who analyzed the online image of Barack Obama's purported Certificate of
Live Birth for WND confirmed there are anomalies inconsistent with a
simple scanning process, and there is evidence it has been manipulated,
but there's no way to determine exactly what may have been modified.
The end result is that while it is known there were changes, the full
extent of operations that were done to the image cannot be determined at
by the White House April 27, 2011
The White House last week trumpeted the release of the abovedocument,
calling it "proof positive" Obama was born in Hawaii, as if that would
answer all of the questions about his presidential eligibility. In fact,
those who contend the founders of the country excluded dual citizens
from qualifying as a "natural born Citizen," as the Constitution
requires presidents to be, say thedocumentactually
proves Obama's ineligibility.
It verifies that Barack Obama Sr. was listed as the father, but he never
was a U.S. citizen.
The original Obamadocumentpresumably
is in the custody of the state of Hawaii, and officials there explained
to WND that they put the original in a copier and copied it onto "safety
paper," sending those copies along to the president.
From there, the president apparently made copies of those documents to
hand out to the press corps, and then someone uploaded an image that was
posted online – the image that, actually, is the only one most Americans
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It was analyzed by Ivan Zatkovich of Tampa-basedeComp
Consultants, which consults on intellectual property for
telecommunications, web publishing and ecommerce and has provided
services for corporations such as McGraw-Hill, Houghton-Mifflin,
Citicorp and Amazon.com. Zatkovich has 28 years experience in computer
and for more than 10 years has been an expert witness providing
testimony in federal court in both criminal and civil litigation.
He confirmed that the multiple layers of the PDFdocumentare
"When a paperdocumentis
scanned on a scanner and saved as aPDF
contains only a single layer of graphical information. The PDF that
appears on the White House website however, contains multiple layers of
graphic information. Multiple layers usually appear in adocumentlike
this when it is being edited or modified in some fashion.
"It is possible to take a single layer PDF and inadvertently create
multiple layers, without changing the image in any fashion. But that
does not appear to be the case here. The multiple layers in the PDFdocumentare
a result of changes made to the image," his report said.
Among the various items that were separated into different layers
include the main text, the mother's occupation, the dates accepted, the
stamp and signature of the stateregistrarand
the time stamp of the stateregistrar:
broken into layers.
The background layer – with all of the additional layers removed –
essentially has the text removed except some random portions of
signatures and a white border where the text appears on other layers:
background, without layers of information added on top
The main layer of text reveals most of the wording on thedocument,
with strange exceptions such as the first part of Stanley Ann Dunham
Obama's signature. The main text layer has only "unham Obama." Likewise,
"Kenya" is spelled "enya" and "Barack" is spelled Ba ack."
The layer with
the main parts of the text
The report said in field 17a, for example, the question regards the
"Type of Occupation Outside Home During Pregnancy," and the answer is
"None." However, the "Non" and the "e" are on separate layers. Likewise
with the date accepted. There "Date A" and "AUG – 8 6" are on a separate
layer from the rest:
division of characters of information on different layers
The report said there are two groups of overlays, the first including
the main page of text and a separate one with the mother's occupation.
The second group involves the stamps, with one of the localregistrar,
another from theregistrargeneral,
another for the stateregistrarand
yet another for the time stamp of the stateregistrar.
"All of the overlays were of a higher resolution than the background
layer," the report said. "This suggests that the overlays [were] created
to enhance that content (i.e. make the text darker and/or the edges
sharper). The only two plausible explanations for this pattern of layers
is: 1. Someone was changing the content of both the text and the stamps.
2. Someone was systematically enhancing the black text layers for
legibility, and then enhancing the stamp overlays separately for
halos around the lettering suggests manipulation here too
The report also addresses the white haloes around most of the printing
"It has been suggested that these 'suspicious white borders' indicate
that items were pasted into the image. The pasting of content itself
does not necessarily create a white border. A more likely reason for
this halo effect is that the text was enhanced," the report said.
"This does not mean that other content in thedocumentwas
not changed. However, most of the detectable changes are consistent with
someone attempting to enhance the appearance of thedocumentrather
than change the content."
It concludes that while the modifications are consistent with someone
enhancing the legibility of thedocument,
"it is possible that inadditionto
enhancing the legibility of thedocumentthat
the content of thedocumentwas
"There is no specific evidence of how or why that content would have
been changed, but the evidence clearly indicates that thedocumentwas
changed," the report said.
Zatkovich told WND that the White House image "has specific content
extracted from that base layer and enhanced."
He said, "This was done through an explicit operation to edit and/or
enhance the printing in thedocument. There is no ambiguity here. There
was an explicit action by a person to modify thedocument. … Mostly like
to enhance the legibility, but still an explicit action none the less."
He explained the analysis he did was similar to the analysis that
routinely is done on evidentiary documents forcell
in cases involving child porn, fraud and murder cases.
"The content clearly indicates that thedocumentwas
knowingly and explicitly edited and modified before it was placed on the
web," he said.
A second opinion, from Jon Berryhill of BerryhillComputer
Forensics, said for a complete analysis, access to the originaldocumentwould
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