September 18, 2011 6:20 pm Eastern By Jerome R. Corsi © 2011 WND
Arizona's Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio told WND he has assigned a five-member
"Cold Case Posse" to investigate the authenticity of Barack Obama's birth certificate.
decision, he says, is simply a matter of doing his duty.
"This investigation does not involve politics," Arpaio told WND. "I listen to
all the residents of Maricopa County who come to my office with complaints, regardless
what their politics are.
"My door is open to everyone, and I don't kick them out. If a complaint is legitimate,
I don't dump it into the wastebasket," he continued. "When I get allegations brought
to me by the citizens of Maricopa County, I look into the allegations, just like
I am doing here."
Arpaio explained to WND that there are over 3,000 people who participate in his
office's volunteer posse program.
The "Cold Case Posse," however, has been described as a "posse within the posse,"
consisting of volunteers with professional experience in conducting investigations,
including individuals chosen because of their professional backgrounds in law
enforcement, as well as lawyers who have participated in criminal or civil cases
and individuals with specialized skills in fields ranging from accounting to conducting
criminal forensic examinations.
In the past few months, the Cold Case Posse has been inactive, largely because
of budgetary limitations within the Maricopa County Sheriff's office.
But in the past few days, Arpaio has assigned a 5-person group serving under the
auspices of the Cold Case Posse to undertake the Obama birth certificate investigation.
within the sheriff's office explained to WND that the Cold Case Posse has been
constituted as a 501(c)3 organization - separately organized within the 3,000-member
volunteer posse - enabling people from around the country to contribute to its
As WND reported, Arpaio is responding to a complaint brought to his office by
representatives of the Surprise Tea Party in Surprise, Ariz., who have expressed
in writing their concerns that the voting rights of Maricopa County residents
in the 2012 presidential election could be compromised if Obama were to use a
forged birth certificate to establish his eligibility under Article 1, Section
2, of the Constitution.
"The Cold Case Posse is a good place to put this investigation," Arpaio said.
"The individuals on this posse have been sworn in by me and I have granted them
the authority required to conduct this investigation."
Arpaio explained to WND that in the final analysis, all decisions stop with him.
have the ultimate authority to decide," he emphasized. "I gave the Cold Case Posse
the authority to investigate, but the results of their investigation ultimately
come to me and I will then decide how best to proceed from there."
He also stressed that the Cold Case Posse he authorized to investigate the Surprise
Tea Party allegations regarding the Obama birth certificate will not cost the
taxpayers of Maricopa County anything.
None of the Cold Case Posse members assigned the Obama investigation will receive
any personal compensation, and all expenses incurred in their investigation will
have to be derived from funds raised through contributions from the public received
by the Cold Case Posse 501(c)3 organization.
Brian Reilly, a spokesman for the Surprise Tea Party, told WND he is pleased with
Sheriff Arpaio's decision to assign the investigation to the Cold Case Posse and
he and the other members of the Surprise Tea Party are looking forward to cooperating
with the sheriff's investigation.
"I believe Sheriff Arpaio and his Cold Case Posse will be thorough and complete
in their investigation," Reilly said.
Reilly said that he and the other members of the Surprise Tea Party are encouraged
that the Cold Case Posse assigned by Arpaio to conduct the investigation into
the authenticity of the Obama birth certificate are qualified by their career
backgrounds to conduct a serious investigation.
"I am confident that this investigation will be professional and unbiased," Reilly
said, "and I am certain that the highly distinguished Cold Case Posse appointed
by Sheriff Arpaio will seek to discover the truth in the matter."
The identities of the five individuals assigned to the Cold Case Posse investigation
of the Obama birth certificate are being withheld from the public, in order to
protect the individuals involved from both public reaction and from questions
that are certain to arise from the media.
According to Arpaio's official website, the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office holds
recruitment meetings for the volunteer posse program once a month. The 3,000 posse
volunteers selected by the Maricopa County sheriff's office train and participate
in a wide variety of missions, including search and rescue, crime prevention,
civic functions, disaster relief and emergency support.
Those wishing to contribute to the 501(c)3 supporting the Cold Case Posse investigation
of the Obama birth certificate are asked to send contributions addressed to the
County Sheriff's Office at:
MCSO Cold Case Posse,
P.O. Box 74374,