August 6th, 2010
07:10 AM ET
13 years ago

Hearing set for soldier in Obama birth certificate case

(CNN) - A court hearing is scheduled for Friday in the case of an Army officer who has refused to deploy to Afghanistan because, in his view, President Barack Obama has not proven that he was born in the United States and is therefore ineligible to be president.

Lt. Col. Terrence Lakin is scheduled to go before a judge in Virginia to enter a plea on charges that include disobeying a lawful order and dereliction of duty.

He is a decorated Army doctor and an 18-year veteran who is now facing court martial for disobeying orders to ship out for another tour of duty in Afghanistan.

Lakin says the orders are illegal because, he claims, Obama - the commander-in-chief - has not proven he was born in this country. Lakin wants Obama to produce his birth certificate.

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soundoff (18 Responses)
  1. Save America, impeach the treasonous republicans

    Orley Taits should serve time with him. While I would not want to go to Afghanistan either, I did not make an oath. Lakin has ruined his military career, and is a disgrace to the uniform.

    August 6, 2010 08:11 am at 8:11 am |
  2. dont care what you say

    this LT COL has my backing beacuse obama is an illegal

    August 6, 2010 08:11 am at 8:11 am |
  3. Save America, impeach the treasonous republicans

    There is no doubt that Obama was born in the U.S., unless you live in a cave or watch Fox.

    August 6, 2010 08:12 am at 8:12 am |
  4. lforlegend

    Bust to fool and kick him and his decorations out!!!!

    August 6, 2010 08:20 am at 8:20 am |
  5. ewor

    John Mc cain born in Panama had to given a special passage by congress to declare his birth there part of US territory. PLEASE!

    August 6, 2010 08:21 am at 8:21 am |
  6. ex-sarge

    The Republican Governor of Hawaii has said that that is his birth certificate. The birth announcement in the Honolulu newspaper has been verified. He is a citizen. John McCain was born in Panama in Central America, and no one bats an eye. If you have an issue with Obama's performance as President, fine, but if all you can come up with is this, take your crayons and go home.

    August 6, 2010 08:26 am at 8:26 am |
  7. MoJo

    Lakin needs a dishonorable discharge, and maybe a few years in leavenworth.

    August 6, 2010 08:26 am at 8:26 am |
  8. Robert

    This is another form of veiled racism, and I'll explain. Not once has ANY other President's citizenship been questioned until Obama. And to still question this after the overwhelming proof that has been given further lets me know that these people still can't stand the site of Mr. Obama being President. I've dealt with this same issue over and over. Alot of non-black people have this stereotype of black people as slang talkin, jive walkin, bling bling wearing people with less than an elementary education, and if they don't fit that stereotype they must be from another country. If they talk "proper" and don't fit into the small box that alot of Caucasions put blacks in, then that person must be from elsewhere in the world. This is not a genuine search for President Obama's birth certificate, this is a direct insult to every person of color whom society try to force to fit and embrace their stereotype of that person's people, and that is not only wrong, but it is so blatantly obvious that that is in fact what is going on in Mr. Obama's case.

    August 6, 2010 08:27 am at 8:27 am |
  9. JonDie

    Kick Lakin out; he is not fit to serve.

    August 6, 2010 08:28 am at 8:28 am |
  10. pc

    this birth certificate crap is getting so old and makes the united states look like fools. does anyone actually believe barack obama would have been allowed to run for president if he could not prove his birth in america! the far right fringe has tanted america in so many ways that it will take years to regain respect of the majority over the ignorance of a few. this would have never been an issue if barack obama had been white. any fool can see his birth certificate on line along with the announcment in the paper which even shows the obama's address at the time of barack's birth. please america lets get out of the darkness and show some form of inteligence ....the world is watching!!!! PLEASE START THINKING FOR YOURSELVES AND STAY AWAY FROM FOX NEWS.

    August 6, 2010 08:29 am at 8:29 am |
  11. Don Wuerl

    President Barrack H. Obama is the Commander-in-Chief; if you received orders to go to war, then go! Lt. Colonel, you know better than letting silly non-sense get in the way! I don't see you continuing your military career; instead, you are looking at being demoted to a Pvt Basic, serious jailtime, and dishonorable discharge. Sir, you only have about two years until retirement; what are you thinking?

    August 6, 2010 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
  12. diridi

    I know that some is GOP. Silly idiots.....still do not have brain....

    August 6, 2010 08:32 am at 8:32 am |
  13. Squiggs

    America at its best.

    August 6, 2010 08:32 am at 8:32 am |
  14. Djinn

    Idiots then....still idiots. Get over it. He is Black and He is our duly elected President. Get over yourselves.

    August 6, 2010 08:33 am at 8:33 am |
  15. MidwaySailor76

    As the article says, this question has been asked and answered (multiple times now).

    Time to let it go and do your duty. I wouldn't need proof of anything if the Commander in Chief issued the order to go kill our enemies. But I guess that's just me.

    August 6, 2010 08:41 am at 8:41 am |
  16. Larry

    What morons ...

    Get lives ...

    Pay attention, as you walk around with such a foolish sign on your back, it is quite obvious you are seeking attention for something else most likely lacking in your life

    If you are going to protest, at least choose one of the many real issues going on in this country

    Instead of walking around with a sign on your back that reads, "I Know I'm Revealing My Ignorance By Wearing This Sign"

    August 6, 2010 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
  17. Jim

    Several States and Commonwealths in the US issue Certificates of Live Birth as opposed to Birth Certificates,

    These moron birthers can't get that through thier heads.

    August 6, 2010 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  18. Marilyn

    Why does the news media even keep reporting this stuff; it is utterly ridiculous. And for CNN to keep conducting polls on this issue is equally ridiculous. It has been proven that PRESIDENT Obama was born in the U.S., so let's move on. Birther's, "Let it Go"!

    August 6, 2010 08:53 am at 8:53 am |