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Parallels Drawn Between CBS Memos, Texan's Postings
Washington Post ^ | 09/17/2004 | Michael Dobbs

Posted on 09/17/2004 7:24:39 PM PDT by jhouston

The former Texas National Guard officer suspected of providing CBS News with possibly forged records on President Bush's military service called on Democratic activists to wage "war" against Republican "dirty tricks" in a series of Internet postings in which he also used phrases similar to several employed in the disputed documents. Retired Lt. Col. Bill Burkett, who earlier said he overheard Bush aides conspiring with the commander of the Texas National Guard to "sanitize" the president's military records, has refused to comment on reports that he could be CBS's confidential source. In e-mails yesterday to The Washington Post, he said he would speak out "at the appropriate time" but "that time is not now."

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TOPICS: Front Page News; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: billburkett; cbs; cbsnews; forgery; killian; michaeldobbs; rather; tang
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Washington Post still on it.
1 posted on 09/17/2004 7:24:40 PM PDT by jhouston
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To: jhouston

Read the article. They are the first to connect this moron and his plot with the Kerry campaign and the DNC


2 posted on 09/17/2004 7:28:06 PM PDT by jhouston
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To: jhouston

Maybe Washington comPost sees the writing is on the wall for the Kerry campaign, and wants to claim credit for bringing them down in time for Hillary to fly in on her broom.


3 posted on 09/17/2004 7:30:08 PM PDT by ambrose (http://www.swiftvets.com)
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To: jhouston
In e-mails yesterday to The Washington Post, he said he would speak out "at the appropriate time" but "that time is not now."

I'm guessing o/a Nov 1. What a loon.

4 posted on 09/17/2004 7:30:54 PM PDT by TADSLOS (Right Wing Infidel since 1954)
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To: jhouston

Dobbs has just obliterated any chance that CBS might have
thought they had to paint this as a Rove-inspired dirty trick.

Cool.


5 posted on 09/17/2004 7:32:55 PM PDT by Boundless
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To: ambrose

I'm guessing they won't dig deep enough to see if Burkett's lawyer, David Van Os, is involved. Or take the investigation to the highest levels, which is just what the DNCBS wants.


6 posted on 09/17/2004 7:33:24 PM PDT by Stonedog (Mr. Blather... tear down this STONEWALL!!)
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To: jhouston

The story gets bigger.


7 posted on 09/17/2004 7:33:59 PM PDT by Biblebelter
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To: jhouston

WAPO has it and is actually pussuing the story with some journalistic integrity. Impressive.


8 posted on 09/17/2004 7:35:10 PM PDT by finnman69 (cum puella incedit minore medio corpore sub quo manifestus globus, inflammare animos)
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To: jhouston
Perhaps this has been asked and answered, but I don't remember hearing/seeing it anywhere:

Rather said Mary Mapes has been working on the story for four-plus years, yet Emily Will (document expert) said she received the documents over the Labor Day weekend.

The inference is that CBS was working on a story for a very long period of time without having their documentation verified until last week? Am I missing something?

9 posted on 09/17/2004 7:35:17 PM PDT by Use It Or Lose It (John Kerry is a war hero. Just visit the Museum in Ho Chin Minh City.)
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To: Biblebelter

Burkett Boasts He 'Reassembled' Bush Files, Aided Michael Moore

http://www.cnsnews.com/ViewPolitics.asp?Page=%5CPolitics%5Carchive%5C200409%5CPOL20040917c.html


10 posted on 09/17/2004 7:36:25 PM PDT by jimbo123
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To: jhouston
Two news bits of info for me:

Another retired Guard officer .........Robert Strong, said earlier this week that Rather showed him copies of new Guard records on Bush that bore markings showing that they had been faxed from a Kinko's .....

[Max]Cleland confirmed that he had a two- or three-minute conversation by cell phone with a Texan named Burkett in mid-August.......Burkett saying that he had "valuable" information about Bush, and asking what he should with it. "I told him to contact the [Kerry] campaign," Cleland said. "You get this information tens of times a day, and you don't know if it is legit or not."

Things seem to be falling into place...a bit slowly, but progress, just the same. I am surprised to see that Srong provided the Kinko lead.

11 posted on 09/17/2004 7:37:32 PM PDT by Protect the Bill of Rights (What part of SHALL MAKE NO LAW do they not understand?)
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To: finnman69
WAPO has it and is actually pussuing the story with some journalistic integrity.

I bet you meant pursuing, but that's funny. Freudian slip with WA Post?

12 posted on 09/17/2004 7:38:25 PM PDT by eyespysomething (I'm typing up lottery tickets. I mean, as long as the content is true the rest doesn't matter.)
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To: Biblebelter
Read the last graph about Max Cleland

Cleland is quoted as saying he told Burkett to send the infomration to the Kerry campaign - then says he gets 8 or 10 of these offers a day.

13 posted on 09/17/2004 7:38:30 PM PDT by 1stMarylandRegiment (CBS Boycott day 004 and counting)
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To: Use It Or Lose It

You're not missing a thing, it's an obvious inside job.


14 posted on 09/17/2004 7:39:07 PM PDT by Diplomat
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To: jhouston
In an Aug. 21 posting, Burkett referred to a conversation with former senator Max Cleland (D-Ga.) about the need to counteract Republican tactics: "I asked if they wanted to counterattack or ride this to ground and outlast it, not spending any money. He said counterattack. So I gave them the information to do it with. But none of them have called me back."

Cleland confirmed that he had a two- or three-minute conversation by cell phone with a Texan named Burkett in mid-August while he was on a car ride. He remembers Burkett saying that he had "valuable" information about Bush, and asking what he should with it. "I told him to contact the [Kerry] campaign," Cleland said. "You get this information tens of times a day, and you don't know if it is legit or not."

One wonders if Burkett followed Cleland's advice. If Burkett actually sent copies of the docs to the Kerry campaign (which they haven't mentioned receiving up to now), look for staffers to start scrambling for cover.

15 posted on 09/17/2004 7:39:16 PM PDT by macbee (Hanlon's Razor: "Never ascribe to villainy that which is best explained by stupidity.")
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To: Use It Or Lose It

That is the kind of fog that the MSM used to get away with. That is simply old fashioned spin which is ludricous given the facts. What they meant to say is that they have been looking for the opportunity to take Bush down for years, and this seemed like their last best chance to take their shot.


16 posted on 09/17/2004 7:40:07 PM PDT by Biblebelter
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To: jhouston; cyncooper
In an Aug. 21 posting, Burkett referred to a conversation with former senator Max Cleland (D-Ga.) about the need to counteract Republican tactics: "I asked if they wanted to counterattack or ride this to ground and outlast it, not spending any money. He said counterattack. So I gave them the information to do it with. But none of them have called me back."

Cleland confirmed that he had a two- or three-minute conversation by cell phone with a Texan named Burkett in mid-August while he was on a car ride. He remembers Burkett saying that he had "valuable" information about Bush, and asking what he should with it. "I told him to contact the [Kerry] campaign," Cleland said. "You get this information tens of times a day, and you don't know if it is legit or not."

Did the WaPo get Burkett's cell phone records, and link him to Cleland? Is Mr Dobbs fishing for a Pulitzer? Who will crack first? Tune in tomorrow for the next episode of "As the Dan Rather Twists."

17 posted on 09/17/2004 7:40:09 PM PDT by EllaMinnow (Dan would RATHER lie.)
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To: 1stMarylandRegiment

The Washington Post "forgot" to report that Burkett was also an accomplice of Michael Moore.


18 posted on 09/17/2004 7:40:13 PM PDT by jimbo123
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To: jhouston
I love this line:

"I told him to contact the [Kerry] campaign," Cleland said.

19 posted on 09/17/2004 7:40:28 PM PDT by DB ()
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To: jhouston; cyncooper

Ping to this M. Dobbs piece in the Wash Post...he picked up on the similar wording of Burkett's writings & the CYA Memo, and he quotes "run interference" as did I
& FReeper Catphish FIRST.


20 posted on 09/17/2004 7:40:45 PM PDT by txrangerette
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