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Turning dark

Mike Zullo spoke to the Surprise Arizona Tea Party Patriots November 18, and according to interviewer Sharon Rondeau of the Post & Email:

Zullo “said that the investigation that they started ‘turned very dark,’ whatever ‘dark’ means,” the individual added.

Indeed, what does that mean?

Here’s a quotation from the Associated Press just today:

A detective investigating the high school shooting in Washington state that left five teens dead says in court papers that the young shooter’s texts turned dark the week before he opened fire, with references to his funeral and the message: “Bang bang I’m dead.”

Writing in the American Journal of Forensic Psychiatry (2007) we see something similar in the Columbine school shooting:

Three days after his arrest, Klebold made one of his few entries into his diary. He wrote about his love for a female student and wondered if the feelings were mutual. But the note turned dark. He talked about suicide, blowing himself up with a bomb strapped to his neck.

I certainly hope that there is not some kind of murder-suicide pact about to be acted out by the Cold Case Posse!

Barry Cooper, a former drug enforcement officer said:

In fact, governments have always turned dark and corrupt which has always led to mass suffering.

Certainly there are suspicions of corruption in the Cold Case Posse, and they have clearly lied to the public about evidence. Still, I find it unlikely that Mike Zullo would be admitting this to his Tea Party audience.

Turning dark can be a sign of illness. In a chilling true story titled “Biohazard,” author Ken Alibek discusses a case of the Marburg virus:

By the fifteenth day, the tiny bruises on Ustinov’s body had turned dark blue, and his skin was as thin as parchment. The blood pooling underneath began oozing through. It streamed from his nose, mouth, and genitals.

Enough of that. Generally “turning dark” refers to reduction in light, nightfall, or a scene being obscured by smoke. It’s also associated with the end of an activity, such as a company going out of business (turning out the lights). A blog goes dark when it disappears from the web. “Going dark” in police jargon can refer to the failure of an investigation due to lack of evidence and leads. FBI Director James B. Comey spoke last month at the Brookings Institution of the conflicts between the need for privacy and criminal investigation:

Unfortunately, the law hasn’t kept pace with technology, and this disconnect has created a significant public safety problem. We call it “Going Dark,” and what it means is this: Those charged with protecting our people aren’t always able to access the evidence we need to prosecute crime and prevent terrorism even with lawful authority. We have the legal authority to intercept and access communications and information pursuant to court order, but we often lack the technical ability to do so.

It probably makes more sense to view the comment in some kind of context, and a commenter here reminded us of this quote from Carl Gallups 22 November 2013:

…the investigation has gone “deeper and darker” than they ever imagined…

I think that what Zullo intended was that his audience assume that the Cold Case Posse had uncovered some great evil in its investigation, but in fact to say nothing. Even back to the early Cold Case Posse press conferences, Zullo proved himself a master at leaving his audience thinking he said things he didn’t actually say. So as far as I am concerned, “turned dark” coming from Mike Zullo means exactly nothing.


I want to give credit to the Tea Party member who spoke to Rondeau. He didn’t jump to any conclusion about what Mike Zullo meant. I also want to credit Rondeau who, no matter what one thinks about her slant on things, does an outstanding job of getting birther stories.

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Brian’s answers

Former Cold Case Posse member responds to reader questions

A number of you have commented with questions about the article, “Banned ‘Birther’ Breaks the BR Censorship Barrier” by Brian Reilly. Brian has sent me answers to  various comments, and I am including them following. His comments are in italics:

CarlOrcas:
“Thank you Mr. Reilly for pulling the curtain back and exposing the foolishness.”

You’re very welcome.

Dave B:
“Mr. Reilly, if you are available to answer questions, what inferences would you make from the contrast between how Zullo conducts himself and how Dr. C. conducts himself? And in the contrast between the access he has given you here, and the cold shoulder you’ve got from birther sites?”

Regarding the first question:  I am very impressed with Mr. Davidson.  He appears to seek the truth.  He appears to be fair.  He has excellent research skills. He would have been an asset for the Cold Case Posse.

Regarding the second question:  The access given to me by his site is like a breath of fresh air.  Unless the birther script is followed, one is not welcome on the their sites, for the most part.

Slartibartfast:
“It speaks well of you that you were ultimately able to accept facts that contradicted your beliefs about President Obama being ineligible.”

Thank you.  My main concern was the authenticity of the long form birth certificate.  “Eligibility” was added by others when the project was hijacked by hardcore birthers.

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The Cold Case Posse’s six figures (retracted)

This article has been retracted.

It turns out that the 3,000 figure discussed is for all of the MCSO Posse’s and TPPTRUTHSQUAD was mistaken. Brian Reilly says that he personally didn’t pay any dues.

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Birtherverse-shattering conclusion

There was a part of Brian Reilly’s article that I wasn’t sure I understood:

I was chosen by Zullo over 3,000 existing Posse members.

I thought maybe Reilly was referring to all of Sheriff Joe’s posse members (there are many different posses) although that’s not what he said. But then I was reading something from another alleged insider, TPPTRUTHSQUAD,  posting in comments here who claimed:

I’m certain the 3,000+ members of the CCP will verify your claim of their being thrown under the bus.

A little history

Some time back a request was made to the Cold Case Posse for its IRS filings and determination letter, which it is by law required to provide. Mike Zullo, after dodging my registered letter, did eventually respond to someone else. In that response some private information was redacted (not allowed, but understandable) and not cause for a red flag. However, after my own request failed I applied to the IRS to get a copy from them, which they provided. In addition to unredacted names and addresses, the IRS provided an entire page that the Cold Case Posse for some reason omitted. I wrote about that page in my article, “Cold Case Posse screws the IRS (genetally speaking).” I’ll reproduce the page following for reference:

A little math

Now at the time, that didn’t set off many flags either, except from the spell checker, but in the light of this new information, it’s stunning. If there are indeed 3,000 Cold Case Posse members each paying $100 a year in dues, that comes to $300,000 annually and over the time the CCP has been in high gear, we’re talking about somewhere between half a million and a million dollars in membership dues! This staggering sum is on top of whatever donations the CCP receives from PayPal clicks on its web site and from other sources. Remember, that the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office has officially declared in a letter to me that they have no information about CCP finances. They don’t report them to the IRS because they are tax exempt from all reporting as a governmental auxiliary.

If this is the kind of money involved, then it certainly explains Mike Zullo continuing to hype his future revelations on the radio week after week. Indeed, this information is so stunning that I’m not sure I believe it (but I did check the math). Is this the second Birtherverse-shattering reveal for March?