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Pilot duped AMA with fake M.D. claim

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He seemed like Superman, able to guide jumbo jets through perilous skies and tiny tubes through blocked arteries. As a cardiologist and United Airlines captain, William Hamman taught doctors and pilots ways to keep hearts and planes from crashing. (news.yahoo.com) More...

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n111ma
n111ma 0
Sounds to me like a serious Myocardial Infraction!
padgettrea
Mom always told me I could be whatever I wanted and that it was better to be lucky than good.
Rinker
Bob Carter 0
Sounds like Frank Abagnale.......it's amazing he could go this far as in the movie Catch Me if You Can.
genethemarine
Gene spanos 0
Helleva man!
Cowboys i nthe skies.
EmeraldRocket
Unreal. How about some background checking. I have seen this way too often in many areas.
Viperdoc
Viperdoc 0
I hope UAL is checking his flight qualifications as well....he's a crafty guy. Who knows what he's falsified early on in his career.
dmanuel
dmanuel 0
Imagine how much news coverage he would have garnered had it been the other way around (a doctor pretending to be a pilot).
w7psk
Ricky Scott 0
Dmanuel
Non-story, there is lots of those in the skies already.
dmanuel
dmanuel 0
Rick - great sense of humor and of course, true. Thanks.
vtrracing
Vtr Racing 0
May someone can pretend to slap his head!
toolguy105
toolguy105 0
This reminds me of the movie the Impostor staring Tony Curtis. Yes I know I'm old. It also seems to me that we are hearing a lot more about impostors lately. Have we forgotten how to do a proper background check.
WigzellRM
Ralph Wigzell 0
Not forgetting "Catch me if you can"
smoki
smoki 0
This reminds me of what a lot of Americans (commonly referred disparagingly as "birthers") have been asking for some time now, i.e. do we have an impostor in the White House? No vetting was done there either!
JHEM
James Maugham 0
You're over simplifying why Col. Lakin has his teat in the wringer Paul. He refused to report for duty when ordered, and the reason he gave for doing so is unsupported by any portion of the UCMJ.

Basically, he's going to jail for being a dumbass.

You can't prove anything to someone who refuses to look.
smoki
smoki 0
I should add that we now have a real doctor, an 18 year combat veteran, an Army Flight Surgeon, LtCol Terry Lakin, who has been dishonorably discharged and will serve time in prison because he dared to question whether or not his CnC was constitutionally eligible to serve in that capacity and to thus be the ultimate source for his orders to deploy again to the ME. Ironically, Lakin was directed to bring along his long form BC upon exercising said deployment orders!
smoki
smoki 0
JHEM - As a retired Marine Colonel who has commanded in the field I can assure you my friend that I am intimately familiar with the UCMJ. Need I remind you that the Constitution is the supreme law of the land and trumps the UCMJ? Yes, Lakin is going to prison because he disobeyed orders which he readily admitted from the outset, but more importantly he is going to prison because he was denied the fundamental right of discovery granted to all defendants and the right to bring witnesses in his defense. All military officers are sworn to preserve, protect, defend and obey the Constitution at ALL costs and to disobey orders from superiors deemed in their considered judgement (right or wrong) to be false. Unfortunately for Lakin that cost is coming at a high price but it should serve as a warning to all of us that our liberty can be taken from us despite our best efforts to honor the Constitution and the rule of law.
JHEM
James Maugham 0
You're talking out your duffel bag Marine!
Ted1828
Ted Fancher 0
JHEM said: "You're talking out your duffel bag Marine!"

Wow JHEM, that was one articulate and responsive commentary. You really straightened out that Marine didn't you. Also liked the persuasive use of the word "dumbass" to support your eloquent dismissal of Constitutional rights when applied to those who risk their lives to support your freedom to pontificate on their intelligence. You da' man!

p.s. What's a "duffel" bag?
JHEM
James Maugham 0
@Ted, if you'd ever served a single day in uniform you'd know very well what a duffel bag is. I suggest that Google is your friend.

As far as my eloquence, or lack thereof, and brevity of my response, the phrase I used equates to "Blow it out your ass Marine" and is all the response that Col. Young's post deserves.

If you still don't get it. Col. Lakin refused to report as ordered because he questioned Pres. Obama's legitimacy in office based on the ridiculous idea that the President's birth certificate was falsified. He was offered an opportunity to report late and receive a slap on the wrist. He refused and demanded a trial to "prove" his case. The court looked at the evidence extant and concluded that Dr. Lakin is a boob, and he was found guilty. The court denied his requests to

(Having the ability to question an order arises in cases such as being told to shoot civilians, bomb hospitals, launch missiles without authorization, etc. Not when being told to report for duty.)

Now the racist minority that can't accept a Black man in the Whitehouse who isn't there to serve table or shine shoes has somehow decided that Col. Lakin's Constitutional Rights were abused because the court wouldn't accept the trial turning into a mockery.

In a nutshell, Col. Lakin refused to report as ordered for a spurious reason and decided to roll the dice. He lost the dice toss and we are better off without him in uniform.

"FORT MEADE, Md. (AP) – An Army doctor who disobeyed orders to deploy to Afghanistan because he questioned President Barack Obama’s eligibility to be commander in chief told a jury Wednesday he was wrong to do so and would now deploy if he could.

Lt. Col. Terrence Lakin of Greeley, Colo. was speaking during a court martial hearing Wednesday at Fort Meade.

He faces up to 3 1/2 years in a military prison and dismissal from the Army after being found guilty of missing a flight that would have gotten him to his eventual deployment and pleading guilty to disobeying orders to meet with a superior and to report to Fort Campbell in Kentucky. He asked the jury to let him remain in the Army when it decides his punishment, and jurors are expected to begin deliberating on his sentence on Thursday.

“I don’t want it to end this way,” said Lakin, a 17-year veteran of the Army. “I want to continue to serve.”

Under questioning by his defense attorney, Neal Puckett, Lakin expressed remorse for disobeying orders. He said he now understands that the Army cannot answer his question about Obama’s eligibility to be president and that it was not the appropriate place to raise the issue.

“I was wrong for trying to push this issue within the Army,” he said.

In videos posted on YouTube earlier this year, Lakin aligned himself with the so-called “birther” movement, which questions whether Obama is a natural-born citizen as the U.S. Constitution requires for presidents. Lakin had said he would “gladly deploy” if Obama’s original birth certificate were released and proved authentic.

On Wednesday, however, Lakin reversed course, saying he would now deploy even with his question unanswered. Puckett asked him why.

“That’s my duty. It’s what I’ve trained for. I’m in the Army,” he replied.

“Are we done disobeying orders, Lt. Col. Lakin?” his attorney asked him.

“Yes,” Lakin replied."

The only injustice being perpetrated here is that the fact that Dr. Lakin's original attorney won't be serving time in Leavenworth as well as the good Dr.