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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: hope

Break out the popcorn... this is going to be a hoot wathcing the DNC and SeeBS blaming one another.

Since it does appear the DNC (Democrat Nazi Committee) and the Kerry Kampaign duped CBS, Kaptain Ketchup may have a whole bunch of new enemies. Look for some really damaging information to surface concerning Kerry.

At least, we can hope!

401 posted on 09/10/2004 2:49:00 PM PDT by punster
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402 posted on 09/10/2004 3:40:52 PM PDT by gitmo (Thanks, Mel. I needed that.)
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To: gitmo

Bump again

403 posted on 09/10/2004 5:24:18 PM PDT by Veto! (Kerry wears a tutu, TeRAYza wears the pants)
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404 posted on 09/10/2004 6:08:43 PM PDT by hope (Let no man deceive you!)
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405 posted on 09/10/2004 6:10:59 PM PDT by hope (Let no man deceive you!)
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To: John Jorsett
The real tipoff that the memos were fakes was the fact that Killian emailed them ...

LOL, but since they knew Killan's signature and initials on the memo weren't anything like all his other known handwriting, and the sentiments about Bush were totally different from other known comments of his, why should a dead Killian mailing it bother them?

406 posted on 09/10/2004 9:18:20 PM PDT by xJones
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To: E Rocc

Too Too funny!

407 posted on 09/10/2004 9:32:46 PM PDT by DaveyB (The battle belongs to the lord.)
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To: MindBender26
As bottom line to this article, there are only two possibilities:

Entire thing was set up by Kerry, and poorly: AMF
Entire thing was set up by Rove and the idiot Kerryistas were too stupid to see it. Again, AMF

What about (3) Entire thing was set up by Clintons, and Kerry was dumb enough to fall for it.

408 posted on 09/10/2004 10:33:08 PM PDT by supercat (If Kerry becomes President, nothing bad will happen for which he won't have an excuse.)
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To: hope
tick tock, tick tock....

Will the Thornburg Report be issued this week...or not?

Reading this American Spectator "Prowler" column...again... is a good memory jog for us, while we wait.

409 posted on 12/07/2004 3:47:31 AM PST by YaYa123 (@Who's Lying
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