THREAT TO “DEMOCRACY,” OR A “NATIONAL SECURITY” ISSUE?
by Sharon Rondeau
“If we are not serious about facts and what’s true and what’s not, if we can’t discriminate between serious arguments and propaganda, then we have problems,” Obama stated while ruminating about what President-Elect Donald Trump might do with regard to foreign policy once he is sworn in.
Speaking in Peru later that week, Obama said that Trump had learned how to use social media to his benefit during the 2016 presidential campaign in what Obama called “the new ecosystem, in which facts and truth don’t matter.”
“Fake news has become a plague on the web,” said CNN’s Brian Stelter on November 1 in regard to the then-upcoming presidential election, citing Facebook as a source of such unvetted information which spreads rapidly. Stelter cited three categories of “fake news” consisting of “hoax sites,” “hyperpartisan sites,” and “hybrids with a mix of fact and fiction.”
Notwithstanding the recent concerns over “fake news,” on April 27, 2011, an image purported to be a scan of a certified copy of Obama’s long-form birth certificate was posted on the White House website containing anomalies identified by graphics experts.
In fact, several of those experts went on the record to explain why the image could not possibly be authentic.
President-Elect Donald J. Trump, who had publicly demanded that Obama release his “long-form” birth certificate among mounting questions about Obama’s constitutional eligibility, claimed credit for the image’s appearance at whitehouse.gov and pledged to have certain individuals “look at it.”
Several months after the image was released, concerned that their votes could be disenfranchised in the upcoming presidential election of 2012, 242 members of the Surprise, AZ Tea Party approached their sheriff, Joseph Arpaio of Maricopa County, to request an investigation. Although initially skeptical that anything was amiss, Arpaio agreed to commission his Cold Case Posse to perform an analysis in order to “clear the president” and close the issue.
After several days of analysis, however, the posse concluded that the image could not be “cleared.” Its work then continued through the present day, involving individuals both from across the country and internationally.
At a second press conference on July 17, 2012, Arpaio characterized the fraudulent birth certificate as a matter of “national security.”
When the image was posted at whitehouse.gov, mainstream media consisting of CBS News, ABC News, Fox News, MSNBC, NBC News, and others accepted its authenticity without question despite the experts’ reports of forgery, with Fox claiming incorrectly that a Canadian document expert had validated the image when he clearly said he did not.
In June 2008, The Washington Post reported that Obama was raised “in the Kansas heartland,” while his typical life story states that he was born in Honolulu, HI, attended kindergarten there and then moved to Indonesia with his mother and new stepfather in 1967. He reportedly returned to Hawaii at age ten and attended the private Punahou School from which he is said to have graduated in 1979.
An Associated Press story written in 1990 about Obama as the Harvard Law Review’s first black president stated that Obama moved to Indonesia at age two and attended schools there “through the fifth grade,” and upon returning to Hawaii, attending public schools through high school graduation.
Another discrepancy in the AP’s report at the time was that his father was said to have attended Oxford University in the UK, not the University of Hawaii, where he supposedly met Obama’s father, Stanley Ann Dunham.
Before Obama was elected to the presidency in 2008, reports from sources such as MSNBC commentator Chris Matthews and Honolulu Advertiser reporter Will Hoover stated that Obama was born in Indonesia, while others stated his birthplace as Kenya. In a campaign appearance that year, Michelle Obama referred to Kenya as her husband’s “home country,” and his literary agent reported his birthplace as Kenya from 1991 through April 2007.
When The Post & Email contacted The Washington Post and the AP about the discrepancies in their reports from Obama’s widely-disseminated biography, they provided no response. Whether or not that biography, or any other in circulation, is “fake news” remains to be seen.
More recently, former NBC Nightly News anchor Brian Williams, who was suspended for six months and demoted to a position at MSNBC, claimed that “fake news” had affected the outcome of the 2016 presidential election. In 2009, Williams narrated a biographical sketch leading up to Obama’s 2008 election as America’s “first black president,” along with former NBC News anchor Tom Brokaw.
Williams’ demotion stemmed from the revelation and his admission that he inflated or created story lines around his time spent overseas covering various stories including the war in Iraq involving his tale of a helicopter in which he was allegedly traveling with U.S. troops having been “shot down.”
Although first contending that Obama was born in Indonesia, MSNBC’s Matthews later ridiculed anyone who even appeared to be questioning that Obama was not born in Hawaii, as Obama has claimed.
Two press conferences held in 2012 divulging the work of the Cold Case Posse at those specific times indicated that the long-form birth certificate image is a “computer-generated forgery” which constituted a “national security issue.”
The posse additionally found that Obama is claimed Selective Service registration form which was disseminated to a number of FOIA requesters over the years is fraudulent. The Selective Service System then declined Arpaio’s request to inspect a certified copy or the original where the records are held at offices in the Washington, DC area.
A “short-form” Certification of Life Birth (COLB), posted at The Daily KOS on June 12, 2008, followed by a number of other websites, has also been denounced as a forgery and, despite mainstream media reports to the contrary, has never been deemed as official by the Hawaii Department of Health (HDOH).
Just before the release of the long-form birth certificate, CNN issued a two-part series with the intent of legitimizing the Certification of Life Birth replete with an interview with then-HDOH Director Chiyome Fukino, who stated unequivocally to the interviewer that there was no doubt that Obama was born in Hawaii.
CNN later removed the second part of the series from its website, with links on its website leading back to part one. Part two had dealt with the availability of microfilm containing original birth records and had shown what appeared to be a long-form birth certificate on microfilm which was not Obama’s.
CNN, also, has refused to answer questions about the misleading information it provided to the public in that presentation.
Former Democrat presidential candidate Hillary Clinton has also assailed the alleged widespread influence of “fake news,” claiming that it threatens “democracy.”
The Obama regime has now decided to have the intelligence community look into “hacking during the 2016 presidential election” despite no hard evidence having been presented to the public that any intrusions into voting apparatus took place. ABC News has reported that unnamed “U.S. and European intelligence officials” have stated that “the Russians” penetrated computer systems of both Republicans and Democrats before last month’s election.
Trump has indicated his doubts as to the CIA’s purported claim that Russia attempted to sabotage the election.
Domestically, the CIA has admitted that it spied on the US Senate Intelligence Committee in 2014, and a former CIA/NSA contractor has claimed through his attorney that massive government surveillance of ordinary Americans has resulted in the collection of personal data on private citizens, including Trump, unauthorized by a search warrant.
U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John G. Roberts and U.S. District Court G. Murray Snow are said to have been victims of the government surveillance purportedly ordered by Director of National Intelligence (DNI) James Clapper. The reported breaching of 150,000 bank accounts belonging to Maricopa County residents has never been investigated by the mainstream media nor questions asked as to whose accounts might have been compromised.
On Thursday, December 15, at 4 PM Mountain Time, Cold Case Posse lead investigator Mike Zullo and Arpaio will give a third and final press conference to release the remaining information and evidence gathered on the long-form birth certificate image over the last nearly-five years.
Seating at the event is on an invitation-only basis, but a number of news outlets will be providing live-streaming.
According to a radio host who has followed the investigation closely as well as been deputized by Arpaio to play a role in it, “This is going to be a historical event.”
Detractors have already begun to claim that nothing “new” will be released and that the posse’s findings thus far are discredited.