The Selective Service System has declined Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio's request to see the original copy of Barack Obama's Selective Service registration form.
Arpaio's Cold Case Posse investigating Obama's eligibility announced at a March 1 press conference that it believes there is probable cause that the registration is fraudulent.
A three-sentence March 22 letter written on behalf of Selective Service Director Lawrence G. Romo, however, dismissed the request.
"This Agency has no evidence that President Obama's 1980 registration is not authentic," wrote Richard S. Flahavan, associate director of public & intergovernmental affairs
Apparently refusing to take seriously Arpaio's investigation, Flahavan referred the sheriff to the FBI.
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"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," Flahavan said.
In response, Arpaio yesterday sent a second letter to Romo, requesting clarification.
"If your office has the original, authentic Selective Service registration form for Barack Obama from July 29, 1980, please indicate whether or not you are in possession of this document," Arpaio wrote.
"If the document is in your possession, please make it available for inspection by my Sheriff's Office investigators. We will travel to your facility to analyze it."
Apraio gave Romo 10 days to respond.
"Given the clarity and brevity of these requests, we would appreciate your direct response within ten business days of your receipt of this letter, since we are continuing our investigation," Arpaio said.
Arpaio charges forgery
In his March 1 press conference in Phoenix, Arpaio, together with lead investigator Mike Zullo, charged that in addition to the long-form birth certificate released by the White House on April 27, Obama's Selective Service registration form is also a forged document.
Arpaio and Zullo came to the conclusion after comparing a copy of Obama's form to copies of several others known to be authentic. Some were submitted from the same Post Office as Obama's, Makiki Station in Honolulu, and in the same month and year, July 1980.
As WND reported, Obama's Selective Service registration has a two-digit year stamp, specifying only "80" instead of "1980," as specified by Post Office regulations and operating practice.
In his original letter to Romo, dated March 19, Arpaio had asked the Selective Service System to produce and provide to his investigators the original Selective Service registration form purportedly filled out by Obama.
Arpaio's letter also asked the Selective Service System to give court-approved, forensic experts selected by the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office the opportunity to examine Obama's originally submitted form as well as any microfilm or computer copies that may exist.
MCSO investigators said they could not understand why Obama's original Selective Service registration was being withheld from examination by duly empowered law enforcement officers and by court-approved, forensic experts when the Selective Service System had previously released at least two copies of Obama's form to the public in response to Freedom of Information Act requests.
With the three-sentence written response, the Selective Service System appears to be taking a similar position to that taken by Hawaii's Department of Health in regard to Obama's birth certificate.
While both agencies claim to have authentic original documents in their vaults, neither is willing to allow public inspection of them.