Okay here is the deal, the blogosphere is on a roll with the Rather Gate fraud. Its just sickening how CBS has purported this fraud on America. Lets go through some of the known facts of this.
- Staudt, one of the names on the memos had already left the guard by the time the Memo was written. Seattle Times
- Marcel Matley the only expert cited by CBS had this to say in 2002 national review
In fact, modern copiers and computer printers are so good that they permit easy fabrication of quality forgeries. From a copy, the document examiner cannot authenticate the unseen original but may well be able to determine that the unseen original is false. Further, a definite finding of authenticity for a signature is not possible from a photocopy, while a definite finding of falsity is possible.
Attempting to authenticate a signature from a photocopy is exactly what Matley did for CBS. Game over.
An unsourced quote of Robert Strong has him saying this:
AUSTIN, Texas — The man named in a disputed memo as exerting pressure to "sugarcoat" George W. Bush's military record left the Texas Air National Guard a year and a half before the memo supposedly was written, his service record shows.
An order obtained by The Dallas Morning News shows that Col. Walter "Buck" Staudt was honorably discharged March 1, 1972. CBS News reported this week that a memo in which Staudt was described as interfering with officers' negative evaluations of the future president's service was dated Aug. 18, 1973.
"They are compatible with the way business was done at the time. They are compatible with the man that I remember Jerry Killian being," says Strong. "I don't see anything in the documents that is discordant with what were the times, what was the situation and what were the people involved."
On a Friday Mr. Strong said he did not see anything in the memos that made him think they were forgeries. Mr. Strong noted he's not a forensic expert and isn't vouching for the documents.
"I didn't see anything that was inconsistent with how we did business," Strong said in an interview. "It looked like the sort of thing that Jerry Killian would have done or said. He was a very professional guy."
"It Looked like the sort of thing that" that Jerry Killian could have done or said? But Mr. Strong never goes out and says, "Yes, this is a practice Jerry Killian had and I have seen him type these kind of memo's." In other words, Mr. Strong offered no first hand support to the CBS charge that these memos were a product of Jerry Killian. Hardly someone that adds any serious support to the CBS memo's contents.
Yet both Wednesday and Friday, Mr. Strong was the only associate of Jerry Killian quoted by CBS as supporting the memo's contents.
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