Army to Court Martial Birther Army Officer for Refusing Orders
Lt. Col. Terry Lakin has refused to report to Fort Campbell, Ky., for deployment to Afghanistan. Instead, he went to the Pentagon.
Lt. Col. Larkin was immediately reassigned to Walter Reed Medical Hospital while his case is being investigated.
The colonel does not recognize the authority of President Obama as Commander in Chief of the Armed Forces, believing President Obama to be a foreign national.
During the two years of campaigning by then Senator Barack Hussein Obama Jr. for the office of President of the United States, beginning in 2006, the claim that he was not an American citizen has been promoted by certain sectors of the American populous.
Those adhering to this belief have come to be known as birthers.
The birthers are not united on what is the alternative nationality of President Obama. Some claim he was born in Kenya, the homeland of his father, Barack Hussein Sr., his American mother being unable to bestow citizenship to her son due to her age.
Another twist to the birther challenge makes the claim the President is a British citizen, since at the time of his birth, his father's homeland, Kenya, was not an independent nation. It was still a British colony.
Yet another twist involves the time period President Obama resided in Indonesia with his mother and stepfather during his childhood, claiming his inability to claim both Indonesian and American citizenship.
Larkin is a "birther," a person who believes Obama is not native-born and therefore is ineligible to be president. Hawaii officials have repeatedly issued statements that Obama was born in the state and that the Health Department holds a copy of his original birth certificate. A copy of the document has been made available on the Internet.
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