WHAT HATH “THE DEEP STATE” WROUGHT?
by Sharon Rondeau
(Apr. 27, 2011) — Eight years ago this morning, an image was uploaded to the White House website said to be a scan of a certified copy of the “long-form” birth certificate of then-White-House-occupant Barack Hussein Obama demonstrating that he was born at the Kapiolani Maternity & Gynecological Hospital in Honolulu, HI on August 4, 1961.
Within the ensuing hours, days and weeks, credible individuals reported that the image was a poorly-crafted forgery, which eventually led to the opening of a 5+-year criminal investigation by the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO).
In August 2011, then-Maricopa county Sheriff Joseph Arpaio delegated to his “Cold Case Posse” the task of examining the image with the expectation of quickly “clearing the president” of any suspicion. Contrary to what Arpaio expected, however, CCP lead investigator and former detective Mike Zullo was compelled to tell Arpaio several days later that the image could not be cleared as genuine.
After continuing the probe, Arpaio and Zullo conducted a March 1, 2012 press conference during which they revealed that the posse had found probable cause to believe the image to be a “computer-generated forgery.” Also found fraudulent was Obama’s purported Selective Service registration form.
Oddly, neither the FBI, Justice Department, Congress, nor members of the media launched an investigation into the findings.
Several months later, on July 17, 2012, Zullo and Arpaio held a second presser during which they announced that the standard of probable cause with respect to the birth certificate was surpassed by additional evidence.
The day afterward, this publication contacted the FBI and, after reaching a spokesperson, was told that if members of the public believed a crime had been committed regarding the birth certificate image, they should “contact their congressman” as opposed to reporting it to the FBI. When we asked the spokesman if he were aware of the Arpaio press conference, he acknowledged having watched it in its entirety.
Additional updates in the birth certificate probe were delayed as a result of an ancillary investigation Arpaio launched after former NSA/CIA contractor Dennis Montgomery approached him in late 2013 claiming to have evidence that the bank accounts of approximately 150,000 Maricopa County residents were breached by a government agency. Montgomery also said widespread spying on American citizens without a warrant had taken place, including residents of the county.
Concerned for his constituents, Arpaio hired Montgomery as a confidential informant for approximately a year, during which time Montgomery worked to assemble the approximately 600 million records he said he possessed. Although Arpaio said during testimony in a 2015 civil court case that Montgomery’s project produced “junk,” Zullo, who supervised the endeavor, later said Montgomery provided “accurate” information about the alleged identity theft.
In 2013, government surveillance of journalists during the Obama years was discovered and stridently opposed by the Associated Press and by former CBS reporter Sharyl Attkisson beginning in 2011. Attkisson continues to battle the U.S. Justice Department for restitution after numerous forensic analysts found that her work and personal computers were breached, classified information planted in her computer without her knowledge, and intrusions committed into electronic devices used by her family.
Attkisson had been researching the Fast & Furious gunrunning scandal which took the life of U.S. Border Patrol agent Brian Terry in Colorado in 2010. As part of a detailed update on her case against the government, Attkisson wrote on April 7, in part:
On September 21, 2010 executives with Stratfor, a global intelligence firm doing business with government agencies, emailed internally about an alleged Obama administration initiative to target journalists. One email was titled: “Obama leak investigations.” The email stated: “Brennan is behind the witch hunts of investigative journalists learning information from inside the beltway sources…(t)here is a specific tasker from the [White House] to go after anyone printing materials negative to the Obama agenda (oh my.) Even the FBI is shocked.”
Zullo has said in a number of interviews that Montgomery showed him evidence that his and Arpaio’s personal information was collected by the government and that surveillance extended to prominent businessmen, including Donald Trump and some of his employees and family members; 156 federal judges, including U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts and Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg; controversial media figures such as Alex Jones of Infowars; and an outspoken former federal prosecutor who prevailed in a 2013 case against the NSA, Larry Klayman.
On December 29, 2015, The Wall Street Journal reported that the NSA not only gathered the conversations of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, but also those members of Congress and “Jewish-American organizations” engaged in discussions about Obama’s proposed Iran “nuclear deal.”
In 2015, Klayman came to represent Montgomery through Zullo’s efforts, which included their arranging for Montgomery to testify to U.S. District Court Judge Royce C. Lamberth in Washington, DC about the information he said he possessed. Following that, Montgomery was given production and testimonial immunity by the Justice Department for two interviews with FBI agents in late 2015.
During closed-door testimony to members of the House Judiciary and Oversight & Government Reform Committees last October investigating the origins of the Russia “collusion” narrative, former FBI General Counsel James Baker, a 20-year veteran of the Justice Department, testified that Klayman came to him personally about Montgomery’s allegations. Montgomery had been reticent to speak with anyone in the FBI as a result of a 2006 raid on his home which a federal judge later declared unconstitutional.
Baker said during the interview that he dispatched FBI agents to gather the data where Klayman said it could be found. On his second day of testimony, October 18, 2018, Baker told the congressmen present that the FBI investigated Montgomery’s claims but he did not know the outcome. According to Zullo, Baker and then-FBI Director James Comey “deep-sixxed” any investigation of Montgomery’s information.
Also according to Zullo, Montgomery told Zullo that the evidence gathered by the Cold Case Posse investigation into Obama’s long-form birth certificate was included in the information package provided to the FBI.
Since Special Counsel Robert Mueller concluded his investigation last month into allegations first probed in 2016 by the FBI that Trump campaign aides were conspiring with Russian operatives to affect the outcome of the election, some in Congress, and Attorney General William Barr, have determined it essential to discover how the unfounded allegations arose which cast a cloud over the first two years of Trump’s presidency and cost taxpayers upwards of $30 million.
During testimony to two congressional committees April 10, Barr said that “spying did occur” on the Trump campaign and that he wishes to explore whether or not it was “adequately predicated.” He was immediately excoriated for the comment by congressional Democrats and the media, who claimed it was made with “no evidence.”
Trump campaign aides who claim they were targeted by human sources and government surveillance include George Papadopoulos, Michael Caputo, Sam Clovis and Carter Page, the latter of whom was the subject of four successive FISA warrants which enabled the FBI and Justice Department to collect all of his communications for a year. In an interview with Attkisson four weeks ago, Page confirmed that by extension, the surveillance likely included the communications of Trump’s closest advisors such as Steve Bannon as well as Trump himself.
On March 4, 2017, Trump unexpectedly tweeted that his campaign was the subject of a “wire tap” to much ridicule by the mainstream media, which claimed he had “no evidence.” However, the same media ignored a January 19/20, 2017 article in The New York Times claiming that the FBI was conducting multiple “investigations” using “wiretapped communications” from the Trump campaign.
“The F.B.I. is leading the investigations, aided by the National Security Agency, the C.I.A. and the Treasury Department’s financial crimes unit,” The Times reported. “The investigators have accelerated their efforts in recent weeks but have found no conclusive evidence of wrongdoing, the officials said.”
Two months later, Comey would refute the “wiretapping” claim in sworn testimony. Less than two months after that, Comey purposely leaked at least one likely-classified memo to “a friend,” who then shared its contents with the paper with the intent of prompting the commissioning of a special counsel to further investigate Trump and his associates.
Fired on May 9, 2017, former FBI Director and past Comey colleague Robert Mueller was hired eight days later as “Special Counsel” to probe alleged Russian interference in the 2016 election and Trump-Russia “collusion.”
A name Zullo has repeatedly invoked in regard to the birth certificate forgery is that of former CIA Director John Brennan. It was Brennan’s company employee who in 2008 reportedly accessed Obama’s passport file, according to Ken Timmerman writing for Newsmax in January 2009, “in order to ‘cauterize’ the records of potentially embarrassing information.”
While some in the media are aggressively pursuing answers to how the Trump-Russia “collusion” narrative began, none has had the courage to report on or investigate the Obama birth certificate forgery.
Brennan recently said he is willing to testify to Congress that the CIA was not involved in circulating the discredited Russia “dossier” as part of what Trump claims was an “attempted coup” against his administration and, prior to that, his election.
In 2013, Brennan said his agency did not spy on members of the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee, a claim later refuted by an internal investigation.
In an unusual development involving a previous leader of the intelligence community, in early 2017 Brennan was hired as a national-security commentator for MSNBC, a platform he has used to further the Russia “collusion” theory and make the false claim as recently as early March that more indictments against former Trump campaign associates, and possibly Trump himself, would be issued.
Similarly, Obama’s Director of National Intelligence (DNI) James Clapper was hired to serve as a CNN commentator shortly after departing government service. After Clapper announced his resignation just following the 2016 presidential election, Klayman stated that he believed Montgomery’s presentation of evidence on government surveillance was the catalyst.
In 2013, Clapper lied to the Senate Intelligence Committee when he said that the U.S. intelligence community was “not wittingly” collecting Americans’ daily communications. He later admitted that in response to Sen. Ron Wyden’s question, he gave “the least untruthful answer.” Clapper was never prosecuted for lying to Congress.
“All roads lead to John Brennan,” Zullo has said on Carl Gallups’s “Freedom Friday” on a number of occasions over the last nine months. He and Gallups have attributed the media silence and government stonewalling about the birth certificate findings to “the Deep State.”
According to both Gallups, a former Florida deputy sheriff and someone who has remained close to the birth certificate investigation, and Zullo, a very senior member of the Trump administration has been briefed on the evidence collected by the Cold Case Posse investigation, which concluded in December 2016.
Gallups has drawn connections between the Mueller investigation and the birth certificate probe, to which significant research was provided by Dr. Jerome Corsi. Late last year Corsi revealed that the Mueller team pressured him to accept a plea deal on one count of perjury. Corsi refused and filed both criminal and civil complaints against Mueller and prosecutors associated with the “collusion” probe.
A third birth certificate presser held on December 15, 2016 was conspicuously under-reported or misrepresented in the media after Zullo revealed that two independent forensic analysts, unaware of each other and working from different disciplines, confirmed that the odds of the Obama “long-form” birth certificate image’s authenticity are negligible. “Sheriff Joe Arpaio renews birther claims about Obama’s birth certificate,” reads an article headline from that day from the Arizona Republic, which fails to mention the external forensic examiners.
Doubts about Obama’s constitutional eligibility to serve as president arose in 2007 as various articles from credible sources were found to have reported that he was born in Kenya or Indonesia and not Hawaii, as he claimed. Article II, Section 1, clause 5 of the U.S. Constitution requires the president to be a “natural born Citizen,” which most Americans believe means, at a minimum, “born in the United States.”
Newer interpretations of the 14th Amendment and a lack of constitutional education have obliterated historical references to the parents’ citizenship in regard to whether or not an individual can be considered “natural born.” In an 1866 statement recorded in the Congressional Globe, the predecessor of the Congressional Record, Sen. John Bingham of Ohio, who crafted the 14th Amendment ratified two years later, is noted to have described an individual born in the U.S. to citizen parents as “natural born.”
In the 1895 case of Minor v. Happersett, the U.S. Supreme Court stated that “it was never doubted that all children born in a country of parents who were its citizens became themselves, upon their birth, citizens also. These were natives, or natural-born citizens, as distinguished from aliens or foreigners.” The court additionally wrote, “Some authorities go further and include as citizens children born within the jurisdiction without reference to the citizenship of their [p168] parents. As to this class there have been doubts, but never as to the first.”
It was Donald Trump who in early 2011 publicly brought the issue of Obama’s eligibility into the public square by demanding that the White House release his “long-form,” or more detailed, birth certificate than that which had been uploaded in June 2008 to Obama’s campaign website and several other sites.
Further complicating Obama’s eligibility question is his claimed father’s citizenship, which was first British and then Kenyan after that country achieved its independence from the Crown in December 1963.
In a 2010 constitutional change urged by the Obama regime, anyone whose parent or parents possessed Kenyan citizenship is also considered a citizen of Kenya, regardless of place of birth. In a July 2018 visit upon the opening of a charity by his alleged half-sister, Auma Obama, Barack Obama declared, “Three years ago, I visited Kenya as the first sitting American president to come from Kenya.”
Nevertheless, anyone appearing to suggest that Obama was born in Kenya, or Indonesia, as MSNBC’s Chris Matthews said in 2007, or is otherwise not a “natural born Citizen” has been labeled a “racist,” a “birther,” or other uncomplimentary terms, including by law firm Perkins Coie co-founder and Obama White House Counsel Robert Bauer last month.
Prior to the release of the “long-form” birth certificate image, some news sources reported Obama as having been born at Queen’s Medical Center in Honolulu rather than Kapiolani. As with instances of Obama’s declared birthplace overseas, some of the articles were altered to agree with Obama’s claimed hospital of birth.
Perkins Coie was involved not only in purportedly obtaining the “long-form” document from the Hawaii Department of Health, but also in briefing reporters in an off-the-record session just prior to the image’s public release. During both days of his closed-door testimony, Baker affirmed a 2016 meeting he had with Perkins Coie attorney and “friend” Michael Sussman, who said he possessed information compiled by “cyber” experts claiming that a computer in Trump Tower was communicating with one at a Russian institution, Alfa-Bank. The claim was not substantiated by Mueller’s team, which exonerated the Trump campaign of the allegation of “collusion” with Russia on March 22.
Baker told congressional investigators that Sussman had admittedly leaked the information to the media, and an article published shortly before the election at Slate became the focus of questions posed to Baker (p. 119).
Perkins was the source of payment made to Fusion GPS to commission the compiling of the Trump-Russia “dossier” reportedly distributed to and circulated by the CIA, FBI, State Department, members of Congress, and its author, Christopher Steele, in an apparent effort to smear Trump prior to the election.
The money paid to Fusion ultimately came from the Hillary Clinton campaign and DNC.
Last week, several observers and a former U.S. Attorney suggested that reports expected to be released over the next two months by the Justice Department’s inspector general will recommend criminal investigation of a number of Obama-era officials for their roles in the Russia “collusion” hoax. Baker is already under investigation for allegedly leaking to the media, and former FBI Deputy Director Andrew McCabe was referred by the DOJ inspector general last year for investigation.
Whether or not the underlying Obama birth certificate hoax will at long last be exposed remains to be seen.
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.