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September 09, 2004

No, They Couldn't Be That Stupid (Or Could They?): Are CBS's "AWOL" Docs Forged?

First, James at American Barbarian pointed out that the docs had superscripting, which other docs from the same man and the same typerwriter don't.

I thought, "Um, nice try, but don't be silly. They wouldn't do that. And they'd check."

But Powerline and Little Green Footballs agree with Barbarian.

I don't know if the evidence is conclusive.

Some are pointing out that the documents came from the Pentagon and are therefore authentic. That, of course, is ludicrous. There are political partisans everywhere in the government. It is not a difficult trick for a clerk to insert a couple of juicy pages into a file.

As Yours Digitally snarks in the comments-- if Sandy Berger could take away codeword-clearance documents in his underoos, presumably one could smuggle in a forged Bush doc the same way.

Update: JHF asks, "Why do you say they came from the Pentagon?"

I got that from the second comment to this report.

But that comment appears to have been in error.

Here liberal Kevin Drum walks back from his previous assertion that the White House had "released" two of the docs (which would presumably have come from the Pentagon originally). The White House didn't have its own copies of these docs-- just what CBS faxed them.

So forget all that-- these docs weren't from the Pentago, but from "the personal files" of a dead man.

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