By Jim Kouri
During a press conference held Thursday in Maricopa County, Arizona, the man known as “America’s Toughest Sheriff” by millions of Americans announced the findings of his half-year investigation of President Barack Obama’s birth records.
Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio said, “A six month long investigation conducted by my cold case posse has lead me to believe there is probable cause to believe that President Obama’s long-form birth certificate released by the White House on April 27, 2011, is a computer-generated forgery. I do not believe that it is a scan of an original 1961 paper document, as represented by the White House when the long-form birth certificate was made public.”
According to Arpaio’s press statement, this is the principle preliminary finding of a six-month on-going Sheriff’s Cold Case Posse law enforcement investigation into the authenticity of Obama’s birth certificate and his eligibility to be president.
One member of President Obama’s defense team fighting accusations of ineligibility, attorney Michael Jablonsky, claims, “An effort to harass the President continues with qualification challenges filed across the country. Challengers ignore procedural and evidentiary requirements because their claims are without merit, based on fantasy, and offered in pursuit of a political agenda.”
Jablonsky is part of an army of lawyers who are challenging court cases across the nation investigating claims that Obama was not a born citizen of the United States.
Unlike conspiracy theorists or political operatives, Sheriff Arpaio noted that he undertook the investigation as an unbiased third party who wished to “go wherever the investigation leads.”
While being the target of investigations by the Obama Administration — including Attorney General Eric Holder — and being stripped by Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano of his authority to enforce immigration law, Sheriff Arpaio received numerous requests from individuals and groups such as the Arizona Tea Party to conduct an investigation of Obama. Arpaio claims the Obama investigation was not about politics but a response to complaints his office has received from concerned Maricopa County residents.
Rachel Alexander, former attorney with the Maricopa County Attorney’s Office and a friend to the Law Enforcement Examiner, has often praised Arpaio’s crimefighting philosophy and “outside the box” strategies to make Maricopa the safest county in Arizona.
Alexander and Arpaio, have been under attack by Democrats and leftist organizations who regularly make questionable complaints regarding the two admitted conservatives. Alexander is the publisher of the Internet political commentary magazine The Intellectual Conservative.
Arpaio’s special investigators — former law enforcement officers and criminal prosecutors — advised the veteran Sheriff that the alleged forgers committed two crimes: First, they created a fraudulent document which the White House characterized, knowingly or unknowingly, as an officially produced governmental birth record; And second, they fraudulently presented the birth document to the residents of Maricopa County and to the American public 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 (Military draft card) which is most likely also a forgery, as revealed by an examination of the postal date stamp on the document, Arpaio’s preliminary report indicates.
“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,” explained the outspoken Sheriff.
Citizens Petitioned Sheriff to Commence Obama Probe
In August 2011, 250 residents of Maricopa County requested through a signed petition that Sheriff Arpaio undertake an investigation into Barack Obama’s birth records and the legality of his holding the office of the President of the United States.
The citizens — many of whom were also Tea Party members — stated in their petition 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 have been compromised.
According to Sheriff Arpaio’s statement, he agreed to accept the petition and he assigned the Obama investigation to his “Cold Case Posse” at no expense to the tax payers.
The Sheriff’s Cold Case Posse, consisting of former law enforcement officers and lawyers with law enforcement experienced, spoke to dozens of people and examined hundreds of documents. The investigators also took numerous sworn statements from witnesses throughout the world, according to Sheriff Arpaio.
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.