YOU ARE JUST AS RESPONSIBLE AS CONGRESS FOR ENSURING THAT THE COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF IS ELIGIBLE TO SERVE
June 5, 2010
Daniel J. Driscoll
Lt. Col. Driscoll,
Words cannot describe the disappointment I feel upon reading your decision to completely deprive Lt. Col. Terry Lakin his Constitutional rights to a fair trial by denying him the opportunity to adequately defend his position with any meaningful discovery, both documentary and legitimate witnesses. You, sir, are not worthy of the honor the U.S. Army bestows upon its genuinely honorable and patriotic officers and enlisted men.
I wonder if you could answer a couple of questions for me…Knowing the fact that you took what is an honorable and binding Oath to “defend and preserve the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, both foreign and domestic,” how can you be so completely wrong-headed in your decision to “pass the buck” to Congress by alleging it’s their “responsibility” to exercise “constitutional jurisprudence”? It is as much your responsibility as that of Congress.
Have you no sense of your own responsibility to protect and preserve the Constitutional rights of a “fair trial” which should be afforded Lt. Col. Lakin? I truly doubt it. What you have decided is virtually guaranteeing Lt. Col. anything but a “fair trial.” As they say, “The fix is in.” Are you proud of yourself?
I have a friend of 37 years who is also my dentist. In 1960, he was a dentist in the U.S. Air Force, holding the rank of Captain. He was more a dentist than a Captain, and I can now see you are in a similar situation…you are a Judge Advocate General who holds the rank of Lt. Col. I can also see clearly that you are far more a member of the “legal profession” than you are a member of the U.S. Army. Shameful!
Based on your recent decision, I consider you a disgrace and believe, in the long run, you may have a cushy job in your future, a position which may have already been proffered by the current administration in return for your obeisance to the total legal blockade to the honest and rightful efforts the American people are putting forth with so little help from the “Law” and so much adversity from the so-called “Legal Profession.”
With absolutely no respect for you or your undeserved rank, I can see a most prodigious and fruitful career in your future based on thickheaded, stupid decisions such as this reprehensible act for which you are responsible.
Please feel free to contact me at any time. I am 76 years old and a Korean War veteran. Your actions have me wondering just where this once-great country has failed when its own military members cannot be depended upon to defend our Constitution, even when they supposedly “swear Oaths” to do just that…an indication that we, the people, are in deep trouble.
Shame on you, Lt. Col.
Richard L. Bauer