Lakin felt he had no choice but to disobey

By Jack Minor

The attorney for Lt. Col. Lakin, who is being court-martialed for disobeying orders, said his client felt he had no other alternative than to disobey orders after superiors repeatedly rebuffed his requests for guidance.

Retired Marine Corps Col. Neil Puckett, attorney for Lt. Col. Terry Lakin, spoke with the Gazette and explained his comment that he felt the judge’s ruling was correct when she denied his client the right to discovery, or witnesses testifying about President Obama’s eligibility. Lakin is formally 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.”

Although Puckett was careful not to divulge any details of the type of defense he intends to present this week, he did provide some details regarding why Lakin took the course of action he did.

Puckett explained that while the eligibility issue is important, it is not related to the specific charges against his client. “If the answer to a question affects an issue in the case such as guilt or innocence,” then it is relevant. He went on to say that whether there is a valid birth certificate or not is not relevant to the issue of the court-martial.

Taking care not to say whether he believed the President was eligible or not; Puckett said, “It is not a fact that is relevant to those specific offenses. She was correct in her ruling in that the evidence sought was not relevant specifically to the charges in the court martial.” He went on to say that, “According to military law, commanders have their own authority to issue orders independently of the eligibility of those above them. If a brigade commander issued orders and his commander was found to be ineligible, it does not negate the brigade commander’s authority.

Puckett said that it was never Lt. Col. Lakin’s intent to flout authority; he simply had issues in his conscience about whether he could continue to validly serve if the Commander in Chief of the armed forces was not validly the Commander in Chief.

“From the beginning, Lt. Col Lakin has only sought to have his questions answered as to the President’s eligibility. Lakin asked the questions in writing, filing an Article 138 complaint, which is supposed to enable a way for soldiers to get answers to their issues. None of those methods got him any kind of answer to his question.” When he asked the Chief of Staff of the Army for assurance of the President’s eligibility, rather than receiving an answer, Lakin was told the chief of staff of the Army was not in his chain of command; “therefore, we cannot answer your question.” Puckett said this was interesting as in most offices or hallways there are photos of the chain of command and the army chief of staff is on that list.

Puckett said it is important to remember that Lakin is a doctor, not a lawyer.

“As a last resort, he took this position because he thought, ‘I’m not sure whether or not I am in a validly constituted armed force with a validly elected Commander-in-Chief, and I’m not sure whether I’m obligated to obey my orders to move to a new unit that is scheduled to deploy.’” Puckett said, “I don’t think it’s any more specific than that.” Puckett emphasized that Lakin sincerely appreciates all the support he has been given in his effort.

Puckett also said that Lakin has been saddened to learn the military justice system will not provide him any answers to his questions either. He explained that the questions that prompted the case are not going to be answered by the military justice system because it simply is not designed to do so.

“It is not capable of handling this. It exists solely to promote good order and discipline in the Armed forces. When orders are violated by soldiers, they are subject to disciplinary actions by the UCMJ. Beyond that, it’s not really a remedy for anything.”

Regarding Lakin’s actions he said, “Everything he did up to this point was within the regulations and they were supposed to address serious questions people have. No one answered his questions; they just rebuffed him.”

He said that with the restrictions placed on the type of defense that could be offered, conviction was almost a certainty, he denied that this is a vindication for those who feel that Obama has already proven his eligibility. “Whatever happens to Lt. Col. Lakin in the court martial will not resolve that ultimate question one way or the other.”


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  • HistorianDude says:

    Not “nearly certain.”

    Formally official.

    LTC Lakin has been found guilty on all charges.

  • The Constitutional republic, America, has been seriously damaged by the cowardly prosecution of our courageous Lieutenant Colonel Terrance Lakin. Lakin is under sacred Oath to do exactly as he has done, challenge the authority of his Commander-in-Chief when evidence surfaces that calls his bona fides into question.
    The piece of _____ (fill in the blank) in the White House is not fit to polish Lakins’s boots. The military hierarchy in all military branches have shamed themselves by their cowardly refusal to support Lakin’s very proper demand to see Obama’s birth certificate and proof he is a natural born Citizen. Obviously, the weight of every common sense argument is against the usurper for the very simple reason he obviously does not possess a valid birth certificate; if he had one he would have produced it long ago. The fact he is using a fraudulent SS number merely adds additional evidence Obama is not who he claims to be. Who is he? What is he? It is claimed Obama is a Constitutional scholar, and yet he thinks there are 57 states in the United States. In an interview with George Stephanopoulus(?) he said “…my Muslim faith..) and was immediately corrected by George, “You mean your Christian faith.” To which he responded, “Yes, my Christian faith.” Please! What Christian would EVER make such an egregious error??
    “In an interview with Nicholas Kristof, published in The New York Times, Obama recited the Muslim call to prayer, the Adhan, “with a first-class [Arabic] accent.”
    (Source: http://www.danielpipes.org/comments/137991)

    The opening lines of the Adhan (Azaan) is the Shahada:

    “Allah is Supreme! Allah is Supreme!
    Allah is Supreme! Allah is Supreme!
    I witness that there is no god but Allah
    I witness that there is no god but Allah
    I witness that Muhammad is his prophet… ”

    According to Islamic scholars, reciting the Shahada, the Muslim declaration of faith, makes one a Muslim. This simple yet profound statement expresses a Muslim’s complete acceptance of, and total commitment to, the message of Islam.

    Obama knows this from his Quranic studies — and he knows the New York Times will publish this fact and it will be seen throughout the Islamic world.

    Regardless of Obama’s religion, what message is he sending the world’s 1.2 billion Muslims?

    I suppose it’s easy for Obama to remember the Shahada for the 35 years since he left Indonesia — and in ‘first-class’ Arabic — especially since he believes the Muslim call to prayer is “one of the prettiest sounds on Earth.”

    The fact that Obama can recall the Shahada after 35 years and the fact that he believes that the daily call to prayer is “one of the prettiest sounds on Earth” say that those Muslim prayers run through his head often — what does that make him?”

    Time will vindicate LtC Lakin just as time will ultimately expose Obama for the fraud he is.

  • dawg says:

    Lt. Col. Terry Lakin is both a coward and a traitor. He deserted his comrades in time of war. In days gone by such an act would be punishable by hanging or firing squad. Mr. Lakin is lucky he will only draw prison time and dishonorable discharge.

    No matter what anyone thinks of the job Mr. Obama is doing, there is no question of his eligibility to serve as President. He was born in Honolulu, Hawaii and, so, is a natural born citizen. People who suggest otherwise aren’t playing with a full deck.

  • HistorianDude says:

    @ Alan Wakefield

    Your hatred of Muslims is noted, as is your disgust towards the American military and your ill informed opinions regarding our current President.

    As a West Point graduate, I assure you that we will continue to defend you anyway.

    Have a very nice day.

  • Jim C. says:

    It does defy credibility when you have the smarts to get through med school but not for much else. Lakin sure doesn’t appear to be the brightest bulb in the bunch. He may be right or wrong about his president–whatever. The military doesn’t need showboating shtbirds like him. We’ll be better off.

  • W says:

    LTC Lakin is right.

    Now there are three more casualties of war. Our nation and military destroying integrity, honesty and justice. I’m sure all Annapolis enrollees are now being allowed to not disclose their personal medical, education and other qualifying records to become officers.

    Politicians can become president, only leaders can effectively serve as Commander-in-Chief.

    The President’s example and the Military’s Moral Dilemma
    http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=117857%3C/font%3E%3C/blockquote%3E%3C/font%3E%3C/blockquote%3E%3C/b%3E%3C/i%3E%3C/u%3E

    Obama and the Military’s Moral Dilemma
    http://www.chronwatch-america.com/blogs/1225/Obama-and-the-Militarys-Moral-Dilemma.html

    Teenage soldiers return home in flag-draped coffins to a grown man-and president who runs out to the airport in darkness to stand and salute for a photo op.

    Obama provides no example our servicemembers can follow.

  • HistorianDude says:

    @ W

    LTC Lakin is right.

    A jury composed of his fellow officers appear to disagree with you.

  • sally says:

    How unfortunate that Lakin is so misguided.
    I sure wouldn’t want HIM to do anything medical to/on me.
    He is one each sicko.
    Where is his copy of a Kenya birth certificate?
    He just doesn’t get it.
    He has ZERO proof that Obama was born anywhere other than Hawaii, and
    he won’t accept the Hawaii official’s verification of the birth certificate.
    This makes Lakin a bonafide IDIOT.
    But maybe not. Follow the money. He didn’t want to go to Afghan and used
    a black president as his way out and a way into riches for donors who also
    hate this black president. They are the American Terrorists.

  • Arthur B. says:

    It’s official. Dismissal from the Army, 6 months confinement, total forfeitures.

  • bandido says:

    What disturbs me the most is that the liberal media always claims that obummer has posted his birth cert on the internet. Robert Gibbs says he put it on the net. What happened the very first day obummer took office? By executive order, he hid his birth cert prom public view! Nobody has seen the b.c.! Not one document has proved his eligibility. The whole point is to make sure the POTUS does NOT have dual allegience. So…our pompus fraud obummer chooses to let Ltc. Lakin rot in Leavenworth instead of showing a copy of his original bc. Almost 60% of Americans are questioning obummers eligibility & rising every day. This country is so divided on this issue. You’d think obummer would just produce the friggin document & end all the speculation. But nooooo! As Judge Lind put it to Lakin…it may prove “embarrasing” to obummer if the bc were to be released. Funny…In Donofrios’s civilian case, the judge dismissed the case after obummer’s lawyers argued that to produce the valid bc would be an “embarrassment” to Barry Soetoro. We all know something is not straight here. Especially since obummer has spent over $2,000,000
    of taxpayer money on lawyers to HIDE all his records including the bc. Yet the radical lefties have only one word on this serious issue…”racist”. Ya gotta love the socialist/marxists/communists obummer surrounds himself with. Many democtrats are now saying “whoa”…this is not the “hope & change” we wanted. Just where the hell is this fraud taking the USA? So far, right in the toilet. Obummer is Bush on steroids & he’s not even a Natural Born Citizen! Qualification for POTUS…Natural Born!

  • HistorianDude says:

    @ bandido

    Almost everything you wrote is wrong.

    What disturbs me the most is that the liberal media always claims that obummer has posted his birth cert on the internet.

    Why would that disturb you, when it is absolutely true?

    What happened the very first day obummer took office? By executive order, he hid his birth cert prom public view! Nobody has seen the b.c.!

    This is, of course, a Birther lie that never dies. President Obama has never signed a single EO that has anything to do with his birth certificate, or any documents that predated his oath of office.

    Not one document has proved his eligibility.

    In point of fact, the single and most senior executive authority on the planet with responsibility for determining US Citizenship status, the US Department of State, has declared under oath in court (in the case Strunk v. US Department of State) that the COLB is absolutely proof of President Obama’s natural born US citizenship.

    The whole point is to make sure the POTUS does NOT have dual allegience.

    Please go read Article 2 of the US Constitution. It describes unambiguously the three criteria for Presidential eligibility. Obama meets all three.

    Almost 60% of Americans are questioning obummers eligibility & rising every day.

    Forty-two percent of those questioned say they have absolutely no doubts that the president was born in the U.S., while 29-percent say he “probably” was. That only leaves 39% who are “questioning” his eligibility. That the number is so large is a testimony to the persistence of Birthers, not to the legitimacy of the concern.

    You’d think obummer would just produce the friggin document & end all the speculation.

    Then candidate Obama produced his birth certificate in June of 2008. We all know how well that worked.

    But nooooo! As Judge Lind put it to Lakin…it may prove “embarrasing” to obummer if the bc were to be released.

    She did not. This too is another Birther lie that never dies.

    Funny…In Donofrios’s civilian case, the judge dismissed the case after obummer’s lawyers argued that to produce the valid bc would be an “embarrassment” to Barry Soetoro.

    He did not. But as Birther lies go, this one appears to be brand new.

    Especially since obummer has spent over $2,000,000 of taxpayer money on lawyers to HIDE all his records including the bc.

    This is yet another Birther lie that never dies. President Obama has not spent one dime of taxpayer money to hide any documents. Government lawyers are salaried. they get paid the same regardless of whether they are defending the president or making paper clip chains at their desks.

    Nothing else in your post was even worthy of debunking, since it was mere ranting.

  • HistorianDude says:

    Of course… I meant 29%, not 39%. Sorry for the typo that made Birthers seem more numerous than they really are.

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