During the penalty phase of the Court Martial, doubt of Obama’s eligibility was the elephant on the witness stand.
Having now pleaded guilty to the second lesser charges, and found guilty on the first, more serious charge, Judge Lind wasted no time in moving to the sentencing phase for the Court Martial of Lt. Col Terrence Lakin. The surprise was that the prosecution immediately played the Terry Lakin tape, the one where he told the world he was refusing orders until Obama has proven that his orders are legal…so Lakin is denied his defense but the prosecution is allowed to introduce this evidence?
This move by the prosecution may have backfired, however, when the ‘gallery’ erupted into loud clapping and cheers, causing the ‘precise’ Judge Lind to lose control over the courtroom and the panel to look flabbergasted despite the starch, stiff shoulders, spiffy shined shoes, and perfectly coiffed hair. Lakin’s supporters were ultimately used by the prosecution–and the defense— to attempt to diminish his principled stand…suggesting it was we who ‘talked him into it’ and underwrote his entire defense. A crude prosecution move not executed well by the government’s ‘team b’, or was it team c?
While the prosecution played the tape to embarrass Lakin, how can anyone not see the intelligence, honesty, and conviction which conveyed the seriousness and deliberation with which Lakin ‘invited his own Court Martial’ to bring attention to Obama?
And as we were to find out later, before Lakin had made that tape he had taken his concerns all the way up his chain of command, including the Army Chief of Staff, General Casey. The tape was his last step after having exhausted all his remedies. The Officer had sounded the alarm and the Army chose to shoot the messenger.
The Army’s Fundamental Flaw
The Army’s debasement in this debacle of a Court Martial is that they ignored their own Constitutional duty to ensure the CIC’s qualifications through blind allegiance. In this regard, our Army is less responsible to its constitution and the American people than the Honduran Army, which did the right thing in removing a dictator who had defied the will of its Congress and the Supreme Court.
The fundamental flaw in the charging papers, in fact, the entire prosecution’s case, was that Obama’s orders were ‘presumed legal’. This is the core question, and this question was definitively never answered by the chain of command.
‘Presumed legal‘ is to take for granted that something is legal in the absence of information to the contrary.
What information to the contrary do we have that Obama is not an Article II Natural Born Citizen? Let me count the ways:
- Condition of dual allegiance at birth, verified by the State Department
- Father’s citizenship
- Lack of definitive proof of birth in HI
- Adoption by Indonesian national
- No documentation of name change from Barry Soetoro to Barack Hussein Obama II.
- 30 social security numbers associated with the Barack Obama who occupies the White House, his current one based upon someone who was born in 1890 in Connecticut.
In fact, Judge Lind forbade LTC Lakin to ask this question because it would be “’embarassing’ for the pResident”–not because the Army had verified it, or looked at it, or that there was definitive proof that Obama is legal, or that Congress, the media, ‘twitter’, the DNC, or Obama had verified it. Not even because the services are engaged in war in Afghanistan…i.e., don’t ask this question now. The Army ignored the question.
They refused to talk with him, instead assumed he was suffering from PTSD. Never a thought that their most valuable officers might have something to say.
They didn’t even introduce the forged COLB, LOL, guess it would have been perjury. 😛 With all the intelligence assets the Army has at its command, all they have to go on to charge Lt. Col. Terry Lakin is that Obama’s orders are ‘presumed’ legal. Shameful. And truly, who needs enemies when you have ‘friends’ like this?
One result is that the doubt of Obama’s eligibility stands in the transcript of this military Court Martial unchallenged. The Army presented no proof of his eligibility, and history will mark this event as it has when others have exposed a fundamental truth. Lakin’s statement stands that Obama’s orders may be unlawful.
Instead of doing their duty, the Army focused on the smallest possible thing–missing an order. Lakin is charged with running a stop sign and parking illegally while rescuing thousands from a burning building. The people will not be fooled, and Lakin remains a hero.
The Sentence Executed in Court
The Army’s fundamental failure to live up to its oath and to treat its Officers with fairness and respect was manifested in the prosecution of Lt. Col. Terry Lakin. The worst part of the sentence was executed right there in court, with the prosecution setting the table and the ‘defense’ team carving up the meal and finishing it off.
The prosecution recalled several of its witnesses, attempting to damn Lakin for failure to do his duty to
stop at the stop sign and park properly obey orders. The prosecution was admonished at several points for introducing facts not in evidence in an attempt to show Lakin in the worst light possible. Generally, the prosecution focused on the disruption of the family life of Lakin’s replacement. One or two meek objections from defense counsel were overruled by Judge Lind.
At one point the prosecution, gesturing to
Lakin’s supporters the American people in the audience, roared to Lakin that ‘its not your job to safeguard our constitution’…and while it obviously meant the website of the same name, imagine saying that to an Army officer sworn to protect the constitution! On the record. 😯
Two solid character witnesses were called in defense of Terry Lakin. Both were military members who had become friends with LTC Lakin and observed Lakin’s exemplary work in the field, saving lives, providing comfort, his overall value….all spoke highly of him. They were asked about whether an officer had the right to question procedures or orders and answered in the affirmative, citing the obvious value of such input. The prosecutor derided their answers; the defense elicited the responses supportive of Lakin’s decision, including that the American people need to know whether Obama is eligible or not.
The last element of the defense in the penalty phase was the un-sworn testimony of Lt. Col. Terry Lakin…the jury could take it under advisement since he could not be cross-examined, giving it ‘appropriate weight’. What transpired was the equivalent of a firing squad, followed by humiliation at the point of bayonet, at the hands of defense counsel:
Acting more like Lakin’s commander than his attorney, Puckett led him through his decision process which relied on advice and encouragement from supporters who seemed more interested in challenging the President’s authority than helping Lakin make better decisions as an Army officer.
Puckett raised his voice and proceeded to point out through questions and answers from Lakin how he had let down his family, the Army, his Soldiers, and those who need his medical services on the battlefield. This defense tactic totally surprised the client, but enabled the jury to see the depth and agony of the moral issues that led Lakin to make those choices.
Lakin’s principled stand was derided and his supporters referred to as ‘cancer’, the Constitution as a ‘mirage’. Puckett referred to ‘native born’, not ‘natural born citizen’ in his ‘defense’.
U.S. Army Loses Credibility
What kind of army blindly follows orders when those orders unnecessarily cause more deaths and injuries because soldiers cannot fight back? Do they ‘presume’ this is a good strategy, counter to everything they’ve learned in military practice? What kind of Army decides not to answer an officer’s questions, and presumes him mentally unbalanced for asking an essential question that duty requires him to? What kind of Army would betray its citizens and its Constitution? Certainly not one the Founders nor the Constitution ever envisioned.
The only person who behaved as a soldier and with honor is Lt. Col. Terry Lakin; the rest of them behaved as politicians: weak and enslaved to their own power and careers. Purely tools of their political masters, I see now there is no integrity left. The Army’s leadership is incompetent and unconstitutional.
Who is going to recommend that any of our young people join this Army? An army where the Chief of Staff and their subordinates say that ‘religion’ had nothing to do with Muslim Hassan’s murder of U.S. Army personnel in Ft. Hood? Who needs a defense counsel who’s partner agrees that religion has nothing to do with muslim assaults on our military personnel? Who would join this Army when its retired ‘advocates’ sit in the court room guffawing at the duty to protect and defend the constitution from all enemies, foreign and domestic, and while out of the courtroom defend muslim terrorists? Who would want a judge who eliminates evidence because its embarrassing? The lack of intellectual honesty, and a sense of duty, is astounding.
Shame on the United States Army leadership! I hardly think George Washington would be proud of you at all.