Skip to comments.A Freeper rebuttal to AJ Strata's claim of debunking the Obama Birthgate doubters, part 1!
Posted on 07/07/2008 4:57:52 PM PDT by pissant
I will debunk the debunking in bold. AJStrata's text will be normal instead of italicized for easier reading.
Days ago I looked into the forged Obama Birth Certificate Myth and realized it was all BS. Basically, we have a lot of people running around making mistakes and then trying to pretend revelations that destroyed their first claims are exposing other, new issues. All I see are people making wild claims, being proved wrong, and then moving onto new wild claims - to be proved wrong again. As proof of this pattern let me point to one of these experts who did a poor job of examining the documents in the first place, a person called Polirak over at Town Hall.
Pissant: So far nothing but hyperbole, calling detailed analysis "wild claims". But he is setting himself up as a debunker extraordinaire (at least his source LJStrata as such) without telling us what makes their analysis so compelling. Is AJ or LJ a graphics expert? What training do they have? Townhall blogger Polirak (sic) has twenty years experience with electronic documents and graphics programs. And he is certainly not alone in the blogosphere of experts that have likewise concluded this to be a forgery.
AJSrata: Before we get into this I want to share what I discovered when I looked into these files, before I even began to look around the blogosphere.
1. First I noted the certificate was a recent production that is made by a laser printer and is on a form put in place in 2001 (look at the lower right hand corner of any version of the certificate for this information).
Pissant: Fluff point, as everyone who has looked at this understands this.
2. I also noted a stamped date from the back which bled through on the two version (one on the DailyKos and one on the Obama campaign site) which shows this modern version was produced around Jun 6 2007
Pissant: Another fluff point, as we all saw that as well.
3. I discovered 2 dots from the laser printer that can be found on all three files (some folks just recently discovered the large one next to the image of the state seal)
Pissant: More fluff. Dots were published on July 3rd by Polarik and No Quarter and noted by freepers as well.
4. I could detect the impression of the state seal stamp and signature area on two of the files.
Pissant: There is no way that the 'hidden seal' can be detected with the naked eye on any of the docs. Using specialty software did indeed illuminate a seal on the KOS version, but not on the Obama version (Fight the Smears) according to 3 independent attempts. The only one claiming a seal on the Obama version was actually using the version from the KOS site.
There are three electronic images of birth certificates at the center of this silly controversy: (1) a BHO certificate Daily Kos posted initially [image loaded here], which Kos says he obtained electronically from the Obama campaign [image here], (2) the version of the certificate on the Obama website, and (3) a clearly mocked up blank form produced by a blogger who goes by the name Opendna (aka John Mckinnon).
Pissant: yes, yes we all know this.
In my analysis I find the Kos version to be the highest quality image file of the original document, produced in Jun of 2007 by the state of Hawaii.
Pissant: yes, yes we all know this.
I find the Obama campaign site version to be a lower quality version of the original, probably because someone decided to shrink the file size to optimize download size for the web.
Pissant: According to multiple sources, the hacks at Fight the Smears posted the low quality version AFTER originally posting a high resolution version like KOS did.
The Opendna version to be a deliberately manipulated version of the original Kos image, because the Opendna version has no evidence of bleed through from the back side, no imprinted time stamp, no weak impression of the state seal and signature area.
Pissant: yes, we all know that the OpenDNA/John McKinnon version was missing the KOS stamp and the bleedthrough date, as well as BHO's data. But there is nothing that tells us which came first, the chicken or the egg.
This analysis took about 30-60 minutes, not days and days.
Solly chollie, but just reading through and properly analyzing Polarik's multiple posts would take more than 30-60 minutes. Not to mention the work done by bloggers on Atlas Shrugged, FreeRepublic, Texas Darlin and JimJ of No Quarter. I call BS.
I have been putting off this posting on this matter because there has never been anything discovered that proved a forgery, but simply proved people were running wild with their imaginations. Polarik provides the best example of this.
Pissant: More nonsensical hyperbole. It was not wild imaginations that had bloggers downloading new software tools and spending hours analyzing the borders, etc. I think AJ didn't post because he has no clue what he is talking about. But that is just my 'wild' speculation.
On 6/20/08 the expert Polarik claimed this certificate clearly produced a year ago was a forgery of an original from 1961, which Barack Obama claimed he had in one of his books from years ago. I have no idea if he has the original, but no expert would jump to the initial conclusion this was a forgery, unless they did not understand how government document versions are controlled. He even noted the evidence that clearly indicates this is a modern document in his (Polarik's) post:
At the bottom of the JPG image, reading right from left, one can see following text:
OHSM 1.1 (Rev. 11/01) Laser This copy serves as prima facie evidence of the fact of birth in any court proceeding. [HRS 338-13(b), 338-19]
There are a lot of problems with this statement, foremost of which is that the text in this document were produced by a graphics program and not a laser print, or any other printer, for that matter.
Pissant: AJStrata does not grasp the argument that Polarik is making. AJ seems to think Polarik is claiming that the KOS document should have been a laser printed 'original' copy of his historic BC. Instead, Polarik is making the claim that I did when I saw the Kos document: That this was a computer generated, computer edited JPG as opposed to a scanned image of a hard copy from the Hawaiian authorities. I still contend that is the case of the Kos document, and it is hardly a stretch to think this such. It makes it hard to debunk the debunkers AJ when you don't understand the arguments being made. No one with any sense thinks this was intended to be a copy of his original BC!
Actually, all the text on the document is produced by a laser printer (via a graphics program). All the text on the two complete versions (which means they have the bleed through images from the back) have a haze around the letters. Polarik assumed this was because the text was photo shopped. My view is this is simply standard anti-aliasing of the text, something many word processing programs do:
Polarik mistakes this anti-aliasing feature with forgery, which is completely ridiculous. Anti-aliasing would show up on all Hawaii certificates since they are now digitally produced (and later I note this is the case). The biggest mistake Polarik makes here is comparing a laser generated certificate to an older type from NY. Unless your comparing apples to apples there is no way to determine a forgery.
Pissant: No, Polarik does not mistake the anti-aliasing with evidence of forgery. He is instead arguing, once again, that comparing the Kos image to a legit scanned certificate produced by a laser or other high quality printer demonstrates the discrepancies we see on a computer created/manipulated jpeg: namely, the "shadowing" present on the legit scan but not on the Kos document, the pixilation surrounding the KOS letters, and the missing green backgroung below the Kos text.
Next he discovers, two days later, the image went through Photoshop, which is not really a revelation since someone could scan the original document and prepare if for email or web posting using photo shop. Somehow in his mind just using Photoshop is evidence of a forgery, which of course is ridiculous - as many have since noted. So Ill just skip that mistaken jump to a conclusion for now.
Pissant: No AJ, it was not "just using" photoshop that Polarik claims as evidence of forgery. He is simply documenting additional circumstantial evidence. However, it is without doubt that photoshop or similar was used to black out the certification number. It is also a piece of evidence (originally noted by freeper Buckhead, BTW) that has made others continue to plug away on it, and examine the EXIF history of the KOS document as well as the openDNA versions. It is just another piece of evidence that reinforces all the other arguments.
Then 8 days after his original forgery claim, Polarik finally discovers the items that bleed through from the back, providing hard evidence the two version from Kos and the BHO campaign are actually digital images of an authentically produced birth certificate, created last year. But he was all confused because the Opendna version of the file did not have any bleed through section - thus forgery was at hand again. One day before Polariks post on the time stamp, Doug Ross did a great job of showing the time stamp, the stamp of the state seal and the signature area impressions coming in from the back of the Kos and BHO Campaign images, further proving their authenticity - not proving a forgery:
Pissant: The GIMP software was used by Polarik and by others. It showed ONLY the supposed stamp on the KOS document, not on the Obama website version, or the allegedly higher resolution openDNA's versions. AJ has not shown the stamp from the Obama site doc, and neither did Doug Ross. What AJ and Doug both show on their sites is something demonstrated by a reader on Atlas Shrugged who was the FIRST one to make the claim that there was a seal on the Obama version. However, its utter faintness, especially compared to the easily viewable date bleed through is more a sign of photoshop removal than a stamp actually being there. IOW, it is just as possible that the Decosta doc was partially used for creating a forgery but with the stamp edited out leaving only it's ghost on the Obama doc. As Doug Ross said about the Kos and Decosta documents: "When I overlaid the two certificates, the candidate's certificate matched up almost precisely with DeCosta's."
Part two coming soon.
Is it really that hard for Obama campaign to produce a hard copy???? Instead we have people fighting over an image which could easily be forged. I for one however am more interested in the real Birth Certificate and not some Certificate of Live Birth.
Thanks, I will leave the technical stuff to the experts like Polarik and you.
Give us a recording of your conversation with the people in Hawaii will ya.
It appears some prominent conservative bloggers want this to go away. I'll hazard to guess why. Since these bloggers have a large following, and see themselves as reputable, they are afraid of ridicule for being perceived as "kooks on the fringes" if Obama brings out a real BC to show... Even if they believe that this Obama birth certificate is bogus.
No, not hard, but likely some embarrassing elements to it. My guess, he’s a bastard child. But that is just speculation.
Good job. AJStrata’s “debunk” was a really lightweight effort.
Yep, they are busy making a better deal for a better forged copy.
Thank you pissant. I love you.
It was very unconvincing. And his claim of 30-60 minutes spent on it is evidence it cannot be convincing.
Here is what another has concluded:
Reports are that the divorce filing lists a marriage date of Feb 2, 1961, but I don't know how closely that documentation was examined.
“My guess, hes a bastard child.”
Well that goes without saying. How could the marriage possibly be legal? Obama Sr. already had a wife in Kenya.
So you’re saying that Sen. Obama is a US Citizen under 8USC1409(c)? Well, then, he’d qualify for Pres, even if born overseas.
Yes, that was shown weeks ago on a lib’s website. You can see some marks, but you cannot see the stamp itself. Only with enhanced tools can you make out the an actual stamp, and only on the KOS version.
True. FR is becoming quite lib.
You can see some marks, but you cannot see the stamp itself.
You can see the general form of it. The GIMP or Photoshop confirm the position as being right where the naked eye puts it.
And of course, that is from the Kos version.
FR is becoming quite lib? You mean all those Rudy supporters leaving reduced the conservatism of the website?
I’ve never seen divorce or marriage documents. A link would be helpful.
"On Feb. 2, 1961, several months after they met, Obama's parents got married in Maui, according to divorce records. It was a Thursday. At that point, Ann was three months pregnant with Barack Obama II. Friends did not learn of the wedding until afterward. "Nobody was invited," says Abercrombie. The motivations behind the marriage remain a mystery, even to Obama. "I never probed my mother about the details. Did they decide to get married because she was already pregnant? Or did he propose to her in the traditional, formal way?" Obama wonders. "I suppose, had she not passed away, I would have asked more.""
..."Ann filed for divorce in Honolulu in January 1964, citing "grievous mental suffering"the reason given in most divorces at the time. Obama Sr. signed for the papers in Cambridge, Mass., and did not contest the divorce."
And no friends witnessed the Obama/Dunham marriage according to the friend reported by Time mag above.
“My guess, hes a bastard child. But that is just speculation.”
I agree. Back then, even if the father was identifiable, if the child was out of wedlock, the birth certificate would state that the father was ‘unknown.’ I think this is the real issue, and would explain why he was able to get a passport, etc.
So now the issue is why he lets a lie float out there for so long.
Unfortunately for Barack Obama, who tried to slip some language into the resolution which would cover his case, one of the analysts on the resolution turned out to be Ted Olson, Solicitor General, widower of FReeper Barbara Olson (BKO) who was murdered as her plane exploded on 9/11.
Haven’t seen them. As I said, it was reports, but the documentation would be interesting.
Bambi writes in his book that the details of the marriage are “murky” and that he never had the “courage” to track them down. I took that to mean there was nothing murky and he didnt have the courage to admit what he knew.
I’ll believe the parents were legally married when I see the documents, not when TIME magazine or some other member of the treason media tells me they were.
I am still bothered by the blacking out of the cert number. This full-of-himself blogger owes us an an explanation as to why someone would do this given that it would invalidate a document were it actually legit.
To be eligible for the Presidency you cannot be just a citizen, but born within the United States or on its territory overseas, such as in a U.S. military hospital or embassy.
WHAT kind of language did Senator Obama try to slip into that resolution?
Read it and do cartwheels.
I’ve read it already.
On July 3rd, right after reviewing articles on Senator Obama linked through FR, someone hacked into my computer, mapped all three of my hardrives and then transferred the information to Washington, D.C.
My genius kid, studying to be a computer server administrator, notified McAFee that he’d discovered a shadow server behind FR’s server(s) that was positing Trojan horses and viral nasties on member’s computers. McAfee contacted FreeRepublic and I contacted the FBI.
Our hard drives were all 128 bit encrypted. No one has threatened me yet but I don’t have young children. I do have a real junk yard dog of a lawyer, though, and I will sue the bejesus out of Senator Obama if one of his homies shows up and we track this crap back to him!
What user IP address # did your son find when he identified the info as having gone to DC?
Can he identify who gathered the info?
I guess this would have to be a first rate hacker to set up the scenario you describe.
Can the rest of us find out if we have had a similar mapping of our drives? How would we do that?
Glad you called the FBI.
I also contacted the Webmaster here at Free Republic. They have not given me the courtesy of a reply. Yet. I’ll see what I can do about getting out the information on how to fix any problems.
Obama’s toast as of today, but my machine is acting up big-time, too.
May have to call the FBI as well.
Many thanks in advance.
I’m posting what my nephew wrote for someone else who was experiencing hard drive difficulties. Pleae excuse his text messaging lingo.
“hi im the genius kid and wat you have is a trojan that is not detectable by antivirus. Now before i say anything this program from what I have looked at it can install it self under several process names that run on ur computer. The two it uses are svchost.exe and explorer.exe. But they look like this, svchost..exe, or explorer..exe (notice the double periods). Now to get rid of it follow this file path WINDOWS/system32/ it should be in that folder. DO NOT DELETE A FILE THAT LOOKS LIKE THIS - svchost.exe or explorer.exe. Look for the file that has the double period. Oh and by the way I am seeing if it runs under anything else, so if u cant find it then it is installed under something else.
if u need more help just ask for
As his aunt I’m torn between gratitude and horror!
In US Code Title 8, Chapter 12, Subchapter III (NATIONALITY AND NATURALIZATION), there are four parts. The first covers nationality at birth, and the second covers nationality through naturalization. (The other two are "Loss of Nationality" and "Miscellaneous.")
There's no "naturalized at birth for being born outside the US. Note that the SCOTUS seems to concur...Rogers v. Bellei, 401 U.S. 815 (1971).
Also note, in the Constitution itself, we find: "Clause 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.
Very Interesting. Looking forward to further reports.
Wow—the double period was quite a catch on Kid Genius’s part.
You would not “see” that, because the program names are similar to known program names.
“Kid Genius” is a screen name that is not taken yet, according to the search function.
Maybe said nephew should join FR.
Thank you for posting this.
Wow, if this is true, it may explain some problems I had late last week and this week.
My ISP provides Norton and I think/hope that it stopped and deleted the potential problems.
I was wondering what was the probable cause as I don’t go to known bad sites that transfer something to my computer.
Yes, everyone needs to know about this.
God will you people give this up. There are so many other important issues in this election other than this.
How do you know someone hacked into your computer? How did you identify when that happened? What does "mapped all three of my hardrives" mean? How did you identify Wash DC as the location of where the info was sent to?
I don’t who you are. That’s funny right there.
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