You’d think that a forger wouldn’t omit the last step in the forgery process.
I’m watching and re-watching a fascinating video clip on Youtube. It seems to demonstrate that the just-released Obama birth certificate is a recently fabricated document. The presenter uses Adobe Illustrator to dis-assemble the PDF document, showing that it consists of multiple (reportedly 5) layers. I don’t have Adobe Illustrator, so I can’t do this myself.
Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, Gimp, and other image creation and editing programs employ the concept of layers: One layer might contain photos, another the background, another layer might contain a form, etc. At publish time, all the layers are superimosed upon each other and the program produces a finished document. This finished document is a “flat” file upon which all layers have been flattened into a single “layer”. What’s odd about Mr. Obama’s birth certificate is that whoever created it forgot to perform the flattening step.
Who produced this PDF file? A government worker in Hawaii? . . . or a graphics artist working for Mr. Obama?
Here’s one comment: “I’m a graphix guy as well and have plenty of experience with Illustrator and scanners. This is NOT OCR. If it were, it would separate all the text, not just parts of it. OCR also does not create clipping masks. You can perform a task in Acrobat, “Recognize Text Using OCR”, which does a very good job. This is an obvious forgery. The only ‘retard’ here is the guy that didn’t flatten the image before he said “it’s good to go Mr. President!””
I’m not a graphics expert; I defer to those who are, and withhold judgment on the veracity of this document. I’m sure that this new twist in the Obama birth certificate controversy will spread like wildfire across the Internet. Here is discussion by some graphics experts (and non-experts).
Here is the clip’s URL: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xfTHWtZmiwQ.
What do you think?