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Reader: Barack Obama birth certificate is an obvious phony, and here's how you can tell

Yesterday, the Colorado Springs Gazette argued that birthers could help Barack Obama get re-elected if they continue to dispute the authenticity of the long-form birth certificate released yesterday. But judging by the comments on our post, plenty of people are willing to take that risk in pursuit of what they see as the truth. An example:

Stratads writes:

It is a fake and a very poor one. The most obvious is the pattern of the security background does not even change as it "curves" into the shadow. Once this pdf is opened in Illustrator there are 9 different layer of cut and paste artwork. Someone forgot to "flatten" the layers before saving. Opps... The number "1" in the top right is actually penciled in on the background layer with a pencil tool. Is this supposed to be a picture of it or a copy? There is a big difference. But it is not an original document.

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