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Fast and Furious USDOJ gun running project, Obama gun runners got away with it, Diversions and manufactured crises, Obama gates draw attention away from eligibility and Project Gun Runner?

Fast and Furious USDOJ gun running project, Obama gun runners got away with it, Diversions and manufactured crises, Obama gates draw attention away from eligibility and Project Gun Runner?

“At a lengthy hearing on ATF’s controversial gunwalking operation today, a key ATF manager told Congress he discussed the case with a White House National Security staffer as early as September 2010.”…CBS News July 26, 2011

“Why did Justice Department and White House staff yell and curse at CBS reporter Sharyl Attkisson over questions about Fast and Furious?”…Citizen Wells

“Now, I don’t get upset when foreign and national journalists fail to mention Tony Rezko, or the Daley boys, or how the Chicago machine plans to staff the Department of Justice, and the new Department of Homeland Casinos.”…John Kass, Chicago Tribune July 30, 2008

 

So many Obama scandals.

It is difficult to focus on one.

That is the intent.

From WND June 13, 2013.

“OBAMA GUN-RUNNERS ‘GOT AWAY WITH IT’”
“A congressional committee chaired by Rep. Darrell Issa, R-Calif., may have moved on to other Obama administration scandals, but Arizonans still want answers to the Fast and Furious gun-running project that sent thousands of weapons to drug lords in Mexico.

Will they get them?

Not if a reported conspiracy of intimidation and enforced silence wins.

Arizona State Rifle and Pistol Association President Noble Hathaway said it angers Arizonans that it looks like the federal officials involved with Fast and Furious “got away with it.”

“To Arizonan’s it looks like they all got promotions and were commended for executing this scheme. I hope I am wrong but that is the appearance it had,” Hathaway said.

“By having the top people in management saying they did not know about it, this is worse than just saying they made a mistake and moving on. Not many in this administration preach personal responsibility though so it’s par for the course,” Hathaway said.

A former U. S. intelligence and State Department Security officer who still has connections in the State Department says he knows why “they got away with it.”

The operative, who asked not to be named, said silence is part of the deal.

“It is highly likely that gun shops in Arizona were forced to assist the U. S. government [in] getting the Fast and Furious guns and ammunition out of the country into Mexico,” he said. “As a result, the gun shops don’t dare elucidate in public on this issue.”

He said many of Arizona’s gun shops were intimidated into cooperating with the federal government and now are being intimidated into silence.

“The government intimidation process included a threat to restrict gun shops’ acquisition of these products through stiffer regulations of the products. This was done by executive action,” he said.

There is evidence that the former intelligence operative and security officer’s claims are on target.

A gun shop owner who declined to allow WND to use his name said he believes that the reason the issue has faded from public and that no gun shops will talk to the media is political pressure.”

Read more:

http://www.wnd.com/2013/06/obama-gun-runners-got-away-with-it/

Arpaio Cold Case Posse Affidavit, Obama WhiteHouse.gov alleged birth certificate, Alabama Supreme Court Obama eligibility challenge, Mike Zullo prepared and signed

Arpaio Cold Case Posse Affidavit, Obama WhiteHouse.gov alleged birth certificate, Alabama Supreme Court Obama eligibility challenge, Mike Zullo prepared and signed

“Why has Obama, since taking the White House, used Justice Department Attorneys, at taxpayer expense,  to avoid presenting a legitimate birth certificate and college records?”…Citizen Wells

“When asked where I believe Obama was born I answer, I don’t know. There is zero proof he was born in Hawaii. The only evidence of his birth location that we have is much circumstantial evidence and that points to Kenya.”…Citizen Wells

“And if all others accepted the lie which the Party imposed
–if all records told the same tale–then the lie passed into
history and became truth. “Who controls the past,” ran the
Party slogan, “controls the future: who controls the present
controls the past.”…George Orwell, “1984″

From PPSimmons May 14, 2013.

“Cold Case Posse Affidavit Now Before Alabama Supreme Court”

“The Cold Case Posse affidavit - prepared and signed by lead investigator, Mike Zullo, is available HERE (doc format) or HERE (PDF format) for download. The document is exactly what is being released to the Alabama Supreme Court for the Obama citizenship and eligibility case that is before it. Sheriff Joe Arpaio of the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office ordered his Cold Case Posse to cooperate with the Alabama Supreme Court case.

Lead investigator, Mike Zullo told PPSIMMONS News, “This affidavit is the concise stating of the facts pertinent to the Alabama case and the Obama fraud case. The affidavit is thorough and factual – backed up by over a year and half of criminal investigation. The criminal investigation was conducted through the Maricopa County Sheriff’s office and the Cold Case Posse. This is not a ‘birther’ issue. The exact location of his birth is irrelevant at this point. The fact is that right now we have a criminal fraud case emanating from the White House. Someone fabricated a fake birth certificate. Now the questions are - Who did it? and Why did they have to do it? I have a feeling that the world will soon know the answers to those and many more questions.””

“The affidavit contains over 200 specific points of investigation and information. Some of the information contained in this affidavit has never before been seen by the public. This document contains startling and hard hitting evidence verifying that the Obama long form birth certificate is 100% fraudulently fabricated and a criminally forged document.

It must be stressed that the affidavit submitted to the Alabama Supreme Court civil case by Commander Zullo does NOT contain ALL the information in the case known to the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office. More information will be revealed as criminal prosecution events unfold in the near future.”

Read more:

http://www.ppsimmons.blogspot.com/2013/05/breaking-ppsimmons-exclusive-read-ccp.html

From the affidavit.

“44. Upon the conclusion of our expert’s examination he issued an
independent 40 page forensic report in which he verified our investigational
finding and validating conclusion in full agreement with the finds of
investigators. He concluded:

• “…based on my observations and findings, it is clear that Certificate of
Live Birth I examined is not a scan of an original paper birth certificate,
but a digitally manufactured documented created by utilizing material
from various sources.” and

• “In over 20 years of examining documentation of various types, I have
never seen a document that is so seriously questionable in so many
respects. In my opinion, the birth certificate is entirely fabricated.””

 

From Citizen Wells April 28, 2011.

The information presented below does not address whether or not the document placed on WhiteHouse.gov yesterday came from the State of Hawaii or not. I am not a document analysis specialist and the issue is not critical to evaluate the credibility of the document, Obama and the persons responsible for placing the document on WhiteHouse.gov. Those in the media and elsewhere accepting this document as a certified copy of a birth certificate to authenticate Obama’s birth in Hawaii have not done their due diligence and once again reveal the sad state of “news” in this country. The information below has a basis in fact and documentation and will no doubt befuddle many.

THE FOLLOWING TOPICS ARE ADDRESSED:

Someone(s) is lying.
Overview of WhiteHouse.gov explanation.
Document presented on WhiteHouse.gov site.
Correspondence from Perkins Coie/Obama with the State of Hawaii.
Long form certified copies of original birth certificate have been available for years.
Summary.

SOMEBODY IS LYING.

Obama? He has consistently lied to the American people about his records, his associations with criminals like Tony Rezko and about the health care bill. Obama is a liar.

Neil Abercrombie? The newly elected Governor of Hawaii suggested in an interview with the Honolulu Star Advertiser that a long-form, hospital-generated birth certificate for Barack Obama may not exist within the vital records maintained by the Hawaii Department of Health.

Tim Adams ? a elections official in Honolulu in 2008 signed an affifavit stating:

Donald Trump?

OVERVIEW OF WHITEHOUSE.GOV EXPLANATION.

“In 2008, in response to media inquiries, the President’s campaign requested his birth certificate from the state of Hawaii. The state sent the campaign the President’s birth certificate, the same legal documentation provided to all Hawaiians as proof of birth in state, and the campaign immediately posted it on the internet. That birth certificate can be seen here (PDF).”

Factual analysis: No birth certicate was ever presented by the Obama Campaign. Instead they presented a COLB, Certification of Live Birth. A COLB can be obtained in HI for someone born outside the state. It is sufficient proof for many situations, but not natural born citizen status.

“The President believed the distraction over his birth certificate wasn’t good for the country. It may have been good politics and good TV, but it was bad for the American people and distracting from the many challenges we face as a country.”

Factual analysis: If Obama is sincere, why did he not present a certified birth certificate in 2008 instead of using taxpayer dollars and resources to avoid this diversion. And where are his college records?

“Therefore, the President directed his counsel to review the legal authority for seeking access to the long form certificate and to request on that basis that the Hawaii State Department of Health make an exception to release a copy of his long form birth certificate. They granted that exception in part because of the tremendous volume of requests they had been getting. President Barack Obama’s long form birth certificate can be seen here (PDF):”

Factual analysis: This is an outright lie or Orwellian misinformation spin. Obama has always had the right by Hawaii law to obtain a certified copy of an original birth certificate if he has one. Someone acting on his behalf must get authorization.

“At a time of great consequence for this country – when we should be debating how we win the future, reduce our deficit, deal with high gas prices, and bring stability to the Middle East, Washington, DC, was once again distracted by a fake issue.  The President’s hope is that with this step, we can move on to debating the bigger issues that matter to the American people and the future of the country.”

Factual analysis: Once again, the Obama camp tries to make this appear as a waste of time, a “fake issue.” Obama created this issue and still has not proven Hawaiian birth.

DOCUMENT PRESENTED ON WHITEHOUSE.GOV SITE.

You and I have had to present a certified copy of our birth certificate that looks like this.

The document placed on WhiteHouse.gov, purported to be a certified copy, is a document created from information in a database. It is not a copy of an original birth certificate.

http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/rss_viewer/birth-certificate-long-form.pdf

CORRESPONDENCE FROM PERKINS COIE/OBAMA WITH THE STATE OF HAWAII.

Perkins Coie represented the Obama Campaign in 2008 and going forward and Robert F. Bauer represented Obama in keeping his birth certificate, college records and other records hidden beginning with the Philip J. Berg lawsuit in 2008. Bauer was appointed White House General Counsel by Obama.

Judith L. Corley of Perkins Coie assisted Obama in procuring the document placed on WhiteHouse.gov.  Once again we are presented with a confusing scenario smelling of Orwellian spin. Ms. Corley writes on behalf of Obama requesting two certified copies of his certificate of live birth and that she is authorized to do so. Once again, per Hawaii law, and irrespective of any departmental policy, Obama is entiltled to personally request a certified copy of an original birth certificate if he has one.

Loretta J. Fuddy, Director of Health, states that she is making an exception to departmental policy to accomodate Obama. Is that due to the third party, Ms. Corley acting as a go between? Ms. Fuddy then confirms that the copies will be computer generated.

We learned today that Judith L. Corley stated “I will be coming to your offices to pick up the copies of the certificates.”

http://legaltimes.typepad.com/blt/2011/04/perkins-coie-judith-corley-got-obamas-birth-certificate.html

LONG FORM CERTIFIED COPIES OF BIRTH CERTIFICATE HAVE BEEN AVAILABLE.

Hawaii law on access to records.

“§338-18  Disclosure of records.  (a)  To protect the integrity of vital statistics records, to ensure their proper use, and to ensure the efficient and proper administration of the vital statistics system, it shall be unlawful for any person to permit inspection of, or to disclose information contained in vital statistics records, or to copy or issue a copy of all or part of any such record, except as authorized by this part or by rules adopted by the department of health.
(b)  The department shall not permit inspection of public health statistics records, or issue a certified copy of any such record or part thereof, unless it is satisfied that the applicant has a direct and tangible interest in the record.  The following persons shall be considered to have a direct and tangible interest in a public health statistics record:
(1)  The registrant;
(2)  The spouse of the registrant;
(3)  A parent of the registrant;
(4)  A descendant of the registrant;
(5)  A person having a common ancestor with the registrant;
(6)  A legal guardian of the registrant;
(7)  A person or agency acting on behalf of the registrant;
(8)  A personal representative of the registrant’s estate;
(9)  A person whose right to inspect or obtain a certified copy of the record is established by an order of a court of competent jurisdiction;
(10)  Adoptive parents who have filed a petition for adoption and who need to determine the death of one or more of the prospective adopted child’s natural or legal parents;
(11)  A person who needs to determine the marital status of a former spouse in order to determine the payment of alimony;
(12)  A person who needs to determine the death of a nonrelated co-owner of property purchased under a joint tenancy agreement; and
(13)  A person who needs a death certificate for the determination of payments under a credit insurance policy.
(c)  The department may permit the use [of] the data contained in public health statistical records for research purposes only, but no identifying use thereof shall be made.
(d)  Index data consisting of name and sex of the registrant, type of vital event, and such other data as the director may authorize shall be made available to the public.
(e)  The department may permit persons working on genealogy projects access to microfilm or other copies of vital records of events that occurred more than seventy-five years prior to the current year.
(f)  Subject to this section, the department may direct its local agents to make a return upon filing of birth, death, and fetal death certificates with them, of certain data shown to federal, state, territorial, county, or municipal agencies.  Payment by these agencies for these services may be made as the department shall direct.
(g)  The department shall not issue a verification in lieu of a certified copy of any such record, or any part thereof, unless it is satisfied that the applicant requesting a verification is:
(1)  A person who has a direct and tangible interest in the record but requests a verification in lieu of a certified copy;
(2)  A governmental agency or organization who for a legitimate government purpose maintains and needs to update official lists of persons in the ordinary course of the agency’s or organization’s activities;
(3)  A governmental, private, social, or educational agency or organization who seeks confirmation of a certified copy of any such record submitted in support of or information provided about a vital event relating to any such record and contained in an official application made in the ordinary course of the agency’s or organization’s activities by an individual seeking employment with, entrance to, or the services or products of the agency or organization;
(4)  A private or government attorney who seeks to confirm information about a vital event relating to any such record which was acquired during the course of or for purposes of legal proceedings; or
(5)  An individual employed, endorsed, or sponsored by a governmental, private, social, or educational agency or organization who seeks to confirm information about a vital event relating to any such record in preparation of reports or publications by the agency or organization for research or educational purposes. [L 1949, c 327, §22; RL 1955, §57-21; am L Sp 1959 2d, c 1, §19; am L 1967, c 30, §2; HRS §338-18; am L 1977, c 118, §1; am L 1991, c 190, §1; am L 1997, c 305, §5; am L 2001, c 246, §2]“

The 2001 memo that has been misquoted.

The memo addresses privacy concerns which would obviously not apply to Obama or anyone else obtaining their own birth certificate. The memo obviously does not supercede Hawaii Law.

Here is an example of a certified copy of an original 1961 birth certificate from Hawaii.

SUMMARY.

The document presented on the WhiteHouse.gov site yesterday is nothing more than a COLB (Certification of Live Birth) with additional data from a computer database. It is not an original birth certificate or certified copy of one. It most certainly does not prove birth in Hawaii. It is not the certified copy of  a birth certificate like millions of Americans like you and I were required to produce.

Barack Obama is a documented liar who has no regard for the US Constitution, Rule of Law or the American People. Bartle Bull, long time Democrat and civil rights activist, described Obama as a hustler.

https://citizenwells.wordpress.com/2011/04/28/obama-long-form-birth-certificate-truth-revealed-someone-is-lying-perkins-coie-what-this-document-really-is/

Reported since then and as recently as may 6, 2013 at Citizen Wells.

There is zero legitimate evidence that Obama was born in Hawaii.

Here is the reason.

A person can be born elsewhere and obtain a “birth certificate” in Hawaii that is recognized as legal in that state. Look it up for yourself.

The image placed on Whitehouse.gov is not the kind most of us are used to seeing. Instead of an embossed stamp and certification that this is an official copy, this image has the following at the bottom:

WhiteHouseGovAbstractVerbage

The phrase “or abstract” disqualifies this as proof positive of being an image of an original.

Thanks to commenter GORDO.

No proof Obama born in Hawaii, Whitehouse.gov image proves nothing, Sheriff Arpaio investigation found fraud, Judge Parker Alabama Supreme Court no evidence Obama natural born citizen

No proof Obama born in Hawaii, Whitehouse.gov image proves nothing, Sheriff Arpaio investigation found fraud, Judge Parker Alabama Supreme Court no evidence Obama natural born citizen

“Why has Obama, since taking the White House, used Justice Department Attorneys, at taxpayer expense,  to avoid presenting a legitimate birth certificate and college records?”…Citizen Wells

“Why does a judge swear to discharge his duties agreeably to the
constitution of the United States, if that constitution forms no
rule for his government? if it is closed upon him, and cannot be
inspected by him?”… Marbury versus Madison

“When asked where I believe Obama was born I answer, I don’t know. There is zero proof he was born in Hawaii. The only evidence of his birth location that we have is much circumstantial evidence and that points to Kenya.”…Citizen Wells

 

There is zero legitimate evidence that Obama was born in Hawaii.

Here is the reason.

A person can be born elsewhere and obtain a “birth certificate” in Hawaii that is recognized as legal in that state. Look it up for yourself.

The image placed on Whitehouse.gov is not the kind most of us are used to seeing. Instead of an embossed stamp and certification that this is an official copy, this image has the following at the bottom:

WhiteHouseGovAbstractVerbage

The phrase “or abstract” disqualifies this as proof positive of being an image of an original.

The Sheriff Joe Arpaio investigation indicates it is worse than that.

From WND May 5, 2013.

“Sheriff Joe injects new life into Obama eligibility”

“A week ago, Democrats quoted late-night comedian Jimmy Kimmel in their demand that a challenge to Barack Obama’s eligibility to be president be dismissed.

Now, those raising questions about Obama say they are bringing in professional law-enforcement investigators to shed light on the dispute.

It comes in a case brought by attorney Larry Klayman in which 2012 Constitution Party presidential nominee Virgil Goode and Alabama Republican Party leader Hugh McInnish are seeking to force Alabama Secretary of State Beth Chapman to verify that all candidates on the state’s 2012 ballot were eligible to serve.

The case, dismissed at a lower level, is now being appealed to the Alabama Supreme Court, where strict constitutionalist Roy Moore was elected chief justice last November. The case becomes all the more intriguing because Moore is on record previously questioning Obama’s constitutional eligibility to serve as president.

Last week, the Democratic Party insisted, “In order for one to accept the claim that President Obama’s birth certificate is a forgery [and that he is ineligible], one has to buy into a conspiracy theory so vast and byzantine that it sincerely taxes the imagination of reasonable minds.”

The document scoffs at “birthers” as a “tiny cabal of zealots” and quotes late-night comedian Jimmy Kimmel – not widely recognized as a constitutional expert – to make its case: “These people could have personally witnessed Obama being born out of an apple pie, in the middle of a Kansas wheat field, while Toby Keith sang the National Anthem – and they’d still think he was a Kenyan Muslim.”

Now several blogs whose authors have been documenting the back and forth of the long-running dispute over Obama’s birth place, time – and subsequent eligibility to be president – confirm that Sheriff Joe Arpaio of Maricopa County, Ariz., and his special Cold Case team lead investigator Mike Zullo will be providing evidence in the arguments.

Arpaio is one of few law enforcement authorities to look into the issue, and he launched his formal Cold Case Posse investigation into Obama’s qualifications at the request of his constituents. Already, Arpaio and Zullo have confirmed that evidence shows the birth documentation released by Obama as proof of his birth in Hawaii is fraudulent.

Their investigation has continued under the radar, and now Cmdr. Charles Kerchner, who brought one of the first legal challenges against Obama during his first term, confirmed that Arizona’s officials will be assisting with evidence in the pending question before the Alabama Supreme Court.

On the site, Zullo is quoted saying, “We recently discovered new irrefutable evidence, which confirms, hands down, the document is a fraud.””

Read more:

http://www.wnd.com/2013/05/sheriff-joe-injects-new-life-into-obama-eligibility/#cK5D6lWwd2q6E11t.99

Arpaio investigation ends, No indictments, Lack of evidence, Four year FBI criminal investigation and grand jury probe ends

Arpaio investigation ends, No indictments, Lack of evidence, Four year FBI criminal investigation and grand jury probe ends

“If I did something wrong, there would be indictments floating all over the place,”…Sheriff Joe Arpaio

“Before the Hate had proceeded for thirty seconds, uncontrollable exclamations of rage were breaking out from half the people in the room.”
“the sight or even the thought of Goldstein produced fear and anger automatically.”
“He was an object of hatred more constant than either Eurasia or Eastasia.”
“There were also whispered stories of a terrible book, a compendium of all the heresies”
“In it’s second minute the Hate rose to a frenzy. People were leaping up and down in their places and shouting at the tops of their voices”… George Orwell “1984″

From AZ Central August 31, 2012.

“Feds shut down criminal investigation of Arpaio, Thomas; no charges to be filed”

“Federal prosecutors closed an exhaustive four-year FBI criminal investigation and grand-jury probe targeting Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, former County Attorney Andrew Thomas and their top deputies, saying there will be no indictments.

Ann Birmingham Scheel, acting on behalf of U.S. Attorney John Leonardo, announced the decision in a three-paragraph news release distributed at 5 p.m. Friday. Neither she nor anyone else from the office was available to comment.

However, in a letter to Maricopa County Attorney Bill Montgomery, Scheel listed the allegations that were investigated — civil-rights violations, misuse of public money, perjury — and said prosecution was declined because of a lack of evidence or an insurmountable burden of proof.

Arpaio, a Republican who is running for a sixth term in November, said he anticipated the outcome: “I never had any doubt. … Once again, I send my appreciation to the federal government for their hard work in clearing my office.

“If I did something wrong, there would be indictments floating all over the place,” Arpaio said.

Paul Penzone, Arpaio’s Democratic challenger, said the outcome is hardly vindication, nor does it exonerate Arpaio for “lost dollars, failed investigations and at best questionable practices.”

“This is not something that law enforcement should celebrate, it’s something of great concern,” said Penzone. “There are obvious failings in the Sheriff’s Office. The fact that they did not rise to a level of criminal indictment does not lessen that they are failings.”

Thomas, who resigned as county attorney and was later disbarred for ethical misconduct, issued a written statement saying, “The Justice Department acknowledged the obvious: A jury of citizens simply would not indict a prosecutor who had done his job. … The real losers in the political witch hunt that just ended are the people of Arizona. Prosecutors no longer attempt to fight corruption or illegal immigration in Arizona because they fear being targeted and disbarred.”

In her letter to Montgomery, Scheel said the “comprehensive investigation” failed to uncover sufficient evidence for criminal charges, which require a judge or jury to find defendants guilty beyond reasonable doubt.

She emphasized that her inquiry has no bearing on a racial-profiling case filed against the Sheriff’s Office in May by the Justice Department’s Civil Rights Division. A verdict in that case, which focuses on alleged discriminatory practices in county jails and in sweeps aimed at undocumented immigrants, would be based on the civil standard, a preponderance of evidence, rather than more rigorous “beyond a reasonable doubt” standard used in criminal cases.

Mitchell Rivard, a DOJ spokesman, echoed that point. “The announcement of the U.S. Attorney of the closure of the criminal case has nothing to do with the civil case that the department has brought,” he said.

The federal investigation began in 2008 after former Phoenix Mayor Phil Gordon and other local officials expressed concerns about Arpaio abusing his power to the local FBI head. Nearly two years later, the probe expanded when, at the request of Maricopa County Supervisors, the federal agents were cross-deputized to investigate potential state crimes. Among the issues investigated and the prosecutorial conclusions:

Credit cards: County supervisors sought a probe of possible misuse of so-called P Cards used by members of the Sheriff’s Office. Scheel said investigators found “no evidence or allegation of MCSO employees stealing county funds,” although financial records indicated expenditures were not properly documented.

Jail funds: County supervisors reported evidence that the Sheriff’s Office was using up to $84 million earmarked for jails to pay expenses and salaries not related to the detention program. Scheel said because there was no evidence that any sheriff’s employee personally profited from the “misspending,” prosecutors would not be able to prove criminal intent.

Perjury: Thomas and one of his attorneys, Lisa Aubuchon, were accused of committing perjury when they asked a sheriff’s official to swear out a complaint accusing Superior Court Judge Gary Donahoe of hindrance, obstruction and bribery in an attempt to prevent him from holding a hearing tied to the appointment of special prosecutors to work county corruption cases. Though the state Bar disbarred Thomas and Aubuchon, Scheel said federal prosecutors would not be able to prove they knowingly lied in the court papers.

Civil-rights violations: Scheel concluded that it “is not enough to show that Judge Donahoe was subjected to conduct that was abusive or even unconstitutional” because the Justice Department also would have to show beyond reasonable doubt that Thomas and Aubuchon specifically intended to violate his rights.

Scheel said investigators also considered charges against Thomas and Aubuchon for depriving Donahoe of his profession or livelihood, but could not meet “the heavy burden of proof necessary to obtain a criminal conviction.”

Moreover, Scheel suggested, civil court and the state Bar are appropriate venues to deal with Thomas’ alleged abuse of power for political purposes. “The criminal process is not the proper vehicle to address the conduct that (was) brought to our attention.”

Reaction to the decision was swift and furious.

A spokesman for the Arizona Republican Party, on behalf of chairman Tom Morrissey said, “It is good to see this witch hunt has come to an end. I find it bizarre when a man is hounded for doing his job by those who refuse to do theirs.”

However Colorado attorney John Gleason, who conducted the ethics investigation of Thomas and Aubuchon for the state Bar, said he was disappointed in federal prosecutors.

“We believe that the work that we did and the testimony that was presented presents a strong case that crimes were committed,” he said.

Aubuchon expressed relief that the probe was over: “I’m glad they understand what perjury is — unlike the Bar witch hunt that ensued — and that they realized that this was just disagreement about the charges.”

Randy Parraz, head of Citizens for a Better Arizona, which launched a “Joe’s Got to Go” campaign to defeat Arpaio in November, said he was disappointed in the outcome.

“People’s lives have been damaged and hurt and violated by the sheriff, and it is unfortunate that they are going to walk away and not pursue any of these things,” he said. “It sends the wrong message that they haven’t done anything wrong, which serves him (Arpaio) well in an election year.”

In addition to the still outstanding Justice Department civil-rights complaint, the Sheriff’s Office faces a lawsuit filed by Manuel de Jesus Ortega Melendres, a Mexican tourist who was arrested and detained for nine hours while visiting the U.S. legally. Melendres’ allegation of racial profiling became a class-action lawsuit covering every Latino driver stopped by sheriff’s deputies in the past five years. Plaintiffs and defendants submitted closing arguments earlier this month, but U.S. District Judge Murray Snow has not yet reached a verdict.

Arpaio and Thomas also were defendants in 10 federal lawsuits filed by elected county supervisors, county administrators and retired judges, four of which are still pending.

The lawsuits stemmed from so-called government-corruption investigations in 2008 and 2009 by the sheriff and prosecutor, who had filed criminal cases and a federal racketeering lawsuit against the officials. Plaintiffs claim they were wronged by those investigations and charges.

Five plaintiffs obtained settlements ranging from $75,000 and $500,000 each.

A $975,000 settlement for county Supervisor Mary Rose Wilcox remains in dispute and has not yet been paid. If the court approves her settlement amount, the final payment would be well over $1 million with attorney’s fees and interest.

Lawsuits filed by Donahoe, Supervisor Don Stapley, Deputy County Manager Sandi Wilson and businessman Conley Wolfswinkel remain unresolved.

As of April, Maricopa County had spent at least $3.2 million in litigation costs and settlements relating to these federal lawsuits, according to a Republic analysis of county spending.

Wilcox expressed shock at the U.S. attorney’s decision, stammering for words. “I can’t believe it. I can’t imagine why they would do that, when there’s so much evidence there, particularly from the Thomas case,” she said. “I just am floored.”

Retired Maricopa County Superior Court Judge Barbara Mundell said that a 2009 civil racketeering suit brought against her by Arpaio and Thomas was meant to “intimidate, harass, discredit and humiliate.” Mundell, who settled her counter-lawsuit for $500,000 earlier this year, declined comment on the U.S. attorney’s decision.

Former Maricopa County Attorney Rick Romley, who came out of retirement briefly to replace Thomas, worked with the U.S. Attorney’s Office on the case, providing them records and access to key witnesses.

Romley said he was “truly puzzled” by the decision not to prosecute. “To say there was insufficient evidence, with the amount of information that we sent their way, sends a horrible message.”

Susan Schuerman, executive assistant to Maricopa County Supervisor Don Stapley, suggested the decision is an injustice to all who see themselves as victims of an abuse of power by the sheriff.

“Having lived through this and witnessed all of these outrageous behaviors … I’m shocked that no charges would be brought,” she said. “It’s all politics. I think this is bigger than they are (the Justice Department). I think the Justice Department was inept in their handling of this, and I have almost no faith left.””

http://www.azcentral.com/news/politics/articles/20120831sheriff-arpaio-federal-criminal-investigation-closed.html

AP reports Arpaio: Obama birth record ‘definitely fraudulent’, Yahoo News, Joshua A. Wisch special assistant to Hawaii attorney general lies, HI corruption continues

AP reports Arpaio: Obama birth record ‘definitely fraudulent’, Yahoo News, Joshua A. Wisch special assistant to Hawaii attorney general lies, HI corruption continues

“Why has Obama, since taking the White House, used Justice Department Attorneys, at taxpayer expense,  to avoid presenting a legitimate birth certificate and college records?”…Citizen Wells

The WhiteHouse.com image has the following:

“I certify this is a true copy or abstract of the record on file in the Hawaii State Department of health.”… Alvin T. Onaki, Ph.D.

Abstract: “The term abstract is subject to different meanings, but in a legal sense, it refers to an abbreviated history of an official record.””

“There is an epidemic of messenger shooting in this country.”…Citizen Wells

From Yahoo News and the AP July 18, 2012.

“Arpaio: Obama birth record ‘definitely fraudulent’”

“PHOENIX (AP) — Investigators for an Arizona sheriff’s volunteer posse have declared that President Barack Obama’s birth certificate is definitely fraudulent.
Members of Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s posse said in March that there was probable cause that Obama’s long-form birth certificate released by the White House in April 2011 was a computer-generated forgery.

Now, Arpaio says investigators are positive it’s fraudulent.

Mike Zullo, the posse’s chief investigator, said numeric codes on certain parts of the birth certificate indicate that those parts weren’t filled out, yet those sections asking for the race of Obama’s father and his field of work or study were completed.

Zullo said investigators previously didn’t know the meaning of codes but they were explained by a 95-year-old former state worker who signed the president’s birth certificate. Zullo said a writer who published a book about Obama’s birth certificate and was aiding investigators let them listen in on an interview he conducted of the former state worker.

The Obama campaign declined to comment on Arpaio’s allegations.

The Arizona Democratic Party said in a statement that Arpaio’s investigation is intended to draw attention away from problems within his own agency, such as hundreds of sex-crime cases that the sheriff’s office failed to adequately investigate over a three-year period.

So-called “birthers” maintain Obama is ineligible to be president because, they contend, he was born in Kenya.

Hawaii officials have repeatedly confirmed Obama’s citizenship, and state officials did again Tuesday.

“President Obama was born in Honolulu and his birth certificate is valid,” Joshua A. Wisch, a special assistant to Hawaii’s attorney general, said in a statement. “Regarding the latest allegations from a sheriff in Arizona, they are untrue, misinformed, and misconstrue Hawaii law.”

Wisch also said that “not only are Hawaii’s vital records some of the best managed, but they also have some of the strongest restrictions on access to prevent identity theft and fraud.”

Obama released a copy of his long-form birth certificate in an attempt to quell citizenship questions.

Courts have rebuffed lawsuits over the issue.”

http://news.yahoo.com/arpaio-obama-birth-record-definitely-fraudulent-010211250.html?_esi=1

The following statement is not applicable:

“Hawaii officials have repeatedly confirmed Obama’s citizenship, and state officials did again Tuesday.”

Obama’s citizenship is not being questioned. We will obviously let anyone be a citizen. His Natural Born Citizen status, a requirement for the presidency, is being questioned. In this case, his place of birth.

The following statements by Joshua A. Wisch, a special assistant to Hawaii’s attorney general, are a lie:

“President Obama was born in Honolulu and his birth certificate is valid,”

Mr. Wisch is not privy to the original document and not qualified to evaluate one.

“Regarding the latest allegations from a sheriff in Arizona, they are untrue, misinformed, and misconstrue Hawaii law.”

Outright lie! I listened to the news conference and Sheriff Joe Arpaio and lead investigator Mike Zullo basically regurgitated what had been reported here and elsewhere on the internet for years regarding Hawaii law and getting birth certificates. They did an excellent job of explaining it. We have known for quite a while that a foreign birth could be recorded as a Hawaiian birth with recordation and a birth certificate.

The AP ends with:

“Courts have rebuffed lawsuits over the issue.”

The issue being questioned is the image placed on WhiteHouse.gov purported to be Obama’s long form birth certificate. Neither this image or any other document represented as a birth certificate for Obama and offered by Obama or an attorney representing him has ever been scrutinized, evaluated or ruled on by any court of law.

Hawaii corruption?

“Hawaii Corruption Risk Report Card”

Public Access to Information….. D

Executive Accountability…………C+

Legislative Accountability………..C-

Judicial Accountability…………….D+

Ethics Enforcement Agencies…….C

http://www.stateintegrity.org/hawaii

Sheriff Joe Arpaio assasination plot, July 12, 2012, State prison inmate Samuel Matta charged, Public assassination using high powered rifle

Sheriff Joe Arpaio assasination plot, July 12, 2012, State prison inmate Samuel Matta charged, Public assassination using high powered rifle

“It’s 120 degrees in Iraq and our soldiers are living in tents too, and they didn’t commit any crimes, so shut your mouths.”…Sheriff Joe Arpaio

“I’m the elected sheriff, … I serve the people. I don’t serve the mayor. I don’t serve some politicians.”…Sheriff Joe Arpaio

“I can’t disclose to you what we’ve discovered, but it’s going to be a shocking revelation at our press conference,”

“The information … is going to be breathtaking when it’s released.”…Mike Zullo, Sheriff Joe Arpaio lead investigator into Obama records

From AZ Family July 12, 2012.

“Detectives: Inmate plotted to assassinate Arpaio”

“Detectives: Inmate plotted to assassinate Arpaio”
“Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office says one of three maximum security inmates arrested for plotting to kill an inmate also planned to assassinate Sheriff Joe Arpaio.

Detectives arrested on Wednesday 29-year-old Samuel Matta, an inmate in the state prison in Florence, on charges that he and two other inmates from the Sheriff’s 4th Avenue Jail conspired to kill another inmate.

According to investigators, detectives were tipped off that Matta was planning to publicly assassinate Arpaio using a high powered rifle.
Authorities says Matta believed that the Arpaio was personally responsible for the deportation of some his family members to Mexico from their home in El Mirage, Ariz.

The investigation into the Arpaio murder plot then led to the plan to kill another inmate.

It was unclear if Matta had an attorney.”

http://www.azfamily.com/news/local/ap-stories/162135545.html

 

Supreme Court upholds key Arizona immigration law provision, Remainder struck down, State and local police can still check immigration status

Supreme Court upholds key Arizona immigration law provision, Remainder struck down, State and local police can still check immigration status

“We the people are the rightful masters of both Congress and the courts, not to overthrow the Constitution but to overthrow the men who pervert the Constitution.”…Abraham Lincoln

“If in the opinion of the People, the distribution or modification of the Constitutional powers be in any particular wrong, let it be corrected by an amendment in the way which the Constitution designates. But let there be no change by usurpation, for through this in one instance, may be the instrument of good, it is the customary weapon by which free governments are destroyed.”…George Washington

 

“Our Constitution is in actual operation; everything appears to promise
that it will last; but nothing in this world is certain but death and
taxes.”…Benjamin Franklin

From Conservative Byte June 25, 2012.

“BREAKING: Supreme Court Strikes Down 3 of 4 Parts of Arizona Immigration Law”

“The Supreme Court has struck down most of the controversial Arizona immigration law, but upheld a key provision.

The provision that was upheld requires state and local police officers, during routine stops, to check the immigration status of anyone they suspect could be in the country illegally.

Other provisions, though, were struck down.”

http://conservativebyte.com/2012/06/breaking-supreme-court-strikes-down-3-of-4-parts-of-arizona-immigration-law/

Supreme Court Decision.

http://www.supremecourt.gov/opinions/11pdf/11-182b5e1.pdf

Holder and Obama guilt in project Gunrunner Fast and Furious, US Justice Department protects Obama, Brian Terry death impact on family

Holder and Obama guilt in project Gunrunner Fast and Furious, US Justice Department protects Obama, Brian Terry death impact on family

“Now, I don’t get upset when foreign and national journalists fail to mention Tony Rezko, or the Daley boys, or how the Chicago machine plans to staff the Department of Justice, and the new Department of Homeland Casinos.”…John Kass, Chicago Tribune July 30, 2008

“Why did Justice Department and White House staff yell and curse at CBS reporter Sharyl Attkisson over questions about Fast and Furious?”…Citizen Wells

“As soon as all the corrections which happened to be necessary in any partiucular number of the Times had been assembled and collated, that number would be reprinted, the original copy destroyed, and the corrected copy placed on the files in it’s stead. This process of continuation alteration was applied not only to newspapers, but to books, periodicals, pamphlets, posters, leaflets, films, sound tracks, cartoons, photographs–to every kind of literature or documentation which might conceivably hold any political or ideological significance. Day by day and almost minute by minute the past was brought up to date. In this way every prediction made by the Party could be shown by documentary evidence to be correct; nor was any item of news, or expression of opinion, which conflicted with the needs of the moment, ever allowed to be on record.”…George Orwell, “1984″

From Citizen Wells  July 8, 2011.

“Here is the allocation of 10 million dollars to the ATF for the sourthern border of the US to “combat criminal narcotics activity.”

“H. R. 1—16

OFFICE OF JUSTICE PROGRAMS

STATE AND LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT ASSISTANCE”

“For an additional amount for ‘‘State and Local Law Enforcement
Assistance’’, $40,000,000, for competitive grants to provide
assistance and equipment to local law enforcement along the
Southern border and in High-Intensity Drug Trafficking Areas to
combat criminal narcotics activity stemming from the Southern
border, of which $10,000,000 shall be transferred to ‘‘Bureau of
Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, Salaries and Expenses’’
for the ATF Project Gunrunner.”

This is found on page 16:”

https://citizenwells.wordpress.com/2011/07/08/fast-and-furious-funded-by-stimulus-atf-project-gunrunner-10-million-from-2009-act-media-lies/

From Citizen Wells July 8, 2011.

“Eric Holder made the following speech on April 2, 2009.

“Attorney General Eric Holder at the Mexico/United States Arms Trafficking Conference
CUERNAVACA, MEXICO ~ Thursday, April 2, 2009
Remarks as prepared for delivery.
First, let me express my thanks to Attorney General Medina Mora and Secretary of Government Gomez Mont for making this conference possible.

This is my first trip to another country as Attorney General.   I wanted to come to Mexico to deliver a single message: We stand shoulder-to-shoulder with you in this fight against the narcotics cartels.  The United States shares responsibility for this problem and we will take responsibility by joining our Mexican counterparts in every step of this fight.

And, together, we will win – thanks in large part to the courage of my Mexican colleagues here today, who are on the front lines every day, and with whom I am proud to collaborate.

The topic that has been addressed over the past two days could not be more important – the development of an arms trafficking prosecution and enforcement strategy on both sides of the border.

I would like to thank the Mexican and U.S. experts who have worked so hard on this issue.  On our side, Secretary Napolitano and I are committed to putting the resources in place to increase our attack on arms trafficking into Mexico.

Last week, our administration launched a major new effort to break the backs of the cartels.  My department is committing 100 new ATF personnel to the Southwest border in the next 100 days to supplement our ongoing Project Gunrunner, DEA is adding 16 new positions on the border, as well as mobile enforcement teams, and the FBI is creating a new intelligence group focusing on kidnapping and extortion.  DHS is making similar commitments, as Secretary Napolitano will detail.

But as today’s conference has emphasized, the problem of arms trafficking will not be stopped at the border alone.  Rather, as our experts emphasized, this is a problem that must be met as part of a comprehensive attack against the cartels – an attack in depth, on both sides of the border, that focuses on the leadership and assets of the cartel.  This is the type of full-bore, prosecution-driven approach that the U.S. Department of Justice took to dismantle La Cosa Nostra – once the most powerful organized crime group operating in the United States.
With partners like those we have here today, I am confident that together, we will defeat these narcotics cartels in exactly the same way.  I am proud to stand with you, and to join you in this fight.  Thank you again for inviting me here.”

Read more:

http://www.justice.gov/ag/speeches/2009/ag-speech-090402.html

From the US Department of Justice website.

“American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009″

“The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 provides $2.7 billion to the Office of Justice Programs; $1 billion to the Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) program; $225 million to the Office on Violence Against Women; and $10 million to the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.”

http://www.justice.gov/recovery/

From the US Justice Department ATF plan June 1, 2010.

The Department of Justice’s (Department) Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) received $10 million of the Federal aid issued through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (Recovery Act). The Recovery Act provides additional funding for Project Gunrunner, an
existing ATF program, which is aimed at disrupting arms trafficking between the United States and Mexico.”

https://citizenwells.wordpress.com/2011/07/08/eric-holder-perjury-fast-and-furious-aka-project-gunrunner-holder-speech-april-2-2009-usdoj-website/

From Citizen Wells July 20, 2011,

“The Justice Department is trying to protect its political appointees from the Fast and Furious scandal by concealing an internal “smoking gun” report and other documents that acknowledge the role top officials played in the program that allowed firearms to flow illegally into Mexico, according to the head of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.

Kenneth E. Melson, the ATF’s acting director, also told congressional investigators this month that the affidavits prepared to obtain wiretaps used in the ill-fated operation were inconsistent with Justice Department officials’ public statements about the program. Justice Department officials advised him not to raise his concerns with Congress about “institutional problems” with the Fast and Furious operation, Melson said.
“It was very frustrating to all of us,” Melson told congressional investigators in a private meeting over the Fourth of July holiday, “and it appears thoroughly to us that the department is really trying to figure out a way to push the information away from their political appointees at the department.”

Not only was the department slow to react, Melson said, but Justice Department officials indicated they did not want him to cooperate with Congress.”

https://citizenwells.wordpress.com/2011/07/20/atf-director-kenneth-e-melson-justice-department-protects-political-appointees-media-lies-fast-and-furious-run-out-of-phoenix-office/

From C-SPAN March 24, 2009.

“U.S.-Mexico Security Policy”

“White House

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, Deputy Secretary of State Jim Steinberg and Deputy Attorney General David Ogden held a news conference to announce the U.S.-Mexico Border Security Policy. They spoke to reporters and answered questions about plans to send about 500 more agents and equipment to the nation’s southwestern border and Mexico to fight Mexican drug cartels and keep violence from spilling over into the United States. Secretary Napolitano said officials were still considering whether to deploy the National Guard to the Arizona and Texas borders with Mexico, which the governors had requested. She also acknowledged that greater efforts were needed within the U.S. to combat the drug trade.”

http://www.c-spanvideo.org/program/284798-4

From The Brian Terry Foundation.

“Our son didn’t have to die.

It has been more than 18 months since our son, Brian Terry, was shot and killed by a Mexican drug cartel armed by a failed U.S. Department of Justice “gunwalking” operation known as “Fast and Furious.”

The pain that Brian’s death has caused our family is indescribable. No matter what words we use in this letter to you, we will never be able to justly convey how much suffering we have endured. We still grieve every day, and we are resigned to the fact that the agony of his death will stick with us for the rest of our lives. Not because he didn’t achieve his dreams . . . not because he didn’t live his life to the fullest . . . and not because he didn’t leave anything behind that we couldn’t celebrate or remember.

Our family will be forever grief-stricken because Brian didn’t have to die.

We wish we could take solace knowing that Brian died doing what he loved to do. After all, it was his childhood dream to make a career in law enforcement and become a federal agent.

As a youngster, Brian was inspired by his Uncle Bob, a Michigan police offer who would give Brian tours of the police station and share stories of what it was like to be a police officer. From then on, Brian believed he was destined for a career in law enforcement. He joined the Marine Corps after high school and served four years in Naples, Italy before becoming a police officer in Lincoln Park, Michigan – just like his uncle. But Brian’s ultimate dream was to become a federal agent, and so he applied to the United States Border Patrol.

In 2007, he attended the Border Patrol Academy in El Paso, Texas, graduating as president of his class before being assigned to the Naco station near Bisbee, Arizona, only a few miles from the U.S.-Mexican border.

Brian accomplished exactly what he wanted to. But all of what he had worked for – and all our family had come to adore and love – was taken away so abruptly . . . so needlessly.

On December 14, 2010, Brian was conducting operations as a member of the Border Patrol Tactical Unit in Nogales, Arizona. He and his team encountered five Mexican drug cartel bandits in the “Peck Well” area near Rio Rico, Arizona. Not knowing the bandits were carrying the latest military grade assault weapons provided by the Justice Department as part of Operation Fast and Furious, there was an exchange of gunfire and Brian was shot in the lower back.

He died on December 15, 2010.

Before then, our family was expecting Brian to return home for Christmas. What we were not expecting was that he would return home in a flag-draped casket. All because of an ill-conceived government gun trafficking investigation gone horribly awry.
Please consider a contribution to the Brian Terry Foundation

The Justice Department’s “gunwalking” operation called for American gun dealers to sell weapons to “straw purchasers” tied to Mexican drug cartels between 2009-2011. The intention was to track the guns as they were sold to Mexican drug lords, which would theoretically lead to the arrests and dismantling of the cartels.

But that’s not what happened. It turned out that there was no actual plan to track the movement of the guns as they were “walked” into Mexico.

As a result, one of our four children and as many as 200 Mexican citizens were killed with weapons connected to the operation.

Still, hundreds of guns sold as part of Operation Fast and Furious remain unrecovered, putting more brave law enforcement personnel along the border – like our son – at unnecessary risk.

Even though our son fell in the line of duty more than 18 months ago, we still don’t have answers that explain why he had to die.

Unfortunately for our family and the families of others who have been injured or killed with these weapons, our son’s death has ballooned into a national controversy. Currently, the House Oversight Committee is moving forward with contempt proceedings against Eric Holder, the U.S. Attorney General and head of the Justice Department, for failing to comply with a congressional subpoena requesting all of his communications regarding Operation Fast and Furious. Our hope is that the Justice Department is not withholding information that could expose those who are responsible for our son’s death.

It has been nearly eight months since Mr. Holder was served his subpoena, and we know little more now than we did then. We think our family and Brian’s memory deserve better.

So even though this government investigation drags on and prolongs our family’s suffering, we are taking action.

We have established the Brian Terry Foundation not just to preserve Brian’s memory and honor his service to our country, but to also help families of other U.S. Border Patrol Agents who have been killed or injured by providing ongoing emotional and financial support, establish educational scholarships, recognize the heroic efforts of current Border Patrol Agents, and raise public awareness of the flawed Fast and Furious investigation. It is also our personal mission to guarantee that any mistakes made by the Justice Department are never made again.

Because of Operation Fast and Furious, some of the most dangerous criminal organizations in North America have been strengthened, and now our Border Patrol Agents are in the gravest danger of their lives.

So please, we urge you – not just for our son, but for all U.S. Border Patrol Agents who came before him and who will come after him – to join our cause and give as generously as you can. We have to make sure that nothing like Fast and Furious ever happens again, and without grassroots support from folks like yourself, our mission fails. This failed government operation cost our son his life, but that doesn’t have to stop us from saving the life of someone else’s son.

In the loving and enduring memory of Brian A. Terry,

Kent Terry, Sr. and Josephine Terry

The Brian Terry Foundation
http://www.honorbrianterry.com

P.S. Attorney General Eric Holder’s refusal to fully disclose the documents associated with Operation Fast and Furious and President Obama’s assertion of executive privilege serves to compound this tragedy. It denies the Terry family and the American people the truth. The President’s executive priveledge makes getting to the truth much more difficult. We really do need your help. If you can afford to support the Brian Terry Foundation financially please give as generously as you can.”

http://honorbrianterry.com/

 

Thanks to commenter bob strauss.

Joe Arpaio birthday interview June 14, 2012, Arpaio turns 80, E J Montini, Toughest sheriff in America, Obama birth certificate records investigation

Joe Arpaio birthday interview June 14, 2012, Arpaio turns 80, E J Montini, Toughest sheriff in America, Obama birth certificate records investigation

“Why has Obama, since taking the White House, used Justice Department Attorneys, at taxpayer expense,  to avoid presenting a legitimate birth certificate and college records?”…Citizen Wells

“I do not know where Barack Obama was born. I do know that he has used taxpayer dollars to keep his records hidden.”…Citizen Wells

“Why is Obama now employing private attorneys to keep his name on state ballots, despite compelling evidence that he is not a natural born citizen?…Citizen Wells

We anxiously await the Sheriff Joe Arpaio news conference of recent findings in Hawaii and elsewhere regarding Obama’s birth certificate and other records. Joe Arpaio turns 80 today, June 14, 2012.

From The Arizona Republic June 14, 2012.

BY E. J. Montini.

“Fourscore and Joe Arpaio: The sheriff turns 80″

“Over the 20 years I’ve known him, there is one unwavering conviction I’ve shared with Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio: He should never, ever retire.

The self-proclaimed toughest sheriff in America, who’s been in office since the Lincoln presidency (or so it seems), was born fourscore years ago today.

He’s 80.
When Arpaio ran for office in 1992, he promised to serve one term and then leave. He changed his mind four years later, telling a reporter at the time that while he had no intention to seek higher office, he wasn’t finished.

“He does intend to break a 1992 campaign promise and run again this fall for a second term,” the reporter wrote. “After that, he says, he’ll retire and take care of his grandchildren.”

By 2000, the grandkids were doing fine without him, but not the people of Maricopa County. Arpaio has since run for re-election and won three more times.

He’s scoffed at the notion of retirement ever since.”

“If you love the job and want to keep it, make them drag you out of the office kicking and screaming.

Arpaio has found ways to win elections using Army-surplus tents, chain gangs and pink underwear. He’s kept himself in the news by eliminating hot lunches and girlie magazines from the jails. He got himself on TV using his posse to shoo prostitutes off the streets, to patrol shopping malls during the holidays and to investigate the president’s birth certificate.

He became a zealot on the subject of illegal immigration after the now-disbarred former County Attorney Andrew Thomas got elected by way of an anti-immigrant campaign.

Now, he’s running for re-election again.

The feds are after him … again.

He’s facing two much- younger opponents. He has demonstrators outside his office on most days. His popularity is down, and there are people who say that he’s “lost it.”

None of this is new.

Back in 1994, when he’d been in office for only two years, a reporter doing an interview with Arpaio mentioned that his critics called him a “demagogue,” a “blowhard” and a “buffoon.”

The sheriff answered, “If I’m all those things, sobeit. I’m still getting the job done. That’s the bottom line.” Then, he added, “I’ll tell you one thing: I’m going to continue on.”

I was asked this week by a TV reporter if I believed Arpaio, at 80, was fit to serve for four more years. My answer was:

What makes you think he wants to serve only four more years?”

Read more:

http://www.azcentral.com/arizonarepublic/news/articles/2012/06/13/20120613montini0614-fourscore-joe-arpaio-sheriff-turns.html

Sheriff Joe Arpaio birthday Thursday, June 14, 2012, Special plans not revealed, Obama records investigation press conference, Maricopa County Sheriff

Sheriff Joe Arpaio birthday Thursday, June 14, 2012, Special plans not revealed, Obama records investigation press conference, Maricopa County Sheriff

“Why has Obama, since taking the White House, used Justice Department Attorneys, at taxpayer expense,  to avoid presenting a legitimate birth certificate and college records?”…Citizen Wells

“I do not know where Barack Obama was born. I do know that he has used taxpayer dollars to keep his records hidden.”…Citizen Wells

“Why is Obama now employing private attorneys to keep his name on state ballots, despite compelling evidence that he is not a natural born citizen?…Citizen Wells

Will Sheriff Joe Arpaio announce his findings about Obama’s records, birth certificate, selective service application and forgeries on his birthday this Thursday, June 14, 2012?

From the Arizona Daily Sun June 11, 2012.

“Arpaio turns 80 years old on Thursday”

“Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio will celebrate his 80th birthday on Thursday.
The sheriff says he has special plans to mark his birthday, but declined to reveal them.
He says he remains in good health and wants to be “the poster boy for senior citizens.”
The Republican sheriff has served five terms as sheriff and is seeking re-election in November.
He faces a challenge from retired Phoenix police officer Paul Penzone and Scottsdale police Lt. Mike Stauffer.
Penzone is running as a Democrat, while Stauffer is running as an Independent.”

http://azdailysun.com/news/state-and-regional/arpaio-turns-years-old-on-thursday/article_3d5c9b81-0cd1-558f-a799-ce14d8a1ce71.html