More secrecy spurs cover-up accusations surrounding death of Obamas’ chef

Conspiracy theories continue to circulate around the drowning death of the Obamas’ personal chef Tafari Campbell, due to what one media outlet is calling a “cover-up” by the Massachusetts police.

“Police in Massachusetts are continuing to cover up information about the death of Obama personal chef Tafari Campbell even after declaring the case closed this week,” reports.

Of particular interest to online sleuths is the unnamed female companion that was reportedly with Campbell, a seemingly strong swimmer, when he drowned in shallow water while paddle boarding near Barack Obama’s Martha’s Vineyard summer home.

As BizPac Review reported, the Daily Mail had previously revealed that the woman, a fellow employee at the residence, allegedly attempted to save Campbell when he fell off his board and disappeared beneath the surface of the water.

She reportedly tried to get to Campbell in time but couldn’t and was forced to rush back to shore to ask for help, Massachusetts State Police told MassLive.

“Now we can reveal that she is 26 years old,” reported on Saturday. “Her identity, however, is still unknown.”

Official details of Campbell’s death remain shrouded in mystery, thanks to the authorities’ closed lips.

“Releasing the summary conclusion of a report from the chief medical examiner, officials refused to reveal even basic findings, such as whether Campbell suffered a medical episode or was under the influence of drugs or alcohol,” according to “State police have also warned other law enforcement agencies to not to release information.”

An incident report was released on Wednesday by the Edgartown police now that the case has been closed, but the names of the U.S. Secret Service agent who dialed 911 and information related to the “sole witness” to the drowning — the female companion — were redacted.

On Tuesday, again made a request to the Dukes County Sheriff’s Office that the 911 call be released.

“Susan Schofield, the sheriff’s supervisor of communications, has yet to provide it,” the outlet states.

On Wednesday morning, Schofield claimed, “I am waiting for a response from the trooper who is in charge of the investigation.”

“Nothing yet,” she stated on Thursday morning, promising she’d get back to the Daily Mail “as soon as I hear.”

The executor director of the New England First Amendment Coalition, Justin Silverman, said previously that the state may be in violation of the Public Records Law.

“The burden is on law enforcement to show how their investigation may be jeopardized by releasing certain information,” he said.

On Thursday, Robert Bertsche, general counsel of the New England Newspaper and Press Association (NENPA), told that the police’s silence on the incident is a disservice to the public and is responsible for a “cottage industry” of conspiracy theories.

“The 911 call absolutely should be released,” Bertsche said. “So should the other details about the now-completed investigation by state or local authorities. That’s not merely the law – it’s a sound public practice.”

“When the government keeps secrets, the void inevitably gets filled with conspiracy theories, and that leads to suspicion and distrust of government,” he explained. “That doesn’t serve the legitimate interests of law enforcement – and it certainly doesn’t serve the public, which has a right to know how the police reached their conclusion.”

“By refusing to disclose the investigation details, the police have spawned a cottage industry of rumor-making and malign speculation,” he continued. “It’s natural for members of the public to ask: ‘What do they have to hide?'”

Among those speculating is Tom Fitton, president of Judicial Watch.

“Who was that witness who was paddle boarding with him?” Fitton asked Thursday. “Obviously, it wasn’t his wife. So who was it? As of today, we still don’t have a sufficient reason for the withholding of any of this information.”

“We’ll be very interested to learn about communications between the Secret Service and the state and local police,” he stated. “It’s simple information. What’s the state secret about this other than to protect Obama, to protect him from embarrassment or having to answer questions on this.”

“This is why people don’t trust what they’re told about cases such as these,” Fitton added. “What otherwise looks to be a simple tragic accident becomes something else because the government withholds information improperly to protect a politician.”


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