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A document expert contends the “Certification of Live Birth” Barack Obama’s campaign posted online to rebut charges the president-elect fails the Constitution’s natural-born citizen requirement is criminally fraudulent.
The Obama campaign has told WND such allegations are “garbage,” but Ron Polarik, who holds a Ph.D. in instructional media specializing in computer technology such as printers, scanners and digital imaging, disagrees. His analyses have been posted online in a YouTube video, which also is embedded here:
Polarik explained to WND his four months of research on the images, including nearly 1,000 test images using actual scans and photographs of real certificates, indicate there are several “giveaways” on the image itself. For example, the document has gray and white between the lettering, not green pixels as the rest of the background document, suggesting someone cut-and-pasted or typed new information that was embedded on top of the background.
Also, Polarik said although the Obama form has a border like that used in Hawaii in 2007, the seal is like that used in 2006 or 2008, but not 2007. His full report is posted at Polarik.blogtownhall.com.
In Polarik’s view, there has to be a significant reason for a political candidate and campaign to go to such lengths.
“Obviously, there’s something very critical to hide, or they wouldn’t have spent the million dollars in legal fees to prevent the release of his original birth certificate,” Polarik told WND.
“There’s absolutely something to hide,” he said. “If he was born in Hawaii they would have had a luau that would be continuing today.
“Not that the people who voted for him would care,” he said, “but they used this forged document to convince the American voters.
“It’s a scary thought to have someone who essentially begins his presidency as a criminal,” he said, because the use of a faked document as identification is, in fact, a crime, he noted.
“It would be hard to perform as president from behind jail cell door at Leavenworth,” he said.
The video has Polarik’s face and voice disguised, and he confirmed to WND he’s using an assumed name because of the possibility of retaliation. But WND verified that he is not misrepresenting his credentials or expertise.
Polarik said the issue of the birth location is a “chink” in Obama’s armor, but the Democrat also has declined to release information about his college years, about his selective service and about his passports, including on what nation’s passport he traveled to Pakistan two decades ago when it was illegal to go there as a U.S. citizen.
Polarik describes his findings and conclusions on the video.
Dan Purdy of Forensic Document Examination Services Inc. told WND that the origins of the Internet images aren’t known. He raised questions over whether the “original” was a photocopy, the equipment used to create the digital image and the compression processes of the various formats.
Those factors, he wrote, “make it exceedingly difficult to properly interpret fine
details in the image.”
“Look, we’re not asking for the world here. Neither is the Constitution. Some
pretty basic requirements like being 35 years old, having 14 years residency
in the United States, and being a natural born citizen. When Senator John
McCain was questioned about it, he showed his birth certificate without
hesitating. When Barack Obama was asked by courts including the U.S.
Supreme Court, he ducked and hid behind the right to privacy,” she writes.
“Ironically, when Obama was running for the State Senate, he won by
disqualifying every candidate who ran against him in the primary, including
a guy who had been through a nasty and salacious divorce. Even though he
had a small child who could be hurt by the information being made public, a
court decided that the public’s right to know; outweighed this poor fella’s
right to privacy, and he backed out. Obama clings to the ‘right to privacy’
regarding his own qualifications, just not his opponents.”
She also noted the issue won’t go away, and recommended a visit to ObamaForgery.com to review what’s happening.
“These are the facts,” she wrote. “The Constitution requires the president to be a natural born citizen. Obama’s grandmother said she was there when Barack was born in Kenya. Obama refuses to release his original birth certificate. Instead of a birth certificate, Obama’s campaign posted a certification given to those born abroad. Experts have called even that document an ‘obvious forgery.’”
“Our Constitution still matters,” she said.
Her group, Faith2Action, is working on funding for the purchase of time for a new television ad on the issue.
In the Philadelphia Bulletin, constitutional lawyer Edwin Vieira said a multitude of problems could result.
“Let’s assume he wasn’t born in the U.S.,” Vieira told the newspaper. “What’s the consequence? He will not be eligible. That means he cannot be
elected validly. The people and the Electoral College cannot overcome this and the
House of Representatives can’t make him president. So what’s the next step?
He takes the oath of office, and assuming he’s aware he’s not a citizen, then
it’s a perjured oath.
The “eligible” President-elect Obama
“He may have nominated people to different positions; he may have nominated
people to the judicial branch, who may have been confirmed, they may have
gone out on executive duty and done various things,” said Vieira. “The people
that he’s put into the judicial branch may have decided cases, and all of
that needs to be unzipped.”
“Let’s say we go a year into this process, and it all turns out to be a
flim-flam,” he told the newspaper. “What’s the nation’s reaction to that? What’s going to be the reaction in the next U.S. election? God knows. It has almost
revolutionary consequences, if you think about it.”
He continued, “[The birth certificate], in theory, should be there. What if it isn’t? Who knows, aside from Mr. Obama? Does Russian intelligence
know it isn’t there? Does Chinese intelligence know it isn’t there? Does the CIA
know that it isn’t there? Who is in a position to blackmail this fellow?”
Vieira expressed confidence Obama eventually will be forced to produce documentation.
“Let’s assume that an Obama administration passes some of these
controversial pieces of legislation he has been promising to go for, like the FOCA
(Freedom of Choice) Act,” he told the newspaper. “I would assume that some of those
surely will have some severe civil or criminal penalties attached to them for
violation. You are now the criminal defendant under this statute, which was
passed by an Obama Congress and signed by President Obama. Your defense is that is
not a statute because Mr. Obama is not the president. You now have a right
and I have never heard this challenged, to subpoena in a criminal case, anyone
who has relevant evidence relating to your defenses. And you can subpoena
them duces tecum, meaning ‘you shall bring with you the documents.’”
A conference among the justices is scheduled Friday on a New England challenge to Obama’s eligibility.
“The case is brought by Leo C. Donofrio against Nina Wells, the New Jersey secretary of state, and questions whether Obama is a ‘natural-born citizen’ as required by Article 2, Section 1 of the Constitution,” Farah reported.
“It would seem a simple matter to resolve,” he said. “Barack Obama could have put this issue to rest long ago by producing a complete birth certificate from Hawaii. Instead, he has chosen to stonewall the matter, citing a website post of what can only be characterized as a partial representation of a birth certificate – one that has been criticized as a forgery.
“Meanwhile, some of Obama’s own Kenyan relatives claim to have been present at his birth in Mombasa. This controversy, which some have dismissed as frivolous, is as serious as the literal meaning of the Constitution itself.”
The nation’s Electoral College, the process through which Obama is to be formally voted as the next president, will meet Dec. 15, and his inaugural is scheduled Jan. 20.
Meanwhile, more than 125,000 have signed WND’s petition seeking full disclosure of Obama’s information.
The petition cites the U.S. Constitution’s requirement that no one can be sworn into office as president without being a natural born citizen. It also asserts there are questions about Obama’s reported Hawaii birth, that the Democrat has refused repeated calls to document his birth, that activist judges have declined to require him to shed light on the issue and that Hawaii – at the time of Obama’s birth – allowed parents whose children were born in other locations to register the birth there.