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Date: March 21, 2012
SHERIFF ARPAIO REQUESTS INVESTIGATIONBY SELECTIVE SERVICE DIRECTOR INTOPRESIDENT OBAMA’S 1980 REGISTRATION CARD
(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 isasking the agency to conduct an investigation of Barack Obama’s Selective Serviceregistration form from 1980 after the preliminary findings of the Sheriff’s six-month-long investigation determined that it may be a forgery.The letter also asked Director Lawrence Romo to produce the original form soforensic 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 datestamp, Sheriff’s investigators suspect the form, which was allegedly filled out inHonolulu, Hawaii in 1980, may be a forgery.Sheriff’s investigators were able to replicate the alleged forgery by obtaining a circa1980 pica stamp and a circa “2008” date plug. Investigators were able to clearlydemonstrate the “80” (which should have actually read 1980) in Obama’s SelectiveService 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 theyear slot on the 1980 pica stamp. (see form attached)Sheriff Arpaio is asking Director Romo to respond to him within 30 days on whetheror not his national office will provide the Sheriff with the original document and if hisoffice will move forward with an investigation of its own.Lawrence Romo, who was appointed as Director to the U.S. Selective Service Systemin 2009 by President Obama, reports directly to the President.