버락 오바마 미국대통령의 출생증명서 공개여부가 논란이 되고 있습니다
미 육군 항공대 군의관으로 복무중인 테리 래킨 중령이 오바마 대통령의 출생증명서 공개를 요구하면서 아프카니스탄 전출명령을 거부했다고 미 군사전문지 아미 타임스가 미국시간 6일 보도했습니다
펜타곤 의무실 근무를 포함해 미 육군에서 18년간 복무한 래킨중령은 '오바마 대통령이 헌법에 규정된 대통령의 자격을 갖췄는지 알고 싶다. 오바마대통령이 출생증명서를 공개할때까지 아프가니스탄 전출명령을 이행하지 않을 것'이라고 밝혔습니다
동성무공훈장을 받기도 한 래킨중령은 '오바마대통령은 미국에서 출생했음을 명확히 입증해야 한다, 그렇게 하지 않으면 그의 명령은 불법이다'고 주장했습니다
이에 대해 미 육군성 대변인은 '래킨중령의 이같은 발언은 그 자신의 개인적 견해를 표현한 것'이라며 애써 의미를 축소하고 '명령을 거부할 의사가 있음을 표현했을뿐 아직 행동으로 옮긴 것은 아니다'라고 밝혔습니다
한편 래킨중령은 '헌법수호위원회' '미국 애국자연맹'등의 지원을 받아 자신의 주장을 동영상으로 만들어 유투브에 올리는등
시민단체와 연계해 오바마 출생증명서 공개를 요구하고 있습니다
Lt. col. refuses deployment
Posted : Tuesday Apr 6, 2010 16:08:59 EDT
Decorated Army flight surgeon Lt. Col. Terrence Lakin says he will not comply with orders to deploy to Afghanistan until President Obama releases his birth certificate.
“I am today compelled to make the distasteful choice to invite my own court-martial, in pursuit of the truth about the president’s eligibility under the constitution to hold office,” Lakin said in a YouTube video being circulated by Safeguard Our Constitution, an organization raising money for Lakin’s legal defense.
“If he is ineligible, I believe my orders and all orders are illegal,” said Lakin, 45. “Any reasonable person looking at the evidence in the public domain would have questions about President Obama’s claim to be a natural-born citizen.”
Lakin has been in the Army 18 years, is assigned to an Army health clinic at the Pentagon, and he is a recipient of the Bronze Star and various service medals.
As of April 2, the Army had not taken action against Lakin. Army spokesman George Wright noted Lakin has only expressed an intent to violate Uniform Code of Military Justice articles related to missing movement and disobeying orders.
“Lieutenant Colonel Lakin is free to express his personal views. The Army has no comment on his concerns, nor the views that he espoused,” Wright said. “Whether his actions to date violate any law or policy is for his chain of command to determine.”
Attempts to reach Lakin for comment were unsuccessful.
The American Patriot Foundation, an organization that questions whether Obama was born in the United States, is championing Lakin. Margaret Hemenway, a spokeswoman for the group, said although the Army has not taken action against Lakin, he has nevertheless retained an attorney.
Hemenway said Lakin, who is due to be promoted to colonel, was risking his career for his principles.
“I think he’d like the president to say, ‘I need everyone to deploy and I’ll release my records,’” Hemenway said.
He is not the first soldier to refuse to deploy overseas citing questions over Obama’s presidential legitimacy. Two soldiers represented by California attorney Orly Taitz, who has lodged a well-publicized campaign to challenge the president’s citizenship, have made similar claims.
In July, Maj. Stefan Frederick Cook, a reserve soldier who sought a temporary restraining order and status as a conscientious objector by the same justification, had his deployment orders revoked.
Army Capt. Connie Rhodes, also a doctor, filed for a temporary restraining order to stop her deployment in August. Texas federal judge Xavier Rodriguez denied the request.
The issue was largely relegated to fringe groups after Obama released a copy of his Certification of Live Birth from the state of Hawaii in 2008. It said he was born in Honolulu in 1961, two years after Hawaii became a state.