Posted by J Richards on Friday, May 13, 2011 at 11:23 PM
The discussion, at MR, of two recent significant events—Obama’s long-form birth certificate and Osama’s death—has been unproductive, needlessly acrimonious and otherwise lackluster. I tried to remedy the situation by leaving a comment as “Try critical thinking,” but it wasn’t of any help. Thus I must now awaken from my slumber and post on the significance of these events, which in my estimation are opportune for leading some fence sitters and naïve individuals into the light. Naturally, Amren, Vdare, Sailer et al. won’t adequately address them. The issues are sufficiently important for me to mull making this a sticky post.
It’s difficult to avoid enemy infiltration, especially in an open forum, but civility may result if the discussion is primarily fact-based and detractors exhorted to reciprocate.
So here we go.
The alleged killing of Osama Bin Laden on May 2, 2011 isn’t independently verifiable
The government/MSM (mainstream media) claim that Navy Seals barged into Osama’s room where he and his wife were staying, unarmed. Osama allegedly made threatening gestures and was shot dead—two bullets did the job. It’s unlikely he was horribly mutilated. When Saddam Hussein’s sons were shot dead, their mutilated bodies were sown up and displayed for the world to see; their remains were not buried for more than a week. But we’ve seen no official pictures of Osama’s dead body, and his remains were disposed off almost right away, in the sea, allowing no independent forensic examination.
Independent forensic examination would be crucial here. Consider Josef Mengele; he was hunted by certain ethnics for alleged crimes against humanity. By the time they found Mengele in Latin America, he had apparently died of natural causes, and they verified his putative remains via a forensic analysis of his skull, which was published in a peer-reviewed journal of forensic medicine.
The identity of the Navy Seals who went after Osama cannot be revealed.
The government/MSM claim that Osama’s young wife was non-critically shot in the process of going after Osama and that the Seals wanted to take her for questioning but one of the helicopters broke and there was no space to take her with them. Osama’s wife was taken into custody by the Pakistani government and she won’t be available for questioning by U.S. authorities as the Pakistani government will be returning her to Yemen! They would let a goldmine of information on Osama, especially as it pertains to understanding the “terrorist mindset,” slip away so easily?
The reasons given for not allowing independent verification of Osama’s killing make no sense
The U.S. government allegedly disposed off Osama’s remains in the sea because no country would accept the remains. Why would Pakistan object? Why not some remote U.S. base? Why not bring the body to the U.S., seal it for posterity with preservatives and let it be a reminder to those who would ponder masterminding something like 9/11?
Another reason given by the government for disposing off the body in the sea was that they didn’t want Osama’s grave to become a shrine. Similarly, they refuse to release pictures of his dead body to avoid angering Muslim radicals to the boiling point. How likely are these possibilities?
When 9/11 occurred, some Muslims leaders expressed skepticism that it was the work of 19 Arabs that were part of a terrorist group calling itself Al Qaeda (literally translating to “the toilet,” not “the base”), which was led by Osama bin Laden. Here are the results from a 2008 international survey where people were asked to state who in their estimation perpetrated 9/11.
I recall a “genuine” video pushed by the MSM a couple of years ago, featuring a senior Al Qaeda leader getting offended by an increasing number of people doubting that Al Qaeda perpetrated 9/11.
I simply don’t see indications that releasing pictures of Osama’s dead body or burying him in the ground would somehow prompt a number of Muslims to break out in suicidal rage or make his grave a shrine. If anything, Muslim radicals who believe that Osama masterminded 9/11 would derive pleasure from confirming that Osama died a martyr and thus went to Heaven.
The circumstances surrounding Osama’s killing don’t accord with known facts
It takes two days at least for DNA matching yet the government has DNA confirmation of Osama’s identity within a day, which we don’t get to see.
We’re told that Osama was living in a mansion and they found him with a computer, discs, flash drives and other modern computing equipment. We’re also told that no one can replace Osama in Al Qaeda. So this important person must’ve been making, and posting online, a lot of inspirational videos for his followers for the past couple of years, right? Where are these videos? What we have are a few pathetic fakes/forgeries.
If we compare four videos of Osama in 2001, dated 10/07/2001, 11/03/2001, 11/09/2001 and 12/27/2001, the one dated 11/09/2001 is clearly fake; compared to the others it’s of very poor quality and the audio is noisy, making verification very difficult, the alleged Osama has a beard with a different coloring, the alleged Osama looks healthy whereas his health declines over the other three, and the contents are starkly different—no mention of certain ethnics from Israel and their counterparts elsewhere and no lamentation of the plight of Muslims. The 11/09/2011-dated video, made publicly available on 12/13/2011, is the one where the alleged Osama discusses his involvement in 9/11, but doesn’t mention that he did it to avenge the suffering of Muslims! In contrast, Osama flat-out denied being involved in 9/11 in an interview published in the Pakistani newspaper Ummat on 09/28/2001 and blamed Israel for it; the other contents of this interview are very similar to an interview he gave to CNN’s Peter Arnett about 4 years earlier, strongly suggesting that the Pakistani interview is authentic.
Now, after Osama’s alleged killing, the U.S. government releases some videos of Osama they found, none with sound. So we can’t verify it’s his voice. The government didn’t have to release the audio in its entirety if they don’t want his followers to be inspired by his words—a lame excuse as lip readers can figure it out when he’s facing the camera—a few sentences here and there would suffice. One of the clips barely shows Osama’s face from the side, something easily faked. Another clip shows Osama with a wider, fleshier face and a dyed beard—it’s more difficult to match the complex color pattern of Osama’s beard than to dye the impersonator’s beard and come up with some lame explanation for why Osama dyed it—this Osama’s an impersonator.
We’re told that Osama was a prolific email writer but had no internet access! He used flash drives and couriers to pass on and receive emails from others through internet cafés. This is rubbish. Someone as vain as he’s alleged to be, recording himself on video while watching his own coverage on MSM news and dyeing his beard black, didn’t have internet to keep current with the latest issues, many of which the MSM won’t cover? He didn’t have to access email through his personal internet connection. And what’s the bright idea of giving those hunting him a clue that he’s probably within 100 miles of the internet cafés from where central Al-Qaeda messages are being sent?
The Al-Qaeda network had the genius to pull off one of the most amazing engineering feats in the history of humankind: they outfoxed NORAD and brought down, along the path of greatest resistance, three steel-framed skyscrapers—that were designed to withstand multiple jetliner impacts—with just two planes! But they couldn’t set up a convenient secure communications system?
Start with the free and open source Linux operating system to keep costs low; open source ensures no backdoors are built in; the kernel is far superior to Microsoft Windows’; malware practically can’t be installed as the system consists of files, none of which can be executed by those who aren’t the owners of the files and don’t belong to the groups that the owners belongs to. Set up some of these computers in remote locations where the U.S. and other Western nations have no jurisdiction and a sizeable minority is sympathetic to Muslim terrorism, such as Malaysia. Use public-key-cryptography-based secure Shell access to one of these remote computers to establish a virtual private network tunnel, which prevents even one’s own ISP from interpreting internet traffic. On top of this use encrypted email and include important details in AES-Twofish-Serpent 256-256-256-bits encrypted attachments with a hidden volume for a plausible deniability scenario; one could be creative, say, a picture of Menachem Begin as the keyfile for decrypting the outer volume. You’re all set!... child’s play compared to 9/11, and Osama didn’t have to set it up; he could’ve used his genius engineers for the setup and teach him how to use it, which a mildly retarded individual can learn.
The timing of Osama’s killing
Given said oddities about Osama’s alleged killing, one wonders, were there reasons behind the timing? Given the MSM going hog wild over Osama’s death, a logical possibility is an attempt to deflect attention away from another big issue. What could this be?
Obama releases his long-form birth certificate
On April 27, 2011, Obama released a scan of what he alleges to be his long-form birth certificate proving that he was born in the U.S. Two different version were released, the Associated Press version and the White House version; the White House version is addressed below.
Various artifacts and the inconsistency (e.g., saturation) between adjacent letters reveal digital editing:
In the images shown above notice that the security background deteriorates as the pdf is blown up (enlarged); it becomes pixelated with enlargement, the pixels being of different colors. However, notice that only the R in “BARACK” and the 1 in “10641” pixelate into different colors with enlargement; try any level of enlargement in a pdf reader... the square pixels become clearer with enlargement in the other letters/digits, but remain the same color. If one were to explain this as a consequence of OCR (optical character recognition; converts to text)—there was no need for OCR—and the occasional non-OCRed character as an artifact of imperfect OCR, how does one explain such jagged odd-shaped characters that are supposed to represent letters and numbers?
Note that OCR isn’t applied to signatures. There are four signatures on the birth certificate. Only the attendant’s signature pixelates into different colors when the pdf is blown up. Among the other signatures, one character in the local registrar’s signature, “unham Obama” in Ann Dunham Obama’s signature and the entirety of the State Registrar’s signature retain the same color when blown up! We’ll shortly observe that OCR doesn’t apply as the pdf lacks text; in case critics argue that some characters were initially OCRed and then reconverted to image form—why would the scanner/software do this?—the following example shows how blown-up text looks like, nothing like what’s on the certificate.
Obama’s father’s race is listed as “African,” which couldn’t have been used to refer to any race at the time; blacks belong to the “Negroid” race; a black father should’ve been described as a Negro, the term in vogue at the time.
There’s no seal of the State of Hawaii!
There’s much more but we’ve seen enough to infer that the scan of Obama’s long-form birth certificate is a forgery.
What’s the significance of the Obama-Osama drama?
Some may proceed to discuss Obama’s ineligibility to be President, that he should be removed from office, charged with document fraud-related felonies and even deported from the U.S. if he’s not even a citizen, a [multiple] felon and guilty of the deportable offense of falsely claiming to be a U.S. citizen. I, however, believe that these aren’t the important issues.
For the most part it doesn’t matter who the President of the U.S. is; he does the bidding of his masters. Who are his masters? Take the 14-trillion-dollar-plus, and rapidly rising, debt of the U.S. government. The master is the hand that feeds, not the one that receives, and is clearly the network of the international bankers. This network is in the position—by virtue of issuing money, as debt, for a very long time—to have ultimate ownership of the MSM, which is consistent with the MSM’s presentation of Obama.
In the 2008 U.S. elections, the republicans lost heavily because an increasing number of Americans became frustrated with the protracted wars in Afghanistan and Iraq. Two years later the newer democrat-dominated regime had still not closed the Guantanamo bay detention center and both wars had no end in sight. In the 2010 elections, the democrats lost heavily. The Guantanamo bay and war status quo remained intact until recently, when change came in the form of the U.S. attacking Libya! There are too many examples like this, which is the reason why over the decades an increasing number of Americans have lost interest in voting—what’s the point in so far as the big picture goes?
The significance of the two major news items isn’t that Obama has to go; his replacement won’t solve our problems. The significance is that we can make a number of naïve individuals and fence sitters start questioning, and gravitating toward the light, without mentioning certain ethnics who predominantly control the MSM and international banking.
Mention these ethnics and the naïve/fence sitters are liable to persuasion by the one and only Abe [Foxman] lamenting the accursed canards plaguing his community. But expose the public to a blatantly forged long-form birth certificate released three years after people started clamoring for it and some will question why the MSM are backing Obama to the point that they are complicit in the deception… wait, how did an obscure senator end up as leading Presidential candidate and then become President?… it isn’t mere complicity when the Obama phenomenon is an MSM creation in the first place… it’s more like Obama being complicit in the deception created by the MSM… why the Obama phenomenon?... what other lies have the MSM fed us?... why, in this light, should we believe in the tale of Osama’s recent killing, which is difficult to believe by itself?... didn’t the MSM feed us lies about Iraq’s weapons of mass destruction, the reason behind the U.S. invading it?… if the MSM are lying about Osama, what about Al Qaeda?… now I’ve been hearing these “nutcase” 9/11 conspiracy theories… who says they are deranged?... the MSM!... maybe I should have a look… what do I have to lose?... a few minutes, a few hours at most, of my time?...
And then we assist. We start with MSM reports of five dancing, jubilant “Arabs” arrested celebrating the WTC towers hit by planes on 9/11. They turned out to have names such as Sivan Kurzberg, Paul Kurzberg, Oded Ellner, Omer Marmari and Yaron Shmuel… surprise, surprise, no names such as Muhammad, Ahmed, Sadiki, Abdul, Hakeem, etc.! A summary of MSM coverage:
We then introduce some of the friendly Al-Qaeda people:
When their curiosity is piqued, we can direct the naïve/fence sitters to a cool book on 9/11, videos accompanying this book and a more specific analysis of the gentlemen who masterminded 9/11. At this point we can name the ethnics in some detail, safe in the knowledge that Abe’s screams about canards will be brushed aside… time to test whether they are canards or not.
It’s reasonable to allow for the possibilities that a) Obama is a natural-born U.S. citizen who has presented a true copy of his long-form birth certificate and b) that Osama was really killed by U.S. Navy Seals on May 2, 2011, the timing of his killing shortly after the release of the long-form birth certificate scan being a coincidence. If there are compelling facts or reasons for such conclusions, detractors should list them, thereby keeping the discussion civil. No ad hominem, off-topic issues or pejoratives please.
To those inclined to dismiss this essay because it’s founded on racism or conspiracy theory, let’s not waste each other’s time. Regarding racism, had Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson or Alan Keyes been POTUS instead of Obama, the birth certificate issue would not arise, and I’ve made it very clear that I believe who gets to be POTUS is of little relevance in the situation we face. Additionally, the issue of presidential candidate John McCain being a natural-born citizen came up notwithstanding his whiteness.
Regarding conspiracy, the MSM have spent some effort in explaining how people are reluctant to change their beliefs, more easily accept claims consistent with their beliefs and tend to demand a much higher standard of evidence for opposing arguments, which is well and good, but doesn’t address how people acquire some “strange” beliefs. What prompted 54% of the international public surveyed in 2008 to doubt the official 9/11 story, a proportion surely considerably greater than the corresponding figure in late 2001? What accounts for the increase? Certain inadequately explained issues that more people were increasingly exposed to. Properly address these issues—avoid refuting straw men and also address opposing arguments not being put forth by controlled opposition—and the conspiracy theory will have so few adherents that it would become insignificant. And if you’re inclined to respond like Matt Parrott targeting conspiracies at The Occidental Quarterly online, which is in MR’s genre, again let’s not waste each other’s time. Parrott has the following to say about Obama’s long-form birth certificate.
We’ve already seen that Parrott’s criticism falls apart. Whereas I’ve included copies of all nine layers, the readers don’t have to depend on others to show them the existence of these layers. Some have pointed out that the existence of the layers can be verified by opening the pdf in Adobe Illustrator, but this is expensive ($550-$600), proprietary software; if there’s a trial version of it then few will bother obtaining and installing it to verify the layers. But we can use free tools.
Image# Width Height bytes Colorspace 1 1652 1276 299366 8-bit color (RGB) 2 1454 1819 67980 1-bit monochrome 3 199 778 5510 1-bit monochrome 4 42 274 480 1-bit monochrome 5 123 228 633 1-bit monochrome 6 47 216 436 1-bit monochrome 7 34 70 173 1-bit monochrome 8 243 217 671 1-bit monochrome 9 132 142 344 1-bit monochrome
Different parts of the birth certificate were scanned in different color spaces? Note also that the monochrome images use a losless compression algorithm (FlateDecode) whereas the color image uses a lossy compression algorithm (DCTDEcode). It’s clear that this “scan” is a forgery.
Note that whether the scan is a forgery is a question of fact. If the scan is a forgery then the MSM treatment of it points to conspiracy. The underlying reason(s) or the question why is a matter of conspiracy theory. Critics should not confuse the three.
If you need to address conspiracies please don’t bring in off-topic conspiracies concerning colloidal silver, fluoride, Reptilians, Roswell, aliens, etc. Most conspiracies are empty and earnestly promoted by the enemy for two good reasons: deflecting attention away from crucial issues and tarnishing good information by mixing it with the bad. Just address the facts in question and, if any, the conspiracy pertaining to these facts.
In addition, if you plan on leaving a note about personality types prone to conspiratorial thinking, you might want to cite some peer-reviewed psychological literature showing whether this particular personality/orientation characterizes the majority or great majority of the population—think of 9/11 and JFK murder conspiracies, respectively—and how is this possible. And do note that if you leave it at this alone, you won’t have addressed any facts or perceived facts that fuel the conspiracy in question.
To emphasize the point that the main significance of the Obama-Osama drama isn’t Obama’s eligibility to be POTUS, I’ll end with a few points. Obama’s birth certificate situation doesn’t compel one to believe that Obama was born outside the U.S. Anyone with an open mind and willingness to question authority can search and come across some interesting information on Obama’s background. You’ll find nude pictures of Obama’s mother, Stanley Ann Dunham. They were almost certainly taken by a pornographer, a sleaze who was into group sex and had sexual relations with an underage girl, and a communist black man by the name of Frank Marshall Davis, who was apparently one of the numerous black men that Obama’s mother was consorting with. The MSM tell us that Obama’s mother was a conservative woman. A conservative Caucasian woman would pose nude and consort with black men? A woman in her position would highly likely be mentally ill or something like a prostitute.
Maybe Obama’s mother was a mentally ill Caucasian who believed that having sex with black men will atone for the sins of slavery, or perhaps she was a prostitute recruited to infiltrate black communist organizations, or… whereas curious, this topic is not particularly relevant to MR. More relevant, the wide-faced, short and slightly-built Kenyan alleged to be Obama’s father is, physically speaking, far less likely to have fathered him than Frank Davis. Obama could’ve been born in the U.S., with his birth certificate listing Frank Davis as the father. If true, had this come out before elections, the sleaze factor would’ve prevented Obama from becoming POTUS.
On the other hand, what appears certain is that had John McCain or someone else become POTUS instead of Obama, our lives wouldn’t have been better and American decline would’ve continued in a similar manner. The important issue, therefore, is the reason why this situation exists, and we have an opportunity before us to assist naïve individuals and fence sitters figure out the answers by using these two events to sow further distrust of the MSM; the best thing is that we can do it without having to mention certain ethnics until the end of the discovery process, when it would be hardly necessary as they would’ve figured it out.