MARICOPA COUNTY, Ariz. (Sept 17, 2011) — An old-time western posse has been formed by the infamous Maricopa County, Arizona, Sheriff Joe Arpaio to go after President's birth certificate, and to officially determine if it is real or forged. This will be the first time any law enforcement agency has investigated Obama’s birth certificate.
The posse is unprecedented because in U.S. history, no sheriff's department has ever investigated a document of a sitting President.
Arpaio is famous for enforcing laws and coming up with programs, even with the disapproval of the governor or the federal government. One such example was his tent city for prisoners, allowing them to live outside the walls of the county jail, in addition to his programs to root out illegal immigrants.
Arpaio's posse, a special, officially sanctioned law enforcement group, is charged with one task - to investigate President Barack Obama's birth certificates, based on complaints filed by the Republican’s Surprise Tea Party.
Members of the posse will consist of two former law enforcement officers and two retired attorneys, headed by Michael Zullo, a retired detective from Bergen County, N.J. And to make sure this posse does not take away resources from existing county programs, Arpaio's group will consist entirely of volunteers, avoiding incurring any cost to the taxpayers.
The Surprise Tea Party group sent a formal letter to Arpaio, concerned that if Obama's birth certificate is a forgery and he uses it to qualify in his county for the 2012 election, the voting rights of the residents of Maricopa County could be irreparably compromised.
"Having exhausted all available governmental and law enforcement resources at our disposal, we are turning to you as the highest law enforcement officer in Maricopa County where we reside," the Surprise Tea Party explained in the letter.
"We are asking for your assistance because you have a demonstrated history of enforcing Arizona laws in Maricopa County, even when enforcing those laws is unpopular in Arizona or out-of-favor with the wishes of a federal government that may choose to ignore the law to the detriment of the residents of Maricopa County."
The letter also states that to date, the Hawaii Department of Health has refused to make public or release the document to be independently examined forensically. All that has been presented, according to the Tea Party, is a PDF file copy. No one has seen or touched the original copy.
The Surprise Tea party also delivered a petition with 242 signatures and a binder containing published reports of 20 experts who examined the computer PDF file published on the White House's Web site. Also provided were the photocopies that were handed out to the press by the White House during the April 27 press conference.
"We picked the right man, in the right county, in the right state, at the right time, to determine the truth about who Barack Obama is and whether he has presented a fraudulent or authentic birth certificate to the American public," said, a spokesman for the Surprise Tea Party. "With God's help, Sheriff Arpaio will find the truth."
Arpaio said the investigation will be conducted with the "utmost diligence," and the investigators will be authorized to utilize subpoena power.
* See story where President Barack Obama changed the laws on proving one's official birth at: New requirements for U.S. birth certificates now law to determine citizenship