Friday, August 6, 2010

CBS News-Army Lt. Faces Jail Time; Wants To See Prez's Birth Certificate

Lt. Terry Lakin/NY Daily News
(Story reported by Brian Montopoli)

Lt. Col. Terry Lakin, an army doctor, is facing a court martial for refusing to go to Afghanistan because he has not seen a copy of the president's birth certificate.

Lakin is a "birther," a group that does not believe that President Obama was born in the United States despite extensive evidence to the contrary. He said he considers any orders from the president, who is the military's commander in chief, to be "illegal."

Lakin did not report to Fort Campbell, Ky., this week for deployment, opting instead to go to the Pentagon, where, as MSNBC reports, he was informed by his brigade commander, Col. Gordon Roberts, that he would face court martial. His was also stripped of a pass to enter the Pentagon and a government laptop computer.

In a video posted to YouTube last month, Lakin said, "I believe all servicemen and women, and the American people, deserve the truth about President Obama's constitutional eligibility to the office of the presidency and the commander in chief." He promised to "disobey" orders to deploy and acknowledge he was "inviting" court martial.

"The minimal invasion to any politician's privacy from having to show an original, signed birth certificate is far less than the harms to our country by someone not qualified whose election would thus subvert the law and the truth," he said.

(click here to read the full story on the CBS News website)

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