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I have posted about various federal law suits by military officers seeking to avoid deployments because they do not believe President Obama is lawfully the present – here, here, and here.

In one of those posts I asked the question about possible sanctions against the plaintiff and/or the plaintiffs lawyer for bringing frivolous law suits.

The most recent filing was on behalf of Captain Rhodes, a medical doctor who did not want to deploy – posted here, under the title, “They take the Queens shilling.”

Bobby Gifford has been kind enough to point our attention to this article.


"In contrast, retired reservists are only subject to military jurisdiction when receiving hospitalization from the military, regardless of their entitlement to retired pay."

Quite a few people are twittering and blogging about Congressman Joe Wilson’s recent behavior during the President’s speech to Congress.  The basic claim is that he is subject to court-martial.  Maybe, maybe not.

Here is what he has on his biography on his official site:

Throughout his life, Joe has also had a tremendous passion to serve his country as a member of the United States Armed Forces. After serving in the United States Army Reserves from 1972-1975, he also served in the South Carolina Army National Guard. In the summer of 2003, Joe retired as a Colonel, having served as a Staff Judge Advocate assigned to the 218th Mechanized Infantry Brigade. At the time, he was the only active Guard member serving in Congress.

Lejeune corpsman pleads guilty during court martial

September 09, 2009 7:18 PM, AMANDA HICKEY,

A Camp Lejeune hospital corpsman pleaded guilty Wednesday during special court martial proceedings to reckless endangerment for pointing a pistol at the chest of a lance corporal while deployed to Iraq.

See the earlier post on DYTM.

For those who served at Navy Appellate Defense during the 1990’s (or I suppose Appellate Government, or Code 40, or Code 20, or NMCCA, oops and CAAF), the case United States v. Zander, 48 M.J. 558(N.M. Ct. Crim. App. 1997), rev. denied 48 M.J. 18 (C.A.A.F. 1997), will mean something.

So, here are his most recent exploits.

Jeffrey Zander didn’t last long as the executive director of the Redwood Region Economic Development Commission (RREDC). He was hired in October 2008. By the following January, he had been placed on paid administrative leave. Four months later, in May of this year, he resigned, leaving behind a board of directors so cowed by the threat of litigation that most refuse to discuss the basics of his tenure — even with each other.

The “birthers” within the military community continue their legal quest to have President Obama declared not legally president and for their orders to active duty cancelled.

Here is the initial part of a pleading filed on behalf of a medical doctor called to active duty with a 5 September report date.

Plaintiff Captain Dr. Connie Rhodes has received what appear to be facially valid orders mobilizing her to active duty with the United States Army in Iraq on September 5th, 2009 (Exhibit A). Captain Rhodes is both a US army officer and a medical doctor, a flight surgeon. On May 15th of this year 501 brigade out of Fort Campbell, KY, currently stationed in Iraq, has requested a support of medical personal in Iraq. Two days ago, August the 23rd, an order was given through the chain of command via e-mail for Captain Rhodes to arrive in San Antonio TX, Fort Sam Houston for Tactical Combat Medical Care Course (TCMC) to be held from August 30th till September 4t and next day, on September the 5th to arrive in Fort Benning in Columbus GA for immediate deployment to Iraq for a period of one year and twelve days from September 5th, 2009 until September 17th 2010. Captain Dr. Connie Rhodes wants to serve her country and fulfill her tour of duty, however as a US army officer and a medical doctor she has severe reservations regarding legitimacy of Barack Obama as the Commander in Chief and repercussions of her service under his orders, particularly in light of mounting evidence of him having allegiance to other Nations and citizenship of Kenya, Indonesia and Great Britain.

"The Lincoln Log On This Day." Telegraph – Herald (Dubuque). Telegraph Herald (Dubuque). 2009. HighBeam Research. 29 Aug. 2009 <>.

August 13, 1863:  President Lincoln writes to Judge Advocate General Joseph Holt  regarding Major Alexander Montgomery’s dismissal from the Army. Montgomery allegedly remarked that "President Lincoln ought to have his dam’d black heart cut out for issuing his proclamation of Emancipation." Lincoln writes, "As the principal charge, can be given the appearance at least of being merely personally offensive to me, and as [Montgomery] denies it, I think he should have a Court- Martial, rather than to abide my arbitrary dismissal. Please give him the Court-Martial if he desires it."
Army TJAG Holt- credit Wikipedia.  

Today’s New York Times has an article about fabricating DNA evidence in a laboratory.  Unlike naturally-occurring DNA that could merely be planted at a crime scene, fabricated DNA would not require access to an original, physical specimen of a particular person’s DNA, so long as one had access to his DNA database profile.  An excerpt from the NYT: 

Scientists in Israel have demonstrated that it is possible to fabricate DNA evidence, undermining the credibility of what has been considered the gold standard of proof in criminal cases.

The scientists fabricated blood and saliva samples containing DNA from a person other than the donor of the blood and saliva. They also showed that if they had access to a DNA profile in a database, they could construct a sample of DNA to match that profile without obtaining any tissue from that person.

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