Clemency Request for Lt. Col. Terrence Lakin


30 March 2011

Lt. Col. Terrence Lakin had questioned Obama's eligibility to issue orders, was court-martialed in December 2010 and sentenced to six months at Ft. Leavenworth as well as discharge from the Army and forfeiture of pay and benefits. He has a wife and three young children.

Major Matthew Kemkes
U.S. Army Trial Defense Service
204 Lee Avenue
Suite B12
Ft. Myer, VA 22211-1199

Subj: LTC Terrence Lakin Clemency Request

Major Kemkes:

It has come to my attention that letters from military veterans would be helpful to Colonel Lakin in connection with a request for clemency which you are preparing on his behalf.

I am a former naval aviator with service in Vietnam. Following active duty as a regular naval officer, I served in the Naval Reserve until my retirement in 1982 with the rank of Commander USNR. I am also a retired airline captain, having retired in 2000 as a JFK-based international captain with Trans World Airlines.

I have followed Colonel Lakin’s case with great interest and concern. I have admired Colonel Lakin not only for his long and honorable service to his country, but also for the courage of his convictions which he displayed in the matter that resulted in his court martial, conviction, and imprisonment relating to the validity of orders he received from what he believed to be a defective military chain of command.

While I share Colonel Lakin’s concerns as to the underlying issue regarding the apparent constitutional ineligibility of the president and commander in chief, I feel that the more important issues relating to a request for clemency are the following:

1) LTC Lakin acted in good faith, and as he believed his duty as a U.S. military officer required of him, pursuant to his oath of office to “support and defend the Constitution of the United States of America against all enemies, foreign and domestic”.

2) LTC Lakin was deprived of his constitutional right to a fair trial by virtue of the ruling by the trial judge prohibiting him from introducing evidence at trial supporting his contention that his deployment orders lacked valid legal authority.

3) LTC Lakin was an exemplary military officer with a flawless record of professional conduct, superior performance, attention to duty, and devoted service.

Colonel Lakin’s several prior successful deployments to the war zone, and the many instances of recognition he received for his courage and his extraordinary devotion to the patients under his care, must dispel any possible notion that his actions were motivated by something other than a sincere belief in the correctness of his conclusion regarding the legal status of his deployment orders.

I strongly support and urge approval of the request for clemency being submitted by LTC Terrence Lakin.


David F. LaRocque

CDR USNR (ret)


Editor’s Note: It has been reported by the Greeley Gazette that Lt. Col. Lakin’s sentence has not yet been “approved,” even though half of it has been served.

17 Responses to "Clemency Request for Lt. Col. Terrence Lakin"

  1. RacerJim   Tuesday, April 5, 2011 at 9:47 AM

    I wholeheartedly agree.

  2. Daniel Cutulla   Tuesday, April 5, 2011 at 9:45 AM

    > If being forced into retirement and loosing all his military benefits isn’t “injury”, then nothing is!

    Well, you can expect them to spin it like they did during the court-martial. They’ll just claim his conviction had nothing to do with Obama/Soetoro so he can’t claim standing.

    > Obama’s going down, sooner or later!

    It already is “later”. It’s been 3 years now with little progress (except Donald Trump).
    Didn’t I read somewhere Obama/Soetoro has announced he’ll run again in 2012? The issue is not going to settle itself.
    That’s why I can’t understand only 3 people stood with Theresa the day she protested in Washington.

  3. Robert Laity   Tuesday, April 5, 2011 at 4:40 AM

    …Whereas Barack Obama should be prosecuted under the UCMJ as a “Spy”: The several articles cite “any person subject to this chapter” while 906.Art106 uses the words:

    “ANY PERSON in time of war is found lurking…acting as a spy in or about any place…within control or jurisdiction of …or institution engaged in work in aid of the prosecution of the war by the United States…SHALL BE tried by a General Court-Martial or military commission and on conviction…death”

    Obama supports “Zakat” which donates 1/8th of all proceeds to Islamic MILITARY,our enemies:
    See also: 18USC,Part 1,Chapter 115,Sec.2381
    Clinton v. Jones,520US681:
    “A sitting President is NOT immune from prosecution for acts committed before taking office”
    Obama has never legally taken “office” as “President”

    Obama has usurped the Presidency and IS illegally “Lurking’ within the White House where a War Room exists which is used for the “prosecution of the war” (Three of them actually).

  4. Robert Laity   Tuesday, April 5, 2011 at 4:13 AM

    I wholly agree. For the sake of all military personnel,I am going to cite the obvious here.Court-Martial rulings are APPEALABLE through military appeal courts all the way up to the U.S. Supreme Court. I would NOT reccomend that Col. Lakin seek “Clemency”. I am aware of the hardship he faces but he HAS rights and they WERE grossly infringed upon.His recourse is appeal.

  5. Daniel Cutulla   Tuesday, April 5, 2011 at 2:57 AM

    > Clemency is for someone who did something wrong.

    Not necessarily. E.g. there have always been pleadings for clemency with regard to political prisoners in other countries (like China), although everyone knows the prisoners did not actually do anything wrong.
    So I agree with David LaRocque when he says that it makes no sense to not ask for clemency just out of “fear” that might be construed as an admission of guilt.
    (For the same reason, I’ve always said “impeach Obama/Soetoro” because getting rid of him is much more important than keeping a stubborn stance of “… but that would acknowledge he’s President, so I’m against that”.)

    And I think we all know that LTC Lakin is not only personally better off outside Leavenworth, but also of more worth to us. After all, the hope that his conviction would cause an uproar in the country proved to be futile. As a free man, he can achieve much more, if he still wants to.

  6. Barbi Dee   Tuesday, April 5, 2011 at 1:32 AM

    P.S.S. A congressman was a highly respected, dignified position in the past! Now THEY ARE ALL complicit in THE HOUSE of CRIMINALS, accept bribes and do cover-ups to enable THE FRAUDSTER to destroy America! Please, please. please DO NOT EVER dignify any of these CRIMINALS in a respectful manner. Talk to them as U would the MURDERER of your child! Show and tell them of your utter disgust towards them and how U will celebrate when they are put in prison or in front of the firing squad!

  7. Barbi Dee   Monday, April 4, 2011 at 11:59 PM

    P.S Read an article stating most male penniless drug addicts who arrive in NY generally resort to male prostitution! –and Mr -we don’t know his name – (a self admitted drug addict ) found a wealthy Pakistani to live with who payed his passage to Indonesia to renew his passport before taking him to Pakistan for a year and got him a degree at Harvard without any credentials to attend the school! LIES, LIES and more lies from the HOUSE of CRIMINALS to protect this GARBAGE! When they are convicted of treason, all their personal possessions (bank accounts, homes, jewels,etc) must be confiscated and returned to the american people for the bribes they accepted to destroy AMERICA . When contacting any of these criminals in the future, please ADVISE THEM, WE THE PEOPLE will CONFISCATE ALL THEIR WORDLY GOODS for treason before we put them in prison or in front of the firing squad! Give them ALOT to think about as they DESTROY AMERICA for GREED!

  8. Barbi Dee   Monday, April 4, 2011 at 9:51 PM

    On what planet or which country should Lt. Col. Terry Lakin file a lawsuit for justice???? Certainly NOT in America! Can anyone perceive our founding fathers begging and pleading with congress to do their rightful jobs and stop violating their oaths to the constition for the destruction of America????? Why have 320 million Americans been taken hostage by 535 people in THE HOUSE of CRIMINALS? When will the REAL OATH TAKERS address them? Perhaps some educational conversation starting with Boehner and Issa????

  9. Paul   Monday, April 4, 2011 at 7:09 PM

    When, not if soetoro is found to be ineligible to be POTUS, then LTC Lakin will be restored. Those in the media (msnbc, o’reilly, beck, etc) and in government (scotus might still avail themselves of honoring their oath to defend the constitution) will get a pass? I think not. Their fate will be similar to that of a certain Revolutionary War general who faded away into agonizing and reviled exile.

  10. Lucas D. Smith   Monday, April 4, 2011 at 6:24 PM

    David F LaRocque,

    1. No, I did not have attroney Taitz’ permission. I don’t need her permission. I’m a proud American who has the right to exercise my first amendment right to freedom of speech and expression. I apply the right broadly and equally, not just when it comes in handy to have my voice and actions heard regarding an ineligible president, i.e., Barack Obama.

    2. I have shown evidence of my trip to Mombasa, Kenya to many individuals (various attorneys and government officials). What I haven’t done is plastered this evidence online. Lots of high profile individuals that contact me with offers of help also request that we work together behind the scenes and that their names, at least for now, be kept confidential.


    Lucas Smith

    PS- I’m not sure why, if she even is, offended by my painting or my Certificate of Authenticity and Provenance.

  11. David F LaRocque   Monday, April 4, 2011 at 2:00 PM

    I agree that clemency is not the appropriate remedy for what happened to Colonel Lakin. In the absence of those other remedies, however, Colonel Lakin just needs to get back his family and his post-Army life.

    A call went out for letters from veterans in support of Colonel Lakin’s clemency request. I felt it was the least I could do.

  12. Robert Laity   Monday, April 4, 2011 at 1:46 PM

    Clemency is for someone who did something wrong. Demand should be for total vacating of the conviction.Terry did his duty.

  13. William Flowers   Monday, April 4, 2011 at 1:10 PM

    “Clemency” for anyone denied his Constitutional rights is the Government’s way of attempting to slip out of any possibility of an appeal. We’ll find you guilty, allow you no defense or to present any evidence on your behalf, imprison you, take away everything that you have, including your honor, and then when you are released, we’ll say sorry ‘like it never happened.’
    I don’t think so. Lakin needs to sue, sue and sue, and be at every one of Obama’s rallies and be a thorn in the Usurper’s side.

  14. RacerJim   Monday, April 4, 2011 at 12:40 PM

    According to the Oath he took it was Lt. Col. Terry Lakin’s sworn duty to question whether his orders were legal or not. The Nuremberg trials underscore that. For a year prior to being charged with disobeying his orders Lt. Col. Lakin asked everyone up his ‘Chain of Command’, including POTUS Obama, to verify that his orders were legal…to no avail whatsoever. As soon as he was charged Lt. Col. Lakin was faced with honoring the Oath he took or not. He chose the honorable route. God Bless Lt. Col. Lakin.

  15. Tom the veteran   Monday, April 4, 2011 at 10:36 AM

    I certainly hope the lawyers (Apuzzo or Donafrio) are lining up to take on Lt. Col. Lakins case when he gets out of prison. Surly, no court can deny that he now has “standing”. If being forced into retirement and loosing all his military benefits isn’t “injury”, then nothing is!

    Obama’s going down, sooner or later!

    For God and Country

  16. bill   Monday, April 4, 2011 at 9:58 AM

    Here is a question maybe someone might answer.A letter of “Clemency” appears to me to be a tacit agreement that Lt.Col.Terry Lakin was guilty on charges of which he was convicted.Do any of you,believe he was guilty by asking if his orders were legal or not ?.Personally I would believe it should be a letter of exoneration and reinstatement,but maybe that is just me ? cheers

  17. RacerJim   Monday, April 4, 2011 at 9:57 AM

    Whereas POTUS Obama ordered the “surge” in U.S. military forces in Afghanistan,

    Whereas Lt. Col. Lakin was ordered to Afghanistan as part of POTUS Obama’s “surge”,

    Whereas Lt. Col. Lakin’s orders were the direct result of POTUS Obama’s order,

    Therefore POTUS Obama was in Lt. Col. Lakin’s ‘Chain of Command’.

    Whereas Courts Martial Judge Colonel Denise Lind ruled that POTUS Obama was not in Lt. Col. Lakin’s ‘Chain of Command’,

    Whereas Courts Martial Judge Colonel Denise Lind ruled that Lt. Col. Lakin could neither request or present evidence regarding POTUS Obama’s eligibility because the latter was not in the former’s ‘Chain of Command’,

    Therefore Courts Martial Judge Colonel Denise Lind deprived Lt. Col. Lakin of his right to a fair trail based upon her erroneous ruling that POTUS Obama was not in Lt. Col. Lakin’s ‘Chain of Command’.

    Whereas Lt. Col. Lakin was deprived of his right to a fair trial based upon the erroneous ruling of Courts Martial Judge Colonel Lind his conviction must be overturned, his punishment must be vacated, and Courts Martial Judge Colonel Denise Lind must be Courts Martialed accordingly.

    prosecutor Capt. Philip J. O’Beirne

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