By Jack Minor
A spokeswoman for Lt. Col. Terry Lakin, a highly decorated veteran of multiple campaigns including Bosnia and Afghanistan accused the Greeley Tribune of violating journalistic ethics standards for a recent editorial comparing him to “balloon boy” and a transgender murderer.
The opinion piece titled “Off-beat behavior becoming the norm” mentioned several incidents in which Greeley residents have been in the national media. The article mentioned the Ft Collins “balloon boy”, Gary Faulkner who was hunting Osama Bin Ladin, Allen Andrade who murdered transgendered Justin Zapata, crop circles and UFO’s along with Lakin and asked the question “is their some sort of bizarre force that causes Greeley to be a sort of vacuum that sucks in strange and disturbing behavior?”
This prompted a response from Lakin spokeswoman Margaret Hemenway who sent an e-mail to the Tribune saying the article fell short of journalistic standards for “recklessly” lumping Lakin with the other “bizarre criminal cases” in the article. In the e-mail she told the Tribune “It is disappointing that many newspapers demanded candidate McCain prove he was “natural born” by producing his original birth certificate, but asserted Obama’s “online” Certification of Live Birth” was valid to determine his eligibility, even though never claimed by Hawaii officials as a state document.” She went on to say “Even today, no Hawaiian hospital will claim to be the President’s birthplace, while prominent Kenyans declare Obama was born there- including recently Minister of Lands James Orengo, speaking in Kenya’s Parliament.”
Hemenway told the Gazette the idea of linking a murderer with Lakin was “ridiculous, he is a peaceful and honorable man. This is despicable.”
Lt. Col. Lakin has officially been charged with violating Articles 87 and 92 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice for missing “the movement of US Airways Flight 1123” for Afghanistan and failing to report “to the office of his Brigade Commander”. Lakin has said that he wants the President to prove his eligibility to be Commander in Chief under the Constitution’s requirements that the President be a “natural born citizen.”
Lakin was scheduled to appear for an Article 32 hearing, the military equivalent of a preliminary court hearing, on June 12. However, after learning that he would not be given the right to bring in evidence about Obama’s birth or have Hawaiian officials testify, Lakin waived the right to the hearing which would permit the case to proceed directly to court martial.
The Gazette asked Hemenway about the status of the case and she said at this time no formal date for a court martial had been set. This has prompted some to wonder if there is a possibility the Army is looking for a way to make the case go away quietly similar to what happened in the case of Maj. Stefan Cook who also challenged Obama’s eligibility. Cook’s case was dismissed after his deployment orders to Afghanistan were abruptly cancelled.
While critics and numerous members of the media have said claims about the President’s eligibility have been debunked, the issue refuses to go away. Tim Adams, a former senior elections clerk for the city and county of Honolulu said Obama “definitely” was not born on U.S. soil. “As of the time I was in Hawaii working in the elections office we had many people who were asking about the eligibility of Senator Obama to be President. I was told at the time there is no long-form birth record, which would have been the case if President Obama was born in [a] hospital in Honolulu. There is no such form in Hawaii.”
Adams went on to state that the Certification of Live Birth is issued to children born on foreign soil stating that it is given to “children of families who are residents of Hawaii when children are born outside the state.” What makes this case unique is that Adams was a Hillary Clinton supporter who supports the President and he has criticized those who say Obama is not eligible to be Commander in Chief.
In Ohio, licensed private investigator Susan Daniels has said Obama is using a social security number issued in Connecticut even though there is no record of the President ever having lived in the state. The records indicate the number was issued between 1977 and 1979, however Obama said he worked for Baskin-Robbins in 1975.
Hemenway said it was noteworthy the Administration has not condemned Daniels for her findings or denied the allegations. “You would think if a licensed private investigator said that about the President of the United States and was lying they would prosecute her and strip her credentials” she said “they went after Joe the plumber and looked into his personal records, why wouldn’t they do something similar for someone who is basically accusing the President of fraud?”
There have been other cases involving members of the military questioning the President’s eligibility. Capt. Connie Rhodes, an Army doctor, filed suit in the U.S. District Court in Columbus, Ga. requesting a restraining order stopping her deployment to Iraq, the case is currently under appeal. Dr. Orly Taitz told the Gazette she is currently representing over 200 members of the military on eligibility issues. Taitz was born and raised in the former Soviet Union and is the President of Defend Our Freedoms Foundation. She is currently running for California Secretary of State.
Regarding the Certification of Live Birth, Taitz said she has an affidavit from a relative of Obama who is a computational linguist who has noted two discrepancies in the certificate. One is the use of “African” for the father’s race instead of the term “Negro” which was the common designation at that time. The other is the child’s name “Barack Hussein Obama II” in those years the designation was “Jr.” on documents. “Linguistically, there are a number of inconsistencies along with selective service certificates. He doesn’t have any vital documents available for the public to view” Taitz said “We do not have a judge with integrity who will follow the law and the constitution and hear the case on its merits.”
Hemenway’s father-in-law John Hemenway represented retired military officer Gregory Hollister. In that case the judge dismissed the case because he felt “the issue of the President’s citizenship was raised, vetted, blogged, texted, twittered, and otherwise massaged by America’s vigilant citizenry during Mr. Obama’s two-year-campaign for the Presidency.”
For more information on Lt. Col Lakin and the status of his case visit www.safeguardourconstitution.com