Has Sheriff Joe Usurped Orly Taitz As America's Most Delusional Racist Birther?

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The Cold Case Posse Preliminary Report, OR

Shurff Joe's Got Nothing New Under the Arizona Sun

Was unaware that cut-and-pasting WorldNetDaily articles was a "government investigation." — @daveweigel

In August 2011, members of the Surprise Arizona Tea Party petitioned Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County, Arizona "expressing concern that Obama might not be eligible for Arizona’s presidential ballot." In
September, the Sheriff announced that he would look into birther claims
that President Obama wasn't born in the United States. He assigned one
of his "Cold Case Posses" to investigate. On March 1, 2012, Sheriff
Arpaio held a press conference to release the preliminary report of his

TheFogbow.com has examined the report, the claims, and the press conference and concludes that:

  1. the "evidence" is actually old, debunked rumors with a few new spins thrown in for spice,

  2. the "investigation" was never treated as an impartial search for evidence,

  3. the press conference was effectively run by World Net Daily, and

  4. there's certainly information that an Attorney General should look into, but it's not about the President.

We'll now examine each of these conclusions in depth.

Additional resources.

Birther Hash: Recycled Rumors

Claims from the press conference:

  • The paper document of the birth certificate never existed.

    • FALSE.
      Reporters at the Press Conference where the Long Form Birth Certificate
      was released were able to handle the paper document and feel the raised
      seal. Reporter Savannah Guthrie posted a picture from her cell phone. The press conference.
    • FALSE. Factcheck.org handled and photographed the Short Form Birth Certificate. Here's their coverage.
    • FALSE. The Hawaii Department of Health says that LFBC document is authentic and 2 certified paper copies were sent to the President in April, 2011.
      The copies were given to the President's lawyer who hand-carried to the
      White House from Hawaii. One copy was scanned and posted to the White
      House website as well as copied and distributed to the press. One
      certified copy was passed around at the White House conference.
    • Added:
      "A representative with the Hawaii Attorney General's Office said no one
      from the Sheriff's Office ever requested to inspect or collect
      documents related to the authenticity of Obama's birth certificate." AZCentral.com.
  • The long-form birth certificate was most likely a computer-generated forgery.

    • FALSE.
      The Hawaii Department of Health says that LFBC document is authentic,
      was produced by photocopying the original record, and the process was
      witnessed by the Director of the DOH.
    • Every
      digitized image downloaded from the internet and opened with Adobe
      Illustrator will appear to have layers. Layers are not caused by a
      forger creating a fraudulent document, they are caused by reading a
      digitized image downloaded and opened with Adobe Illustrator. Every
      Single Time. Every Single Image.
    • Our Special Report on The Long Form BC is Not a Forgery: Layers and Illustrator
    • Added: Frank Arduini's Response to Mara Zebest, a debunking of the original WND Report.
    • John Woodman's debunking of the LFBC forgery claims. Videos.
    • Computer Forensics expert Dr. Neal Krawetz, publisher of HackerFactor.com's reports. SFBC: June 2008, August 2008, LFBC: April 2011.

      • “Before
        I begin, I need to point out two critical items for this evaluation.
        First, digital document analysis can detect manipulation, but it cannot
        determine whether the original subject is authentic. The authenticity
        can only be determined by the State of Hawaii, and they already said
        that it is authentic.”
  • Records
    of Immigration and Naturalization Service cards filled out by airplane
    passengers arriving on international flights originating outside the
    United States in the month of August 1961, examined at the National
    Archives in Washington, D.C., are missing records for the week of
    President Obama's birth, including the dates Aug. 1, 1961 through Aug.
    7, 1961.

    • MISLEADING: The National Archives has some records online, but NOT for any of 1961. It's not just that week that's missing, it's the entire decade. Added: Corsi hasn't disclosed any evidence from the National Archives to support his claim.

Arrival Lists

    • Added: According
      to Mark Zullo at the CCP Press conference, the National Archives
      provided 685 rolls of microfilm containing INS reports of air passengers
      flying into the USA from overseas.

      • Jerome Corsi examined the month of August 1961, and the week containg August 1-7 was missing. The report's conclusion?
      • "What does that translate to us? We don’t know if Stanley Ann Dunham, or Mr. Obama as an infant, was on an airplane coming into the country. We don’t know if he was, we don’t know if he isn’t, andwe cannot make that determination. As a result, we still have to entertain information now that he was possibly born abroad."
      • The
        CCP has not provide any further information on this data. We don't know
        if Corsi examined all entry ports, if other dates were missing, how
        complete the records are.
      • Hawaii
        in 1961 had no flights that originated in London or Nairobi or any
        typical path for someone traveling from Kenya. INS information is
        collected at the first airport an overseas flight lands in.
  • The
    Hawaii Department of Health has engaged in what Sheriff's investigators
    believe is a systematic effort to hide from public inspection whatever
    original 1961 birth records the Hawaii Department of Health may have in
    their possession.

    • FALSE. The Hawaii Department of Health has been following Hawaii Statutes to the letter.
      Hawaii law limits who can access records, who can get copies of
      records, and what process someone needs to go through to get copies of
      vital records. President Obama made a special request for his own records, and that was granted.
    • Nothing said at the Cold Case press conference indicates that the investigation ever tried to work with the Hawaii DOH. Added: The Arizona Republic contacted the Hawaii AG's office after the press conference. "A
      representative with the Hawaii Attorney General's Office said no one
      from the Sheriff's Office ever requested to inspect or collect documents
      related to the authenticity of Obama's birth certificate."
  • Added: There is not a single document that proves Mr. Obama's birth in Hawaii.
    • FALSE. There are two contemporary birth announcements from local Hawaii papers. There are two versions of certified birth certificates (short form 2008 and long form 2011), each of which officials in Hawaii have separately attested as accurate and legitimate. There is the Birth Index from the Hawaii DOH listing Barack Obama's name. There is the Dunham/Obama divorce decree. There is a note
      in Barack Obama Sr.'s INS file stating that the child was born in
      Honolulu, HI (FOIA, page 46). There is the school record from Indonesia
      stating that Barack Obama Jr. was born in Hawaii. There is President
      Obama's passport.
  • Barack
    Obama visited the house of Tom and Mary Ayers, parents of former
    Weather Underground activist turned education professor Bill Ayers, in
    the mid-1980s.

    • UNKNOWN. This claim first appeared in September, 2009. Original claim. A
      mail carrier claims to recall meeting Barack Obama at the Ayers home
      over 30 years ago. Whatever its veracity, it has nothing to do with
      President Obama's eligibility or the authenticity of birth certificates.
  • Added: "In 2000, the Inspector General issued a report about the rampant problem of birth certificate fraud. And within the opening paragraphs of his report, he states that a birth certificate’s intended purpose was only to register the event of a live birth. Not anything else. And in and of itself, is not creditable information to prove identification or citizenship. There has to be other documentation to be considered. That’s right from the government." Transcript, page 46.
    • MISLEADING: Here's the report.
      The context is the use of birth certificates in ID fraud, where people
      get additional documents or benefits using a falsified or fraudulent
      birth certificate. The report correctly says that a birth certificate
      can't be matched to a person without other documentation. But a
      certified birth certificate remains proof that the information on it
      matches what's in the original birth record of a state -- particularly
      when the officials of the state confirm that the information repeatedly.
      It's proof that the person named was born at the loation listed, on the
      date listed, to the parents named.

Searching For What We Already Know About The "Usurper"

  • Jerome Corsi published "Where's the Birth Certificate" on May 17, 2011 -- weeks after the President released his Long Form Birth Certificate. Added: Corsi's book was published by WND Books.
  • Jerome
    Corsi orchestrated the petition to Sheriff Arpaio and actively
    solicited signatures from Sunrise Tea Party in an Aug 17, 2011 meeting.
    His expressed intention was to use Sheriff Arpaio's report to spark a
    Congressional investigation. Video of the meeting.

    • Corsi
      said in that meeting: "Every single one of the 20 experts that we
      presented in WND wrote to me first ... said I want to show you why the
      document's a forgery ..."
  • September 16, 2011 -- Arpaio agreed to commission the Cold Case Posse, and Corsi "reports" on it for WND.
    Corsi makes no mention of his involvement with the Suprise Tea Party or
    their petition. "The group also gave to Arpaio a binder containing the
    published reports of 20 experts with established credentials who
    conducted a forensic examination of the computer PDF file published on
    the White House website and the photocopies of the Obama birth
    certificate handed out by the White House to the press during the April
    27 press conference."
  • As reported in WND, Corsi spent
    18 hours over a two-day period in October 2011 briefing the Cold Case
    Posse on a wide-range of evidence regarding Obama's eligibility. Story.
  • Jerome Corsi investigated passenger lists at the National Archives, and reported his findings to the Cold Case Posse.
  • Jerome Corsi appeared at the Cold Case Posse press conference on March 1, 2012 to present the findings of the investigation.
  • John Woodman, author of "Is Barack Obama’s Birth Certificate a Fraud?" sent
    several messages to the Cold Case Posse offering his expertise and
    analysis of the Long Form Birth Certificate. He was never contacted.
  • The official report of the Cold Case Posse was prepared by Mara Zebest, who also prepared an "exclusive" analysis for World News Daily in June 2011. A Question of Eligibility
  • Mara Zebest is a long-time Birther and PUMA supporter. Examples of her early anti-Obama posts.
  • Added: Corsi and Mark Zullo have published the results of the Cold Case Posse's investigation as an e-book: "A
    Question of Eligibility: A Law Enforcement Investigation into Barack
    Obama's Birth Certificate and His Eligibility to be President."
  • Added: The videos presented at the press conference are hosted by the Tea Party Power Hour. They appear to be narrated by Mark Gillar, host of a Tea
    Party internet-radio show which frequently features Birthers as guests,
    whose website has a banner ad for the Birther Summit, and who has
    posted a YouTube video claiming Obama is mentally ill.

The Maricopa County News Daily

  • The official report of the Cold Case Posse was prepared by Mara Zebest, who also prepared an "exclusive" analysis for World News Daily (WND) in June 2011.
  • WND
    was privy to the information to be reported at the press conference
    long before the event. They sent an email linking to an 1100 word
    article about the press conference at 3:11 EST (1:11 MST), eleven
    minutes into the event. They extensively quoted Mike Zullo who hadn't
    yet been introduced when the article was posted.
  • WND provided live-streaming for the event.
  • Jerome Corsi, WND reporter, presented a portion of the findings of the investigation.
  • Added: The
    Circle of Hype: "It’s been an amazing journey unraveling this story
    against all odds,” said Joseph Farah, founder of WND and WND Books,
    which published both the best-selling hardcover and the e-book followup.
    “Most all the details of the fraudulent birth certificate are in these
    books. Arpaio’s team has done an amazing public service corroborating
    what Corsi and the WND team found long ago against all odds.” Story at WND.

Somebody Needs to Watch Their Back: Attorneys General on Lines 2, 3, and 4

  • Has Corsi violated journalistic ethics by writing about an investigation he not only instigated but participated in?
  • Did
    the Cold Case Posse investigate the Social Security information
    illegaly obtained via E-Verify? Or the Selective Service information
    illegally obtained by changing President Obama's address through the SS
  • Did
    Sheriff Arpaio offer to drop the Cold Posse investigation in return for
    the DOJ dropping their investigation of Arpaio's office?
  • Is
    Sheriff Arpaio trying to smear President Obama in retaliation for
    multiple investigations of the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office?
  • Did Jerome Corsi write articles smearing enemies of Sheriff Arpaio in return for the Cold Case Posse investigation?
  • Did WND provide their own funds to the Cold Case Posse for the investigation?
  • Was WND's campaign to raise contributions for the investigation a form of bribery?

    • "WorldNetDaily has
      done its best to buy its preferred result from Arpaio and his "cold
      case posse." The only question is whether anyone can explain why that's
      not attempted bribery." Story, Huffington Post
  • Added: "Are
    Corsi and WND also trying to buy a favorable result by writing fawning
    articles about Arpaio and even erasing him from a story about a lawsuit
    against his department?" Conwebwatch.com
  • Added: Did anyone other than birther conspiracists testify before the posse?
  • Added: Where are the proceeds for Corsi and Zullo's e-book going?

Additional Resources:

Video from the press conference

Official Report

Press Release

Unofficial Transcript (Warning -- contains nuts.)

Obama Conspiracy Theories Blog launches investigation into Sheriff Joe’s “Cold Case Posse”

Press Coverage, from Doc Conspiracy

Document Forensics: Physical and Digital, The Difference and Varied Methodologies by Everalm

Read More: http://www.thefogbow.com/arpaio-report/

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  • Damocles 2012/03/04 19:24:53
    It's a Tie. ALL Birthers Are Racist Nutjobs
    I think Sheriff Joe ( Barney Fife) needs to keep his bullet in his pocket, stay on the porch and let the big dogs handle everything else. If he gets into Orlys space, she might rip him a new one. Sometimes BN's turn on each other, it's a territorial thing.
  • painted desert 2012/03/03 22:12:12
    It's a Tie. ALL Birthers Are Racist Nutjobs
    painted desert
    Put them in a bin and just pick! They are all nuts!
  • Raymond Allamby 2012/03/03 18:59:38
    It's a Tie. ALL Birthers Are Racist Nutjobs
    Raymond Allamby
    and it's neck and neck as they approach the finish line, will it be a photo finish? time will tell.
  • Rebel Yell 2012/03/03 16:31:13
    It's a Tie. ALL Birthers Are Racist Nutjobs
    Rebel Yell
    Orly and Rush are currently driving the clown bus, but there are numerous buses in tow carrying the Birthers, Birchers, Deathers, Truthers and now we have the Vigilant Womb Watchers. If there was no daily conspiracy, what the hell would they have? They might actually have to cough up some interest in the economy or the nation's infrastructure or foreign policy in the Middle East. But no, they hook on to something as bizarre as Radical Girl Scouts and chomp down with a new found fury. With the many concerns before the Virginia legislators, they decided it would be best to focus on trans vaginal probes. No matter that a woman and her doctor might be opposed.

    Sheriff Joe has nothing. Same old lies that are going nowhere ... except the rabid birthers will clamp down and continue to carry the torch. As for old Joe, PeeWee Herman made more sense and he was kind of funny.
  • mich52 2012/03/03 16:19:20
  • Idiot repubs 2012/03/03 16:12:57
    It's a Tie. ALL Birthers Are Racist Nutjobs
    Idiot repubs

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