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A Question of Legitimacy
Is Barack Obama the Bona Fide President of the United States?
A white paper offering evidence in support of the accusation that Barack Obama has knowingly submitted a forged birth certificate purporting to document his birth; that in doing so he has committed the felony of forgery under Alabama Law; that he should be prosecuted for that offense by Alabama law enforcement officials; that he has failed to prove he meets the requirements of the U. S. Constitution for eligibility to hold the Office of President of the United States; and that no election official in Alabama should allow his name to be placed on a ballot for that office.
A Question of Legitimacy
Is Barack Obama the Bona Fide President of the United States?
By Hugh McInnish With valuable assistance from Dean Johnson, Esq. Copyright © 2012 Hugh McInnish (Although this document is written by a single author, the editorial “we” is used in deference to the several colleagues who have lent encouragement and help.)
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Contents A Note to the Reader Introduction The Short-Form Birth Certificate The Corsi Book Examining the Short Form The Long-Form Birth Certificate Examining the Long Form Other Evidence Is Barack Obama a Criminal? Synopsis Conclusion Exhibits List of Exhibits iii iv 1 3 4 4 7 8 12 13 14 16 17 18
A Note to the Reader
Don’t expect to read this white paper as you would a novel. If you need something relaxing at bedtime, try Gone with the Wind. In writing this paper we have made readability a high priority, second only after accuracy. To do justice to the forensics involved, however, a few technical subjects must be introduced. But there is no need to despair. There are no prerequisites to understanding. Computer science, programming, and studies of crime detection methods are not required. While some things mentioned may be outside the reader’s everyday knowledge, they are certainly accessible to any who are interested and persistent. Persistence may require more than one careful reading. We urge all who nourish so much as a modicum of patriotic spirit to invest the effort to understand what is written here, and, most importantly, to understand what are the extended implications for our country. This investment will pay a rich dividend. Grasping the facts presented will put the reader in the vanguard of those cognizant few who appreciate what is almost certain to be seen in retrospect as the most egregious historical event of the 21 Century. We invite you to read carefully.
A Question of Legitimacy
Is Barack Obama the Bona Fide President of the United States?
Today Barack Hussein Obama sits in the Oval Office, enjoying the title of President of the United States, and undeniably he is the de facto President, having received a majority of the electoral votes in the election of November 2008. But is he the de jure President? Is he a man, regardless of the vote, who is constitutionally qualified to occupy the White House? Or has he achieved his position through fraud and deceit? Have his actions actually constituted a felony actionable under criminal law? It is to these questions that this white paper is addressed. The Constitution is clear on the requirements for a person to be President. He must be at least 35 years of age, have lived in the United States for at least 14 years, and be a natural born citizen.1 From the beginning, questions have arisen concerning Obama’s birth status and whether he was a natural born citizen. But very few, especially those in the best positions to raise the legitimate questions, have dared to do so. Most prominent persons, as well as the mainstream media, have assiduously eschewed the eligibility question. In a form letter to constituents, Alabama’s Senator Jeff Sessions wrote,
I believe that President Obama has met all of the requirements of citizenship as set forth by the U. S. State Department, and therefore is eligible for the office of the presidency.
Exhibit 1.) Apart from being in error on the fundamental question of Obama’s eligibility, this letter is curious in its
implication that the State Department, not the Constitution, sets the requirements for eligibility to serve as President. Senator Richard Shelby, also of Alabama, wrote a similar, although much more emphatic, letter. He said,
President Obama’s birth certificate was presented during his presidential campaign and again in April of 2011. This birth certificate has been verified and confirmed by Hawaiian officials and serves as valid proof of his citizenship. Federal officials have also validated it. I am confident that President Obama is eligible for the Presidency, and any matters relating to the issue have been thoroughly examined.
Exhibit 2.) This letter from a United States Senator is embarrassingly asunder from the facts:
The senator speaks of “the” birth certificate,
implying that the same certificate was released twice. But there were two very different certificates released, the fake “Short Form” during the campaign, and the fake “Long Form” in April of 2011.
The “birth certificate” has not been verified or
confirmed by Hawaiian officials. They have claimed that they have somewhere in their records a bone fide birth certificate, but they have cleverly avoided saying that what they have, and what Obama is displaying, are one and the same.
There is no “valid proof” of Obama’s citizenship.
Even if there were, it would not necessarily prove that he was a natural born citizen.
The senator is certainly right when he says that
matters pertaining to Obama’s eligibility “have been thoroughly examined,” but not in the sense he intends it. Such matters have not been examined at all by those officials having responsibility to do so. In contrast to this gross nonfeasance, however, they have been thoroughly examined by skilled and responsible private citizens, and
the reader may look forward to seeing those results in what follows. In fairness to our two senators we must say that they are not alone. Many other high-ranking officials, as well as most in the media, and a large segment of the general population, have been beguiled by Barack Obama’s wile, to the extent that even his political opponents sometimes sound like counsel for his defense. Being among the un-beguiled, however, we believe that the time is ripe for a serious appeal to the consciences of patriots to use their voices, and to those elected to positions of authority to use their offices to make right that which is so clearly wrong. Now there is a wealth of credible forensic, circumstantial, and anecdotal evidence awash in the alternative media, and it points clearly to fraud, forgery, and deceit. Using these sources we will present convincing evidence that Obama’s eligibility is based on fraudulent documentation for which he bears responsibility, and that he therefore is not the legally elected President, and may well be guilty of a felony. The Short-Form Birth Certificate: During the 2008 presidential campaign demands were made to see the birth certificate of John McCain, which he promptly produced. With the question of birth certificates floating in the air, demands to see Barack Obama’s birth certificate were soon heard, but there was initially no response from the Obama campaign. On June 12, 2008, however, the pro-Obama website Daily Kos published what they called the candidate’s birth certificate.2 (See Exhibit 3.) The provenance of this document is lost in the fog of politics, but in any event, almost immediately Obama’s website published the same document and labeled it “Barack Obama’s Official Birth Certificate.” In subsequent discussions this has been referred to as the “Short-Form Birth Certificate,” or “Short Form,” or “COLB,” since it is headed “Certificate of Live Birth.”
The Corsi Book: In May of this year a book by Jerome Corsi was published. Even before it was published, however, it was featured on the front page of the popular Drudge Report website, and it instantly soared to the first spot on Amazon,3 the largest bookseller on the Internet. Because Corsi’s book and other of his writings will be prominent in what we offer here, a moment taken to say a word about this man and his work will be well spent. Jerome Corsi is an investigative reporter with a Ph.D. in political science from Harvard. He came to prominence in August 2004 when he co-authored the book Unfit for Command: Swift Boat Veterans Speak Out Against John Kerry that was published by Regnery.4 It sold 1.2 million copies. It was credited with bringing to light important information that had not previously been known about a major presidential candidate, and of having a major influence on the election of that year. Dr. Corsi is today a writer on the staff of the website WND, World Net Daily. Corsi’s latest book, the one released this May and referred to above, is Where’s the Birth Certificate? It treats the Short Form in great detail, with 370 pages, including 125 exhibits. Examining the Short Form: A single glance at the Short Form shows its claim to being a birth certificate to be blatantly false. It shows not a single signature, none of a doctor or other attending medical person, none of a certifying hospital official, or state keeper of vital records. Such a document cannot be used to get a passport or a driver’s license. Nor can it be used to enroll a child in school. Yet Barack Obama presented it as sufficient to establish his eligibility to be President of the United States. Compare Obama’s Short Form with a genuine Alabama birth certificate issued in 1934. (See Exhibit 4.) Or compare it with a more recent certificate issued in Hawaii. (See Exhibit 5.)
Though not close to being a birth certificate as that term is always understood, the White House maintained that it was just that, a real, bona fide birth certificate. And anyone questioning it could expect to be the object of harsh ridicule. For instance, at the press briefing of May 27, 2009, reporter Lester Kinsolving asked press secretary Robert Gibbs why Obama couldn’t release the real thing. Corsi records their exchange:
Instead of answering, Gibbs, along with the Washington press corps in attendance, erupted in boisterous laughter. “Are you looking for the president’s birth certificate?” Gibbs asked incredulously. “Yes,” Kinsolving replied. “It’s on the Internet, Lester,” an exasperated Gibbs rejoined. “No, no, no,” Kinsolving protested, “the long form listing his hospital and physician.” More laughter. “Lester, this question in many ways continues to astound me,“ Gibbs intoned. “The state of Hawaii provided a copy with the seal of the president’s birth. I know there are apparently at least 400,000 people (laughter) that continue to doubt the existence of and the certification by the state of Hawaii of the president’s birth there, but it’s on the Internet because we put it on the Internet for each of those 400,000 to download. I certainly hope that by the fourth year of our administration that we’ll have dealt with this burgeoning controversy.”5
Millions of ordinary Americans who take an interest in current events were far less astounded by the question than was Obama’s press secretary, and not at all amused. Not only was the document posted on the Internet on its face less than the legitimate birth certificate we are accustomed to seeing, there are strong suggestions that even it is in fact a forgery. A bizarre incident comes into play here. It involves a man named Jay McKinnon. McKinnon is an Internet activist who describes himself as a strong Obama supporter and has no doubt that the certificate Obama posted is the real thing. Yet some of
his actions contradict that belief. McKinnon is apparently skilled at manipulating Internet images and he used this skill to produce a forged Hawaii blank birth certificate as a joke. (See Exhibit 6.) Nor did he stop there. He produced another certificate that was not entirely blank. It showed that a person named Haye I. B. Ahphorgerie was born at 7:24 PM, date unspecified. Note that the name read phonetically gives “Hey, I be a forgery.” (See exhibit 7.) Assuming that McKinnon was being honest in saying that he was an Obama supporter, he intended his work to be a prank. If so, unintended consequences followed. He had shown the ease with which a Short Form could be fabricated. And he amplified this fact with comments he offered later. Writes Corsi:
The Israel Insider blog described McKinnon as a twenty-five-to thirty-year old “Democratic political activist, frequent contributor to the left wing Daily Kos blog, and a fervent Barack Obama supporter” who, as far back as 2006, had bragged on DailyKos how easily one could forge official government documents. The discussion centered around forging driver’s licenses for illegal immigrants and the idea of producing “The Perfect ID Card.” McKinnon was flippant, confident he could counterfeit virtually any government document, including birth certificates. “Most Americans have worse ID than illegal immigrants,” he said. “So, you have a letter from a notary that says you told him you’re a citizen. Is that supposed to mean something? I’m certain he would sign one saying I told him I’m a carrot. Birth certificates, are you serious? Take a look at yours. Chances are I could counterfeit it at Kinkos (sic).”6
It develops that there is an interesting and pertinent bit of forensic evidence that suggests that McKinnon himself may be the forger, not just of his spoof certificates, but of the Short Form presented by Obama as his actual birth certificate. Briefly, there is a subtle artifact that would be expected to be unique to any image of a certificate, but that is common to the two certificates that McKinnon has acknowledged he manufactured as jokes, as well as to the Short Form released by Obama. (See Exhibit 8.) To be specific, there is a tittle of a black mark, about the size of the dot over an “i,” just to the left of the state
seal. (Compare Exhibits 3, 6, and 7.) The mark is small and difficult to see, but it is there. (See the note.7) This is an instance of “electronic noise” that can occur at random in the production or copying of an image, but being random it would never repeat itself in any operation that was done de novo. It would have to be copied from an original image. A logical hypothesis flows naturally from these facts: McKinnon first produced the blank document. Then he filled it in, first for the Haye I. B. Ahphorgerie spoof, then for the Short Form presented as Obama’s birth certificate. In other words, the blank document was the parent and the other two were the daughters who inherited their tiny blemishes from her. To put it another way, the blank document was a template which McKinnon used to produce the other two documents. At least theoretically there is another scenario that could have been followed. The Short Form, from whatever source it came, could have been published first by Obama, and McKinnon “reverse-engineered” it to produce his spoofs. But this makes no sense. McKinnon has amply demonstrated his forging skill and could fabricate whatever document he chose without the need to reverse-engineer anything. Further, the sequence of events argues against this scenario. The Daily Kos website published the purported Short Form first, and almost immediately it appeared on the Obama campaign site. Finally, add to this that McKinnon certainly has the capability for forging the Short Form, as he himself has said and demonstrated, and the finger would seem to point in his direction. In any event, the questions of exactly how the document was produced, and by whom, are details which are interesting, but almost insignificant. The important question is whether the Short Form is a legitimate document. And the answer is a decisive “no.”
The Long-Form Birth Certificate: Jerome Corsi’s book was scheduled for publication on 18 May 2011. It was widely publicized and much of the information it was to reveal leaked out before publication. In particular, prominent businessman and presidential aspirant Donald Trump became cognizant of the book’s contents and went public. On 23 March 2011 he appeared on the TV program The View with personalities Barbara Walters and Whoopi Goldberg, among others.8 Using Corsi’s book as an information source, Trump roundly attacked the inadequacies of the Short Form and demanded that Obama release his real birth certificate, the Long Form. Trump’s appearance on mainstream TV drew perhaps an unprecedented amount of national attention, and focused the spotlight squarely on Obama. The startling thing that happened next can hardly have been a coincidence of timing. On 27 April 2011, Corsi’s book had already gone to press and had been widely publicized, but had not yet been published. Just at that point, in an obvious attempted coup to counter the forthcoming book, Barack Obama himself strode into the White House press room and distributed copies of what he purported to be his Long Form birth certificate. (See Exhibit 9.) He said that,
As many of you have been briefed, we provided additional information today about the site of my birth. Now, this issue has been going on for two, two and a half years now. I think it started during the campaign. And I have to say that over the last two and a half years I have watched with bemusement, I've been puzzled at the degree to which this thing just kept on going. We've had every official in Hawaii, Democrat and Republican, every news outlet that has investigated this, confirm that, yes, in fact, I was born in Hawaii, August 4, 1961, in Kapiolani Hospital. We've posted the certification that is given by the state of Hawaii on the Internet for everybody to see. People have provided affidavits that they, in fact, have seen this birth certificate. And yet this thing just keeps on going. Now, normally I would not comment on something like this, because obviously there’s a lot of stuff swirling in the press on at (sic) any given day and I've got other things to do.9
But, he added, that the “dominant news story” hadn’t been “about these huge, monumental choices that we’re going to have to make as a nation. It was about my birth certificate.”10
Trump accepted the document at face value, and he boasted that he had compelled Obama to make this release. He then fell silent on the matter. Many others, both supporters and opponents of Obama, dusted their hands and expressed satisfaction that the issue of Obama’s birth had finally been settled. Examining the Long Form: But those who considered the issue settled were premature. Such was not the case. In fact the new document amplified the questions several fold. Even without it, two obvious curiosities presented themselves. First, if the Short Form was truly an adequate certificate of birth, as Obama had claimed ad infinitum, why was anything more needed? Second, if the Long Form had been in his possession all along, why had he spent, according to reports, more than $1 million in legal fees11 fighting court cases in which numerous plaintiffs sought to obtain it? These are simple questions that would occur to any person with a modicum of commonsense, but no one has pressed the question on Mr. Obama. The silence from the media has been stupefying. After Obama produced his purported Long Form it was widely distributed across the Internet and immediately drew the attention of certain persons with the technical expertise to examine it with the eyes of an expert. A good example is Karl Denninger. He has extensive experience in the computer and software business.12 He deals with a term typographers use: Kerning.13 In the days of cast metal typesetting, in order to save space typesetters could crowd some characters closer together than others, depending on which two characters were contiguous. But it only worked with certain characters, and the typesetter, doing his job manually, had to be skilled and selective. With the typewriter, kerning has never been possible. The typist has not the skills of the typesetter, nor does his machine have the capability of varying the space between characters. By necessity each character occupies the same
amount of horizontal space. But the invention of the computer brought back the possibility of kerning. The computer has a brain and a memory, and it knows how much horizontal space to allot on a line of type to each character, depending on which characters are immediately on each side of it. Depending on which of the many available fonts is used, the kerning can be more visible or less so. (See the box, right.)
This paper is done in Courier New, which is a monospaced font similar to that of a typewriter. It has no kerning. This sentence, on the other hand, is in Helvetica CY and it does have kerning. Notice particularly the first word “This,” and how the “i” is crowded by the letters to the left and right. Here it is in larger type shown for emphasis: with:
This. Now compare This, where the
Denninger observed that kerning was clearly visible in numerous places on the Long Form submitted by Obama, and he offered an example. The place of birth was shown as Kapiolani Hospital. Denninger focused in on the initial three letters of the name, that is on “Kap,” and gave it a large magnification. When that is done it is clear that the “a” and the “p” intrude into each other’s horizontal space. (See Exhibit 10) That is, kerning is clearly visible, as it is elsewhere on the form, and it follows that a computer, not a typewriter, was apparently used to generate the so-called Long Form, at least for parts of it. Since computers were not in use in 1961, the year of Obama’s birth, this is strong evidence, if not irrefutable proof, of a forgery. An entirely different piece of important evidence was uncovered and commented on by Douglas Vogt.14 Vogt summarizes his Résumé as follows:
I have a unique background for analyzing this document. I owned a typesetting company (Nova Typesetting) for 11 years so I know type and form design very well. I currently own Archive Index Systems since 1993, which sells all types of document scanners worldwide and also developed document imaging software (The Repository). I know how the scanners work and their capabilities. I have also sold other document imaging programs, such as Laser Fiche, Liberty and Alchemy. I have sold and installed document imaging systems in city and county
monospaced “i” has plenty of space.
governments, so I know their procedures with imaging systems and everything about the design of such programs. This will be important in understanding what has happened with Obama’s Certificate of Live Birth. I also have a good working knowledge of Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator.15
Vogt applied his expertise to the Long Form and concluded it was a forgery. His work came too late to make it into Corsi’s book, but the latter picked up his story and explained it in an article for World Net Daily:
The 22-page criminal complaint filed with the FBI by documentimaging expert Doug Vogt charges that individuals within the Hawaii Department of Health, Obama political operatives and an unidentified graphic artist worked in a multi-state conspiracy to create a fraudulent long-form birth certificate for Barack Obama. Vogt's complaint asserts: "I have irrefutably proven that the Certificate of Live Birth that President Obama presented to the world on April 27, 2011 is a fraudulently created document put together using the Adobe Photoshop or Illustrator programs." He claims the long-form birth certificate the White House released April 27 as an electronic document in PDF format was forged from a composite of legitimate birth certificates obtained from the Hawaii DOH archives and manipulated to replace the original authentic information. Obama's birth certificate number appears to be out of sequence with the birth certificate numbers given to twins born a day after Obama. Susan Nordyke, the first twin, was born at 2:12 p.m. Aug. 5, 1961, and was given certificate No. 151 – 61 – 10637, which was filed with the Hawaii registrar on Aug. 11, 1961. Gretchen Nordyke was born at 2:17 p.m. and was given certificate No. 151 – 61 – 10638, which was also filed with the Hawaii registrar Aug. 11, 1961. Barack Obama was given certificate No. 151 – 61 – 10641, even though he was born Aug. 4, 1961, the day before the Nordyke twins, and his birth was registered with the Hawaii Department of Health registrar three days earlier, Aug. 8, 1961. "It is impossible to have Obama's certificate number to be four numbers higher than a certificate that came in three days later," Vogt concludes. Vogt's forensic examination of the birth certificate number on the White House-released long form concluded that the last "1" in the number "10641," as seen in the figure below, is a grayscale image, while the remaining numbers are not. This is, he says, "irrefutable proof that the certificate number is a composite of two numbers and hence a forgery."16
Vogt spotted numerous other anomalies in the Long Form, too many to detail in this short white paper, but one of the most compelling was his observation of the mixed use of “digital” images and “grayscale” images.17,18 Think of a typewriter. The typist strikes a key and the corresponding character is printed on the paper in the carriage. Assuming a black ribbon is in the machine, the character printed will be purely black. All the characters will be purely black except when the space bar is used to produce a white space. The typewriter, then, can produce only two colors, pure black or pure white. But now comes the computer with all its sophistication and complication. It can operate in the typewriter mode and produce images using only pure black and pure white, and these are now called “digital” images. But the computer is not limited to pure black, and can produce many shades of gray, typically 256 of them. In the lexicon of computers, images produced in this mode are called “grayscale” images. Vogt has conclusively shown that the Long Form submitted by Obama contains some grayscale images, proving that a computer was used in its formulation. (See Exhibit 11) A third analyst, Paul Irey, took an approach different from both those of Denninger and Vogt. He assumed that, right or wrong, all the entries on the Long Form were made with a typewriter. Then he proceeded in this way with his analysis: He first made a table in which he placed each character from the Long Form and numbered them from 1 to 244. (See Exhibit 12) He then compared corresponding letters with each other, for example, each “a” with each other “a” wherever it appeared, and likewise for the other letters. In examining the letters in this way, differences were clearly visible, and Irey concluded that, if they were typed, they came from two or more typewriters. (See Exhibit 13) But why, in the ordinary course of business, would anyone type the first few letters of a word, take the paper out, and put it in another machine to complete the word? No one would execute such a laborious process at whim. What probably happened is that the Long Form was forged by
taking pieces from several legitimate documents and using them to assemble the fake document, much as Dr. Frankenstein assembled his monster. This procedure used by Irey is neither intricate nor esoteric. It is subtle, but so are fingerprints and DNA. Nor is this method novel. The FBI has used it for decades. It figured prominently in the post-war trial of Alger Hiss, the Russian spy in the State Department who was tried and convicted of perjury related to the espionage he committed. The analysis of the type produced by a certain typewriter was an important element in the government’s case against Hiss and was key to his conviction.19 An article in Wikipedia discusses this famous typewriter:
At both [the Hiss]trials FBI typewriter experts testified that the Baltimore documents in Chambers's possession matched samples of typing done in the 1930s by Priscilla Hiss on the Hisses' home typewriter, a Woodstock brand. As early as December 1948 the chief investigator for the Hiss defense, Horace W. Schmahl, set off a race to find Hiss's typewriter. The FBI, with superior resources was also searching for the typewriter, which the Hiss family had discarded some years earlier. Nevertheless, Schmahl, was able to track it down first, and the Hiss defense introduced it with the intention of showing that its typeface would not be a match for that on the FBI's documents. Surprisingly, however, the typefaces proved to be an excellent match and seemed to confirm the FBI's evidence. Schmahl subsequently changed sides and went to work for the prosecution.20
We have already discussed the activities of Jay McKinnon and his demonstrated ability as a skilled forger, but he has not shown us how he made his forgeries. However another activist, Ron Pollard has shown in great detail one way to do it. In a lengthy and high technical four-part video series he shows us how to construct a birth certificate virtually identical to the forgery Obama presented to the press corps as his Long Form certificate.21 Other Evidence: Any one piece of the evidence we have given so far, standing alone, should be dispositive of the question regarding Obama’s birth certificate. It is
clearly a forgery. The sum of all the evidence should overwhelm the most skeptical. What we have given here is merely a sketch of the more salient points. Many more details are to be found in the Alternative Media, principally on the Internet. For example there is a serious question about Obama’s Social Security account. The account number he uses is one reserved for residents of Connecticut, and he has never lived or worked in that state.22 The number he is using is apparently illegal. While this is not directly a part of the birth certificate question, it does suggest that Obama habitually uses fake documents, amplifying the strength of the accusation that he is using a fake birth certificate. The premier website for matters pertaining to Obama’s birth certificate is World Net Daily. They have compiled an archive of more than 200 articles dedicated to this subject. (See the note.23) Is Barack Obama a Criminal?: The ancient and well known crime of forgery goes back to the English common law, and has been inherited in the laws of the states and in federal law. In Alabama it is a statutory crime.24 The crime extends beyond the person who actually creates the false document, but includes anyone who “utters” it, meaning anyone who, knowing that it’s false, puts it forward as true.25 Specifically, if the forgery purports to be a “written instrument officially issued or created by a public office” (e.g., a birth certificate created by the State of Hawaii) it is forgery in the second degree,26 and is classified as a class C felony.27 A class C felony in Alabama carries a penalty of up to 10 years in prison.28 Federal law closely follows Alabama law. It calls for imprisonment of up to 15 years29, and it explicitly mentions forgery of a birth certificate as an offense.30 Obama could not possibly claim that he believed the document he carried into the Press Room that day in April was genuine. He cannot escape the fact that he knew it was
fake. When he passed it out to the newsmen gathered there, in the language of the law, he uttered it to them. Further, as he intended it to be, the fake document was instantly spread around the world. He uttered it, then, in each of the 50 states in the Union, one of which is Alabama. Some definitions of forgery require the false document to be “of legal efficacy,”31 in other words to actually achieve a goal of some kind. In the present case the false document was legally efficacious in the highest: It enabled the forger, Mr. Obama, to appear to be constitutionally qualified to hold the highest office in the land, to be the President of the United States of America.
Synopsis: This paper is necessarily rich in details, with a close-up, tree-by-tree inspection of the birth-certificate landscape. In the usual hoary metaphor, it might be useful before concluding to step back for an overview of the forest as a whole. Even before the election, Obama heard demands that he prove that he meets the constitutional requirement that he be a natural born citizen. In response to these demands he published what has come to be called his Short Form birth certificate. This came close on the heels of an identical document published on the website Daily Kos. However it included not a single signature of a doctor, midwife, or certifying official, and could nowise be considered a birth certificate in the usual sense. Because of the obvious deficiencies of the Short Form, demands were made to see the Long Form, that is, the real birth certificate. Multiple lawsuits were filed asking that its release be ordered. But Obama, spending over $1 million, successfully countered these legal thrusts. Whenever the question of the Long Form came up in the White House Press Room it was always met with laughter, scorn, and ridicule, and, in effect, with the knavish retort, “As I have told you, he’s already released it.” In April of 2011 there was a surprise development. Without forewarning, not his press secretary, but Mr. Obama himself, strode into the Press Room and presented to those numerous newsmen present supposed copies of what he had spent a fortune in 15
legal fees fighting to avoid releasing. The reason for this astonishing abruptness is not hard to find. It is easily traceable to Jerome Corsi, a very successful investigative reporter and writer. Corsi had just completed the manuscript for his book Where’s the Birth Certificate, which would be a major exposé of Obama and his fake certificate, and it was just days away from publication. There was much prepublication publicity, with Corsi’s book soaring to number one on Amazon’s website due to advance orders pouring in. Obama is certain to have known this was happening, and his reaction was to try to parry Corsi’s thrust by finally revealing his “real” birth certificate. This new birth certificate did indeed look as though it might be legitimate. It had all the blanks filled in and carried several signatures. Not waiting for the inevitable analysis which could certainly be expected, many, both pro- and anti-Obama, immediately breathed a sigh of relief and embraced the document as genuine. They gleefully dusted their hands and said, “Now let’s move on.” But there were a few of a more skeptical and stubborn temperament, and they moved in for a closer look. One expert, Karl Denninger, conclusively showed that the Long Form showed evidence of kerning, something that a computer does as a matter of routine, but which typewriters cannot do. This strongly implies that a computer, not available at the time of Obama’s birth, was used at some later date to construct the forged Long Form. Another expert, Douglas Vogt, showed the presence of grayscale images. These are images that can contain a number of shades of gray, again something only a computer can do. He also noted that the serial number shown on the certificate was out of sequence compared to certificates issued after his birth. A third expert Paul Irey, took a different tack. He assumed, notwithstanding the evidence to the contrary, that all the characters on the Long Form were made with a typewriter, and conducted his analysis from there. With a detailed letter-byletter examination he showed that not all of the letters could have been struck by the same typewriter. In the normal course of business, there is no reasonable explanation for why a typist would type the first letters of a word, then take the paper out and complete the word on another machine. The fact that this was 16
done points to the conclusion that the Long Form is a composite assembled from components of several other documents. It’s difficult to see, then, how Barack Obama’s Long Form is other than a forgery, and since he has “uttered” it literally to the world, and particularly in Alabama, it would seem that he has committed a forgery in Alabama. There is most certainly far more than enough evidence presented here for law enforcement officials to open an investigation. Further, if as seems most likely, his birth certificate is a forgery, he should not be allowed on any ballot for President in 2012 by reason of his having failed to prove he meets the constitutional requirement that he be a natural born citizen.
Conclusion: The reader may at first brush regard some of the evidence presented here as a bit arcane, since for most it is novelty and not something seen everyday. But compared to fingerprints, and especially to DNA, it is relatively simple. The latter two require for interpretation a trained technician using a microscope. The evidence we have given, requires no microscope, but can be seen and understood by anyone with normal eyesight. And the evidence it reveals for forgery of Barack Obama’s birth certificate is well nigh irrefutable. He has committed forgery in each of the 50 states and in the country as a whole. We believe that if the evidence were presented to any fair-minded jury they would vote to convict him of that crime. But will our leaders allow these damning facts ever to reach the ears of a jury? In preparation for writing this paper we have had occasion to read again Whittaker Chambers’ epochal book Witness. A paragraph near the end of his book glaringly protrudes from among the pages:
No feature of the Hiss Case is more obvious, or more troubling as history, than the jagged fissure, which it did not so much open as reveal, between the plain men and women of the nation, and those who affected to act, think and speak for them. It was, not invariable, but in general, the “best people” who were for Alger Hiss and who were prepared to go to almost any length to protect and defend him. It was the enlightened and powerful, the clamorous proponents of the open mind and the
common man, who snapped their minds shut in a pro-Hiss psychosis, of a kind which, in an individual patient, means the simple failure of the ability to distinguish between reality and unreality, and, in a nation, is a warning of the end.32
The parallelism between the Hiss and Obama cases is stunning. Substitute 2012 for 1948, Obama for Hiss, and forgery for perjury, and the analogy is practically exact. The jagged fissure that Chambers saw in 1948 still exists today between the plain people and the enlightened and powerful, who have eyes to see but see not, who have snapped their minds shut, and have lost their ability to discern reality. And, as in 1948, this disability affects the health of the whole nation. There is one difference. In 1948 there was on the scene an audacious young congressman from California, Richard Nixon, who insisted that the facts be laid bare.33 After a national harangue they were laid bare, Hiss was tried, convicted, and sent to prison. As this is written, there is no 2012 Richard Nixon. one step forward?
U.S. Const. Art II, §1, cl.5: No person except a natural born Citizen, or a Citizen of the United States, at the time of the Adoption of this Constitution, shall be eligible to the Office of President; neither shall any Person be eligible to that Office who shall not have attained to the Age of thirty-five Years, and been fourteen Years a Resident within the United States.
Jerome R. Corsi, Where’s the Birth Certificate?, (Washington D.C.: WND Books, 2011), 63; http://www.dailykos.com/story/2008/6/12/11012/6168/320 /534616
The marks may be more visible when viewed on line at the following URLs: For the blank Certificate of Live Birth,
http://doctorbulldog.files.wordpress.com/2008/06/hawaiian-birthcertificate-blank.jpg For the Certificate of Live Birth from Daily Kos, http://www.dailykos.com/story/2008/6/12/11012/6168/320/534616 For the “I Be a Forgery” certificate, http://s100.photobucket.com/albums/m35/opendna/?action=view¤t=not -torture.jpg
Corsi, 351 http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=295189 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kerning
Vogt summarizes his Résumé as follows: “I have a unique background for analyzing this document. I owned a typesetting company (Nova Typesetting) for 11 years so I know type and form design very well. I currently own Archive Index Systems since 1993, which sells all types of document scanners worldwide and also developed document imaging software (The Repository). I know how the scanners work and their capabilities. I have also sold other document imaging programs, such as Laser Fiche, Liberty and Alchemy. I have sold and installed document imaging systems in city and county governments, so I know their procedures with imaging systems and everything about the design of such programs. This will be important in understanding what has happened with Obama’s Certificate of Live Birth. I also have a good working knowledge of Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator.” See http://www.obamaconspiracy.org/2011/05/expert-claimsbirthcertificate-fake/
http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.printable&pageId=306953 Ibid. See http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grayscale
Whittaker Chambers, Witness, (New York: Random House, 1952) A voluminous inside coverage of the post-war Communist conspiracy, including the roles played by Chambers and Hiss.
The four parts may be seen, respectively, at http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=356005#ooid=c4bzB3Mjrf -fhG4Bj7uUYTIWKrxAduNZ; http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=356005#ooid=I0bTB3Mjp5 DyYfaHx0tCRnDYCBIk-1Cx; http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=356005#ooid=A1azB3Mjqe H5cpOV9f_fyig9wOAu3WoV, and http://www.wnd.com/index.php?fa=PAGE.view&pageId=356005#ooid=JwaTh3MjqG K3MGy-pIsfINpiv-rg-ilb.
24 ALA CODE, § 13A-9-1-(7)
25 26 27 28 29
Ibid, § 13A-9-1-(12) Ibid, § 13A-9-3-(a)-(3) Ibid, § 13A-9-3-(b) Ibid, § 13A-5-6-(a)-(3)
18 U.S.C, § 1028(b)(1) Ibid, § 1028(b)(1)(A)(ii)
See Rembert v. The State, 53 Ala. 467 (1875): “There are numerous definitions of the offense of forgery, not perhaps substantially differing. We adopt, as comprehensive and precise, that given by Mr. Bishop: ‘Forgery is the false making, or materially altering, with intent to defraud, of any writing which, if genuine, might apparently be of legal efficacy, or the foundation of a legal liability.’"
List of Exhibits
Exhibit 1 Exhibit 2 Exhibit 3 Exhibit 4 Exhibit 5 Exhibit 6 Exhibit 7 Exhibit 8 Exhibit 9 Exhibit 10 Exhibit 11 Exhibit 12 Exhibit 13
Letter from Senator Richard Shelby Letter from Senator Jeff Sessions Short Form released by website Daily Kos A bona fide Alabama birth certificate A bona fide Hawaiian birth certificate The Short-Form forgery The “Haye I. B. Aphorgerie” forgery Forgery with tell-tale black dot highlighted The Long-Form forgery Illustration of kerning Three examples of grayscale Table with characters numbered Evidence of multiple typewriter use
Letter from Senator Jeff Session to a Constituent, February 17, 2011
Letter from Senator Richard Shelby to a Constituent, October 27, 2011
Certiﬁcate of Live Birth (COLB, or Short Form) Released by Website Daily Kos on June 12, 2008, and Apparently Adopted by the Obama Campaign and Presented on Obama's Website as His Real Birth Certiﬁcate
A Bona Fide Alabama Birth Certificate from 1934
Hawaiian Birth Certiﬁcate of Gretchen Nordike, Born August 1961
Blank Certiﬁcate of Live Birth (COLB or Short Form) Forgery
The "Haye I. B. Aphorgerie" (Hey I Be a Forgery) Forgery
Forgery With Highlighted Tell-tale Black Dot "Electronic Noise" Common to Obama's Putative Short-Form Birth Certiﬁcate and Others
Long Form Birth Certiﬁcate Forgery as Published on the White House Website
Showing How the "a" and the "p," the First Three Letters in the Name of the Hospital Kapiolani, Intrude into Each Other's Space as a Result of Kerning
Three Examples from the Long Form Showing Grayscale Characters Which Can Come Only from a Computer. Top: The “R” Is Grayscale. Middle: The Final “1” Is Grayscale. Bottom: In the Date All but the Final “1” Are Grayscale.
The Table Made by Paul Irey
Comparison of Letters on Long Form Showing Evidence of Use of Different Typewriters
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