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Kenyan Birth Certificate: Obama Birthers Latch On To Forgery

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UPDATE: An anonymous blogger has taken credit for the "Kenyan birth certificate," posting photos of the fake document with the caption:

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The forgery appears to be based on an Australian birth certificate available online.

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The latest development in the Obama "birther" conspiracy is the emergence of a "Kenyan birth certificate" for the president, put online by movement maven Orly Taitz.

Oddly, the same people who are so skeptical of Obama's Hawaii birth certificate are willing to accept this new document despite many flaws, documented by the Washington Independent's Dave Weigel and Markos Moulitsas.

Here are just some of the flaws:

Kenya was a Dominion the date this certificate was allegedly issued and would not become a republic for 8 months.

Mombasa belonged to Zanzibar when Obama was born, not Kenya.

Obama's father's village would be nearer to Nairobi, not Mombasa.

The number 47O44-- 47 is Obama's age when he became president, followed by the letter O (not a zero) followed by 44--he is the 44th president.

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In spite of the document's many problems, Taitz has submitted it to a court as part of her case against the president.

"I'm forcing the issue, where Obama will have to respond," she told World Net Daily.

"Before, they said, 'You don't have anything backing your claims,'" Taitz explained. "Now I have something. In fact, I have posted on the Internet more than Obama has. My birth certificate actually has signatures."

Karl Rove responded to the circulation of the new paper on Twitter, saying "I believe this is likely a forgery."

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