Arpaio claims “President’s birth certificate undoubtedly a fraud”

According to Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, and his Cold Case Posse Lead Investigator Mike Zullo, the information he developed “from an exhaustive examination into President Obama’s long form birth certificate confirms that the document presented to the American public by the White House in April 2011 is undoubtedly fraudulent.”

According to the Sheriff, the information developed during the investigation which underscores the fraudulent nature of the long form birth certificate (LFBC) certificate was based partially upon an interview with the person whose signature actually appears on it.

Furthermore, Arpaio’s investigators conducted a close examination of Hawaii’s laws pertaining to registered births. Those laws essentially provide easy access to a Hawaii birth certificate, even if neither parent is a U.S. citizen. A birth certificate is a legal document which provides “proof” that an individual was born in the United States. It automatically grants a person U.S. citizenship.

The investigators claim that the way in which Hawaii officials currently distribute birth certificates may pose a serious flaw to our national security.

In March, investigators advised Sheriff Arpaio that the forgers committed two crimes: first, in creating a fraudulent document which the White House characterized, knowingly or unknowingly, as an officially produced governmental birth record; and second, in fraudulently presenting that document to the residents of Maricopa County and to the American public at large as “proof positive” of President Obama’s authentic 1961 Hawaii long-form birth certificate.

During the six-month-long investigation and after having developed probable cause to believe the long-form birth certificate is a computer-generated forgery, investigators began examining other evidence of President Obama’s life history including:

President Obama’s Selective Service card is most likely also a forgery, revealed by an examination of the postal date stamp on the document;

To quell the popular idea that Obama was actually born outside the United States, we examined the Records of Immigration and Naturalization Service cards routinely filled out by airplane passengers arriving on international flights that originated outside the United States in the month of August 1961. Those records are housed at the National Archives in Washington, D.C. Interestingly, records from the days surrounding Obama’s birth, August 1, 1961 to August 7, 1961 are missing. This is the only week in 1961 were these immigration cards cannot be found.

Since the public disclosure of those initial findings in March, Sheriff’s investigators tracked down a number of witnesses including persons of interest during a trip to the State of Hawaii in the furtherance of their investigation.

The Sheriff’s Cold Case Posse uncovered the following information which advances the assertion that a fraud has occurred:

Investigators learned that Hawaii Department of Health utilizes a coding system defined by the federal government to categorize and code the required information on all Birth Certificates registered by the state including those registered in 1961. This process involves writing specific number codes by hand and in pencil, placed next to relevant information contained on the birth certificate. The coding numbers seen on the President’s LFBC are not consistent with the coding responses required by the federal government to match the information presented. The incorrect codes indicate that the President’s LFBC has been altered or amended.

Investigators tracked down the person who was the local registrar at the time of Obama’s birth who allegedly signed and coded the document which Obama now says proves his birth place as Hawaii. Verna K. Lee, now a 95 year-old woman, allegedly signed the document on August 8, 1961. She provided information about the vital information codes and their corresponding meanings. The information she provided challenges the President’s claim that his birthplace in 1961 was the Kapiolani Maternity and Gynecological Hospital.

Sheriff’s investigators in Hawaii were stymied by the state registrar of the Hawaii Department of Health, Alvin Onaka, as well as the Attorney General’s Office in Honolulu when investigators asked to compare the White House version of the LFBC to the original document presumably held in Hawaii. Investigators met with the Hawaii Assistant Attorney General, Jill Nagamine. Nagamine refused to give Sheriff’s investigators permission to see the original birth documentation held by the Hawaii Department of Health which was used to create the President’s long form birth certificate. Furthermore, Nagamine refused to verify whether the PDF birth certificate released by the White House is in fact an exact copy of the document released to the President’s attorneys.

Perhaps more alarming than anything else, in the course of this investigation, lead investigator Mike Zullo came across information which demands immediate action by the federal government.

“If a nation’s security is only as strong as its weakest link, then America may be in serious trouble. Hawaii may be our weakest link and could have a serious impact on our nation’s immigration policy,” Arpaio says.

Arpaio and his investigators have learned that for decades and remaining today, Hawaii has extremely loose policies regarding birth records – who can acquire them and how they are distributed. Additionally, those policies in Hawaii state law appear to be in direct contradiction to U.S. Immigration policy.

Under Hawaii statute, a person only has to be an established resident of Hawaii, not necessarily a U.S. citizen, in that state and pay taxes there for one year to be able to register an out of state or foreign born person with an official Hawaii birth certificate.

The law, Hawaii Revised Statute 338-17.8 states:

“Upon application of an adult or the legal parents of a minor child, the director of health shall issue a birth certificate for such adult or minor, provided that proof has been submitted to the director of health that the legal parents of such individual while living without the Territory or State of Hawaii had declared the Territory or State of Hawaii as their legal residence for at least one year immediately preceding the birth or adoption of such child.”

Sheriff Arpaio and his investigators have grave concerns about this Hawaii Revised Statute believing it could be a gaping loophole that makes it possible for foreign born people to legally establish U.S. citizenship even if neither parent is an American citizen.

It is important to note that although this state law was not established until the early 1980’s long after President Obama’s birth, the laws that were in effect in 1961 were also researched by investigators and contain many similar concerns which allowed unattended births to be registered by persons simply knowing of the birth’s occurrence.

Sheriff Arpaio says, “Often investigations into one matter lead law enforcement officials to other issues of serious concern. This Hawaiian law may be a serious threat to national security and needs to be immediately addressed by the U.S. Government.”

Considering the fact that Hawaii appears to be very lax in its distribution of birth certificates, it is possible, though certainly not proven, that President Obama, through the actions of others, may have benefitted by the ease with which one can obtain a birth certificate proving U.S. citizenship.

Arpaio says his investigators will continue to delve into this matter but ultimately this investigation needs to be given to the proper authority to further.

“Through the hard work of Mike Zullo and his team of investigators we have pointed out some inconsistencies, or oddities, relating to the President’s birth certificate. Taken one by one they may not be terribly concerning. But put them altogether and they paint a picture of deception that requires a federal inquiry,” Arpaio says.

“My hope is that the U.S. Congress will take over from here if not to further the birth certificate forgery possibility, then at least to examine the state of Hawaii’s laws in regards to the issuance of birth certificates which may be permitting untold numbers of foreign born people to wrongly gain U.S. citizenship,” Arpaio says.

History of Cold Case investigation

In August 2011, 250 members of the public presented a signed petition asking Sheriff Arpaio to undertake this investigation.

The petitioned was offered under the premise that if a forged birth certificate was utilized to obtain a position for Barack Obama on the 2012 Arizona presidential ballot, their rights as Maricopa County voters could be compromised.

Sheriff Arpaio agreed to accept the investigation and assigned it to his “Cold Case Posse” at no expense to the tax payers for a thorough examination. The Sheriff’s Cold Case Posse, consisting of former law enforcement officers and lawyers with law enforcement experienced, spoke to dozens of witness and examined hundreds of documents, and took numerous sworn statements from witnesses around the world.

Suspecting that the long form birth certificate is a computer generated forgery, they now say they have identified persons of interest in the case.

Sheriff’s Investigator Mike Zullo says, “We have also determined during the course of our investigation that the Hawaii Department of Health engaged in what we believe is a systematic effort to hide any original 1961 birth records that they may have in their possession.”

Sheriff Arpaio added, “A continuing investigation is needed to not only understand more about the creation of the alleged birth certificate forgery, but also to determine who, if anyone, in the White House or the state of Hawaii may have authorized it.”

Sheriff’s Investigators were then led to investigate President’s Obama selective service registration card allegedly filled out in Hawaii in 1980.

Investigators compared Obama’s card to others filled out in same year and to at least two cards filled out in the same local.

The year stamp that is used on selective service registration cards should include all four digits of the year, for example 1980, the year Obama may have registered with selective service. However, investigators note that Obama’s registration card is highly unusual having a year stamp including only two digits, “80” which appears to be an inverted number. Additionally, those numbers are offset by a significant amount suggesting that the stamp was somehow manually manipulated.

The Cold Case Posse produced six technical videos to demonstrate why the Obama long-form birth certificate is suspected to be a computer-generated forgery. The videos were designed to display the testing used by the investigators to examine various claims made when the April 27 document was posted on the White House website for public dissemination. The videos consisted of step-by-step computer demonstrations using a control document.

They also illustrate point-by-point the investigators conclusion that the features and anomalies observed on the Obama long-form birth certificate were inconsistent with features produced when a paper document is scanned, even if the scan of the paper document had been enhanced by Optical Character Recognition (OCR) and optimized.

Additionally, the videos demonstrated that the Hawaii Department of Health Registrar’s name stamp and the Registrar’s date stamp were computer-generated images imported from an unknown source into an electronic document, as opposed to actual rubber stamp imprints inked by hand or machine onto a paper document.

“The fact that we were able to cast reasonable suspicion on the authenticity of the Registrar stamps is especially disturbing, since these stamp imprints are designed to provide government authentication to the document itself,” Zullo said.” If the Registrar stamps are forgeries, then the document itself is a forgery.”

“As I said at the beginning of the investigation,” Arpaio said, “the President can easily put all of this to rest. All he has to do is demand the Hawaii Department of Health release to the American public and to a panel of certified court-authorized forensic examiners all original 1961 paper, microfilm, and computer birth records the Hawaii Department of Health has.”

Arpaio further stressed the Hawaii Department of Health needs to provide, as part of the full disclosure, evidence regarding the chain of custody of all Obama birth records, including paper, microfilm, and electronic records, in order to eliminate the possibility that a forger or forgers may have tampered with the birth records.

“Absent the authentic Hawaii Department of Health 1961 birth records for Barack Obama, there is no other credible proof supporting the idea or belief that this President was born in Hawaii, or in the United States for that matter, as he and the White House have consistently asserted,” Arpaio said.

Sheriff Arpaio stresses that these are preliminary findings and concluded by suggesting a Congressional investigation might be warranted. Arpaio asked that any other law enforcement agency with information referencing this investigation be forwarded to his office.

“I want to make this perfectly clear. I am not accusing the sitting President of the United States of committing a crime. But there remain a lot of questions which beg for answers and we intend to move forward with this investigation in pursuit of those answers, hopefully with the cooperation of all parties involved,” Arpaio said.

(Compiled from Arpaio statements)

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