Second of two parts
The investigation's technical analysis relied on the work of Mara Zebest, an author and tech editor, who was enlisted by the Cold Case Posse to look at the documents. She concluded in a report that: “Obama’s PDF file can no longer be referred to as a ‘document,’ since that term implies it existed and started in paper form. Obama’s PDF must be referred to as a ‘digital file’ because that is all it has ever been. …”
Ms. Zebest says Obama’s long-form birth certificate is not even a good forgery. “Poor is an understatement. It’s horrific,” she said. “When it was released, I still expected a file that would be difficult to determine as fraudulent, but when I opened it up, within seconds it was clear it was an obvious fake.” In order to make sure she wasn’t seeing things, she says she called a friend who was also familiar with computer programming. He downloaded if from the White House website and had the same reaction. “Oh my God, somebody has been very sloppy here,” he said, according to Zebest.
For Ms. Zebest, the foremost sign that the document has been tampered with is the existence of layers. “Layers are a very damning part of why this is a forgery,” she said. Layers appear when a document is opened in a graphics program, like Adobe Illustrator. These layers contain elements from the document, but not the whole document. One layer may contain the background color. Another layer may contain only black text. The information that appears on each layer depends on how the document was originally created.
For those more familiar with a non-digital era, think of layers as transparencies used with a slide projector. Multiple transparencies may make up a single image. In this case, the transparencies are stacked one on top of the other to create a composite of Mr. Obama’s long-form birth certificate.
Ms. Zebest says there should be no layers in Mr. Obama’s birth certificate. “If you take a birth certificate and scan it into a computer, you’re going to end up with a flat document. You're not going to have anything with layers. The fact that it has multiple layers in itself means manipulation,” she said.
Obama’s long-form birth certificate contains nine layers. Those who defend the document’s legitimacy say automated computer software could have created the layers. They have suggested two types of processes specifically: Optical Character Recognition, or OCR, and optimization.
The argument for Optical Character Recognition is easily debunked, Ms. Zebest says. OCR scans a document for text and converts it so that it can be selected, edited, copied or pasted. Put another way, OCR software takes text that the computer only recognizes as an image and processes it so that the computer understands it to be text. According to Ms. Zebest, the trouble with the theory that Mr. Obama’s document went through the OCR process is that the words are still “treated as an image in the picture. If OCR were applied, you’d be able to search for a word and it would be recognized within the document, but that doesn't happen.”
The second argument against forgery put forward by those who dismiss claims the document was manipulated is optimization. The purpose of optimization is to reduce a document’s file size. This makes the file easier to use. Think faster downloads on the web. The way optimization compresses a file is by segmenting the document into separate layers in order to compress it more thoroughly.
CONTINUED HERE: http://times247.com/articles/forging-ahead-on-the-birther-controversy-part-two
PART 1 HERE: http://obamareleaseyourrecords.blogspot.com/2012/08/washington-times-media-blackout-on.html
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