by Sharon Rondeau
(Apr. 28, 2022) — On Wednesday, which marked the 11th anniversary of the release of an image by the White House said to represent the original birth certificate of the then-sitting president, Barack Hussein Obama II, The Post & Email sought out the investigator who conducted a 5+-year investigation into its authenticity.
Since the publication of an editorial Monday by Tom Arnold responding to an April 22 article in The Washington Examiner surrounding what came to be known colloquially as “birther” claims and the Obama regime’s response to them, a flurry of comments has been seen, on the one hand asserting the image is a forgery, and on the other, reiterating statements made by Hawaii officials during the height of the birth-certificate controversy vouching for Obama’s purported birth there on August 4, 1961.
Similar comments were submitted in response to The Post & Email’s April 20 article titled, “When Did ‘the Iron Curtain of Censorship’ Begin?” which recounted the media’s recoiling from Zullo’s revelation that the “long-form” birth certificate PDF image was found to be fraudulent beyond the standard of probable cause as well as subsequent discoveries about how it was likely created.
The probe was conducted under the authority of the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office, then led by Sheriff Joseph Arpaio, with Zullo and Arpaio holding three formal press conferences to report the progress and findings of the investigation at various stages.
In a recent memoir, Arpaio wrote that as a result of the birth-certificate investigation, he and Zullo became the objects of a “level of fury” “from Obama’s minions” not seen before in his 24 years as sheriff.
Early in the process, along with the birth-certificate image, Zullo and his team members determined that Obama’s purported Selective Service registration form, distributed to various citizens making FOIA requests for the documentation beginning in 2008, is also fraudulent. Both assertions were announced at the first press conference on March 1, 2012.
During the second presser held in July the same year, Zullo declared that the standard of probable cause in the forgery of the birth-certificate image was surpassed by the evidence, including that “they did not make the PDF file at the Department of Health in Hawaii” (41:43).
At the final presser on December 15, 2016, Zullo revealed having hired two forensic document examiners, one in Italy and the other in Hawaii working in different disciplines, who examined the image and independently reached the same conclusion, with each producing a final report not yet released publicly.
One of Zullo’s final revelations was that the paper birth certificate of one Joanna Ah’Nee, born in Hawaii several weeks after Obama’s purported birth, was used as a source document for the Obama forged image.
For Obama, “There is no original certificate; there never was,” Zullo said on a later radio broadcast.
Nevertheless, over the years many commenters have continued to maintain that the PDF image represents an authentic paper document proving Obama was born in the United States and therefore eligible to the presidency as a “natural born Citizen.” Several in comments at this website have attempted to goad Zullo into releasing the final reports he received from the forensic examiners, a point he addressed in The Post & Email’s interview Wednesday.
Just as individuals questioning the Obama birth narrative, life story, and/or documentation were labeled “birthers,” those vehemently defending the PDF image and Obama’s purported bona fides are referred to in some circles as “Obots.”
We began by asking Zullo about the years-old claim concerning the Xerox copier, to which he replied:
“The 7655 Xerox copier was a component machine used to reproduce a copy of a created document. That’s what we established, because the Obots were coming out in full force saying the 7655 did it all. So we ended up purchasing a 7655; it took us over a year to find someone who still had the proper software from that time frame to run the machine.
“Obviously, all copiers have the ability to produce links and layers, but the 7655 copier could not produce the links and layers that are displayed in the Obama document. As a matter of fact, some of the very fields that have been in question and pulled over from the Ah’Nee document are on their own layer in that document, and the 7655 cannot do that.
“The 7655 was also used for obfuscation purposes. Running a partly-completed document multiple times through the 7655, getting a printed layer and then running it again, is done for obfuscation coupled with the utilization of the Mac program, ‘Preview,’ which destroyed the chain of custody of data that would have authenticated the creation of the PDF file. Preview erased the metadata that should have been contained in the file, thereby rendering the Obama birth certificate unreliable.”
“Our work was to nullify the ‘7655’ argument, to nullify the claim they were trying to assert, which was picked up by local media in Phoenix that the 7655 was in fact the forger, and it is absolutely not true. We completely not just debunked the claim by statement, but by scientific evidence and examination came to the conclusion that the 7655 did not create the layers that are associated with the Obama PDF file.
“I saw that they’re trying to say that it is a ‘debunked’ theory that the Ah’Nee birth certificate was used. That is an absolute falsehood. They throw around the word ‘debunked’ all the time to make you think someone debunked it. The truth of the matter is it’s been scientifically proven that the Ah’Nee document was one of the source documents in the creation of the Obama document. It was determined by two separate forensic examinations, one digital and one old-school, print-and-paper, that the Ah’Nee certificate was one of the documents used, if not the sole document to create the Obama PDF file. It’s an indisputable fact.”
“Did Forlab address the copier claim?” The Post & Email asked, to which Zullo replied:
Yes, at my request. You have to realize: My job is not to just spin, as these people do, but to find the facts, and back up our claim with scientific and forensic evidence. So while these people want to run around and say, “Oh, well, it took you four years to finally figure out the Xerox machine was part of it,” that’s not true. I actually went to Xerox’s corporate headquarters in Phoenix and spent two hours there with a technician learning how these processes work. It has nothing to do that; it has to do with the process of elimination to get to the truth. The decision I made was, “We are going to get away from this whole Xerox nonsense; this is a red herring.”
On May 30, 2014, The Post & Email summarized an interview between Zullo and “Freedom Friday” host Carl Gallups, writing, in part:
Gallups reviewed the information Zullo revealed last week, including that an NSA document is in the sheriff’s hands which explains how to erase metadata from documents. He also mentioned “the Obots,” who had insisted that a certain type of Xerox copier would have produced the anomalies found in the birth certificate image, unexpectedly leading to the new vein of investigation which apparently has revealed the identities of those who created the forgeries.
Recalling that discovery, Zullo told us Wednesday, “The NSA trained their operatives to use Xerox copiers in the making of fraudulent documents, so we know about that. When you do an investigation like this, you have to take out what the opposing side is going to throw at you, so you take it out early. So I had to eliminate the possibility that the 7655 was responsible. And I did; I eliminated it; it’s not even a factor anymore.”
As for comments critical of his decision to withhold release of the forensic examiners’ reports, Zullo responded, “I’ve said this over and over again. I will not publicly release that paid-for information. Those reports costs thousands and thousands of dollars, and they’re not out there to become public fodder. What’s not going to happen and what I will not allow to happen is the typical thing that’s been occurring since the beginning of the whole birth-certificate inquiry: that blatant lies get posted which are designed to deceive, conflate and confuse. I absolutely refuse to put forth those documents to have them bandied about in the court of public opinion, where, quite frankly, they do not matter. Those documents are reserved for the day, which I’m sure will come, when this whole incident gets examined through the proper legal channels. So they can stop asking; watch the video, and that’s all you need to know.
“As far as the ‘censorship’ comment someone made, [former White House senior adviser Dan] Pfeiffer in his own book wrote that they crafted a media blackout on the birth certificate issue. There were discussions daily about this birth certificate problem. They did take it seriously; they knew they had a problem.”
The podcast in which Pfeiffer speaks extensively about the birth-certificate issue is titled, “Crooked Conversations.”
Zullo then added:
“Here’s another thing: if our investigation was actually nonsense, the FBI would have jumped in immediately. The Secret Service would have jumped in. They didn’t jump in because they could not investigate it.”
“Why couldn’t they investigate it?” we asked.
“Because they would have to come to the conclusions. We had a corrupt DOJ and a corrupt FBI and spineless Republicans. I went to Washington four times…where are you going to go with it? What are you going to do with it? But to have the reports bandied about in the courts of public opinion? No, I’m not going to do that.”
On September 8, 2019, The Post & Email reported, “After the second presser held on July 17, 2012, this writer contacted the FBI media office in Washington, DC and after approximately five transfers, was able to reach a spokesman who admitted to having watched the entire presser the day before. When we inquired as to what role the FBI might play given investigators’ declared findings as to Obama’s government documents, the spokesman advised concerned citizens to “contact their Congressman.”