Sheriff Joe Arpaio and Mike Zullo are charged with fraud and fabricating evidence.
The crime scene
On July 17, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio held a press conference featuring the results of an investigation by his volunteer “Cold Case Posse” presented by “lead investigator” Mike Zullo. The centerpiece of their presentation was a claim that President Obama’s birth certificate is a fake because of internal inconsistencies. The argument goes:
The race of Barack Obama’s father is shown as “African” on the birth certificate, but next to that is a penciled data entry code of “9” that should indicate “not stated.” The code is wrong, proving that the form is a fake.
In support of that very serious allegation they presented a race code table taken from what they described as a “1961 vital statistics instructions manual.” They lied. Here is a screen shot from the Cold Case Posse video of the purported 1961 manual.
How do we know that they lied?
The US Public Health Service published Vital Statistics of the US – 1961 – Volume 1: Natality, a report of births in 1961 that’s available online.
In that report is stated on page 5-7:
Only the Cold Case Posse code table doesn’t have separate codes for Aleut and Eskimo and so it could not be the code table for 1961. Later on, the Natality Report includes footnotes to table 4-2:
This shows unambiguously that the real coding in 1961 distinguished between Indian, Aleut and Eskimo. The Cold Case Posse codes lump them all together and so could not be what was used for federal birth reporting in 1961. Whatever codes were really used in Hawaii in 1961, they are not the ones the Cold Case Posse claimed.
So where did the Posse’s bogus table come from?
It came from the 1968 manual, “The Natality File for Calendar Year 1968” available online from the US Government. Shown below is first the screen shot from the Cold Case Posse video and then an excerpt from the 1968 natality file manual. You will note from various dust spots and marks, that the two undoubtedly came from the same scan of the same source document.
Cold Case Posse code table
1968 Natality File manual
The Cold Case Posse showed a 1968 manual, called it 1961, and based their case on it. They fabricated evidence.
What are the real codes from 1961?
Just days after President Obama released his long-form birth certificate, I filed a Freedom of Information Act request (number 11-00673) with the Department of Health and Human Services for the coding manual and received Tape File Information 1960-1961 Natality Tape Files for the United States in August of 2011. Here are the real 1961 race codes1 for birth data:
I rest my case.
Further research shows that Hawaii used neither the fake 1961 code manual presented by the Cold Case Posse, nor the authentic federal code manual from 1961. Their codes were unique to Hawaii.
I rewrote the original article to be less rambling and to base the argument primarily from government sources rather than my FOIA document, so as to take my credibility out of the equation.
1The 1961 manual does not list race of the parents as part of the national tape file. One reasonably presumes that the same codes would be used for any race coded by Hawaii. Generally, fields that were not stated were coded “X.”
- Farm Residence – X
- Age of Father – X
- Age of Mother – X
- Nativity of Mother – 3
- Children born dead – X
- Children born alive – X
- Attendant at birth – 4 (other or not specified)
- Gestation Period – X
- Weight at birth – X
- Legitimacy – X
- Congenital Malformations – X