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Obama's Certificate of Live Birth -- UPDATES!
I've been compiling claims people have been making about the authenticity of Obama's Birth Certificate (pro and con).  Is it Fact or faked?  You decide.

NOTE: Hat tips are provided below each claim so that the reader can find the original source I posted.

Claim 1:

Need More Proof It's Fake? No Problem.
Posted by Ann Barnhardt - April 27, AD 2011 5:53 PM MST
A professional highend graphics designer weighs in here:

Click here for the objective, factual truth.

And a YouTube stepby-step here:



If you or I did this in any context, we would spend MANY YEARS in prison. Obama should spend the rest of his life in prison.

I will not allow my country to be screwed with by a low-rent Communist agitator. If law enforcement will not act, then the people must. Obama is in NYC at a campaign fundraiser. He should be arrested and should not step foot in the White House again. Send the daughters to Chicago with their grandmother, because Barack and Michelle Obama are, at this moment, fugitives from justice and should be tried for treason.

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Claim 2:

Claim 3:

You've GOT To Be Kidding Me (Birth Certificate)

Oh do c'mon.... oh Donald, this case is not closed.

You can't possibly by serious.

This document has been altered and whoever did it wasn't even very clever in doing so.

I downloaded the PDF from the White House Web site - the "official copy" right from the "Horse's Mouth."  Then I loaded it into Illustrator.  Look at these images I then screen-captured - first, the ENTIRE image itself:

Note the light blue border?  That's the PDF segment that was dropped in the background, which was the green "safety paper."  So far, so good - they just took the safety paper background and then dropped in a picture.  All is well, right?

Well, no.

Mother's "occupation" - the "Non" on "None" has been altered.  What was there before it was tampered with?

The "Accepted date" (bottom right) has been altered.  What was there before it was tampered with?

As has the other "Accepted" date.  What was there before it was tampered with?

There's another problem with those dates too - they're clearly altered, as is the "None"; here's a well-enhanced (at 1200%) version of one of the dates; you can clearly see the difference in saturation.  That was cut into the original picture folks.

By the way, they were dumb enough to leave the cuts in the clipboard too.  The bottom part (certification) I can see since it's clearly overlaid on a background.  But the content itself?

But that's not all!  Look at this - the document number:

Click that and look at the full size. Only one of the numbers that was printed on that page had the background not only bleed through but also aliased pixels in the background itself

Uh uh.

This document has been altered; it is not simply a photograph of the registrar's book that was dropped into a background, and it also is not simply an agglomeration of two images (the background they constructed, the "certification" and then the actual certificate.)

Now this does not prove that the alterations were actual changes in content.  They might not be.

But..... what other reason is there to alter an alleged high-resolution photograph?

Got Illustrator?  Don't believe me - check it yourself.

(To get the full list of things on the clipboard, load it and then select "Window->Actions->Links."  There they are.)

Advice to Obama: Next time you try to alter something you're presenting to the press hire someone who knows how to do it without getting caught.

PS: My original belief - which I've repeatedly pointed out on the forum and elsewhere - is that Obama was indeed born in the US, but that there's something else - perhaps in his college records, perhaps in his Passport records, perhaps somewhere else in the records - that he doesn't want released.  I also have a cogent issue with whether a person with dual citizenship at birth as a consequence of one of their parents not being a US Citizen meets the "natural born citizen" requirement in the Constitution.  Incidentally, do some research on Chester Arthur if you're interested in someone with a similar lineage who concealed it during this time in office......

Now?  Unfortunately this document doesn't prove anything because of the presence of these artifacts in the PDF file that strongly suggest it was tampered with.

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Claim 4:
Karl Denninger Throws Down. It isn't debateable.
Posted by Ann Barnhardt - April 27, AD 2011 9:30 PM MST
Claim 5:

PDF Layers in Obama’s Birth Certificate

We have received several e-mails today calling into question the validity of the PDF that the White House released, namely that there are embedded layers in the document. There are now several other people on the case. We looked into it and dismissed it.

The PDF is composed of multiple images. That’s correct. Using a photo editor or PDF viewer of your choice, you can extract this image data, view it, hide it, etc. But these layers, as they’re being called, aren’t layers in the traditional photo-editing sense of the word. They are, quite literally, pieces of image data that have been positioned in a PDF container. They appear as text but also contain glyphs, dots, lines, boxes, squiggles, and random garbage. They’re not combined or merged in any way. Quite simply, they look like they were created programmatically, not by a human.

What’s plausible is that somewhere along the way — from the scanning device to the PDF-creation software, both of which can perform OCR (optical character recognition) — these partial/pseudo-text images were created and saved. What’s not plausible is that the government spent all this time manufacturing Obama’s birth certificate only to commit the laughably rookie mistake of exporting the layers from Photoshop, or whatever photo editing software they are meant to have used. It’s likely that whoever scanned the birth certificate in Hawaii forgot to turn off the OCR setting on the scanner. Let’s leave it at that.

UPDATE: I’ve confirmed that scanning an image, converting it to a PDF, optimizing that PDF, and then opening it up in Illustrator, does in fact create layers similar to what is seen in the birth certificate PDF. You can try it yourself at home.

UPDATE II: For those of you who still aren’t convinced, here’s a one-page PDF that I just scanned and optimized, so you can see for yourself that an optimized PDF shows up in Illustrator as layers. (I didn’t spend hours getting the settings right.)


Hat tip NRO.

Claim 6:

Long-form pdf link.

Photoshop expert and author of more than 17 books on computer graphics Mara Z. sent this in:
This is so maddening to listen to the media on this recent revelation… it’s such an obvious fake.

(Click on image for larger view)

Look at the attached JPG… (which shows what you will see when opening the PDF in Illustrator and how to get there)… but to recap… if you open the PDF in Illustrator (instead of Photoshop) – Select the entire document and go to the Object menu and choose Clipping Mask > Release. Repeat as necessary until all clipping masks are released. Also open the Layer and turn off the visibility of each clipping group and you can see all the numerous places in which information was added (edited) into the form.

Lastly, look at the attached 1961 sample image found on the Internet of a legitimate 1961 Hawaii Birth Certificate (which someone posted to show what a real certificate would look like from that year in Hawaii)… look at the marks on this Internet version and you can see this was the template for Obama’s BC handiwork. The handwriting is exactly the same between posted Internet image and Obama’s fake version — the placement of boxes and marks are in the exact same position, dates are where the modified clipping masks occur to adjust dates to fit for Obama, but the handwriting of dates match (except for the clipping mask changes). Even the Cert. number is only off by the last two digits (which…you guessed it… happens to be a clipping mask layer).

Finally, also wanted to make the point that regardless of where Obama is born, he’s still not a Natural Born Citizen since both parents were not born on U.S. soil but I won’t hold my breath waiting for the media to educate the public on this fact.

More doubt… Another graphics designer reported it was a fake.


UPDATE: Another expert John G. sent in these comments and this image:
(Click to Enlarge)

I have been using Adobe Illustrator since the original version (Illustrator 88) came out in 1988.
I have attached a few Illustrator files that I believe will provide evidence that I am indeed an illustrator expert. I can send out the original files if you wish.

The comments made by Mara Z are very interesting. The first question is – what was the source of this pdf file? If the pdf file came from Obama’s people, the claims that this document was “doctored” may indeed be of merit. The first question is, why are there any layers on this document at all? It was clearly created in Photoshop, which is always used for image processing.

The second question is, if you look at the file I have sent as Obama Certificate Actions 01, you can see in the actions palette that there were 24 actions performed on this file before it was made into a pdf. Many of the actions are not Illustrator functions, but are Photoshop actions. Thus, this file was created in Photoshop, and exported as Photoshop 5 (why, that’s a very old version?) and it was next saved for the web (a Photoshop action) three times.

Again, first, we need to ascertain where this file came from.

Hat tip Gateway Pundit.

Claim 7:
This just in . . .
Posted by Ann Barnhardt - April 28, AD 2011 8:23 PM MST
A truly excellent comment just left on my YouTube channel by "ottohoffman"

When I first read that the image of the long form certificate of live birth had layers because it was OCRed I did a find text command on it for the letter c (amongst others). It found nothing. Just in case the image had been OCRed but the OCR program had failed to recognise the c, I ran the OCR option adobe. I then repeated the find text command, and it found c. Hence it wasn't OCRed.

National Review Online, we await your retraction and correction . . . .

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Claim 8:

This post below is from a friend-of-a-friend of mine who has some expertise in pdf files.  Weight the comment of expertise appropriately:

Greg wrote:
"Be careful who you trust on this. Most graphic designers don't have experience with document archive and storage. Most of these people don't understand the internal structure of PDF files. PDF layers are often but not always associated with OCR but even non-OCR files will have bitmap objects that can be extracted as "layers" using Illustrator. And that's like trying to measure DC voltage with an AC meter, you may get results but they make no sense."

No Hat Tip available.  Comment received via private communication.

Claim 9:

April 27, 2011

Will Release Of Obama's Purported Birth Certificate Give Rise To New "Certer" Movement?

This morning’s White House release of President Barack Obama’s long form birth certificate will, of course, do little to derail the “birther” movement, which will now analyze the document with the kind of verve previously directed toward those Texas Air National Guard memos faxed to CBS from that Kinko’s in Abilene.

So here’s a few nutty points about the birth certificate sure to be seized upon by the nonbelievers:

• If the original document was in a bound volume (as reflected by the curvature of the left hand side of the certificate), how can the green patterned background of the document's safety paper be so seamless?

• Why, if Obama was born on August 4, 1961, was the “Date Accepted by Local Reg.” four days later on August 8, 1961?

• What is the significance of the smudges in the box containing the name of the reported attendant?

• David A. Sinclair, the M.D. who purportedly signed the document, died nearly eight years ago at age 81. So he is conveniently unavailable to answer questions about Obama’s reported birth.

• In the “This Birth” box there are two mysterious Xs above “Twin” and “Triplet.” Is there a sibling or two unaccounted for?

• What is the significance of the mysterious numbers, seen vertically, on the document’s right side?

• Finally, the “Signature of Local Registrar” in box 21 may be a desperate attempt at establishing the document’s Hawaiian authenticity.  Note to forgers: It is spelled “Ukulele.”


Hat Tip TheSmokingGun.

Claim 10, 11 and 12:  (from the same source)

Obama’s Cert: Probably Real For Now

April 28, 2011
Obama’s Cert: Probably Real For Now

Wow! Another amazing day of conspiracy theories surrounding that green piece of paper and whether its contents were authentic, doctored, or balls-out forged. But friends, we really did get it wrong. At least regarding the document as it was originally presented by Obama and the WH. Everything this blog and others brought to light yesterday regarding the pdf’s “layers” and “objects” and OCR and all of that really do not matter. At all.

All one has to do is simply look at the high resolution file available at ABC News (thanks Jamie!) to quickly discern that the green document we were shown yesterday was created from this much more authentic but boring looking blueish-tinted Certificate of Live Birth. Knowing this, we simply must stop evaluating the green document, since the contents of it are no different than what we find here. Read more »

Obama’s Birth Certificate Dissected: The Afterbirth

April 27, 2011

When I saw that President Obama’s Certificate of Live Birth was released by the WH this morning, I was eager to check it out for myself. Maybe I’d be able to put to rest that 23.5% doubt I had regarding our president’s country of origin? As anyone can tell from looking at my blog, I don’t regularly play in the political arena. But when I saw the document wasn’t exactly pristine, I decided to submit what I found to and let others tear it apart. Funny thing is, I wasn’t trying to debunk the thing, rather just stir things up a bit. Childish? Perhaps. Fun? Totally.

Read more »

Obama’s Birth Certificate, Dissected

April 27, 2011
Obama’s Birth Certificate, Dissected


I AM NOT A BIRTHER! But this one is too interesting to ignore. Upon hearing all the fuss about the newly released Certificate of Live Birth, I decided to open it up in Adobe Illustrator and see just what we were given by the White House. Judge for yourself.

Hat Tip for the three claims above go to Brian Keith Nixon.

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