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Joe Arpaio sent deputy to Hawaii on Obama birth certificate record trip

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio (left) and President Barack Obama (AP Photos)

Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio sent one of his deputies to Hawaii to accompany an official in his volunteer posse that is investigating President Barack Obama’s birth certificate, despite earlier saying no taxpayer money was being spent on the probe.

The sheriff said Tuesday that taxpayers won’t ultimately foot the bill because the posse, which so far has used $40,000 in donations to pay for the probe, will reimburse his office for the deputy’s trip to Hawaii this week.

Arpaio said the deputy who was sent to Hawaii was there for security reasons, which the sheriff declined to discuss.

“Even if it was costing the tax payers money, we are talking about a criminal investigation into possible fraud and forgery on government documents,” the sheriff said.

The sheriff launched the investigation last summer and said in March that there was probable cause to believe Obama’s long-form birth certificate, released by the White House more than a year ago, is a computer-generated forgery and that the president’s Selective Service card was most likely a forgery.

Speculation about Obama’s birthplace has swirled among conservatives for years. So-called “birthers” maintain that Obama is ineligible to hold the country’s highest elected office because, they contend, he was born in Kenya, his father’s homeland.

Hawaii officials have repeatedly confirmed Obama’s citizenship, and Obama released a copy of his long-form birth certificate more than a year ago in an attempt to quell citizenship questions. Courts also have rebuffed lawsuits over the issue.

The Arizona Republic first reported that Arpaio had sent the deputy to Hawaii.

Democratic state Sen. Steve Gallardo, a critic of the sheriff, said Arpaio has misplaced priorities when he focuses on the president’s birth certificate, while his own office had failed to adequately investigate hundreds of sex-crimes cases over a three-year period ending in 2007.

“The cost of this trip to Hawaii ought to come out of this re-election campaign because this is politics,” Gallardo said. “It’s political grandstanding.”

Arpaio said health officials in Hawaii refused to talk to his deputy and posse investigator on Monday, though an assistant attorney general came out to talk to the investigators.

“They won’t have anything to do with us,” Arpaio said.

Janice Okubo, spokeswoman for the Hawaii State Department of Health, said two men dressed in business suits from Arpaio’s department sat down with deputies from the health department and attorney general’s office in a conference room Monday.

The men identified themselves as being from the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office and provided their badges and business cards when asked, Okubo said.

“They said they were conducting an investigation,” Okubo said.

Okubo said the Hawaii officials told the men they had to show why they needed the information as part of ordinary business — a response similar to that given to Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett last week when he publicly pushed his request to verify Obama’s birth.

Associated Press writer Oskar Garcia in Honolulu contributed to this report.

Hawaii Department of Health page on Obama’s birth: http://hawaii.gov/health/vital-records/obama.html

4 comments

  1. Whilst I’m pleased to even see this article here – far better than most, as this topic is generally suppressed and concealed from the public except when aired specifically to try and ridicule or discredit the quests for truth and honesty.

    Despite this I’d like to point out the article makes a number of misleading as will as largely incorrect statements. In particular the central issue for Obama’s eligibility to serve as POTUS is not whether or not he was born in Kenya (which he might have been, although this is not especially likely) but to do with his citizenship *at birth*, i.e. whether or not he can genuinely be considered “Natural Born” (a term many people confuse with the very similar sounding but completely different term “Naturalized”).

    Although it makes a great many people uncomfortable to even think about it (let alone allow other people to think about it) Obama is almost certainly NOT a “natural Born Citizen” because he was most probably either not an American citizen at birth (if his father was Kenyan, and therefore a British citizen at the time) or else of Dual Nationality (combining the different nationalities of his biological parents, whoever they were).

    It’s also untrue to say that “Courts also have rebuffed lawsuits over the issue”. It would be more accurate to say the vast majority have all been too cowardly to even allow the issue to be fairly considered and have instead prevented it from being heard by using all kinds of often totally illogical and technically invalid excuses and procedural tactics.

    If there was nothing to worry about and nothing to hide then why would such a colossal effort have already been put into either concealing (or destroying) all evidence and suppressing any opportunity to have any aspect of this (or any related) topic properly reviewed and addressed?

    There is a huge ongoing fraud being perpetrated on the American people (the issues surrounding Obama’s identity and right to even stand for office are but the tip of the iceberg). Generation to come will be utterly astounded that it has succeeded to this amazing extend!

    Kind Regards,
    IQ al Rassooli

  2. ABOUT TIME SOMEONE REALLY DID CHECK THIS OUT. WE NEED TO KNOW IF OUR PRESIDENT IS OF THE USA, AND IF HE TRULY IS LOOKING OUT FOR US IN THE US. THE WAY THINGS HAVE GONE, I WONDER> GOOD FOR OUR SHERRIFF. HE SHOULD RUN FOR THE PRESIDENTS OFFICE. I SURE WOULD VOTE FOR HIM. ABOUT THE ONLY HONEST MAN IN OFFICE, AND THE ONLY ONE THAT DOES WHAT HE SAY;S HE WILL DO.

  3. This man is a major idiot! If he is so concerned about the President’s citizenship why don’t he run for office? He needs to worry about all the investigations he’s under!

  4. For Arpaio to use a publicly funded deputy on this is grounds for impeachment. What does he expect to happen here? Hawaii again just verified the birth certificate; this is just a silly child’s game, where nothing will ever happen, no matter how much nonsense Sherif Joe tosses out there. If he thinks it will have an affect on the election, i actually think it will be the reverse, and people will be more likely to support Obama to fight against the lunatic fringe.

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