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Was Lt.Col. Lakin Conviction Influenced by Radical Obama Supporter?
Blogger claims Greeley officer’s commanding general a “close personal friend”
Frank Arduini’s Facebook photo
By Jack Minor • August 4, 2011
An Obama supporter, who is a frequent commenter on “birther” stories and other forums, may have unduly influenced the general who approved Lt. Col. Lakin’s sentence following his court-martial.
Radical Obama supporters known as OBOTS, actively monitor the internet for stories on President Obama’s birth certificate and eligibility and often post comments on websites, including the anti-birther site TheFogbow.com.
One OBOT named Frank Arduini, a prolific commenter on Obama eligibility issues, reportedly uses the screen name “HistorianDude” when posting comments on the Gazette website and the screen name “Epectitus” at TheFogbow. “HistorianDude” has been an especially harsh critic of Lt. Col. Terry Lakin, the Army surgeon who refused to deploy until President Obama publically proved his eligibility.
Arduini has also been commenting on the eligibility issue using his real name at WorldNetDaily.com, the internet’s largest independent news site. In a recent comment Arduini states he works for a company named CareFusion.
Arduini’s LinkedIn page states he is the IT Business Partner Director with CareFusion, a multi-national health care corporation that has numerous contracts with the federal government. CareFusion bills itself as “serving the health care industry with products and services that help hospitals measurably improve patient care.”
CareFusion has done remarkably well in the health care industry recently. In May, company earnings reversed from a $9 million loss in the previous quarter to a $45 million profit. The company recently signed a five-year agreement with ResMed granting CareFusion the exclusive right to distribute the Stellar 100 and 150 non-invasive ventilators and accessories to the U.S. healthcare industry.
CareFusion also has multiple contracts with Federal Government agencies; including the Department of Defense, The Department of Veterans Affairs, the Centers for Disease Control, National Institutes of Health, Dept. of Health & Human Services, and Homeland Security.
The Gazette contacted CareFusion, and asked them if they endorsed Arduini’s statements and if the company had a policy regarding employees using the company name in internet postings.
Suzanne Hatcher, Public Relations Director at CareFusion responded by e-mail saying, “The company takes no position on personal views that employees may choose to express outside the workplace.”
Following the inquiry, Arduini sent an e-mail to Dr. Jerome Corsi, senior staff writer with WorldNetDaily, claiming the reference to CareFusion in his postings was due to WND’s Facebook widget automatically using his employer’s name. Arduini then went on to say, “I want to clarify, now, that my comments and my opinions are mine and mine alone, and not those of my company or my company’s management.” Arduini has since removed the reference to CareFusion in his postings.
Questions have arisen regarding what role Arduini may have played in the court-martial of Lt. Col. Terry Lakin last year. Arduini has stated that he was a classmate and close friend of Major General Karl Horst, Lakin’s commanding general at Ft. Meade, Maryland and the General that signed off on Lakin’s prison sentence.
Lakin first expressed doubts about the President’s eligibility in 2008. However, after Lakin made inquiries about Obama’s eligibility to several legislators, he was transferred to the Pentagon in July of 2009 and placed under Horst’s command.
In October of 2009, Secretary of Defense, Robert Gates, recommended Horst for promotion to Major General. That same month, Lakin submitted an article 138 request against Army chief of Staff, Gen. Casey.
On December 16, 2010, Lakin was convicted of missing a movement and disobeying a lawful order. He was subsequently sentenced to six months in prison at Ft. Leavenworth.
Following Lakin’s sentencing, it was Horst’s responsibility to sign off and approve the sentence. As commanding general, Horst had the option to approve the sentence, reduce it and even grant clemency. Horst did not sign off on the sentence until April 22, four months into Lakin’s six-month sentence.
Shortly after signing off on Lakin’s sentence, Horst was again promoted this time to Chief of Staff, U.S. Central Command.
A video posted at LiveLeak.com, by an individual who goes by the name “Tracy” and “KenyanBornObamAcorn” suggests that Horst’s promotions may have been quid pro quo for his role in the Lakin affair
In an e-mail sent to retired Navy Commander Charles Kerchner that was posted on Fogbow, Arduini said,
“I am a 1978 graduate of USMA, but did not make a military a full career. Ironically, MG Karl Horst (to whom many letters have recently been written regarding LTC Lakin) is a classmate and dear friend of mine.”
Arduini graduated from West Point in 1978, the same year as Horst. The e-mail was dated Dec. 29, 2010, shortly after Lakin’s sentencing.
It remains unclear what correspondence, if any, Arduini may have had with Horst during the time of Lakin’s court martial.
If Horst was under pressure or used his authority to ensure Lakin’s conviction, it could have represented what the military refers to as “Undue Command Influence.”
“Undue Command Influence” (UCI) is frequently referred to as the mortal enemy of military justice. UCI occurs whenever senior personnel wittingly or unwittingly have acted to influence court members, witnesses or others participating in military justice cases.
Lt Col. John Eidsmoe, a retired Air Force JAG officer, who currently works with the Foundation for Moral Law, said if Arduini influenced General Horst’s decisions it could be problematic.
“It is unclear whether Arduini’s relationship with Major General Horst may have caused him to exert ‘undue command influence’ during the court-martial proceedings, but it is certainly something that should be looked into.”
Major General Horst and Frank Arduini both declined requests for comment.
In response to the article, Frank Arduini, pleads his innocence as a radical. Of course, those that swim with the sharks don’t consider how they are recognized by normal citizens. Who is to believe anything an obot says, especially those that frequent the leftist vile site of Fogbow, where integrity, morality, decency, and trust are non existent. May knowledge of these obot sharks continue to be exposed..they have so enjoyed doing the deed on others. Now is the time they should reap the rewards of unwanted publicity, as well as revealing the company that employs such a pathetic, radical person. May that extra negative publicity that CareFusion receives let them think about the person they have employed named Frank Arduini. You might want to send CareFusion a note about improving their hiring practices and doing background checks on the people they employ.
“Doing unto them as they have done to others,”
Thank you Jack Minor!
Frank Arduini [the Obot]: His Response to the article.
August 5, 2011 7:50 a.m.
This article, rife already with falsehoods and innuendo (such as the claim that I am a “radical Obama supporter”), ends with a blatant and absolute lie.
Jack Minor claims that “Major General Horst and Frank Arduini both declined requests for comment.”
While I cannot speak for my classmate Karl, I can assert that Minor made no effort at all to contact me for comment on this story. I received no phone calls, no emails, no Facebook messages… no request from Minor or anybody representing the Greeley Gazette for comment. Jack minor never even tried to get in touch with me… a trivial exercise had he actually wanted to.
What is even worse, the collaboration between Jack Minor and WND
propagandist Jerome Corsi (proven here by Minor’s publication of my email to Corsi) should have included knowledge that Corsi and I have spoken about this and I absolutely did comment when requested.
Since Minor’s journalistic integrity is proven nonexistent, I will voluntarily provide my comments here.
I have never spoken with Major General Horst about anything having to do with Terry Lakin, with Birthism, with President Obama or with politics in general. The last time I had any opportunity to speak with Karl was at our 30th Class Reunion in April of 2008… before there was any such thing as “Birthers.” If we even spoke at all I do not recall, but if we did it would have been about the sad state of Army football, and not politics.
I have had no contact of any kind with Karl Horst for more than three years.
One additional point must be made regarding the despicable collusion between Jack Minor and Jerome Corsi represented by this article. Jack is also lying when he claims that in a recent comment I named my employer. In point of fact, I have never once mentioned the company I work for in any comment on any issue I have ever posted on-line. The fact that Facebook makes such information available when its widget is used by third parties is unfortunate…. but it does not constitute any “mention” on my part.
My comments and opinions have always been mine and mine alone, and do not reflect the opinions of my company or its leadership.
And yet Corsi and Minor have used that connection in what appears to be nothing less than an attempt to silence Constitutionally protected free speech on the part of somebody who has proven inconvenient to them. The calls to my company are nothing less than a barely concealed effort to get an ordinary American citizen fired from his livelihood as retribution for understanding the law and defending the eligibility of our President.
Most of us can reflect back on history and recognize other times when political propagandists used the power of their pen to intimidate and punish ordinary people who spoke out for truth. Jack Minor should be ashamed.
I demand a retraction of the lies and an apology from the Greeley Gazette for participation in the attempted politically motivated punishment of an ordinary American citizen for practicing their rights to free speech. Anything less exposes the Gazette to far more severe judgment than they attempted to inflict on me.
Giant Whatacrock Tears here! When will the obots retract all their lies? Oh sorry, Frank only speaks truth from his forked tongue. Reminds me of a song, ” How Does it Feel?”