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Biggest birther story of the year

It is possible, I suppose, that the rotting corpse of Bob Nelson lies undiscovered somewhere in the forests of North Carolina and that is the explanation of why the Birther Report web site has had no new articles since September 16. Perhaps there’s just no money in the birther Internet anymore. Here’s a poll here as to what you think is the biggest birther story of the year, but whichever you select, BR has ignored it:

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Each of those stories has a significant impact on the birthers. On the negative side Donald Trump’s renunciation of birtherism (and his claim that he personally finished the controversy) removes one great hope of the birthers—that the federal government under a Trump administration will make the investigation of the former president’s birth certificate a high priority. Likewise the defeat of Joe Arpaio in his re-election bid and the statement from the sheriff-elect that the birth certificate investigation in Maricopa County will be shut down, ends the last quasi-official inquiry into the matter.

While Donald Trump has renounced birtherism, he still promises to achieve something that the birthers crave, the dismantling of what the Obama administration did. This is as close to the magic reset button as the birthers will get. It looks pretty certain that ObamaCare will be replaced by Trump[I don’t]Care and executive policy on immigration is likely to be reversed.  The big hope, however, still comes from Mike Zullo who has promised “gut-wrenching” revelations (words Zullo used in 2014) and the culmination of all the Cold Case Posse’s work. Sheriff Arpaio himself says that the results of the investigation will be packaged and presented to the new administration.

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A post-Melendres Zullo email surfaces

This email surfaced in a post Melendres disclosure. It was supposedly received by Mike Zullo on March 3 of this year.

Honorable Commander Zullo;

I hope you are not offended as I present to you in this mail. I am Johnjohn Williams of the Nigerian Forensics Laboratory. We are famous in our region for our documents and our examiners, with customers such as the Nigerian Petroleum Export Company ( NPEC) to the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN). We have been under the strict prohibition from our government to stay far from any Obama work because his birth certificate is a state secret, but our founder Abdalm Wismala is dying of the cancer and has not long to remain. He wants the truth to the world about Obama and his no good documents to repor, and he has nothing to lose.

For a small cost of $20000 USD we will report you with everything, seeing that the Obama birth certificate was put together from little pieces. We will tell you where they come from. We know all these things because our forensics are best in the world. It is urgent time to complete the work before honorable Wismala dies. The fee only covers the cost of our materials, and some fees we will have to pay to go under the nose of the government inspector. This email is in full confidence.

Please respond with your full name, address, and banking account number so that we can get started.

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Larry Klayman: Montgomery toppled DNI

Director of National Intelligence SealIn a nutshell:

Larry Klayman suggested to the Post & Email that Dennis Montgomery might have had something to do with the resignation of the Director of National Intelligence, James Clapper.

Rambling details:

You may recall that Larry Klayman filed a lawsuit over federal surveillance of telecommunications records. As a result of his actions, injunctions were issued preventing the government from collecting this information on Larry Klayman himself and his 4 co-defendants. This all came out of the revelations of former CIA contractor and whistleblower Edward Snowden about what the government was doing.

But a less well-known former CIA contractor who paints himself as a whistleblower is represented by Larry Klayman, and that is Dennis Montgomery, a figure in the Melendres v. Arpaio contempt of court proceedings earlier in the year. Montgomery, unlike Snowden, didn’t actually blow any whistle, at least not that you could hear. He pursued immunity before he would toot, immunity that was not forthcoming.

It is an open question so far as I am concerned whether Dennis Montgomery himself had any personal knowledge of the secret government collection of telecommunications metadata, and whether he had possession of any of this data. The 50 hard drives Montgomery provided to Sheriff Joe Arpaio were examined by two former NSA experts, and they used the words “total fraud.”

Anyhow, Director of National Intelligence Clapper has resigned, effective January 17, right before the new administration begins, capping a 50-year career in public service. I don’t quite see how Montgomery’s not really whistleblowing and Clapper’s 3-day-early resignation, is something that one could draw an inference from. But then, I am not a birther.

Clapper himself offered this reassurance to the American people on Thursday about the upcoming Trump presidency:

It will be okay.

A postscript to this story concerns a remark appearing in the P&E article:

Klayman represents Montgomery in a defamation lawsuit against New York Times writer and book author James Risen as well as in Montgomery’s meetings last year with the FBI, when [Montgomery] was granted two separate immunity agreements by the agency.

What might be more informative is to say that Klayman represents Montgomery in the appeal of his loss in the Montgomery v. Risen lawsuit. Writer Risen called Montgomery a con man, and Montgomery sued for defamation. In a order this past July 15, United States District Judge Rudolph Contreras granted the defense motion for summary judgment: “Defendants’ motion for summary judgment (DCF No. 201) is GRANTED and JUDGMENT IS ENTERED in favor of Defendants on all counts of the Amended Complaint.” The Defendants’ motion for sanctions was denied. Judge Contreras opened his Memorandum Opinion with the words: “The twists and turns of this case could fill the pages of a book. In fact, much of it already has,” referring to Risen’s book, Pay any Price: Greed, Power, and Endless War.

Klayman has filed notice of appeal. The case number of the appeal with the DC Circuit is 16-7096; final briefs are due in February of 2017.

Gallups sets deadline for press conference

Mike Zullo has been dragging out his non-presentation of the results of 4 years of Cold Case Posse investigation with promises of deep, dark revelations, universe-shattering information, meticulous planning and surmounting legal hurdles. It all became quite comical as milestone after milestone was missed.

For reasons known only to Mike Zullo and perhaps Carl Gallups, they have once more set a date, not that far in the future, and one not requiring a Trump presidency (and the removal of legal hurdles by his assumption of office). The deadline is December 31, 2016. The announcement from Carl Gallups came on the Mike Mashburn radio show on WEBY.

Gallups acknowledged that Sheriff Joe Arpaio will leave office at the end of the year. Gallups says that the Obama birth certification investigation is now wrapping up, based on his interview with Mike Zullo. Gallups said:

Before January 1st, because that’s when Arpaio leaves office, Arpaio and Zullo have announced that they are going to do a national press conference. They’re going to make a full report of the main, the gist, of what it is that they have uncovered. And I can just tell you, that for all of you who have been waiting with bated breath, you will be vindicated. The documents on the White House web site has now been 1000% proven to an absolute criminally fabricated forgery. Continue Reading →

BBC documentary on Trump’s birtherism

Just before the 2016 presidential election, those in the UK got to watch program called “The Trump Dossier” as part of a series called Conspiracy Theories on BBC 2. One of the main focuses of the program is Trump’s birtherism. They interviewed a number of birthers for the program, some of whom appear in it, notably Orly Taitz. Paul Irey also makes an appearance, calling Obama’s birth certificate “the greatest fraud in the history of the world.” Doug Vogt makes an appearance also. Former Trump advisor, Roger Stone, holds the narrative of Trumps involvement in all of the conspiracies together. Larry Klayman gets a shot on the Clinton/Jennifer Flowers story.

Ivan Zatkovich, one of the early expert researchers of Obama’s certificate, is interviewed and gives an opinion that Obama’s certificate is the scan of a real document with contrast enhancement and OCR. (He is right in that there is a form of character recognition done by JBIG2 compression, but it is not properly called OCR.)

The particular claims in the program about Obama’s birth certificate (stuff fully covered in The Debunker’s Guide to Obama Conspiracy Theories):

  • The word “African” would not appear on a legitimate birth certificate from 1961 – Taitz
  • Halos around the text on Obama’s long form PDF prove it’s a computer fake – Irey
  • Loretta was bribed to authenticate Obama’s birth certificate and that she was murdered – Doug Vogt

The second area of the program deals with the conspiracy theory about the involvement of Ted Cruz’ father in the assassination of President Kennedy. This story seems to have come from early birther Wayne Madsen. It suggests that Trump used this conspiracy theory to gain the upper hand in his race against Cruz for the Republican nomination.

Trump turned from “Lyin’ Ted Cruz” to “Lyin’ Hillary Clinton.” The final segment deals with Trump’s claims about Hillary Clinton and the Vince Foster suicide. Trump alleged that Hillary Clinton threatened women into silence that Bill Clinton had affairs with.

The Clintons are more like a crime syndicate than they are a family

— Roger Stone

I was a consultant to the production.

Cold Case Posse web site down early this year

It seems rather like clockwork that the Maricopa County Sheriffs Office Cold Case Posse web site goes down each year from neglect, suspended by its hosting provider Atjeu Publishing or its internet domain isn’t renewed. The domain expires this year on December 9, so we can probably look forward to that event. This time the account has been suspended, I presume for nonpayment of hosting fees.

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In times past,  Birther Report would publish an article and make the claim that the Obama forces took it down. I doubt they will even notice this time.

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