by WorldTribune Staff, December 16, 2016
A continuing law enforcement investigation into the authenticity of President Barack Obama’s birth certificate has concluded that it was a forgery.
At a press conference on Dec. 15 presided over by Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County, Arizona, and conducted by investigator Mike Zullo, head of the Cold Case Posse, a video purported to show that nine images from the birth certificate of Johanna Ah’nee had been lifted and dropped onto the Obama birth certificate.
The White House released a long-form copy of the president’s birth certificate in April 2011 after a long-simmering controversy about his qualifications to serve as commander in chief had become a political liability.
“Five years ago I said one thing, show us the microfiche, the birth certificate and we’ll all go home,” Sheriff Arpaio said.
“I plan on turning over this investigation this month to the federal government. And Congress. And hope Congress No. 1 will pass a law, the president should be vetted. Common sense.”
“Maybe some members of Congress will hold some hearings, open to the public regarding this matter. … If they can hold hearings … on underinflated footballs, why can’t you hold one on this?
Zullo said the birth certificate of Johanna Ah’nee had been obtained from her by WorldNetDaily writer Jerome Corsi, whose book “Where’s the Birth Certificate?” contributed to the growing public perception that Obama had not been “vetted” by the media or by law enforcement agencies to hold the highest office in the land. President-elect Donald Trump had also made an issue of the president’s birth certificate in the years before he launched his campaign.
“The nine points of forgery between the Johanna Ah’nee birth certificate and Obama’s [long-form birth certificate] prove convincingly that the Ah’nee birth certificate was the source document from which the Obama LFBC was created,” Zullo said.
The video showed that there were nine images on the Obama birth certificate that appear to be identical to, and copied from, another birth certificate issued in Hawaii just days after his birth.
The images include the word “Honolulu,” “Oahu” twice, three different Xs. The video also pointed to identical angles and positioning of the images.
Zullo credited Sheriff Arpaio for continuing and not concluding the investigation which had earlier pointed to the evidence that the document had been fabricated.
“Sheriff Arpaio utilized his statutory right to confirm his authority to conduct this investigation,” he said. “As a result, this investigation was done with the utmost of professionalism, unbiased and with no political motivation. We let the evidence direct the investigation.”
Zullo and Arpaio both emphasized that the investigation had been based on the assumption that the birth certificate was legitimate and just needed to be “cleared”.
“Every attempt was exercised to try to clear this document as authentic. However, the evidence and the weight of it simply would not permit that,” Zullo said.
In 2012, Arpaio announced investigators’ conclusion there was probable cause to believe that the document Obama released as an official government document was a computer-generated forgery.
Arapaio, known for his strict enforcement of immigration laws, said he commissioned the investigative team after local citizens and “Tea Party members” presented him with a petition expressing concern that Obama might not be eligible for Arizona’s presidential ballot.
In a 2015 interview with CNN’s Jake Tapper, Arpaio came under intense scrutiny:
“You’ve trafficked in this rather preposterous notion that Obama was not born in the United States and that he may have forged his birth certificate that he released,” Tapper said. “Why would you risk your credibility on issues you care about – like illegal immigration, like law enforcement – by getting involved in this nonsense?”
“What do you mean ‘risk’?” Arpaio asked. “I’m the chief law enforcement officer elected by the people. I have a right to investigate and speak out. I’m not talking about where he came from. I don’t care where he came from. We’re working on a fraudulent, forged government document. That’s what we are doing.”
Tapper interjected, “You’re maintaining that the birth certificate that the president of the United States revealed and released to the public, you’re maintaining that that is fraudulent?”
“That’s right,” Arpaio responded.
The CNN host asked, “Is there anyone, any credible law enforcement person outside of you and your organization and your contractors, who has any agreement with you on this?”
“No, they haven’t looked at it,” Arpaio said. “What, are you kidding? I’m probably the only law enforcement official who has looked into it. Nobody looks into it. They shy away from it.”
Tapper interrupted: “Because the president was born in Hawaii.”
“I don’t care where he was born,” Arpaio replied. “I’m talking about a fraudulent government document, a birth certificate. That’s all I’m concerned with. That’s a violation of the law.”
Among other records Obama camp has refused to release are the marriage license of his father (Barack Sr.) and mother (Stanley Ann Dunham), name-change records (Barry Soetero to Barack Hussein Obama), adoption records, records of his and his mother’s repatriation as U.S. citizens from Indonesia, baptism records, Noelani Elementary School (Hawaii) records, Punahou School financial aid or school records, Occidental College financial aid records, Harvard Law School records, Columbia senior thesis, Columbia College records, record with Illinois State Bar Association, files from his terms as an Illinois state senator, his law client list, medical records and passport records.