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August 6th, 2010
12:57 PM ET

Video: Release birth certificate, military doctor demands

Editor's note: Lt. Col. Terry Lakin, the Army officer who has refused to deploy to Afghanistan because, in his view, President Obama has not proved that he was born in the United States and is therefore ineligible to be president, entered a deferred plea at his arraignment hearing Friday morning. Watch Anderson Cooper's May 10, 2010 interview with Lt. Col. Terry Lakin below. Read his letter to President Obama posted on SafeguardOurConstitution.com.

soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. Michael

    This man is showing great honor by standing up for his belief. President Obama is the one who has acted and continues to act without honor. Bravo Lt Col Lakin!!!

    August 8, 2010 at 6:17 pm |
  2. Kevin

    Well done Mr. Cooper!

    August 8, 2010 at 5:36 pm |
  3. Grant Bromley

    Keeping them honest!

    August 8, 2010 at 2:33 pm |
  4. ronvan

    Lunacy – Stupidity – A disgrace to the uniform: Not only should this "so
    called" officer be court martialed but they should make sure he does not even get retirement pay!

    August 8, 2010 at 9:53 am |
  5. joelle esther benyayer

    the prostitution inside the french and dutch army lcontrol the information in the airport in amsterdam some hoockers exerce chantage on bussinessmen also inside the police and french army movie and pictures with extreme right some policemen are involds and some milatry get sexes with young girl too young sometimes no investigation on it Joelle esther benyayer in another word pedophilie;

    August 8, 2010 at 9:27 am |
  6. Bob Russell

    It's a shame that AC didn't confront this lunatic with the underlying issue here. He is anti-Obama because of his mixed race. I agree, drum him out of the army.

    August 8, 2010 at 7:49 am |
  7. Kim

    Berg's complaint allegations have been dismissed,but he is appealing in both Third Circuit and the Supreme Court ? What's up with that ? Indonesia passport ? Rhodes Scholar/Oxford and Hawaii. What are the facts and the truth with all this confusion about a birth certificate ? This is totally confusing and have no idea what to believe. Hard to reach a conclusion and it's a mystery. Was the President of the United States born in the USA ? Maybe and in Hawaii but there is some sort of technical difficulty with the process of birth certificate paper work in a timely manner and that's not Obama's fault ? Ask the Freedom Information Act ...? What's going on with this topic CNN and do we get the facts and truth or what ? Ann Dunham Soetoro divorced and married Obama's dad. They had little Obama and he grew up and now he's President. Get busy on the Recovery and Reinvestment Act ! "Jobs,Baby,Jobs" Good Luck Lt. Col Lakin and it's a mystery and puzzle. Who knows ?

    August 8, 2010 at 5:55 am |
  8. Annie Kate

    Why does this belief persist in face of adequate disclosure to the contrary – is it like Elvis sightings or conspiracy theories on Kennedy's assassination? I would have hoped that a man with such a sterling career record as the Lt. Colonel would not be taking this approach – he is the only one that will lose in this case.

    August 8, 2010 at 5:10 am |
  9. Tyrone

    The bizarre idea that Barack Obama is not a natural born citizen and therefore not eligible to hold the office of president continues to thrive, with an active duty white Army officer now joining the fray.The soldier in question, 40-year-old contractor-turned 2LT Scott Easterling asserts that his oath to defend the Constitution require that, “Until Mr. Obama releases a ‘vault copy’ of his original birth certificate for public review, I will consider him neither my Commander in Chief nor my President, but rather, a usurper to the Office an impostor.” The white officer should be charge with treason and shot! He is a terrorist working against America and the President of the Unites State! This man enlisted in the American armed forces and sword to honor the Unites State and respect the chain of command. 2LT Scott Easterling is a coward and un American and a disgrace to all Americans! Every true American troop should refuse to serve with that lowlife coward! Racist white Americans have been in the service every sent there has been a military service. But even they have never refuse to serve while they enlisted! This idiot should receive a BCD and busted down to private and jailed for 5 years!

    August 7, 2010 at 6:46 pm |
  10. Bruce Stewart

    Mr Cooper, you should have listened to what Terry Larkin's attorney was attempting to explain to you. The Certificate of Live Birth is NOT the ORIGINAL birth certificate signed by the parent(s) and doctor who delivered the baby. The Certificate of Live Birth is a COPY which serves as "prima facie evidence" of the birth. And "prima facie", as you are aware means "at first appearance", and not absolute unquestionable proof. The US Citizenship & Immigration Service does NOT accept a certificate of live birth in immigration proceeding. It requires a "vault copy" – a certified notarized copy of the full, unabridged and signed ORIGINAL birth certificate which invariably contains the handwritten entries of the parents and delivering doctor.

    August 7, 2010 at 6:30 pm |
  11. nqyer

    Do you only post comments favorable to Cooper's close-minded, rude interview?

    August 7, 2010 at 6:08 pm |
  12. nqyer

    You refused to listen to the facts re Obama's birth certificate. I once thought he was legit until I researched all the facts. The truth will one day prevail. My fear is that too many people will not care whether he is lawfully qualified or not. I implore you to please research with an open mind.

    August 7, 2010 at 6:03 pm |
  13. Djuna Watts

    OMG...I think we should lock him up until he admits that Obama is a US citizen...and HIS President. As far as his attn goes...I think he should stay out of the public eye ...at least until the side effects of the stoke wears off...lol. jk

    August 7, 2010 at 5:36 pm |
  14. JBBW

    Obama's mother was a US citizen. Doesn't that make this whole argument moot?

    August 6, 2010 at 4:55 pm |
  15. Locksley

    Mr Cooper, did you say "honorable"???? That gentleman is not honorable. He should be dishonorably discharged and drummed out of the army, period!

    August 6, 2010 at 1:40 pm |
  16. rodney faris

    This lunatic should be dishonorabley discharged.

    August 6, 2010 at 1:36 pm |