Neal Puckett, LTC Lakin’s new civilian defense counsel, has publicly renounced a birther defense for LTC Lakin. And, interestingly enough, he did so during an interview with the WorldNetDaily–birtherism’s official in-house electronic newsrag.
In an article dated 2204 last night, WND’s Bob Unruh quotes from an interview with Mr. Puckett. The article’s lead reports that LTC Lakin’s trial has been moved to 14 December. A few paragraphs down, Mr. Unruh drops a bombshell in uncharacteristically understated fashion:
Puckett confirmed that the judge in the case, Denise Lind, “rendered the proper legal ruling” regarding access to Obama’s birth and eligibility evidence.
“She was right on the facts and right on the law,” he told WND.
He hinted about his plan of defense.
“All those issues concerning the president’s eligibility to hold office are completely irrelevant as to whether Lt. Col. Lakin was issued lawful orders and whether he obeyed them,” he said.
Having thus reported that the Lakin defense has renounced birtherism — and even proclaimed Judge Lind’s ruling to be correct — Mr. Unruh then moves on to regurgitating previous reporting spouting the birther gospel. The three paragraphs immediately following Mr. Puckett’s renunciation of a birther defense read:
Officials with the United States Patriot Union earlier told WND the officer’s arguments needed to go beyond the quest for the president’s original birth certificate because that would reveal only some of the evidence needed.
The group, which says it linked Lakin up with Puckett, contends the unveiling of the president’s birth certificate would prove one of two things: he was a dual citizen or there has been “the greatest fraud ever perpetrated on the American people.”
He reported the union also is putting together an “A Team” of expert legal counselors to support Puckett and Lakin.
So Mr. Unruh reports that Mr. Puckett has renounced a birther defense and then casually mentions that a group of ultra-birther Vattel enthusiasts played yenta for LTC Lakin and Mr. Puckett. But Mr. Unruh writes nothing to suggest the tension between those facts. Nor does Mr. Unruh resolve the apparent conflict between Mr. Puckett renouncing a birther defense and the Vattel-promoting group pulling together a team of “expert legal counselors” to support LTC Lakin’s defense.
The article also quotes Mr. Puckett saying “the case is going to be handled differently from here on out,” and that “‘all possible courses of action’ will be reviewed within the military justice system.”
The decision by Major General Vallely’s recommended choice of counsel for LTC Lakin to renounce a birther defense and proclaim Judge Lind’s ruling correct is big news. But its implications seem to have somehow escaped the WorldNetDaily, which generally deals with any perceived departure from birther orthodoxy with cries of “treason.” Does Mr. Unruh not understand Mr. Puckett was saying?
It will be intersting to follow how Birtherstani reacts to Mr. Puckett’s wise change of direction in the Lakin case and how LTC Lakin’s former boosters treat him now that he has apparently climbed off the alter, refusing to continue his role as birtherism’s sacrificial mule.
h/t Rickey in the comments to a post below for noting the WND article.