[Mb-civic] New doubts on Bush military memos BBC

Michael Butler michael at michaelbutler.com
Thu Sep 16 10:20:25 PDT 2004

 New doubts on Bush military memos
 Fresh doubts have surfaced on the authenticity of memos on US President
George W Bush's military record.

 The documents say Mr Bush was suspended from flying for the Texas Air
National Guard during the Vietnam war because he failed to meet its

 In the latest twist, the secretary who would have typed the memos said they
appeared to have been forged.

 However, Marian Carr Knox told CBS television - which first broke the story
- that the content was truthful.

 With national security a key issue in the US presidential elections on 2
November, supporters of Mr Bush and Democratic nominee John Kerry have been
attacking each candidate's Vietnam records.

 Republicans have attacked Mr Kerry's war service and Democrats have accused
the president of ducking the draft call in favour of less dangerous duties.

 Content remains 

 Last week, CBS reported that it had obtained documents from Mr Bush's late
Texas commander, saying Mr Bush discussed with him how to avoid drills
during 1972.

 In a memo, Lt Col Jerry Killian, who died 20 years ago, also said he was
being pressured from his superior to give Mr Bush a positive evaluation.

 But his secretary told CBS Evening News on Wednesday: "I know that I didn't
type them."

 "However, the information in those is correct," Ms Knox said.

 CBS News president Andrew Heyward said in a statement: "I'm very confident
in the report, but I want to get to the bottom of these continuing

 Correspondents say the row over the authenticity of the documents has
distracted attention from their contents.


 After CBS obtained the documents, the White House released its records
showing Mr Bush's suspension also resulted from his failure to take his
annual medical test as required.

 Mr Bush trained as a pilot while a member of the Texas and Alabama air
national guard but never flew in combat.

 Documents already released by the White House show that Mr Bush was
suspended from flight status in 1972 for not having a medical test - but do
not mention his alleged failure to comply with national guard standards.

 Some forensic experts have said the memos appear to have been
computer-generated with characteristics that were not available three
decades ago.

 Story from BBC NEWS:

 Published: 2004/09/16 12:06:56 GMT


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