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HONOLULU, Hawaii – A Web expert who has built and run Internet and networking companies says the image the White House released as Barack Obama’s “Certificate of Live Birth” essentially fails the authenticity test and that the image was more “assembled” than copied from an original.
That’s the conclusion of Karl Denninger, whose resume includes work as CEO of MCSNet, a Chicago networking and Internet company; time with D&D Software/Macro Computer Solutions; work as a programming team leader for network software; and service in network engineering with ratings as a Unix System administrator.
Denninger’s work follows on the opinion from another analyst, Ivan Zatkovich of Tampa-based eComp Consultants, which consults on intellectual property for telecommunications, Web publishing and e-commerce. He also has provided services for corporations such as McGraw-Hill, Houghton-Mifflin, Citicorp and Amazon.com.
Zatkovich, who has 28 years experience in computer science and document management and for more than 10 years has been an expert witness in federal court in both criminal and civil litigation, told WND the White House image “has specific content extracted from that base layer and enhanced.”
Zatkovich said, “This was done through an explicit operation to edit and/or enhance the printing in the document. There is no ambiguity here. There was an explicit action by a person to modify the document. … Mostly like to enhance the legibility, but still an explicit action nonetheless.”
Image released by the White House April 27, 2011
He explained that his analysis was similar to that routinely done on evidentiary documents for cell phones and computers in cases involving child porn, fraud and murder cases.
“The content clearly indicates that the document was knowingly and explicitly edited and modified before it was placed on the web,” he said.
Now Denninger has posted a series of reports online, including on YouTube, where he explains his concerns, which focus around the lettering as it appears on the document that reportedly is a photocopy on green “safety paper” of the original record in Hawaii.
He explains that the type on the birth document show evidence of “kerning,” the squeezing of letters into a line so that they intrude into adjacent letter spaces. Kerning is routine, since the advent of word processors and computers, but impossible with a typewriter.
“This process, of course, requires that you know what the next letter is. With a computer this is pretty easy, since the computer can retroactively go back and adjust, and it also can typeset the current letter with the knowledge of what the previous one was,” he reported. “A typewriter, on the other hand, is a mechanical device. It does not know what the next letter is that you will type, nor does it know what the last letter was that you typed. It thus has a typeface that always leaves physical space between the boundary of each character.”
To those who argue that some sort of physical condition – such as a malfunctioning typewriter carriage – could have caused what appears to be kerning, he says the document doesn’t support that explanation.
Further, he says, another scan of the document, done by the Associated Press, produced an image with critical differences from what document the White House released. For example, he said the White House image’s background isn’t consistent.
“Somebody took two images, the safety paper image as a background, and laid this other document on top of it. This is not a scan, this is assembled from two, or more than two documents, that were put together by computerized means,” he said.
His full explanation is on video:
“To refute this point you must come up with a typewriter that contains a flux capacitor and thus is capable of accurately predicting the future,” he said. “This document has been assembled by somebody on a computer.”
Denninger, who says he voted for Obama, also talked about the typewriter characters’ alignment. The B from Barack and the K from Kapiolani line up vertically, but the line then goes through the middle of the M in Male, he said.
He said the only explanation would be that someone typed “Male” after filling out the rest of the document, and then took the paper out and reinserted it. That, he concluded, is illogical.
“Draw your own conclusions, but what I see here is a document that was not put into a typewriter and typed in one operation. Has this proved somebody tampered with it? Not necessarily. But it’s another piece of the puzzle.”
He also noted the scanned document from the White House has no “chromatic artifacts,” as one would expect in a color scan. Chromatic artifacts, however, show up in the AP scan of the same document, and their absence in the White House release document shows “is not an unaltered color scan.”
He also wondered why the typist had not used tab stops, as a clerk typing many forms probably would.
“We’re talking about probabilities,” he told WND. “When you look at a handful of layers, that’s not proof … but it’s more evidence.”
The White House had trumpeted the release of the document, calling it “proof positive” Obama was born in Hawaii, as if that would answer all of the questions about his presidential eligibility. But some who contend the country’s founders understood a “natural born Citizen” to be a person born of two American parents say the document actually proves Obama’s ineligibility.
Barack Obama Sr., who is listed as the father, was not a U.S. citizen.