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Army Officer Who Doubts Obama Was Born in U.S. Pleads Guilty

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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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