(Feb. 27, 2015) — On the Peter Boyles Show on Friday morning, the former Lt. Col. Terry Lakin, now Dr. Terry Lakin, told Boyles that after he questioned Barack Hussein Obama’s eligibility for office while serving as a medical doctor in the U.S. Army, several congressmen told him that they also “didn’t know, either” who Obama is.
Boyles asked Lakin to talk about his upbringing and background, after which which Lakin described a happy childhood growing up in Colorado, where he now practices medicine.
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surgeon who deployed three times into
war zones and served at the TRICARE
DiLorenzo Clinic in Washington, DC.
Lakin said his refusal to deploy a second time to Afghanistan was made after he had questioned his military commanders in writing about Obama’s eligibility, and, receiving no response, then went to members of Congress. “I met with them; I said, ‘I don’t know who my commander-in-chief is,’ and the answers I got were, ‘We don’t, either; the media never went over this and we don’t know what to do about it.”
Obama’s constitutional eligibility was questioned in 2008 after credible reports that he was born outside of the country surfaced. Some also questioned whether a person born with dual citizenship, as Obama claimed he had been, could be considered a “natural born Citizen,” as is required by Article II, Section 1, clause 5 of the U.S. Constitution.
In his quest for answers, Lakin referenced receiving a “canned response” from the Congressional Research Service (CRS), which issued four memos between April 2009 and November 2011 in an attempt to convince members of Congress that Obama was eligible to the presidency because he was “a citizen.”
At the time he refused his deployment orders, Lakin was serving in the Pentagon and had been nominated to become a “full-bird” colonel. He told Boyles that he prayed over what action to take and described his thoughts as, “I’m more than willing to deploy to defend my country or do my country’s wishes, but I want to know that my commander-in-chief who’s making me do this is eligible.”
A press release from the American Patriot Foundation dated July 29, 2010 stated that Lakin had sought “a deposition in Hawaii of the records-keeper of the State Department of Health—and the production of all of their records concerning Barack Obama.” However, Lakin was not allowed to present a defense or obtain discovery on Obama after Col. Denise Lind stated that the release of Obama’s original birth certificate “could be an embarrassment” to Obama.
Lakin said that at that point, the consequences of his decision “played out” as he had expected with formal charges, a court-martial, conviction and imprisonment at Ft. Leavenworth. He had served 17 years in the Army with honors, was discharged dishonorably, and forfeited all pay and benefits while imprisoned over a five-month period.