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Tuesday
Dec142010

'Birther' Faces 18 Months in Prison for Refusing Deployment to Afghanistan

Photo Courtesy - Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- An Army doctor who refused deployment to Afghanistan because he questioned whether President Obama was born in the United States pleaded guilty Tuesday for failing to obey orders but pleaded not guilty to the count of missing a flight he needed to be on.

Lt. Col. Terry Lakin is among the so-called "birthers," who continue to question whether the president was born in the United States and thereby eligible for the presidency. They argue that they have yet to see Obama's original, signed birth certificate, even though the president released a copy during his campaign.

Lakin was set to deploy from Fort Campbell, Ky. in April for his second tour of duty, but he never showed up.

In a YouTube video, the Colorado native admitted that he invited his own court-martial because he won't obey what he believes are "illegal orders" from a president who hasn't presented proof that he is a natural-born U.S. citizen.

"I will disobey my orders to deploy because I believe all servicemen and servicewomen and the American people deserve the truth about President Obama's constitutional eligibility to the office of the presidency and the commander in chief," Lakin said. "If he is ineligible, then my order, and indeed all orders are illegal, because all orders have the origin with the commander-in-chief as handed down through the chain of command."

Lakin faces up to 18 months in prison and dishonorable discharge.

"The minimal invasion to any politician's privacy from having to show an original signed birth certificate is far less than the harms to our country caused by someone not qualified whose election would thus subvert the law and the truth," he said.

Lakin's lawyer Neil Puckett said recently that the 18-year Army veteran intentionally disobeyed orders because he hoped his case would force the president to produce his original birth certificate. He said that Lakin is "very disappointed in the system."

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