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Anatomy of a Forgery
The American Spectator ^ | 9-10-4 | Washington Prowler

Posted on 09/09/2004 9:13:11 PM PDT by hope

Edited on 09/09/2004 9:22:01 PM PDT by Admin Moderator. [history]

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Anatomy of a Forgery

By The Prowler

Published 9/10/2004 12:09:06 AM

More than six weeks ago, an opposition research staffer for the Democratic National Committee received documents purportedly written by President George W. Bush's Texas Air National Guard squadron commander, the late Col. Jerry Killian.

The oppo researcher claimed the source was "a retired military officer." According to a DNC staffer, the documents were seen by both senior staff members at the DNC, as well as the Kerry campaign.

"More than a couple people heard about the papers," says the DNC staffer. "I've heard that they ended up with the Kerry campaign, for them to decide to how to proceed, and presumably they were handed over to 60 Minutes, which used them the other night. But I know this much. When there was discussion here, there were doubts raised about their authenticity."

The concerns arose from the sourcing. "It wasn't clear that our source for the documents would have had access to them. Our person couldn't confirm from what file, from what original source they came from."

The documents that CBS News used were not documents from any of Bush's personnel files from his time in the National Guard. Rather, CBS News stated that they were documents uncovered in the personnel files of Killian. That would explain why the White House or the Pentagon had never before released or even seen them.

According to a Kerry campaign source, there was little gossip about the supposedly hot documents inside the office of the campaign on McPherson Square. "Those documents were not something anyone was talking about or trying to generate buzz on," says the staffer. "It wasn't like there were small groups of people talking about this as a bombshell. I think people here weren't sure what to make of it, because provenance of these documents was uncertain."

A CBS producer, who initially tipped off The Prowler about the 60 Minutes story, says that despite seeking professional assurances that the documents were legitimate, there was uncertainty even among the group of producers and researchers working on the story.

"The problem was we had one set of documents from Bush's file that had Killian calling Bush 'an exceptionally fine young officer and pilot.' And someone who Killian said 'performed in an outstanding manner.' Then you have these new documents and the tone and content are so different."

The CBS producer said that some alarms bells went off last week when the signatures and initials of Killian on the documents in hand did not match up with other documents available on the public record, but producers chose to move ahead with the story. "This was too hot not to push. If there were doubts, those people didn't show it," says the producer, who works on a rival CBS News program.

Now, the producer says, there is growing concern inside the building on 57th Street that they may have been suckered by the Kerry campaign. "There is a school of thought here that the Kerry people dumped this in our laps, figuring we'd do the heavy lifting on the story. That maybe they had doubts about these documents but hoped we'd get more information," says the producer. "If that's the case, then we're bigger fools than we already appear to be judging by all the chatter about how these documents could be forgeries."

ABC News' political unit held a conference call at 7:00 p.m. Thursday evening to discuss the memo and its potential ramifications should the documents turn out to be a forgery. That meeting took place around the time that the deceased Killian's son made public statements questioning the documents' authenticity.

According to one ABC News employee, some reporters believe that the Kerry campaign as well as the DNC were parties in duping CBS, but a smaller segment believe that both the DNC and the Kerry campaign were duped by Karl Rove, who would have engineered the flap to embarrass the opposition.



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To: Nick Danger

But it all IS happening and FR started the ball rolling! :-)

161 posted on 09/09/2004 10:08:59 PM PDT by nopardons
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To: jwalsh07
Osama's dead. I'd bet a large amount of money on that. But his head will do.

How about the bucket of worms that ate his head?

We could go fishin'...

162 posted on 09/09/2004 10:09:13 PM PDT by okie01 (The Mainstream Media: IGNORANCE ON PARADE)
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To: Kozak

When hell freezes over.

163 posted on 09/09/2004 10:09:35 PM PDT by Travis McGee (----- -----)
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To: Jhensy
I share your excellent analysis. This is indeed an epic event in the annals of media whorishness. The red light over CBS's door flickered and went out today.


164 posted on 09/09/2004 10:09:56 PM PDT by MinuteGal (Florida Freepers....We Have a Great State Forum. Click the Flag on your Profile Page to Get to It)
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To: Steel Wolf

Can you say to rig an election for the highest office in the land?????

I think team Bush will be seriously urinated.

165 posted on 09/09/2004 10:11:11 PM PDT by Ursus arctos horribilis ("It is better to die on your feet than to live on your knees!" Emiliano Zapata 1879-1919)
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To: Hattie

not by her

166 posted on 09/09/2004 10:11:13 PM PDT by swheats
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To: NormsRevenge

That is Scaramouche's dingy. Not that it's an Italian boat with a Japanese motor.

167 posted on 09/09/2004 10:11:19 PM PDT by Travis McGee (----- -----)
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To: hope


168 posted on 09/09/2004 10:11:30 PM PDT by LTCJ (God Save the Constitution.)
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To: Barnstormer
By the time Car-vile works this Colin Powell will be the source...
169 posted on 09/09/2004 10:11:41 PM PDT by tubebender (If I had known I would live this long I would have taken better care of myself...)
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To: Redcoat LI

From NRO's "Corner" today:

PREDICTION! [Jonah Goldberg]
If they turn out to be forgeries, expect the Salonish types to very quickly float the idea that Karl Rove orchestrated the whole thing to make the anti-Bush side look desperate.
Posted at 03:33 PM

170 posted on 09/09/2004 10:12:07 PM PDT by au eagle
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To: au eagle

I think that's pretty much what they'll do.

I kinda hope it's true.

Either way,Kerry will need more than a Band-Aid for this wound.

171 posted on 09/09/2004 10:14:24 PM PDT by Redcoat LI ("I am the great and powerful Kerry! Look at my medals!")
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To: Redcoat LI
Karl Rove, I knew this was him.

I had the same idea today

Frankly these letters are so badly done I’m almost starting to wonder if someone pulled a “French Yellowcake” on the Dem’s to make them look this stupid (but then they are stupid for not checking these out better in the first place)

172 posted on 09/09/2004 10:14:30 PM PDT by tophat9000 ("Karma Sutra Kerry"... he's got 101 positions on any issue but in the end your just F....ed!)
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To: Dr Snide

The oppo researcher claimed the source was "a retired military officer."
Wesley Clark, perhaps.....

Or John Kerry

Or this guy whoever he is that I see in commercials claiming to have supported Bush in 2000, but Kerry this time around. He is a former Air Force Chief of Staff and this was an Air Force matter. He could more credibily claim to have these memos from an officers private files perhaps?

173 posted on 09/09/2004 10:14:55 PM PDT by JLS
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To: All

174 posted on 09/09/2004 10:15:30 PM PDT by IPWGOP (I'm Linda Eddy, and I approved this message... 'tooning the truth!)
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets

That new model he bought from Jimmy Newtron works real well.

175 posted on 09/09/2004 10:15:37 PM PDT by justshutupandtakeit (My Father was 10x the hero John Fraud Kerry is.)
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To: Brad Cloven
"Kerry's dead. Deader than yesterday."

I agree. I know people are excited with this breaking news but it really it sickening what has taken place.

I hope the WH/Bush comes out and makes a statement STRONGLY condemning the Kerry campaign for passing along fake docs to the media.
This is a real outrage when you think about it.
Passing along a fake memo regarding the President's NG service, and using the signature of a dead man to place at the bottom of the paper to make it look authentic!!

Damn this is horrendous!
176 posted on 09/09/2004 10:16:03 PM PDT by snarkytart
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To: John Jorsett

The e-mail issue was quite a blunder -- maybe ALGORE had the internet up and running much more efficiently and earlier than previously believed.

177 posted on 09/09/2004 10:16:08 PM PDT by Tuscaloosa Goldfinch
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To: Travis McGee

Damn it I feel too good and not just from the Merlot. This is in-fricking-credible.

178 posted on 09/09/2004 10:17:07 PM PDT by justshutupandtakeit (My Father was 10x the hero John Fraud Kerry is.)
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To: Travis McGee
lol.. from


179 posted on 09/09/2004 10:17:30 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ...... The War on Terrorism is the ultimate 'faith-based' initiative ..... Sign up today!)
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To: man from mars

In other words, there never were any MMDs ( Memos of mass destruction) and Terry McCaulliffe rushed into war without a legitimate coalition. John Kerry, you would think, would have insisted that Terri first try to obtain a resolution from the UN security council before pursuing this go it alone strategy of his.

Meanwhile, Tom Daschle is saddened, Robert Byrd thinks it wrong, and Algore thinks Terri betrayed this country by playing on our fears.

180 posted on 09/09/2004 10:17:41 PM PDT by Cosmo (Hey Dems! Just where are those memoes of mass destruction!)
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