Source: WND

WASHINGTON – WND’s week-old petition to Congress to investigate Barack Obama’s constitutional eligibility for office is nearing 40,000 names.

Spurred by the findings of Arizona Sheriff Joe Arpaio who has concluded there is probable to suspect fraud in the creation of the birth certificate posted one year ago on the White House website, the petition represents a last-ditch effort to clear the air on Obama’s legitimacy before the November election.

“Can you believe Obama is still playing games with his identity six months before the next presidential election?” asks Joseph Farah, chief executive officer and editor of WND. “As I have long predicted, no court in America is going to take this hot potato of a case. It is the sworn duty of Congress to uphold the Constitution and hold the executive branch accountable to the people. It’s time to turn up the heat on the timid, fearful Republicans and the see-no-evil Democrats.”

Arpaio himself, whose office has conducted the only law enforcement investigation of the questions surrounding Obama’s birth documents and eligibility questions, has asked for assistance from Congress. But, so far, his requests have fallen on deaf ears.

Arpaio recently told WABC radio host and WND senior staff reporter Aaron Klein that the media and politicians alike are afraid to touch the issue.

“Why didn’t someone investigate this? I mean, where is everybody?” Arpaio asked Klein. “How come the federal agencies aren’t investigating? We’re dealing with federal issues here. So everybody’s hiding, and they’re still hiding.”

Sign the petition now to show members of Congress just how many Americans demand constitutional integrity.

Meanwhile, several members of Congress have tentatively broached the subject of the constitutional eligibility of the president, only to retreat when the mainstream media pulled out a well-worn repertoire of “birther” jokes.

One of the Congress members was Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., who said, regarding the constitutional qualifications for president, “Any circumvention of these constitutional requirements would be a slap in the face to the rule of law and our very democracy.”

Also, Rep. Blake Farenthold, R-Texas, told a constituent that it appears the courts should resolve the issue, not Congress, and he wondered what claims can be brought to Obama’s doorstep.

At the time the comments surfaced, it appeared that at least some members of Congress were breaking away from recommendations from the Congressional Research Service on how to dismiss such questions.

As WND reported, Jerry W. Mansfield, an information research specialist in the Knowledge Services Group of the Congressional Research Sevice, issued a memo to prepare members of Congress to rebut and defuse questions constituents were asking regarding Obama’s presidential eligibility under the natural-born citizen requirement of the Constitution.

Many members of Congress were found to have quoted from the memo to turn away questions about eligibility.

Attached to the memo was an attack piece published by FactCheck.org to dismiss claims that Obama’s short-form Certification of Live Birth, originally published during the 2008 presidential campaign by DailyKos.com, was a forgery.

When Obama released an image of a Hawaiian long-form birth certificate on April 27, 2011, after years of stating that the document was not available, the Hawaii Department of Health and governor’s office refused to confirm for WND that the image released was an accurate representation of the state’s records.

That’s the document Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s law enforcement investigators say probably is a forgery.

One other voice in the wilderness was that of U.S. Rep. Bill Posey, whose H.R. 1503 said:

“To amend the Federal Election Campaign Act of 1971 to require the principal campaign committee of a candidate for election to the office of President to include with the committee’s statement of organization a copy of the candidate’s birth certificate, together with such other documentation as may be necessary to establish that the candidate meets the qualifications for eligibility to the Office of President under the Constitution.”

The new petition demands that the 112th Congress begin a “full and impartial investigation into the constitutional eligibility of Barack Hussein Obama.”

As for Sheriff Arpaio, he said he had told lead investigator Mike Zullo to debunk the “birther” claims about Obama’s documents.

“My instructions were this: ‘I want you to clear the president. I want to get to the bottom of this and get it off the table forever,’” Arpaio told Klein. “Didn’t happen that way.”

Instead, Zullo and the Cold Case Posse only confirmed concerns about the authenticity of Obama’s documents.

As WND reported, Arpaio and his Cold Case Posse conducted an extensive examination of documents released by the White House last April purported to be Obama’s original, long-form birth certificate and Selective Service registration form, only to conclude there is probable cause the documents are forgeries.

And the sheriff concluded there is probable cause that there was fraud in the presentation of the birth document image as a genuine document.