As the outrage over Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio's mishandling of several hundred sex crimes continues to spread, the sheriff's crusade to prove that President Barack Obama is a Kenyan version of the Manchurian Candidate wages on.
Arpaio, as we've reported, agreed to investigate the president's citizenship at the request of a local Tea Party group, and conspiracy theorist Jerome Corsi.
The sheriff explained the "investigation" to us in October. Get the details here (according to Arpaio, the details involve Hawaiian twins and microfiche. No joke).
This week, as he fended off criticism of the botched investigations, Arpaio found time for a quick interview with Corsi on the status of the bogus investigation.
"This is a serious law enforcement investigation, and our findings are going to be controversial but based in facts," Arpaio says in an article that appeared on Corsi's website, World Net Daily.
According to the sheriff, a preliminary report on the investigation will be ready in February. A more comprehensive report will follow.
When we spoke with Arpaio about the "investigation," he told us his "Cold Case Posse" has uncovered some shocking new information about whether Obama is legally qualified to be president. He refused to go into too many details, but the answer to the president's citizenship question could be answered by Hawaiian twins and microfiche, the sheriff says.
"No one has talked about microfiche. The controversy has been over the birth certificate -- maybe the numbers are not in sequence, or it's been forged; I can go on and on," Arpaio told New Times in October. "To help the president of the United States, let's go to the microfiche."
According to the sheriff, two twins -- the Nordyke twins -- were born on August 5, 1961 at the same hospital as the president. August 5, 1961, is one day after President Obama was (allegedly -- if you ask a "birther") born in Hawaii. The twins' birth certificates can be found on microfiche documents that the sheriff says are on file with the Hawaii Department of Health, or some Hawaiian government agency.
"All you have to do if you're the president is go to the Department of Health, or whatever, and release the microfiche," Arpaio says. "If his birth certificate is on that microfiche -- just like the two twins -- then he's cleared."
Meanwhile, as the sheriff plays around with the "birthers," the more than 400 botched sex crime investigations in El Mirage from 2005-2007 has resulted in multiple calls for Arpaio's resignation.
The sheriff yesterday pointed to other local law enforcement agencies with (ahem) much bigger problems than a few hundred bungled investigation.
"I'm gonna say it again: this is not unique to the sheriff's office because you can talk about four other local agencies -- who I will not identify, but I'm sure you know who they are -- who've had serious other problems just like this in the last 18 months," Arpaio said at a press conference yesterday.
As we pointed out in our post yesterday, two of the agencies the sheriff's referring to are likely the Justice Department and its flubbed "Fast and Furious" gun-running sting, and the Phoenix Police Department's recent issue with properly tallying kidnapping statistics.
The heads of each of those agencies -- former Phoenix police Chief Jack Harris and former U.S. Attorney for Arizona Dennis Burke -- had the decency to step down after the shit hit the fan.
Not Arpaio, though -- he says he has no intentions of resigning. After all, he's smack dab in the middle of a (gulp) important investigation into a continuously debunked conspiracy theory.
"The American people deserve to know the truth about Obama," Arpaio continues to WND. "We are a major law enforcement agency - one of the largest in the nation - and we have at our disposal investigative tools not generally available, even to the top private investigator in the country."
Tell that to the sex crime victims in El Mirage.
See Corsi's entire article here.
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