Thursday, June 10, 2010

Lakin Waives Preliminary Hearing - It's Court or Bust!

Something of a shocker: rather than going ahead with a preliminary hearing - in which the Birther evidence he'd wanted to present was denied - LTC Terry Lakin has decided to waive the hearing, which will take him direct to a possible Court Martial, perhaps to come this Fall.

Why? According to the Press Release Lakin put out today at Safeguard Our Constitution, the Army has made it “impossible for (Lakin) to present a defense”:

Lakin, through his legal defense team, requested the testimony of Dr. Chiyome Fukino of the Hawaii Dept. of Health, and all of that agency’s records that exist concerning the president’s birth. Lakin had also requested the testimony of the custodians of records of, and the records relating to Obama’s admission and financial aid that exist, of the Punahou School, Occidental College, Columbia University and Harvard Law School. All these requests were also summarily denied, leaving Lakin without any ability to mount a defense at the hearing.

In other words, the Military - as they've gotten very good at since Vietnam - excised any fluff that would obscure the real issue: did Lakin disobey a lawful order, or not? Since he did, and he not only admitted that he did, but said in advance that he planned to do it, the matter should be about as open and shut as a well-oiled door.

Of course, Lakin isn't done. He plans to "renew his requests to the Military Judge at the appropriate time." The fact that these requests will, most likely, be scuttled as well doesn't seem to be deterring him from this course of action. One interesting thing will be to see if they let Alan Keyes and Ret. Major Vallely speak at the Court Martial, as they were prepared to do at the Preliminary Hearing. But, as we mentioned before, they're unlikely to have much of an impact, except to make fools of themselves.

Lakin has also provided a new video to go along with the press release. It scans like a "birthers greatest shits" - all the exaggerations, misstatements, misunderstandings, and flat out lies we've come to expect from a movement designed to appeal to the dumbest common denominator.

Watching him spout this junk is a sad reminder that no one is immune to drinking the kool-aid - a lesson to us all, perhaps.

(And if you're wondering about anything he said here, I recommend a trip to Obama Conspiracy Theories for an anti-kool-aid immunization.)

So what happens now? Another hearing sometime this month, followed by an actual trial date in the Fall, maybe. That is, of course, unless LTC Lakin gets informed by some kind soul that he's being used as a hand puppet for Satan. Maybe if we all told him?

But I'm looking into the future, and in it I see a sad sight: former LTC Lakin is breaking rocks at Leavenworth, all by his lonesome, with no visitors other than friends and family, as the nasty paws that led him down the road of Good Intentions are elsewhere, bringing some other, poor soul down the same exact path... and writing books about how they're going to bring down "Barry Sotero" if it's the last thing they do!

There HAS to be a better outcome than that. There just has to be.

(HT to Oh For Goodness' Sake)


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