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Army 'birther' jailed at Leavenworth

Posted By Brian Fitzpatrick On 12/20/2010 @ 9:21 pm In Front Page | Comments Disabled


Dr. Terrence Lakin

Even as Dr. Terrence Lakin was being processed at the Fort Leavenworth military prison Monday morning, well-wishers were bombarding Army authorities with requests for clemency.

According to Margaret Hemenway, spokesman for the American Patriot Foundation, the Army command in the Washington, D.C. area received “about 300 calls” by 12:30 Monday asking Maj. Gen. Karl Horst to set Lakin free.

As the commanding general in the Washington, D.C. area, Horst is the “Convening Authority” over the former lieutenant colonel’s court martial. The convening authority must approve court-martial sentences. Horst has the authority to accept or reduce the sentence handed down by Lakin’s court martial panel, or to order Lakin released.

Hemenway told WND that APF, the organization that created the “safeguardourconstitution” website to support Lakin during his legal battle with the Army, is launching a new effort called “Operation Free Dr. Lakin.”

“We’re encouraging people to call, write, email and fax Maj. Gen. Horst,” said Hemenway. “We are asking people to send letters and cards to support Terry,” Hemenway added.

Maj. Gen. Horst can be reached through an Army public affairs officer, Col. Robert Manning, at 202-685-4899.

Lakin is permitted to receive letters, greeting cards, and post office money orders, but nothing else. No magazines, books, food or packages.

Letters and cards to Lakin should be sent to the following address, and should not mention his rank:

Terrence Lakin #89996, 830 Sabalu Road, Fort Leavenworth, KS 66027

Financial contributions should be sent to the Terry Lakin Action Fund at Terrylakinactionfund.com. “This is the only fund specifically authorized by Terry’s family,” according to Marco Ciavolino, the administrative trustee. Contributions will go to Lakin’s legal defense or his family’s needs.

Donate online through the website using any major credit card, or mail checks made payable to the Terry Lakin Action Fund, PO Box 1116, Bel Air, Maryland 21014.

Lakin was sentenced Thursday to six months confinement, forfeiture of pay and allowances, and dismissal from the service for disobeying orders as a ploy to force the Army to court-martial him.

The former lieutenant colonel intended to use the pre-trial “discovery” process to obtain documents that would determine whether orders handed down by President Barack Obama, the commander-in-chief of the armed forces, are legally valid.

Lakin hoped to force Obama to produce identity documents, such as his birth certificate, that would answer conclusively whether Obama is a “natural-born citizen,” the Constitutional requirement any American must meet to serve as president of the United States.

Obama has steadfastly refused to produce the 1961 copy of his birth certificate, his adoption records, passport records, travel records, school records, and many other papers that would document his identity. His eligibility to serve as president remains unproven.



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