Here’s anther of the old draft Obama Conspiracy Theories articles that I’m adding to the “Lost Articles” series. In this essay, I attempted to evaluate the credentials of Douglas Vogt, someone who claimed to be an expert capable of recognizing a fake scanned PDF document. Vogt later filed a lawsuit in Washington State, and even named me as a participant in his alleged forgery conspiracy. So here’s the article:
In a recent press release, Douglas Vogt, president of Archive Index Systems, a wholesale dealer of scanning hardware and software (AKA wholesalescanners.com), puts forth a claim that he is an expert in scanning and scanning software. He says Obama’s long form is a fake. (See my article: “Expert” claims: birth certificate fake.)
Digging in to his claimed credentials from 2011 we find:
I have a unique background for analyzing this document. I owned a typesetting company for 11 years so I know type and form design very well. I currently own Archive Index Systems since 1993,which sells all types of document scanners worldwide and also developed document imaging software (TheRepository). I know how scanners work.
Here the subject of the sentence is a little ambiguous; did Vogt develop “TheRepository” or did his company develop the software? This is an important point because an imaging software developer is expected to know more about how it works under the covers than a company executive.
The first curious thing I came across in trying to resolve this question was a broken hyperlink. On the home page of Archive Index Systems, there is a list of products and on the bottom right a section on software and a link to TheRepository; the link is “http://www.the-repository.net/” an off-site link. (The working link is: http://www.archiveindex.com/the_repository.html.)
So I conclude that at some time in the past “TheRepository” was described on a web site other than Archive Index Systems, and that site is no longer there. I tried to run the demo from http://www.archiveindex.com/repository/demo.html, but again, it linked to the dead domain. The links to the user manuals were not working, even though they pointed to the archiveindex site.
As of December 2015, all of the links above have been removed from the Archive Index web site.
I searched the Internet for other references to that site, and I came up with one on a Linux forum from 2003 with comments by someone named “Doug” which I will assume is Doug Vogt. He wrote:
Don’t bother we already have a Linux document imaging program that does everything you would need and its cheap. Go to http://www.the-repository.net
Nothing really technical came out of that discussion.
So, it appears that there is no available evidence one way or another that Doug Vogt has any software expertise, or that he has any special knowledge of the PDF files created by scanners beyond someone in the general population. It further appears that whatever software his company developed is no longer in their product line. Even if he did develop software, that doesn’t imply any special knowledge of the internal format of PDF documents. I developed software using the Adobe API to created PDF files that was used in vital records, but I never had to get involved with the internal format of PDF files–the Adobe tools took care of all that.