"God’s Birther: The Fractal Failures of Carl Gallups"-Part IX

By Frank Arduini

Be Vewy,VVewy Vewy Quietewy Quiet. We’we Hunting Obots!

Carl Gallups was in a reflective mood. Not necessarily because he wanted to be. And certainly not because it came to him either naturally or easily. Gallups was in a reflective mood because he had been confronted by a disgruntled birther in a public forum and had no choice but to reflect.

On September 11, 2013 Carl Gallups was appearing on one of the latest of the birther internet radio shows to metastasize across the World Wide Web, Mike Volin’s baroquely named wheresobamasbirthcertificateXcom show. A loyal listener named Ed had called in to observe that:

A lot of us don’t feel like Zullo and Team Arpaio that they’re moving with this thing. They’re not stepping up with this thing and taking action. Because, you know, we remember way back, what was it? February? March? When you and Mike Zullo went to CPAC? Yeah, well, you know. About that time we heard you and some from Zullo too, you know, so many VIPs were coming on board, these were wealthy VIPs and they could move this thing into a state and federal court. And they had the power to get this into the media and make this thing move. And it’s been like six months or so, and we’ve seen absolutely nothing, Carl. Absolutely zero.

Gallups was in a tough spot. It was not his own show, so he knew he couldn’t smugly change the subject or accuse the caller of being an Obot. Volin had already vouched for Ed as somebody he “works with.” Ed’s account was certainly on the money, and far more accurate than the alternative version Gallups was about to spin up. But the faithful were listening, and Gallups needed to put lipstick on this pig. The result was almost unrecognizable to anyone who had been paying attention to the previous months of Posse “progress.”

Gallups began, of course, by repeating Arpaio’s silly claim (believed by exactly no one) that his original intention for launching the investigation had been to “vindicate Obama.” He then repeated the equally false assertion that “The news media shut it down and refused to report it.” In reality of course, the news media did report it; but simply not in the way Gallups would have preferred.

At that point, Gallups launched into a version of history that managed to actually contradict pretty much everything he had been saying himself for the previous year and a half:

So immediately Arpaio starts, you know, trying to get a hold of congressmen and federal courts and all of his connections to deal with this and nobody will, will touch it. So, so, for, it went on hold for about a year and a half. I mean, they kept investigating. They kept digging. They kept finding more and more stuff. They were overwhelmed how deep and dark and dirty this thing went. But nobody would touch it.

Trying to align this account with the actual timeline runs into an immediate rending of the time-space continuum as well as irreconcilable contradictions with both known facts and Gallups’ own prior claims. The first Posse press conference was on the first day of March, 2012. A “year and a half” afterwards would take us all the way to September 1, 2013… less than two weeks prior to the moment Gallups was speaking. Certainly, Gallups could not really have been claiming that nothing had actually happened until just ten days prior.

And Arpaio’s general disinterest in the birth certificate “investigation” had by that point become painfully clear. The last time he had been coaxed into a discussion specifically about Zullo’s work was the Freedom Friday interview months earlier during which he admitted that he hadn’t even bothered to read the Reed Hayes report. When the subject came up (generally in the course of interviews on other subjects) the Sheriff invariably glossed over it with platitudes of support while never hinting he had a clue regarding the details. And nowhere in the months of florid hand-waiving by Zullo or Gallups was there even a hint that

Arpaio had ever lifted a finger to contact any let alone “all of his connections” to help.
But even more significantly, during that entire period Gallups had insisted almost non-stop that large numbers of “VIPs with standing” were already on board or getting there, and that they were “making promises” to get the investigation moved to “a higher level.” It was during that period that Gallups had promised the first “huge announcement” prior to the Electoral College certification. It was during that period that he launched the first of his “Plan Bs.” It was during that period he had announced the “Big Plan A.” And if we take his claim of “a year and a half” literally, that window would also include the trip to CPAC, followed by the trip to CSPOA.

And even that only accounted for thirteen months.

All that time Gallups had been reassuring his listeners again and again that “progress (was) being made,” that “important players” were involved, that “monumental” things were about to break that would “grab national and international attention.” Now suddenly he was telling them that none of that had been true. For that entire time things had actually been “on hold,” during which “nobody would touch it.”

One sentence later Gallups leaped back though the wormhole and suddenly was in March again.

And then remember, Ed, you said “Way back in March.” Well, (Laughing) that’s just been a handful of months ago. When remember, prior to that nothing was happening. Nothing was moving. Nobody would talk to anybody about it. But just a handful of months ago Mike Zullo and I decided we’d make one last ditch effort and try to bring some people on board.

This of course was a reference to the CPAC trip, a trip that even Zullo had slipped up at least twice prior to call “a fishing expedition.” Gallups now confirmed that dismal assessment. And it was the period since that meeting that Ed had called “absolutely nothing, Carl. Absolutely zero.” It was about to get a completely different interpretation by Gallups.

Ed. And so we did, and I believe God opened some doors and led us into the, into the, uh, offices of people who finally listened to us. Congressman Steve Stockman was one of ‘em who sat down with us for hours. There were others. And uh, and so, the bottom line is, Ed, here’s where we are now. The investigation is still going forward. We have persons of interest now. Mike Zullo is on top of this every day.

In short, Gallups really had nothing to tell Ed or the other listeners that was different from what he had been telling them the whole time that (he had just admitted) nothing had actually been taking place.

After a passing slap at the Xerox workflow, offering a long string of excuses for congressional inaction, and completely pretending that the CSPOA affair had never happened at all, Gallups then gave the first hint that they were already anticipating the failure of the “Big Plan A.”

I can promise you that Mike Zullo, Sheriff Arpaio, are going to move it forward as far as they can take it. Their goal is to get it to a Congressional investigation. If that happens it will blow this thing wide open. If it doesn’t happen, let’s say Stockman backs out, or some other congressmen back out, let’s say everybody just gets cold feet and doesn’t deal with it , then we have a Plan B. And I don’t want to give it all away right now. But Zullo and Arpaio have talked about it at length. Mike and I have talked about it. Other people who are involved in this. We have a Plan B to get every piece of evidence that they have, and it’s amazing what they have that they haven’t even released not counting the affidavit that’s been released with 200 points of evidence, uh, but they will release every bit of it in a multi-faceted releasing fashion.

This thing is moving along. It’s getting deeper and deeper and darker and darker. And, and people are making promises to us that they’re going to move it to a Congressional investigation and all we can do is wait for them to keep their promise. If they keep it, you will see the results of it. If they don’t keep it, then Mike Zullo has a Plan B.

Right. It was moving along, but they already were preparing for it to go nowhere. Only halfway through the “three to six month” window of the “Big Plan A,” they were spinning their wheels and they knew it. Frankly, any talk of lettered plans had by this point devolved into unrefined farce. The only observations that can be made with any confidence at this point is that being planful was not among the virtues of either Gallups or Zullo. None of their “definitive plans of action” had managed to survive first contact with reality. Instead of following any plans, they had leaped from one “fishing expedition” to the next, counting on divine intervention to make up for their own inability to get any influential person to take them seriously. What would follow now would be not be a Plan B to “release every bit of it in a multi-faceted releasing fashion,” but instead an equally ineffective and amateurish attempt at vendetta.

Gallups had telegraphed his rising irritation at the end of August when he had referred to the Obots as his “prime suspects” and spoke of “the whole other branch of investigation” being opened up. The Birther Report posted that audio clip the next day under the headline, “Team Arpaio: Obamabots Now SUSPECTS?! Obots going CRAZY over Obama Fraud Case!” In a mere six days the Obots had gone from being “completely irrelevant” to the focus of Posse attention. If anyone needed an indication of how severely stung Zullo and Arpaio had been by the Xerox workflow, that was it.

The online responses of the two communities (Birther and Obot) could not have been more complementary. The comment sections of birther blogs filled with celebration over the impending imprisonment of the Obots for crimes that to this point neither Zullo nor Callups were able to describe. Simultaneously on the Obot forums and blogs, commenters speculated giddily (and often jealously) over who among them would be targeted by the Posse’s crack team of investigators.

Gallups’ initial comments indicated that NBC’s team would be near the top of that list. The birther rank and file made no mystery of their hopes that it would instead be headed by Bill Bryan (“Foggy”) of The Fogbow and Kevin Davidson (“Dr. Conspiracy”) of the Obama Conspiracy Theories Blog. But both Bryan and Davidson were non-anonymous and therefore difficult for Gallups or Zullo to portray as criminal types. NBC’s team on the other hand offered two Obots who were not only anonymous, but one of them had already also proved willing to directly invade the birther echo chamber. That of course was RC of the Reality Check Radio Blog.

On September 6th, in response to the hints from Gallups that RC was the most persistent thorn in his side and therefore worthy of labeling a “person of interest,” RC called Zullo directly to ask. When RC declined to break his veil of anonymity, Zullo hung up. By the time RC called back to try again, Zullo had managed to call Gallups and surreptitiously conference him in. In perfect symmetry, RC recorded the conversation.

The call itself is actually not particularly edifying. RC repeatedly asks if he is a person of interest. Zullo refuses to answer until such time as RC provides “valid United States identifiable background information checked identification.” (Hey, no one ever said that Zullo couldn’t string together large numbers of redundant adjectives.) In the back and forth that followed each managed to get in an insult or two, Zullo reaffirmed that his straw man standard for the Xerox workflow is “one push of a button” and the call ends.

Later that same day, RC’s call became a subject of discussion on Freedom Friday, eventually also posted to PPSIMMONS as an audio clip titled, “WHAT?! Obamabot Calls Zullo and Gallups on Phone! SUSPECT IN CASE?” Gallups’ description of the conversation is on occasion in factual variance with the recording of the call, but not in a way that is very significant. What was more interesting was that it had goaded Gallups into an even more explicit version of the threat from the week before.

One of the latest developments in the Arpaio case is that the, I gotta be careful of what I say here, but that the investigation is now pointing to some people of interest who are known Obamabots. And they have been doing deep investigations of these people. And they’ve discovered some amazing ties across this land to some very important people. And that’s all I’m gonna say right now. Amazing. Here before unknown ties.

This is one of those clips where it is particularly fun to listen to Gallups’ dramatic presentation, filled with great tension and ominous import while the words actually say very little. How “deep” the alleged investigations could have been is questionable since earlier that same day Zullo had demonstrated that he had no clue who RC even is, though by the end of the clip Gallups is again hinting that RC is the key suspect. And again, the stark contradiction between Gallups’ earlier claim in the same audio clip that Obots are “irrelevant” and his final assertion that they are tied to some “very important people” strains credulity.

It was five days later that Gallup offered the caller Ed his ill considered, internally contradictory explanation for why the Posse had accomplished essentially nothing. A week and a half later, on September 23rd The Fogbow’s Bill Bryan received an email from Mike Violin who had been progressively raising his profile among the birthers in association with “Sheriff’s Kits” he had assembled from Posse materials. Bryan had offered to enter the lion’s den and give Volin a full two hour interview with the de facto “head obot” on Volin’s blogtalk radio program. Volin was turning him down.

After close consultations with members of the team it would not be prudent for me to interview you, mainly due to several obots are now the focus of a law enforcement criminal investigation this would only be a conflict due to my attachment to the Sheriff’s Kits.

The prospect of their Obot antagonists being frog-marched to prison was fresh meat to the birther rank and file. It became a fantasy of such orgasmic pleasure that it successfully distracted Ed and his brethren from the actual state of affairs. On PPSIMMONS and Freedom Friday almost nothing was heard about any new VIPs coming on board, the Xerox workflow, the birth certificate itself, or (especially) the looming deadline for culmination of “The Big Plan A.”

October 12, 2013 was the last day of the window. It was Friday, and Zullo was scheduled for a full hour on Gallups’ show. The first segment (part 1 and part 2) was spent with what was supposed to be a demonstration by Zullo of his incredible investigatory skills regarding his pursuit of the Obot “persons of interest.” Instead he merely demonstrated that he knew how to use Google but not how to interpret the results. Bloggers Bill Bryan and Kevin Davidson were his targets, and for all the effort Zullo had put into his investigations he proved unable to learn a single thing about them that was both true and not already publicly available online. Worse, he got much of what he had discovered spectacularly wrong. During this entire episode of attempted well poisoning, Gallups provided comedic relief by repeatedly being unable to tell the two of them apart.

The next segment (part 3 and part 4)commenced where the first had left off, but with the addition of Carl Gallups’ son Brandon immediately demonstrating that he was even easier to confuse than his father was. Having mentioned in the first segment that Davidson had professional experience in the design and implementation of vital statistics software, Brandon had stumbled upon an Internet joke website from the earliest days of the birther movement, “The Republic of Kenya Birth Certificate Generator.” The website had nothing whatsoever to do with Kevin Davidson, but Brandon announced that it was “Dr. Conspiracy’s website” and that he was at that moment creating a Kenyan birth certificate for Michael Zullo. It was good for a laugh, but not for Brandon Gallups’ credibility.

But it was during that second segment that Zullo effectively threw in the towel regarding the birth certificate investigation. For more than 17 months, Zullo’s entire theory of forgery had been based on the discussion of specific digital anomalies that had been found on the Whitehouse.gov PDF. Mark Gillar’s videos, Zullos presentation to the CSPOA and to Congressman Woodall, even Mike Volin’s “Sheriffs Kits” all revolved around details like the “layers,” the “halos,” and the “movable registrar’s stamp.” With all of these having been proved to be the ordinary results of an ordinary scan on a Xerox WorkCentre, Zullo was now prepared to toss that entire line of inquiry under the bus. He did so with a comment that even Gallups seemed unprepared to hear:

Let me say something Carl. You know we have been focused on this issue and, you know, your listeners, everybody is so intently focused on the birth certificate. And I just really want to make it clear. The birth certificate as it’s, in the form that it is now, a PDF file is absolutely of no evidentiary value. It’s useless. And it doesn’t really matter to an extent other than from a conspiratorial standpoint in the commission of felonies. It doesn’t matter about all these anomalies because this thing has no evidentiary value. It is nothing. It is absolutely nothing, and the American people were shown absolutely nothing.

The admission was so shocking to the birther audience that upon returning from break, Gallups knew he had a fire that desperately needed to be put out.

Listen, we’ve had several callers during the break that were just freaking out about a statement you made. I want to give you an opportunity to straighten that out. That you made a statement that the birth certificate, the PDF birth certificate file is “of no evidentiary value.” I knew exactly what you mean by that, but make it very clear for our listeners.

Instead of the restatement Gallups was hoping for, Zullo dug in deeper. Zullo was even more explicit that the entire basis of the previous two plus years of Posse work, the anomalies, were no long an issue that would work for them

The PDF file in its present form, in other words as a PDF file, an image is of no evidentiary value. In other words you cannot take that PDF file and use it as a legitimate birth certificate. ‘Cause it just isn’t. You need a hard copy document that has a state seal on it and registrar’s stamps that could be verified to some level. And this thing just doesn’t do that. So constantly, you know, shifting gears and looking at this anomaly and that anomaly, look. We know the anomalies are there. We know this thing’s plagued with problems. That’s not the issue any longer. The fact is it has no evidentiary value as a birth certificate.

This was essentially the exact thing Obots had been saying since the first birther theory of forgery was raised following the April 27, 2011 release. It was the first observation made by almost all of the actual digital document experts who had commented on it. The entire exercise of trying to prove the forgery of a paper document based upon an analysis of its digital image had always been a fool’s errand. Every birther “analyst” from Mara Zebest to Reed Hayes was trying to analyze a document that none of them had ever even seen.

Now that the Xerox workflow had eviscerated the Posse’s work, Zullo (though not Gallups) finally realized the wisdom of that simple truth. He was now taking the position that anomalies didn’t matter at all, so what would it matter that the Obots could prove them all to be completely ordinary? The Whitehouse.com PDF no longer actually even mattered at all.
Gallups was audibly panicked. With Zullo having failed to salvage the investigation with a second try, Gallups desperately tried to put words in his mouth.

It is not a birth certificate. It is fabricated fraudulent mess … And so what you meant by “it has no evidentiary value” is the fact that it’s just a useless piece of paper. But that does not take away from the fact that there is criminal activity in the fabrication of it and the presentation of it as his, uh, as his identifying document. I mean somebody forged a document. Somebody created a document. Somebody committed some felonies. So, it is of criminal value but it’s no evidentiary value as far as him taking that, or anybody taking it and using it as a birth certificate. Did I say that correctly?

In response, Zullo did what he does best. He sidestepped the question so deftly that it must have left Gallups’ head spinning.

Yeah, you can print that thing out a thousand times and it’s never worth anything more than the paper it’s printed on.

The rest of the program contained a few moderately interesting exchanges about more Obots and the Xerox workflow, and an entertaining call to the show from Bill Bryan himself. But the damage was done. The birth certificate forgery argument had been completely conceded and would never again take center stage except within the general birther community, a place where lies never die. Zullo’s flaccid investigation of the Obots would continue, and as we will see later periodically would turn over more kibble to toss at the faithful. But none of it would ever manage to be at the same time interesting, damaging and true.

Perhaps the single most important detail of this October 12, 2013 Freedom Friday broadcast was the thing it never said. At the sign off of the show, Gallups “Big Plan A” ended with even less fanfare than the world does in a T.S. Eliot poem. As the fall of 2013 broke across the country, the Posse “investigation” entered its third year with nothing to show for its effort. What could possibly be next?

Other of course than for the shattering of the entire universe?

To be continued…

[RC: This is the ninth in a series of guest articles by Frank Arduini. Here is Part VIII.]


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Probe of leak sought in McInnish case in Alabama


Fingers pointed at Sharon Rondeau, Post & Email

One of the attorneys who successfully represented the Democratic Party in Alabama recently has sent a letter to the Alabama Supreme Court to request an investigation into a potential disclosure of confidential information by none other than Chief Justice Roy Moore. The leak apparently occurred  last month concerning the decision in the McInnish v Chapman case. The letter advised the court that the Post & Email blog had reported that “ a source had spoken face to face with Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore who had told the source that ‘a decision was pending this week’”.  As it transpired a decision was indeed released the following Friday after the article ran in the Post & Email.  If the story by Sharon Rondeau is accurate this would represent a serious breech of judicial ethics and of the rules of the court committed by its Chief Justice.

Barry Ragsdale discussed this potential leak April 2nd on an episode of Reality Check Radio and indicated that in the past the Court has taken potential leaks very seriously even to the point of hiring private investigators in at least one case.

Attorney Ragsdale said he was filing the notice on his own behalf as an officer of the court who “has an ethical and professional duty to report potential judicial misconduct”.  We applaud Mr. Ragsdale for the courageous decision to report this serious violation of court rules.

We would suggest that a good place to start an investigation is to talk to Justice Moore’s very good friend and fellow author at WND, plaintiff’s counsel Larry Klayman. Chief Justice Moore and Justice Tom Parker split with the majority of the court who ruled to uphold the lower court decision to dismiss in McInnish. As Barry Ragsdale related to us on RC Radio that there was no clear legal basis for Moore’s and Parker’s dissents.

Several attorneys at the Fogbow Forum had previously suggested that Moore should have recused himself from hearing the case due to his ties to attorney Larry Klayman.

This is a copy of the letter that Mr. Ragsdale sent to the court:


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“God’s Birther: The Fractal Failures of Carl Gallups"-Part VIII

By Frank Arduini

How an obscure southern preacher became a hero to “Birthers,” a laughing stock to “Obots,” and the single worst Baptist prognosticator of the future since William Miller.

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From the first moments that amateur birther “experts” armed with Adobe Illustrator had begun to deconstruct the White House PDF and declare forgery, the response by more technically savvy observers on both sides of the political divide was to pronounce the claims nonsense. The “anomalies” being pointed at were (they asserted) the ordinary results of ordinary compression algorithms applied by ordinary computers when performing ordinary scans of ordinary paper documents. But they looked… weird. And that was all that most of the birther faithful needed to be convinced that something nefarious was afoot.

The Cold Case Posse had been riding that wave of technical ignorance from the moment it was chartered to investigate the BC. And when time came to respond to more technically competent criticism, the trump card they held closest to their vest was simple: the debunker’s arguments, no matter how compelling, were also essentially theoretical. No one had actually demonstrated that they could replicate the details of the PDF that birthers considered to be signs of fabrication. Their own “experts” had performed “more than 1200 tests” with different hardware and software, unable to come up with an innocent technical explanation, or so they claimed. It had finally even become an explicit challenge from Zullo to his naysayers:

(I)f you can show me how a one-button scan push can do this to a document, please come in; I’d love to sit here and have you show me. Nobody ever steps up to that plate.

By the end of July, it had become clear at the on-again off-again Native and Natural Born Citizenship Explored Blog that somebody was getting ready to step up to that plate. The blogger NBC had been involved in an open conversation with a commenter named Kevin Vicklund regarding the technical issues associated with the White House PDF. They had also stumbled upon a comment by a poster named JPotter at the Obama Conspiracy Theories Blog from almost a full year earlier that suggested the hardware that created the PDF might have been a Xerox WorkCentre applying Mixed Raster Compression (MRC) algorithms to a simple scan. JPotter had even pointed to a number of Xerox patents explaining the technology and how it worked. It was a brilliant observation that had for too long gone unnoticed. But no longer.

Soon, NBC and Vicklund were joined by RC of the Reality Check Radio Blog in a comprehensive analysis of the White House PDF. And rather than merely concentrating on explaining the handful of “anomalies” that captured the birther imagination, they plunged deeply into both the metadata and vestigial programming artifacts that would not simply replicate the White House PDF, but identify the PDF creation hardware/software combination to the exclusion of all others. By the time they were finished, they had met Zullo’s challenge almost completely.

I say “almost” completely because Zullo’s demand had always been a bit of a snipe hunt. He had demanded a “one-button scan push.” The Workflow discovered by NBC, Vicklund and RC actually required that button to be pushed twice.

What they had discovered was a stunningly simple four step workflow that explained every single one of the digital “anomalies” identified by birthers as signs of forgery. The original document had been “scanned to email” on a Xerox WorkCentre All-In-One Scanner/Copier/Printer using its default settings. When time came to post the PDF on line, the person responsible for posting noticed that the document had been scanned upside down. To make sure it would be right side up on the Whitehouse.gov web site, the image was opened in MAC Preview, rotated 180 degrees, and then saved again to PDF.

Four steps, two button pushes, and the PDF was fully explained. No need for forgery. No need for assembly from multiple source documents. No need to import features or alter details. Putting an even finer point on the explanation’s extremely high probability, it was also proved that the White House absolutely did possess at least one Xerox WorkCentre capable of producing the PDF. The fat lady had truly and loudly sung.

It is interesting to note the profound differences between how the NBC team’s investigation proceeded and how the Posse’s did. Zullo and Gallups were obsessed with secrecy, terrified that their information might get into the wrong hands and be used for some nefarious purposes. Every Posse act was conducted behind closed doors. Participants were sworn to confidentiality. “Expert” reports were suppressed. Challenges to evidence and conclusions were taken as personal attacks. And (they claimed) all their most powerful and important evidence was known only to them.

In contrast, NBC and team did everything in the open. They published to the web every step of the process and all their findings. They exposed their work to as broad an audience as possible, inviting and incorporating ideas and criticism as they went. They allowed opposition “researchers” to challenge their work at every turn, and went out of their way to explore and account for every birther criticism in essentially real time. While yes, they were on occasion compelled to snark, they were still a completely open book. They were the antithesis of birther paranoia and opacity.

By the beginning of August the Xerox Workflow had been so comprehensively verified and replicated that RC was ready to take the battle to the birthers. This is not to say that the general birther community was not already aware of what had been taking place on NBCs blog. Lengthy anxious discussions of the Xerox workflow could already be found in places like Free Republic as early as August 3rd. Even some hardcore birthers were shaken by the findings.

Gallups and Zullo tried to keep control of the situation by feigning complete disinterest.

On August 2, PPSIMMONS Radio released an audio clip by Gallups entitled “100% PROMISES! The Obama Fraud Case – LATEST UPDATE.” As usual it contained no update, but Gallups was not lying about the 100% promises. In barely over seven minutes, Gallups uttered the word “promise” twelve times (once every 36 seconds) trying desperately to keep alive the illusion that the “Big Plan A” was unfolding according to schedule. When all you have is lemons, you make lemonade. And when all you have are promises, you make a lot of them.

Most fascinating, though, were the signs that Gallups and Zullos confidence had been shaken by… something. Along with his promises Gallups was also offering preemptive excuses on why he would not be able to keep them. First he would promise that after several presentations to congressmen and their staffs “these congressmen are telling us that they will move forward with this information with a plan to move to a congressional investigation.” But then just moments later, he would explain that “We cannot promise you that these congressman and VIPS will do what they say they will do, or what they are intimating that they will do, or what they are saying they are planning to do. We can only tell you what they’re saying. And we can only promise you that the information that we are releasing about these meetings and their plans are accurate and truthful.”

It was as if even Gallups did not believe them.

More embarrassing was that they had lost control of their most reliable Congressional narrative; that Congressman Steve Stockman was on board and working with the Posse to commence a Congressional investigation of the President’s birth. Having connected with Stockman first at CPAC and then at CSPOA, a lot of Carl Gallups Ministry’s bandwidth had been invested in conveying the impression that they were working together as a highly coordinated team. But as July had segued into August, Stockman was talking to everybody it seemed except for Zullo and Gallups. While WND was getting “exclusive interviews” and other sources were breaking comments by Congressman Ted Yoho of Florida that Stockman was readying a “bill” on the issue, Gallups couldn’t even manage to get Stockman to reschedule the Freedom Friday appearance he had blown off months earlier. Zullo and Gallups were relegated to simple bystanders, unable to do more than comment on other people’s Stockman stories and pretend to be encouraged by the news.

Other signs indicated that the investigation was flailing. A few weeks prior, Zullo had been instructing the birther faithful to stand down from letter writing campaigns to their congress people.Suddenly, he had reversed direction and was now asking them to write those letters after all, stressing paper letters rather than e-mails. On August 16th Zullo and Gallups were back together on the Freedom Friday show to “out” Congressman Jeff Miller yet again, as if no one remembered they had already done that three and a half months prior. And while “update” after “update” offered nothing of their own initiative to report, their worst nightmare was rising out of the Obot community.

Word was getting out; the “forger” had finally been found. It was a Xerox machine.

On the August 23rd broadcast (part 1 and part 2) of Freedom Friday, Gallups and Zullo reconvened to offer their first response in a set of messages so mixed they might have been using a blender. On the one hand, they wanted to reassure the birther faithful that there was nothing to see here. They began by trying to dismiss the Obots as simultaneously “irrelevant” and engaged in “a big disinformation campaign.”

Gallups: Mike, what’s your response to these Obots, in my opinion these nobodies, these irrelevant little people, running around crying on national talk radio about how you won’t tell them anything. And you’re a professional criminal investigator in a criminal case getting information before Congress but they’re whining because you won’t tell them what you know.

Zullo: Well Carl, I think they’re delusional. I think they’re deluded that they’re some vessel of authority somewhere, I don’t know in what stratosphere. But I don’t owe them anything. I have never engaged them in two years. I don’t really pay a lot of attention to them. And what little I do know of them besides from the identities of a few and one that I am intently focused on now, um, it really just seems to me to be nothing more than a big disinformation campaign. It goes beyond even misinformation, it is disinformation. And for a definition, now its false information that is deliberately and a lot of times covertly spread in order to influence public opinion or to obscure the truth.

The two then proceeded to pay attention to the “irrelevant little people” for the entire rest of the show segment. Gallups engaged in a bit of adolescent penis waving, offended that RC (whom he would not identify by name) might consider his BlogTalk show in the same breath as Freedom Friday. Zullo (revealing that he was apparently a listener) described RCs show as “like the 1950s party line. You know they should just sit around in their feety pajamas and talk to each other.” For however “irrelevant” the Obots might have been, they were apparently living in Gallups sand Zullo’s heads rent free.

But if anybody had been expecting an actual response to the Xerox workflow, they would be disappointed. Recounting an earlier program in which an Obot had called into confront Gallups with the Xerox findings, he recounted the story and then dissembled:

Gallups: But my response was, because of what I know, I said, “I will not give any details of the criminal investigation but I can say this. That allegation that’s just made about the Xerox machine, it is of no concern to the Arpaio investigation.” I, uh, I said, “Zullo and Arpaio are miles down the road ahead of that.” And I mean, if that’s what they think is the golden bullet they are going to be sorely disappointed. Did I answer that correctly? And should we say anything else? Is there anything else you want to say or is that just kinda where it needs to be? Or if I said something wrong correct me.

Zullo: No, you answered it the way that I would answer it. It is absolutely nothing of concern to us. It is not exculpatory on any level. And there isn’t anything I’m going to say about it.

Gallups: Right.

Zullo: You know, if these people think they have exculpatory evidence, then send signed affidavits with your computer files and the experts that did the analysis and we’d be more than happy to look at it. But don’t disseminate this nonsense over the Internet and think that I have some obligation to you. Because I don’t.

The cavalier dismissal was not doing a very effective job of masking what was going on underneath the covers. They were at least concerned enough to begin laying the foundation for a fallback position on the President’s eligibility should their claims regarding the birth certificate have actually come a cropper.

Gallups: But, but you guys are way down the road ahead of this Xerox machine thing. You’re aware of it. You’re aware of every detail of their allegations. You guys have done your thing. You’re way beyond that. And your case does not rest on that. Nor does it really rest totally on the PDF. I mean there’s just so much to this that people don’t know. You’ve got three to four hundred pages of criminal investigation stuff.

Less than a week later, Gallups could not constrain himself from investing more of his time obsessing over “these irrelevant little people” and the Xerox workflow which was supposedly “of no concern.” On August 29th he released a desperately defensive PPSIMMONS Radio clip entitled “Obamabots Now SUSPECTS?! Obots going CRAZY over Obama Fraud Case!” Gallups again spent most of the clip in a pointless spasm of macho posturing regarding the size of his… audience. He repeated the bald but vacuous assertion that:

The Xerox machine that they’re talking about? It is of no consequence to this investigation. It is of no concern. Zullo and his team completely, I gotta be careful of what I say here because I don’t want to give away any information. Bottom line is they’re very aware of the whole allegation. They have investigated it to the hilt. It is of no concern. It is of no concern.

Gallups then continued with an exercise in disingenuous quibbling:

There is no machine anywhere in the world that exists wherein a birth certificate can be placed in it, the button pushed one time, and every one of the anomalies that’s on the Obama birth certificate that can be replicated exactly, and especially some of the most condemning anomalies. And that’s as far as I’m gonna go. There is no machine that exists that does that.

Of course no Obot had claimed that one machine and one button push created the White House PDF, because no one machine did. The Xerox workflow was a workflow of the sort used tens of thousands of times every day by organizations posting ordinary documents to the World Wide Web. In very few of those cases was the intent either forgery or fraud. But what came next was a bit of surprise:

The Obamabots may have found a machine that produces several anomalies that appear to be similar to those on the Obama birth certificate, but that does not derail this investigation. But let me tell you what it does do. It opens up a whole other branch of the investigation. That’s for certain.

The workflow that was of “no concern” and “no consequence” apparently had consequences after all. Even with Gallups’ obligatory weasel words, he was admitting that Obots had accomplished what until now the Posse’s “experts” had alleged was impossible. What Gallups was not admitting was that among those “several anomalies” it did explain were all of the digital anomalies that served as the core of Zullo’s press conferences, at the CSPOA conference and (as we would soon learn) in his private presentations to Congressmen.

And the “irrelevant little people” that Gallups considered delusional and that Zullo didn’t “ really pay a lot of attention to, well suddenly they were very interesting and relevant. In fact, Gallups asserted that they were his “prime suspects, from the beginning.”

I can tell you this. The Zullo investigation is now looking at persons of interest, specific people, specifically because of the Obamabots going frenetically crazy over this so-called Xerox machine evidence. So, the bottom line is, again, it is of no concern. They can keep printing their little articles and their little news rags and talk to themselves on their little party-line BlogSpot radio programs with 10 or 20 people as they scream among themselves. They can continue to call into the real radio programs and try to derail the conversation, but that’s all they can do. In the meantime a whole different line of investigation has been opened now.

By early September it was clear that the workflow which Gallups and Zullo had asserted was “of no concern” had actually been receiving a lot of attention within the Posse since at least the prior month. It was discovered that the Posse’s favored amateur digital document “expert,” Garret Papit, had already begun tests to replicate the Xerox findings. Someone stumbled upon his first attempt which had been inexplicably posted as an embarrassing YouTube in which he was unable to get his Xerox workstation to even work. When the video became the subject of much Obot mirth, it was quickly pulled.

Papit was also offered the opportunity to comment on the Xerox workflow by the Obama Conspiracy Theories Blog. After all, it was Papit’s report that was most directly and decisively eviscerated by the work of NBCs team. Apparently, the standard Posse gag order remained firmly in place. Papit demurred:

Unfortunately I’m not at liberty to discuss it at this point. But sit tight. It will be covered in due time. … Once I am allowed to discuss it I will be more than happy to address your points.

Papit either was never finally allowed to discuss it, or he ended up not quite as happy as he thought he would. He has not been heard from since.

Zullo and Gallups had for months kept up the facade that not only was their evidence of the birth certificate’s forgery 100% incontrovertible, but that every few days or so it had been augmented with more and better proof. Protected behind a wall of criminal investigatory secrecy was supposed to be evidence even more powerful than that they had first made public on March 1, 2012; evidence that the Posse was sharing only in closed door meetings with VIPs of standing who could propel the investigation forward to the level of a congressional investigation. VIPs with standing like Congressman Rob Woodall, representing Georgia’s 7th District.

Already mortally wounded by the Xerox workflow, the death rattle of the birth certificate investigation apparently took place in Representative Woodall’s office on September 6th, 2013.

According to the organizer, “(T)he meeting was established for the sole purpose of opening up a channel of communication between Rep. Woodall and Lt. Mike Zullo.” Since Zullo was joining by phone, he was not able to see an important detail of the meeting’s proceedings. While Zullo believed he was engaged in another private meeting behind closed doors, the entire discussion was actually being videotaped for eventual posting to YouTube. As the videographer would declare when he posted it three days later:

The meeting represents the first such on the record exchange having been recorded for the American public whereby Lt. Zullo as a law enforcement official is directly disclosing to a U.S. Congressman irrefutable evidence of crimes surrounding the President of the United States and his eligibility.

Within hours, Zullo frantically called the videographer [RC: this video was posted by Kevin Powell, aka "Pixel Patriot] demanding it be taken down. There was a reason why the meetings took place behind closed doors, but it was not the one that Zullo and Gallups had been asserting for months. The video exposed that real reason in all its pathetic glory. Zullo and Gallups had been lying all along.

There was no “new evidence.” There were no additional “nails in the coffin.” There was nothing that had ever been held back specifically for important meetings like this. There was only the exact same information that Zullo had announced to the press conference in Maricopa County on March 1, 2012. Zullo talked of layers. Zullo talked of how the Registrar’s Stamp could be “moved about the page.” Zullo talked only of things that the Xerox workflow had already destroyed as any real evidence of forgery. There was nothing else.

The video was quickly scrubbed without explanation. Even the article about the video posted on the Birther Report Blog was scrubbed, also without explanation. Birthers were left scratching their heads over what had just happened and why.

That moment marked a seismic shift in the Posse narrative. While neither Zullo nor Gallups would ever actually come clean regarding how decisively their birth certificate claims had been put to rest, never again would the birth certificate or “evidence of its forgery” be anything more than an embarrassed aside. All that was left on that subject was pretense. Oh… pretense and anger.

The narrative would no longer be about proving a fraud, it would now be about putting people in jail. Despite the fact that no crimes could be identified, especially now that the evidence of a forgery had been so comprehensively disproved, the birthers were out for blood. What had generally been just idle claims would now morph into idle threats.

Zullo was coming to get the Obots.

[RC: This is the eighth in a series of guest articles by Frank Arduini. Here is Part VII.

(I am particularly interested in the next article. ;)]


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"God’s Birther: The Fractal Failures of Carl Gallups"-Part VII

By Frank Arduini

How an obscure southern preacher became a hero to “Birthers,” a laughing stock to “Obots,” and the single worst Baptist prognosticator of the future since William Miller.

Reed HayesBending Like a Reed

Reed Hayes was presented to the world in a lie.

During Zullo’s CSPOA presentation on June 1, 2013, at the tail end of a video narrated by erstwhile Posse mouthpiece Mark Gillar, it was suddenly announced that:

Some of the anomalies that we have pointed out today were first discovered by a certified document examiner named Reed Hayes.

The problem with this opening assertion is that exactly none of the anomalies that were pointed out were “first discovered by… Reed Hayes.” Every single one of them was already “old news” at the time of the Posse’s first press conference in March of 2012, long before Hayes and the Posse had ever crossed paths. Hayes was being given credit for things that he did not deserve primarily because as we would quickly learn, Zullo was unwilling to give him credit for anything he did deserve. He did something. But nobody would ever learn what.

Reed Hayes was not exactly in the first string if you were trying to field a team of forensic experts. According to Zullo he was the 213th such “expert” the Posse had approached in the effort to get somebody… anybody with credentials to look at the Whitehouse PDF. To put this in perspective, the Posse could have filled out more than half the teams in the NBA before they got around to asking Hayes to play. Birthers can’t be choosers.

But let us be clear on what is certainly the most important fact regarding Reed Hayes and Posse investigation out of the gate. No one outside of the Posse has ever seen four sentences from the “Reed Hayes Report.” At the June 1st presentation Gillar quoted only two though they have been repeated ad nauseam by Gallups and Zullo ever since.

“In over 20 years of examining documentation of various types I have never seen a document that is so seriously questionable in so many respects. In my opinion the birth certificate is entirely fabricated.”

Clearly, these were useful sentences for the Posse’s purposes. A month later in another online article, Zullo would add part of a third:

“…based on my observations and findings, it is clear that the Certificate of Live Birth I examined is not a scan of an original paper birth certificate, but a digitally manufactured document created by utilizing material from various sources,”

To this day, those three (or is it two and a half?) useful sentences constitute the full extent of what has ever been disclosed from Hayes’ report. Given the desperate secrecy surrounding the rest of the report’s alleged 40 pages, it is fair to speculate that they are probably the only three useful sentences in the entire thing. Hayes cannot actually be challenged on these conclusions because there is no visibility into their context, why he reached them, or even a single one of the “respects” that he claims to have found “questionable.”

The report remains a complete bogeyman.

At the time of the original revelation of Hayes’ involvement, Zullo’s tendency to conceal exculpatory evidence was already a well established pattern. During the second Posse press conference, a passing mention was made of “tests” performed for the investigation by Tim Selaty. He was included so that Zullo could incorporate the number of “tests” he performed into a grand total number that Zullo wished to sound impressive. But Selaty’s actual report was withheld because it actually contradicted several of Zullo’s basic claims about the birth certificate. In that same press conference, Zullo also depended heavily on the alleged testimony of a retired Hawaii registrar to support claims (which were quickly proved false) regarding the numbering and coding on the President’s BC. A recording of the phone conversation from which this testimony was allegedly gleaned was claimed to exist and reporters asked if they could hear it. It still has never been released.

Reed Hayes’ actual report was likewise carefully insulated from critical scrutiny by a cone of silence that descended around it. Zullo even went so far as to copyright the report, ostensibly to keep it out of the hands of “civil litigation” (read: Orly Taitz). In the absence of any substantive handles to grab, the blogosphere jumped on the only other thing they actually had available with which to consider Hayes’ participation; his Curriculum Vitae. And in the face of Obot observations that the CV was not actually all that impressive, Gallups helped lead the charge to pump it up.

Let’s concede that in the narrow and sometimes questionable field of handwriting analysis, Hayes has a reputation. And certainly there are three signatures on the birth certificate that might lend themselves to some sort of review by an expert in that area. But even the most diehard of birthers quickly understood how thin a reed (pun intended) this was to lean upon for a claim of the document being “entirely fabricated.” Haye’s CV was otherwise glaringly devoid of the actual experience one would expect of an “expert” asked to analyze a digital document like the Whitehouse PDF.

By the time of a June 4th PPSIMMONS article, Zullo was putting a somewhat more evolved spin on Hayes and his credentials:

This ought to serve as a warning shot across the bow to the naysayers of our criminal investigation in the Obama fraud case. The impressive credentials of Mr. Hayes, and the fact that he has testified in court cases for Perkins-Coie coupled with the fact that Mr. Hayes is a registered Democrat, demonstrates the integrity of our investigation and our conviction that we possess incontrovertible evidence to back our case. It must be emphasized that we possess much more evidence similar to this revelation that we have not yet released for public information.

In actuality, it was not a “fact” that Hayes had ever “testified in court cases for Perkins-Coie.” The detail that Hayes had once done some unspecified work for a single attorney associated with that law firm had been noticed first by one of the eagle-eyed partisans on the right-wing Free Republic forum. It was quickly exaggerated into imaginary expert testimony in an imaginary court case. By Zullo’s count, Hayes had “testified 26 times in various courtroom proceedings in Hawaii” and all of them were at that time (but apparently no longer) cited in his online CV. Some were simply arbitration hearings, and in at least one his appearance was made over the phone. None were in Federal Court.
None of them showed any involvement by Perkins-Coie.

The claim that Hayes was also a “registered Democrat” further demonstrated the tendency of Zullo to pay little attention to the actual details of his off-hand assertions. While Hayes very well may be a Democrat, Hawaii is among the states in which voters do not register their party affiliation. Whatever Hayes might be, a “registered” anything was not on the list.

By July 8th, the inflation of Hayes’ CV had continued apace. In an “interview” by Gallups associate Grace Vuoto that bears only passing resemblance to an interview, Hayes had evolved into some sort of in-house expert for Perkins-Coie. What had previously only been vague references to “cases” plural now explicitly becomes regular work. Vuoto paraphrased Zullo this way:

This is a key development, asserts Lt. Zullo, because Mr. Hayes is a certified handwriting analyst and forensic document examiner who worked repeatedly for Perkins Coie, a reputable law firm, and was deemed a dependable professional in their legal cases. Moreover, Perkins Coie has defended Mr. Obama in his legal jousts on the birth certificate matter over the past five years.

Again… there is no evidence that Hayes “repeatedly” did anything for Perkins-Coie, let alone was considered “a dependable professional in their legal cases.”

A month later in an August 2nd PPSIMMONS Radio posting titled, “100% PROMISES! The Obama Fraud Case – LATEST UPDATE” Gallups was running even further with the exaggeration of Hayes’ credentials.

Reed Hayes, an expert digital document examiner court certified as an expert witness and used as an expert witness by Obama’s own attorneys in the past through Perkins-Coie out of Hawaii. And Reed Hayes is a Democrat who lives in Hawaii and works in Hawaii. Reed Hayes, he filed a forty page sworn affidavit into the file of evidence in the Obama fraud case. He too is criminally liable, and he too has placed his entire reputation, business and livelihood on the line.

This account contains at least three clear falsehoods, two of them new.

First, nowhere in Hayes experience or training is there anything that would suggest he is an “expert digital document” examiner. His expertise lay entirely in the area of traditional handwriting analysis, and betrays no competence in “digital” anything. Even Zullo in his original reveal had merely referred to him as a “document examiner.”
Second, and as we have already noted, there is no evidence that Hayes has ever once been “used as an expert witness by Obama’s own attorneys.” Gallups gratuitously gilds the fake lily here by also specifying that this was “Perkins-Coie out of Hawaii” when the only reference in Hayes’ CV to Perkins-Coie at all specifies that it was for a lawyer out of Seattle, Washington. From the broadest details to the most narow, Gallups is wrong again.

Third, Hayes “filed” nothing, let alone a forty page sworn affidavit, anywhere. Gallups here is trying very hard to make it appear that Hayes filed an affidavit under penalty of perjury in the failed Alabama Supreme Court appeal for which Zullo did contribute an affidavit. But the only document Hayes has ever actually been alleged to provide is his copyrighted 40 page report to Zullo; a report that is not a “sworn affidavit,” that was never submitted to the Alabama court, and that exposes him to no criminal liability whatsoever. The entirety of Hayes’ contribution to the Alabama court case was Zullo’s inclusion of the three useful sentences in his own affidavit.

Hayes was never even mentioned by name.

Whatever work Hayes had actually performed for the Posse, whatever technical conclusions he had reached regarding whatever details he may have analyzed, none of that was destined to ever see the light of day. Sheriff Arpaio was himself so disinterested in the investigation by this point that he couldn’t even be bothered to read the Hayes report, trusting Zullo (he said) to tell him what it contained. As with so many others of the Posse’s false starts, feints and pump fakes, the Hayes report eventually faded into another birther myth to which the faithful could point but that they could never defend. There was nothing there to defend.

Three useful sentences are not a report.

To be continued…

[RC: This is the seventh in a series of guest articles by Frank Arduini. Here is Part VI.]


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"God’s Birther: The Fractal Failures of Carl Gallups"-Part VI

By Frank Arduini

How an obscure southern preacher became a hero to “Birthers,” a laughing stock to “Obots,” and the single worst Baptist prognosticator of the future since William Miller.

mark-kesslerA Keystone Cop from the Keystone State

On the evening of June 1, PPSIMMONS Radio conducted a remote interview with Zullo who had just moments earlier finished his breakout session at the CSPOA conference. They posted the interview in a video titled, “BREAKING! Mike Zullo: NOTHING Can Stop Us Now,” working very hard to sell the conference as having been a smashing success. Of course, at the time of the interview, neither Zullo nor Gallups had an inkling about what they had actually just set in motion. Once again we were assured of Congressman Steve Stockman’s enthusiastic support (whose presence at the conference was attributed explicitly by Gallups to an act of Divine intervention). Once again we were informed of other avenues, other anonymous but vastly powerful VIPs and other meetings scheduled and pending.

But there was one exchange that in retrospect drips so deliciously with oblivious irony that even the most jaded Obot has to feel a little sympathy for their shared cluelessness.

Gallups: What’s really big about this to me, I mean Mike really, if it goes no further than this, and I know it will, I mean it’s gonna go a lot further, but if it didn’t go any further than this, you know, I feel so vindicated. (laughing) And I know you do too because, because for so long the mainstream media has made people like you and I, they’ve made us out to be, you know, nutjobs and wingnuts and tin foil hat wearing conspiracy theorists, they’ve labeled us “birthers.” And now you, as you’ve just said, you sat down in front of your peers, lawmen sheriffs, police chiefs, constitutional attorneys, congressmen, I mean constitutional authority people. They’ve looked at the same evidence you’ve had, and not one of them challenged the evidence. Every one of them said, “Oh my gosh! Where has this been?” And so, you know, there’s a huge vindication here, don’t you think?

Zullo: I do. And Carl there was a, like I told you earlier, a constitutional attorney that when it was over she came up to me and she said, “I practice in Florida. And whatever I can do for you, whatever I can do for you, you just call me.” I mean, here’s somebody that knows the Constitution, knows the law inside and out. Watched this stuff and walks away with the same conclusion.

Gallups: Right! Absolutely, absolutely. So that’s huge, and as I said if it didn’t go any further than this there has been in my mind a complete vindication of you and Sheriff Arpiao. But I know it will go further because you can’t get this many American lawmen together who have, I mean, hundreds of years total together in criminal investigation experience, and then a congressman, and a constitutional attorney looking at evidence that would be presented in a court or in a Congressional hearing for example and every one of them are saying, “This is huge. This is monumental. This is for real.” So, so Mike, I’m telling you that from this point forward the Obamabots and the mainstream media, regardless of what they think about you and me and Arpaio, regardless of what they wish would happen, from this point forward the Obamabots and the mainstream media are going to have on heck of a time labeling us as just, you know, right-wing idiots.

How were they to know that the only significant advocate they had actually gained from Zullo’s presentation at the conference would be somebody whom even they would eventually conclude was a “right-wing idiot”?

Steve Stockman’s congressional career would end before they ever got any actual support out of him. Richard Mack may have come away as a believer, but the most he was willing to actually offer was moral support. In an interview with Gallups on June 4th, Mack made all the right noises, but then washed his hands of the issue and declared it Congress’s problem.

But then there was Mark Kessler. Kessler was the already locally controversial Police Chief of Gilberton Borough, a tiny town of fewer than 800 people in the Keystone State of Pennsylvania. Unlike any other attendee at the CSPOA conference, he came away determined to do something about the astounding things that Zullo had revealed.

Appearing on the Pete Santilli Show on June 4th, Kessler was almost beside himself both with horror at the “Obama fraud” and admiration for Mike Zullo. It is difficult to imagine a less glib advocate for an issue of this sort, but what he lacked in eloquence he compensated for with enthusiasm. By the end of the segment, he was advocating the violent overthrow of the government as an appropriate response to Congressional inaction on the Obama birth certificate.

Two days later on June 6th, Zullo and Kessler were back together on Kessler’s Internet radio program with a budding bromance in full display for a whole hour, bound together by their shared disdain for the President. The conversation ranged widely and often erratically between discussions of the birth certificate, to the 2nd Amendment, to a number of plagiarized birther myths (told as if Zullo was the original source) to the TSA. But early in the conversation Zullo made a tongue-in-cheek comment that he would soon come to regret. Speaking of some obscure reference to the Arpaio investigation by Senator Marco Rubio, Zullo commented:

Rubio said that if Arpaio has information like this he needs to make it public. Well, you know, we’ve tried to make it public. So we’re going to do better than making it public. Our plan, Sheriff Arpaio’s plan is we are gonna take it to the Whitehouse steps. That’s how public we want to make it.

The comment was simply hyperbolic bluster and macho posturing. Zullo never meant for Kessler to take it literally. Kessler not only took it literally, but just a few days later unilaterally announced a “Sworn Officer’s March on Washington” and encouraged participants to bring their guns. The response from several directions was immediate and unequivocal; the groups with which Kessler had associated himself such as the Oathkeepers and the CSPOA threw up their collective hands and declared that they would have nothing to do with it. Kessler was furious.

On June 10th, Kessler’s BlogTalk Radio show was an extended profanity laced rant against the groups he felt had betrayed him. And at the beginning of the program Kessler was still laboring under the misconception that even as the other groups had turned tail, Zullo and Arpaio were standing with him shoulder to shoulder. After all, in Kessler’s view it was all their idea in the first place.

Then, about 13 minutes before the end of the show Kessler received a call he absolutely did not expect. Cold Case Posse member Don Jeffries was on the line bearing bad news, and wasted no time getting directly to the point. Arpaio and the Posse were not on board with Kessler’s march and they wanted him to stop saying they were.

Kessler seemed stunned and confused. On one hand he very weirdly insisted (in direct contradiction to the then current content of his web page and FaceBook) that there was no plan for any march on Washington at all. On the other he admitted there was, but claimed that the plan was Arpaio’s and not his. He protested that what he was doing was what Zullo “wanted” and what Zullo had explicitly “asked him to do.” Jeffries put him in his place.

What I’m saying is like even on your webpage there was a mix up because you said that, uh, the Sheriff, Sheriff Arpaio and Mike Zullo, the Cold Case Posse is, you know, on your side. Well, you’re on our side, I guess… I guess you had it reversed.

By the time Jeffries hung up the message to Kessler from the Cold Case Posse was unambiguous; Shut up about a march on Washington, and in the meantime don’t call us, we’ll call you.

The significance of the call took a while to sink in. As the show drew to a close Kessler still did not seem to fully understand how completely he had been thrown under the bus. But based on the comments online, his listeners understood exactly what had just taken place. And within a few hours Kessler did too.

That night Kessler appeared to break the confidentiality agreement he had supposedly made regarding the “secret” evidence of the closed session at the CSPOA conference. Kessler posted to his FaceBook account (with what was for him a typically casual attitude towards grammar, spelling, capitalization and syntax) that:

here’s what I was told, VIA cold case possie , 1) bozo isn’t American nor was he born in Hawaii, 2) they believe he’s Saudi , 3) their not his real parents, 4) Russia is involved, 5) it wasn’t an accident he’s president, 6) bill ayers and the weather underground are involved, 7) Kenya played a roll, Hawaii state officials did the birth certificate, he has several other names , not just the ones the public knows about, 9) he don’t exsist in the usa until the age of 5…..10) WERE ALL F*CKED

If his post was true, it would immediately make clear why the information was being kept secret; even Zullo and Arpio would have had to recognize at some level how insane it was. The details left the inescapable impression that Zullo had plunged headfirst into the most extreme of the right-wing nutburger rabbit holes and was still digging. The claims were so absurd that it is fair to suspect that Kessler had simply made them up as part of what would quickly become an anti-Posse vendetta over the following days and weeks.

Certainly, they were not repeated in an extended interview Kessler would give to Jeff Rense a month and a half later. Except… Kessler already had let a couple of details or hints of them slip even before the Posse tossed him to the wolves. He had already for example revealed that Zullo believed Obama was neither American nor Kenyan, that his parents were not actually his parents, and that there was no documented trace of Obama in the US for his first five years of life.

It is anyone’s guess as to whether this post was true or not. But if it was, then the Posse was chasing unicorns and leprechauns.

Kessler’s warfare with Zullo, Gallups and the Arpaio Posse continued for more than a month during which his invective grew increasingly strident and the effort by Zullo and Gallups to try and ignore it grew more pointed. Where on June 4th Kessler had called Zullo “a great man,” “the real deal” and “brother,” by June 28th he was ranting that “Mike Zullo is a piece of garbage. He is a lying sack of shit and excuse my French, but when you bring law enforcement from all over the country into a room and pretend to be a law enforcement officer and host a alleged top secret meeting, it’s a slap in the face to every cop on the planet.”

A month later on July 29th, Kessler went on the Jeff Rense program to talk again about the closed session from the CSPOA meeting. His account (which remains the only one available from anybody who was in attendance) was damning.

For starters, the entire scheduled hour of the “closed” session was essentially identical to the “open” session. The “new” information that Gallups and Zullo had repeatedly insisted was pouring in and putting additional nails into the coffin of the birth certificate did not exist. There was nothing of any value as “evidence” that had not already been presented at the first Posse press conference on March 1, 2012. At the close of that hour, during a debate over whether or not it was time for Zullo to clear the room for the next presenter, most of the original 50 person audience walked out.

The only other thing that was shown was a secretly recorded video that Zullo or one of his associates videotaped the state officials in Hawaii without their knowledge. And I guess that’s okay to do that in Hawaii. They interviewed a lady and some of her statements were quite, from a law enforcement aspect, I would say she was lying about some stuff. She was very nervous in the video. I mean just by her body language she was very, very nervous.

Hardly the sort of evidence one would hope to have in the effort to unseat an illegitimate President.

And where Zullo had reported on Freedom Friday that “every one of them (who attended) are saying, ‘This is huge. This is monumental. This is for real.’”, Kessler’s version was less positive.

If he (Zullo) has such damaging evidence, where is it? I don’t know. All I saw was videos. I didn’t see no – He said, what he said to us out there at that CSPOA convention, to stand with Joe Arpaio and to come to Washington, the whole nine yards. And to tell you the truth, you know, a lot of the guys just got up and walked out. And not only that, but one sheriff actually sat in the back of the room and started heckling Mr. Zullo, saying, “Why should we stand with you? Why should we stand with Arpaio?” You know, “Why should we do this for you guys?”

Being an inveterate and indiscriminate conspiracy theorist, Jeff Rense was of the ultimate opinion that Arpaio and Zullo were actually Obots engaged in an anti-birther campaign of “misdirection and obstruction.”

But for Kessler, it was not just his relationship with Zullo and the Posse that had imploded. Other things were imploding as well, to include his job as Police Chief for Gilberton Borough. On the same day that Kessler was giving his interview to Jeff Rense, Gallups broke his radio silence and in one of his usual displays of Christian charity and humility used his ministry to gloat about Kessler’s problems. A PPSIMMONS entry on July 29th was a reprint of an unflattering article about Kessler’s employment situation.

The PPSIMMONS headline was, “Another one attacks Carl Gallups: AND GETS FIRED?”
It is worth noting that I can find no hint anywhere that Kessler had ever even heard of Carl Gallups, let alone said anything to attack him.

The birther war between Kessler and Zullo ultimately stands as the only actual outcome of Zullo’s presentation to the CSPOA. Not a single other attendee appear to have ever lifted a finger to help “propel the case forward.” Not Congressman Stockman, not Sheriff Mack, not the unnamed Floridian “constitutional attorney,” not one of the other 200 or so attendees can be identified as having done anything more than simply walk away.

At the same time, the other alleged meetings with VIPs were still going nowhere. The leaked content of the closed session was taken seriously by no one, to include the vast majority of the birthersphere. The payoff for the “Big Plan A” had not happened in the shorter time period Gallups had predicted, and we were now several weeks into the “three to six month” window originally announced.

But nature abhors a vacuum. If the Posse was going to prove incapable of delivering anything of actual interest over the next few months, others were standing by to fill it.

To be continued…

[RC: This is the sixth in a series of guest articles by Frank Arduini. Here is Part V.]


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"God’s Birther: The Fractal Failures of Carl Gallups"-Part V

By Frank Arduini

How an obscure southern preacher became a hero to “Birthers,” a laughing stock to “Obots,” and the single worst Baptist prognosticator of the future since William Miller.

Sheriff_Mack_CSPOA_BrassEagleThe Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association

The Constitutional Sheriffs and Peace Officers Association (CSPOA) is a relatively small group of “peace officers” founded by anti-government former-sheriff Richard Mack. Among a raft of other Tenther/Oath Keeper/anti-Federal government beliefs, they share the conviction that sheriffs are “the highest executive authority in a county and therefore constitutionally empowered to be able to keep federal agents out.” Having experienced a growth spurt after the election of Barack Obama they were scheduled to commence their 2013 convention on the last day of May in St. Charles, Missouri. On the one hand, they seemed likely to be a very receptive audience for Zullo and his “findings.” But on the other hand, what the hell were they going to do with those “findings”? Zullo was supposedly conducting the investigation at the behest of one sheriff already; a sheriff who had not proved particularly helpful in terms of propelling his own inquiry forward. What did Gallups imagine the Sheriff of Henry County, Alabama might bring to the table that the Sheriff of Maricopa County, Arizona did not? The actual pointlessness of the exercise must not have been lost on Gallups, as evidenced by his compulsion to misrepresent what was coming.

Without naming the actual venue, Gallups provided a “sneak peak” on the May 23rd edition of the new “Ask Mr. Zullo” feature of PPSIMMONS Radio. Speaking to Zullo, Gallups proclaimed :

Now. Let’s get to the sneak peak of the big announcement. Because you said several days back that in a couple of weeks the naysayers would see how wrong they’ve been. Well, what was it that they would be wrong about? Well, they were saying things like, “This is going nowhere. You guys have stopped. You guys have stalled. You have nothing. The reason no complaint has been filed is because you have nothing.” And what you said is, is that a lot is happening that you and I have been talking about ever since we went to CPAC and Capitol Hill. VIPs. Very Important People. And when I say VIP I mean people of, well, VIP means Very Important People, you know that, but, I’m talking about people of influence, people of power, people of financial means, people of standing, and I mean Constitutional standing to get things done in Congress or in courts or in state levels. So when I say VIP I’m not talking about just curious people, I’m talking about people who can get something done. And what you were referring to, if I understand correctly, you correct me if I’m wrong, that in a couple of weeks and now as of this broadcast, just what? Ten or twelve days from now you are getting ready to be in a big meeting ! A big meeting of well known nationally known VIPs, and you have been asked to speak before this big meeting of nationally known VIPs to present your evidence or at least everything you can present fairly publicly. Now! If these officials back your investigation, and we believe they will, I mean the ones that have already got a sneak peak are just, they got it. But if this group, if these officials will back your investigation, this could be a huge monumental shift in advancing this investigation towards this Constitutional end.

It is simply not credible to believe that Gallups did not realize that almost every single detail of this speech was a lie. Almost nobody attending the 2013 CSPOA Convention was well known at all, let alone “nationally known.” With perhaps the sole exception of the still elusive Steve Stockman, none had any more power, or standing, or financial means, or influence than Arpaio did already. There is essentially nothing that this group could actually do to advance anything.

But it was apparently all they had.

News of the actual venue leaked out three days later, and the collective gasp of disappointment from the birth faithful could not be obscured. Several seemed bewildered by the effort to reconcile the CSPOA with Gallups’ previous descriptions of the VIPs he supposedly had on board. Others noted that while Stockman at least was going to be in attendance, he had already (in their eyes) proved unwilling to get behind the issue, having done nothing in support since the meetings at CPAC. The CSPOA meeting schedule was published by Birther blogs with Zullo’s name clearly displayed as a speaker. On his part, Gallups simply vamped trying to ignore both the leak and the response.

Four days later on May 30th he finally fessed up, trying to downplay the conference in light of his previous promises. PPSIMMONS announced what everybody had already known for days as a “Breaking Exclusive!” Writing as Zullo (but in a voice that was unmistakably Gallups) the publication read in part:

Mike Zullo stressed, “I want to be clear. This conference is monumentally important to the CCP Obama Fraud Case. However, this particular conference and the potentially powerful outcomes of its presentation is not the only line of approach in which we are currently engaged. We have other people looking at this – very important people – very powerful people. We have other plans of action, currently in the works, in moving the case forward to a full federal investigation. All of these plans, including this conference, have been the direct or indirect result of my trip to CPAC and to Capitol Hill with Carl Gallups earlier this year.”

The reception of the birther faithful to the announcement could hardly have been less auspicious. Then once the conference actually began things just went from bad to worse. Scheduled for a twenty minute “teaser” presentation on Day 1, Zullo was instead limited to just five. Worse, his scheduled four hours of breakout sessions for the second day were slashed in half, even as large parts of the conference schedule remained unfilled. There just wasn’t enough interest to fill two sessions.

That first evening of the conference, Zullo called into the Freedom Friday show where Gallups frantically tried to put a positive spin on the event in the face of continuing birther disappointment and Obot snark. Sure, there may only be a single Congressman in attendance, but “it only takes one person to turn the ship.” Sure, there may have been no obvious benefit to getting other sheriffs involved, but they were real sheriffs and some of them weren’t even retired. Finally, as in the prior day’s “Breaking Exclusive,” Gallups was compelled to pretend that the CSPOA conference was really not all that important after all.

Gallups: I think it should be stressed that this is not the culmination, when you and I were several months ago we said that some really big things were coming down the road if people keep their promises, that this is not what we were talking about. This was dropped in your lap just a few weeks back, right?

Zullo: Yeah, it was about five or six weeks ago that I did receive a call from Sheriff Mack asking me if I would attend this over here.

Of course, “five or six weeks prior” would have been right in the middle of April. The CSPOA conference had actually been on Zullo’s schedule since very near the first announcement of Gallups’ “Big Plan A.”

Zullo’s truncated breakout session for Day Two was broken into two segments. A first hour was a general session for anybody in attendance. A second hour (limited to “sworn law enforcement officials” and “congressmen”) was supposedly going to provide a “FULL criminal disclosure” of the “new information” that Zullo claimed to have accumulated over the year since the Posse’s first press conference.

It has been said that when you lay down with dogs, you should expect to get fleas. And when you present to a group like the CSPOA, you should expect to get someone pretty much like Gilberton Borough, Pennsylvania Police Chief Mark Kessler. As far we can tell, Kessler was the single attendee at Zullo’s briefing who left the presentation energized and on board, and his immediate enthusiasm knew no bounds. Zullo might have hoped to come away with a number of supporting guns.

What he got instead was one loose cannon.

To be continued …

[RC: This is the fifth in a series of guest articles by Frank Arduini. Here is Part IV.]


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"God’s Birther: The Fractal Failures of Carl Gallups"- Part IV

By Frank Arduini

How an obscure southern preacher became a hero to “Birthers,” a laughing stock to “Obots,” and the single worst Baptist prognosticator of the future since William Miller.

pastor_carl_gallupsThe “Big Plan A”

On April 12, 2013 Carl Gallups took to the Freedom Friday airwaves to more firmly establish the narrative that had been organically developing ever since the CPAC conference. Taking advantage of the repeatedly declared “need for secrecy,” the narrative was a carefully contrived symbiot of declaration and implication, and often enough the implications were not particularly candid. Specifically, we are talking about the by now ubiquitous “VIPs.”

Gallups had created the false impression that the VIPs of whom he was speaking were primarily members of the US Congress. After all, Arpaio had long before expressed the desire to target them for action, and Gallups had repeatedly stressed that some of his CPAC meetings with VIPs had actually been “on Capitol Hill.” He further used three specific story-lines to reinforce the impression of significant attention by Congress.

The first of these was of course the cold shoulder offered by ex-Congressman Allen West at CPAC itself. Sure, he was no longer in Congress but such distinctions are rarely recognized within the birthersphere. And sure, he did not get involved. But his blow-off at least established one degree of separation between Gallups, Zullo and a real Congressman.

The second was the interminably telegraphed eventual “outing” of one Congressman who, on realizing what Gallups wanted to talk to him about, quickly and comprehensively deep sixed any further contact. With perhaps less candor but no less finality than West, Representative Jeff Miller of Florida’s 1st District would also have to be chalked up as a Posse failure. But his impending exposure became a minor cliff hanger that spawned wide anticipation within the birther ranks.

Third was the delusional conviction that Representative Steve Stockman of Texas’s 36th District was “fully on board.” This one appears to at least have partly been the result of deception on the part of Stockman himself. But even as the Congressman stood-up Gallups on his radio program and scrupulously avoided public birthing, Zullo and Gallups repeatedly insisted he was pushing the Posse’s agenda in the House of Representatives.

So as the “Big Plan A” proceeded, whenever Gallups spoke of “VIPs” (which was almost constantly) his followers heard “Congressman.” It would be June before it became clear that this was not who Gallups actually had in mind.

As part of one of his regular Posse updates, Gallups ran down a list of things that Zullo had “revealed” to him in one of their recent phone chats. Most of it was more of the same. New evidence. More information. 100% proof of forgery… again. Yada-yada-yada.

And then there was this:

The third thing that he (Zullo) revealed was that there is now a definitive plan of action that is being formulated by these VIPs to make this official outing happen soon. Now that’s huge. Because up until now there has been no definitive plan of action by VIPS. In fact VIPS have been avoiding an official plan of action. But there is one in place now. That was a huge revelation. We’re closer now to having something done than we have been in this whole five or six years.

The “definitive plan of action was back.” It hardly matters that even in this one paragraph it was both “in place now” and “being formulated” at the same time. The details were not important. The “fishing expedition” of CPAC had finally led back to a plan. Birthers apparently have absolutely no capacity for recognizing déjà vu.

But that was not all. A few moments later Gallups continued:

Also, if you’ll remember, Zullo said that this public disclosure of this whole investigation, he said probably would occur within three to six months depending upon the plan of action and how many other VIPs got involved and it, what – but you know – how they were going to be involved . There could be state VIPs and federal VIPs all involved in this together. So that’s gonna take some coordinated effort. So that’s why it may take between three and six months. But folks that’s okay. If it takes six months, what is six months after five years? You know?
But, the thing that I was gonna reveal today before we take your phone calls is that now, in the last couple of days, Mike Zullo has received information from one of these VIPS that this thing may happen much, much sooner than all of that. And, and, and th – and this – phone con – and I’m speaking very generally now and you know why – but this conversation lasted for a long time as they discussed a very specific plan of action, and this VIP connected with other VIPs have assured Zullo and Arpaio that they are going to out this thing, and it’s going to be done in a huge way.

The following day on the birther blog The Post & Email, blogger Sharon Rondeau published the interview with Gallup where he declared the new push to be the “Big Plan A.” Gallups continued:

(T)here are some VIPs who have now seen and/or are seeing and/or have had lengthy meetings and heard about all the evidence and are anxious to move forward on it in an official level and are now making plans to move forward on it. That’s why we originally said ‘probably 3-6 months based upon what these people are telling us.’ But now, based upon some of the latest meetings, it looks as if there’s a real possibility this could happen before the 3-6 months. But we’re being guarded because it is subject to change, because we are dealing with powers and people and authorities who have other responsibilities, and their schedules could change at the last second. But if it moves forward like the plan of action that’s being put in place calls for, then I would say without any hesitation that the public will see something on this before the 3-6-month period.

Three to six months from the date of that announcement yields a window between July 12, and October 12, 2013, even ignoring the claim that it could happen sooner. If nothing else, it bought Gallups and Zullo some breathing room into mid Autumn. Now all they had to do was provide a reasonable simulacrum of progress as they waited for some miraculous event to bail them out from the miasma of their investigatory stalemate. One or two miracle actually were in their future, though not the ones they were hoping for.


VIPs. You Keep Using That Word. I Do Not Think It Means What You Think It Means.


The rest of April, and May became a continuous drumbeat of more and more powerful VIPs climbing aboard the Posse Express. None of the birther faithful seemed to be aware that it was a train without much of an engine.

On April 23 PPSIMMONS announced in a headline that “The Obama Fraud Is Nearing a Complete Exposure!”

Another, and very important, VIP of standing is still promising and laying specific plans for a monumental exposure of the case and movement for criminal prosecution. We are still hoping this plan will come to fruition within the next couple of months. If this comes off as planned, it will be huge, especially if that plan then has the backing of the large group of VIPs mentioned above.

On April 29 the ranks of interested VIPs were swelling so quickly that the PPSIMMONS editor was struggling to keep up even as he wrote. The image of the writer pounding away at the keyboard, interrupted by phone calls announcing even more VIPs joining the team is simply so humorous that it deserves a lengthy quotation just to get the proper feeling.

As we have been reporting, Zullo expects several VIPS to bring this case to public light in the very near future. Not only is the case expected to be soon brought to national attention but also there is a strong movement towards the prosecution of the case. Also, as reported just days ago, Zullo was recently contacted by a large group of VIPS who wish to see all the evidence of the Arpaio Obama Fraud investigation. These VIPS can be hugely instrumental in galvanizing nation-wide support in pushing the prosecution of the case forward. Lt. Zullo is now slated to present the case to this group of VIPS. That is what has been happening in just the last week or two.

But hang on – it gets better!

Just this evening, Lt. Zullo reports that ANOTHER two groups of VIPS have asked to meet with him and want to see the evidence as well. These VIPS also are directly connected to people who can bring the case to the prosecution level and are extremely anxious to get something moving on the case – and soon!

As I was in the process of taking this interview information from Carl Gallups, Lt. Zullo contacted Gallups by phone and indicated that he just, at that very moment, had received information that arrangements were being made for him to present his investigation information to yet ANOTHER group of some of the most powerful VIPS yet. These VIPS would also be interested in quickly moving the case forward once they have seen the evidence. It seems that there is now the snow-ball/avalanche effect taking place that Carl Gallups predicted in an earlier interview some time back. Gallups indicated that all of the VIPS and the various groups are from different areas of the country. Gallups says, “This is really becoming a nation-wide phenomenon.” (All emphasis in the original)

In just those three paragraphs, at least five new “groups of VIPs” had joined the ranks of those Gallups had already been touting for weeks. Assuming that a “group” is by definition more than one, there are somewhere between ten and forty VIPs accounted for in that announcement alone. And remember, these VIPs had allegedly been joining at a furious pace for weeks, so we must be talking scores of them by now. Of course, we are told no names. We are presented with no actual job titles or positions.

On May 2nd PPSIMMONS announced that in a spectacular about face from earlier refusals to cooperate with any of Orly Taitz’s countless court cases, Zullo and the Posse actually were going to participate in Larry Klayman’s doomed Alabama ballot challenge appeal. As part of the combined article headlined, “BREAKING! – Cold Case Posse WILL Assist in Alabama Supreme Court Case Against Obama!” they characterized these still anonymous VIPs in this way:

Gallups… tells us that VIPs, in this case, are only people who can actually move this case to a prosecution level. Gallups says, “We are not fooling with people who are just curious or who have a desire to simply be “in the loop” of information. We are now dealing with people who have the connections, money, authority, and standing to actually move the case forward into the arena of full public knowledge and, as stated before, full prosecution.” Gallups went on to say, “These are people with relatively unrestrained financial abilities, media exposure, and most importantly – a deep desire to see our Constitutional Republic restored and protected.”

On that same day, Gallups finally named Joe Miller as the despicable congressperson who had reneged on additional meetings with Zullo after CPAC. Certainly if the repeated claims of all these tens or scores of other VIPs were true, Miller cannot by this point have been the only such VIP to have walked away from cooperation with the Posse. They had left CPAC already claiming a number of “promises” by VIPs, but all we were continuing to hear about were the enormous number of new VIPs and nothing about the original crop. A full year later, the original group has apparently completely evaporated… yet rather than “naming names” plural, Gallups had to this point still only named one. But I get ahead of myself.

Zullo’s “affidavit” for the Alabama court case was released on May 14. As with his earlier affidavits, it was composed almost entirely of hearsay accounts of what other people had discovered or may have believed, and painfully little that either Zullo or Gallups could honestly pretend was a product of the Posse. Most significantly, it contained exactly nothing that had not been covered by the Posse press conferences a year earlier. Zullo’s excuse for that was that he was still withholding the large amount of “new information” from the general public, and was sharing it only with the VIPs. It was, he insisted, further necessary to hold it back from others until such time as a criminal prosecution could commence. Generally, the birthers bought it.

I write “generally” because at this point Gallups was becoming a participant in one of the perennial internecine spats between members of the birther aristocracy. Frustrated by the Posse’s sudden willingness to cooperate with Larry Klayman in Alabama after refusing to help in any of her cases, Orly Taitz had gone on the attack. In response, Gallups began to speculate loudly that Taitz was actually an Obot. On the May 18th Freedom Friday broadcast and speaking with Zullo, Gallups seemed absolutely flabbergasted.

I used to think highly of her, until just recently I’ve been reading her website with my jaw on the ground. It’s as if – I mean she’s leveling charges against the affidavit, against you, against Arpaio. It’s as if her law degree apparently was gotten of the back of a matchbox. Or she’s an Obamabot operative. ‘Cause, I mean, she’s parroting the things the Obamabots have, and the things that she’s claiming legally are not correct.

On May 20th, and for the first time in more than a month, an actual development was offered regarding the “Big Plan A.” For weeks we had been hearing of “groups of VIPs” and for those same weeks the anti-birther blogosphere had kept up a chorus of mockery regarding the transparent absurdity of the reports. Most specifically, the obvious disconnect between their extravagant claims of huge numbers of involved VIPs and the complete vacuum of corresponding progress was being hammered relentlessly. Zullo and Gallups simmered, insisting simultaneously that the Obots were “irrelevant” while spending vast amounts of their broadcast time talking about them.

More ominously, there was beginning to grow a dangerous leakage of the Obot attitudes into the ranks of the birther community elsewhere online. Keying off a hypothetical worst-case-scenario question asked on Freedom Friday, the birther community had exploded with disgust over what they understood to be Zullo’s intention to write a book rather than pursue a prosecution

In a special PPSIMMONS Radio interview with Zullo the subsequent Monday, all stops were taken out in the cause of damage control. But in retrospect the only genuinely interesting part of the interview could be found in a tantalizing nose tweak that Zullo offered his “naysayers.”.

I want your listeners to really mark the calendar today. In two weeks they’re gonna find out how wrong these other people truly are. How ill informed they are. This investigation is moving forward. It may not seem like it to them. It is moving forward faster than it ever has.

Zullo was actually speaking a half truth here and in fact had done something of which Gallups had resolutely proved incapable. He had offered a date for a revelation that he actual would be capable of keeping. He was preparing to demonstrate for the first and only time that there actually was at least one group of “VIPs” interested in hearing his story. But to the disappointment of birthers and amusement of Obots, it would not actually be a group that bore any of the characteristics previously described.

It would not be members of congress. It would not be people who could “bring the case to the prosecution level.” It would not be “people with relatively unrestrained financial abilities (or) media exposure.”

Back on April 5, 2013 on the Freedom Friday program, a caller named Amy had posed what in retrospect proved to have been a prescient question. Here is her question and Zullo’s response:

Amy: I just want to ask. Have you presented this issue to other law enforcement agencies? I would think that it might be effective to go sideways on this and present it to other – I’m sure there are is a sheriff’s organization.

Zullo: The problem Amy with going sideways with this is you start running into a lot of political agendas. Not every sheriff is elected like Sheriff Arpaio is, some are appointed in places. With that being the case you run into a lot of politics and we’re trying to cut a clear path. Now there are sheriff’s that I know want to hear what we have to say and we’ll make those plans accordingly. But we right now are in possession of the criminal evidence and we would rather keep it that way and move the way we are moving.

So what was going to happen in two weeks to prove the naysayers that they were wrong? Who was the huge group of VIPs that were about to receive the information that would blow this whole thing wide open?

You guessed it.


To be continued…

[RC: This is the fourth in a series of guest articles by Frank Arduini. Here is Part III.]

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