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Meet David Bomford, the Australian grandfather whose birth certificate was doctored in an effort to prove Obama was not born in the US

Adelaide man caught up in bid to oust Obama

Dina Rosendorff reported this story on Tuesday, August 4, 2009 18:36:00

MARK COLVIN: An unsuspecting Adelaide public servant has found himself swept up in a conspiracy to oust the 44th President of the United States from office.

A movement known as the Birthers, which originated in California, is attempting to prove that Barack Obama was born in Kenya, not Hawaii, therefore making him ineligible to be President.

In a bid to stake their claim they released what appeared to be a Kenyan birth certificate with Obama's name on it.

Sceptics soon traced the bogus birth certificate and found it to be a forgery. The document turns out to have been based on the birth certificate of an Adelaide man called David Jeffrey Bomford.

Dina Rosendorff broke the news to him.

DINA ROSENDORFF: David Jeffrey Bomford's language was a touch too colourful for radio when PM first contacted him with news his birth certificate had been used in a bid to oust Barack Obama.

Now that he's come to terms with his unwitting involvement in an international conspiracy, he's slightly more amused.

DAVID JEFFREY BOMFORD: (Laughs) That is ridiculous. Little old person in Adelaide, the President of the United States. I don't know whether to laugh about it or not, be worried about it.

It is interesting someone from here being involved in a conspiracy - that is so funny.

DINA ROSENDORFF: It's believed computer hackers found Mr Bomford's birth certificate on his family's genealogy website.

They used it as the basis for a forgery in an attempt to prove President Obama was born in Kenya rather than Hawaii.

Only people born in the USA can be president.

The fake Kenyan birth document has been circulated by political opponents of Obama's, called the Birthers, who are out to unseat him.

A growing online community who are against the Birthers quickly picked apart the bogus birth certificate and traced it back to about as far from Kenya as you can get - Thebarton Community Hospital at Mile End in South Australia and David Jeffrey Bomford.

As for the unsuspecting man at the centre of the political storm, he says he's not a Birther - just a public service clerk from Adelaide.

DAVID JEFFREY BOMFORD: I'm not involved in anything. To think that someone like me would be involved in an international conspiracy, considering I'm a conspiratist myself, I believe everything in all the old Roswell and all that rubbish. So this is quite funny.

DINA ROSENDORFF: Do you have anything against President Obama?

DAVID JEFFREY BOMFORD: No. I think he was a good choice for President. Apart from that, I didn't at first think he was a good President but he's proved himself alright so he changed my mind.

DINA ROSENDORFF: Looking over the documents in question Mr Bomford still can't quite believe his eyes.

DAVID JEFFREY BOMFORD: It's little old me and my mum and everything else up there. Oh I definitely confirm that the birth certificate was mine. That was quite easy to see - my address, even the style of the birth certificate was an old South Australian one.

So it's quite easy to identify that it's mine.

DINA ROSENDORFF: And looking at the fake Kenyan birth certificate what do you make of it?

DAVID JEFFREY BOMFORD: It's definitely a copy of my certificate. It's so laughable it's ridiculous.

DINA ROSENDORFF: Internet security expert Dr Asha Rao from RMIT University says although this case is quite funny, it's also very dangerous.

ASHA RAO: It just shows you what is possible on the Internet; that ultimately digital documents come down to a string of zeros and ones. This is an extreme case. Of course they must have trawled around and found something they could use.

But it's also, you know, you really don't, if you put that up, that is the main document that shows your identity. So, identity theft starts with getting hold of that document. So it's very dangerous to put stuff like that online.

DINA ROSENDORFF: Mr Bomford agrees with the experts and says he'll definitely be removing it from the website.

DAVID JEFFREY BOMFORD: I'm very surprised at how anyone would even find it on the net unless they were looking for something like that because it's buried on a little known research site that's particularly for my family.

So I was very, very surprised that anyone would even find it on the net. I'll be certainly contacting my friend who runs that web and asking him to remove it.

DINA ROSENDORFF: But he reckons it's a good story to tell his friends and family.

DAVID JEFFREY BOMFORD: I'm not particularly worried about it because no-one would honestly believe that anyone like me would be involved in it - just a grey-haired old guy sitting in a corner in quiet old Adelaide.

MARK COLVIN: Adelaide public servant David Jeffrey Bomford ending that report by Dina Rosendorff.


Added: Aug-4-2009 Occurred On: Aug-4-2009
By: Skinnydaddy
Tags: # birther, movement, crazy, birth, certificate, obama, gop, republicans, far, right, nutjobs, morons, abc.
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  • LOL

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    Birthers continue to be humanity's punchline!

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  • Obama 1
    birthers 0
    Everyone else still waiting for change

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    • acctualy the only birth certifcate that Obama has shown was on a web site and proven to be not official
      Obama 1
      birthers 1
      everyone else has better shit to worrie about

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    • What cave did you come out from? Your not doing your own homework. Go back and look up the facts then come back with fact not fiction......or just turn fox noise back on and go to sleep. score stands
      Obama 1
      birthers 0

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    • Who "proved" that?

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    • if it doesn't have an "official state seal" then it's not "official"
      didn't say it wasn't real, just said it's was not official

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    • But it does have a state seal.

      Don't really care for the site its on but they do show better pics of it.

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  • lol...their cause is now dead

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  • Ok, I guesss since you losers won't let the birther issue die, we are all now converted to birthers.

    Obama was born in Kenya. He is not our president and never will be. He's a Muslim plant, brought here to destroy us.

    Monkey and Willy, what should we do now? Can you two dildos save us from The Great Kenyan?

    There, how's that? I'm a birther now, although I had never even heard the word until a week ago.

    Next topic please.

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  • what a ridiculous story - only matched by the pathetic right-wing racists who refuse to accept a clear democratic choice by their own countrymen, based seemingly on skin colour and upbringing. The same retards who advocate the aggressive exportation of a misguided democracy that they themselves do not seem to believe in.

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  • The obamanation is really grasping for straws .. they really think the rest of the nation is as STUPID as the one that voted for him

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    This guy David Bomford is a TOTAL FRAUD !
    1) His website is down -
    2) South Australian birth certificates don't look anything like a Kenyan one !
    3) The seal at the top of the page is cut off so you can't see it very good. This is not the seal of the South Australia at that time. Funny !
    4) Here is what a real Australian Birth Cert really looks like: see link below !


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  • This is laughable. David J Bomford lives in NORTH CAROLINA. Look it up. Also, Auatralian birth certifcates look nothing like the Phony Australian one that this clown sais is his ! Funny !
    Check this link to see a Queensland birth Cert from Australia: - NOT EVEN CLOSE !

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  • why did he do it?why wuold a mean man like that do mean stuff to make Barack look bad? i don know why!!!!!!

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  • All the birth certificate people ought to just drop it, he is already in there and it is going to take another election or bona-fide impeachment for something else to get him out, nothing less.

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