At the first press conference in May 2012 held to report the interim findings of the Cold Case Posse smear job investigation into the validity of President Obama’s long form birth certificate lead investigator Mike Zullo revived an old conspiracy when he produced the claim that Barack Obama’s Selective Service registration card that was mailed in 1980 was fraudulent. A copy of this application had been obtained through a FOIA request in 2008 filed by J. Stephan Coffman, a retired Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent from Galveston, TX. The FOIA results were first presented at Debbie Schlussel’s blog in this article on November 13, 2008.
Schlussel raised questions about the authenticity of the registration but stopped short of claiming outright forgery. The two digit year date was mentioned but not much was made of it. A commenter named Nancy notes that in May 2012 she had sent the article to the Cold Case Posse. Debbie was not happy about the CCP “stealing” her work:
This article was forwarded to Sheriff Joe, incase he and the Posse hadn’t seen it. Thank you Debbie Schlussel for writing it. May the truth be known and the Lord’s Will be done.
N: Nancy, thanks, but come on. You didn’t realize that Sheriff Joe ripped off my work????? Well, he did. He and his subordinate officers (the incompetent, thieving “Posse”), who wasted tax dollars working on this, e-mailed me and told me they were going to steal my work and they did. Your false hero, Joe Arpaio is no better or different than the robbers in his prisons. He stole from me. DS
Nancy on May 4, 2012 at 12:56 am
Zullo’s narrowed his focus to the the date stamp, that it was a USPO stamp, and it had only two digits in the year. It said “80” instead of “1980”. Zullo claimed that the date had been applied by taking a stamp from 2008, removing the “20” and turning the remaining “08” digits upside down. Now there are a number of things wrong with this preposterous forgery claim. First, the copy of the card was obtained when George Bush was still President and his appointee was running the Selective Service System. Therefore, Bush people had to have been responsible for the forgery. Second, it would have quite easy to obtain an authentic cancellation stamp with a four digit year set. Finally many examples have been be found of “USPO” cancellation stamps being used many years after the name change to “USPS” in 1970.
As usual Zullo presented the preposterous and unlikely as the likely explanations when it fit his meme to question any document related to Barack Obama. He ignored much more likely explanations such as the “19” digits having been missing or worn and not inking. The document was also most likely a scan of a microfilm image and faint markings could have disappeared in the process. Zullo also ignored completely independent records that indicated that Barack Obama had registered for the draft at that time.
Another claim Zullo made was that his investigators searched other Selective Service applications for others a two digit year date on the stamp and could not find one. We do not know how many they searched. He doesn’t tell us. One obvious place to look for two digit years on cancellations is well, stamp cancellations. Apparently, Zullo’s investigators didn’t look very hard.
A stamp collector and Fogbow Forum member named Paul Lentz posted how he had found several examples of stamp cancellations with two digit years.
Correct me if I’m wrong, but isn’t the basic premise here that the postmark on the Selective Service registration card (which contains only a 2-digit year–“80” instead of “1980”) is evidence of some fraud? And Taitz (as well as Kommandant Zullo) claim that there has NEVER been a 2-digit year postmark EVER in the HISTORY OF USPS POSTMARKS?
As some of you know, I’m a stamp collector (that’s right folks, I philatel around shamelessly and often ). In fact, I’m a 3rd generation stamp collector, having inherited and continued the collection first begun by my grandfather. Most of the stamps in my collection are “postally used” (that’s my preference in collecting), so almost all bear “kill” marks (and sometimes partial or full postmarks (a “kill” mark is the actual stamp cancellation marks–often bars or wavy lines which deface the stamp; a “postmark” is the mark which typically bears the name (place) of the postal station, the date, sometimes the time). Although most of the stamps (removed from envelopes/cards) in my collection have only partial or no actual postmarks on them, I’ve spent enough time lifting stamps from envelopes (containing full postmarks) to know that the claim that ‘never in the history of the US has a postmark only contained a 2-digit year’ is just stupid crap.
Of course, as any actual police investigation (as opposed to Kommandant Zullo and his Creamy Crap Potty Pals) or the most simple due diligence (such as that with which Orly Taitz is clearly unacquainted) would disclose, through the very simple act of contacting–for example–the United States Postal Service, or even The Post Mark Collectors Club, this is an incredibly stoopid claim. Hell, even the most rudimentary Google image search shows this to be a complete lie.
Paul goes on to provide links to several such cancellations with two digit years.
This one is from Fall River, Massachusetts in 1895:
Is that one too old for you.? How about one from Ord, Nebraska in 1951?
Here are two more from eBay:
Finally, here is another one from Nebraska with no year at all:
So there you are Kommandante Zullo and Orly Taitz. I hope you appreciate all the work that we have done for you folks. How is the arrest of the Xerox machine going?
Note: For more debunking of the Selective Service Registration Forgery claims see Obama Conspiracy Theories several articles on the subject, the Fogbow Special Report on the First CCP Press Conference, and this Debunkers.net article. We should also note that the Selective Service System looked into the issue in response to a letter from Sheriff Arapio and replied (from one of the linked Obama Conspiracy Theories articles):
In a letter dated March 22, Richard S. Flahavan, Associate Director of Public and Intergovernmental Affairs with the Selective Service System responded to Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s request for an investigation of Obama’s selective service registration. Flahavan wrote:
This Agency has no evidence that President Obama’s 1980 registration is not authentic. However, if you have any credible evidence to the contrary and believe that a Federal crime has been committed, we suggest that it be turned over immediately to the Federal Bureau of Investigation to pursue.