One of our generation’s few Minutemen:
American Patriot Foundation: Updates on LTC Terry Lakin’s Case
American Patriot Foundation, Inc.
1101 Thirtieth Street, N.W., Suite 500
Washington, D.C. 20007
DECORATED ARMY PHYSICIAN APPEALS ARMY’S DISPARAGING FITNESS REPORTCourt Martial Process Proceeding
Washington, D.C., July 16, 2010. Army Lt. Col. Terrence Lakin, who is being court-martialled for his principled stance in refusing to obey what he feels are illegal orders because they are given by a chain of command headed by a President who may be ineligible under the United States Constitution, has today released his appeal of the Army’s version of a “fitness report” which disparages him unjustly. The “Officer Evaluation Report,” or “OER,” as it was originally drafted praised LTC Lakin as one of the top 10% of all Army medical department officers and recommended him both for promotion to full Colonel and for medical clinic command. A few days later it was redrafted and said he was unfit for continued military service. Only one event had intervened.
On March 30, 2010, the American Patriot Foundation posted on YouTube a video (which has now been viewed more than 200,000 times) of LTC Lakin stating: “I am today compelled to make the distasteful choice to invite my own court martial, in pursuit of the truth about the president’s eligibility under the Constitution to hold office.” LTC Lakin then refused to deploy to Afghanistan as he had been ordered, until the issue of the President’s eligibility has been resolved.
The revised OER failed to note Lakin’s reasons for his position and failed to indicate that all soldiers are trained that they must disobey illegal orders. Lakin has appealed the Army’s pejorative and unfair OER that now recommends he in effect be thrown out of the Army, as the Army could do even if the Court Martial proceeding were dropped. Images of the draft OER, the final OER and the appeal can be found on the website of the American Patriot Foundation, www.safeguardourconstitution.com.
The American Patriot Foundation, a non-profit group incorporated in 2003 to foster appreciation and respect for the U.S. Constitution, has received more than a thousand donations to the legal defense fund it set up for LTC Lakin.
Art. II, sec. 1 of the U. S. Constitution explicitly provides that only “natural born” citizens can serve as president and commander-in-chief. Mr. Obama’s continuing refusal to release his original 1961 birth certificate has brought Lt. Col. Lakin to the point where he feels his orders are unlawful, and thus MUST be disobeyed.
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