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Phoenix, AZ - Arizona Sheriff Probes Obama's Birth Certificate

Published on: March 1, 2012 05:57 PM
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Phoenix, AZ - America’s self-proclaimed toughest sheriff finds himself entangled these days in his own thorny legal troubles: a federal grand jury probe over alleged abuse of power, Justice Department accusations of racial profiling and revelations that his department didn’t adequately investigate hundreds of Arizona sex-crime cases.

Rather than seek cover, though, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio is seeking to grab the spotlight in the same unorthodox fashion that has helped boost his career as a nationally known lawman.

Arpaio on Thursday unveiled preliminary results of an investigation, conducted by members of his volunteer cold-case posse, into the authenticity of President Barack Obama’s birth certificate, a controversy that has been widely debunked but which remains alive in the eyes of some conservatives.

At a news conference, Arpaio said the probe revealed that there was probable cause to believe Obama’s long-form birth certificate released by the White House in April is a computer-generated forgery. He also said the selective service card completed by Obama in 1980 in Hawaii also was most likely a forgery.

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“We don’t know who the perpetrators are of these documents,” Arpaio said, although he said he doesn’t think the president forged the documents.

Earlier, the 79-year-old Republican sheriff defended his need to spearhead such an investigation after nearly 250 people connected to an Arizona tea party group requested one last summer.

“I’m not going after Obama,” said Arpaio, who has criticized the president’s administration for cutting off his federal immigration powers and conducting a civil rights investigation of his office. “I’m just doing my job.”

Some critics suggest Arpaio’s aim is to divert attention from his own legal troubles while raising his political profile as he seeks a sixth term this year. The sheriff vehemently denies such strategies are in play.

“You say I need this to get elected? Are you kidding me? I’ve been elected five times. I don’t need this,” he said in a recent interview.

Democratic state Sen. Steve Gallardo said Arpaio is pandering to relentless critics of the president.

“It doesn’t matter what President Obama does, they’ll never support him,” Gallardo said. “It’s those folks who will continue to write checks to Sheriff Joe because of this stuff.”

Arpaio’s probe comes amid a federal grand jury investigation into the sheriff’s office on criminal abuse-of-power allegations since at least December 2009, focusing on the sheriff’s anti-public corruption squad. Separately, the U.S. Justice Department has accused Arpaio’s office of racially profiling Latinos, basing immigration enforcement on racially charged citizen complaints and punishing Hispanic jail inmates for speaking Spanish. Arpaio denies the allegations and said the investigation is politically motivated.

Critics also have sought Arpaio’s resignation for more than 400 sex-crimes cases over a three-year period ending in 2007 that were either inadequately investigated or weren’t investigated at all by the sheriff’s office after the crimes were reported. The sheriff’s office said the backlog was cleared up after the problem was brought to Arpaio’s attention.

Speculation about Obama’s birthplace has swirled among conservatives for years. “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. Some contend Obama’s birth certificate must be a fake.

Hawaii officials have repeatedly confirmed Obama’s citizenship, and Obama released a copy of his long-form birth certificate in April in an attempt to quell citizenship questions. Courts also have rebuffed lawsuits over the issue. Of late, the president’s re-election campaign has poked fun at it, selling coffee cups with a picture of the president’s birth record.

On Thursday, Obama’s campaign spokesman Ben LaBolt offered a light-hearted dismissal of Arpaio’s probe — he tweeted what he referred to as a “live link” to the sheriff’s news conference, but instead provided a link to a snippet of the old conspiracy-theory based TV series, “The X-Files.”

Arpaio has said he took deliberate steps to avoid the appearance that his investigation is politically motivated. Instead of using taxpayer money, the sheriff farmed it out to lawyers and retired police officers who are volunteers in a posse that examines cold cases. Other posses assist deputies in duties that include providing free police protection at malls during the holiday season or transporting people to jail.

Even as he is under fire by the federal government, the sheriff remains popular among Republicans.

GOP presidential candidates have courted him for his endorsement throughout the primary season. At last week’s GOP presidential debate in Arizona, Arpaio won loud cheers. During a question about Arizona’s border woes, Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum said the government ought to give local police agencies the chance to enforce immigration law as Arpaio has.

Bruce Merrill, a longtime pollster and senior research fellow at Arizona State University’s Morrison Institute for Public Policy, said the subject of the investigation plays to the sheriff’s base of supporters. And, he said, it highlights Arpaio’s gift for publicity.

“It’s something that the press will cover,” Merrill said. “He’ll get a lot of exposure from it.”


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 Mar 01, 2012 at 06:35 PM Babishka Says:

This is utter breathtaking stupidity.

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 Mar 01, 2012 at 07:40 PM MidwesternGuy Says:

"a federal grand jury probe over alleged abuse of power"

The Feds are investigation Joe Arpaio for abusing power? That has to be one of the most ironic things on the planet. Next thing you know, Hostess and McDonalds will conduct a joint investigation of obesity.

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 Mar 01, 2012 at 08:28 PM Anonymous Says:

I'm one of the biggest fans of VIN and admire its editorial judgement but this is clearly not a story that warrants coverage. This guy has shown himself to be a mindless, self-promoting racist who panders to a de minimus percentage of the population who share those views. Even the most ardent Obama haters on this site have enough sechel not to give credence to anything this guys says so not clear why its worth covering (even with an Asssociated Press byline).

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 Mar 01, 2012 at 08:32 PM Anonymous Says:

There are just too may questions about his background and family.

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 Mar 01, 2012 at 08:40 PM UseYourHead Says:

Reply to #1  
Babishka Says:

This is utter breathtaking stupidity.

I'll bet you didn't watch the presentation. You probably don't care about facts, and frankly the details would probably go right over your head anyway. I did watch the presentation. The findings of the investigation show CONCLUSIVELY that ALL *known* documentation evincing Barack's eligibility for the Presidency (such as the purported long-form birth certificate provided by the White House after much delay) consists of FORGERIES. If you watch the presentation and don't get confused by all the facts contained therein, this is demonstrated beyond a shadow of a doubt. Obama's Presidency is nothing short of a fraud upon the American people. Sadly, most leftists I know don't care much for such "facts" and would rather try to poke at the sheriff by questioning his political motives. This, in turn, demonstrates that these folks are idiots. Facts are facts.

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 Mar 01, 2012 at 08:45 PM MosheM Says:

Arpaio might be a nutcase, but he takes good care of illegal immigrants. This is why the highly politicized Obama DOJ is going after him.
Obama won't be able to get illegal immigrants to vote for him in Maricopa county.

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 Mar 01, 2012 at 08:46 PM UseYourHead Says:

Reply to #3  
Anonymous Says:

I'm one of the biggest fans of VIN and admire its editorial judgement but this is clearly not a story that warrants coverage. This guy has shown himself to be a mindless, self-promoting racist who panders to a de minimus percentage of the population who share those views. Even the most ardent Obama haters on this site have enough sechel not to give credence to anything this guys says so not clear why its worth covering (even with an Asssociated Press byline).

Why attack the messenger? Why not watch the presentation and judge for yourself? Oh, I know - because you are a liberal and are not capable of independent thought. I feel sorry for you.

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 Mar 01, 2012 at 08:52 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #3  
Anonymous Says:

I'm one of the biggest fans of VIN and admire its editorial judgement but this is clearly not a story that warrants coverage. This guy has shown himself to be a mindless, self-promoting racist who panders to a de minimus percentage of the population who share those views. Even the most ardent Obama haters on this site have enough sechel not to give credence to anything this guys says so not clear why its worth covering (even with an Asssociated Press byline).

You sound like a Paid political operative!

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 Mar 01, 2012 at 09:05 PM eighthcomment Says:

Its a forgery-it only took him a year to produce

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 Mar 01, 2012 at 09:48 PM PMOinFL Says:

Reply to #5  
UseYourHead Says:

I'll bet you didn't watch the presentation. You probably don't care about facts, and frankly the details would probably go right over your head anyway. I did watch the presentation. The findings of the investigation show CONCLUSIVELY that ALL *known* documentation evincing Barack's eligibility for the Presidency (such as the purported long-form birth certificate provided by the White House after much delay) consists of FORGERIES. If you watch the presentation and don't get confused by all the facts contained therein, this is demonstrated beyond a shadow of a doubt. Obama's Presidency is nothing short of a fraud upon the American people. Sadly, most leftists I know don't care much for such "facts" and would rather try to poke at the sheriff by questioning his political motives. This, in turn, demonstrates that these folks are idiots. Facts are facts.

What "facts" are you talking about?

The sheriff never states that any of this information is factual. He states there are "suspicions" and "enough for probable cause".

In fact, NO facts at all were presented. There was some speculation and some possible inconsistencies, but not even this sheriff (with a long history of racism) could tell you that ANYTHING was factual.

The only "facts" in this story were:

1. The sheriff stated that he has absolutely no evidence whatsoever to show that Obama forged any documents.
2. The sheriff, contrary to your claim, NEVER says that any document is a forgery. It says they "could be". That is speculation, not fact. You should learn the difference.

As a card-carrying member of the Conservative Party, you are an embarrassment to intellectual Conservatives everywhere. Your extreme lack of knowledge, your inability to distinguish fact from speculation or opinion is the mark of an imbecile.

You claim that this presentation included "facts", but in the end it had NONE. You should go learn what the word "fact" means and stop embarrassing yourself.

This known racist sheriff is only out to divert attention from his own crimes.

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 Mar 01, 2012 at 10:24 PM JOTHEPROFESSOR Says:

Let's all remember that the Honolulu newspapers eeported the birth of (future) President Obama at the timde of his birth. To believe this fake would require you to believe peopke travelled backwards thyrough timke to insert thr announcement.

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 Mar 02, 2012 at 02:04 AM leahle Says:

Reply to #11  
JOTHEPROFESSOR Says:

Let's all remember that the Honolulu newspapers eeported the birth of (future) President Obama at the timde of his birth. To believe this fake would require you to believe peopke travelled backwards thyrough timke to insert thr announcement.

ah, but that would be factual and logical. not gonna get you far with this crowd.

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 Mar 02, 2012 at 05:54 AM Techie Says:

Reply to #11  
JOTHEPROFESSOR Says:

Let's all remember that the Honolulu newspapers eeported the birth of (future) President Obama at the timde of his birth. To believe this fake would require you to believe peopke travelled backwards thyrough timke to insert thr announcement.

... or made it look as though it was authentic. Have you never heard of Photoshop or similar software products? Electronic proof is not necessarily reliable.

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 Mar 02, 2012 at 06:59 AM qazxc Says:

Reply to #11  
JOTHEPROFESSOR Says:

Let's all remember that the Honolulu newspapers eeported the birth of (future) President Obama at the timde of his birth. To believe this fake would require you to believe peopke travelled backwards thyrough timke to insert thr announcement.

You're letting facts get in the way of your opinions. The 'gedolim' of talk radio have already instructed us sheep how to think and have told us Obama is bad.

Repeat after me - bad, bad, bad.

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 Mar 02, 2012 at 07:20 AM Shula Says:

Reply to #3  
Anonymous Says:

I'm one of the biggest fans of VIN and admire its editorial judgement but this is clearly not a story that warrants coverage. This guy has shown himself to be a mindless, self-promoting racist who panders to a de minimus percentage of the population who share those views. Even the most ardent Obama haters on this site have enough sechel not to give credence to anything this guys says so not clear why its worth covering (even with an Asssociated Press byline).

Selective coverage is just another page out of the Communist playbook. You should take your head out of the sand, dear Anonymous.

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 Mar 02, 2012 at 07:29 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #11  
JOTHEPROFESSOR Says:

Let's all remember that the Honolulu newspapers eeported the birth of (future) President Obama at the timde of his birth. To believe this fake would require you to believe peopke travelled backwards thyrough timke to insert thr announcement.

This would be a strong argument except for one thing: There are plenty of reasons why someone, even in the early 1960's, would for other reasons besides becoming President register a baby so that it's considered a US citizen.

Let us know if you can't think of any, Professor.

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 Mar 02, 2012 at 07:33 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #10  
PMOinFL Says:

What "facts" are you talking about?

The sheriff never states that any of this information is factual. He states there are "suspicions" and "enough for probable cause".

In fact, NO facts at all were presented. There was some speculation and some possible inconsistencies, but not even this sheriff (with a long history of racism) could tell you that ANYTHING was factual.

The only "facts" in this story were:

1. The sheriff stated that he has absolutely no evidence whatsoever to show that Obama forged any documents.
2. The sheriff, contrary to your claim, NEVER says that any document is a forgery. It says they "could be". That is speculation, not fact. You should learn the difference.

As a card-carrying member of the Conservative Party, you are an embarrassment to intellectual Conservatives everywhere. Your extreme lack of knowledge, your inability to distinguish fact from speculation or opinion is the mark of an imbecile.

You claim that this presentation included "facts", but in the end it had NONE. You should go learn what the word "fact" means and stop embarrassing yourself.

This known racist sheriff is only out to divert attention from his own crimes.

The fact is that Mr. Obama has sealed all his documents. In addition, there is probable cause (substantiated suspicion) to believe that the birth certificate pdf file that was reluctantly produced after a year and a half is a forgery. Please stop labeling people "racist" when all they ask is for is regular basic vetting which has been made impossible during the election and the lack of which has been throughly covered up by subservient, ideologically driven party organs that our media has turned into. Otherwise one may surmise that the only reason Mr. Obama got elected WAS his race.
Sheriff Arpaio is also simply under suspicion; yet you have no qualms mentioning his "crimes."
Dear VIN, please surprise me by approving this comment, will you?

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 Mar 02, 2012 at 07:38 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #11  
JOTHEPROFESSOR Says:

Let's all remember that the Honolulu newspapers eeported the birth of (future) President Obama at the timde of his birth. To believe this fake would require you to believe peopke travelled backwards thyrough timke to insert thr announcement.

Right. What about Mr Obama's transcripts? Also a newspaper report is great, but what about hospital records and civil registry (or its Hawaian equivalent) documents. Why not simply release them? I repeat, why are Mr. Obama's basic documents, such as college transcripts, sealed? Give me one good reason.

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 Mar 02, 2012 at 09:22 AM Anonymous Says:

I think we've said enough about the dumb yidden (and goyim) who are grasping for some ray of hope while their candidates trash one another daily and assure that Obama is elected to another term. Within a year, we will be laughing and mocking at archived versions of your "birther posts" while celebrating Obama's victory. A guten shabbos.

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 Mar 02, 2012 at 11:00 AM qazxc Says:

Reply to #17  
Anonymous Says:

The fact is that Mr. Obama has sealed all his documents. In addition, there is probable cause (substantiated suspicion) to believe that the birth certificate pdf file that was reluctantly produced after a year and a half is a forgery. Please stop labeling people "racist" when all they ask is for is regular basic vetting which has been made impossible during the election and the lack of which has been throughly covered up by subservient, ideologically driven party organs that our media has turned into. Otherwise one may surmise that the only reason Mr. Obama got elected WAS his race.
Sheriff Arpaio is also simply under suspicion; yet you have no qualms mentioning his "crimes."
Dear VIN, please surprise me by approving this comment, will you?

Communists and fascists like to stifle dissenting opinions.

Which are you?

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 Mar 02, 2012 at 11:55 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #20  
qazxc Says:

Communists and fascists like to stifle dissenting opinions.

Which are you?

??? What are you talking about? A non-sequitur if ever I saw one.

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 Mar 02, 2012 at 01:52 PM PMOinFL Says:

Reply to #17  
Anonymous Says:

The fact is that Mr. Obama has sealed all his documents. In addition, there is probable cause (substantiated suspicion) to believe that the birth certificate pdf file that was reluctantly produced after a year and a half is a forgery. Please stop labeling people "racist" when all they ask is for is regular basic vetting which has been made impossible during the election and the lack of which has been throughly covered up by subservient, ideologically driven party organs that our media has turned into. Otherwise one may surmise that the only reason Mr. Obama got elected WAS his race.
Sheriff Arpaio is also simply under suspicion; yet you have no qualms mentioning his "crimes."
Dear VIN, please surprise me by approving this comment, will you?

You must still believe people like Donald Trump when he claimed that nobody at Columbia University ever knew Obama.... that was until 73 people including classmates and professors came forward. Please list EXACTLY what documents are "sealed" that you are entitled to see.

Secondly, this sheriff is a KNOWN racist... and what I mean by that is he was a member of two white supremacist groups in the past. You should do your research. Now that was not uncommon at the time as racism was driven by the fear of the day. However, he has NOT denounced it... even after being asked to.

Third, no President has *EVER* been asked to provide any more documentation than Obama gave before becoming a candidate.

Because you are ignorant, you may not be aware that the state of Hawaii does not give out long-form birth certificates. They're not Public Record, but being such a 'conservative' guy, I'm sure you were happy to respect those States' Rights when they verified Obama's short-form certificate (sarcasm intended). The State's Attorney argued a loophole that allowed for the release. Obama had nothing to do with it.

Your ignorance is sad and makes you the prey of propagandists. How shameful!

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 Mar 02, 2012 at 02:43 PM Shula Says:

Here is a list. Plus papers published in Harvard Law Review, if any. Stick to the merit, please.
1) 1961 long-form, original, signed birth certificate
2) Marriage license between Obama’s father (Barak Sr.) and mother
(Stanley Ann Dunham) — not found, not released
3) Obama’s baptism records — sealed
4) Obama’s adoption records — sealed
5) Records of Obama’s and his mother’s repatriation as U.S. citizens
on return from Indonesia — not found, not released
6) Name change (Barry Sotero to Barack Hussein Obama) records — not
found, not released
7) Noelani Elementary School (Hawaii) — not released
8 ) Punahou School financial aid or school records — not released
9) Occidental College financial aid records — not released.
10) Columbia College records — not released
11) Columbia senior thesis — not released
12) Harvard Law School records — not released
13) Obama’s law client list — sealed
14) Obama’s files from career as an Illinois state senator — sealed
15) Obama’s record with Illinois State Bar Association — sealed
16) Obama’s medical records — not released
17) Obama’s passport records — not released

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 Mar 02, 2012 at 03:37 PM qazxc Says:

Reply to #23  
Shula Says:

Here is a list. Plus papers published in Harvard Law Review, if any. Stick to the merit, please.
1) 1961 long-form, original, signed birth certificate
2) Marriage license between Obama’s father (Barak Sr.) and mother
(Stanley Ann Dunham) — not found, not released
3) Obama’s baptism records — sealed
4) Obama’s adoption records — sealed
5) Records of Obama’s and his mother’s repatriation as U.S. citizens
on return from Indonesia — not found, not released
6) Name change (Barry Sotero to Barack Hussein Obama) records — not
found, not released
7) Noelani Elementary School (Hawaii) — not released
8 ) Punahou School financial aid or school records — not released
9) Occidental College financial aid records — not released.
10) Columbia College records — not released
11) Columbia senior thesis — not released
12) Harvard Law School records — not released
13) Obama’s law client list — sealed
14) Obama’s files from career as an Illinois state senator — sealed
15) Obama’s record with Illinois State Bar Association — sealed
16) Obama’s medical records — not released
17) Obama’s passport records — not released

What do you mean by sealed?

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 Mar 04, 2012 at 11:44 AM PMOinFL Says:

Reply to #23  
Shula Says:

Here is a list. Plus papers published in Harvard Law Review, if any. Stick to the merit, please.
1) 1961 long-form, original, signed birth certificate
2) Marriage license between Obama’s father (Barak Sr.) and mother
(Stanley Ann Dunham) — not found, not released
3) Obama’s baptism records — sealed
4) Obama’s adoption records — sealed
5) Records of Obama’s and his mother’s repatriation as U.S. citizens
on return from Indonesia — not found, not released
6) Name change (Barry Sotero to Barack Hussein Obama) records — not
found, not released
7) Noelani Elementary School (Hawaii) — not released
8 ) Punahou School financial aid or school records — not released
9) Occidental College financial aid records — not released.
10) Columbia College records — not released
11) Columbia senior thesis — not released
12) Harvard Law School records — not released
13) Obama’s law client list — sealed
14) Obama’s files from career as an Illinois state senator — sealed
15) Obama’s record with Illinois State Bar Association — sealed
16) Obama’s medical records — not released
17) Obama’s passport records — not released

See... I asked the question in a very specific way. I asked you what documents have been sealed that you are ENTITLED to see.

1 - You have seen the only records you are ALLOWED to see under HI State law. It is ILLEGAL to provide you with anything else. If you were an actual Conservative (capital C) you would respect that such record keeping was left to the states in the Constitution.

# 2, 3, 4 are not "sealed", you are just not entitled to see them and you never were. His Baptism record, however would be available if his church had held on to those records.

# 5 does not exist as they never gave up their US citizenship, no matter what conspiracy theorists will tell you about having to be an Indonesian citizen to register for school there (it is NOT true).

# 6 does not exist. His legal name never was "Barry". Another lie from the blogosphere.

#7 the school stated they don't keep records going back that far.

#8 the school stated they don't keep such records going back that far.

#9 Occidental college DID address the financial aid Obama got and showed that Obama did not get the "foreign student" aid that bloggers were claiming

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 Mar 04, 2012 at 12:00 PM PMOinFL Says:

Reply to #23  
Shula Says:

Here is a list. Plus papers published in Harvard Law Review, if any. Stick to the merit, please.
1) 1961 long-form, original, signed birth certificate
2) Marriage license between Obama’s father (Barak Sr.) and mother
(Stanley Ann Dunham) — not found, not released
3) Obama’s baptism records — sealed
4) Obama’s adoption records — sealed
5) Records of Obama’s and his mother’s repatriation as U.S. citizens
on return from Indonesia — not found, not released
6) Name change (Barry Sotero to Barack Hussein Obama) records — not
found, not released
7) Noelani Elementary School (Hawaii) — not released
8 ) Punahou School financial aid or school records — not released
9) Occidental College financial aid records — not released.
10) Columbia College records — not released
11) Columbia senior thesis — not released
12) Harvard Law School records — not released
13) Obama’s law client list — sealed
14) Obama’s files from career as an Illinois state senator — sealed
15) Obama’s record with Illinois State Bar Association — sealed
16) Obama’s medical records — not released
17) Obama’s passport records — not released

Continued....

# 10, 11 &12; are not sealed. Your records at a PRIVATE college are not public. The school WON'T and Obama is having far too much fun batting the crazies around like a cat playing with a ball of yarn with this issue - much to the amusement of 80% of the country! That being said, his writings for the Harvard Law Review were PUBLISHED and widely distributed.

#13 You can go look at cases where Obama was the attorney of record and compile your own "client list" if you really want to. THAT is public record. You could be the "genius" who "exposes" the President! (Or, more likely, you'll be seen as a crazy, paranoid, conspiracy theorist)

#14 Those files are sealed by STATE LAW and, after review for security, will be made public as the State of Illinois has their own, more liberal, "freedom of information act."

#15 The Bar Assoc. has sealed NOTHING. He had no judicial reviews or complaints against him, as they stated.

#16&15; You are not entitled to either one of those things, under FEDERAL law.

Conservatism is hurt by conspiracy theorists like yourself. It is humiliating to us Conservatives to see such idiocy & ignorance spewed wrongfully in our name. SHAME!

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