Birther Army LTC doctor reportedly issued counseling form concerning his stated intention to disobey orders
WorldNetDaily (a guano crazy web site, but well-connected to break news concerning the Lakin case) reports here that Army LTC Terrence Lakin, who has stated his intent to disobey orders unless he sees evidence to his satisfaction that President Obama was a natural born U.S. citizen, has been issued this Developmental Counseling Form. The form reads:
On 30 March 2010, this command became aware of your intentions to refuse to follow deployment orders. Your stated reason for refusal was your belief that the election of the President of the United States is invalid because you believe he is not “native born”. This counseling is to inform you that your deployment orders are presumed to be valid and lawful orders issued by competent military authority. You are reminded of your duty to obey those lawful orders and to report to Ft Campbell, KY on 12 April 2010 in order to deploy with your unit. Failure to follow your reassignment and/or deployment orders may result in adverse action including court-martial. Should you fail to report to Fort Campbell in accordance with your orders and deploy, your actions may constitute a violation of the Uniform Code of Military Justice. Specifically, your actions may constitute the offenses of AWOL (Article 86, UCMJ), Missing Movement (Article 87, UCMJ), Willfully Disobeying a Lawful Order (Article 90, UCMJ) and/or Contempt Toward Officials (Article 88, UCMJ). If found guilty at a court-martial, you could be sentenced to dismissal from the service, which is akin to a dishonorable discharge; forfeiture of all pay and allowances; and confinement for a period of months or years in a military prison. Involuntary administrative separation proceedings could result in you being discharged with a general under honorable conditions or under other than honorable conditions discharge. This may severely prejudice you in civilian life and could deprive you of many or all of the benefits administered by the Department of the Army and the Department of Veterans Affairs.
I encourage you to seek advice from an attorney with the US Army Trial Defense Service before embarking on a course of conduct which you may quickly regret. If you wish to seek advice from a military attorney, let me know and I will arrange for you to speak with a defense counsel.
And here’s a link to the Army Times‘ coverage of LTC Lakin.