The birther-palooza continues this week with the release of another video by Army LTC Terry Lakin. LTC Lakin is currently under charges for failing to deploy and to obey several other orders and claims that he based his refusal on what he says are “reasonable arguments that President Obama may not have been born on American soil.” Lakin contends that the certificate of live birth attesting to the President’s birth in Honolulu has been altered, making it “not admissible in court as evidence.” He argues the President is refusing to let the public or the press see his original certificate and proclaims “To me, that isn’t right.”
Lakin says he “invited” a court-martial because he did not see Congress or the courts “stepping up to the plate” to address the question of the President’s eligibility. The Congress, of course, certified the electoral college vote prior to the President’s inauguration and the courts have repeatedly rejected prior birther suits; but Lakin does not mention these facts in the video or explain why these are not in his view examples of stepping up. Lakin also does not explain why he believes he was entitled to disobey the orders of his immediate superiors or his deployment orders while at the same time exercising the authority of his own rank and drawing a military paycheck. Perhaps these issues will be addressed in a future video release, or during his cross-examination.
While mostly a rehash of the accused’s former statements, the video does contain one interesting nugget of information: Lakin says “If the original birth certificate is released and validated, I would gladly deploy immediately.” Putting aside the question of what sort of “validation” would be required (the video is silent on that point), it appears that he has for now decided not to pursue any of the various other birther theories of Presidential disqualification.