Cold Case Posse Report #1: March 12, 2012


The Cold Case Posse Pre­lim­i­nary Report, OR

Shurff Joe’s Got Noth­ing New Under the Ari­zona Sun

… and make sure to see our com­pan­ion page, Doc­u­ment Foren­sics

Was unaware that cut-and-past­ing World­Net­Dai­ly arti­cles
was a “gov­ern­ment inves­ti­ga­tion.” — @daveweigel 

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. has exam­ined the report, the claims, and the press con­fer­ence and con­cludes that:

  1. the “evi­dence” is actu­al­ly old, debunked rumors with a few new spins thrown in for spice,
  2. the “inves­ti­ga­tion” was nev­er treat­ed as an impar­tial search for evi­dence,
  3. the press con­fer­ence was effec­tive­ly run by World Net Dai­ly, and
  4. there’s cer­tain­ly infor­ma­tion that an Attor­ney Gen­er­al should look into, but it’s not about the Pres­i­dent.

We’ll now exam­ine each of these con­clu­sions in depth. 

Addi­tion­al resources.

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. 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 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:

  • CLAIM: The paper doc­u­ment of the birth cer­tifi­cate nev­er exist­ed.
    • FALSE. Reporters at the Press Con­fer­ence where the Long Form Birth Cer­tifi­cate was released were able to han­dle the paper doc­u­ment and feel the raised seal. Reporter Savan­nah Guthrie post­ed a pic­ture from her cell phone. The press con­fer­ence.
    • FALSE. han­dled and pho­tographed the Short Form Birth Cer­tifi­cate. Here’s their cov­er­age.
    • FALSE. The Hawaii Depart­ment of Health says that LFBC doc­u­ment is authen­tic and 2 cer­ti­fied paper copies were sent to the Pres­i­dent in April, 2011. The copies were giv­en to the Pres­i­den­t’s lawyer who hand-car­ried to the White House from Hawaii. One copy was scanned and post­ed to the White House web­site as well as copied and dis­trib­uted to the press. One cer­ti­fied copy was passed around at the White House con­fer­ence.
    • Added 3/3: “A rep­re­sen­ta­tive with the Hawaii Attor­ney Gen­er­al’s Office said no one from the Sher­if­f’s Office ever request­ed to inspect or col­lect doc­u­ments relat­ed to the authen­tic­i­ty of Oba­ma’s birth cer­tifi­cate.”
  • CLAIMThe long-form birth cer­tifi­cate was most like­ly a com­put­er-gen­er­at­ed forgery.
    • Com­put­er Foren­sics expert Dr. Neal Krawetz, pub­lish­er of’s reports. SFBC: June 2008, August 2008, LFBCApril 2011.
      • Before I begin, I need to point out two crit­i­cal items for this eval­u­a­tion. First, dig­i­tal doc­u­ment analy­sis can detect manip­u­la­tion, but it can­not deter­mine whether the orig­i­nal sub­ject is authen­tic. The authen­tic­i­ty can only be deter­mined by the State of Hawaii, and they already said that it is authen­tic.”
    • Added 3/7: Accord­ing to WND Reporter Aaron Klein, they com­mis­sioned reports from three cre­den­tialed doc­u­ment exam­in­ers. WND nev­er pub­lished these reports. 
      • Ivan Zatkovich of eComp Con­sult­ing has 10 years of expe­ri­ence as an expert wit­ness in state and fed­er­al courts, civ­il and crim­i­nal lit­i­ga­tion, doing doc­u­ment val­i­da­tion. Mr. Zatkovich has post­ed his report on the Inter­net. 
        • His con­clu­sion on April 29, 2011: “All of the mod­i­fi­ca­tions to the PDF doc­u­ment that can be iden­ti­fied are con­sis­tent with some­one enhanc­ing the leg­i­bil­i­ty of the doc­u­ment.”
      • Jon Berry­hill of Berry­hill Com­put­er Foren­sics has pro­vid­ed expert tes­ti­mo­ny in and been cer­ti­fied by Cal­i­for­nia and Fed­er­al courts as an expert in the field of com­put­er crime and com­put­er foren­sic analy­sis. 
        • His con­clu­sion on May 1, 2011: for a com­plete analy­sis, access to the orig­i­nal doc­u­ment would be best.
    • Added 3/7: Nathan Gould­ing, the Chief Tech­nol­o­gy Offi­cer of The Nation­al Review Online said on April 27, 2011: “I’ve con­firmed that scan­ning an image, con­vert­ing it to a PDF, opti­miz­ing that PDF, and then open­ing it up in Illus­tra­tor, does in fact cre­ate lay­ers sim­i­lar to what is seen in the birth cer­tifi­cate PDF. You can try it your­self at home.” 
    • Added 3/7: Jean-Claude Trem­blay is an Adobe Cer­ti­fied Expert in Illus­tra­tor CS4/CS5 / Inde­sign CS4/CS5 / Pho­to­shop CS4/CS5 / Acro­bat Pro 9/X. He told Fox News on April 29, 2011: 
      • He said the lay­ers cit­ed by doubters are evi­dence of the use of com­mon, off-the-shelf scan­ning soft­ware — not evi­dence of a forgery. “I have seen a lot of illus­tra­tor doc­u­ments that come from pho­tos and con­tain those kind of clippings—and it looks exact­ly like this,” he said.
      •  Trem­blay explained that the scan­ner opti­cal char­ac­ter recog­ni­tion (OCR) soft­ware attempts to trans­late char­ac­ters or words in a pho­to­graph into text. He said the lay­ers cit­ed by the doubters shows that soft­ware at work – and noth­ing more. 
      • When you open it in Illus­tra­tor it looks like lay­ers, but it doesn’t look like some­one built it from scratch. If some­one made a fake it wouldn’t look like this,” he said.“Some scan­ning soft­ware is try­ing to sep­a­rate the back­ground and the text and split­ting ele­ment into lay­ers and parts of lay­ers.”
    • Added 3/7: The PDF file was cre­at­ed using Mac OSX 10.6.7.Quartz PDF­Con­text. Nowhere in the report is this men­tioned, and there is no evi­dence that any Apple prod­ucts were used in their attempts to recre­ate the PDF. Here are the prop­er­ties of the file: (Note: the PDF is stamped with UTC time, but the dis­played time shown here is that UTC time in your time zone. The PDF was cre­at­ed ear­ly in the morn­ing on the day it was post­ed, not at 1:09 pm.)


  • CLAIMPres­i­dent Oba­ma’s Selec­tive Ser­vice card was most like­ly a forgery, revealed by an exam­i­na­tion of the postal date stamp on the doc­u­ment. 
    • FALSE. Exten­sive debunk­ing here
    • Doc Con­spir­a­cy weighs in. 
    • Added 3/7:  We con­clude that this evi­dence was pro­vid­ed to the posse by birthers. Pica Stamps
      • This doc­u­ment and the oth­ers in the Cold Pos­see Report were obtained by Mr. J. Stephen Coff­man, in Octo­ber 2008 under a Free­dom of Infor­ma­tion Act request.  The same doc­u­ment was sent to Ken­neth Allen in 2009 under a FOIA request.
      • This was orig­i­nal­ly obtained before the 2008 Pres­i­den­tial Elec­tion, and dur­ing the Bush Admin­is­tra­tion. 
      • The doc­u­ments did not come from Oba­ma or his Cam­paign.
      • The com­par­a­tive records shown at the press con­fer­ence and in the book were avail­able on the web in June 2011. The miss­ing “19” was also men­tioned back then. 
    • Added 3/8: The Press Con­fer­ence and e‑book Report repeat­edt­ly refer to  PIKA stamps. They meant Pica Stamps, such as the ones pic­tured to the right. More on this (as well as where to buy them) at Doc Con­spir­a­cy’s. 
  • CLAIMRecords of Immi­gra­tion and Nat­u­ral­iza­tion Ser­vice cards filled out by air­plane pas­sen­gers arriv­ing on inter­na­tion­al flights orig­i­nat­ing out­side the Unit­ed States in the month of August 1961, exam­ined at the Nation­al Archives in Wash­ing­ton, D.C., are miss­ing records for the week of Pres­i­dent Oba­ma’s birth, includ­ing the dates Aug. 1, 1961 through Aug. 7, 1961. Added 3/7: This is one of only 2 new nev­er-before-pub­lished claims in the report.
    • MISLEADING: The Nation­al Archives has some records online, but NOT for any of 1961. It’s not just that week that’s miss­ing, it’s the entire decade. Added: Cor­si has­n’t dis­closed any evi­dence from the Nation­al Archives to sup­port his claim. 

Arrival Lists

  •  Added 3/3: Accord­ing to Michael Zul­lo at the CCP Press con­fer­ence, the Nation­al Archives pro­vid­ed 685 rolls of micro­film con­tain­ing INS reports of air pas­sen­gers fly­ing into the USA from over­seas. 
    • Jerome Cor­si exam­ined the month of August 1961, and the week con­taing August 1–7 was miss­ing. The report’s con­clu­sion? 
      • What does that trans­late to us? We don’t know if Stan­ley Ann Dun­ham, or Mr. Oba­ma as an infant, was on an air­plane com­ing into the coun­try. We don’t know if he was, we don’t know if he isn’t, andwe can­not make that deter­mi­na­tion. As a result, we still have to enter­tain infor­ma­tion now that he was pos­si­bly born abroad.”
    • The CCP has not pro­vide any fur­ther infor­ma­tion on this data. We don’t know if Cor­si exam­ined all entry ports, if oth­er dates were miss­ing, how com­plete the records are.
  • Added 3/7:We have obtained a copy of the Cold Case Posse Report, “A Ques­tion of Eli­gi­bil­i­ty: A Law Enforce­ment Inves­ti­ga­tion into Barack Oba­ma’s Birth Cer­tifi­cate and His Eli­gi­bil­i­ty to be Pres­i­dent” by Jerome Cor­si and Michael Zul­lo. 
    • From this report, we dis­cov­er:
      • Inves­ti­ga­tors” were unable to locate “rel­e­vant” 1961 flight man­i­fests.
      • They locat­ed INS records that all inter­na­tion­al pas­sen­gers com­plet­ed when fly­ing from a for­eign locale into Hon­olu­lu.
      • They were NOT able to exam­ine micro­film records for inbound pas­sen­gers into New York, and did not men­tion any oth­er US cities.
      • Cor­si him­self, not a mem­ber of the Cold Case Posse, exam­ined the Hon­olu­lu records. Accord­ing to his notes, “Two micro­film records were found for August 1961.” One reel was labeled as records from July 28, 1961 through August 7, 1961, and the sec­ond reel was labeled as records from August 8, 1961 through August 12, 1961. Those are the only two reels cit­ed as hav­ing been exam­ined.
    • Thus, the claim that Aug. 1–7 was the only week for 1961 miss­ing is FALSE because:
      • Hon­olu­lu was the only city in the entire US they men­tion hav­ing exam­ined at all;
      • They don’t men­tion look­ing FOR records from any months oth­er than August, much less look­ing AT such records;
      • Even for August 1961, they flat-out admit that they only found reels for records through August 12. So there appear to be no records for August 13–31 either, and thus they’re lying to say only the first week of August is miss­ing.
    • Exam­in­ing only Hon­olu­lu arrivals was a use­less exer­cise. 
      • Imi­gra­tion con­trol forms are filled out at the first USA air­port where an over­seas flight lands.
      • In 1961, the only for­eign des­ti­na­tions reach­able non-stop from east of Hon­olu­lu were Van­cou­ver, Cana­da and a few small places in north­ern Mex­i­co that would not have had air ser­vice to Hawaii. West of Hon­olu­lu, Pan-Am was fly­ing non-stop from Tokyo to Hon­olu­lu; Quan­tas and Cana­di­an Pacif­ic were fly­ing in from Syd­ney with a refu­el­ing stop in Fiji. 
      • Fly­ing from Kenya to Hon­olu­lu via Tokyo was pos­si­ble but not prac­ti­cal as it required a num­ber of Asian stops. A more typ­i­cal trip from Kenya would be Nairo­bi to Cairo to Lon­don to NY or anoth­er East Coast city, then LA or San Fran­cis­co to Hawaii. It was a gru­el­ing mul­ti-day trip. 
    • The infor­ma­tion at the press con­fer­ence DIRECTLY CONTRADICTS what’s pub­lished in the e‑book report. One of the two claims is a lie. 
  • CLAIMThe Hawaii Depart­ment of Health has engaged in what Sher­if­f’s inves­ti­ga­tors believe is a sys­tem­at­ic effort to hide from pub­lic inspec­tion what­ev­er orig­i­nal 1961 birth records the Hawaii Depart­ment of Health may have in their pos­ses­sion.
    • FALSE. The Hawaii Depart­ment of Health has been fol­low­ing Hawaii Statutes to the let­ter. Hawaii law lim­its who can access records, who can get copies of records, and what process some­one needs to go through to get copies of vital records. Pres­i­dent Oba­ma made a spe­cial request for his own records, and that was grant­ed.
    • Noth­ing said at the Cold Case press con­fer­ence indi­cates that the inves­ti­ga­tion ever tried to work with the Hawaii DOH. Added 3/3: The Ari­zona Repub­lic con­tact­ed the Hawaii AG’s office after the press con­fer­ence. “A rep­re­sen­ta­tive with the Hawaii Attor­ney Gen­er­al’s Office said no one from the Sher­if­f’s Office ever request­ed to inspect or col­lect doc­u­ments relat­ed to the authen­tic­i­ty of Oba­ma’s birth cer­tifi­cate.“
  • Added 3/3: CLAIMThere is not a sin­gle doc­u­ment that proves Mr. Oba­ma’s birth in Hawaii.
    • FALSE. There are two con­tem­po­rary birth announce­ments from local Hawaii papers. There are two ver­sions of cer­ti­fied birth cer­tifi­cates (short form 2008 and long form 2011), each of which offi­cials in Hawaii have sep­a­rate­ly attest­ed as accu­rate and legit­i­mate. There is the Birth Index from the Hawaii DOH list­ing Barack Oba­ma’s name. There is the Dunham/Obama divorce decree. There is a note in Barack Oba­ma Sr.‘s INS file stat­ing that the child was born in Hon­olu­lu, HI (FOIA, page 46). There is the school record from Indone­sia stat­ing that Barack Oba­ma Jr. was born in Hawaii. There is Pres­i­dent Oba­ma’s pass­port
  • CLAIMBarack Oba­ma vis­it­ed the house of Tom and Mary Ayers, par­ents of for­mer Weath­er Under­ground activist turned edu­ca­tion pro­fes­sor Bill Ayers, in the mid-1980s. “A Gov­ern­ment offi­cial” is the source.
    • UNKNOWN. This claim first appeared in Sep­tem­ber, 2009. Here’s the Orig­i­nal claim. A mail car­ri­er claims to recall meet­ing Barack Oba­ma at the Ayers home over 30 years ago. What­ev­er its verac­i­ty, it has noth­ing to do with Pres­i­dent Oba­ma’s eli­gi­bil­i­ty or the authen­tic­i­ty of birth cer­tifi­cates.
  • Added 3/3: CLAIMIn 2000, the Inspec­tor Gen­er­al issued a report about the ram­pant prob­lem of birth cer­tifi­cate fraud. And with­in the open­ing para­graphs of his report, he states that a birth certificate’s intend­ed pur­pose was only to reg­is­ter the event of a live birth. Not any­thing else. And in and of itself, is not cred­itable infor­ma­tion to prove iden­ti­fi­ca­tion or cit­i­zen­ship. There has to be oth­er doc­u­men­ta­tion to be con­sid­ered. That’s right from the gov­ern­ment.” Tran­script, page 46.
    •  MISLEADING: Here’s the report. The con­text is the use of birth cer­tifi­cates in ID fraud, where peo­ple get addi­tion­al doc­u­ments or ben­e­fits using a fal­si­fied or fraud­u­lent birth cer­tifi­cate. The report cor­rect­ly says that a birth cer­tifi­cate can’t be matched to a per­son with­out oth­er doc­u­men­ta­tion. But a cer­ti­fied birth cer­tifi­cate remains proof that the infor­ma­tion on it match­es what’s in the orig­i­nal birth record of a state — par­tic­u­lar­ly when the offi­cials of the state con­firm that the infor­ma­tion repeat­ed­ly. It’s proof that the per­son named was born at the loa­t­ion list­ed, on the date list­ed, to the par­ents named.  

Claims From After the Press Con­fer­ence:

  • Added 3/8: From “Dur­ing our inves­ti­ga­tion, we actu­al­ly were told [that media] had been threat­ened with FTC inves­ti­ga­tions. Com­men­ta­tors [had been] threat­ened with their jobs,” (posse leader Mike) Zul­lo said. The threats were so intim­i­dat­ing that some indi­vid­u­als quit their posi­tions over safe­ty con­cerns for their fam­i­lies, he said.”
    • The FTC is the Fed­er­al Trade Com­mis­sion. We believe that Zul­lo meant FCC, Fed­er­al Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Com­mis­sion — at least that’s what the orig­i­nal rumor in 2008 said. 
    • The orig­i­nal rumors were start­ed by con­spir­a­cy spe­cial­ists Dou­glas Hag­mann, founder of the North­east Intel­li­gence Net­work and Judi McLeod, man­ag­ing edi­tor of Cana­da Free Press, on the Dr. Lau­rie Roth Show on August 7th, 2009. The events alleged­ly took place after the elec­tion but before the inau­gu­ra­tion — in oth­er words, dur­ing the Bush Admin­is­tra­tion.  
      • A major TV talk-show host report­ed that he was ordered not to raise the birth cer­tifi­cate issue or risk los­ing his job.”
      • FCC offi­cials threat­ened to yank broad­cast­ing licens­es, break up con­glom­er­ates, and make the enact­ment of the Fair­ness Doc­trine “look mild” in com­par­i­son to oth­er con­se­quences.”
      • In at least one cor­po­rate TV head­quar­ters, mem­os were cir­cu­lat­ed to all on-air employ­ees not to men­tion the birth cer­tifi­cate issue, as well as oth­er spe­cif­ic sub­jects like Obama’s Illi­nois lawyer’s license, his col­lege records, etc., under both implied and explic­it threats.”
    • These rumors have been repeat­ed in this pre­cise form for the past 2.5 years, with no oth­er infor­ma­tion sur­fac­ing. 

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? 

  • Jerome Cor­si pub­lished “Where’s the Birth Cer­tifi­cate” on May 17, 2011 — weeks after the Pres­i­dent released his Long Form Birth Cer­tifi­cate. Added 3/3: Cor­si’s book was pub­lished by WND Books.
  • Jerome Cor­si orches­trat­ed the peti­tion to Sher­iff Arpaio and active­ly solicit­ed sig­na­tures from Sun­rise Tea Par­ty in an Aug 17, 2011 meet­ing. His expressed inten­tion was to use Sher­iff Arpaio’s report to spark a Con­gres­sion­al inves­ti­ga­tion. Video of the meet­ing.
    • Cor­si said in that meet­ing: “Every sin­gle one of the 20 experts that we pre­sent­ed in WND wrote to me first … said I want to show you why the doc­u­men­t’s a forgery …”
  • Sep­tem­ber 16, 2011 — Arpaio agreed to com­mis­sion the Cold Case Posse, and Cor­si “reports” on it for WND. Cor­si makes no men­tion of his involve­ment with the Suprise Tea Par­ty or their peti­tion. “The group also gave to Arpaio a binder con­tain­ing the pub­lished reports of 20 experts with estab­lished cre­den­tials who con­duct­ed a foren­sic exam­i­na­tion of the com­put­er PDF file pub­lished on the White House web­site and the pho­to­copies of the Oba­ma birth cer­tifi­cate hand­ed out by the White House to the press dur­ing the April 27 press con­fer­ence.”
  • As report­ed in WND, Cor­si spent 18 hours over a two-day peri­od in Octo­ber 2011 brief­ing the Cold Case Posse on a wide-range of evi­dence regard­ing Oba­ma’s eli­gi­bil­i­ty. Sto­ry.
  • Jerome Cor­si inves­ti­gat­ed pas­sen­ger lists INS records at the Nation­al Archives, and report­ed his find­ings to the Cold Case Posse.
  • Jerome Cor­si appeared at the Cold Case Posse press con­fer­ence on March 1, 2012 to present the find­ings of the inves­ti­ga­tion.
  • John Wood­man, author of Is Barack Obama’s Birth Cer­tifi­cate a Fraud?” sent two mes­sages to the Cold Case Posse offer­ing his exper­tise and analy­sis of the Long Form Birth Cer­tifi­cate. He was nev­er con­tact­ed. Updat­ed 3/7: Mara Zebest, who authored the report, debat­ed Wood­man in Jan­u­ary 21, 2012 so was well aware of his work. The debate includ­ed Jerome Cor­si and was broad­cast on Mark Gillar’s radio show.
  • The offi­cial report of the Cold Case Posse was pre­pared by Mara Zebest, who also pre­pared an “exclu­sive” analy­sis for World News Dai­ly in June 2011. The two are remark­ably sim­i­lar. A Question of Eligibility
  • Mara Zebest is a long-time Birther and PUMA sup­port­er. Exam­ples of her ear­ly anti-Oba­ma posts. More exam­ples: 
    • Added 3/7: If we for­mu­late a viral email… let’s have cred­i­ble infor­ma­tion such as a link to the YouTube of the report on how Oba­ma became Sen­a­tor… that is the seed of doubt that expos­es his cor­rup­tion at the roots. Next the video of how he copies his speech­es from oth­ers. 7/25/2008 mzebest
    • Added 3/7: LOL! It’s what I live for… my goal to make him a mock­ery of the very crowd he seeks for adu­la­tion. 7/25/2008 mzebest
    • Added 3/19: Oba­ma wouldn’t even be allowed to TOUR the White House much less run it… This is NOT ABOUT A BIRTH CERTIFICATE — this is about BEING A NATURAL BORN CITIZEN. There’s a huge dif­fer­ence between these two con­cepts. The impor­tance of the Donofrio case is that even if Oba­ma DOES PROVIDE A BIRTH CERTIFICATE — he is NOT A NATURAL BORN CITIZEN 11/22/2008 mzebest
  • Added 3/3: Cor­si and Mark Zul­lo have pub­lished the results of the Cold Case Pos­se’s inves­ti­ga­tion as an e‑book: “A Ques­tion of Eli­gi­bil­i­ty: A Law Enforce­ment Inves­ti­ga­tion into Barack Oba­ma’s Birth Cer­tifi­cate and His Eli­gi­bil­i­ty to be Pres­i­dent.”
  • Added 3/3: The videos pre­sent­ed at the press con­fer­ence are host­ed by the Tea Par­ty Pow­er Hour. They appear to be nar­rat­ed by Mark Gillar, host of a Tea Par­ty inter­net-radio show which fre­quent­ly fea­tures Birthers as guests, whose web­site has a ban­ner ad for the Birther Sum­mit, and who has pre­vi­ous­ly post­ed a YouTube video claim­ing Oba­ma is men­tal­ly ill. 

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.”

  • The offi­cial report of the Cold Case Posse was pre­pared by Mara Zebest, who also pre­pared an “exclu­sive” analy­sis for World News Dai­ly (WND) in June 2011.
  • WND was privy to the infor­ma­tion to be report­ed at the press con­fer­ence long before the event. They sent an email link­ing to an 1100 word arti­cle about the press con­fer­ence at 3:11 EST (1:11 MST), eleven min­utes into the event. They exten­sive­ly quot­ed Mike Zul­lo who had­n’t yet been intro­duced when the arti­cle was post­ed.
  • WND pro­vid­ed live-stream­ing for the event.
  • Jerome Cor­si, WND reporter, pre­sent­ed a por­tion of the find­ings of the inves­ti­ga­tion. 
  • Added 3/3: The Cir­cle of Hype: “It’s been an amaz­ing jour­ney unrav­el­ing this sto­ry against all odds,” said Joseph Farah, founder of WND and WND Books, which pub­lished both the best-sell­ing hard­cov­er and the e‑book fol­lowup. “Most all the details of the fraud­u­lent birth cer­tifi­cate are in these books. Arpaio’s team has done an amaz­ing pub­lic ser­vice cor­rob­o­rat­ing what Cor­si and the WND team found long ago against all odds.” Sto­ry at WND.
  • Added 3/7: Accord­ing to, “Cor­si said he informed Arpaio of his plans to sell the inves­ti­ga­tion’s find­ings six months ago, at the start of the inves­ti­ga­tion.”

Some­body Needs to Watch Their Back: Attor­neys Gen­er­al on Lines 2, 3, and 4

  • Has Cor­si vio­lat­ed jour­nal­is­tic ethics by writ­ing about an inves­ti­ga­tion he not only insti­gat­ed but par­tic­i­pat­ed in?
  • Did the Cold Case Posse inves­ti­gate the Social Secu­ri­ty infor­ma­tion ille­galy obtained via E‑Verify? Or the Selec­tive Ser­vice infor­ma­tion ille­gal­ly obtained by chang­ing Pres­i­dent Oba­ma’s address through the SS web­site?
  • Did Sher­iff Arpaio offer to drop the Cold Posse inves­ti­ga­tion in return for the DOJ drop­ping their inves­ti­ga­tion of Arpaio’s office?
  • Is Sher­iff Arpaio try­ing to smear Pres­i­dent Oba­ma in retal­i­a­tion for mul­ti­ple inves­ti­ga­tions of the Mari­co­pa Coun­ty Sher­if­f’s Office?
  • Did Jerome Cor­si write arti­cles smear­ing ene­mies of Sher­iff Arpaio in return for the Cold Case Posse inves­ti­ga­tion?
  • Did WND pro­vide their own funds to the Cold Case Posse for the inves­ti­ga­tion?
  • Was WND’s cam­paign to raise con­tri­bu­tions for the inves­ti­ga­tion a form of bribery?
    • World­Net­Dai­ly has done its best to buy its pre­ferred result from Arpaio and his “cold case posse.” The only ques­tion is whether any­one can explain why that’s not attempt­ed bribery.” Sto­ry, Huff­in­g­ton Post
  • Added 3/3: “Are Cor­si and WND also try­ing to buy a favor­able result by writ­ing fawn­ing arti­cles about Arpaio and even eras­ing him from a sto­ry about a law­suit against his depart­ment?” 
  • Added 3/3: Did any­one oth­er than birther con­spir­acists tes­ti­fy before the posse? 
  • Added 3/3: Where are the pro­ceeds for Cor­si and Zul­lo’s e‑book going? Updat­ed 3/7: Cor­si and Zul­lo are split­ting the pro­ceeds. Nei­ther Arpaio nor the Cold Case Posse are prof­it­ing.  
  • Added 3/7: Where did the Selec­tive Ser­vice Record come from? Was it legal­ly obtained? Aren’t per­son­al records of liv­ing per­sons exempt from FOIA requests? Did they use images or pho­to­copies for their analy­sis?
  • Added 3/7: Cer­tain infor­ma­tion in the e‑book and the Press Con­fer­ence (such as the search in the INS records for entry into the US) direct­ly con­tra­dicts each oth­er. Which is the lie? 
  • Added 3/8: The Cold Case Posse is a 501(c)(3) orga­ni­za­tion, so con­tri­bu­tions are tax-exempt and the CCP is exempt from tax­es. Did Zul­lo and Cor­si direct the resources of the Posse to come up with the result they need­ed in order to prof­it from the book they intend­ed to write? WND col­lect­ed con­tri­bu­tions on their web­site for the CCP and kept part of each dona­tion. Are these vio­la­tions of the 501(c)(3) reg­u­la­tions?
    • The orga­ni­za­tion must not be orga­nized or oper­at­ed for the ben­e­fit of pri­vate inter­ests, and no part of a sec­tion 501(c)(3) orga­ni­za­tion’s net earn­ings may inure to the ben­e­fit of any pri­vate share­hold­er or indi­vid­ual.” IRS Rules.
  • Added 3/15: Did Jerome Cor­si and Mike Zul­lo vio­late Ari­zon­a’s Pri­vate Inves­ti­ga­tor Law? Detailed analy­sis here
    • Zul­lo and Cor­si par­tic­i­pat­ed in an inves­ti­ga­tion into the alleged forgery of a gov­ern­ment doc­u­ment attest­ing to the birth­place of Pres­i­dent Oba­ma – with Zul­lo as the lead, no less – under the aus­pices of a reg­is­tered non-prof­it orga­ni­za­tion that is (appar­ent­ly) cer­ti­fied by the IRS as an arm of local gov­ern­ment.
    • Zul­lo and Cor­si pub­lished a book based on and includ­ing infor­ma­tion gath­ered through that inves­ti­ga­tion, for which they are receiv­ing a mon­e­tary return.
    • Nei­ther Cor­si nor Zul­lo are licensed pri­vate inves­ti­ga­tors in Ari­zona.
    • Ari­zona state law requires such a license for any­one who con­ducts inves­ti­ga­tions into “crime or wrongs against the Unit­ed States” for “any con­sid­er­a­tion.”

Addi­tion­al Resources:

Video from the press con­fer­ence

Offi­cial Report

Press Release

Unof­fi­cial Tran­script (Warn­ing — con­tains nuts.)

Oba­ma Con­spir­a­cy The­o­ries Blog launch­es inves­ti­ga­tion into Sher­iff Joe’s “Cold Case Posse”

Press Cov­er­age, from Doc Con­spir­a­cy 

Press Cov­er­age, from Patrick McK­in­non at Bad Fic­tion

Doc­u­ment Foren­sics: Phys­i­cal and Dig­i­tal, The Dif­fer­ence and Var­ied Method­olo­gies by Everalm

Falsehoods Unchallenged Only Fester and Grow