It’s not approximate; it’s exact.
The domain was registered early in 2014, but I only became of aware its existence today. The site is a birther site called “WOBC2.com.” It prominently promotes the Sheriff’s Kit, a collection of videos from former sheriff Joe Arpaio’s Cold Case Posse that purport to show proof that Obama’s birth certificate is a forgery. The site’s icon is IIRC the same one that appeared on the now-defunct Cold Case Posse website that comes from the Joomla content management system; however to my mildly experienced eye, the site appears to be hand-coded rather than content managed. The author’s name in the HTML source is “Bill.”
The prominent topic of the site is the most recent offering from former (oh, I love typing that word) sheriff Joe Arpaio and Mike Zullo. Videos and interviews are featured. As we all know, the centerpiece of Zullo’s claim is that 9 aspects of Obama’s birth certificate are identical to a certificate from another Hawaiian born the same month. The degree of similarity asserted by Zullo has been challenged by me and in more detail by others; however, on WOBC2 site I found new evidence of similarity, evidence that is not easily dismissed.
Upon examination, the WOBC2 website has a background image of green basket weave security paper. I downloaded the file, BirthCertificate.jpg, from the site and present the copy here:
That image looks remarkably similar to another that appears here on my website. That file is named BasketWeave2.jpg and appears below:
Lest anyone think that I am manufacturing evidence, I have made each image link to a copy of it at the Wayback Machine, mine way back in 2012.
One might argue that these are visually similar because they were made for the same purpose, but it’s more than that. Here are the results of running a cryptographic hash on the two files:
File name: C:\temp\BasketWeave2.jpg File size: 3556 bytes CRC16: E861 CRC32: EC03DCAD MD2: 76FA8AFA7F5A97DC48B2BAF5B1CFF299 MD4: 2442D9CD6B0C4B4164EE9051831CC4EA MD5: F5CEAC402F3EAA2751F7810C40F5A8EF SHA-1: 3CF7706D3A014315DE0776EA1EA31C68B862CDC0
File name: C:\temp\BirthCertificate.jpg File size: 3556 bytes CRC16: E861 CRC32: EC03DCAD MD2: 76FA8AFA7F5A97DC48B2BAF5B1CFF299 MD4: 2442D9CD6B0C4B4164EE9051831CC4EA MD5: F5CEAC402F3EAA2751F7810C40F5A8EF SHA-1: 3CF7706D3A014315DE0776EA1EA31C68B862CDC0
You can see that the files themselves are identical. This test not only shows that the image is identical, but all internal markers, signs and tables are identical, proving that they were created by the same software libraries.
My file was created by taking a screenshot of the White House short form birth certificate (it was done before Obama released the long form) and cropping it by hand using a software program called PhotoImpact.
I confidently conclude that WOBC2 is not an authentic original long-form web site because a part of it was indisputably copied either from this web site or from another source that got it here.
Update: The original version of this article “speculated” that the site was a new version of Mike Volin’s “Where’s Obama’s Birth Certificate.” Volin says that the site is not his.
Update 2: The plot thickens
I sent Mike Volin a brief apology for my earlier speculation, and I got a reply stating that WOBC2.com is not his site, and that he doesn’t have access to it. I take him at his word on this.
I looked a little more closely at the two sites and found these at the bottom:
That’s the one from Volin’s site on the right. Now here’s the amazing fact: a search of “Kellyville Productions” (plural) on Google returns no other web sites except these two. It looks like there’s more copying out there than I first thought. WOBC2 links to Volin’s Blog Talk radio page, by the way.
In addition to the website, there is an @WOBC2dotCom” Twitter account. a Google+ profile, with these folks in his circle:
- Kelly Deysher
- Ed Sunderland
- Barry Soetoro
- Mona Alexis Pressley
- Mike Macoy
and an Intense Debate profile with no comments (and no matching email address).