"A nation can survive its fools, and even the ambitious. But it cannot survive treason from within. An enemy at the gates is less formidable, for he is known and carries his banner openly. He rots the soul of a nation, he works secretly and unknown in the night to undermine the pillars of the city, he infects the body politic so that it can no longer resist. A murderer is less to fear. The traitor is the plague." -Cicero
Says intimidation comes from drug lords, Obama fans: 'I'm not sure which are worse'
Amid death threats, Maricopa County, Ariz., Sheriff Joe Arpaio is scratching his head over the major media's virtual silence about his decision to investigate Barack Obama's eligibility to run for re-election. "Getting death threats is nothing new for me," Arpaio told WND, referring to his national reputation as a tough enforcer of immigration laws. "But why has the media has decided to black out all news of our Obama investigation? That's what I don't understand.
"I'm a controversial guy and usually the media is all over me," he continued, "but when I decided to investigate Obama, the media has suddenly gone missing in action."
Arpaio said that if the media's strategy is to minimize the impact of his investigation by ignoring it, it is not likely to work.
"If the mainstream media thinks our investigation will go away if it remains unreported, they're wrong. The investigation is proceeding, and I fully anticipate we will publish a report early next year."
He said his law enforcement investigation is being professionally conducted and is wide-ranging in scope. It includes an investigation into whether or not Barack Obama is using a fraudulent Social Security number, as WND has previously reported, as well as whether the birth certificate issued by the White House on April 27 is a forgery.
Arpaio said he was also surprised by how vile the threats he has gotten from Obama supporters turn out to be.
"I've got the drug cartels from Mexico sending me death threats," he said, "and now I have the Obama supporters sending me death threats. I'm not sure which are worse."
Arpaio told WND he turns over all threats to his office for investigation.
He said he plans in his Orlando presentation to cover his Obama investigation as well as the efforts his office is making to enforce immigration laws.
WND has previously reported Arpaio has demanded to see the original microfilm records of Obama's birth certificate held in the vault of the Hawaii Department of Health.
WND has also reported that on April 27, the White House released three versions of Obama's long-form birth certificate, each one of which appears fundamentally different from the other two:
An electronic PDF computer file that contained a green background clearly showing the green hash marks of Hawaii Department of Health security paper;
A photo taken by the Associated Press and attributed to J. Scott Appleworth shows a blue background, with no hash marks and no green security paper background; and
Two photographs the White House staff allowed NBC photographer Savannah Guthrie take on April 27 that show a gray background on which grey hash marks are clearly visible on the security paper background.
Arpaio has also suggested the White House should authorize the Hawaii Department of Health to release for independent court-authorized forensic examination any 1961 paper-and-ink original Obama birth records the department has on file.
The Maricopa County Cold Case Posse assigned by Arpaio to investigate Obama's eligibility has now assembled some 2,000 pages of evidence in the case and is preparing to conduct interviews.
The posse is also currently in the process of briefing various Arizona state officials about the progress of the investigation to date.