by Sharon Rondeau

(Feb. 9, 2017) — On Thursday morning at 9:14 a.m. EST, a petition asking for a pardon for former Lt. Col. Terry Lakin is registering 1,600 signatures.

The petition was launched on January 21 by Gary Wilmott and at first registered just one signature.  After several days, the counter changed very slowly.  However, in recent days, between 200 and 300 signatures have been applied each day.

As of last night, the count was in the 1300s.

In 2011, Lakin was given a dishonorable discharge from the Army after 17 years as a doctor and flight surgeon for having questioned the eligibility of Barack Hussein Obama, then acting as commander-in-chief.

In preparation for his court-martial, Lakin was not permitted access to any of Obama’s records purportedly held by Hawaii officials, as the presiding judge, Col. Denise Lind, said that Obama’s birth certificate could contain information that might prove “embarrassing” to its owner.

While Lakin was serving his six-month sentence at Fort Leavenworth, which included loss of pay and benefits to his family, the White House released what it said was a scan of a certified copy of Obama’s long-form birth certificate from the Hawaii Department of Health (HDOH).  The image was quickly denounced as a poor forgery by a number of experts on the record.

In August 2011, a criminal investigation was launched into the authenticity of the birth certificate image, later determining it to be a “computer-generated forgery.” Also found to be fraudulent was Obama’s purported Selective Service registration form.

During Lakin’s incarceration, Terry Lakin Action Fund (TLAF) Trustee Marco Ciavolino worked to raise funds for Lakin’s family and public awareness of why Lakin took the stand that he did. In a recent interview with The Post & Email, Ciavolino revealed that in mid-December, he wrote to a member of then-President-Elect Donald Trump’s legal team requesting a full pardon and reinstatement in the Army for Lakin.

An update on the TLAF website reads:

Why Terry Lakin should be pardoned:  The officer’s oath is to defend the constitution. Terry’s question was valid and when he first pursued the proof he sought he was repeatedly told to ignore the issue. After he chose to challenge Obama’s claims, the White House provided two documents, both of which have been proven to be fraudulent. Therefore, we are right where we started: No legally verifiable proof of Constitutional eligibility. Terry’s claim is valid, and proof is still absent.

Ciavolino also revealed to The Post & Email that SSL certificates which the White House website should have had in place were “revoked,” presumably within the Obama-Trump transition period.  Ciavolino said at the time that he believed that many more people had signed the Lakin petition than were displayed and that the signatures would eventually be applied.

Given the recent uptick in the pace of new signatures, it appears Ciavolino may have been right.

In order for the White House to respond to a petition posted at whitehouse.gov, the petition must garner 100,000 signatures within a 30-day time frame. Lakin’s petition will reach that point on February 20.

The petition can be signed here:  https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/petition/reinstate-lt-col-terry-lakin-us-army-full-rank-pay-benefits-and-pension-immediately

On Thursday night, Lakin will be a guest on the WOBC radio show.



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  1. I understand the allegations and believe them to be true. However, I don’t know how to prove them false. I think that Terry Larking should receive a pardon and reinstated in the Military.