WH LFBC Timeline

The following should lay to rest any conspiracies involving the Associated Press or J. Scott Applewhite. First of all, the data support that J. Scott Appelwhite was present at the White House when these documents were released and during the press conference by President Obama. Secondly, the DCSAxxxx clearly indicates some ‘unique’ for the day at least, indicator of the photograph and finally, I have established how these documents were released by the White House around 8:48AM EST.

Thanks to Hermitian, I was encouraged to do further research into his ‘hypotheses’ as to the origin of the bluish and whitish photographs of the B&W copy of the Whitehouse certified copy of the Long Form Birth Certificate. With a little research and surprised that Hermitian, who had obviously visited the AP Website when he claimed they havve ’12 digit numbers’, I also found the DCSA indicators and in fact several photographs which help establish the timeline. Perhaps Hermitian missed these obvious gems.

On 8:48 EST, Press Secretary Carney held a press conference, releasing a packet of papers related to president Obama’s long form birth certificate

      MR. PFEIFFER:  Thanks, Jay.  What you have in front of you now is a packet of papers that includes the President’s long-form birth certificate from the state of Hawaii, the original birth certificate that the President requested and we posted online in 2008, and then the correspondence between the President’s counsel and the Hawaii State Department of Health that led to the release of those documents.

On 08:53 EST, J. Scott Applewhite transfers a set of photographs of these documents to the Associated Press’s Office. The following documents are found at the AP Photo website

The infamous DCSA103 which shows a bluish photo of the B&W printout of the LFBC,  with text bleeding through.

ID:     110427018673
Creation Date:     April 27, 2011 04:53:21 AM
Photographer:     J. Scott Applewhite
Source:     AP
Credit:     ASSOCIATED PRESS
Special Instructions:     HANDOUT IMAGE PROVIDED BY THE WHITE HOUSE
Image Resolution:     2698 x 3234 1.43 MB
Location:     Washington, DIST. OF COLUMBIA, United States
Transmission Reference:     DCSA103
Byline Title:     STF
Caption Writer:     JSA RCL**DC**

Picture DCSA103A shows the color version of President Obama’s long form birth certificate

ID:     11042713007
Creation Date:     April 27, 2011 04:53:21 AM
Photographer:     J. Scott Applewhite
Source:     AP
Credit:     ASSOCIATED PRESS
Special Instructions:     HANDOUT IMAGE PROVIDED BY THE WHITE HOUSE
Image Resolution:     1101 x 1389 1.26 MB
Location:     Washington, DIST. OF COLUMBIA, United States
Transmission Reference:     DCSA103A
Byline Title:     STF
Caption Writer:     JSA RCL**DC**

Picture DCSA104 shows a copy of the COLB, with text bleeding through, just like for the other documents.

ID:     110427018939
Creation Date:     April 27, 2011 04:53:21 AM
Photographer:     J. Scott Applewhite
Source:     AP
Credit:     ASSOCIATED PRESS
Special Instructions:     HANDOUT IMAGE PROVIDED BY THE WHITE HOUSE
Image Resolution:     3104 x 3416 1.23 MB
Location:     Washington, DIST. OF COLUMBIA, United States
Transmission Reference:     DCSA104
Byline Title:     STF
Caption Writer:     JSA RCL**DC**

Around 9:48 EST, President Obama holds a press conference

President Barack Obama gestures while speaking to reporters about the controversy over his birth certificate and true nationality, Wednesday, April 27, 2011, at the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

ID:     11042713793
Creation Date:     April 27, 2011 05:48:24 AM
Photographer:     J. Scott Applewhite
Source:     AP
Credit:     ASSOCIATED PRESS
Image Resolution:     4896 x 3264 1.62 MB
Person:     Barack Obama
Subject:     Government and politics
Location:     Washington, DIST. OF COLUMBIA, United States
Transmission Reference:     DCSA106
Byline Title:     STF
Caption Writer:     JSA RCL**DC**

The released letters from the DOH of HI and the letter requesting them were also captured by J. Scott Applewhite and again we see the text bleeding through.

 

I guess we have laid to rest another myth. The more I look into this the less credible Hermitian’s hypotheses seem to become.

I’d like to thank my friend Hermitian for engaging me in an intellectual discussion of competing hypotheses, as his contributions to peer review have turned out to be invaluable. His continuous questioning have helped me tighten down my hypotheses and even discover some new relevant facts.

25 thoughts on “WH LFBC Timeline

  1. NBC
    “On 08:53 EST, J. Scott Applewhite transfers a set of photographs of these documents to the Associated Press’s Office. The following documents are found at the AP Photo website”

    The infamous DCSA103 which shows a bluish photo of the B&W printout of the LFBC, with text bleeding through.

    ID: 110427018673
    Creation Date: April 27, 2011 04:53:21 AM
    Photographer: J. Scott Applewhite
    Source: AP
    Credit: ASSOCIATED PRESS
    Special Instructions: HANDOUT IMAGE PROVIDED BY THE WHITE HOUSE
    Image Resolution: 2698 x 3234 1.43 MB
    Location: Washington, DIST. OF COLUMBIA, United States
    Transmission Reference: DCSA103
    Byline Title: STF
    Caption Writer: JSA RCL**DC**

    Picture DCSA103A shows the color version of President Obama’s long form birth certificate

    ID: 11042713007
    Creation Date: April 27, 2011 04:53:21 AM
    Photographer: J. Scott Applewhite
    Source: AP
    Credit: ASSOCIATED PRESS
    Special Instructions: HANDOUT IMAGE PROVIDED BY THE WHITE HOUSE
    Image Resolution: 1101 x 1389 1.26 MB
    Location: Washington, DIST. OF COLUMBIA, United States
    Transmission Reference: DCSA103A
    Byline Title: STF
    Caption Writer: JSA RCL**DC**

    Picture DCSA104 shows a copy of the COLB, with text bleeding through, just like for the other documents.

    ID: 110427018939
    Creation Date: April 27, 2011 04:53:21 AM
    Photographer: J. Scott Applewhite
    Source: AP
    Credit: ASSOCIATED PRESS
    Special Instructions: HANDOUT IMAGE PROVIDED BY THE WHITE HOUSE
    Image Resolution: 3104 x 3416 1.23 MB
    Location: Washington, DIST. OF COLUMBIA, United States
    Transmission Reference: DCSA104
    Byline Title: STF
    Caption Writer: JSA RCL**DC**

    Around 9:48 EST, President Obama holds a press conference

    President Barack Obama gestures while speaking to reporters about the controversy over his birth certificate and true nationality, Wednesday, April 27, 2011, at the White House in Washington. (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite)

    ID: 11042713793
    Creation Date: April 27, 2011 05:48:24 AM
    Photographer: J. Scott Applewhite
    Source: AP
    Credit: ASSOCIATED PRESS
    Image Resolution: 4896 x 3264 1.62 MB
    Person: Barack Obama
    Subject: Government and politics
    Location: Washington, DIST. OF COLUMBIA, United States
    Transmission Reference: DCSA106
    Byline Title: STF
    Caption Writer: JSA RCL**DC**

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    The creation dates and times for DCSA103-DCS104 are identical and are each:
    April 27, 2011 04:53:21 AM

    This time is about 4 hours before the start of the Press Gaggle at the White House which started at 8:48 AM on Apr 27, 2011.

    This time is even earlier than the creation time of 9:00:38 AM for Applewhite’s Muscadine Photoshop PDF image.

    So you really are claiming that Scott Applewhite was at the White House at 04:53:21 AM shooting hand-held copies of the pale-Blue Handout that he received later at the start of the press gaggle 8:48 AM?

    Likewise, the creation date for DCSA106 is 5:48 AM which is four hours before the start of Obama’s press conference at 9:48 AM.

    So either the time setting of Applewhites digital camera was off by fours hours — or else you have him at the White House at 5:48 AM photographing Obama four hours before he arrived at his press briefing.

    It would be really telling to find DCSA 105. I wonder what the location and subject were?

    And what’s your proof that Applewhite transmitted these five photographs from the White House to his office at AP Washington, DC Headquarters at 8:53 AM?

    And if your proof is some clock time reading that you extracted from a JPEG then please state when and how and who created this JPEG image file.

    One thing that we now know for sure is that the Xerox 7655 did not create your JPEG because it doesn’t support the JPEG format. Only the JFIF format is supported.

    JFIF is an image file format standard. It is a format for exchanging JPEG encoded files which are also compliant with the JPEG interchange Format (JIF) standard.

    All JFIF formated files have the label “JFIF” in the first line of the file.

    I have examined my re-created bitmap image of the background layer of the Wh LFCOLB PDF image. The first line of the re-created file contains the label “JFIF”.

    The size of the re-created image of the background layer is W = 22.944 in. ; H = 17.722 in. The image is in Landscape orientation. This re-created image is rotated by 90 degrees counterclockwise relative to the portrait orientation of the final reduced-sized background page. The pixel resolution of the re-created image is 72 PPI x 72 PPI.

  2. This time is about 4 hours before the start of the Press Gaggle at the White House which started at 8:48 AM on Apr 27, 2011.

    Sigh.. Do the proper scaling and you too could establish that the times are 4 hours off. And you could also have checked the site yourself…

    And what’s your proof that Applewhite transmitted these five photographs from the White House to his office at AP Washington, DC Headquarters at 8:53 AM?

    Timing and common sense. It would be interesting to know when the AP made the photos available but from the time stamps I guess around 09:00AM EDT. Twenty or so minutes later they also created a PDF which have come to appreciate so much.

    One thing that we now know for sure is that the Xerox 7655 did not create your JPEG because it doesn’t support the JPEG format. Only the JFIF format is supported.

    OMG, this is hilarious… My goodness sakes you are quite a novice here.

    First of all the DCTDecode data for the WH PDF and the Xerox PDF extract into a jpeg. Secondly, you too could have looked at the 7655 created tax form from the Whitehouse.

    JFIF

    As with all JIF compliant files, image data in JFIF files is compressed using the techniques in the JPEG standard, hence JFIF is sometimes referred to as “JPEG/JFIF”.

    It’s a standard that clarifies some JPEG issues but it is quite JPEG compatible… And of course, the Xerox Work Centre supports TIFF, JPEG (old and new) and PDF. How hard is it to do a simple search.

    Really my friend you are getting extremely sloppy in your due diligence and research here.

    Check out this manual PDF

    Come on Hermitian… This is getting too painful for me to watch. PS, the document also counters your claim about MRC

    ive your hard copy documents new life as digital files. Make the best use of both hard copy and digital files and use your WorkCentre 7655/7665/7675 series to move, manage, manipulate, capture, repurpose and distribute your documents via email, internet fax, embedded fax, network server fax or network scanning. Choose the file format (PDF, JPEG, TIFF) and compression (MRC, JBIG2) that works best for you with Xerox optional document distribution services

    Like with MRC, the administrator can select what format is used for JPEG (old or new)…

    When you created your jpeg from the birth certificate you must have done something wrong as there is no JFIF in the jpeg.

    Having some problems with your tools? Try to extract the jpeg data directly from the PDF… No JFIF

    The PDF shows clearly the header of the JPEG and does not contain any JFIF data

    FF D8 FF DB 00 43 00 08 0A 0B 0D 0B 09 0E 0D 0C 0D 10

    FF D8 means start of image (JPEG) FF DB is the start of the quantization tables

    From the JFIF standard

    The JFIF meta data resides in the JPEG Application Segment APP0, having the zero-terminated ASCII string “JFIF” as segment header.

    The APP0 marker is FF E0

    For goodness sakes my friend….

  3. NBC

    “Sigh.. Do the proper scaling and you too could establish that the times are 4 hours off. And you could also have checked the site yourself…”

    I thought that time was only scaled in Relativity Theory !

  4. NBC

    “Timing and common sense. It would be interesting to know when the AP made the photos available but from the time stamps I guess around 09:00AM EDT. Twenty or so minutes later they also created a PDF which have come to appreciate so much.”

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    Nope it’s common confusion my friend !

    You eagerly accept that Applewhite’s camera time stamp was early by four hours. But you absolutely refuse to entertain the idea that your -6:00 GMT offset could also be off by only two hours.

    But thanks for answering my question that you have no proof that:

    1. That Applewhite was at the press gaggle. That assumption is counter to the ground rules for the gaggle set by Obama’s press corp for no pictures or recordings.

    2. Applewhite produced these high-resolution images using a hand-held digital camera

    3. Applewhite’s camera didn’t shake

    4. Applewhite’s camera had a bad color fringing problem

    5. Applewhite actually sent anything from the White House to AP DC headquarters

    Additionally, given the time stamp of 04/27/2011 at 04:53:21 it’s far more likely that Applewhite was at work at that time but he was not at the White House but instead was at the DC offices of the AP. Moreover, he was busy scanning at least one pre-release paper original multiple times at different resolutions to supply the White House the chosen PDF image that would be Xerox copied to provide the reporter’s hand-out copies.

    Now my scenario has the support of common sense whereas yours relies on many wild assumptions on your part.

    3,

  5. NBC

    “”One thing that we now know for sure is that the Xerox 7655 did not create your JPEG because it doesn’t support the JPEG format. Only the JFIF format is supported.””

    “OMG, this is hilarious… My goodness sakes you are quite a novice here.

    “First of all the DCTDecode data for the WH PDF and the Xerox PDF extract into a jpeg. Secondly, you too could have looked at the 7655 created tax form from the Whitehouse.

    “JFIF

    “As with all JIF compliant files, image data in JFIF files is compressed using the techniques in the JPEG standard, hence JFIF is sometimes referred to as “JPEG/JFIF”.”

    It’s a standard that clarifies some JPEG issues but it is quite JPEG compatible… And of course, the Xerox Work Centre supports TIFF, JPEG (old and new) and PDF. How hard is it to do a simple search.

    “Really my friend you are getting extremely sloppy in your due diligence and research here.

    “Check out this manual PDF

    “Come on Hermitian… This is getting too painful for me to watch. PS, the document also counters your claim about MRC.”

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    As always NBC, i’m way ahead of you. The manual that you cite which you read only
    after my post is entitled “WorkCentre ® 7655/7665/7675 Evaluator Guide.” This is obviously a “puff piece” intended to highlight the MFP’s capability. Whereas the manual that I had researched for the facts is entitled “WorkCentre ® 7655/7665/7675
    Detailed Specifications.”

    http://www.office.xerox.com/latest/W65SS-01U.PDF

    I downloaded your “manual” and searched for the term “MRC”. The search returned only one hit. An identical search of the “WorkCentre ® 7655/7665/7675 Detailed Specifications returned two hits. These two uses of the term “MRC” were in relation to the file formats provided and the new capability referred to as “scan to Export”. Both hits appear under scanning capabilities on page 11.

    “File Formats
    “TIFF 6.0 with G3 MH, G4 MMR, or JPEG compression (single page or multiple pages)
    “PDF (image only and searchable PDFs with G3 MH, G4 MMR, MRC, JPEG or JBIG2 compression)
    “JIFF with JPEG compression
    “Microsoft XML Paper Spec (XPS)

    “Scan Features
    “Mixed sized Original Support for Scan Export
    “New scan to export compression formats:
    “• MRC (multi-layer)
    “• JBIG2″

    I also gained additional insight from the file formats that are supported for printing:

    These are the facts that I originally posted. These facts are all that Xerox has to say about their MRC capabilities”

    Notice that JPEG is not listed under the image formats supported.

    Now regarding your comment about my being a sloppy —

    So who is sloppy now?

    Every young engineer who is assigned the duty to purchase expensive equipment quickly leans to “blow right by” the glossy product brochures and go directly to the detaied specifications of each supplier offering competitive equipment.

  6. Every young engineer who is assigned the duty to purchase expensive equipment quickly leans to “blow right by” the glossy product brochures and go directly to the detaied specifications of each supplier offering competitive equipment.

    Sorry my friend but check out the WH Tax form, it too shows jpeg. Sigh… You are so quick to jump to conclusions that time after time you have to correct yourself.

  7. Good questions…

    The JPEGs appear to be quite small, they contain an Adobe header string and no embedded comments. The quantization matrix and the quality are low

    Quantization table
      Precision=0; Table index=0 (luminance)
          26  24  24  44  24  44  79  57
          57  79  76  61  65  61  76  80
          80  80  80  80  80  80  80  80
          80  80  80  80  80  80  80  80
          80  80  80  80  80  80  80  80
          80  80  80  80  80  80  80  80
          80  80  80  80  80  80  80  80
          80  80  80  80  80  80  80  80
      Estimated quality level = 25.54%
    
  8.  president-obama-2010-complete-return-000.jpg
    
    Quantization table
      Precision=0; Table index=0 (luminance)
          18  12  13  16  13  11  18  16
          14  16  20  19  18  21  27  44
          29  27  24  24  27  54  39  41
          32  44  64  57  68  67  63  57
          62  61  71  80 102  87  71  75
          97  77  61  62  89 121  90  97
         105 109 114 115 114  69  85 125
         134 124 111 133 102 112 114 110
      Estimated quality level = 35.33%
  9. VP 2009 created on 7655

    One jpeg, two bitmaps

    Embedded comment: graylinear as expected

    VP_2009_Federal_Redacted-000.jpg
    
    Quantization table
      Precision=0; Table index=0 (luminance)
           8  10  11  13  11   9  14  13
          12  13  16  15  14  17  22  36
          23  22  20  20  22  44  32  33
          26  36  52  46  55  54  51  46
          50  50  58  65  83  70  58  61
          78  62  50  50  72  98  73  78
          86  88  93  94  93  56  69 102
         109 101  90 108  83  91  93  89
      Estimated quality level = 47.48%

    Obama’s

      Precision=0; Table index=0 (luminance)
           8  10  11  13  11   9  14  13
          12  13  16  15  14  17  22  36
          23  22  20  20  22  44  32  33
          26  36  52  46  55  54  51  46
          50  50  58  65  83  70  58  61
          78  62  50  50  72  98  73  78
          86  88  93  94  93  56  69 102
         109 101  90 108  83  91  93  89
      Estimated quality level = 47.48%
    
  10. The VP 2008 used PDF Version 1.4, isn’t that different from the 2010 President and VP 2010 tax returns? They used 1.5.

  11. The VP 2008 tax return loads in landscape in Illustrator, but the top of the form is to the left not the right as it is for the 2010 tax return.
    In Wordpad it shows this:

    145 0 obj
    /CropBox[0 0 792 612]
    /Parent 140 0 R
    /Contents 147 0 R
    /Rotate 90
    /MediaBox[0 0 792 612]
    /Resources 146 0 R
    /Type/Page
    endobj

    I don’t have access to my Mac today so I don’t know what Preview does to the PDF.

  12. BTW, the fact that the 2008 return was placed with the top of form to the left while the 2010 return had its top of form to the right shows that it was possible to put things upside down in the Xerox document feeder.

  13. NBC

    You obviously are locked in to your single freetoy extraction tool. You have never mentioned that this limited tool can extract a JFIF formated file or any other format than JPEG. Because of my Engineering training, I never put all of my eggs in one basket. And I certainly don’t buy into the conclusions of anyone else who does that. Did it ever occur to you that your tool is simply cobbling together the best JPEG that it can because that’s all it can do.

    I have already evaluated two different methods for extracting the background bitmap file from your Xerox scan to e-mail PDF file. Neither of these methods extract a File meeting the JPEG standard. One method re-creates the original document as it existed before placing it into the final PDF file. The other applies the new unembed command in Adobe Illustrator CS6 and Adobe Illustrator CC to obtain the unembedded image after it was placed in the PDF. By comparing the before and after images one can infer the rotations and scalings that were applied when the image was placed into the PDF.

  14. Hermitian: You obviously are locked in to your single freetoy extraction tool.

    You missed the part where I extracted the JPEG from the hex view of the PDF… Same result… JFIF and JPEG are fully compatible.

    You have never mentioned that this limited tool can extract a JFIF formated file or any other format than JPEG. Because of my Engineering training, I never put all of my eggs in one basket. And I certainly don’t buy into the conclusions of anyone else who does that. Did it ever occur to you that your tool is simply cobbling together the best JPEG that it can because that’s all it can do.

    Yes, which is why i continue to double check. And they all point to the same findings. Come on Hermitian, do you really believe that I am that naive?

    I have done all that is necessary to double and triple check, which is why my findings overall are so easily defensible…

    I have already evaluated two different methods for extracting the background bitmap file from your Xerox scan to e-mail PDF file. Neither of these methods extract a File meeting the JPEG standard.

    I can hardly be held responsible for your failures now can I?

    One method re-creates the original document as it existed before placing it into the final PDF file. The other applies the new unembed command in Adobe Illustrator CS6 and Adobe Illustrator CC to obtain the unembedded image after it was placed in the PDF. By comparing the before and after images one can infer the rotations and scalings that were applied when the image was placed into the PDF.

    Sigh…

  15. Let me help you here

    qpdf –show-object=12 –raw-stream-data wh/wh-lfbc-scanned-xerox-7535-wc.pdf >stream12.txt

    Remember Obj 12?

    obj 12 0
     Type: /XObject
     Referencing: 32 0 R
     Contains stream
    
      <<
        /BitsPerComponent 8
        /ColorSpace /DeviceRGB
        /DecodeParms [null 32 0 R]
        /Filter [/FlateDecode/DCTDecode]
        /Height 1280
        /Length 231258
        /Subtype /Image
        /Type /XObject
        /Width 1664
      >>

    This will extract Obj 12 as a raw data stream. If you cannot get qpdf to work, you can use a hex editor to extract Obj 12 stream from the PDF directly.

    Deflate the stream using

    python ./deflate.py stream12.txt stream12.jpg

    I will even give you the deflate.py script

    import zlib
    import sys
    
    args = sys.argv
    
    if len(args) != 3:
    	print("Usage python.exe "+args[0]+" ")
    	exit(0)
    
    input = args[1]
    output = args[2]
    
    file_read = open(input,'rb')
    buffer = file_read.read()
    decomp = zlib.decompress(buffer)
    file_write = open(output,'w')
    file_write.write(decomp)
    

    jpeginfo -C stream12.jpg

    stream12.jpg 1664 x 1280 24bit n/a N 235646 “YCbCr”

  16. Yes, the document shows the typical work center indicators such as XIPlayer for the Objects and indeed the rotate 90

  17. Some info

        Date: Jul 17, 2007
        Version: 
        Size: 464.9 KB
        Format: ZIP
    
    Enabling Custom Services (EIP) for WorkCentre 7655/7665/7675 (Rev 2.0)
    
    ReadMe (PDF 101.2 KB)
    

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