The Case Crumbles

Does CBS have any evidence to back its story about George Bush in the Air National Guard?

The only expert cited by CBS in this case, Marcel Matley, wrote in the September 27, 2002 issue of the journal, ‘The Practical Litigator’:

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.

(Emphasis added in the National Review Online article.)

Update
More nails in the CBS coffin:

AUSTIN, Texas – (KRT) – The man named in a disputed memo as exerting pressure to “sugar coat” President Bush’s military record left the Texas Air National Guard a year and a half before the memo was supposedly written, his own service record shows.

An order obtained by The Dallas Morning News shows that Col. Walter “Buck” Staudt was honorably discharged on March 1, 1972. CBS News reported this week that a memo in which Staudt was described as interfering with officers’ negative evaluations of Bush’s service, was dated Aug. 18, 1973.

And this: The May 4, 1972 memo that ordered then-Lt. Bush to report for a physical was addressed to 5000 Longmont Drive #8, Houston, 77027. A quick check reveals that 5000 Longmont Drive is in ZIP code 77056.

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