Despite abysmally bad audio coming from the Arpaio press conference in Arizona, it is abundantly clear that Sheriff Joe’s “cold case posse” went “full birther.” It was also evident that the “instigation” itself was a fraud. They concluded:
The document has failed every test we put it through … a fraud has been committed
Rather than using anybody’s real birth certificate as a “control document” they used a computer-printed document they made as a “control.” Arpaio’s cold case posse took a image file that they admit is a scan of a computer-generated birth certificate that they created (not an authentic paper certificate of any kind) and compared it to what the White House says is an scan of an original birth certificate, observed optimization differences, and then concluded that their fake is authentic and that the White House certificate is fake. Is it just me, or are we on the Bizarro planet htraE?
The next major point is that the “investigators” ran OCR and optimization against their “control” and concluded that it didn’t optimize the same way seen in the White House certificate. They used a fundamentally different kind of document (computer-printed v. original) with different software and then concluded that the differences were significant. That is either a mark of ineptitude or fraud.
The speaker stated that their results had been verified by “graphics experts” or “forensic document examiners” although no such person was identified. Mara Zebest was in the audience, but she is not a forensic document examiner by any definition.
It was also stated that a “person of interest” had been identified in the birth certificate fraud investigation. [Update: As of the end of Obama’s term on January 20, 2017, the “person of interest” remains unnamed.]
In new information, the Maricopa County “investigators” say that Jerome Corsi looked at National Archives INS records for August 1961. Corsi reported that August 1-8 records were missing. No one, to my knowledge, in Maricopa County verified Corsi’s statement.
A further claim that Obama’s Selective Service application (obtained through FOIA) is also faked was presented. Such claims were debunked long ago, although there maybe some new wrinkles here.
Finally Representative Seel, who sponsored the Arizona Birther Bill, also gave a plug for his bill.
They have affidavits! “I’m not going to give you any names.”
Certainly I am saddened to see crackpot conspiracy theories presented under the guise of official authority. It is a black mark on Maricopa County.
I think every criminal serving time in Arizona jails convicted as the result of an investigation by Joe Arpaio’s office now has grounds for an appeal.