By Douglas J. Hagmann

It is one of the most, if not the most underreported, misreported and mischaracterized story in recent history.

An official investigation conducted by law enforcement officials have concluded that the document known as the Certificate of Live Birth of U.S. President Barack Hussein Obama II, uploaded to and published on the White House website on April 27, 2011 is a fraudulently created document. It is a digitally manufactured forgery.

That is the official and final conclusion of a five-year long investigation performed by the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office, using the expert analysis of a certified document examiner based in Hawaii and a digital forensics laboratory located in Europe. The findings of this investigation were detailed by lead investigator Mike Zullo under the direction of Sheriff Joe Arpaio in a press conference held on December 15, 2016. Additional details were provided in a subsequent two-hour interview with lead investigator Mike Zullo and Carl Gallups on The Hagmann Report the following day.

Due to the swirl of confusion and often mind-numbing mischaracterizations of the facts of this issue and the nature of the investigation, it is critically important to understand with precision exactly what has been addressed and ultimately determined by this investigation. Only then will the profound and disturbing implications be fully understood, and the magnitude of this issue be realized.

The Nature and Scope of the Investigation

In August of 2011, approximately 250 members of the Surprise, Arizona TEA Party petitioned the Maricopa County Office of the Sheriff to investigate the document uploaded to the White House website that was represented to be the official long form birth certificate of U.S. President Barack Hussein Obama II. Sheriff Joe Arpaio accepted their petition and assigned this matter to Mike Zullo to head the investigation.

The investigation was limited in nature and scope to simply verify the legitimacy and authenticity of the federal identification document that resides on the “White House-dot-gov” website– nothing more and nothing less.

The investigation was never about where Barack Hussein Obama II was born, his parental lineage, or other extraneous issues relating to his Constitutional eligibility to hold office. Again, the investigation was deliberately narrow and focused on the document itself.

Unfortunately, many within and outside of the media created unnecessary confusion about this investigative task from the outset. The confusion soon turned to controversy to such an extent that the true intent and purpose was obfuscated and publicly misrepresented, which frequently resulted in obstructing the investigation itself.

According to lead investigator Mike Zullo, he initially expected the investigation to be relatively quick and easily accomplished. After all, the White House uploaded the document and presented it as an authentic representation of the original document on file at the Hawaii Department of Health, so what could possibly go wrong?

All that was required was verification that the document presented by the White House and published on the White House website was a true and accurate copy of the original on file in Hawaii. It seemed simple enough. What he encountered, however, was anything but simple.

Working the Assignment

At the direction of Sheriff Joe Arpaio, lead investigator Mike Zullo opened the investigation like any other assignment, and began making official inquiries as a commissioned law enforcement officer with the authority to act in that capacity. Despite the musings of many people who believed, from the beginning, that the document was a forgery, he made no such assumptions. Consistent with standard and accepted investigative practices, Mike Zullo let the evidence developed set the direction of the investigation.

The events that took place from the first investigative steps taken by Mike Zullo and the Cold Case Posse through the present, the obfuscation and obstruction encountered by government officials, the multiple misrepresentations made by the media, the harassment he and others endured, and many other incidents that took place in his investigative journey could fill a book – a long book.

In relatively short order, Mike Zullo determined that the document published by the White House contained significant inconsistencies that could not be explained away by the innocuous handling of the document. Despite the many assertions of numerous self-proclaimed experts that the troubling artifacts contained in the long form birth certificate of a U.S. President could be explained by various nuances of PDF layering, copier quirks or other innocent means, Mike Zullo possessed evidence to the contrary. However, he was limited with respect to what he could publicly divulge or risk compromising the integrity of his investigation.

As preserving the integrity of the evidence was paramount, Mike Zullo could not reveal many of his findings that needed additional substantiation in order to have an air-tight, “courtroom-ready” case. This, of course led many uninformed, misinformed and even misguided people to doubt the existence of any such evidence, and fed the media frenzy in their attacks against Zullo and his investigation. The attacks even began coming from those who were supposedly on the side of truth.

As the investigation progressed, Mike Zullo and those working the case with him knew what they had discovered and possessed: Evidence that the Obama long form birth certificate was a forged document. He has prima facie evidence to support such findings.

Mike Zullo also knew what they needed: The incontrovertible, bullet-proof process by which the document was created. Not a method that could closely resemble the process or end result, but the exact method used that could be replicated in court and convince a jury. The “how.”


Mike Zullo admitted that the investigation had taken quite a toll during this five-year period. He confided to Carl Gallups, his friend and a former law enforcement officer himself (and one who publicly covered this investigation), that he was ready to throw in the towel on more than one occasion. The ad hominem attacks by the media, politicians, and even more troubling, by his supposed friends and allies due to the rampant mischaracterizations of his investigation was becoming oppressive.

Meanwhile, Mike Zullo continued his tenacious investigation and research, searching for the key to unlock the methods employed to create the forged document. He had already made the case for forgery, but still needed to identify the exact means used. As the 2016 election saw the defeat of incumbent Sheriff Joe Arpaio by his Soros-backed opponent, he was also running out of time to do so.

It was only within the last several weeks that the needed breakthrough was realized. The process by which the forged document was created was identified and precisely replicated. The findings were the result of the individual and combined efforts of Reed Hayes, a certified questioned document examiner from Hawaii, a digital forensic examiner from Italy-based Forlab, a multimedia forensics laboratory, and Mike Zullo’s videographer who had been assisting him on the video compilations for presentation.

With little time to spare, the needed information was finally identified. It can now be officially stated with absolute certainty that the document that resides on the White House website purported to be Obama’s true “Certificate of Live Birth” is a manufactured forgery.

Of course, there is more.

This preliminary report merely provides the necessary context for the evidence found and addresses the misinformation that has plagued this investigation from the start.

In my forthcoming reports, I will provide the information that can be publicly shared, courtesy of lead investigator Mike Zullo and Carl Gallups, the latter who has been involved in the proper public disclosure of the facts of this case, as well as others.

Undoubtedly, there will be many people who will ask, why now? The answer is simple and has already been addressed, but it bears repeating. This investigation was not driven by any political agenda, but by the timing of the evidence developed. Mike Zullo held true to the investigative concept of letting the evidence direct the investigation, however long it might take.

Notably, though, this investigation was impeded by individuals in positions of power and further obfuscated by the corporate media. To be clear, this investigation was never about the birthplace or parental lineage of Barack Hussein Obama II. It was always about the authenticity of the federal identifying document of Obama. And that document has been identified as a manufactured forgery.

As stated by both Sheriff Joe Arpaio and Mike Zullo, the information is new, the implications are profound and equally disturbing. Stay tuned.

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