This is really encouraging. Thomas Lipscomb haolds some sway and has pledged to get to the bottom of Kerry's "refutations".
As to the Form 180, yes Kerry signed it but only for release of "Navy" records and only to a Boston Globe reporter, Michael Kranish. Since Kerry was actually in Navy reserves, the Form 180 should apply to all US military, reserves, etc. records which are kept in, I believe, Nebraska. Secondly, Kranish was a biographer and friend of Kerry's so it cannot be assumed that he would fully disclose anything, or be able to interpret key entries. Finally there is an issue of the type of discharge Kerry received and whether it was upgraded by Jimmy Carter when he pardoned all the draft dodgers. Kerry's medals and discharge are dated way after he was out, so some funny business happened. Something should have happened to him when as a still active member of the Navy Reserves he was running around France "negotiating" with North Vietnamese enemy, participating in anti-war demonstrations, etc. Only when he became a Senator did his records get cleaned up.
One of the most shameful chapters in American journalism is the midia's unwillingness to demand the release of all of Kerry's military records. He was after all a nominee for President of the United States, and his character was in question throughout the long campaign. That American newspapers play politics shocks no one; that they would actually cover-up the activity of a man whose integrity was being questioned is another, and it says as much about their newsrooms as it does Kerry himself. The American public no longer has reason to trust American newspapers, and their circulation decline results from this lack of confidence.