The following treatment is a draft of a visual description of the story of Lt. Colonel Terry Lakin, based on interviews and and the book by Jack Cashill. Note that the Trust and Terry Lakin are fully in support of this project and interested parties will have our full cooperation.
Officer's Oath tells the sometimes harrowing, sometimes inspirational true story of Doctor and 17-year U.S. Army veteran, Lt. Col. Terry Lakin, who sacrificed his distinguished military career--and his very freedom--to preserve the integrity of the United States Constitution.
Terry, a trim fellow in his early 40's with a military bearing, walks with a military escort, chained hand and foot, wearing an orange jump suit Timothy McVeigh-style, through Reagan National Airport. The people he passes in the busy concourse try not to stare, but they can hardly help themselves. As the perp walk continues, Terry looks around at the flags and patriotic bunting and the happy sight of returning soldiers amid Christmas decorations. We hear Terry's thoughts in voice-over: "Listen to my cry, for I am in desperate need. Deliver me from my persecutors, for they are stronger than me. Bring my soul out of prison that I may give thanks to your name. The righteous will surround me, for you will be good to me."
Over a hill in the stark, empty Afghan landscape two runners emerge dressed in military athletic gear. One is Terry Lakin. As they descend down the hill many more runners follow. Terry talks as he runs, "I know I shouldn't say this but I love it here. I love the Army. I love being useful." We see that the runners are participating in a Marathon that Terry helped organize. Terry gets a call at Marathon's end, reports to duty, treating wounded soldiers. Cut to the Pentagon five years later where Terry is treating still more patients. At the Pentagon he receives orders to re-deploy to Afghanistan as part of president's "surge." He tells a colleague that although he would hate to leave his wife and children, he is happy to serve. He returns home, shares news with his Thai-American wife, Pili, and three kids. He is filling out forms to deploy when he sees where he has to provide five copies of his birth certificate. He turns to computer and reviews article after article, video after video, of president refusing to provide his birth certificate. He calls an officer friend, "What should I do?" Friend says don't make waves, but Terry reminds him, "We've sworn an officer's oath to support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic."
Terry consults with lawyers, with superiors, with friends. Seeks solace in church in his hour of struggle. He attends Tea Party rally in the rain where he hears Alan Keyes say, "Are you still free? Do you still have the courage to maintain your freedom. If you have come together here today to give me an affirmative response and then go home and reject your responsibility, then you might as well not have come." Terry decides to act, to refuse deployment. He is court martialed. He is never given a chance to make his case. He is dispatched to a cell, strip searched, and treated like dirt by civilian prison guards. He sees family for last time and is dispatched to Fort Leavenworth. He shuffles through Reagan National in despair and is processed inhumanely at the Disciplinary Barracks.
At Leavenworth, Terry refuses to be broken. He works out in his cell, accepts extra work assignments, he reads the Bible and other historical documents. After two weeks over Christmas with no mail, senior officer drops off a bag full. "These are from your fan club. You're famous." Terry tells him, "I never wanted to be famous," Officer replies, "Well, if I didn't work here, I would write you." Terry starts educational program, gains other prisoners' trust, becomes inspirational leader. One day they call him from his cell and tell him he has to watch TV news. The president is presenting his birth certificate. "You forced his hand," says one prisoner. They cheer Terry. When president says there is nothing here, other prisoner says, "If there is nothing there, how come you didn't release your damn birth certificate a long time ago?" Shortly after, authorities tell him he is being released early. President doesn't want a martyr on his hand. In final scene, Terry walks proudly through Reagan National, is greeted by a welcoming committee, with Pili and the kids at the heart of it.