After a visit to Phoenix to get a first-hand look at evidence collected by Sheriff Joe Arpaio and his investigative team, former Margaret Thatcher policy adviser Lord Christopher Monckton says he is convinced that the document presented by the White House as Barack Obama's birth certificate is fraudulent.
Monckton, known internationally for his climate-change skepticism, told WND he didn't pay much attention to the controversy surrounding Obama's birth certificate until he watched Arpaio and his team present their preliminary findings at a March 1 news conference. The sheriff's Cold Case Posse has concluded there is probable cause that Obama's birth document and his Selective Service registration are forgeries.
Monckton's interest in Arpaio's investigation came out in an interview last week on Dennis Miller's nationally syndicated radio show.
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At the invitation of a mutual friend with Arpaio, Monckton came to the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office on Monday to examine the evidence gathered by the team of retired law-enforcement investigators.
"My assessment is that they are right to be worried," Monckton said in a video interview at the end of the day with WND's Jerome Corsi. "That document is not genuine."
The Obama birth certificate case appealed to Monckton's instincts as a fraud detector. In his role as a policy adviser to Thatcher in the 1980s, Monckton reviewed fraud cases and developed single-page briefs with an action plan for the British prime minister.
Monckton, who has a BA and an MA from Cambridge University, is a former newspaper editor. He was a member of Thatcher's Conservative Party but now serves as the head of the policy unit for the U.K. Independence Party.
Arpaio's chief investigator on the eligibility case, Mike Zullo, said he thought that he and the sheriff "proved our point" to Monckton during the visit Monday.
"We went deeper today with Lord Monckton than we did in the press conference, and for him to come away comfortable with our findings, and validating our findings, is a validation for the sheriff," he said.
Zullo affirmed that the sheriff's office will continue to make its resources available to Monckton.
"One of the concerns of the sheriff is the media blackout that is surrounding him and this investigation, and we're hoping that through this visit, that might change," Zullo said.
Monckton said that he has researched some of the arguments made by people who insist that the document posted online by the White House April 27, 2011, is a valid birth certificate.
"It's really very clear that they are unable to account for the manner in which the document, now purported to be a birth certificate, on the White House government website, has been fabricated," he said. "They can't replicate that fabrication by any natural or normal means."
Monckton said it appears that the document was cobbled together in layers, pointing to evidence that three date stamps and a registrar's stamp were superimposed on it from another document.
Why go to all that trouble, he reasoned, "if there was an original document in some form that could simply be scanned and copied as a single entity?"
"Clearly, the suspicion must be aroused as to whether or not any such document in reality exists on the file in Hawaii," he said.
If there is no such document, he concluded, "then the implications for those who have perpetrated what appears, at least on the face of it, to be a serious fraud, are very grave, indeed."
WND has compiled a list of the many other high-profile personalities and leaders who have raised questions about Obama's eligibility.
Read the preliminary findings of Sheriff Arpaio's Cold Case Posse investigation after six months investigating Obama's constitutional eligibility to serve as president in "A Question of Eligibility," co-authored by Jerome Corsi and Mike Zullo.