Sheriff Joe Arpaio Gives U.S. Selective Service Director Larry Romo 30 Days to Investigate and Release Obama’s Original Selective Service Form for Forensic Document Examiners to Analyze
Date: March 21, 2012
(Phoenix, AZ) Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio has sent a letter to the Director of the U.S. Selective Service System headquarters in Arlington, Virginia. The Sheriff is asking the agency to conduct an investigation of Barack Obama’s Selective Service registration form from 1980 after the preliminary findings of the Sheriff’s six-monthlong investigation determined that it may be a forgery.
The letter also asked Director Lawrence Romo to produce the original form so forensic document examiners can analyze the document to determine if it is authentic. (letter attached)
Because of inconsistencies on the form itself including an unusually incomplete date stamp, Sheriff’s investigators suspect the form, which was allegedly filled out in Honolulu, Hawaii in 1980, may be a forgery.
Sheriff’s investigators were able to replicate the alleged forgery by obtaining a circa 1980 pica stamp and a circa “2008” date plug. Investigators were able to clearly demonstrate the “80” (which should have actually read 1980) in Obama’s Selective Service Registration form resulted from cutting out the “08” from an authentic “2008” date plug, and inverting the “08” to read “80” when the cut plug was loaded into the year slot on the 1980 pica stamp. (see form attached)
Sheriff Arpaio is asking Director Romo to respond to him within 30 days on whether or not his national office will provide the Sheriff with the original document and if his office will move forward with an investigation of its own. Lawrence Romo, who was appointed as Director to the U.S. Selective Service System in 2009 by President Obama, reports directly to the President.
“While my office will continue pursuing this investigation, I have spoken of the need to enlist the aid of other agencies. As a first step to that end, I am now requesting the assistance of the U.S. Selective Service System asking them to conduct a concurrent investigation to verify the authenticity of this document,” Arpaio says.
Arpaio says he foresees the need to ask for the assistance of other agencies as well to ultimately determine whether the President’s birth certificate and Selective Service registration form are in fact forgeries.
“Failure to register or otherwise comply with the Selective Service registration process is a serious offense,” Arpaio says. “The law says a person who fails to register can end up with a $250,000 fine, five years imprisonment and is ultimately prohibited from holding any job in government.”
Arpaio, a Korean War veteran who served in the U.S. Army, believes strongly in the importance of registering for the selective service. He even started a program in 2004 to encourage inmates, including non-U.S. citizens, to register. Since then, about 40,000 inmates including 9,000 non U.S. citizens have registered for the selective service. END
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