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Washington Times: Yes Clinton did start the birther movement

An opinion piece in the Washington Times titled “Fact checking the media – yes, the Clinton Machine started the birther movement” appeared August 22. The article argues that because an internal campaign memo suggested attacking Obama as a multicultural outsider, that someone that constitutes starting the birther movement. Just the use of the word “machine” in the description of the Clinton campaign shows where the Washington Times has its bias. I left the following comment on the article:

There is no evidence presented in this article that suggests that Clinton, or anyone in her campaign started the "birther movement". Birther means claiming that Obama is legally ineligible to be president because of the circumstances of his birth. While today "birther" has an expanded meaning, that was certainly not so in 2008. The other significant distinction between what is described in this article and real birthers, is that Obama really did spend part of his childhood in Indonesia and he really does have a multicultural life experience. Birthers believe in false conspiracy theories that he was born in Kenya and his birth certificate is a fake.


Arpaio, associates referred for criminal contempt of court

I only have a minute sandwiched between my Habitat for Humanity project and a social event to put a place holder for this story. Federal Judge G. Murray Snow ordered Friday that Sheriff Joseph Arpaio and three associates be referred for prosecution for criminal contempt of court for their actions in violation of court orders in the Melendres v. Arpaio lawsuit. Also referred were defense attorney Michele Iafrate, Chief Deputy Sheridan and Captain Bailey.

Read about it at and the order at the Phoenix New Times.

Poor Sheriff Joe. He may have to drop out of his re-election race to prepare his defense, and be forced to live off the $10 million in unspent campaign contributions.


Sheriff Arpaio swears: birth certificate “investigation is not yet done.”

Phoenix (3TV) reported yesterday on a deposition given by Sheriff Arpaio this past July in a lawsuit against him for malicious prosecution.

America’s toughest sheriff doesn’t seem to have a very good recollection of what goes on in his department, based on the number of times Arpaio couldn’t answer questions, but he is sure of one thing: the birth certificate “investigation is not yet done.”


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My experience with Douglas Vogt and Miki Booth

by Brian Reilly

On August 22, 2011, as a Surprise Tea Party Patriots member, I met with Sheriff Joe Arpaio, at 9:00 A.M., in his office, on the 19th floor of the Wells Fargo Building. As a group, five STPP members and Jerome Corsi had already met with Sheriff Arpaio on August 18th to present him with the petition I had written requesting that Arpaio investigate the authenticity of President Obama’s birth certificate. The birth certificate had been posted on the White House website, April 27, 2011. Arpaio wanted me to return, on August 22, 2011 , to his office with a formal letter of request and all of the evidence that I had on the subject.

The most important piece of evidence that I had, was the “Eligibility Book” that had been supplied to me by Mr. William (Bill) Wolf, via author, Jerome Corsi of This book became the source material for the Cold Case Posse investigation and I specifically discussed Mr. Douglas Vogt’s report with Sheriff Arpaio and Chief Brian Sands on August 22, 2011. To give one a sense of the importance of the Eligibility Book, what follows are excerpts from Bill Wolf’s correspondence. (Please note the correspondence with Representative Mike Pence, the current 2016, GOP pick for Vice President of the United States.) Continue Reading →


Birther cage match

Sometimes in a moment of weakness I wish that the birthers could be locked in a room to argue out their own inconsistencies, rather than have them running around the Internet bothering decent people.

My recent article about Douglas Vogt and Miki Booth is one example. Miki Booth actually cites arguments by Vogt against Obama’s birth certificate in her book, “Memoirs of a Community Organizer from Hawai’i” and then Douglas Vogt turned around and accused her of submitting forged birth certificates for members of her family to Jerome Corsi, eventually reaching Mike Zullo. Vogt says that he worked with Zullo and that Zullo agreed with some of his conclusions, but Zullo also supports Miki Booth. Zullo is unwilling to throw Booth under the bus, but he is not willing to admit that the extent to which supporting Booth undermines Vogt across the board. If one listens to Vogt, he is certain that Booth’s certificates are as much forgeries as that of Barack Obama, and that they come from the same source. This is a big inconsistency in the birther story that they should resolve among themselves before trying to convince anyone else.

I was reminded just today in an email from Linda Joy Adams that she has a completely different birth narrative for Barack Obama than some other birthers. Nancy Owens, a commenter here, has yet another distinct narrative. Some have Obama born in Hawaii with a different father, some in Washington State, some in Kenya, some in Kansas, some in Canada and some in Florida.

Mile Zullo seems to believe that the CIA created Obama’s birth certificate (don’t ask me why they would do that) based on his reliance on Dennis Montgomery, other birthers believe that Obama’s birth certificate was faked contemporaneously to his birth, Owens says that she did it, and Vogt blames a friend of Miki Booth from Hawaii (plus 4 accomplices including me).

When a robbery occurs, eyewitnesses often disagree over details, even if they agree that there was a robbery. This is human nature, to misperceive things and not get the whole story. Imagine how much variation there would be in testimony if there were no robbery at all, if it were a false memory. In the case at hand, there was no birth certificate forgery, and this explains why birthers cannot arrive at a consensus in their story to explain it.


Debunking Vogt’s sealed affidavit–Part 2

We resume examining Douglas Vogt’s formerly sealed affidavit that accuses 5 individuals, including yours truly, of colluding to forge Obama’s birth certificate. (Part 1 is here.)

Section 40 shifts gears, introducing a trip by Orly Taitz to Hawaii where Taitz met two of Vogt’s putative forgers of Obama’s birth certificate, Miki Booth and her friend (who is named in the sealed affidavit, but which I am not mentioning for the purposes of this article). He thinks this meeting was an attempt to spy on Orly Taitz, but provides no evidence of it.

In Section 41 Vogt claims to have seen the originals of these Hawaiian documents provided to Jerome Corsi from the two alleged Hawaiian conspirators and has high-resolution copies of them.

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