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by Sharon Rondeau

(Feb. 20, 2017) — A petition launched at whitehouse.gov the day following Donald Trump’s inauguration asking that former Lt. Col. Terry Lakin be pardoned of his conviction and dishonorable discharge from the Army in 2011 has reached the end of its 30-day period in which to earn a response from the administration.

The current number of signatures as of 2:15 PM EST is 6,135, far short of the 100,000 necessary to obtain an official White House response.  However, signatures can continue to accrue, as with other whitehouse.gov petitions.

As particularly in the beginning but also more recently, the petition did not appear to register the number of actual individuals signing it, it is impossible to know if the signature count is accurate. At least two other Whitehouse.gov petitions were reported to have failed to reflect what many thought to be a much higher number of signatories.

It is believed by some that a lack of the necessary security certificates at the White House website during the presidential transition period might have caused signatures to be held in abeyance for an undetermined period of time.

During the summer of 2010, Lakin “invited” his own court-martial by announcing that he would not deploy for a second tour to Afghanistan until convinced that Barack Hussein Obama was a “natural born Citizen,” as required by Article II, Section 1, clause 5 of the U.S. Constitution for the president and commander-in-chief.

Lakin believed it was a matter of upholding the oath he took as an Army officer.

Prior to taking the step of jeopardizing his 17-year Army career as a doctor and flight surgeon, Lakin asked his congressional representatives and military chain of command for evidence that Obama was born in Hawaii, as Obama claimed, and not in a foreign country, as a number of mainstream media reports had stated in the years preceding the 2008 presidential election.

No proof was forthcoming, and while facing the charges of “missing movement” and “disobeying a direct order,” Lakin was not permitted to obtain the records as part of discovery in the case.

On December 16, 2010, Lakin was sentenced to six months in Fort Leavenworth prison, forfeiture of all benefits and pay, and a dishonorable discharge after completion of his imprisonment.

Toward the end of his time at Fort Leavenworth, the White House released an image said to be a scan of a certified copy of Obama’s long-form birth certificate obtained from the Hawaii Department of Health (HDOH). Almost immediately, however, the image was declared a poor forgery by several experts.

In August 2011, then-Maricopa County Sheriff Joseph Arpaio commissioned his volunteer “Cold Case Posse” to examine the image. Several days later, lead investigator Mike Zullo informed Arpaio that the team was unable to clear it as authentic.

A five-year criminal investigation ensued during which Zullo and Arpaio announced that the standard of probable cause had been overcome in regard to the long-form birth certificate image. Also found fraudulent was Obama’s Selective Service registration form. Timely Selective Service registration is required for any male seeking employment within the federal government and for all males present in the U.S. when they are between the ages of 18 and 26.

Lakin is currently practicing medicine privately in his home state of Colorado.  On a recent broadcast of the WOBC radio show, Lakin told the audience that if given the opportunity, he would like to rejoin the Army. The trustee of the fund established to assist Lakin’s family during his incarceration, Marco Ciavolino, wrote in a letter to one of Trump’s attorneys in December that Lakin wished to use his medical skills at a Veterans Administration facility or even within the White House itself while asking then President-Elect Trump to consider a pardon for Lakin.

Obama’s eligibility has not yet been determined given the findings of forgery and fraud in the only identification “documents” he has proffered.  Ironically, Trump was ridiculed in 2011, just after Lakin went to prison, for questioning Obama’s eligibility himself after hearing reports that Obama was born in Kenya and observing that no paper documentation had been released by the White House.

A third and final press conference held by Zullo and Arpaio in December revealed that two forensic analysts agreed that the long-form birth certificate image, now archived at obamawhitehouse.archives.gov, cannot be authentic based on nine points of forgery.

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  1. I’m baffled that Lakin hasn’t received much more petitions. I am aware that others and several other web sites have promoted his case. I had envisioned by now the goal would have been
    within reach if not achieved.

    With other veteran groups and “word of mouth” and etc. I have no idea why the numbers are
    so short. Is there something wrong with the web site? How is it that the horse petition has
    out paced Lakin’s cause? Nuts.

    Let’s continue to press ahead.