Look, I have no opinions about Obama. I remove myself from the "birthers vs. others" war. But, I MUST say this...
This topic is a huge misunderstanding after another. A LOT of the issues in the OP's source were pointed out by me long ago on ATS, however, I
explained why the birth certificate is NOT "forged" so nobody listened to me.
The OP's source even posted the thing that can explain this all....
(A) at a minimum, shall require certification of the birth certificate by the State or local governmentcustodian of record that issued the
certificate, and shall require the use of safety paper or an alternative,equally secure medium, the seal of the issuing custodian of record,
and other features designed to prevent tampering, counterfeiting, or otherwise duplicating the birth certificate for fraudulent
(i) computerizing their birth and death records;
(ii) developing the capability to match birth and death records within each State and among the States; and
(iii) noting the fact of death on the birth certificates of deceased persons.
Look, Obama's original long form did NOT have any "features designed to prevent tampering". It was just a white piece of paper with black text in a
book. That is why SECURITY FEATURES WERE ADDED BEFORE THE RELEASE.
The green background (safety paper) of Obama's certificate was added according to law.
However, it was NOT just "printed on safety paper" because there was nothing to "print". The certificate was not digitized and printable. It was just
a piece of paper in a book.
Someone had to scan the original certificate, then digitally remove the white background.
Perfectly removing the white background of a black/gray and white SCANNED IMAGE is not an easy task. That is why there is a white halo around all
the black/gray text.
That white halo around the text that the OP's source points at is caused by a "low tolerance" setting on a "background
eraser" computer algorithm. Increasing the tolerance will remove more of the white halo... however, on old images that were scanned, increasing the
tolerance will also remove much needed parts of the text and will even distort the text in an unreadable fashion because of gradients along the edges
of text. So that is why they didn't remove the white halo... to retain readability and clarity of the scanned documents text.
After they removed the white background they added the green security background pattern DIGITALLY. They did NOT just print the certificate on
If they printed the document on safety paper there would be no "white halo" around the text because printers don't print white.
The white halos indicate that the green background was DIGITALLY ADDED.
This makes sense because if they had to add this security feature to
1000's of documents it would be best to do it automatically and digitally instead of by hand.
That green background was added BY LAW.... So OF COURSE the document has been "digitally edited", however, that does not prove forgery AT ALL. It
actually supports the idea the document was real and scanned and digitally updated according to law.
I believe the State / Hospital was responsible for digitally adding the security pattern to the certificate, and if they did it then it is perfectly
It was even signed as being an "abstract" on the bottom, so it is legal.
A birth certificate can be printed on toilet paper, and as long as the information is correct, and it has the security features and stuff according to
law, and it is signed by authorities that certify the information is correct, it will be legal....
This birth certificate issue is getting out of hand because of peoples lack of knowledge and lack of reason. It's much easier for people to see it
was digitally updated and claim it is fake than it is to actually understand how the document was digitally updated by authorized people according to
Just because the document was digitally updated, it doesn't prove any fraud, or that any of the actual data was changed. Sorry to the "birthers", but
I think you are on the wrong track. There is no real reason to think the President wasn't born in the USA. Some of the "evidence" that "birthers"
are using actually supports the idea that the birth certificate is real, and is an old document that has undergone changes required by law.
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