DECEMBER 15, TIME TBD
by Sharon Rondeau
The exact location, which will be in Maricopa County, AZ, will be announced at a later date, and seating may be limited. The time is yet to be confirmed.
It is our understanding that the presser will be live-streamed on the internet.
In September 2011, Maricopa County Sheriff Joseph M. Arpaio commissioned his “Cold Case Posse” to investigate the image posted at whitehouse.gov earlier that year purported to be a scan of a certified copy of Barack Hussein Obama’s long-form birth certificate.
In early 2011, now-President-Elect Donald Trump, who was then considering running for president against Obama in 2012, called for Obama to release a more detailed birth record than the Certification of Live Birth (COLB) posted on Obama’s “FighttheSmears” campaign website after rumors and credible reports surfaced stating that Obama was born in Kenya or Indonesia.
Obama claims that he was born in Honolulu, HI on August 4, 1961, although various outlets, including some in the United States and from his then-literary agent, first reported him as born in Kenya or Indonesia, respectively.
Article II, Section 1, clause 5 of the U.S. Constitution requires the president and commander-in-chief to be a “natural born Citizen,” which is not precisely defined in any of the founding documents.
Many have raised the issue of “allegiance” as having been in the forefront of the Founders’ minds when they included the “natural born Citizen” clause during the 1787 Constitutional Convention.
Obama has been particularly “welcoming” to “immigrants,” whether or not they arrived legally, and has himself been termed “an immigrant” by former New Mexico Gov. Bill Richardson. It is generally understood, as evidenced by multiple congressional attempts to alter it, that the “natural born Citizen” requirement excludes anyone who became a U.S. citizen by naturalization.
Trump made it clear that he interpreted presidential eligibility to mean, at a minimum, that a candidate was born in the U.S. He then released his own short-form, then a more detailed “long-form” birth certificate presumably to demonstrate that obtaining the documents is not a difficult nor time-consuming process.
On April 27, 2011, the White House released the long-form image and held a press conference in which Obama claimed that “additional information” was made available to the public “about the site of my birth.”
Within 24 hours, however, the image was declared a forgery by several experts.
Concerned that their votes would be disenfranchised if the image were, in fact, a forgery, 242 members of the Surprise, AZ Tea Party approached Arpaio in August 2011 to request an investigation. Arpaio agreed, believing that Obama would soon be “cleared” of any suspicion in regard to the reports of forgery of his long-form birth record.
Arpaio commissioned his Cold Case Posse, one of dozens of volunteer posses working as adjuncts to the MCSO, so that taxpayers would not bear the expense of their work.
Within three days, rather than “clearing” the image, posse members found that it presented a number of anomalies which could not be ignored.
On March 1, 2012, an initial press conference was held in which Zullo and Arpaio demonstrated the evidence they had gathered which they said demonstrated “probable cause” in the forgery of Obama’s long-form birth certificate and Selective Service registration form. A follow-up presser with more details took place on July 17, 2012 in which Arpaio called upon Congress to launch its own investigation.
Contrary to many mainstream news reports, the investigation has not focused on where Obama was born.
Neither Congress nor the media showed any curiosity about the posse’s conclusions, and Obama was re-elected to a second term without having to address the reported forgeries of his documentation. To this writer, a spokesman for the FBI acknowledged the findings, but the agency did nothing to the public’s knowledge to further investigate them.