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All the king’s document experts

To listen to a birther, you might get the mistaken impression that a host of document experts have examined Barack Obama’s long form birth certificate image and every one determined that it was a forgery.

I hope readers here know better to listen to birthers when it comes to matters of fact. Besides problems with the so-called document expert’s credentials, there are problems with claims about what “all of them say.” Let’s examine what some experts really say:

Dr. Neil Krawetz, an imaging software analysis author and experienced examiner of questioned images, said: “The PDF released by the White House shows no sign of digital manipulation or alterations. I see nothing that appears to be suspicious.”

Nathan Goulding with The National Review: We have received several e-mails today calling into question the validity of the PDF that the White House released, namely that there are embedded layers in the document. There are now several other people on the case. We looked into it and dismissed it. … I’ve confirmed that scanning an image, converting it to a PDF, optimizing that PDF, and then opening it up in Illustrator, does in fact create layers similar to what is seen in the birth certificate PDF. You can try it yourself at home.

Jean Claude Tremblay, noted Adobe PDF expert speaking to WorldNetDaily: “First, I never thought that what I saw in the Birth Certificate PDF was a proof of its authenticity. For me, what I have seen does not prove that it is legit, nor that it is a fake, nor that there has been any tampering whatsoever.”

John Woodman, independent computer professional, said in a series of videos that the claims of fakery that he examined were unfounded.

Ivan Zatkovich, who has testified in court as a technology expert, and consultant to WorldNetDaily:  "All of the modifications to the PDF document that can be identified are consistent with someone enhancing the legibility of the document."

No real expert has called the long form a forgery.

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7 Responses to All the king’s document experts

  1. avatar
    aarrgghh July 27, 2011 at 4:10 pm #

    today on free republic:

    10) Red_Devil 232: “I thought this Polland or Polarik and his educational credentials and expertise had been debunked?”

    18) blackdog: “The only credentials needed to fairly reach any conclusion on BHO are a minimally functioning brain, a pair of eyes, and a pulse.

    Demanding credentials to explain what everyone knows as true is only a demand to be used to shoot the messenger.

    Liberals know the shady package that sits in the whitehouse is everything conservatives scream about. It’s just a matter of understanding they enjoy their “So What?” position about it. They wake up every day knowing they are sticking it up America’s azz. That reality completes them.”

    credentials matter.

    until they don’t.

  2. avatar
    Joey July 27, 2011 at 4:14 pm #

    Doc’s post needs to be plastered all over birtherdom. The standard birther mantra is “not one expert has confirmed the authenticity of Obama’s internet posted long form, it’s so obviously a forgery that Obama is laughing at us all.
    That’s why there’s a smiley face in the name Onaka.”

  3. avatar
    AnotherBird July 27, 2011 at 5:12 pm #

    Joey:
    Doc’s post needs to be plastered all over birtherdom. The standard birther mantra is “not one expert has confirmed the authenticity of Obama’s internet posted long form, it’s so obviously a forgery that Obama is laughing at us all.
    That’s why there’s a smiley face in the name Onaka.”

    Birthers are too busy chasing butterflies to really notice.

  4. avatar
    Dr. Conspiracy July 27, 2011 at 5:32 pm #

    You ain’t seen nothing yet.

    Joey: Doc’s post needs to be plastered all over birtherdom.

  5. avatar
    Joey July 27, 2011 at 6:28 pm #

    Dr. Conspiracy:
    You ain’t seen nothing yet.

    I can’t wait!

  6. avatar
    DaveH July 27, 2011 at 6:42 pm #

    The problem with birthers is their ability to understand that Obama did not release an image. The original document provided to him by the HDOH was scanned and that’s what they’re trying to use to determine if it is a legitimate birth certificate.

    It’s the same argument as there was with the COLB. “They didn’t have laser printers back in the 60’s” type argument.

    There’s no point in trying to educate them on anything because they have their hands over their ears going ‘la la la la, I can’t hear you’. The only thing that can be done is to laugh at their idiocy.

  7. avatar
    Northland10 July 27, 2011 at 8:34 pm #

    Programs! Programs! Can’t tell the experts charlatans without a program!!