Army doctor Lt. Col. Terry Lakin believes Obama does not meet the constitutional requirements to be president and commander-in-chief, because he believes (incorrectly) that Obama wasn't born in the United States.
Lakin refused this week to report to Fort Campbell, KY for deployment to Afghanistan, but instead showed up at the Pentagon, where he was confronted by his brigade Commander Col. Gordon Roberts, a Vietnam Medal of Honor recipient.
Lakin was informed by Roberts that he would face court martial, and his Pentagon building pass and government laptop computer were seized.
This Army Lt. Col has refused a lawful order to deploy to Afghanistan because of his belief that the order is invalid since Barack Obama has not - in his view - supplied sufficient evidence of his native birth in the United States.
Crazy and insane though this may seem, this view according to recent polls seems to be shared by as many as 45% of Republicans.
I've been over this myself in exhuastive detail and this claim is total bunk.
Copy Provided by Obama
Showing the Folds.
The Raised Seal
Close Up of City of Birth
Unredacted Certification Number
As FactCheck.org has pointed out the Certification of Live Birth that Obama providing during the Presidential Campaign is perfectly legitimate, and has been validated by state officials - furthermore copies of the much vaunted "Long Form" that these people are clamoring for are not available under State Law.
Per Fact Check.
The document is a "certification of birth," also known as a short-form birth certificate. The long form is drawn up by the hospital and includes additional information such as birth weight and parents' hometowns. The short form is printed by the state and draws from a database with fewer details. The Hawaii Department of Health's birth record request form does not give the option to request a photocopy of your long-form birth certificate, but their short form has enough information to be acceptable to the State Department. We tried to ask the Hawaii DOH why they only offer the short form, among other questions, but they have not given a response.
Under Hawaii State law the Short form is sufficient to prove citizenship and for example, obtain a passport, which Obama's mother must have done when she moved the family temporarily to Indonesia.
Per Hawaiian law, Statue 338.13, any certified copies of the original document can serve the same purpose as the original document.
"(b) Copies of the contents of any certificate on file in the department, certified by the department shall be considered for all purposes the same as the original, subject to the requirements of sections 338-16, 338-17, and 338-18."
Usually the certification is stamped and signed on the lower reverse side of the document and says "I certify this is a true copy or abstract of the record on file in the Hawaii State Department of Health."
The stamp and signature on the back of Obama's certified copy is here:
Signature on the Back
This copy is certified and VALID, the requirement stated by this Lt. Col for a "Doctor signed form" is not required by the Constitution. It's completely made up.
It's rather sad that this soldier (and doctor) has chosen to throw away his career ove a phantasm, but what's even worse is that when he loses his case - and he certainly WILL lose just like Orly Taitz did - the estimated 45% of Republicans who still believe this drivel aren't likely to see the truth, they're likely to believe this man to be some kind of Constitutional Martyr, when what truly he is - is deeply misguided and foolish.
Also I continue to wonder if these people would be making this demand of a President John McCain, particularly since he himself was born in Panama and only has citizenship through his parents.