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Cold Case Posse plays fast and loose with the law

Despite dubious claims of being “law enforcement,” the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Cold Case Posse doesn’t act like law enforcement, but more like someone trying to evade the law.

Case in point is their obligation under federal law to provide certain information regarding their IRS tax-exempt status. When I asked for the legally required information in a registered letter, they refused delivery (didn’t sign for the letter at their PO Box) and when they finally responded to someone else, they redacted parts of the filing, not complying fully with the law. Here are some of the redactions:



At least two complaints have been filed with the IRS regarding the CCP tax exempt status, one documenting that their primary activity is political, and one filed by me that their independent status conflicts with their exemption from filing financial disclosure forms.

A second matter is the recent discovery that those county government “G” license plates on Posse cars are not registered to the county, but to the Posse itself. Irregularities with the Posse and it’s vehicles have been referred to the state auditor.

Now a third complaint has been filed with the Arizona Corporation Commission. The full story appears in an April 22 article at Arizona’s Politics. The complaint was filed by former Posse member Brian Reilly, well-known to readers of this blog. Reilly alleges that filings with the Corporation Commission were altered around the time the Posse went into the Evil Obama business (my phrase) to obscure the current addresses of those who run the Posse.

Arizona law requires the street address be provided for a corporate address, and the 2011 filing does contain a street address of sorts (and the same address is listed for all corporate officers and directors).


Here’s what is located at that street address:

Photo of post office

It’s the Daisy Mountain post office at 44047 N 43rd Ave.

The only real address on the form is the “physical address” of Mike Zullo, in his capacity as registered agent, and that address belongs to the Sheriff’s Office, where Zullo has box where he can pick up mail without signing for it. It appears that this exercise in obstruction might be to prevent delivery of registered mail to him, or maybe Zullo is acting paranoid.


Shark sucker

When I was a kid I had the Golden Book: The Sea. I dearly loved that little book, and one of the neat things I learned about was a fish called the remora, or “shark sucker.”1 The remora attaches itself to a shark and the much larger shark carries the little fish around with it.

The remora metaphor came to mind when I heard of the most recent example of a birther trying to attach himself to a bigger story. The remora is “self-proclaimed intelligence expert” (Jerome Corsi’s words) Michael Shrimpton and the shark/big fish is Edward Snowden. Snowden was an international news sensation after leaking NSA secrets to the press. Of course what Snowden hasn’t released is a black box to the public, and a black box could contain anything, so birther Shrimpton uses it to add credibility to his own incredible story. You can read that story at WorldNetDaily in an article by Jerome Corsi. Corsi wrote:

In conversations with WND, nevertheless, Shrimpton doubled down on the claims he made in 2008 by asserting that NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden, as part of his negotiations to leave Hong Kong, agreed to deliver to Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow the classified U.S. military intelligence file on Obama’s DNA.

How an NSA guy was able to purloin military intelligence files is a question worth asking, right after one asks how Shrimpton knows Putin’s secrets.

In all fairness to Corsi, he is not overly sympathetic to Shrimpton, writing among other things:

Government intelligence experts on both sides of the Atlantic marginalized Shrimpton as a loud-mouthed nuisance and gadfly who lacks professional credentials as an intelligence expert.

Shrimpton has his own legal problems, having been charged with making a false report to police of a terrorist plot in 2012.

When I interviewed Snowden while I was in Moscow in 2013, I asked him about any intelligence regarding Obama. Snowden told that he only had access to secrets involving NSA surveillance.2

1Remoras attach to other things besides sharks.

2Just fooling,


Anti-birther attorney represents birther?


imageIt appeared in a comment on this blog: Lucas Daniel Smith says that Loren Collins has offered to represent him pro bono in Smith’s defense against extradition from the Dominican Republic to Kenya. I find this a delicious story, full of twists and irony; however, I didn’t want to write an article about it until I had confirmation, and now I have. Collins confirmed to me in an email today that he made the offer of representing Smith, and further that his offer is sincere. (Loren is a straight-up guy as I have known him, and I wouldn’t have expected anything but sincerity from him.)

At this point Smith hasn’t accepted the offer, but said that he would decide by Monday. Since Collins isn’t yet representing Smith, he has no special access to documentation and records; we’re all in the same boat as to our capability of judging whether there is any real Kenyan extradition proceeding in the first place. I wrote about that question in my article: “Why did Bruce Steadman give Lucas Daniel Smith $5,800?

The initial irony would be Smith saying that he rejected representation because he couldn’t trust Collins, and that’s likely as far as it will go.


Lucas Smith, among his plethora of new articles, says he accepts Collin’s offer. I didn’t see that coming (I hasten to add that there’s no written agreement between Collins and Smith yet). It raises new interesting questions like how attorney-client privilege works in a case like this, and would Collins would be muzzled even if he found out that the extradition was a hoax, which I still believe it is? On the positive side, Smith is saying that Bruce Steadman will receive copies of all their correspondence which is important because if there is any victim here, it’s Steadman.

I have to give credit where credit is due. Just when you think there’s nothing new under the birther sun, they come up with something.

Update 2:

Smith has posted a draft agreement (which appears rather silly in its inclusion of irrelevancies) that he wrote for Collins’ representation of him. It appears that Smith has been cribbing legal advice here and/or at the Fogbow, based on the final sentence:

This transmission [all email communications] to a third party, i.e., BRUCE STEADMAN, shall not defeat the privilege according Attorney-Client communication.

Well good luck with that.


Orly’s approach to web site maintenance

Several readers of this blog are complaining that they are nable to post. Please, contact and demand that they fix this glitch ASAP

And that’s the most interesting recent post from Orly Taitz! What’s the world coming to when all an anti-birther gets to write about is maintenance problems on Orly’s web site? Or perhaps this breaking news headline from Orly is more to your taste:

No decisions yet in 5 pending cases

At least she didn’t make that 5 articles. Another major article says that Israel Hanukoglu complained to Orly about a typo in her link to his site, and this somehow turns into harassment of academics. The rest of her stuff is just invective against everybody in the government, accusing of them of treason, and some nasty anti-Muslim bigotry. Pathetic and wholly uninteresting.

A quick scan of Birther Report didn’t get my juices flowing either. Maybe there’s something in the comments, but really, “any day now” is pretty threadbare after all this time.

On the “any day now” theme, Obot1 has declared the birther movement dead — again. Yeah, right.