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September 09, 2004

Even AP Quotes an Expert Judging the Docs Forgeries

Thanks to an anonymous poster:

Independent document examiner Sandra Ramsey Lines said the memos looked like they had been produced on a computer using Microsoft Word software, which wasn't available when the documents were supposedly written in 1972 and 1973.

Lines, a document expert and fellow of the American Academy of Forensic Sciences, pointed to a superscript - a smaller, raised "th" in "111th Fighter Interceptor Squadron" - as evidence indicating forgery.

Microsoft Word automatically inserts superscripts in the same style as the two on the memos obtained by CBS, she said.

"I'm virtually certain these were computer-generated," Lines said after reviewing copies of the documents at her office in Paradise Valley, Ariz. She produced a nearly identical document using her computer's Microsoft Word software.

The AP report goes on to state that Lines "booed" when she was informed President Clinton was recovering nicely from his heart surgery.

Update: The Weekly Standard's expert says "fake," too.

I have yet to hear from a document-authentication expert stake his professional reputation on the proposition that these are real.

CBS claims it has an expert who authenticated them, but, oddly enough, that expert's name is kept secret. Expert opinion is not the sort of thing usually kept anonymous or off the record -- unless, of course, you request to be kept off the record, because you dare not pubicly claim that obvious forgeries are genuine.

And Even Peter Jennings' ABCNews:

More than half a dozen document experts contacted by ABC News said they had doubts about the memos' authenticity.

"These documents do not appear to have been the result of technology that was available in 1972 and 1973," said Bill Flynn, one of country's top authorities on document authentication. "The cumulative evidence that's available … indicates that these documents were produced on a computer, not a typewriter."

That quote from Instapundit, who really picked the wrong day to quit sniffing glue and/or blogging. Good to have him back.

Meanwhile... My very favorite blogger dismisses the clear evidence of forgery, hooting like Madeleine Kahn in Blazing Saddles-- "It's twue! It's twue!"


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