HOW WILL THE INVESTIGATION PROCEED?
by Sharon Rondeau
(Mar. 5, 2012) —The Post & Email contacted the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office this morning to inquire as to the status of a possible criminal investigation, as had been mentioned by Sheriff Joe Arpaio in his March 1, 2012 press conference. The sheriff had commissioned a “Cold Case Posse” to investigate the authenticity of the long-form birth certificate released by the White House on April 27, 2012. The posse had concluded that the image “is a computer-generated forgery.”
The response we received from the sheriff’s office today was: “No criminal investigation has been opened yet. The case is still under investigation and it is currently being determined where the investigation will go from here.”
Print media reports on the March 1, 2012 press conference held by the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office Cold Case Posse were generally short, with few details about the findings that “”probable cause exists indicating that forgery and fraud may have been committed.” The Sheriff’s Department’s 15-page report detailing the conclusions states that INS records, the birth certificate image, and Obama’s purported Selective Service registration card were used to make its determinations.
Some articles opined that Sheriff Joe Arpaio is “in the spotlight” and incorrectly stated that the investigation focused on Obama’s “place of birth,” although the possibility of a foreign birth had been brought up by Mike Zullo, lead investigator of the team. Other reports reframe the findings as “Obama conspiracy theories.”
On September 7, 2008, Obama stated on national television that he registered for the Selective Service in 1979, but the requirement to do so had been lifted until 1980. A FOIA request made in late October of that year had been back-dated to two days after Obama’s televised appearance describing his purported Selective Service registration. Two different record numbers were sent to two Arizona residents in 2009 who had made FOIA requests. The Post & Email registered its own FOIA requests regarding Obama’s Selective Service registration inquiring as to why the results we received were different from another requester’s for the same information on Obama. We were finally told, “We are unable to answer your remaining questions” with no explanation as to why not.
Why is no one in the media asking questions about the crimes that have been alleged to have been committed?
For months, several New Hampshire state representatives have deemed Obama’s long-form birth certificate a forgery, but the state Attorney General and Secretary of State have refused to investigate or withhold Obama’s name from the ballot. If the document has been forged, are these officials committing a crime by allowing Obama on the ballot? Early last month, an administrative judge in Georgia and the Secretary of State decided to place Obama’s name on the Georgia ballot, and similar determinations have been made in Indiana and Illinois.
Reporters at the Cold Case Posse news conference displayed anger at the conclusions reached by the team that the birth certificate image posted on the internet last April 27 as well as Obama’s Selective Service registration card are forgeries. Rather than asking questions of the White House or Obama, print media outlets have instead focused on Arpaio, who stated that the investigation revealed that the crimes of “fraud and forgery” have been committed against the people of Maricopa County, the state of Arizona, and the entire nation.
Prior to the March 1 presser announcing the posse’s conclusions, members of the major media had attempted to turn the focus back toward those asking questions rather than investigating the questions themselves. The Associated Press has now begun to report the story without media bias.
The White House has issued no official response to the allegations, just as it did not respond to the charge of treason made by a state representative and a former Naval Lt. Commander with 25 years of service. Instead, an Obama operative “tweeted out” a “light-hearted” and possibly misleading message which, instead of linking to the press conference, connected to the theme music from “The X Files,” a defunct television series which sought to solve “paranormal” and “unexplainable” phenomena.
Nevertheless, how would LaBolt explain away the claim of forgery of not one document, but two, if he were confronted? Could he be considered a co-conspirator for not asking questions himself?
A short-form birth certificate bearing Obama’s name is also posted at the White House website, while the original short-form version released in June 2008 is green with black lettering. The short form has also been judged a forgery by various analysts.
The Cold Case Posse stated that they determined that there was “probable cause” to launch a criminal investigation, but very little media attention has been paid to what might happen next.
“Fraud” is described as “as an intentional misrepresentation of material existing fact made by one person to another with knowledge of its falsity and for the purpose of inducing the other person to act, and upon which the other person relies with resulting injury or damage. Fraud may also be made by an omission or purposeful failure to state material facts, which nondisclosure makes other statements misleading.”
The crime of “forgery” is defined as “The making, drawing, or altering a document with the intent to defraud. A signature made without the person knowing of or consenting to it.” It also includes“the production of a spurious work that is claimed to be genuine, as a coin, a painting, or the like.”
“Probable cause” is defined as:
A reasonable belief that a person has committed a crime. The test the court of appeals employs to determine whether probable cause existed for purposes of arrest is whether facts and circumstances within the officer’s knowledge are sufficient to warrant a prudent person to believe a suspect has committed, is committing, or is about to commit a crime.
Another dictionary states that “The probable cause standard is more important in Criminal Law than it is in Civil Law because it is used in criminal law as a basis for searching and arresting persons and depriving them of their liberty.”
When “probable cause” exists, an arrest or search warrant may be issued after being “judicially sanctioned and supported by probable cause.”
Does that mean that as the Maricopa County investigation continues, Obama or people around him could be arrested? questioned? subpoenaed at some point?
Given the results of the March 1 press conference, will the Democrat National Committee continue to have Obama run for re-election? If so, is the DNC committing a crime?
Is the media wondering where it will scurry when the truth finally comes out? Will questions then be asked of them as to why they failed to vet Obama before he occupied the White House for three years? Did the media know that Obama was a follower or Saul Alinsky?
Why would Obama present fake documents to the public? Is it because he is hiding an prior identity? Why did the big media companies fail to look into his past? Have internet news sites replaced the major media in performing their First Amendment function so that, if necessary, the people can “petition the government for a redress of grievances?”
How “grievous” is it to have a man occupying the White House whose past we do not know and who is the claimant of falsified records? How many lies were told?
How many records were falsified to put “Barack Hussein Obama II” in the White House, and for what purpose? If people knew the truth, would there be any chance that Obama would be, or could be, reelected?
Why is Obama’s response to complaints of treason the same as allegations of fraud and forgery? Why isn’t the White House coming out and vigorously defending the documentation?
Update, March 10, 2012: An updated, full-length video of the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Department/Cold Case Posse press conference with the Sheriff’s Department logo is here.
Sharon Rondeau has operated The Post & Email since April 2010, focusing on the Obama birth certificate investigation and other government corruption news. She has reported prolifically on constitutional violations within Tennessee’s prison and judicial systems.