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Monday, September 13, 2004

This is an email sent ot me by  "Don Hagen" .  
I want to thank him for his contribtution to my site. 



Hi, I want to share with you the following NEW proof that that the documents detailed in the Sixty Minutes II hit piece attacking President Bush's National Guard service are forgeries! Below is copied the two paragraphs from an article in the Saturday, September 11, 2004 The Orange County Resister newspaper (Page NEWS 25), after which follows the entire article: Don Hagen Casting further doubt on the memos, The Dallas Morning News said in today's editions that the officer named in a memo as exerting pressure to "sugar coat" Bush's record had left the Texas Air National Guard 1 1/2 years before the memo was dated. The newspaper said it obtained an order showing that Walter B. Staudt, former commander of the Texas Guard, retired on March 1, 1972. The memo was dated Aug. 18, 1973. "60 Minutes" relied on the documents as part of a Wednesday segment - reported by Rather - on Bush's service in the Texas Air National Guard from 1968 to 1973. Saturday, September 11, 2004 (The Orange County Resister newspaper Page NEWS 25) CBS News stands by disputed Bush records Network says with 'certainty' that memos on guard service could have been typed in '70s. By MATT KELLEY The Associated Press WASHINGTON - CBS News mounted an aggressive defense Friday of its report about President George W. Bush's service in the Air National Guard, with anchor Dan Rather saying broadcast memos questioned by forensic experts came from "what we consider to be solid sources." On Friday's "CBS Evening News," Rather said that "no definitive evidence" has emerged to prove the documents are forgeries. "If any definitive evidence comes up, we will report it," Rather said. The show also showed excerpts of interviews with Marcel Matley, a San Francisco document expert, who said he believed the memos were genuine. CBS can state "with absolute certainty" that the disputed memos could have been produced on typewriters available in the early 1970s when the memos are purported to have been written, the network said. Some forensic experts were quoted by news organizations, including The Associated Press, saying the memos appeared to have been computer-generated with characteristics that weren't available three decades ago. But CBS News said in a statement: "The documents are backed up not only by independent handwriting and forensic document experts but sources familiar with their content." Matley was the only expert cited, and he focused on signatures on the memos. Matley and Rather acknowledged the memos were difficult to definitively authenticate because CBS has only photocopies, not the originals. At question are memos that carry the signature of the late Lt. Col. Jerry Killian, who was the commander of Bush's Texas Air National Guard fighter squadron. They say Killian was under pressure to "sugar coat" Bush's record, and Bush refused a direct order to take a required medical examination and discussed how he could skip drills. Casting further doubt on the memos, The Dallas Morning News said in today's editions that the officer named in a memo as exerting pressure to "sugar coat" Bush's record had left the Texas Air National Guard 1 1/2 years before the memo was dated. The newspaper said it obtained an order showing that Walter B. Staudt, former commander of the Texas Guard, retired on March 1, 1972. The memo was dated Aug. 18, 1973. "60 Minutes" relied on the documents as part of a Wednesday segment - reported by Rather - on Bush's service in the Texas Air National Guard from 1968 to 1973. Former colleagues of Killian disagreed Friday on the authenticity of the documents. One, who appeared in the TV newsmagazine segment, said Friday he did not see anything in the memos that made him think they were forgeries. Robert Strong noted he's not a forensic expert and isn't vouching for the documents. But retired Col. Maurice Udell, the unit's instructor pilot who helped train Bush, said Friday he thought the documents were fake. Several of the document examiners said one clue that the documents may be forgeries was the presence of superscripts - in this case, a raised, smaller "th" in two references to guard units. Rather said typewriters were available in the early 1970s that were capable of printing superscripts. CBS pointed to other guard documents released by the White House that include an example of a raised "th" superscript. That superscript, however, is in a different typeface than the memos in question.

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