Maybe I’m getting old, but the number of loose cannons on the deck of the SS Birther has created such pandemonium that I’m getting a little confused as to who is saying what. I know that some of the Orly Taitz faction has zeroed in on documents filed by attorneys for the Mississippi Democratic Executive Committee, in the Taitz case. Orly Taitz herself has no technical skills to probe documents, so whatever she says is coming from elsewhere. Here’s what she wrote, though:
I asked [Kevin Davidson] about the new document, which was produced by Obama’s attorneys Tepper and Begley, which was sent to Judge Wingate. In the new version forgers cleaned up several signs of forgery, the original layers were flattened and the white halo was cleaned up.
Thanks to commenters for the following: This nonsense might have originated with one Henry Blake, whose letter appears, attached to Strunk’s appeal (starting on Page 122). Orly Taitz also filed an affidavit from Blake in her Mississippi case.
So, let me explain what she means and lay it out chronologically:
Orly Taitz filed a copy of Barack Obama’s birth certificate with the Court in Mississippi. She printed out the White House PDF and then scanned it, and in the process messed it up so badly that it was largely unreadable. No one accused Taitz with faking the document. Some thought she should have gotten one of her supporters who knows a thing or two about scanners to get her some decent equipment.
Attorneys for the Democrats included a readable copy of the birth certificate, saying to the Court, here is a readable copy of what Taitz submitted. The document provided to the court is the White House PDF with a cover page added. It has the same layers as the White House PFD and it has halos. It has the Court Docket header added, but otherwise it’s the same. I checked this myself and you can too. Here’s a detail from it showing the court docket header:
Here is a detail from the Court docket copy of the PDF, showing the characteristic missing “R” from one of the layers I extracted using Adobe Acrobat 9:
Later, after Taitz accused the Defendants’ counsel of submitting a fake document to the court, attorney Scott Tepper asked for and received a verification from the State of Hawaii, and that was submitted to the court. Tepper submitted to the Court a copy of his correspondence to the State of Hawaii. Look at this detail from page 4:
You can see clearly that the copy of the birth certificate that Tepper sent Hawaii was not the White House PDF, but rather a copy from the Court docket, since the docket header (Document 15-1) from his original submission is shown on the page. Obviously Tepper had to print out the Court docket entry in order to mail it to the State of Hawaii, and then he re-scanned the package along with his cover letter. It is beyond comprehension how the birthers could spin a tale of Tepper altering the White House PDF and not see what is pointed to by the big red arrow in the illustration above, showing clear and unequivocally that it is not the White House PDF, but the Court Docket entry that was printed and scanned.
Tepper’s scanner didn’t do the same compression song and dance that the White House equipment did, and so there are distinct differences. Also, remember that is a copy of a copy. It should be obvious from the court docket headers exactly where the documents came from and it is obvious that no “new” copy of the birth certificate has appeared anywhere. Despite Taitz’ wild claims, there was no flim-flam directed at confusing the Court. This is just a copy of a copy.
Both Tepper and Taitz printed copies of an Obama birth certificate and scanned them for a court filing. Both removed certain PDF document structure (layers) in the process. Nobody claims Orly faked the document, but she makes a federal case (literally) of Tepper doing exactly the same thing.