The Obama Birth Certificate and the Layers Conspiracy

Sheriff Joe Arpaio claims that the digital layers contained within the Obama birth-certificate PDF are evidence that it’s faked. If you have a scanner and Adobe Illustrator, you can play along with the debunking at home.

Maricopa County sheriff Joe Arpaio held a press conference this evening presenting his conclusions that Barack Obama’s birth certificate and selective-service registration are frauds. Normally this isn’t something I’d give the time of day, but it involves things I like to play with (scanners and image-editing software), so it seemed like a pleasant Thursday evening diversion.

Among the evidence released at the press conference are five videos – which can be seen at the end of this article – to demonstrate why the Obama long-form birth certificate is suspected to be a computer-generated forgery.

The videos consist of step-by-step computer demonstrations using a control document. They display the testing used by the investigators to examine various claims made by supporters of the April 27 document.

The investigators contend the videos illustrate their conclusion that the features and anomalies observed on the Obama long-form birth certificate were inconsistent with features produced when a paper document is scanned, even if the scan is enhanced by Optical Character Recognition, OCR, and optimized.

Arpaio tweeted his press release. The press release has links to the videos. The one I’m interested in is this, which deals with the “fact” that when you scan an image to PDF and open it in Illustrator, you only get one layer.

This has been debunked over and over again, but DIY is always fun. Fortunately, I have to scan old documents to PDF all the time. So I had plenty laying around. Like this one, of an article I posted recently. I scanned it on a Xerox WorkCentre and opened it directly into Illustrator. Here’s what it looks like with all the groups visible:

And with all but one hidden:

Poof. Random parts of her dress disappear.

If you actually managed to sit through the video, you may have noted how they briefly skimmed over the fact that one layer has “most of the text.” This video shows what happens when you don’t skim over it. And it’s a slightly better example since it’s an old-school form, plus the guy has a pleasant German accent:

Yes, it’s silliness. But I’m always interested in the structure of silliness and how it spreads, even to big-city sheriffs.




2 years ago
Posted by Bkspirit

So Mr. Moser, are you saying that you're a professional Forensic Examiner like the people who reviewed the document? And I noticed that you 'skimmed over' the fact that the Forensic Examiners could not repeat the same layering anomalies. And what about the different tones of dark green and black of the characters?

Why don't we get to see any of Mr. Obama's 1st- hand documents? Occidental College? Columbia? Harvard, etc... What is the big secret? Everyone was all over Pres. Bush to release his grades from Yale, but then the Media was sad because he got better grades than John Kerry-- ha ha!

2 years ago
Posted by hmc

No, bkspirit, Moser is pointing out that the person talking in the tea-bagger video clip is obviously not experienced with Adobe software. Those of us who have used Adobe products for 20+ years immediately recognize this “layer” feature, and it does not mean that a document is forged. All of the anomalies that are mentioned, such as different scanned ink tones, are an inherent part of digitizing old documents. Any idiot who has worked in publishing knows this, although the “experts” used by Arpaio (to distract people from the investigation of his corruption) apparently are ignorant on this.

It actually would be much more convincing evidence of forgery and tampering if the scanned document was uniformly consistent and perfectly clear.

There is no amount or type of documentation that will satisfy tea-baggers. They simply want to stick their fingers in their ears, close their eyes, and keep denying the legitimacy of Obama’s election. You could have someone hand you Obama’s birth certificate personally, and let you examine it thoroughly, and still you would come up with some kind of conspiratorial explanation as to why it’s fraudulent. This is just blind partisanship and lack of logic.

2 years ago
Posted by honest_1

birth certificate investigation:
chemist analysis= age of the ink+ age of paper
simple answer

2 years ago
Posted by senor

Actually, the investigators did not say that scans are typically in a single layer, they said there were far more layers in the scan of the test document than in the White House document. Did Moser view all of the videos?

2 years ago
Posted by Winston Court

Why is this crime being ignored? How can this fraud get so far? Who is assisting this crime in progress?

You will need a few things:

1) A copy of the fraudulent birth certificate, directly from the whitehouse website:

1a.) You will also need Adobe Reader to open the web file, and download/save it to your hard drive:

2) A free trial copy of Adobe Illustrator:
(this will allow you to open the birth certificate with software which is capable of displaying the layers, accurately, and allowing the fraud to be seen in detail.)

3) Arpaio's full video report, to show you a few things to look for. It discusses important evidence of fraud:
(duplicating the demonstrations, with the tools given above, will allow you to do much of the same investigation Arapio's team did.)

4) Tom Harrison's report on defects/artifacts in birth certificate, proving fraud:
(following Tom's guide, you will be able to see that that obama's birth certificate is an ABSOLUTE FRAUD!)

The web is also full of other inconsistencies and evidence of the fraud, mismatched type imported from other documents, mixed, modern day computer type with 1961 typewriter type, etc.

There is little doubt that the birth certificate is a fraud (but, hey, if obama can explain the posting of a fraudulent document to the whitehouse website -- and how he became so confused as to think it is his birth certificate, I will listen.) And, one must wonder why a criminal is being allowed to remain in the public servant office of president. There are obvious problems with a criminal occupying the office of president, one is the military being unable to follow unlawful orders, since a criminal issuing orders from the whitehouse, and acting as commander in chief would be unlawful, all of his orders would be unlawful, and the military would be unable to act, lawfully, on such orders.

Also, any and all actions, bill, laws, executive orders, decisions, etc. would be unlawful, illegal, unbinding and without validity -- if done by an illegal and criminally treasonous president. As more and more American citizens wake up to these truths, there is only one way to accurately describe the situation we are in, or simply, "WE ARE IN DEEP DUDU!"

And remember, while Angels may have halos, birth certificates DON'T! (you will learn about this while examing the materials, above.)


"God forbid we should ever be twenty years without such a rebellion. The people cannot be all, and always, well informed. The part which is wrong will be discontented, in proportion to the importance of the facts they misconceive. If they remain quiet under such misconceptions, it is lethargy, the forerunner of death to the public liberty. ... And what country can preserve its liberties, if its rulers are not warned from time to time, that this people preserve the spirit of resistance? Let them take arms. The remedy is to set them right as to the facts, pardon and pacify them. What signify a few lives lost in a century or two? The tree of liberty must be refreshed from time to time, with the blood of patriots and tyrants. It is its natural manure." -- Thomas Jefferson

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