The lead investigator in Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s ongoing quest to discover the truth about Barack Obama’s birth certificate told a radio host today his team found the origin of the phantom numbers on the document and the revelation only casts further doubts on the veracity of the paperwork. Lead investigator Mike Zullo was speaking on “Aaron Klein Investigative Radio” on New York’s WABC Radio about a faded set of puzzling, handwritten codes that appear on the .pdf document the White House released as Obama’s purported birth certificate. “Those numerical values on that document, they looked like pencil markings to us,” Zullo explained. “Nobody really knew what they were.” But while in Hawaii, Zullo told host Aaron Klein, his team was able to track down the “local registrar” signed to the document, a now 95-year-old woman named Verna Lee, who helped clarify the codes’ meaning. “We discovered that the procedure for the department of health was to take a birth certificate, check it for accuracy and then code it with numerical values in some of the fields, such as ‘fathers race’ or ‘type of business or employment,’” Zullo explained.
“They would take these numerical values that have designators to identify that information, then the federal government would take that information and put those numerical values on magnetic tape for their own census information.” Zullo explained that before a birth certificate was accepted and filed, it was double-checked for accuracy and the handwritten codes supplied to the federal government for demographic and birth statistics. The number 9 marked in the box containing Obama’s father’s race, however, presents a problem. “The values were curious,” Zullo told Klein. “If you look at Mr. Obama Sr.’s race, the box says ‘African,’ and that’s always been a point of contention, because in the ’60s ‘African’ wasn’t a race designator. Next to it is the number 9. We learned the statistical codings in the 1960s for the federal government – and actually through the remainder of the decade – number 9 stands for unstated or information not supplied.” Therefore, Zullo explained, when the number 9 shows up, there wouldn’t have been anything entered into the field, not “African” or “Black” or “Negro” – it would have been left blank. The same anomaly appears in the field for the father’s “kind of business or industry”: It’s marked with a 9, so it ought to be blank, but contains the word “University.” Zullo told Klein he asked Lee if the pair of 9s could be an administrative error. Her reported answer? “Not on my watch.” “It’s really highly, highly improbable that two people are going to mismark a document, especially with the number 9. We are sure that number 9s were prevalent in Hawaii with a lot of missing information, especially on single parent births,” Zullo said. ”So it’s going to be extremely hard to press the issue and say, ‘Well, it was a clerical mistake.’ According to [Lee], it didn’t happen.” Arpaio, whose Cold Case Posse investigators held a news conference last week to report evidence confirms the birth certificate image released by the White House in 2011 is fraudulent, asserts the anomaly of the phantom codes is only one of several problems indicating the image was altered. “This document cannot survive judicial scrutiny,” Zullo told Klein. “The document fails every investigational test and will fail legal scrutiny, and we are confident that if you put this .pdf on trial, we can defeat it in the court of law. It can never be authenticated.”