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Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio Ups the Ante in Birther Probe

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Posted on May 22, 2012
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Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, seen here at the Tea Party Patriots American Policy Summit in Arizona last year, has been a leader in the birther investigation.

Controversial Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio is escalating his probe into whether Obama was truly born in the United States. Arpaio has sent a deputy from his “Threats Management Unit” and a member of his volunteer posse to Hawaii to investigate the president’s birth certificate.

The move comes less than a week after Arizona’s secretary of state fanned the birther conspiracy flames by threatening to keep Obama off the state’s November ballot over the issue. —TEB

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Both the Arizona Republic and the Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported deputy Brian Mackiewcz traveled with Arpaio’s volunteer posse member Michael Zullo on Monday to try to get an official confirmation that Hawaii has the president’s birth certificate on file.

Earlier this year, the Arizona sheriff fanned the flames of the birther conspiracy theory when he announced that Zullo and other posse members had determined a copy of the birth certificate released last year by the White House was a fraud. More recently, Arizona Secretary of State Ken Bennett has said he is following the sheriff’s lead and considering keeping the president off the state’s ballot in November unless he gets confirmation the document is real.

Both Arpaio and Bennett are Republicans and the latter is co-chairman of Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign in Arizona. In their efforts, they have essentially caved to pressure from a small but vocal fringe of writers and activists unwilling to believe the president is a natural born citizen of the United States no matter how much evidence they get. The conspiracy theorists say a fake birth certificate would mean Obama is ineligible for the presidency because it would show he was not born a citizen.

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By steve, May 23, 2012 at 4:13 pm Link to this comment
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This buffoon has been sheriff for what seems like forever. I’ve been reading about his outrages for a long time. He’s an attention whore at the very least and probably a a bit of a sadist. That’s all well and good but the fact that he’s continually re-elected says all you need to know about the his constituency. It’s mean in Arizona but it’s a dry mean.

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By Allan Krueger, May 23, 2012 at 1:08 pm Link to this comment

The inmates are in charge of the asylum! Remind me to stay out of Arizona!

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By Grace, May 23, 2012 at 12:51 pm Link to this comment
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Let’s check out where Sheriff Joe was born; it may surprise his supporters!!!!!!!!!

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By Wake up!, May 23, 2012 at 9:23 am Link to this comment
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Wake up people!! The whole system is rigged, duh!

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By Schlee, May 23, 2012 at 1:40 am Link to this comment


Pizza puss needs to retire.




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By Tuscany, May 22, 2012 at 11:29 pm Link to this comment
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I wish.

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By BrilliantBill, May 22, 2012 at 8:19 pm Link to this comment

He is one dark, dark spirit.

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By JDmysticDJ, May 22, 2012 at 6:38 pm Link to this comment

Are Sheriff Joe and his posse going to round up Obama and deport him back to Kenya?

I think the old freak just wants to see Obama in pink underwear.

(Sheriff Joe is an icon in Arizona (Maricopa County.) The pot bellied little twit can get away with any corruption and any lunacy and still get re-elected. If your headed for Arizona, skip Phoenix and go to Tucson or Flagstaff).

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By PatrickHenry, May 22, 2012 at 5:02 pm Link to this comment

Sheriff Joe needs to get back to what he is getting paid for and stop acting like a Fox News ‘journalist’.

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By Octopodian, May 22, 2012 at 3:52 pm Link to this comment

I would like to see Sheriff Arpaio consult with Andrew
Breitbart as soon as possible.

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By diamond, May 22, 2012 at 3:29 pm Link to this comment

See you there Gerard. I hope by then Sheriff Joe will be in one of those electrified pens that ‘pastor’ wants to put gays and lesbians in. The biggest threat to the truth is Sheriff Joe himself. He and all the others like him have had the truth presented to them repeatedly but they just don’t want to believe that someone like Barack Obama is an American. I can see their problem. He’s not white yet he’s well educated, he’s articulate, he’s well traveled and he is an intellectual. To Sheriff Joe he’s not only not American, he’s an alien life form.

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By Richard, May 22, 2012 at 3:19 pm Link to this comment
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I’m very glad that I don’t live in the US; American politics has become a farce, a mockery of democracy. I suppose if nothing else Americans are providing some great humour for the rest of us to enjoy! Now, back to Sheriff Joe and the birthers! LOL

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By gerard, May 22, 2012 at 3:07 pm Link to this comment

Dear Truthdig:  I am a fringe writer, member of a small but vocal grouop of fringe writers and activists. My priority at present is doing research on aliens who may have come here from outer space to do harm to our country.  I have news for you:  Our Threats Management Office has affirmed that there are people in Arizona who, even though they hold political offices, are really unnatural born citizens from Mars.
  I can’t get into details here, but our Threats Management Office also has ammassed considerable evidence—and this will shock you even more—that white people are not really superior to people of any other color. Just thought you’d want to know. ‘Bye now. See you at the convention.

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