Posted: May 31, 2011
This is the first of three articles on the criminal complaint that-expert Doug Vogt filed last week with the FBI.
An international expert on scanners and document-imaging software filed a 22-page criminal complaint with the FBI, charging that the long-form birth certificate released by the White House is criminally fraudulent.
"What the Obama administration released is a PDF image that they are trying to pass off as a Certificate of Live Birth Long Form printed on green security paper by the Hawaiian Health Department," Doug Vogt writes, "but this form is a created forgery."
Vogt's criminal complaint asserts: "I have irrefutably proven that the Certificate of Live Birth that President Obama presented to the world on April 27, 2011, is a fraudulently created document put together using the Adobe Photoshop or Illustrator Sec.1028, and therefore an impeachable offense.", and the creation of this forgery of a public document constitutes a class B felony in Hawaii and multiple violations under U.S. Code section Title 18, Part 1, Chapter 47,
When the Obama birth certificate "forgery" comes to the public's attention, Vogt continues, "It will surpass all previous scandals including the Watergate scandal of the Nixon administration."
Since 1993, Vogt has owned Archive Index Systems Inc., in Bellevue, Wash., a company that sells a wide variety of document scanners worldwide and develops document imaging software.
Before that, Vogt owned Nova Typesetting for 11 years.
Curved and non-curved lines of type
Vogt says that the curved surface on the left margin of the Obama birth certificate suggests the county employee who did the original scanning of the document did not take the individual page out of the binder.
"The result is that all the pages in that book display a parallax distorted image of the lines and type," he says.
He claims, however, that the information typed into the form does not curve like the printed text on the form itself.
As seen in Figure 1 below, the word "Sex" on the printed form curves into the binder, while the typed word "Male" does not, Vogt argues.
Vogt observes that the word "Sex" printed on the form slants more to the left than the typed-in word "Male" below it.
He claims to have found another parallax problem in line 6c, "Name of Hospital or Institution."
The figure below is a black-and-white binary image:
Vogt's argument is that a grayscale scan or a color image scan, as seen above, can be converted to a black-and-white binary image.
However, the presence of grayscale and binary images on the same scan is a clear indication of document manipulation, he contends.
"The important thing to remember is that you cannot have grayscale and binary on the same scan unless the image is a composite," Vogt argues. "This means that different components of the whole image are made up of smaller parts."
What produced the white-halo effect?
"We know that all the original Certificates of Live Birth were
microfilmed because we can see the Nordyke certificate (below) was
microfilmed," he explains. "Then, some time after 2004, the paper
original copies, in post binder books, were scanned using a commercial
document scanner with a flat bed, scanned as grayscale images."
Vogt concludes that the forger was forced to convert the microfilmed images of original birth certificates to grayscale, as seen below, before the originals could be used to form a composite.
Next, Vogt says, the forger converted the grayscale converted image to a binary image and placed it onto a background form image.
"The problem was that there were still image values for the pixels around the placed type," Vogt observes, "so when he/she placed the type image over the background and instructed the program to bring the type "forward" it blanked out the background image, hence the haloing effect around the type."
'Another smoking gun'
Finally, Vogt contends that the birth certificate released by the White House is loaded with binary and grayscale letters, "which is just another smoking gun that this form is a forgery."
Some of the lines and some of the boxes on the White House birth certificate were scanned using grayscale, but only some of the form headings and some of the letters were grayscale, he said.
Vogt produced the image below to illustrate his point:
You will notice the H and al in Hospital, and I in Institution. If and again the h and l in hospital were grayscale images, but the rest of the line is binary. The typewriter line below was scanned in as a binary image. I can also tell you for certainty that the form type was scanned in at a lower resolution (≤200 dpi). This is because of the size of the pixels on the letters were such that the openings on the a and s on the first line are not visible and filled in. This may also further indicate that forger took some of the type images from the microfilmed copies.
As another example of grayscale and binary type on the same line, Vogt selected the name "BARACK" from the form's box "1a," as show below: