Obama Conspiracy Theories forensic document analyst Dr. Conspiracy [not a real doctor or a real document analyst] has ruled the John McCain “birth certificate” submitted as evidence in the Hollander v. McCain lawsuit a forgery.
For those who know this web site well, let me assure you that this is a serious article from now on, and not a joke, spoof or satire.
The question of where John McCain was born did not carry much interest in the last election; however Fred Hollander brought a lawsuit (dismissed for lack of standing) asserting that John McCain was not eligible to be president because he was not born in the United States. Conventional wisdom (and newspaper articles including Citizen McCain – Washington Post) assert that McCain was born on a US Military Base in the Panama Canal Zone. While some have argued that this is insufficient to make McCain a natural born citizen, Fred Hollander went one step further, claiming that John McCain was born not in the Panama Canal Zone, but rather in the Republic of Panama itself (and not under any US jurisdiction whatever).
After the birth certificate image (shown above) appeared on the Internet some individuals became convinced that this was absolute proof that John McCain was born in the Republic of Panama and went about jumping on any web site that said otherwise. I myself went back and forth on the issue, but I am convinced now that the Republic of Panama birth certificate is a fake.
As a base line, let’s look at the image from Hollander v. McCain. The link provided directs to the Ohio State University archive of Hollander v. McCain documents. I have a higher resolution image (click on the picture above) that I will be using for exhibits following; however, the items I will point out are visible on the Ohio State University court document archive too.
Thesis: the birth certificate is a real Republic of Panama birth certificate issued in the month of August to someone born at the hospital in Colon, but on a different date and to different parents.
Exhibit 1 shows a magnified section of the birth certificate detailing the time of birth. Pay particular attention to the number “6” and how the top of the number appears. We will consider this accurate and authentic (there’s no reason to fake the time of birth).
Now compare the number “6” in this image to that in Exhibit 2. Notice the top of the number “6” goes fully across the width of the number. Also note how much clearer the digits are compared to the word “AUGUST” to the left. Because the date of McCain’s birth is known, the day and year had to be altered if this is based on a certificate from another date. Also note the missing underline below “36” where it appears the new number was put in.
In Exhibit 3 we see the telltale signs of alteration where the underline is smudged below altered text. This is visible all through the document, for example, under mother and father’s place of birth. Also observe that the letter “I” occupies much less space than the other letters, whereas a real typewriter spaces all letters equally (see, for example, the “i” in “Physician” in Exhibit 5 following).
Exhibit 4 is an even better example showing USA’s insertion breaking up the line below.
Again we see in Exhibit 5 the clear number “30” for the date registered compared to the surrounding text.
Notice of John McCain’s birth on the Coco Solo Military base was printed in a Panamanian newspaper, John McCain showed his real birth certificate to one reporter and McCain’s mother confirmed where he was born. The birth certificate is a fake.
One parting comment: a commenter on the Citizen McCain article left this:
I hope noone pursues this. We don’t need the Supremes meddling in yet another presidential election. Look how well the last one turned out.