ABC 15 Arizona live-streamed the press conference at 4 PM Arizona time.
Arpaio introduced Mike Zullo, who presented a video produced by Mark Gillar in which the claim is made that nine bits of Obama’s birth certificate were copied from the certificate of Johanna Ah’nee. The argument as presented rests on two date stamps on the two certificates having the same angle and one check box and adjacent word being identical. Four other items were indicated on the video, but not actually identified in the audio.
The careless viewer might leave the impression that the dates from the Ah’nee certificate were copied onto the Obama certificate, because they appear, Zullo claims, at the same angle. Let’s put the magic of video aside, and look at the plain image (the boxes around the images are from the documents themselves). Ah’nee’s certificate1 is on the right.
Notice how the one on the left is obviously copied from the one on the right—not. First, and most obvious, the date isn’t the same date. The angle looks different to me, but then I’m not a forensic document examiner. Zullo says that an adjustment can be made to account for some kind of distortion in photocopying and make the angles the same.
More assertions appear, via Zullo, from Hawaiian handwriting expert Reed Hayes, and also from an Italian company, ForLab Multimedia Forensics Laboratory; however, nothing from them went beyond the 9 bits of similarity between the two certificates. Mike Zullo told Carl Gallups in March of 2016 that he was working with an international forensic laboratory and had already received the first report from them. Zullo says that Hayes thinks that the Stanley Ann Obama signature on the birth certificate was somehow put together, but doesn’t elaborate. This may be confusion from the fact that the Xerox 7655 machine split the signature into separate layers.
Zullo acknowledged that Hawaii had verified the information on Obama’s birth certificate, but suggests that perhaps it had been amended. Zullo fails to explain precisely why Obama would forge a Hawaiian birth certificate, when he already had one.
In several instances, Zullo misrepresents the facts to make things sound suspicious, and as he has done in previous presentations, he carefully words things that technically say one thing, but leave the impression of something else. He says something extremely suspicious: that the Italian forensic laboratory claimed that if they had a larger sample size, the probability that Obama’s document is a forgery would increase, but of course that would only be true if there were consistency in the sample and variation from the Obama certificate, which one wouldn’t know without looking at the sample.
While Zullo promised to explain why the current results do not invalidate their earlier findings, he never touches on that topic. Zullo goes to some lengths to emphasize that the Xerox machine which he admits replicates “some” of the characteristics of the Obama PDF is irrelevant to this new analysis, but he fails to acknowledge that in previous presentations, he claimed that those same characteristics, now known as normal, were marks of forgery.
When all of the rhetoric a conspiracist language is stripped away, all that actually remains is a couple of date stamps being at the same angle, and a box with an X in it is the same. It’s not much.
In any case, there is nothing released yet so that one can actually dig into the argument. Will the Reed Hayes report ever be released? We don’t yet know.
Live streaming stopped abruptly at 5:03 PM Arizona time as Zullo was making a fantasy recreation of Savannah Guthrie viewing the original Obama certificate. When I got it back, Arpaio stated that they would take no questions and the press conference ended.
Press conference videos
- Joe Arpaio Says Goodbye with a Final Birther Blast – 12 News Arizona
- Arizona Sheriff Arpaio Revives Obama Birther Conspiracy With New Claims – BuzzFeed
1The Ah’nee certificate linked above was created May 4, 2011, I believe, by Orly Taitz. Taitz published that certificate on her web site in December of 2013, which is where I obtained it. I do not know for sure where Zullo got his copy, but presumably it came from Jerome Corsi who had previously published a redacted version of it at WND.