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Joe Arpaio: Barack Obama birth proof 'may be forged'
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2 March 2012 Last updated at 02:38




Joe Arpaio: Barack Obama birth proof 'may be forged'
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Joe Arpaio has served five terms as a hard-nosed sheriff and has been closely involved in immigration issues

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The birth certificate of US President Barack Obama could well be a forgery, a high-profile Arizona sheriff has said.


Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County - who styles himself as America's toughest - unveiled the results of a probe into the origins of the document.


His investigators found "probable cause" the certificate may have been made by "forgery and fraud", he said.


Mr Arpaio, known for his tough stance on immigration, is being investigated over allegations of racial profiling.


The US justice department alleges that his office routinely discriminated against Latinos.


He also faces a federal grand jury investigation into the activities of his anti-corruption unit, and a forthcoming re-election bid in Maricopa County.

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Announcing the findings of his volunteer "Cold Case Posse", Mr Arpaio, 79, said analysis of an electronic copy of Mr Obama's birth certificate had revealed strong doubts about its authenticity.


"Based on all of the evidence presented and investigated I cannot in good faith report to you that these documents are authentic," Mr Arpaio said.


"My investigators believe that the long-form birth certificate was manufactured electronically and that it did not originate in a paper format as claimed by the White House."


The White House released Mr Obama's long-form birth certificate in April 2011 amid persistent speculation that he was not a natural born US citizen.


That would make Mr Obama, whose father is Kenyan, ineligible to hold the office of president.


The release of the birth certificate appeared to placate some so-called "birthers", among them businessman and reality TV star Donald Trump, who had publicly called for greater clarity.


But Mr Arpaio said he had begun an investigation during 2011 after requests from Arizona Tea Party members.


According the sheriff, the investigators compared the electronic copy of Mr Obama's birth certificate with one known to be genuine.


The conclusion that "probable cause" existed warranted a criminal investigation and greater scrutiny of presidential candidates, Mr Arpaio said.


"If nothing else comes out of the investigation… what we have learned, we need a better process to vet people running for president of the United States of America," he said.


Critics have suggested that Mr Arpaio launched his probe into Mr Obama's birth certificate to distract attention from his legal wrangles, as well as to aid his upcoming re-election bid.


But the sheriff denied those accusations, telling reporters at his news conference on Thursday: "I'm not going after Obama. I'm just doing my job."


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Arizona sheriff unveils Obama birth probe



America's self-proclaimed toughest sheriff finds himself entangled these days in his own thorny legal troubles: a federal grand jury probe over alleged abuse of power, Justice Department accusations of racial profiling and revelations that his department didn't adequately investigate hundreds of Arizona sex-crime cases.

Rather than seek cover, though, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio is seeking to grab the spotlight in the same unorthodox fashion that has helped boost his career as a nationally known lawman.


Arpaio on Thursday unveiled preliminary results of an investigation, conducted by members of his volunteer cold-case posse, into the authenticity of President Barack Obama's birth certificate, a controversy that has been widely debunked but which remains alive in the eyes of some conservatives.


At a news conference, Arpaio said the probe revealed that there was probable cause to believe Obama's long-form birth certificate released by the White House in April is a computer-generated forgery. He also said the selective service card completed by Obama in 1980 in Hawaii also was most likely a forgery.


"We don't know who the perpetrators are of these documents," Arpaio said, although he said he doesn't think the president forged the documents.

Earlier, the 79-year-old Republican sheriff defended his need to spearhead such an investigation after nearly 250 people connected to an Arizona tea party group requested one last summer.


"I'm not going after Obama," said Arpaio, who has criticized the president's administration for cutting off his federal immigration powers and conducting a civil rights investigation of his office. "I'm just doing my job."


Some critics suggest Arpaio's aim is to divert attention from his own legal troubles while raising his political profile as he seeks a sixth term this year. The sheriff vehemently denies such strategies are in play.

"You say I need this to get elected? Are you kidding me? I've been elected five times. I don't need this," he said in a recent interview.


Democratic state Sen. Steve Gallardo said Arpaio is pandering to relentless critics of the president.


"It doesn't matter what President Obama does, they'll never support him," Gallardo said. "It's those folks who will continue to write checks to Sheriff Joe because of this stuff."


Arpaio's probe comes amid a federal grand jury investigation into the sheriff's office on criminal abuse-of-power allegations since at least December 2009, focusing on the sheriff's anti-public corruption squad. Separately, the U.S. Justice Department has accused Arpaio's office of racially profiling Latinos, basing immigration enforcement on racially charged citizen complaints and punishing Hispanic jail inmates for speaking Spanish. Arpaio denies the allegations and said the investigation is politically motivated.


Critics also have sought Arpaio's resignation for more than 400 sex-crimes cases over a three-year period ending in 2007 that were either inadequately investigated or weren't investigated at all by the sheriff's office after the crimes were reported. The sheriff's office said the backlog was cleared up after the problem was brought to Arpaio's attention.


Speculation about Obama's birthplace has swirled among conservatives for years. "Birthers" maintain that Obama is ineligible to hold the country's highest elected office because, they contend, he was born in Kenya, his father's homeland. Some contend Obama's birth certificate must be a fake.


Hawaii officials have repeatedly confirmed Obama's citizenship, and Obama released a copy of his long-form birth certificate in April in an attempt to quell citizenship questions. Courts also have rebuffed lawsuits over the issue. Of late, the president's re-election campaign has poked fun at it, selling coffee cups with a picture of the president's birth record.


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On Thursday, Obama's campaign spokesman Ben LaBolt offered a light-hearted dismissal of Arpaio's probe _ he tweeted what he referred to as a "live link" to the sheriff's news conference, but instead provided a link to a snippet of the old conspiracy-theory based TV series, "The X-Files."


Arpaio has said he took deliberate steps to avoid the appearance that his investigation is politically motivated. Instead of using taxpayer money, the sheriff farmed it out to lawyers and retired police officers who are volunteers in a posse that examines cold cases. Other posses assist deputies in duties that include providing free police protection at malls during the holiday season or transporting people to jail.


Even as he is under fire by the federal government, the sheriff remains popular among Republicans.


GOP presidential candidates have courted him for his endorsement throughout the primary season. At last week's GOP presidential debate in Arizona, Arpaio won loud cheers. During a question about Arizona's border woes, Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum said the government ought to give local police agencies the chance to enforce immigration law as Arpaio has.


Bruce Merrill, a longtime pollster and senior research fellow at Arizona State University's Morrison Institute for Public Policy, said the subject of the investigation plays to the sheriff's base of supporters. And, he said, it highlights Arpaio's gift for publicity.


"It's something that the press will cover," Merrill said. "He'll get a lot of exposure from it."



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Great article, Ray!!

6 years ago

Carol, Obama duped America.   IMO he never loved America.   He tolerated it...even after affirmative action hoisted him through college.   Perhaps that is why he had all of his records sealed....less than stellar grades.   I read somewhere sometime ago that one classmate stated he never showed up to class...except on rare occasions.....came in took the exam....and knew he would have special status and would pass.  


So much is wrong with Barack Hussein Obama.   However, I believe what is really wrong with him is that his heart has never been in the right place to be a true American.   He married Michelle, perhaps the most racist of the two, and her anger towards white Americans has been noted.   I believe their marriage was a marriage of 'convenience' because I believe that SHE sees herself as POTUS one day.     Reminds me of Bill and Hillary....Hillary who has turned her head away from years of Bill's infidelity....keeping her eye on the POTUS.    It didn't work out because the democratic party threw her to the curb to make way for our first black President....they say timing is everything.   Wonder how Hillary feels about that.

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