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

  1. I am enjoying these a lot. If anyone has some links to audio or video to add just leave them in a comment or contact me through the contact link.

  2. Ran Talbott says:

    “According to Zullo he was the 213th such ‘expert’ the Posse had approached”
    It’s worth mentioning that Zullo says Hayes came to _him_. Although it’s not clear how, or why. It doesn’t appear that he was looking to join the team, since Zullo described him as being reluctant to take the gig when it was offered to him. It might be interesting to find out how it happened.

    I’m also enjoying these a great deal. It’s fascinating to see some of the details left out of the “CCP Timeline” filled in. Especially in such an entertaining style.

    And I’m learning some completely new (to me) stuff. I stopped paying attention to the birfers for a while after the 2012 election, so I missed the whole “We’re gonna overturn it with our Earth-shattering!!! New!!! Revelations!!!” debacle. It’s remarkable how similar that hypefest is to the one they’re running now.

    I hope you’re having as much fun writing it as we are reading it.

    Thanks.

  3. The Magic M says:

    > 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

    For many birthers, this has already been contracted into the even more ludicrous claim that Hayes had worked for Perkins Coie *in Obama eligibility cases*.

    Another good example of how claims morph in the twisted game of “telephone” that conspiracy believers like to play with their “information”.

  4. ramboike says:

    Arduini: “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.”

    There has been a number of reports in the media pointing out the intimidation towards those involved in the cases against Obama. Zullo also brought that up in an interview. Intimidation has been a very useful weapon in the arsenal of Obama supporters. It’s something Arduini should consider along with what he is presenting.

    I was leaving comments at Dr Con’s site at the time the person who threatened Sheriff Joe & his family showed up there. It was like homecoming week among the flock – one of their own was back in the fold. It’s believed from tracing that a regular poster here is the one that sent threatening emails to Orly. There was the one in Kansas where it was inferred by the Obama supporters that harm would come to his family if he continued to pursue his case. Among the people I’m in contact with it’s something we’ve discussed and are very concerned about.

  5. Rambo said:

    There has been a number of reports in the media pointing out the intimidation towards those involved in the cases against Obama. Zullo also brought that up in an interview. Intimidation has been a very useful weapon in the arsenal of Obama supporters. It’s something Arduini should consider along with what he is presenting.

    What media? Do you mean Gallups Fact Free Friday?, Birther Reports? The Post & Email? That is the only place I have seen these “reports”. All of them go back to unsubstantiated claims made by Zullo.

    I was leaving comments at Dr Con’s site at the time the person who threatened Sheriff Joe & his family showed up there. It was like homecoming week among the flock – one of their own was back in the fold. It’s believed from tracing that a regular poster here is the one that sent threatening emails to Orly. There was the one in Kansas where it was inferred by the Obama supporters that harm would come to his family if he continued to pursue his case. Among the people I’m in contact with it’s something we’ve discussed and are very concerned about.

    It is believed? By whom? By you? Where is the proof? As for the rest of that paragraph it is gibberish that I am struggling to decipher. I suspect you are speaking of the KSU band announcer Bill Montgomery who filed the ballot challenge in Kansas. Montgomery lost his volunteer position as the announcer for the band after making a public ass of himself. The school decided to terminate his relationship with them. They were within their rights to do that. There are consequences to actions.

    I know nothing about threatening emails to Orly. She certainly invites it upon herself by being a constant purveyor of hate, bigotry, and lies. I only use satire and ridicule when speaking of Orly.

    I have received my share of hate mail in comments that never see the light of day here. I delete them and move on. What about the threats made almost daily by Falcon and other regulars at at BR? Bob Nelson happily lets them through but if I or others try to post a bit of fact there it is immediately deleted.

  6. Jim says:

    Hey Rambo! Great series about the the scamming of the birthers, isn’t it? Glad you haven’t been taken by this bunch of thieves, it would make you look even worse than you already do. Between the Brian Reilly letters, the Xerox debunking, and now Frank’s expose on the scamming you now have a very clear picture of the incompetence of the CCP. Now you really see why Zullo hasn’t been getting any traction with Congressmen or anyone in authority…they are able to spot an obvious scam and avoid it.

  7. Arthur says:

    One of the things that Mike Zullo has discovered about his audience is that the less information he provides, the happier they are. As a community of believers, birthers enjoy inventing information on their own. They are like children who get more excited about what they might be getting for Christmas than by what they actually receive.

  8. Jason Swenson says:

    RamboIke, here is a question for you. If everyone in the media has been threatened about the BC, why has Gallups never reported that HE has was threatened. What about Mark Gillar? No indications of threats there either. How come?

    I imagine that it is possible that some media outlets may have threatened individual reporters. Not because of intimidation by the administration, but simply the recognition that the story is absurd and the outlet would lose credibility if it was reported on as a genuine story.

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  10. I saw an interesting development on Birther Report a few nights ago. Apparently, some new information was revealed regarding Reed Hayes report. According to the Reed Hayes report, the crutch of forgery seems to be in the signatures that are present on the document. As the Xerox Workflow has never explained anything regarding the signatures, Hayes findings remain unrebutted. It was further explained that Reed Hayes has specialized skills and expertise in detecting signs of manipulation and forgeries regarding the handwriting signatures that “ordinary” nonexperts (This would include, Frank, RC and and NBC) simply can’t see or detect. I tend to believe there is credibility here as Stanley Ann Dunham’s signature has always looked “artificial” to me. I guess my suspicions have been confirmed with the Reed Hayes Report.

  11. Ran Talbott says:

    “Hayes findings remain unrebutted”
    You misspelled “unrevealed”.

    Get back to us when the report is released, and we’ll discuss his “findings”.

  12. gorefan says:

    @Jim Youngblood
    “Hayes findings remain unrebutted.”

    Hayes findings remain hidden. Because someone speculated what Hayes based his findings on doesn’t make it so. I speculate that Hayes based his findings that the BC is on green security paper and he’s never seen that before.

    Let us know when Zullo gets the balls to release the Hayes report in it’s entirety.

  13. Apparently, some new information was revealed regarding Reed Hayes report.

    Funny how JY will believe a completely unsubstantiated report by an anonymous commenter on a blog but will not believe two administrations in Hawaii who have said Obama was born there. As of the rest of your nonsense JY it is not worth a comment.

  14. gorefan says:

    @Jim Youngblood

    When is the last time you heard Zullo mention Hayes? Hayes’ report was written before the Xerox proof destroyed the CCP experts.

    How do you know that Hayes’ even supports his previous findings? Demand that Zullo free Hayes to discuss his report and release the report.

  15. “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.”

    Well here is the lawyer and his contact information – Thomas M. Kellenberg – tkellenberg@ihradvocates.org

    Frank and RC are very resourceful Obots and since RC has tried to contact just about everyone else he can think of to undermine the CCP, why not attempt contact Thomas Kellenberg.

    Frank and RC! Contact Thomas Kellenberg and ask him about Reed Hayes

  16. “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.”

    This appears to old shoot comment made awhile back by someby. However, in RECENT WEEKS AND MONTHS, Sheriff Arpaio has become much more involved in the CCP investigation. Sheriff Arpaio has said this repeatedly (Both first hand and hearsay third hand) that Apraio is highly involved in the investigation. There is a good bet, Arpaio has seen and read Reed Hayes Report. I put money on it.

  17. W. Kevin Vicklund says:

    Sheriff Arpaio has said this repeatedly … that Apraio is highly involved in the investigation.

    Yeah, that’s gonna need a citation.

  18. point3r says:

    @ ramboike

    There has been a number of reports in the media pointing out the intimidation towards those involved in the cases against Obama. Zullo also brought that up in an interview. Intimidation has been a very useful weapon in the arsenal of Obama supporters. It’s something Arduini should consider along with what he is presenting.

    There has never been a report to that effect from a trustworthy, non0birther source. I have no reason to believe it true or even likely, so it has not earned consideration in my articles.

  19. point3r says:

    @ Jim Youngblood

    According to the Reed Hayes report, the crutch of forgery seems to be in the signatures that are present on the document. As the Xerox Workflow has never explained anything regarding the signatures, Hayes findings remain unrebutted.

    There is nothing to rebut. Reed Hayes’ report remains unreleased.

    That said, I have little doubt (given his CV) that Hayes’ report concerns the signatures, and further that it is his lack of qualifications with digital documents in general and MRC compressed documents in particular that accounts for his alleged conclusions of forgery. The signatures are in fact segmented across the different monochrome bitmasks in a way that might have made him uncomfortable. But since that segmentation is completely explained by the Xerox workflow the rebuttal to his findings, whatever they might actual be, is probably a trivial task.

  20. point3r says:

    @ Jim Youngblood

    There is a good bet, Arpaio has seen and read Reed Hayes Report. I put money on it.

    Arpaio has explicitly said otherwise. When you come up with a quotation where he explicitly changes that story, let us know.

  21. I can tell you that when I spoke with Lt. Crosby, who is administratively over the posses, in September of last year he had no knowledge of the details of the CCP investigation. Of course it is possible that Zullo deals directly with Arpaio but past statements by Arpaio would indicate he has little knowledge of this sham investigation.

    JY, it appears that your only source is a proven liar.

  22. The CCP is Sheriff Arpaio’s personal baby. Zullo is command of the investigation and reports directly to Arpaio. I am not surprised that other officials in the Sheriff’s department know nothing about it. This is obviously by design. Sheriff Arpaio is worried about leaks and keeps the investigation extremely tight lipped. This was even comfirmed by the Obot’s hero; Brian Reilly who said that a lot the evidence and investigation was extremely tight lipped known only to Zullo and Arpaio.

  23. 1. Just recently Sheriff Apraio has voiced he is hesitant to seek the governorship of AZ because he some very sensitive investigation going that will drop if he leaves:
    http://www.birtherreport.com/2014/04/obama-shattering-sheriff-joe-arpaio-i.html
    I think we can include the CCP investigation.

    2. A person recently indicated that Sheriff Arpaio is still very much involved in the CCP investigation:
    http://www.birtherreport.com/2014/03/obot-shattering-sheriff-joe-arpaio.html
    Sheriff Joe told him – We are not done. Much more is coming.

    3. Here is biggest piece of evidence from Sheriff Joe himself where he indicates that CCP has found much much more and that he definitely involved. So, Brian Reilly’s recent crowing is nothing more than obsolete and outdated information.


    Sheriff Joe Arpaio: We’re Finding More Fire In Obama ID Fraud

    This was said in November 2013 – Just 6 months ago.

    Note the host mentions the article or impeachment to Eric Holder – It occurred in November 2013.

  24. point3r says:

    @ Jim Youngbood

    The CCP is Sheriff Arpaio’s personal baby.

    What does that even mean? According to WND, at the time Zullo was handed this “investigation” it hadn’t even active for months (years?) because of funding issues. It has never, to anyone’s knowledge, actually investigated a “cold case,” and its only signs of prior life that can even be found are having been sold two squad cars for $1 so they could be used to “transport prisoners,” and a brief mention in an Arizona paper that they had an official psychic.

    Zullo is command of the investigation and reports directly to Arpaio. I am not surprised that other officials in the Sheriff’s department know nothing about it. This is obviously by design. Sheriff Arpaio is worried about leaks and keeps the investigation extremely tight lipped. This was even comfirmed by the Obot’s hero; Brian Reilly who said that a lot the evidence and investigation was extremely tight lipped known only to Zullo and Arpaio.

    The problem with all of this speculation is that we have actual evidence that contradicts all of it. We are still waiting for the quotation where Arpaio says he read the Hayes’s report. All we actually have available to us is the one from Freedom Friday where he says he did not.

  25. point3r says:

    @ Jim Youngblood

    You are replowing already broken ground. Nobody has denied that when asked, Arpaio gives appropriate lip service to the Posse. The problem is that the words and the music do not match. You have proven unable to show us where Arpaio has ever come back to contradict his own telling admission that he had never bothered to even read the Haye’s report. When time came for Zullo to submit his pathetic affidavit to the Alabama Supreme Court, he submitted it under his own name as a private individual, not as a representative of Sheriff Arpaio, the CCP, the MCSO or the Sheriff. Arpaio did not bother to attend the CSPOA conference with Zullo, and has never in any interview or press conference demonstrated even the most causal familiarity with even the public details of the Posse’s forgery claims.

  26. point3r says:

    @ Jim Youngblood

    You offered what you call…

    biggest piece of evidence from Sheriff Joe himself

    If that’s the “biggest” piece you’ve got, you must be very sad.

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