Army Officer Imprisoned For Challenging Obama


LTC Terry Lakin is the author of Officer's Oath: Why my Vow to Defend the Constitution Demanded that I Sacrifice my Career, a tell all first hand account of his faith and patriotism which ended up resulting in a court-martial, imprisonment and the stripping of all military rank and privileges, including his Army pension. All of this happened because he challenged Barack Obama's eligibility. In reading this, one has to ask the question why would Barack Obama allow a fine military man like this to go to jail when he could have simply provided the documentation and that soldier would have done his duty.

Lakin refused to obey deployment orders, arguing that Obama had not documented his eligibility for the presidency under Article 2, Section 1 of the U.S. Constitution.

“What I do not understand and still don’t,” he writes, “is why Obama did not just come forward with his key documents and be done with it. Instead, he ordered all of his important records to be kept under seal.”

He also pointed out that the documents released by the White House were digital scans and not official documents that would be acceptable as evidence in a court proceeding.

“So tell me: Who has something to hide?” Lakin asks. “It would seem to be President Obama, and sooner or later the voters of this country are going to make it clear that his stonewalling cannot continue.”

WND reports,

Lakin has explained that he was compelled by his officer’s oath to uphold and defend the Constitution when he was ordered to deploy to Afghanistan. Along with questions about the authenticity of the Obama birth documents, some constitutional scholars argue Obama is not a natural born citizen because his father was not an American citizen.

Ironically, Lakin’s deployment orders required him to bring five copies of his birth certificate.

“I had read the orders several times and had glossed over a detail that had previously seemed routine, but this time I felt like Wile E. Coyote getting smacked by an anvil,” he writes. “I needed a birth certificate to deploy, but the president did not need one to order my deployment. This was nuts.”

Lakin’s day of decision was April 12, 2010.

Though he was ready to be deployed, even taking a photo of himself at the Pentagon with his bags, should Obama validate his eligibility, Lakin could not bring himself to follow the orders without validation.

Thus he was court-martialed. He writes of the event of being there in the court-martial as he stared at the portraits of men who have gone before him:

As fate would have it, these were portraits of various Founding Fathers, and I wondered what they would be thinking. I strongly suspected they would be seeking the truth, about Obama’s citizenship status, about his Connecticut Social Security number (there is no reason why Obama would have a Connecticut number), about the multitude of unanswered questions surrounding this man. Here, however, to emphasize the real issues would likely have resulted in a reprimand from the judge and a harsher sentence from the jury. How, I wondered, had our country descended to this level of apathy?

Some will laugh and mock him for trying to take a stand and say he should have just followed orders. Yet many of those same people would berate soldiers of Nazi Germany for obeying orders. One must do what is right without violating their conscience. Martin Luther is one that comes to mind in this regard as he stood at the Diet of Worms upon his belief that faith alone in Jesus Christ alone is what justifies sinners before God and declared:

"I cannot and will not recant anything, for to go against conscience is neither right nor safe. Here I stand, I can do no other, so help me God. Amen."

Jack Cashill writes of his arrival at Ft. Leavenworth's Joint Regional Correctional Facility:

Now, Lakin was on his way to Fort Leavenworth's Joint Regional Correctional Facility. Of all his hardship deployments, Bosnia included, this would be the hardest. After he bid a tearful farewell to his wife and three young children, his military minders chained his hands together and attached those chains to a band around his waist. They chained his legs and attached those, too. They then loaded him into a van and drove him to Reagan National.

There, Lakin endured his ultimate humiliation: a seemingly endless perp walk -- a shuffle really -- through a concourse filled with flags and patriotic bunting and the happy sight of returning soldiers. None of the display had lost its appeal, but Lakin could not overlook the irony of his being chained and bound amidst it all.

The civilian psychologist who did intake assessments at Fort Leavenworth claimed to know why the soft-spoken doctor refused deployment, or at least he thought he did. As he put it, Lakin did not believe Obama to have been born in the United States or to be constitutionally eligible to be president.

Lakin corrected him. As he explained, he did not know where the president was born or whether the president was eligible. The problem was that no one did. As Lakin saw it, the oath that he took as an officer in the U.S. Army -- "I, Terrence Lee Lakin, do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic" -- all but dictated that he seek the truth.

Ironically, Lakin was bound and incarcerated all for seeking the truth, remembering his oath, "I, Terrence Lee Lakin, do solemnly swear that I will support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic."

May there be others in position of leadership that will count the cost and stand up as LTC Terry Lakin did.

LTC Lakin, I salute you!
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  • Chuck T

    Obama wouldn't turn over the information simply because he doesn't think he has to. He is above the law; a legend in his own mind. And this was an opportunity to further purge dedicated patriots from our military's officer corps.

  • knight III

    We are American soldiers We took an oath. We vowed " No man will be left behind"! Although none of us are willing to stand beside this soldier and demand the same of president Obama. That heprove his birth place and present all records certified , to the American public. Let this be proven. If it can not be proven, release this soldier. All soldiers if they take the same stand woyld cause a very pronounced effect. No man leftbbehind. After Obama proves his citizenship life goes on. If not he should then be impeached and stripped of all benifits

  • gunner48

    As a retired service man I wonder if I would have had the courage to do the same? I salute you LTC you are definately a brave soul and will be vindicated. Bravo Zulu brother !

  • granny

    BOZO is a 2nd Hitler. Next thing yakno is there will be a firing squad to take care of freedom loving legal citizens & our military. Death by injection for 70 & over senior citizens. Then he will start handing out soylent green. He certainly instills hate wherever he goes w/ his stupidity. Foreign countries think he is a big joke. Except the muslim territories. Mixed emotions of mine would be seeing BOZO go over a cliff in my new Cadillac.

  • Hoosier2112

    The only saving grace is that you people are psychics, and not fit to be Americans. Thankfully, in less than 5 weeks, we'll have Obama reelected and you loonies can all find a reason to leave our country.

  • Peterjoelharrison

    I enjoyed this report about Terrry Larkin and greatful for his stand. Barack Obama was not alone in this deceit. There are others and that is what is so terrible about all this.

    I wrote Senator Richard Burr, N.C. a letter after the electeronic photo shopped birth certificut was released coaching him to investigae the issue. I recieved back a polite letter saying that he had seen the birth certificut before he took office. His lack of interest in the truth regarding this subject has caused me to lose interest in him as a future canidate.

    This is evil and I pray for justic.

    In Christ Jesus,
    Peter Joel Harrison

  • Deramus516

    Will there be anyone to keep checking up on him?  To see how he's being treated?  What about his family?  Also, what about the Navy S.E.A.L.? The news said that the top brass at the "pentagram" is after his hide!  We should just let Mr. Obama's "private SA" handle him; after all, someone's responsible for those others perishing on a Chinook!  Ah, what do I know?  I'm just a broken down old fool who still cries at the Star Spangled Banner.

  • KMCopeland

    “What I do not understand and still don’t,” he writes, “is why Obama did not just come forward with his key documents and be done with it. Instead, he ordered all of his important records to be kept under seal.”

    This is a lie. Ltc Lakin may believe it's the truth or he may know it's a lie. Either way, it's a lie. Now why Mr. Brown believes it so unquestioningly I don't know. But it's still a lie.

    The nutcase right is filled with otherwise relatively bright people who believe very stupid things. Things that are very easy to demonstrate are stupid, not to mention false. I can only conclude they hate the president more than they value integrity.

    The president has simply not ordered any of his important records, including his birth certificate, be kept under seal. If anyone reading this doubts that, for God's sake spend the 15 minutes it would take you to find out before you embarrass yourselves any more than you already have by repeating something so idiotic a kindergartner would be ashamed to repeat it.

    "He also pointed out that the documents released by the White House were digital scans and not official documents that would be acceptable as evidence in a court proceeding."

    'Digital scans?' 'A court proceeding?' For the love of God. Ltc Lakin is either: A) exhibiting signs of early stage dementia; B) an unwitting captive of the scummy, low-down, wretchedly unpatriotic right wing message machine; or C) a willing tool of the entity mentioned in B.

    “So tell me: Who has something to hide?” Lakin asks. “It would seem to be President Obama, and sooner or later the voters of this country are going to make it clear that his stonewalling cannot continue.”

    Again, anyone who truly believes that it's possible, in 2012 at the height of the internet age, for a candidate for any office -- from dogcatcher to president -- to actually hide anything whatsoever about his entire life from conception to the present day -- is either mentally ill, mentally retarded, or, as above, in thrall to the nutcase right either by choice or by seduction. 'Sooner or later' has come and gone. This president has been dissected from stem to stern, nonstop, over and over and over by teams of determined oppo researchers since he announced in 2008. They found nothing but a decent, honorable, patriotic, Christian man. The lies they decided to circulate when they came up so very empty-handed should be ground under the heels of any real American. The fact that you people gobble them up like candy, especially when they are just not that hard to expose, makes me ashamed a single one of you is a fellow citizen.

    But then I'm the one getting carried away. These people -- these oppo researchers and message managers -- are damn good. They know how to use everything that's good about you to do their ugly work. They pimp your patriotism and your personal standards of discipline and courage to help them with their dark agenda. Like I said: They're good. There's serious science to message control. You can innoculate yourself against being controlled by them by checking on every word they say BEFORE you believe, OR repeat it. They count on you not doing that. You've all come through like champs. But you're in excellent company, because lots of people who ought to know better don't do it. And when a career, commissioned officer refuses to do it, it ought to be a wakeup call to anyone who underestimates how powerful an appeal to hatred can be.

    "Lakin has explained that he was compelled by his officer’s oath to uphold and defend the Constitution when he was ordered to deploy to Afghanistan."

    So he decides to disobey that order because he's bought into a completely, thoroughly exposed and equally completely and thoroughly debunked, not to mention pathetic on its face story about the president's birth certificate -- but somehow he had no problem whatsoever obeying the genuinely unconstitutional orders that sent him into Iraq to do his part in prosecuting an illegal, immoral, unprovoked and actually unconstitutional war, which also happened to result in the deaths of hundreds of thousands of innocent people including thousands of his own fellow soldiers, not to mention the destruction of our reputation around the globe that will take generations to restore. That's all constitutional to him. That's all somehow okay with him. But he can't bring himself to deploy to Afghanistan because he's decided the guy giving the orders is from Kenya. That he has some right to demand the president produce a piece of paper that his fellow fools on the far right won't simply dismiss out of hand because, well, because they just want to. As if that's possible. I'm afraid this is not a hero people. This is an idiot. Yet you pack of chirping me-tooers are all fully on board with the completely pathetic notion that he's somehow some kind of big constitutional hero because he's bought into a sad, stupid pack of sad, stupid lies about one of the most decent men we've ever had in the White House. And you people wonder why the rest of us have such a low opinion not only of your intellectual capacities, but of your moral ones as well.

    "Ironically, Lakin’s deployment orders required him to bring five copies of his birth certificate."

    Again, calling something ironic doesn't actually make it so. Believe it or not. Since this president, although precious few presidents have ever been called upon to produce a birth certificate in the entire history of this country, did produce his when the crazy people on the right sqealed for it, even though anyone with 4 brain cells to rub together knew the facts of the man's birth simply weren't in serious question -- twice. The fact that all you did when he did that, thereby giving you one less idiotic thing to squeal about, is say "uh uh uh yeah, uh, but but but -- it's a fake because we don't care what the facts are we hate you and we'll do or say anything in the service of that impossible to justify hatred" really doesn't change anything.

    So he stood there and looked at the Founding Fathers and figured he was right up there with them and he'd never give in did he? Right up there with Martin Luther and the whole "Here I stand" thing is he? Funny. He told the jury at his court martial that he was wrong to disobey the order to deploy. Said he'd obey it now if they'd give him another chance. So much for this fantasy you so desperately need to believe about what a fearless hero this sad deluded man is.

    Whoever wrote this post was fired up. I admire moral courage too. I get fired up when I find out about it too. But my own integrity is a little bit more valuable to me than blasting away on a political forum without first making sure what I say is true. I urge him to do that 'making sure first' thing the next time. It's kind of important.

  • http://www.facebook.com/stopusagiveaway.onenationundergod Stopusagiveaway Onenationunder

    GOD BLESS all of you who stand up against and to EVIL..because EVIL is no longer hiding their long planned AGENDA...and we ain't seen nothin yet! Something is up...the Anti-Christ in the White House with his throngs of worshipers want to put the final nail in the coffin of all of us and dba the USA'
    s sovereignty!

  • granny

    There are so few of us that would do what that young man did. Stood up for what he believed in. What he did was right and courageous. El Bozo is not legal and therefore should not give any of our boys orders to ship anywhere.
    Reid will not show his taxes....El Bozo will not show any of his sealed documents. And yet they keep asking Romney for his tax filings. The head muslim needs to see a shrink.