Sheriff Joe To Vet Obama's Eligibility

Discussion in 'Politics & Religion' started by pspr, Feb 29, 2012.

  1. pspr


    Poll after poll in recent months has revealed that Americans have a high level of concern over Barack Obama’s eligibility to be president, with one poll revealing fully half of the nation wants Congress to investigate the question.

    But mostly reporters for the traditional media – networks, major newspapers, major news corporations and conglomerates – have giggled when talk turns to the serious question of just what – exactly – does the U.S. Constitution require of presidents.

    But that’s changing, as media organizations from all political persuasions seek admittance to a news conference to be held by Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County, Ariz.

    The event is tomorrow, March 1st, at 1 p.m. Mountain Standard Time in Phoenix, 3 p.m. Eastern.

    The topic of discussion will be an investigation by Arpaio’s Cold Case Posse into concerns about Obama’s eligibility, the first time an official law enforcement report has addressed many of the allegations about the presumptive 2012 Democratic nominee for president.
  2. pspr


    The presentation from the Sheriff's Office is going on now at

    So far, it looks like the birth certificate presented by Obama was created rather than copied. Not good for Obama.

    The conclusion is that Obama's released Birth Certificate is a forgery.

    More to come. Remember, this is an official police investigation.
  3. pspr


    International flight records with passenger names are missing from the National Archives for a period of time around Obama's birth date. The National Archives can not explain why these records are missing.

    Additionally, Obama's Selective Service document appears to have been manually created, also.

    The recommendation of the Posse is that a full criminal investigation be begun into the matter of fraudulent documents having been presented to the State of Arizona.

    I'll post a link to the Sheriff's report of findings when it is available.
  4. Does an Arizona Sheriff have the authority/jurisdiction to conduct an investigation outside his state?
  5. pspr


    No. Only matters in Arizona.

    He did say the investigation will continue as they decide how to proceed. Possibly asking Congress, Hawaii or another body to begin an investigation.

    They also said that they have many sworn affidavits from people who have information about the documents and Obama. One guy was introduced to Obama by Bill Ayres wife and told he was a foreign student studying in the U.S.

    They think they also know the forger of the birth certificate.

    The press is now trying to discredit the Sheriff at the end of the interview.
  6. pspr


    This is an account of the facts determined by the Sheriff's office so far:

    Mike Zullo, Arpaio’s lead investigator, said his team believes the Hawaii Department of Health has engaged in a systematic effort to hide from public inspection any original 1961 birth records it may have in its possession.

    “Officers of the Hawaii Department of Health and various elected Hawaiian public officials may have intentionally obscured 1961 birth records and procedures to avoid having to release to public inspection and to the examination of court-authorized forensic examiners any original Obama 1961 birth records the Hawaii Department of Health may or may not have,” Zullo said.

    The investigators say the evidence contained in the computer-generated PDF file released by the White House as well as important deficiencies in the Hawaii process of certifying the long-form birth certificate establish probable cause that a forgery has been committed.

    The investigation was launched after 250 members of the Surprise, Ariz., Tea Party, presented a signed petition to Arpaio in August 2011 asking him to undertake the investigation.

    The Tea Party members petitioned under the premise that if a forged birth certificate was used to place Barack Obama on the 2012 Arizona presidential ballot, their rights as Maricopa County voters could be compromised.

    Arpaio believes a congressional investigation might be warranted and has asked that any information relevant to the investigation held by other law enforcement agencies be forwarded to his office.

    Just to cover the reason an Arizona Sheriff would undertake such an investigation:
    During the presentation the Sheriff indicated that by presenting the birth certificate on the White House website it was therefore presented to the citizens of Maricopa county. Thus the investigation was merited at the request of county residents and will continue since evidence has shown a fraud may have been perpetrated on the citizens of the county.
  7. 377OHMS


    Uh Oh!

    Fraud on a national level could be a pretty big deal.

    Don't mess with Sheriff Joe. :D
  8. pspr


    Sheriff Joe doesn't cut nobody no slack! Facts is facts. :D
  9. Trying to take attention off his own legal issues

    Arizona sheriff probes Obama's birth certificate

    Associated Press By JACQUES BILLEAUD | Associated Press

    PHOENIX (AP) — America's self-proclaimed toughest sheriff finds himself entangled these days in his own thorny legal troubles: a federal grand jury probe over alleged abuse of power, Justice Department accusations of racial profiling and revelations that his department didn't adequately investigate hundreds of Arizona sex-crime cases.

    Rather than seek cover, though, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio is seeking to grab the spotlight in the same unorthodox fashion that has helped boost his career as a nationally known lawman.

    Arpaio scheduled a news conference Thursday to unveil preliminary results of an investigation, conducted by members of his volunteer cold-case posse, into the authenticity of President Barack Obama's birth certificate, a controversy that has been widely debunked but which remains alive in the eyes of some conservatives. Last year, Donald Trump most prominently revived the issue while entertaining a possible bid for the presidency.

    The 79-year-old Republican sheriff has declined to offer clues to what the probe may have found — but defends his need to spearhead such an investigation after nearly 250 people connected to an Arizona tea party group requested one last summer.

    "I'm not going after Obama," said Arpaio, who has criticized the president's administration for cutting off his federal immigration powers and conducting a civil rights investigation of his office. "I'm just doing my job."

    Some critics suggest Arpaio's aim is to divert attention from his own legal troubles while raising his political profile as he seeks a sixth term this year. The sheriff vehemently denies such strategies are in play.

    "You say I need this to get elected? Are you kidding me? I've been elected five times. I don't need this," he said in a recent interview.

    Democratic state Sen. Steve Gallardo said Arpaio is pandering to relentless critics of the president.

    "It doesn't matter what President Obama does, they'll never support him," Gallardo said. "It's those folks who will continue to write checks to Sheriff Joe because of this stuff."

    Arpaio's probe comes amid a federal grand jury investigation into the sheriff's office on criminal abuse-of-power allegations since at least December 2009, focusing on the sheriff's anti-public corruption squad. Separately, the U.S. Justice Department has accused Arpaio's office of racially profiling Latinos, basing immigration enforcement on racially charged citizen complaints and punishing Hispanic jail inmates for speaking Spanish. Arpaio denies the allegations and said the investigation is politically motivated.

    Critics also have sought Arpaio's resignation for more than 400 sex-crimes cases over a three-year period ending in 2007 that were either inadequately investigated or weren't investigated at all by the sheriff's office after the crimes were reported. The sheriff's office said the backlog was cleared up after the problem was brought to Arpaio's attention.

    Speculation about Obama's birthplace has swirled among conservatives for years. "Birthers" maintain that Obama is ineligible to hold the country's highest elected office because, they contend, he was born in Kenya, his father's homeland. Some contend Obama's birth certificate must be a fake.

    Hawaii officials have repeatedly confirmed Obama's citizenship, and Obama released a copy of his long-form birth certificate in April in an attempt to quell citizenship questions. Courts also have rebuffed lawsuits over the issue. Of late, the president's re-election campaign has poked fun at it, selling coffee cups with a picture of the president's birth record.

    Arpaio has said he took deliberate steps to avoid the appearance that his investigation is politically motivated. Instead of using taxpayer money, the sheriff farmed it out to lawyers and retired police officers who are volunteers in a posse that examines cold cases. Other posses assist deputies in duties that include providing free police protection at malls during the holiday season or transporting people to jail.

    Even as he is under fire by the federal government, the sheriff remains popular among Republicans.

    GOP presidential candidates have courted him for his endorsement throughout the primary season. At last week's GOP presidential debate in Arizona, Arpaio won loud cheers. During a question about Arizona's border woes, Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum said the government ought to give local police agencies the chance to enforce immigration law as Arpaio has.

    Bruce Merrill, a longtime pollster and senior research fellow at Arizona State University's Morrison Institute for Public Policy, said the subject of the investigation plays to the sheriff's base of supporters. And, he said, it highlights Arpaio's gift for publicity.

    "It's something that the press will cover," Merrill said. "He'll get a lot of exposure from it."
  10. pspr


    Let me correct myself. My earlier answer, after thinking about it, is incomplete. The Sheriff is responsible for law enforcement only in Maricopa County Arizona. However, he can take an investigation of a possible crime in his county to any place in the world where evidence leads him. He just doesn't have any police powers outside of his county.

    Having said that, other law enforcement agencies will usually aid or allow outside agencies with an investigation that takes them into their jurisdiction. As expected, the cooperation varies greatly from jurisdiction to jurisdiction.
    #10     Mar 1, 2012