This is the first of three articles on the criminal complaint that scanner-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.”
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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 programs, 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, Sec.1028, and therefore an impeachable offense.”
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 word “Name” printed on the form and the lines above and below drop down two pixels while the typed-in hospital name, “Kapiolani,” does not, he says.
“The conclusion you must come to is that the typed-in form was superimposed over an existing original Certificate of Live Birth form,” Vogt writes.
Vogt contends that the forger placed the typed-in text over the printed copy, creating a composite from a variety of original birth certificate forms.
“In fact, since I found some of the form headings scanned in as binary and grayscale, the form itself is a composite but the person who created it did not flatten the image of the blank form and save it as one file before they started placing the typewriter text on the composite form,” he says. “The individual(s) who perpetrated this forgery could not evidently find a blank form in the clerk’s imaging database, so they were forced to clean up existing forms and overlay the typewriter type we see here.”
A “white-halo effect” around some of the printed and typed-in letters on the form convinced Vogt that the document was a forgery.
If the birth certificate were a scan, as the White House maintained, it should have been a grayscale image in which no haloing effect would be visible, he reasons
Vogt displays the figure below from the document released by the White House, demonstrating the white-halo effect:
He then compares the above example to a grayscale scan in which there is no halo effect:
The next image is a color scan in which there is no halo effect, with the green color of the security paper touching the edge of the type:
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:
“For some reason the ‘R’ is a grayscale image and the rest is binary,” he writes. “That means the ‘R’ was originally on the form and the rest was not until it was added.”
Vogt asks why the forger would leave some grayscale images in the form and not just erase the whole form.
He answer is that the forger needed to leave the grayscale images to re-establish the baseline of the type in order to place the superimposed binary type properly, in line with the other typing on the form.
“This also told me that the forger was an experienced graphic artist,” Vogt concludes.
Another example was the birth certificate number itself, as seen below:
“This is just another example of a cut and paste job,” Vogt noted. “It also means we do not know what the real birth certificate number is, if there even is one.”
Vogt concludes that the Obama birth certificate document released by the White House on April 27 is an “outrageous and obvious” fraud.
“You could truly call this a Frankenstein Certificate of Live Birth,” he says in summary.
“It is a logical conclusion,” he says, “that since President Barack Obama felt it necessary to have a Certificate of Live Birth forged for himself then we must conclude that there is in fact no birth certificate in Hawaii and therefore he was not born inside the United States, as the Constitution requires, and he knew it and others also knew it but wanted him in office for whatever reason.”