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A professional typographer with 50 years experience has submitted to investigators looking into fraud allegations and to judges in court cases his conclusion that the image of Barack Obama’s 1961 birth certificate released by the White House early last year is a forgery
But he’s received no response, and now Paul Irey is trying to take his concerns directly to voters.
He has created a full-page newspaper ad that covers seven of the most significant problems with the Obama document so that voters can see the evidence.
Irey, who worked with fellow imaging expert Douglas Vogt on the ad, told WND that he’s been frustrated that the evidence he’s documented hasn’t produced more results.
He said, “This is the most effective way to present our evidence of forgery – with a graphic that diagrams direct references to the proof.”
He explained he picked the seven pieces of evidence because they are simple to explain, but there are at least a dozen more points.
The ad, which could appear in a few days in a major metro daily, explains that Irey and Vogt “have found 20 proofs of forgery on this document so far.”
“We found this birth certificate to be a badly done forgery and we are now halfway through a book on the subject. Allegedly in 1961, a typewriter produced this document on a form. … The evidence shows us that the document was created last year on a computer using a Macintosh and sending two copies of that to the White House.”
They explained they have reached out to more than 225 of the estimated 2,000 certified forensic document examiners in the U.S. for a review of the evidence.
“All of them refused to even look at or discuss the Obama birth certificate,” the ad states.
It was just about a year ago when Irey released his conclusion that typeface anomalies, inconsistencies with the known characteristics of mechanical typewriters and other issues convinced him the image was forged.
He said it’s been difficult, because the Hawaii Department of Health in Honolulu has refused to answer requests, allow anyone to see authentic birth certificates and even has gone so far as to issue regulations making it difficult for people born in Hawaii and their immediate family members to obtain anything but the short-form Certifications of Live Birth, which are computer-generated and contain no original images.
The image in question:
Irey’s proposed ad:
Irey told WND that he’s convinced the forger was a woman, and the project was done with the knowledge of officials in Hawaii who would have a responsibility to maintain Obama’s birth records, whatever they may reveal.
He told WND it’s important that Americans see the evidence, and time is short before the 2012 election.
The seven concerns included in the ad are:
Mismatched typed letters: The ad explains that the letters on the document have been analyzed, and 15 pairs were selected. But the images reveal that the representatives of letters supposedly from the same typewriter key do not match. A lower-case “a” is not a consistent size, the width of an “l” is not the same, and there are other anomalies. “One set is from the word ‘Student’ that exhibits two different styles of the ‘t’ in the same word,” the ad explains. “This supports our contention that the type letters were copied and assembled from different documents. Note the size and shape differences. These letters could not have come from the same typewriter.”
The second question arises over a bent capital “h”. “We have enlarged the name ‘HUSSEIN’ below to point out the bent cap ‘H’. It is not unusual for typewriter letters to be bent. They are often bent when the typist gets 2 keys stuck together and must pull them apart. The reason this is evidence of forgery is that the other 8 cap ‘h’s’ on this birth certificate are straight. If a typewriter letter is bent, it stays bent and does not type bent for the typing of a single letter and then go back to typing it straight.”
Third is the certificate number, about which many questions have been raised since it is out of sequence with the other known births in Honolulu about the time Obama’s is reported to have occurred. “If someone decided last year to forge a birth certificate for a person, they would need a birth certificate number that is genuine and was issued in the 1961 era,” the ad states. “A baby that was born the same day in Hawaii as Barack Obama – died the next day. We believe that baby’s number was 61 10641. We asked the mother to request her birth certificate and they gave her the short form with a number way out of sequence for the month. So she asked for the long form and was refused. The family brought a lawsuit before the Hawaiian courts and were denied.” The ad explains the courts concluded the state Department of Health could decide if officials wanted to provide the documentation.
A very simple mistake was the fourth error found. The ad explains that typewriters start each line in the same horizontal position. But it shows on Obama’s document, the word “Kapiolani” is a half-space out of alignment with the word “male” which is just two lines above. “The fact that not all the lines are flush to the left is suspicious. No other birth certificate exhibits this peculiar style,” the ad states.
Fifth was irregular line spacing. The forms during 1961 were designed so that every time a typist returned the carriage, the paper would advance to a new line. “This was common to all forms made for typewriters,” the ad states. But the investigators were unable to find another birth certificate from Hawaii with uneven line spacing like Obama’s, where sometimes the typewritten characters are immediately above the line, sometimes hanging in midair. “Typewriters do not do this,” the ad states.
Sixth was irregular letter spacing, which reveals that spaces between letters, which should be equal, are not. “Old mono-spaced typewriters always moved a specific space after a letter was typed. We feel that the forger, assembling these letters manually on a computer, could not replicate the exact spacing that the old style mechanical typewriters produced. This is proof of forgery,” the ad said.
The last issue dealt with in the ad was the white halo. “No other birth certificate has this. See it on Exhibit ‘A’ below and Exhibit ‘B’ showing how it should look. This was caused by the Adobe Photoshop filter used to sharpen edges. It does this by choking back the edge leaving a white halo. We show in Exhibit ‘C’ how we did the same thing to our specimen example. This proves forgery because the Hawaiian Department of Health is supposed to have put the original birth certificate on a copier and printed to the special green security paper instead of white paper. The only result possible from that is Exhibit ‘B’ … NOT Exhibit ‘A’.
Irey previously reported the different sizes and shapes of typefaces means that the certificate was composed on different typewriters – or was assembled from images created by different typewriters.
Irey at that point concluded that his 50 years in typography and his 25 years of composing pages with Macintosh computers left “no doubt” the Obama document is not an authentic birth certificate.