year soldier, believes Obama wasn't born in the United States, and therefore does not meet the constitutional requirements to be president.

He could face up to 18 months in prison, but NBC News cited sources who said that instead of jail time, it's "likely" the court will order Lakin discharged from the military.

At Tuesday's hearing, Lakin told the court that he still believes that questions surround Obama's presidency but that he should not have refused to deploy during his protest, Stars and Stripes reported.

"I believed there was a question that needs to be answered to ensure a valid chain of command," Lakin said, according to the military newspaper. "But I had asked every question, done everything else I could short of disobeying orders, without success."

He still faces court martial on a second charge of missing his flight to Afghanistan. Conviction on that charge could bring a three-year prison sentence.

Larkin is a "birther," a person who believes Obama is not native-born and therefore is ineligible to be president. Hawaii officials have repeatedly issued statements that Obama was born in the state and that the health department holds a copy of his original birth certificate. A copy of the document has been made available on the Internet.

Stars and Stripes said about 30 birthers attended Tuesday's hearing, handing out leaflets with a picture of the president calling him "ineligible."

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orion0m42

Born in the U.S.A.
August 21, 2008
Updated: November 1, 2008
The truth about Obama's birth certificate.
Summary
In June, the Obama campaign released a digitally scanned image of his birth certificate to quell speculative charges that he might not be a natural-born citizen. But the image prompted more blog-based skepticism about the document's authenticity. And recently, author Jerome Corsi, whose book attacks Obama, said in a TV interview that the birth certificate the campaign has is "fake."

We beg to differ. FactCheck.org staffers have now seen, touched, examined and photographed the original birth certificate. We conclude that it meets all of the requirements from the State Department for proving U.S. citizenship. Claims that the document lacks a raised seal or a signature are false. We have posted high-resolution photographs of the document as "supporting documents" to this article. Our conclusion: Obama was born in the U.S.A. just as he has always said.

www.factcheck.org/elections-2008/born_in_the_usa.html


Go look yourself

February 02 2011 at 12:22 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
mrodrig225

Please, let it rest! Obama is NOT a Muslim; he is a practicing Christian. Nor is Obama born in Kenya; he is a native born American, having been born in Hawaii which as far as I know is a state of the union.

It is despicable that birthers and opposing politicians both know this. But the former have this belief because Obama is a Black man. The latter spew it because they have no guts to tell the truth--they want re election at all costs.

How sad!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

January 20 2011 at 3:25 PM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
blah

Fair Article. I agree It must be done as per putting The Obama Birth Issue to a final conclusion. Fact remains, Mr. Obama Has to comply in order to anchor future creditability. If he allowed and Produced a valid long form certificate of birth to include, his student aid papers, then all would favor him. I'm CERTAIN his poll numbers would climb at the very minimum.
Many view his on going refusal as arrogant or an attempt to hide a past. Bear in mind, He is the ONLY President That has failed in this vetting venure. I sure hope you post this opinion as It is FAIR. Thanks

December 28 2010 at 12:51 PM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
vsop333

John McCain was born in Central America. So how is he eligible?

December 17 2010 at 9:04 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
lman2004y

God Bless Lt. Colonel Lakin who is a highly decorated officer by the way. Obama should just show a Real Birth Certificate instead of that Fake Certificate of live birth which Hawaii gives to people that are not born in Hawaii as well. Why is Obama spending over 2 Million dollars to hide all his records??? Where there is smoke there is fire!!!!
Lt. Col. Terrence Lakin has taken an oath to protect the Constituion, and he is trying his best to do that. He has been denied the right to call witnesses and the right to Discovery of any documents that would shed any light on the eligiblity of Obama. The Constitution requires that the President be a "Natural Born Citizen", not just any citizen, and not just anyone that may have been born within the United States. The US Supreme Court has stated in several decisions exactly what a "natural born citizen" is. Dred Scott v. Sandford, 60 U.S. 393 (1857): "natural-born citizens, are those born in the country, of parents who are citizens". Minor v. Happersett, 88 U.S. 162, 167-68 (1875): "it was never doubted that all children born in a country of parents who were its citizens became themselves, upon their birth, citizens also. These were natives or natural-born citizens". Many at this point argue that these cases were about different matters, but, the important thing to note is that the definition of the term "natural born citizen" did not change-it remained the same, regardless of the matter before the Court. It is common knowledge that Obama's father was NOT a US citizen, but, was in fact, a Subject of the United Kingdom. It is adnitted on Obama's own website (Fightthesmears), that, “When Barack Obama Jr. was born on Aug. 4,1961, in Honolulu, Kenya was a British colony, still part of the United Kingdom’s dwindling empire. As a Kenyan native, Barack Obama Sr. was a British subject whose citizenship status was governed by The British Nationality Act of 1948. That same act governed the status of Obama Sr.‘s children." If Obama was a natural born citizen, he would be subject only to the jurisdiction of the laws of the United States, but, at the time of his birth, Barack Obama Jr. was both a U.S. citizen (by virtue of being born in Hawaii) and a citizen of the United Kingdom and Colonies (or the UKC) by virtue of being born to a father who was a citizen of the UKC. In other words he held dual citizenship in two different nations. That would not have been the case if both of his parents were citizens of the United States. So even if Obama was born in Hawaii, he is not a natural born citizen.

December 16 2010 at 6:34 AM Report abuse -1 rate up rate down Reply
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orion0m42

No person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of President; neither shall any Person be eligible to that Office who shall not have attained to the Age of thirty-five Years, and been fourteen Years a Resident within the United States.

article 2 as its written about the citizenship "a natural born citizen, or a citizen of the united states."

Amendment 14 - Citizenship Rights. Ratified 7/9/1868.
1. All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.

look as hard as it is for you to face it he has given his birth certificate to prove he was born in Hawaii to those people he needed to and they have repoted and shown it to those. if you wont face the truth there is nothing anyone can do. the truth is the truth.

February 02 2011 at 12:09 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
gipper2525

As a soldier, you do have the rights to question orders. The defense of "I was only following orders" doesn't protect a soldier from being charged in war crimes. So why isn't it ok for a soldier to question the validity of his C in C and the fact that our Constitution maybe being ignored? For those of you that accept a "copy" of his birth certificate, I have some news for you, the original isn't a gaurantee it is honest. My mother was born (not her real name) Mary Jane Smith, I recently had to get a copy of my birth cert and a new social security card to renew my license, I had to give my mothers birth name. Well I gave the one she was given at birth, even though I knew she prefered to switch her first and middle names and her step father adopted her (Mr Jones). Imagine my surprise when her birth cert showed her name as Jane Mary Jones instead of her true birth name of Mary Jane Smith. So records from back then could be changed to whatever you wanted. Because Barack's mother was an American citizen, they would have allowed her to claim he was born there. Was he supposedly born at a hospital, or at home? That would be another way around his actual place of birth. Did he really accept a college grant for foriegn born students? Is he really blocking this and other evidence from coming to light?
Should the soldier have reported, yes, but if he truly was openly questioning Barack's validity before he knew of his deployment and was getting stone walled, then I support his decission to with-hold his services until they stop with-holding information.
For anyone that questions the sanity of those that question our Government's evidence, they have been caught decieving us on an ever continuing basis, caught in one cover up after another. So I think it is those that openly accept what they are told by "officials", that need their sanity checked. Remember, our Government is suppose to be here to serve us, but these crooked assed politicians have changed it to where we serve them and the rich that support them. Keep drinking the cool-aide and not asking questions, one day you will wake up and wonder where all your freedoms have gone to.

December 16 2010 at 1:11 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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Renee

I know it is really difficult for some of you to understand, But Barack Obama, a BLACK man won the election two years a go. Is in fact the President of the United States of America. So You birthers and who so ever who wants to keep ranting and raving over if he is a Natural born citizen or not
get over it. We know it has nothing to do with wheter he was born in in the United States or not. And every thing to do with the fact that a Black man is President. It is just eating you up inside and that is really sad in 2010 we still have folks who think that way.

February 01 2011 at 11:10 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Cyril J. Carroll

Unfortunately, many of the replies from people who support Lt. Col. Lakin only prove that their are many people in this country who may be mentally ill. This Officer should be tried and sentenced for disobeying orders which is a very serious crime in the military.

December 15 2010 at 8:13 PM Report abuse -2 rate up rate down Reply
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randycando

Did you serve in the military?

December 26 2010 at 8:49 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
randycando

Mentally Ill. What does that mean Ms Cyril

December 26 2010 at 8:54 PM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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Cyril J. Carroll

Yes I did serve in the U. S. Army as an enlisted man in 1956 to 1958. I meant that those who believe that business about President Obama being born in Africa or another country are probably in need of mental health services.

March 22 2011 at 10:05 PM Report abuse rate up rate down
reljal

No person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of President; neither shall any Person be eligible to that Office who shall not have attained to the Age of thirty-five Years, and been fourteen Years a Resident within the United States.

Most conservatives state that the contitution is what it says it is and is not where it is silent. Where is a single word about the President's parents or dual citizenship?

December 15 2010 at 1:12 PM Report abuse +8 rate up rate down Reply
bigone5555j

Lt. Col. Terrence Lakin has taken an oath to protect the Constituion, and he is trying his best to do that. He has been denied the right to call witnesses and the right to Discovery of any documents that would shed any light on the eligiblity of Obama.
The Constitution requires that the President be a "Natural Born

Citizen", not just any citizen, and not just anyone that may have

been born within the United States. The US Supreme Court has

stated in several decisions exactly what a "natural born citizen" is.

Dred Scott v. Sandford, 60 U.S. 393 (1857): "natural-born citizens,

are those born in the country, of parents who are citizens". Minor v.

Happersett, 88 U.S. 162, 167-68 (1875): "it was never doubted that

all children born in a country of parents who were its citizens

became themselves, upon their birth, citizens also. These were

natives or natural-born citizens". Many at this point argue that these

cases were about different matters, but, the important thing to note

is that the definition of the term "natural born citizen" did not

change-it remained the same, regardless of the matter before the

Court. It is common knowledge that Obama's father was NOT a US

citizen, but, was in fact, a Subject of the United Kingdom. It is adnitted on Obama's own website (Fightthesmears), that, “When Barack Obama Jr. was born on Aug. 4,1961, in Honolulu, Kenya was a British colony, still part of the United Kingdom’s dwindling empire. As a Kenyan native, Barack Obama Sr. was a British subject whose citizenship status was governed by The British Nationality Act of 1948. That same act governed the status of Obama Sr.‘s children." If Obama was a natural born citizen, he would be subject only to the jurisdiction of the laws of the United States, but, at the time of his birth, Barack Obama Jr. was both a U.S. citizen (by virtue of being born in Hawaii) and a citizen of the United Kingdom and Colonies (or the UKC) by virtue of being born to a father who was a citizen of the UKC. In other words he held dual citizenship in two different nations. That would not have been the case if both of his parents were citizens of the United States. So even if Obama was born in Hawaii, he is not a natural born citizen.

December 15 2010 at 10:06 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
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twsm1th

He did not have any trouble obeying the President until he was ordered to Afghanistan. He is not a man of principle. The rest of your post is patently false, the Constitution does not disqualify someone because of the nationality of his parent or even parents.

December 15 2010 at 2:53 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
ltjaysantos

He's probably a rich docter who would lose money if he was deployed so he came up with any excuse he could to get out.He plead guilty to reduce his sentence.He didnt let down his president,he let down his fellow soldiers and countrymen.Id dishonorably discharge him and jail him until the last soldier leaves afghanistan.That would give him something to believe in.

December 15 2010 at 10:04 AM Report abuse -3 rate up rate down Reply

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