“YOU’LL HAVE TO TALK TO OUR ATTORNEYS”
by Sharon Rondeau
(Jul. 1, 2016) — On March 1, 2012, Maricopa County, AZ Cold Case Posse lead investigator gave the first of two joint press conferences with Maricopa County Sheriff Joseph Arpaio concerning the findings of forgery and fraud in the creation of a “long-form” birth certificate image bearing the name “Barack Hussein Obama II” posted on the White House website on April 27, 2011.
Since late 2007, after MSNBC commentator Chris Matthews stated that Obama was “born in Indonesia,” many Americans began to question whether or not Obama, a declared presidential candidate, met the “natural born Citizen” requirement in Article II, Section 1, clause 5 of the U.S. Constitution.
Most Americans have understood the “natural born Citizen” clause to mandate that a presidential candidate must be born in the United States, although much discussion has ensued as to whether or not the citizenship of the person’s parents at the time of his birth is also a determining factor.
Historical references contained in the Congressional Globe and the U.S. Supreme Court case Minor v. Happersett affirm that a person born in the U.S. to two U.S.-citizen parents is a “natural born Citizen,” but whether or not a lower standard also qualifies is an open question.
Many domestic and international news articles had previously reported Obama as having been born in Kenya. In 1991, Obama’s literary agent had published in his promotional biography that he was “born in Kenya and raised in Indonesia and Hawaii” until changing it to say that he was “born in Hawaii” in April 2007.
Writing for The Honolulu Advertiser in 2006, Will Hoover reported, as had Matthews, that Obama’s birthplace was Indonesia. After public scrutiny raised the question of Obama’s eligibility, Hoover quickly changed his article to say that Obama was born in Hawaii, explaining that he had been on a deadline when writing the article and found the “born in Indonesia” reference to Obama on the internet.
Matthews would later label anyone doubting Obama’s alleged birthplace in Hawaii as “birthers” with accompanying strident ridicule.
No hospital in Hawaii or anywhere in the world has claimed to be the place of Obama’s birth, including Kapiolani Maternity & Gynecological Hospital, now part of the Hawaii Pacific Health system, where Obama and his long-form birth certificate say his mother gave birth to him on August 4, 1961 at 7:24 p.m.
The March 1, 2012 presser lasted approximately one hour and 21 minutes, during which Zullo and Arpaio stated that probable cause had been found to believe that not only the long-form birth certificate image, but also Obama’s purported Selective Service registration form, are fraudulent.
At the 35:00 mark in the video of the first press conference, Zullo stated that because the birth certificate had “failed every test” of authenticity, the Cold Case Posse had attempted to substantiate “other information” that Obama had been “born in Kenya” or elsewhere outside of the country. “We tried to determine, is there a way for us to find out if that’s true?” Zullo said. “We all know that every document surrounding Mr. Obama’s birth is basically sealed or doesn’t exist…”
Zullo then explained that his team contacted the National Archives Records Administration (NARA) for airline passenger manifests of flights arriving in Hawaii from overseas from a ten-year period of time encompassing the year 1961. Zullo reported that NARA said it did not have passenger manifests but that it did have “microfilm copies of INS records depicting every individual coming in to the country from overseas.” The CCP asked NARA to make copies of the microfilm from the decade identified, which the agency did.
Zullo said that the CCP asked WND’s Dr. Jerome Corsi to examine the approximately 685 rolls of microfilm which NARA provided and that Corsi noted that the records from August 1-7, 1961, “disappeared from the microfilm, and they picked up on August 8th and continued on.”
Zullo said that NARA could not explain why microfilm representing seven days in August 1961 were missing from their records. “As a result, we still have to entertain information that he was possibly born abroad,” Zullo reported at the time.
At 37:30, Zullo changed the subject to the posse’s examination of Obama’s purported Selective Service registration form, shortly after which a video was played describing the substance of the data analyzed by the posse and why it concluded that it, too, is a forgery.
In an interview with The Post & Email on Tuesday, Zullo raised what he believes is a connection between Obama’s apparent failure to register with the Selective Service System (SSS) and the 2015 publication of an option to the Oath of Allegiance taken by new U.S. citizens not to pledge to “take up arms” to defend the United States if called upon by exigent circumstances.
Earlier on Friday, Texas citizen Ed Sunderland related to The Post & Email that he had two face-to-face meetings with his congressman, Michael Burgess, about the missing NARA records for that first week of August 1961 and the questions it raised as well as the documentation already found to be fraudulent. Sunderland reported that during one of the meetings, Zullo participated by phone and divulged that NARA had “lawyered up” when questioned about the missing information.
Sunderland told us:
I had requested a meeting with my congressman; I had already had a meeting previously. My discussions have been primarily about the fake identity documents of Obama. I wanted an investigation; I wanted him to contact the Judiciary or something to expose all this fraud. There was the draft registration card, the Social Security numbers; I exposed all of this to my congressman.
During the second meeting, I had Mike Zullo on standby to answer any questions that my congressman might have. I believe it was after the second press conference [on July 17, 2012]. I told Mike that I would call him as soon as there were some questions for him. I called him on the way over to make sure that he was available and told him that I would call as soon as I was ready.
I started talking to my congressman and showed him the first seven minutes of the press conference from a Sheriff’s Kit. I said, “We really need to do something about this. I went over the Social Security numbers, the Certificate of Live Birth, his false narrative, the photographs which appear photoshopped. The sheriff’s office was looking for different documents that might show Barack Obama’s citizenship or place of birth. They didn’t think they could find any records from Pan Am or TWA or whoever was flying internationally at that time. But they found out that immigration records are maintained at the National Archives.
I told him that the sheriff’s office had sent a couple of his investigators, one of whom I spoke to personally in Hawaii, to look at the rolls of film made available by the National Archives. When they started getting into the information, the dates that they wanted were gone.
There were three of us at the meeting: Michael Burgess, his assistant, and me. Dr. Burgess said, “These people are the salt of the earth down at the National Archives; I can’t imagine why they’d do anything like that.” I then called Mike Zullo, introduced him to Burgess and went over the conversation briefly. Mike confirmed to Burgess that they had gone to the National Archives and the films with the dates they wanted were gone.
One of the investigators told me that after looking through the microfilms, he was convinced that they had been altered. When he and the other researcher went back to the National Archives, they asked, “What happened to these pages?” and they were told, “You’ll have to talk to our attorneys.”
That is what really irritated me, and I wanted my congressman to hear that the National Archives had lawyered up.
“What was Burgess’s reaction?” The Post & Email asked.
He reiterated that the National Archives is the “salt of the earth” and he couldn’t see how they would do anything nefarious. He hasn’t done anything since. I’ve called and asked if there’s been any movement or if there’s anything I can do to help start an investigation, and nothing has happened.
I’ve had a contentious relationship with my congressman ever since because of that and other things, but I’m finding out from some of the people in his office that he really doesn’t have any control over that. We look at our congressmen as our representatives, but they really can’t do much, it seems.
“Why is that, because he doesn’t sit on the right committees?”
In my view, that shouldn’t be an excuse; if you’re not on the right committee, you take this information to someone who is on the committee.
“Did he ever provide a reason for why he didn’t take any action?”
He said if we went after Obama to expose him for things like this, Obama would pull the race card. He also said, “Why didn’t Hillary bring up any of this?” and “Don’t we have better things to do with our time?”
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.