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Birther Airman Goes AWOL to Protest Obama (Video)

Posted by on Aug. 17, 2011 at 8:14 AM
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| Wed Aug. 17, 2011 3:00 AM PDT
President Obama salutes service members after they became naturalized US citizens at the White House in April 2010. 

It seems so mundane it shouldn't qualify as news: A mid-echelon Air Force enlistee is staging a sick-in from his job as an ophthalmology technician on a medical base in Germany. But Staff Sgt. Daryn J. Moran's decision to go AWOL this week is getting some attention among conservatives in the United States. "My stated goal," he tweetedSaturday, "is to have B. Obama held responsible for his forged birth certificate and not be in the Oval Office for the next election." He later added, "Now it's plain and simple. Arrest B. Obama or arrest me. I'm waiting in my house."

Birther service members have come and gone since Obama's election, but Moran's different in two big respects: He's the first active-duty, overseas-serving veteran to refuse to serve; and rather than pursuing legal means, he's taking his angry case to the airwaves and internet. A self-professed conservative Christian, he has called in to a birther web show (see the video below), sent multiple emails to the site obamareleaseyourrecords.blogspot.com, vented on aTwitter account, and ultimately been profiled by his hometown newspaper, the Omaha(Neb.) World-Herald. (In that article, Moran's father—also an Air Force vet—defends the birther ideal. "Quite frankly, my son is right," he says.)



Those activities may give Moran bigger problems than shirking his sworn duties. Under Article 88 of the Uniform Code of Military Justice, service members can be court-martialed for speaking against elected or appointed US leaders with language that's "insulting, rude, disdainful or otherwise disrespectfully attributing to another qualities of meanness, disreputableness, or worthlessness." Another rule, Article 134, bars speech that's "prejudicial to good order and discipline." Moran's public posts on the conservative bulletin board Red County could arguably qualify on both counts; they show that, rather than taking a principled constitutional stand, the airman has an intense enmity for Obama:

  • In a May 5 post titled "Obama is a coward and a liar," Moran wrote: "If we continue under such cowardly, lying, wimpy leadership, the enemies of America will be successful. By the way, your sharia, koran, muslim, islam loving gig is up. Burying that creep bin Laden with religious honors is traitorous to Americans...Maybe you are on the wrong side, huh?"
  • In "Question of trust" on May 3, Moran wrote a list of Obama's perceived un-American activities, writing (among other things) that the commander in chief "made bogus claims that America is not a Christian-founded nation, and had some illusional Islamic heritage," "signed a law condoning the sin of the gay, lesbian, and bi-sexual lifestyles and forced that upon all the regular families in the military," and was born to a father who "was a Muslim who mistreated women."
  • Writing about a "60 Minutes interview" with Obama on May 10, Moran said of the president: "that look in his face was just scary to see. Evil eyes. His face was beyond belief. I felt so many emotions both coming from his dark eyes and as I looked into his eyes. Completely unnerving...I have no faith in that man, and much dread about him."
  • On May 8, Moran called the president "the stupid one" and wrote: "Either the President, and I use that word loosely, is smoking crack or however it's used...you are no more welcome in America than the Muslims you protect are. Get OUT obama, and take the creepy Muslims with you!!"

There's a third difference between Moran and previous military birthers, of course: He's the first to insist on Obama's foreignness after the president deigned to release his birth certificate to the public, back in April. In publicizing his longform birth certificate, the president hoped to finally dispel criticisms that he might not be a natural-born US citizen. "We do not have time for this kind of silliness," he told reporters at the time.

Moran, though, is steadfast in his conviction that the public birth certificate is a fake. "B. Obama is a criminal," he wrote Saturday, adding: "That's as simple as it gets. My wife doesn't like me to use the word 'enemy', but he acts like one, so why not? Anyway, arrest him or me." Yet the airman insists his crusade isn't racially motivated. "There's no such thing as racism as far as I'm concerned. There's people and hate and kindness," he wrote elsewhere on Red County.

He added: "It's easy to see who is kind and who hates."








"If we ever learn to convert hypocrisy into energy, the world will finally have a use for Conservatives."



by on Aug. 17, 2011 at 8:14 AM
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stormcris
by Christy on Aug. 17, 2011 at 8:20 AM

He has a right to refuse orders under some conditions but this is not one of them. People need to understand that it does not matter if he is or is not a citizen. The fact that we voted him in and he was ratified by Congress means regardless he is the legitimate President and as such commander in chief. The constitution can be amended by popular vote. 

denise3680
by Platinum Member on Aug. 17, 2011 at 8:28 AM

I am sick to death of this birther bs, if this guy is awol then arrest him, dishonarably discharge him and be done with his ass.  He is a disgrace to the uniform, if he does not want to serve under President Obama there are plenty of others just waiting for the chance to serve this great country of ours. 

sweet-a-kins
by Emerald Member on Aug. 17, 2011 at 8:33 AM

yep

Quoting denise3680:

I am sick to death of this birther bs, if this guy is awol then arrest him, dishonarably discharge him and be done with his ass.  He is a disgrace to the uniform, if he does not want to serve under President Obama there are plenty of others just waiting for the chance to serve this great country of ours. 


mamaof2angles
by on Aug. 17, 2011 at 2:17 PM
This, and I know what Obama feels I have a birth abroad certifcate and have had issues with getting somethings because some compaines/people dont thinkcits real, BUT what gets me is McCain also has a birth abroad certifcate and yet its not an issue with him. Interesting


Quoting sweet-a-kins:

yep


Quoting denise3680:


I am sick to death of this birther bs, if this guy is awol then arrest him, dishonarably discharge him and be done with his ass.  He is a disgrace to the uniform, if he does not want to serve under President Obama there are plenty of others just waiting for the chance to serve this great country of ours. 




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LauraKW
by "Dude!" on Aug. 17, 2011 at 2:21 PM
Prepare for Leavenworth and court martial, Staff Sgt.
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ashellbell
by shellbark on Aug. 17, 2011 at 2:24 PM
Hope he has a wonderful stay in the brig.
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rachel226
by Bronze Member on Aug. 17, 2011 at 2:33 PM

 He isnt considered AWOL until he has been gone for 30 days. Until then, he is just FTR (Failure to Report). But this man sounds like he has some serious mental issues and shouldnt be serving in the military regardless. He needs a mental evaluation. I understand refusing to serve under a someone if they are literally a criminal, but as much as I dislike Obama, I think this man is paranoid and seeing things that arent really there.

CAluv
by Bronze Member on Aug. 17, 2011 at 2:40 PM
http://24ahead.com/images/get-a-brain-morans.jpg

Hope this posts

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