Let’s step back and recap the ‘affidavit‘ submitted by Henry Blake and the analysis done by people like me, Vicklund and others which helped explain the minor mysteries Henry had uncovered, leading him at various time to claim forgery.
In her case Taitz v Democrat Party, Orly had submitted a poorly legible copy of President Obama’s long form birth certificate. The lawyers for the Mississippi Democratic Party submitted the real PDF that could be downloaded from the Whitehouse’s website. This document is known as 15-1. Note that I have debunked on this website that said PDF shows evidence of a forgery, something Hermitian has yet to confront.
Since the document was now part of litigation, the Democratic Party asked the Department of Health of Hawaii for a letter of verification.
The likely work flow was as follows:
- Someone printed out document 15-1 and attached it to a letter sent to Director Fuddy, Director of Health for the State of Hawaii
- Fuddy provided a certified letter of verification from Alvin Onaka, State Registrar stating that the information on the Whitehouse PDF was accurate.
Pursuant to Hawaii Revised Statutes 338-14.3, I verify the following:
1. The original Certificate of Live Birth for Barack Hussein Obama, II, is on file with the State of Hawaii Department of Health.
2. The information contained in the “Certificate of Live Birth” published at http://www .whitehouse. gov/blog/20 11/04/27/president-obamas-Iong-formbirth-certificate and reviewed by me on the date of this verification, a copy of which is attached with your request, matches the information contained in the original Certificate of Live Birth for Barack Hussein Obama, lI on file with the State of Hawaii Department of Health
Since the document contained a raised seal, documents 35-1 and 35-2 were delivered to the chambers of the Magistrate Judge and scanned in by some clerk.
So while document 15-1 contained a copy of the JPEG found embedded in the Whitehouse PDF, the ECF electronic court filing system, adds a label which is evident on the document posted in Pacer. It is also clear that the actual Pacer document was printed out and attached to the letter to Director Fuddy. The letter, the attachment and the letter of verification were delivered to the Chambers of the Magistrate Judge and scanned in.
The scanner is a sheet fed scanner, or more accurately a Fujitsu (Fugitsu according to Hermitian) S1500. The scanner’s software does not support a TWAIN driver which means that one cannot directly import its scans into document, and one has to rely on the Manager software to capture the document.
Document 35-1 which contains the letter and a copy of the court record shows clearly the label present from the Pacer 15-1 document, however Henry found, what he believed to be ‘discrepancies’ or strike outs and revisions. He loaded the document into Illustrator and found out he could turn on and off hidden objects which showed as Black Squares or Lines. However, Vicklund was kind enough to do the proper research and found that these are artifacts caused by the scanning software, likely in an effort to turn the document into an actionable form. In addition to the black objects, there is also evidence of an OCR scan which manages to only detect a few words, mostly those in larger print. Again, fully consistent with an automated work flow.
Somehow, our friend Hermitian still believes that there are evidences of forgery, even though he has failed to show any logical or reasoned arguments as to how one can reach such a decision. In fact, he has failed to even properly identify a workflow which requires the intervention of a forger who did nothing more that add invisible blocks and lines to a document which was also hand delivered to the chambers of the Magistrate Judge.
Perhaps our friend is suggesting that the Court itself is involved in the ‘forgery’ because its workflow introduced some ‘artifacts’ which are easily explained through a simple workflow.
In recap, Henry Blake’s reliance on Illustrator, caused him to miss essential hints as to the process used leading him to conclusions not very well supported by the data.
I’d say: Much ado about nothing.
Some debunked claims
Document 15-1.pdf is opened in Adobe Acrobat and then page 2 is extracted into a separate one-page PDF document.
The object containing the existing Document 15-1 case label is then selected and its color is changed from bright Blue to light Green.
The bright-Blue case label for Document 35-1 is then typed above the light Green case label of Document 15-1 within the margin of the (page 4/11) LFCOLB PDF image.
The resulting (page 4/11) LFCOLB one-page PDF image file is then merged with the three-page Tepper-to-Fuddy letter to create the Document 35-1.
The actual workflow appears to be simpler. Document 15-1 is printed out, attached to a letter sent to Director Fuddy, who returns a letter of verification of said birth certificate signed by the Hawaiian State Registrar. These documents are hand delivered to the chambers of the Magistrate Judge and scanned into ECF by a clerk or assistant.
This is of course self evident because the document in question show signs of having been scanned in twice. We know that the above workflow was not followed since the metadata show that the document was created on a Fujitsu (Fugitsu…) S1500 Scanner and imported in Adobe Acrobat using a Paper Capture plugin.
The simple fact that document 15-1 was printed out and scanned in again, helps understand why it suffered in quality. In fact, you can see some evidence that the sheet fed scanner was used when looking at some of the distortions near to the bottom.
Examination of the one-page (page 4/11 ) LFCOLB PDF image file reveals that the certificate page comprises a single flattened bitmap raster image embedded within the PDF file. Thus, unlike the (page 2/8) LFCOLB PDF image, the (page 4/11) LFCOLB PDF image is not constructed from nine different layers.
True, we know that the nine layers were created by the Xerox WorkCentre and since this was not used to scan in document 35-1, it is not surprising that these layers are ‘missing’.
Had this preferred work flow been applied to the creation of the (page 4/11) LFCOLB PDF image, then there would be a solid chain of evidence between the (page 2/8) LFCOLB PDF image and the (page 4/11) LFCOLB PDF image. Unfortunately, the collective findings reported herein indicate that this preferred work flow was not followed in this case.
The solid chain of evidence was maintained by printing out the actual Pacer file, sending it with a letter and a link to the actual document on the Whitehouse server, to Director Fuddy and have the document and the returned letter of verification hand delivered to the Chambers of the Magistrate Judge, as explained in document 35.
Talking about document 15-1 Henry observes that
The larger background pixels are Grayscale and variable in color and the smaller text pixels are Binary and are monochrome and dark Green-Black in color.
A side effect of Mixed Raster Compression where the text is captured at twice the resolution of the background.
Now a hilarious statement that shows how Henry does not understand how scanning works
Both the (page 2/8) LFCOLB PDF image and the (page 4/11) LFCOLB PDF image exhibit a geometric precision that is not expected from a optically scanned image of a paper document.
Each and every pixel which comprise the (page 2/8) LFCOLB PDF image is congruent with a rectangular grid of 300 LPI.
When a document is scanned it generates a line of pixels, which are combined to form a representation of the document. Furthermore, the document is divided into a background, saved in JPEG (a highly lossy compression) and multiple text foregrounds, saved in lossless bitmap format at twice the resolution of the background. This is a common workflow and the Xerox Workcenter documents have verified that this explains the ‘artifacts’ in the PDF on the Whitehouse servers.
The (page 2/8) LFCOLB PDF image contains a mixture of large pixels of 150 PPI resolution and smaller pixels of 300 PPI resolution.
Just like the original that was used to create this document. Sigh…
So much more to say about his ‘affidavit’… Time to relax for the weekend…