The Cold Case Posse’s “Universe Shattering” Evidence
Opinion: By Brian Reilly To: Kevin Davidson, Dr. Conspiracy
Once again, America is being told by Birther news outlets that new, universe shattering evidence about the Obama investigation will be released by Commander Mike Zullo and his non-profit, all volunteer, Cold Case Posse in March, or possibly April or possibly May or, possibly never, depending on who the Birther spokesperson is for the day. Even if new evidence were released this month, the Cold Case Posse has cried wolf so many times, who really is going to listen, except hardcore, agenda driven Birthers?
But wait a minute…..Brian Reilly…..isn’t he a Birther? Why is he writing to Dr. Conspiracy??? I’m glad that you asked. I’ve been banned at many Birther websites, including Birther Report. Many Birther sites put my comments into an endless, black cavern of moderation with my comments never seeing the light of day or the courtesy of a reply or a posting. My comments don’t fit the Birther narrative. On one particularly nefarious Birther website I’ve read threats and defamatory statements directed toward me for simply speaking my opinion. Do these tactics sound familiar? I came to Dr. Conspiracy’s website because, I had no other choice. I believed that he would give me the freedom to write and publish my thoughts. I was right. I am grateful for Dr. Conspiracy’s courtesy.
Yes, Dr. Conspiracy has me listed on his Birthers A-Z list, but I have never considered myself a Birther. I simply had questions about President Obama’s birth certificate, based on the PDF I saw posted on April 27, 2011 on the White House website. Many wanted answers as did I. But no, I don’t consider myself a Birther. I enjoy looking into facts. I enjoy research. Many Birthers adamantly avoid facts that conflict with their political belief system. In fairness, I’ll offer a thumbnail sketch of myself. I have been involved in politics since I was 10 years old. I helped my dad campaign for Richard Nixon in 1960, and Barry Goldwater in 1964. My political views have been and remain conservative. I am a Christian. I’ve been an NRA member for decades. I’ve possessed a government issued carry permit continuously for three decades. I’m retired. I love Ford Mustangs. I didn’t vote for Barack Obama for President in 2008 or 2012. I have also lost my family healthcare insurance plan because of President Obama’s Affordable Care Act, often called “Obamacare.” So, please don’t misinterpret what I am about to write. I am not an Obama supporter or what Birthers call an “Obot.” However, many hardcore Birthers will interpret and spin this article according to their own political agenda.
My comments come from a very unique perspective.
As a Surprise Tea Party Patriots member, in July of 2011, I developed and initiated the plan to petition Sheriff Arpaio to investigate the authenticity of the Barack Obama PDF birth certificate. The plan was mine and mine alone. Dr. Jerome Corsi was just a part of my plan. My wife and I invited Dr. Corsi to present his findings to an August 17, 2011 meeting of the Surprise Tea Party to discuss his newly released book, “Where’s the Birth Certificate?” My wife, Denise and I paid for all of Dr. Corsi’s travel expenses. During our meeting we obtained 242 signatures on a petition that I had written to Sheriff Arpaio. I gave the presentation, requesting an investigation, focusing on the Arizona Revised Statutes, not eligibility, to Sheriff Arpaio and his command staff on August 18, 2011. (I had made the appointment with Arpaio weeks earlier.) Arpaio asked me to be the liaison between the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office (MCSO) and the Surprise Tea Party. The command staff was told that all evidence was to flow through me. (This would later become an issue with Dr. Taitz.) My wife Denise and I and three other Tea Party members were in attendance along with Dr. Corsi with his evidence book that was said to contain the names of 20 alleged experts (I counted only 12). The “experts” included Doug Vogt, Paul Irey and Mara Zebest among others. Mike Zullo was never in attendance at our August 18, 2011 meeting with Sheriff Arpaio or the one-on-one meeting that I had alone with Sheriff Arpaio on August 22, 2011 when I presented a formal letter from the Surprise Tea Party, written by Dr. Corsi and edited by myself, requesting the investigation. Contrary to what Zullo has stated, he did not have any direct personal knowledge of the August 18, 2011 meeting events that he discussed in point #1 of his most recent Alabama Supreme Court affidavit. In Zullo’s November 9, 2012, affidavit , review his statement in item #3. Mike Zullo first made contact with me on September 15, 2011 by phone, almost a month after the original Arpaio meeting. Zullo told me that Arpaio had requested that Zullo inform me that the Cold Case Posse would investigate the birth certificate “with the utmost diligence.”
Denise and I also developed the plan for the very successful March 31, 2012, Cold Case Posse press conference at the Church on the Green in Sun City West, Arizona. The event was planned to replicate the March 1, 2012 Arpaio / Zullo press conference that Denise and I had attended. I wrote the petition for the project and made all of the arrangements with the parties involved. We obtained, I believe, nearly 3,100 signatures for the Arizona legislature and Arizona Secretary of State, Ken Bennett. Contrary to Mike Volin’s “impeccable” research and website notations, the Surprise Tea Party founders had nothing to do with the planning and development of the Church on the Green event. They were absent from the event, choosing to attend a swim meet.
On April 17, 2012, at the direct request of Commander Mike Zullo, I was sworn into the Cold Case Posse by Sheriff Arpaio on the 19th floor of the Wells Fargo Building in downtown Phoenix. (I had been doing volunteer research as a private citizen for Zullo from September 2011 until I became a Cold Case Posse member on April 17, 2012.) I was chosen by Zullo over 3,000 existing Posse members. I was given a cased, investigators flat badge, a 2003 unmarked Crown Vic police cruiser, Arizona license number G-669EG, the first “G” indicating a government plate, and a county gas key was also provided. Sheriff Arpaio suggested “Colonel” to Mike Zullo as my title. (I let that pass as it reminded me of Colonel Sanders and his Kentucky fried chicken.) I participated in interviews, I traveled in 8 states and I did research. I actually interviewed one of Doug Vogt’s prime suspects for the alleged forgery, and the person wasn’t in Hawaii. I also interviewed a person who went to school with Barack Obama at Occidental College.
I worked with Dr. Jerome Corsi, Commander Mike Zullo and Sheriff Joe Arpaio until June 30, 2012 at which time I chose to resign and I hung up my spurs. There was too much potential liability working as a volunteer. The MCSO policies were far too sporadically applied by my superior for my liking. Posse members were subject to possible criminal prosecution if a badge was displayed without proper authority. (Posse members are not law enforcement officers.) Risk management was always a question. (Would they cover you or not?) Too many restrictions on political activities. Too many uncertainties. Zullo refused to process my written resignation for 10 days, sending me several emails asking me to reconsider my resignation and he asked me to make sure my decision wasn’t a “knee jerk” decision. It really wouldn’t look good for Zullo to have the guy who came up with the investigation idea and then became part of the Cold Case Posse to pull up stakes, pack his tent and resign. So, Zullo and / or his Birther buddies planted the story that I was let go. That I was “disgruntled.” Add their comments to “The Many Lies of Mike Zullo and Carl Gallups” Facebook page. (It should be noted that Cold Case Posse members regularly monitor and make posts on various Birther and anti-Birther websites.)
I also resigned because my faith in Commander Zullo and the “investigation” had totally collapsed. Here are but a few examples of why I lost faith :
It was shocking to watch Zullo verbally unload on Corsi in the MCSO conference room in front of Arpaio. Corsi had made a video report from Hawaii on the Internet without Zullo’s knowledge or approval during Zullo’s first Hawaii trip. I’ll never forget Zullo screaming at Corsi, Zullo’s freaky, bulging red eyes, and Arpaio asking me to do something about the conflict. Corsi sat at the conference table looking at his laptop sheepishly saying, “I’m fired…I’m fired.” At one point, Corsi didn’t want to be left alone in the same room with Zullo and Corsi accompanied me out to the parking garage to find his glasses on top of the patrol car. It was a memorable Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde moment in the conference room. ( My next stop at the hospital ER for stress was just around the corner.)
- Alex Jones interview with Jerome Corsi (May 20, 2012)
- Alex Jones interview with Jerome Corsi (May 24, 2012)
Then there was the must have, June 22, 2012 article in the GLOBE entitled “Busted!“. I got a frantic call from Commander Zullo telling me to look for the new edition of the supermarket tabloid, the GLOBE. Zullo excitedly told me an arrest had been made! He told me the GLOBE had a picture on the cover of a man handcuffed with a coat over his head and he was being accompanied by a government plainclothes police official. My assignment (should I choose to accept) was to find the GLOBE to determine which federal agency had made the arrest in the Obama birth certificate forgery case. (The picture was a staged photo, kind of like the famous tabloid picture of the WWII, B-17 bomber found parked on the moon.) Zullo had forgotten that he had been interviewed by the GLOBE and the article was about Zullo interviewing the prime forgery suspect in Hawaii. The GLOBE reported: “Now the Posse’s lead investigator Mike Zullo tells GLOBE in a blockbuster exclusive his team has interviewed the “person of interest” they’re convinced pulled off the forgery.” Zullo forgot? How does one forget that they’ve been interviewed by the GLOBE? How did Zullo forget the article was about his interview with the prime forgery suspect? There was no arrest made by federal authorities, or anyone else for that matter. There was no B-17 found on the moon either. (My resignation was getting closer by the day.)
Another memorable event happened in April of 2012 while we were in Stanley Ann Dunham’s neighborhood on Mercer Island in the state of Washington. Denise and I remember this vividly. I accompanied Zullo as a private citizen to back him up. ( I still had a valid Washington permit to carry. Zullo couldn’t legally carry concealed in Washington. Remember, he’s not a real cop. ) We were in Washington to follow up on some leads. We were sitting in the black GMC rental vehicle when Zullo suddenly told us that we needed to turn off our cell-phones and put them in the vehicle glove box. We quickly complied. He shut the glove box door. Suddenly, Commander Zullo began to tell us in a seriously hushed tone how Lord Monckton said that he could arrange to have British Intelligence, MI-6 give the Cold Case Posse investigators protection. Denise and I sat in stunned disbelief. Zullo told us how Lord Monckton had met with Arpaio. Monckton, we were told, requested that he be given the birth certificate investigation along with all of the CCP evidence. We were told that the Brits wanted Hillary Clinton in place of Barack Obama. Our impression was, Zullo believed what he was saying. He was dead serious. Once my wife and I got back to our motel room and closed the door, we looked at each other in total disbelief, and wondered, did that really happen? Is he really that gullible?
And how about a black & white episode of “Car 54 Where Are You?” Zullo had lost his patrol car in the Wells Fargo parking garage. Zullo and I had spent another long day at the Sheriff’s Office on the 19th floor of the Wells Fargo building. It was about 5 pm and about 110 degrees in the shade and Commander Zullo couldn’t find his parked patrol car. We walked up and down, floor after floor in the unbearable heat for nearly 20 minutes. Then we got into my patrol car to continue the search until I finally found Zullo’s car. I suggested that Zullo should park his car in the same spot so that he could find his car. I drove away thinking, how in the world would Zullo ever find the birth certificate forgery suspect? My confidence level dropped another notch.
Then there was the alleged threat against Sheriff Arpaio. One of Zullo’s Surprise Tea Party puppets supposedly had a DVD that allegedly contained a threat against Sheriff Arpaio. Zullo told me to “Check it out.” Mind you, I was told the Surprise Tea Party puppet had this information for weeks. (A real sense of urgency?) I contacted the person and asked for the information. The Surprise Tea Party puppet complained, and Zullo angrily asked me why I contacted the informant? I told Zullo, because he had told me to “Check it out.” and there was an alleged threat against Sheriff Arpaio. Zullo replied that he didn’t “give a sh*t “ about a threat against Arpaio. Really? I never got a chance to talk with Sheriff Arpaio about this. Maybe he’ll read this and he’ll have some serious questions for his Cold Case Posse Commander. (This was the final event that caused me to seriously rethink my association with Mike Zullo and the Cold Case Posse. I turned in my written resignation.)
The May 22, 2012, Obama, Hawaii Verification of Birth sent to Arizona Secretary of State, Ken Bennett was, for me the undoing of the investigation. The final nail in the coffin. The pin that popped the balloon. The coup de grace. For months, Sheriff Arpaio and Zullo said they only wanted to “clear the President.” Well, the certified Verification of Birth cleared the President confirming all of the information on the PDF copy of the Obama birth certificate. Obama was born in Hawaii. He’s an American citizen. He’s President of the United States. And Secretary Ken Bennett placed Obama on the 2012 Arizona ballot. The Obama Verification of Birth blows item #4 of one of Zullo’s, many revised, affidavits out of the water. Consider this from his November 9, 2012 affidavit:
Zullo affirmed the petitioners’ position: “4. If the image of the birth certificate were not genuine the question might arise whether Mr. Obama had been born within the jurisdiction of the United States and thereby complied with the requirement under Article II of the U.S. Constitution that the President be a “natural born citizen” (Zullo Affidavit on Obama Birth Certificate 11-9-2012).
The Hawaii Verification of Birth verifies that Barack Obama was born within the jurisdiction of the United States and, according to Mr. Zullo’s own November 9, 2012 affidavit, Mr. Obama is therefore a “natural born citizen.”
Game. Set. Match.
So what is the point ? We’ve been told there is universe shattering information soon to be released, any day now, by the Cold Case Posse and Carl Gallups, et al. Go back to the paragraph above. “Game. Set. Match.” It’s over, except possibly the release of a second Zullo / Cold Case Posse book. (Zullo told me that he wanted to write a book and make a film about the investigation during our trip to Washington. A film producer in Colorado requested that I do a documentary film about the investigation, but I told him I wasn’t in this to make money and I refused his offer. Zullo and Corsi forged ahead and published a book.) Maybe a second book will explain why I, as a Cold Case Posse member, and the public were never told that Sheriff Arpaio had spoken with Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery in 2012 and reviewed the evidence accumulated by the Cold Case Posse. Montgomery wrote to me on September 26, 2012 that he had “discussed [the investigation] with the Sheriff.” Montgomery characterized the evidence of forgery as “speculation.” Montgomery went on to say, “Specifically, we would need evidence to affirmatively prove that Mr. Obama is not a US citizen.” The Hawaii Verification of Birth, certifies that Obama was born in Hawaii and he is therefore a US citizen. This is one of the reasons why no criminal complaint was ever filed, nor will be filed by Sheriff Arpaio, in my opinion.
Maricopa County Attorney’s Office Reply – Birther Report
There is no universe shattering evidence. The investigation was supposed to be over after the November 2012, general election. But, if Zullo’s and Gallups’ universe shattering information just happens to be about an American WWII, Boeing B-17 bomber found parked overtime on the surface of the moon, please take the information with a grain of salt. I can assure you that it’s not true. But, for the conspiracy inclined, one should take pause for just a moment and consider this mysterious connection. President Obama’s grandmother, Madelyn Dunham, worked for Boeing!!! And, Wichita…is really not too far from the moon in the world of Birthers.
It’s time to end the lunacy.
Afterword by Dr. Conspiracy:
Mr. Reilly contacted me a week or so ago saying that he had a story to tell, but that Birther Report and other sites had banned him. He obviously had something he wanted to get off his chest, so I told him that I occasionally publish guest articles and offered to host his and this article is what he sent me this afternoon. I didn’t know what he was going to say beforehand–I had no input. Except for reformatting the hyperlinks and correcting a couple of minor typos, what precedes including the title is exactly what he sent.
Subsequent to the publication of the article, I removed Brian Reilly from “Birthers from A to Z” list.