Stray thoughts about LTC Lakin’s guano crazy letter to the Commander in Chief and guano crazier Article 138 complaint
First, let me start with the obvious. Any reasonable person who has spent the slightest amount of time looking into the question would be convinced that President Obama was born in Hawaii. Here is a news release issued by the Hawaii Department of Health on 31 October 2008. Dr. Chiyome Fukino, the Director of Health under the Republican Governor Linda Lingle, stated: “I as Director of Health for the State of Hawai‘i, along with the Registrar of Vital Statistics who has statutory authority to oversee and maintain these type of vital records, have personally seen and verified that the Hawai‘i State Department of Health has Sen. Obama’s original birth certificate on record in accordance with state policies and procedures.” As reported in this Honolulu Advertiser article, in July 2009 Dr. Fukino reiterated that she personally saw “the original vital records maintained on file by the Hawai’i State Department of Health verifying Barack Hussein Obama was born in Hawai’i and is a natural-born American citizen.” For those who fall within the Venn diagram circle labeled “Rational People,” that’s enough. Oh, there’s much, much more, like the birth announcement that ran in the 13 August 1961 Sunday Advertiser and the birth announcement that ran in the 14 August 1961 Honolulu Star–Bulletin. But nothing else is needed given Dr. Fukino’s statements.
So what’s LTC Lakin’s beef? In this letter to the Commander in Chief of the Army and Navy of the United States, LTC Lakin tells the President that he’s “been troubled by reports that your original birth certificate remains concealed from public view along with many other records which, if released, would quickly end questions surrounding your place of birth and ‘natural born’ status.” Then he states: “Until the summer of 2009, the Hawaiian Department of Homelands would not accept [a] Certificate of Live Birth to determine native Hawaiian identity– the Department insisted upon also reviewing an original birth certificate.” Wait a second. I thought that to be President, one had to be “a natural born Citizen,” not a natural born native Hawaiian. Why do we care what’s necessary to acquire native Hawaiian status? The question is whether President Obama was born in Hawaii — not whether his ancestry qualifies him as a native Hawaiian (which, of course, no one suggests). So why does LTC Lakin consider that fact important? He gets to that later: “Given the fact that the certification that your campaign posted online was not a document that the Hawaiian Department of Homelands regarded as a sufficient substitute for the original birth certificate and given that it has been your personal decision that has prevented the Hawaiian Department of Health from releasing your original birth certificate or any Hawaiian hospital from releasing your records, the burden of proof must rest with you.” So because the Hawaiian Department of Homelands allegedly didn’t accept a Certificate of Live Birth as sufficient proof for a different purpose (but apparently does now), the Commander in Chief has the burden to prove his place of birth to a military subordinate? It would appear that LTC Lakin doesn’t fall within the “Rational People” Venn diagram circle.
But wait; there’s more. Here’s a link to an Article 138 complaint that LTC Lakin filed against Army Chief of Staff General Casey on 20 November 2009 for “following and promulgating invalid and/or illegal orders from a person that is not eligible to be the Commander-in-Chief of our Armed Forces.” LTC Lakin wrote: “I do not believe there is sufficient evidence to conclude that Barrack Obama is a Natural Born Citizen to be eligible to hold the office of President of the United States and Commander-in-Chief of our Armed Forces. Therefore, all orders directed by or guidance followed by order of Barrack Obama are invalid orders, and General Casey is violating his Oath of Office. General Casey is also making it impossible for all Officers under him to uphold their Oath of Office.” (Here, by the way, is the response that Army OTJAG’s Administrative Law Division sent to LTC Lakin.)
Final stray thought: in this piece for the American Thinker, LTC Lakin wrote, “No one I spoke to was able to offer any evidence that the president is ‘natural born.'” Maybe if we can arrange a phone call between LTC Lakin and Dr. Fukino, we can end this circus.