We covered it here on Obama Conspiracy Theories: Another military officer refuses deployment over birth certificate. Lt. Col. Terry Lakin, an army physician, has gone birther. Lakin has his fund-raising fan web site, Safeguard our Constitution where he says: “In 2008, after pressure from news media, President Obama’s rival, candidate McCain, produced an original birth certificate from the Panama Canal Zone”. [Emphasis in the original.]
That’s not true.
Why did Lakin say this? Is he intentionally attempting to mislead the public into thinking McCain released a birth certificate and Obama did not? Is Lakin clinically insane and delusional? Or is he just too damned lazy to verify the information with which he is attempting to subvert the government of the country he swore to defend?
If you’re a birther, chances are you believe that McCain released a birth certificate (and you may even be able to post a link to it). If that’s what you believe, then you’re in the lazy category.
What is the truth about the McCain certificate?
First, let’s look at what McCain did. Washington Post reporter Michael Dobbs wrote:
The McCain campaign has declined to publicly release his birth certificate, but a senior campaign official showed me a copy.
We do not know what Dobbs saw, whether it was a hospital souvenir, a consular birth certificate, or something issued by the Canal Zone health department. Whatever it was, Dobbs called it a “copy” not an original, because originals are always retained by the jurisdiction where the birth is registered. Dobbs didn’t even say “certified copy.” Dobbs said that the document states that McCain was born on the Coco Solo submarine base. Remarkably, McCain’s birth is not listed in the birth index of the Canal Zone health department. But just as was the case with President Obama, the birth was listed in the local newspaper.
But you say that you have seen a birth certificate for John McCain. That document was filed by the plaintiffs (McCain was the defendant) in the Hollander v McCain lawsuit late in the process just before the case was dismissed for lack of standing. The “birth certificate” is on the list of filings for that lawsuit at Ohio State University. The document itself is a transparent fake, as discussed months ago on this web site and on others. The fake birth certificate has McCain born in the Republic of Panama, not the Canal zone.
The Hollander fake birth certificate has McCain born in the Republic of Panama, not the Canal zone, so it cannot be the birth certificate Lakin is referring to (assuming he even knows what he is referring to). This suggests that Lakin’s statement: “produced an original birth certificate” actually derives from the Dobbs article. If that’s so then the word “original” is a lie, and the entire context of the statement is designed to mislead. McCain published no birth certificate and Obama did. It’s a complete reversal of history to say that McCain produced something that Obama didn’t.
So back to the original question: liar, lunatic or lazy? Decide for yourself.
- Birther court-martial on the way
- AWOL, Lakin fails to report
- Somebody spent some big bucks (either real money or volunteer time) on Lakin’s web site. It’s very nice.
- Another so-called “short form” birth certificate appeared on the Internet for McCain. It also incorrectly showed him born in the Republic of Panama. This document has no provenance at all.
- In summary Obama is listed in the Hawaiian birth index, McCain is not listed in the Canal Zone birth index. Obama published a certified copy of his birth certificate, McCain refused to publicly release his birth certificate only showing a copy of something to one reporter. Obama’s birth was listed in two local newspapers; McCain was listed in one.