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WHAT AUTHORITY DO THE ARMY COMMANDERS TRULY HAVE OVER TERRY LAKIN?
by Sharon Rondeau
(Dec. 15, 2010) — In a move reminiscent of George Orwell’s 1984, Lt. Col. Terrence Lakin has pleaded guilty to “four specifications of refusing to obey lawful orders” during a hearing held on December 14 at Ft. Meade, MD.
On March 30, 2010, Lakin had announced his refusal to obey orders on the grounds that Obama might not be a “natural born Citizen” as required by the U.S. Constitution to serve as President and Commander-in-Chief of the military. However, in an apparent contradiction, Lakin or his surrogates have referred to Obama as the “President.”
In its original press release, the Safeguard Our Constitution website supporting Lakin had announced that “Mr. Obama’s continuing refusal to release his original 1961 birth certificate has brought Lt. Col. Lakin to the point where he feels his orders are unlawful, and thus MUST be disobeyed.” The foundation prominently asked, and is still asking, for donations to support Lt. Col. Lakin’s cause.
An earlier statement on the website reads:
At the very least, the administration has wasted a huge amount of the nation’s time. At worst, Obama is in fact not eligible to be President. Would that be uncomfortable? Would it be inconvenient? Would it be problematic? Of course. But this nation has survived many traumatic events in its past and would survive this. The Constitution is the supreme law of the land- and it must be upheld.
Every single avenue of redress: the courts, the legislative branch, and the executive branch – and by extension, the U.S. military – have been closed to We the People. What does that mean for the U.S. Constitution?
Do we now have a pure dictatorship?
If Obama, who appears at the top of the military chain of command along with Defense Secretary Robert Gates, is not eligible to occupy the position of commander-in-chief, then how is it that Lakin today “stood before Judge Lind and over and over told her that he was wrong to have disobeyed his orders, which were lawful”?
‘Smith!’ screamed the shrewish voice from the telescreen. ‘6079 Smith W.! Yes, you! Bend lower, please! You can do better than that. You’re not trying. Lower, please! That’s better, comrade. Now stand at ease, the whole squad, and watch me.’
A sudden hot sweat had broken out all over Winston’s body. His face remained completely inscrutable. Never show dismay! Never show resentment! A single flicker of the eyes could give you away. He stood watching while the instructress raised her arms above her head and—one could not say gracefully, but with remarkable neatness and efficiency—bent over and tucked the first joint of her fingers under her toes.
‘There, comrades! That’s how I want to see you doing it. Watch me again. I’m thirty-nine and I’ve had four children. Now look.’ She bent over again. ‘You see my knees aren’t bent. You can all do it if you want to,’ she added as she straightened herself up. ‘Anyone under forty-five is perfectly capable of touching his toes. We don’t all have the privilege of fighting in the front line, but at least we can all keep fit. Remember our boys on the Malabar front! And the sailors in the Floating Fortresses! Just think what they have to put up with. Now try again. That’s better, comrade, that’s much better,’ she added encouragingly as Winston, with a violent lunge, succeeded in touching his toes with knees unbent, for the first time in several years.
Is history being rewritten in front of our eyes?
What kind of threat did Col. Denise Lind pose to Lt. Col. Terrence Lakin? If Obama is a fraud, which the military must know, why did Lakin plead guilty? Of what is he guilty if Obama is a fraud? How could he be guilty?
Was there any authority to hold a court-martial without a legitimate commander-in-chief? Why did Attorney Neal Puckett apparently fail to bring that up at the hearing? If there was no authority, why did it even commence?
What changed between March 30, 2010 and December 14, 2010? How much does anyone “need” attorneys like these? Are they all about advising their clients to take plea deals rather than uncovering the truth? What do they know of the U.S. Constitution and its provisions for a legitimate commander-in-chief? Was Puckett’s defense of Lakin based on constitutional principles or something else, like money?
Almost unconsciously he traced with his finger in the dust on the table:
2 + 2 = 5
‘They can’t get inside you,’ she had said. But they could get inside you. ‘What happens to you here is for ever,’ O’Brien had said. That was a true word. There were things, your own acts, from which you could never recover. Something was killed in your breast: burnt out, cauterized out.
At what point did Lakin decide that he was guilty for asking a question about the alleged commander-in-chief’s qualifications? What about “The ‘superior officer‘ must be one authorized to give the order; else indeed his command would not be a lawful one”?
And why is Lakin now reduced to “pleading for mercy?”
He accepted everything. The past was alterable. The past never had been altered. Oceania was at war with Eastasia. Oceania had always been at war with Eastasia. Jones, Aaronson, and Rutherford were guilty of the crimes they were charged with. He had never seen the photograph that disproved their guilt. It had never existed, he had invented it. He remembered remembering contrary things, but those were false memories, products of selfdeception. How easy it all was! Only surrender, and everything else followed. It was like swimming against a current that swept you backwards however hard you struggled, and then suddenly deciding to turn round and go with the current instead of opposing it. Nothing had changed except your own attitude: the predestined thing happened in any case. He hardly knew why he had ever rebelled. Everything was easy, except——!
Have “collusion, conspiracy and cover-up” perpetrated by military officers been maintained as the truth, particularly today?
Was the verdict already decided in Lakin’s case?
The President has the authority to maintain the Uniform Code of Military Justice over the U.S. military, including the process of courts-martial. Even civilians working with the Armed Forces are subject to the UCMJ.
But what if there is no lawful president to command the Armed Forces?
Now that we have no Constitution, is this what is coming?
There were times when his nerve so forsook him that he began shouting for mercy even before the beating began, when the mere sight of a fist drawn back for a blow was enough to make him pour forth a confession of real and imaginary crimes.
Or is it happening already?
Are we mindless, spineless, useless idiots who have been brainwashed into being afraid of our government and letting it run roughshod over us? Or do we stand up to tyranny and physical abuse, even while falsely imprisoned?
Is the Constitution nothing but a cast-off relic which our entire government has decided is obsolete so that it can control our every movement?
He gazed up at the enormous face. Forty years it had taken him to learn what kind of smile was hidden beneath the dark moustache. O cruel, needless misunderstanding! O stubborn, self-willed exile from the loving breast! Two gin-scented tears trickled down the sides of his nose. But it was all right, everything was all right, the struggle was finished. He had won the victory over himself. He loved Big Brother.