Wednesday, April 27, 2011

You've GOT To Be Kidding Me (Birth Certificate)

by Karl Denninger

Oh do c'mon.... oh Donald, this case is not closed.
You can't possibly by serious.
This document has been altered and whoever did it wasn't even very clever in
doing so.
I downloaded the PDF from the White House Web site - the "official copy" right
from the "Horse's Mouth." Then I loaded it into Illustrator. Look at these
images I then screen-captured - first, the ENTIRE image itself:

Note the light blue border? That's the PDF segment that was dropped in the
background, which was the green "safety paper." So far, so good - they just
took the safety paper background and then dropped in a picture. All is well,
right?Well, no.

Mother's "occupation" - the "Non" on "None" has been altered. What was there
before it was tampered with?

The "Accepted date" (bottom right) has been altered. What was there before it
was tampered with?
As has the other "Accepted" date. What was there before it was tampered with?
There's another problem with those dates too - they're clearly altered, as is
the "None"; here's a well-enhanced (at 1200%) version of one of the dates; you
can clearly see the difference in saturation. That was cut into the original
picture folks.

By the way, they were dumb enough to leave the cuts in the clipboard too. The
bottom part (certification) I can see since it's clearly overlaid on a
background. But the content itself?
This document has been altered; it is not simply a photograph of the registrar's
book that was dropped into a background, and it also is not simply an
agglomeration of two images (the background they constructed, the
"certification" and then the actual certificate.)
Now this does not prove that the alterations were actual changes in content.
They might not be.
But..... what other reason is there to alter an alleged high-resolution  photograph?
Got Illustrator? Don't believe me - check it yourself.
(To get the full list of things on the clipboard, load it and then select
"Window->Actions->Links." There they are.)
Advice to Obama: Next time you try to alter something you're presenting to the
press hire someone who knows how to do it without getting caught.

1 comment:

agondontor said...

I added straight lines to show how the thatch design of the security paper does not curve with the paper. Apparently the text and lines were lifted from somewhere presumable altered and then superimposed on the security background and then OCR processed to make it impossible to detect the alterations in the content.