Arizona sheriff claims ‘proof’ Obama faked birth certificate

Sheriff Joe Arpaio

A tough-talking Arizona sheriff, already embroiled in a Justice Department bias investigation, waded deeper into controversy on Thursday with an assertion that a probe by his office found President Barack Obama’s birth certificate was a forgery.

Most Republican critics of Obama have given up pursuing such widely discredited “birther” allegations. But the investigation by Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, carried out by what he described as five-member volunteer “posse,” was prompted by a request last August from a group of conservative Tea Party activists in the Phoenix area.

The White House has denied repeated claims that Obama was not born in the United States. In April 2011, Obama released a longer version of his birth certificate to try to put to rest speculation within some Republican circles that he was not born in the country as required by the U.S. Constitution to become president.

“A 6-month-long investigation conducted by my cold case posse has led me to believe there is probably cause to believe that President Barack Obama’s long-form birth certificate … is a computer-generated fraud,” Arpaio told a news conference.

Arizona Democratic Party finance director Dan Mitchell later sent out an email seeking to parlay the sheriff’s charges into cash donations for the party.

“Stop the ridiculous Tea Party, birther, GOP nonsense, click here to make a donation to the Democratic Party now,” the message read.

Obama campaign spokesman Ben LaBolt poked fun at Arpaio on Twitter, providing what he described as a link to a video feed of the news conference that instead directed readers to the opening credits of “The X-Files,” a TV show about paranormal activity.

Arpaio, a conservative Republican who styles himself as “America’s toughest sheriff,” called for the U.S. Congress to investigate his findings, which concluded that forgers committed two crimes, first in creating a fraudulent document and then in fraudulently presenting it to the public.

“I want to make this perfectly clear. I am not accusing the sitting president of the United States of committing a crime. But there remain a lot of questions which beg for answers and we intend to move forward with this investigation in pursuit of those answers,” Arpaio said.

Arpaio’s accusations come as he undergoes investigation by the U.S. Justice Department over what it says is his widespread discrimination against Latinos.

In December, the Justice Department said Arpaio and his deputies violated U.S. civil rights laws by engaging in racial profiling of Latinos and making unlawful arrests in their bid to crack down on illegal immigrants.

Arpaio told reporters on Thursday his review of Obama’s birth certificate began in August, months before the Justice Department investigation findings in December, and denied that it was politically motivated.

(Additional reporting by David Schwartz; Editing by Cynthia Johnston and Eric Walsh)

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7 Responses to "Arizona sheriff claims ‘proof’ Obama faked birth certificate"

  1. Bill Cravener  March 2, 2012 at 7:41 am

    Joe Arpaio is a bigoted ass!!

  2. Hal Brown  March 2, 2012 at 9:53 am

    Even if there was a conspiracy and Obama’s long form birth certificate was phony perpetrated by well meaning people because for some reason the documentation was lost, we still have the announcement of his birth in the Sunday, Aug. 13, 1961, edition of The Honolulu Advertiser and the Star Bulletin.

    Maybe infant Obama was smuggled into the country. Possible, but then again it’s also possible Obama arrived on Earth from the planet Krypton.

    But the question WHY is addressed on the whatreallyhappened dot com website, add: WRHARTICLES/obamabirth.php

    Now, McCain’s (Rove’s) useful idiots will scream that these are fakes, that they are part of this grand conspiracy by Obama’s parents to smuggle a newborn baby from Kenya into Honolulu to obtain a birth certificate and birth announcements. But what is lacking in their story is MOTIVE. It’s not like Obama’s parents knew back then that Barack would go into politics, and need to be “Natural Born.” Why bother with such a deception, which includes a very risky flight half way around the world with a newborn baby. Under US law, Barack is a US citizen no matter where he was born because his mother was an American citizen, born and raised in Kansas. The question of location is only relevant to the “Natural Born” requirement to be President. Barack’s parents could not have known at the time of his birth that this would be an issue.

    Okay, let’s say the infant president to be had parents who aspired to have their baby grow up to be president. Then why didn’t they make sure Mrs. Obama rushed back to the United States to give birth so he’d be a natural born citizen?

    McCain was born in the American Panama Canal Zone. It seems to me that Obama could have been born in the U.S. Virgin Islands and still have been eligible to be president.

    • woody188  March 2, 2012 at 4:54 pm

      You might not have linked to the conspiracy site (whatreallyhappened dot com has been repeatedly struck down by Doug), but you certainly violated the spirit of that rule. I like it. :grin:

      I read whatreallyhappened dot com all the time. More truth can be found there than on corporate news sites.

      Not sure what to make of Arpaio’s accusations. He’s been right and wrong.

      • Hal Brown  March 3, 2012 at 8:12 am

        I didn’t know that was supposedly a verboten conspiracy website. The quote, except for the first sentence, is factual. I see now that their 9-11 material is back ward paranoid and I wouldn’t endorse this website as a source for anything given that.

        The quote I posted debunks the notion of a conspiracy.

        According to about dot com: “Only native-born U.S. citizens (or those born abroad, but only to parents who were both citizens of the U.S.) may be president of the United States.”

        Because only his mother was a U.S. citizen he could have run for any other office but president.

        • woody188  March 3, 2012 at 3:15 pm

          Whatreallyhappened isn’t a conspiracy site per se, but Doug has removed posts linking to it before. I like whatreallyhappened and I continue to visit that site frequently. Mike and his wife are good people.

          • Editor  March 3, 2012 at 3:43 pm

            I’m sorry but we don’t consider Michael Rivero or his wife credible sources. His accusations of a “murder coverup” in the Vince Foster case is just one of the conspiracy theories that we can live without and a site that links to rense.com and other such sites are out of bounds for this web site.

  3. Danny Adams  March 2, 2012 at 5:17 pm

    Well, I’ve posted this info numerous times elsewhere, so I might as well here too :)

    Federal law as it existed when Obama was born (and it was loosened even more in 1986) says that any child born after December 24, 1951 is a natural-born U.S. citizen as long s/he is as a child of one U.S. citizen. The requirement for the citizen parent is that they also have to be married at the time of the birth and had spent at least 10 years on U.S. soil prior to the child’s birth. Thus it wouldn’t matter even if Obama was born in Kenya, since he would be eligible to run for office via his mother.

    But why should a sheriff bother with a trifling thing like the law when there’s an agenda to follow?

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