I have debunked so much demonstrably false “birther evidence” that I sometimes lose perspective about levels of “bunk” and levels of “demonstrable.” Based on the reactions of others, I may have done something last year that applies to something high on the “bunk” scale today as well as high on the “demonstrable” scale amounting to what Joe Biden might call a BFD, and the smoking gun showing the Cold Case Posse fabricated evidence and lied.
Mike Zullo and Sheriff Joe Arpaio, presented their final (one hopes) investigative report yesterday (July 17). Their latest “evidence” that Obama’s long-form birth certificate is a fake is stated succinctly:
The race of Barack Obama’s father is shown as “African” on the birth certificate, but next to that is a penciled number “9” that indicates “not stated.” The code is wrong, proving that the form is a fake.
Of course, when I heard the stuff about the “9” I knew Zullo was way off track. I wrote an article last March about the race code on the form in my article, Decoding the long form (Part 2). You see, when the long form came out in April of 2011, I searched for a definitive answer to what the penciled notations meant. In my days in public health, I had occasion to do quite a lot of searching for specification documents at the CDC and I know my way around its sites and subdirectories pretty well. What I found is that the most recent coding specifications published were for 1968 (see index). The document is the Natality Tape File for Calendar Year 1968. Being intimately familiar with vital statistics in my former job, I knew that specifications change every few years, and that I could not rely on 1968 specifications to read 1961 data.
Being a careful investigator, and not one to jump to conclusions too often, I filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request on May 2, 2011, with the Department of Health and Human services for the 1961 specifications document. I received my response to request 11-00673 in August of 2011 and subsequently scanned it and made Tape File Information 1960-1961 natality Tape Files for the United States available on this web site, and today I uploaded it to Scribd. The document is also embedded at the end of this article.
What we know from viewing the Cold Case Posse video is that Zullo used the 1968 tape layout manual and based his entire argument on how “not stated” was coded in 1961 with a “9”. The problem is that in 1961, code “9” represented “other nonwhite.” One might have excused this as a mistake, a bit of sloppy research from someone not qualified in the field, but the video repeatedly stated that the image they showed was from the 1961 manual, when it was not. Here is a screen shot from the Cold Case Posse video that the narrator describes as the “1961 vital statistics instructions manual.”
Compare that to the real 1968 manual (page 4):
It’s pretty obvious from the smudges on the page that both of these are copied from the same original 1968 document. The Cold Case Posse lied. (An anonymous poster on YouTube, William Rawle, first noted that the video showed the 1968 manual.)
Here are the real 1961 codes from the document embedded at the end of the article:
I’ve written a good deal about the “African” response on the Obama birth certificate. The short version is that parent’s race is what the parent describes themself to be. In 1962, the Kenyan Census used the category “African” to describe black Africans (other examples were European and Arab), so it is very likely that Obama Sr. would have used this term for himself. It would have been wrong for the coder to have changed what Obama Sr. said, and so they correctly chose the code “9 – other nonwhite.” We know very specifically that all states used this code (except New York) based on the footnote:
Now I’m going to pat myself on the back for this, since I did the extra work to file the FOIA in 2011, simply for the purpose of understanding the long form birth certificate and having the background information I needed to serve the readers of this site. At that time I had no idea that my research would prove useful in exposing an outright fraud at the Daily Pen Blog last March, and that it would prove fraud at the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office Cold Case Posse too. Sometimes diligence is rewarded.
I proved using publicly available government documents that the Cold Case Posse showed a 1968 code table, and called it 1961. However, my FOIA result is not available on any government web site that I know of. Some might say that the 1968 codes are also right for 1961 and my table and document is an elaborate (!) fake. However, I can rule that out. The 1961 Vital Statistics of the US – Volume 1: Natality (VSUS) in table 2-4 has an instructive footnote:
The Cold Case Posse code table doesn’t have codes for Aleut and Eskimo; they are lumped in with Indian. It would be impossible to perform this tabulation using the table the Posse claims was in use. My authentic 1961 table has separate codes for these.
Further research has shown conclusively that the 1961 Federal codes were not used on Hawaiian certificates, nor were the 1968 codes. Hawaii used their own codes. The central thesis of this article remains correct: the Cold Case Posse lied about having the manual, and instead presented a fake one.
More recently Mike Zullo has said that he didn’t actually use the 1961 manual, but rather had to rely on the 1960 manual since the 1961 manual hadn’t been published at the time Obama was born. The codes he actually used were from 1968, not 1960. Also the 1960 and 1960 codes were the same.
View the 1960-61 specifications.