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WILL THE NEWLY-SWORN MEMBERS OF CONGRESS UPHOLD THEIR OATHS?
submitted by Victoria Windsor
January 3, 2010 — The following letter was sent today to those Congressional and retired military members indicated below:
TO: Majority Leader, Eric Cantor
Armed Services Committee:
Oversight and Investigations – Rep. Rob Wittman
Readiness – Rep. J. Randy Forbes
Lt. Col / Congressman-elect Allen West
FROM: Victoria B. Windsor, Acting Spokesman for various Patriot Organizations
SUBJECT: REQUEST FOR INVESTIGATION & INTERVENTION
STATUS: URGENT / REQUIRING IMMEDIATE ATTENTION
WE THE PEOPLE, do formally request your intervention and investigation into the legality of a ‘staged’ Court Martial of a highly decorated (18) year Flight Surgeon, awarded a Bronze Star and selected for promotion to Colonel. He defied military orders in order to try to force the Army and the White House to provide him assurance that his military orders, including his deployment orders for a second tour in Afghanistan, were issued by a lawful Commander-in-Chief. Army Judge, Col Denise R. Lind denied Lt. Col. Terrence Lakin, basic due process, i.e. discovery and witness testimony in order to formally defend himself. Judge Lind’s revealing statement in doing so, hinged around, “could be an embarrassment to the President”. Judge Lind’s ruling effectively discarded decades of military instruction, including foreign militaries, in the rule of law- and the principles learned from the post-World War II Nuremberg trials. COL Lind essentially argued that soldiers should “just follow orders.” This discredited doctrine, the Nuremberg defense, is why the United States and its allies hanged Nazi officers as collaborators.
For over a year, Lt Col. Lakin attempted to seek an answer to a nagging question– the Constitutional legitimacy of the acting Commander in Chief to issue orders, which was his duty as an officer and pursuant to his sworn oath to the Constitution. Lt. Col. Lakin was to be part of the 3,000 man surge that the White House ordered. Several high ranking proposed defense witnesses, including former presidential candidate Ambassador Alan Keyes and a retired Air Force Lieutenant General, Thomas McInerney, were not allowed to testify at the court-martial. The defense sought to qualify these gentlemen as experts in the areas of Constitutional history and military training regarding the chain of command and obedience to orders, respectively. As a matter of record, several high profile witnesses appeared at the hearings based on their own merits and willingness to see justice prevail and to bring the truth of this ‘ eligibility charade’ and national embarrassment to some conclusion. The DoD has been unwilling or unable to answer the persistent questions of soldiers who swore an oath to defend and protect the Constitution, the Supreme law of the land, and Congress has not offered any proof that the sitting President was Constitutionally qualified to run for office under Article 2 Section 1.
Major General Karl R. Horst, the convening authority for court-martial, has the power to suspend or shorten the sentence of LTC Lakin. The sentence for defying military orders was six months at Fort Leavenworth, hard labor, loss of pension and dishonorable discharge. LTC Lakin did not take this step lightly, but after more than a year of having his question ignored- and seeing no one in Congress or within the courts, attempt to get to the truth– decided to put himself and his career at risk in the greater interests of his nation and his sworn oath. Lieutenant Colonel Terrence (“Terry”) Lakin served as Chief of Primary Care and Flight Surgeon for the Pentagon’s DiLorenzo TRICARE Health Clinic. He was the lead Flight Surgeon charged with caring for Army Chief of Staff General Casey’s pilots and air crew. To lose the services of such a highly talented and professional officer, because more prominent men and women declined to do their duty- elected federal officials and judges- who also took the oath to the Constitution- is unconscionable.
Some in the “mainstream” press, like Ezra Klein of MSNBC or the liberal Washington Post, have suggested that the “Republicans are using a gimmick because the Constitution is over 100 years old and impossible to understand.” http://eyeblast.tv/public/video.aspx?v=hd6UkU6UaG The Constitutional requirement to qualify for the Presidency is manifestly clear- there are only three such “hard” requirements for the Presidency. America has reached a Constitutional crisis. The public at large is angry and voters know that we were deceived. We blame Congress for failing to perform their duty as public servants for the people and this great nation.
Lt Col. Lakin is being punished because he questioned the legitimacy of the Commander in Chief and his orders. The Armed Services Committee, the House Government Reform and Oversight Committee and the Congress as a whole are responsible for oversight over the Executive Branch and the Department of Defense. We the People of the United States and the constituents of Virginia are requesting your action regarding this important matter, by a thorough investigation and inquiry of what is now widely being called a “kangaroo” court-martial. Major General Karl R. Horst should be pressed to grant clemency and be called into account, along with Judge Lind, for the denial of due process to LTC Lakin. This shameful incident falls on the shoulders of Congress for failure to deal with this matter prior to the electoral contest of 2008, with not one single question raised from the Congressional floor about the sweeping concealed records of Barack Obama, or the fact that We the People of the United States of America evidently have no judicial standing to try to rectify what appears to be massive fraud.
We look forward to your detailed reply as the people that hired you to represent the people’s best interest and the best interests of the Constitution and this Republic.
Additional information and evidence upon request.
CC: LT GEN Thomas McInerney (ret)
MG Jerry Curry (ret)
MG Paul Vallely (ret)
COL Greg Hollister (ret)
CDR Charles Kerchner (ret)
CAPT Pam Barnett (ret)