The Cold Case Posse Preliminary Report, OR
Shurff Joe's Got Nothing New Under the Arizona Sun
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In August 2011, members of the Surprise Arizona Tea Party petitioned Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County, Arizona "expressing concern that Obama might not be eligible for Arizona’s presidential ballot." In September, the Sheriff announced that he would look into birther claims that President Obama wasn't born in the United States. He assigned one of his "Cold Case Posses" to investigate. On March 1, 2012, Sheriff Arpaio held a press conference to release the preliminary report of his investigation.
TheFogbow.com has examined the report, the claims, and the press conference and concludes that:
We'll now examine each of these conclusions in depth.
Birther Hash: Recycled Rumors
Added 3/7: We have examined "A Question of Eligibility: A Law Enforcement Investigation into Barack Obama's Birth Certificate and His Eligibility to be President" (the report of the Cold Case Posse) that was published on February 29, 2012 by Jerome Corsi and Mark Zullo, and the Official Report by Mara Zebest that was distributed at the press conference. TheFogbow.com and others have concluded that almost the entire investigation was based on "evidence" that has been available and debunked for almost a year -- over three years in some cases. The entire investigation of President Obama's birth centered on the PDF of the Long Form Birth Certificate that the White House posted online at the end of April, 2011. There was no investigation of the Short Form Birth Certificate posted in June 2008 or any paper document.
Added 3/7: Atlanta Attorney Loren Collins did a side-by-side comparison of the Cold Case Posse Report with Jerome Corsi's book, Where's the Birth Certificate? published May 2011, and several articles from WND.com. He concluded that most of the content was written by Corsi before the Cold Case Posse was even formed.
Added 3/7: Doctor Conspiracy's Review of "A Question of Eligibility: A Law Enforcement Investigation into Barack Obama's Birth Certificate and His Eligibility to be President"
Claims from the press conference and report:
Claims From After the Press Conference:
Searching For What We Already Know About The "Usurper"
Added 3/7: The two most vocal proponents of the claim that Obama's LFBC is a forgery are Jerome Corsi and Mara Zebest. The vast majority of the claims and analysis made by the Cold Case Posse were directly copied from work these two individuals published BEFORE the Posse was even formed. Both wrote the majority of the final reports, and both published them under their own names. Both were avidly anti-Obama even before the birth certificate controversy began. If they were that closely involved, how unbiased can the investigation have been?
The Maricopa County News Daily
Added 3/7: The entire investigation was the brainchild of Jerome Corsi in conjunction with World News Daily. Was this merely an elaborate book launch? As Doctor Conspiracy put it:
"The obvious point is that if the Cold Case Posse had come up something not sensational, there would be no book, and if it hadn’t been decided six months ago at the outset of the investigation that the results would attack Obama, WND wouldn’t have told Arpaio about their financial interest."
Somebody Needs to Watch Their Back: Attorneys General on Lines 2, 3, and 4
Unofficial Transcript (Warning -- contains nuts.)