Forgery Revealed in Kos Publication of Obama 'Birth Certificate' (updated)

This is an issue that isn't going away for the Obama campaign and unless they address it in an effort to put it to bed, it will become one of those "distractions" the candidate really hates:
A few weeks ago, a diary entry at Daily Kos published several documents purporting to be Obama's birth certificate. One of those documents is now a confirmed forgery, ferreted out by the website Israeli Insider:

Jay McKinnon, a self-described Department of Homeland Security-trained document specialist, has implicated himself in the production of fake Hawaii birth certificate images similar to the one endorsed as genuine by the Barack Obama campaign, and appearing on the same Daily Kos blog entry where the supposedly authentic document appears.

The evidence of forgery and manipulation of images of official documents, triggered by Israel Insider's revelation of the collection of Hawaii birth certificate images on the Photobucket site and the diligent detective work of independent investigative journalists (led by
JimJ and Texas Darling) and imaging professionals such as Polarik in the three weeks since the publication of the images, implicate The Daily Kos, a "progressive" blog site, and the Obama campaign's "Fight the Smears" website, in misleading the public with official-looking but manipulated document images of doubtful provenance. Moreover, the blog and the campaign have been negligent in allowing the promotion of obviously forged and fake official documents together with the purported image of Obama's birth certificate.

Read the entire story of how the forgery was discovered.

Two things: First, the Obama campaign should have known the document was a forgery because ostensibly, they have the original. If they did know, suspicion of why they allowed the fake to stay out there without debunking it themselves leads us to the question of "why?"

Secondly, it is now the fault of the campaign that this is an issue. They know darn well that there has been this churning on the interet about this issue and if it now makes the jump to the mainstream medai, they have no one to blame but themselves. 

Just what is on the birth certificate that could be problematic? Some speculate it lists his religion as "Muslim" which would no doubt cause him some difficulty. There may be a question regarding his citizenship although I think that particular theory is much less likely. There is enough evidence that Obama was born in Hawaii to discount the idea he is not a "natural born" citizen. Other, even wilder theories are out there having to do with his real father and the citizenship of his mother.

If they are hiding something, it's about time that they come clean. Even if it is damaging, there is plenty of time to overcome whatever is on the certificate - at least there is time for a typical Obama explanation to be put out and accepted by his devotees in the press.

It is a case that is getting curiouser and curiouser...

Update -- D.M. Giangreco writes:

It would seem to me that key gunslingers in the House and Senate should make an official inquiry to the FBI as to whether or not an investigation has been launched into this, and propose that one be initiated if it hasn't already.

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