Web expert: Obama certificate falls short in authenticity
Cites images sharing space, anomalous for typed pages
Posted: May 08, 2011
By Bob Unruh
Web expert Karl Denninger
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HONOLULU, Hawaii – A Web expert who has built and run Internet and networking companies says the image the White House released as Barack Obama's "Certificate of Live Birth" essentially fails the authenticity test, and that the image was more "assembled" than copied from an original.
That's the conclusion of Karl Denninger, whose resume includes work as CEO of MCSNet, a Chicago networking and Internet company; time with D&D Software/Macro Computer Solutions; work as a programming team leader for network software; and in network engineering with ratings as a Unix System administrator.
Denninger's work follows on the opinion from another analyst, Ivan Zatkovich of Tampa-based eComp 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, who has 28 years experience in computer science and document management and for more than 10 years has been an expert witness providing testimony in federal court in both criminal and civil litigation, told WND the White House image "has specific content extracted from that base layer and enhanced."
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Zatkovich said, "This was done through an explicit operation to edit and/or enhance the printing in the document. There is no ambiguity here. There was an explicit action by a person to modify the document. ... Mostly like to enhance the legibility, but still an explicit action nonetheless."
He explained that his analysis was similar to that routinely done on evidentiary documents for cell phones and computers in cases involving child porn, fraud and murder cases.
"The content clearly indicates that the document was knowingly and explicitly edited and modified before it was placed on the web," he said.
Now Denninger has posted a series of reports online, and on YouTube, where he explains his concerns, which focus around the lettering as it appears on the document that reportedly is a photocopy, on green "safety paper" of the original record in Hawaii.
He explains that the letters purportedly typed on the birth document show evidence of "kerning," the squeezing of letters into a line so that they intrude into adjacent letter spaces, routine since the advent of word processors and computers but impossible with a typewriter.
Analyst's problem with Obama BC, letters than intrude on adjacent type space
Denninger explains that in the image taken from the name of the hospital, the "a" and the "p" share vertical space on the line.
"This process, of course, requires that you know what the next letter is. With a computer this is pretty easy, since the computer can retroactively go back and adjust, and it also can typeset the current letter with the knowledge of what the previous one was," he reported. "A typewriter, on the other hand, is a mechanical device. It does not know what the next letter is that you will type, nor does it know what the last letter was that you typed. It thus has a typeface that always leaves physical space between the boundary of each character …"
To those who argue that some sort of physical condition – a malfunctioning typewriter carriage or something – could have caused what appears to be kerning, he says the document doesn't support that explanation.
Further, he says, another scan of the document, done by the Associated Press, produced an image with critical differences from what the White House released. For example, he said the White House image's background isn't consistent.
"Somebody took two images, the safety paper image as a background, and laid this other document on top of it. This is not a scan, this is assembled from two, or more than two documents, that were put together by computerized means," he said.
His full explanation is on video:
"To refute this point you must come up with a typewriter that contains a flux capacitor and thus is capable of accurately predicting the future," he said. "This document has been assembled by somebody on a computer."
He continued with the statement that "there's only one way we're going to get the truth – a forensic document examiner is going to have to go look at the certificate and authenticate it. The real one – not a printout."
Denninger, who confirms he voted for Obama, also talked about the typewriter characters' alignment. The B from Barack and the K from Kapiolani line up vertically, but the line then goes through the middle of the M in Male, he said.
He said the only explanation would be that someone typed "Male" after filling out the rest of the document, and then taking the paper out and reinserting it. That, he concluded, is illogical.
"Draw your own conclusions, but what I see here is a document that was not put into a typewriter and typed in one operation. Has this proved somebody tampered with it? Not necessarily. But it's another piece of the puzzle."
He also noted there are no "chromatic artifacts" in the scanned document from the White House, and as a color scan there should be. There are in the AP scan of the same document, and the absence of the artifacts shows the Obama document "is not an unaltered color scan."
He also wondered why the typist had not used tab stops, as a clerk typing many forms probably would.
"We're talking about probabilities," he told WND. "When you look at a handful of layers, that's not proof … but it's more evidence."
The White House had trumpeted the release of the document, 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 the document actually proves Obama's ineligibility.
That is, it verifies that Barack Obama Sr. was listed as the father, but he wasn't a U.S. citizen.
The president himself even seemed to acknowledge the relevance of parental citizenship when he co-sponsored a resolution to address Sen. John McCain's presidential eligibility that implied a "natural born Citizen" must be born to "American citizen" parents.
Hawaii officials say they have Obama's original birth certificate and made copies for the president. One of the copies then was scanned and posted on the White House website.
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