U.S. ARMY DOCTOR DISHONORABLY DISCHARGED AFTER “FORGED BIRTH CERTIFICATE” PRESENTED TO THE PUBLIC
by Sharon Rondeau, h/t GW
(Feb. 20, 2017) — The petition asking the White House to grant a pardon to the former Lt. Col. Terry Lakin has been “closed” with 6,141 signatures as of Monday evening before midnight in all continental U.S. time zones.
The petition was launched on January 21 and, as stated at whitehouse.gov, would have needed to garner 100,000 signatures in order to obtain an official response from the White House within 60 days thereafter.
During Obama’s first term, Lakin was court-martialed, imprisoned for five months and dishonorably discharged from the Army, where he served as a flight surgeon, for questioning Obama’s constitutional eligibility to serve as president and commander-in-chief of the military.
After his discharge, he opened a private medical practice in Colorado, where he continues to see patients.
According to the petition’s author, The White House should grant Lakin a pardon because “Terry was merely following his officer’s oath and constitutional duty” by questioning Obama’s bona fides.
Various credible sources had reported Obama as born in Kenya or Indonesia prior to being changed to say that he was “born in Hawaii” before or after Obama declared himself a presidential candidate.
Article II, Section 1, clause 5 of the Constitution requires the nation’s chief executive to be a “natural born Citizen,” a term not precisely defined by the Framers for future generations.
The petition continues:
It is an outrage that this was allowed to happen. Obama refused to answer Terry’s letter and ended up producing a forged birth certificate. Terry who was a medical doctor is a valuable asset to the American military and the fact that his military chain of command and his congressional representatives allowed him to be court-martialed and run out of the army is an outrage for all Americans. This grave injustice needs to be addressed and corrected ASAP.
In mid-December, Terry Lakin Action Fund Trustee Marco Ciavolino made a similar argument to a legal advisor to then-President-Elect Donald Trump. In a letter to Atty. Michael Cohen, Ciavolino contended that Obama himself should have issued Lakin a pardon before leaving office given that the White House released the very “document” Lakin had requested to see, Obama’s “long-form” birth certificate.
The image was posted at whitehouse.gov on April 27, 2011, as Lakin finished his prison sentence at Ft. Leavenworth.
Within days, however, the image was declared fraudulent by a number of graphics experts as well as by an ensuing but unrelated five-year criminal investigation.
The White House did not respond to the forgery claims until just before Obama left office in January, with then-White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest stating:
There were a wide variety of the president’s critics who were suggesting and propagating conspiracy theories that somehow the president was not born in the United States.
All of you could look at that piece of paper and verify for yourself to be convinced that the charges against the president — that were lobbed against the president — were false.
There was no :piece of paper” presented to the public, but only an image on a computer screen.
Petitions launched at the same time as Lakin’s which remain on the White House website include “Preserve the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities” with 201,297 signatures; “Divest or put in a blind trust all of the President’s business and financial assets” with 338,691 signatures; and “Let American Farmers Grow Hemp Once Again to Create Jobs and Rebuild the Rural Economy” with 102,521 signatures.
Editor’s Note: The Post & Email erroneously reported in its previous story that signatures could still be collected on the Lakin petition despite its failing to have garnered the necessary 100,000 signers to generate a White House response.