When you look at the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Department Cold Case Posse “investigation,” you really don’t see much investigation. What you see is theater.
The context of the investigation is law enforcement, with stern-faced Sheriff Joe Arpaio throwing around law enforcement dialog, like “lead investigator,” “person of interest,” and “probable cause.” But those are just stage props. The “lead investigator” was a volunteer local Tea Party leader who’s been selling cars for the last 20 years, the “person of interest” was never named, and “probable cause” led to no indictments or charges.
The large portion of the CCP story had to do with doing things with Barack Obama’s birth certificate PDF file. That crackpot analysis initially came from Mara Zebest, a WorldNetDaily contributor of similar material. Zebest is a long-time Obama hater, as we saw from her 2008 blog posts. The most recent splash was an attempt to show internal inconsistency in the birth certificate in a video that actually contained an image taken from a birther blog, The Daily Pen, long-noted for faking or misrepresenting government documents.
A good example of the CCP non-investigation was their phone interview with Verna Lee, former local registrar in Honolulu, who Corsi talked to. Lee basically provided no evidence for the investigation except to assert that the State of Hawaii coded forms accurately. Still this provided the theater necessary to present the March 2012 blog material afresh and with some thinly applied respectability.
Another is their much-touted investigative mission to Hawaii which, as far as I can see, netted nothing. Corsi may have found that one letter in the library and Zullo presented that, but the letter rather than supporting the Posse actually refuted it.
All the CCP has really done is to take old birther material and to package it as an investigation and make Mike Zullo and Joe Arpaio mouthpieces for it. But really when you look at the CCP, all you are really seeing is a slick production of old material from WorldNetDaily and the birther blogs.