Tuesday, September 14, 2004

Texas Secretary

For up-to-the-minute coverage on CBS's broadcast featuring likely forged documents, you'll have to go elsewhere. I'll just mention the Dallas Morning News's most recent investigation, where they found that Killian's secretary (now 86 years old) thinks that the documents bear all the signs of forgery:
Marian Carr Knox, who worked from 1956 to 1979 at Ellington Air Force Base in Houston, said she prided herself on meticulous typing, and the memos first disclosed by CBS News last week were not her work.

“These are not real,” she told The Dallas Morning News after examining copies of the disputed memos for the first time. “They’re not what I typed, and I would have typed them for him.”

Mrs. Knox, 86, who spoke with precise recollection about dates, people and events, said she is not a supporter of Mr. Bush, who she deemed “unfit for office” and “selected, not elected.”

“I remember very vividly when Bush was there and all the yak-yak that was going on about it,” she said.

But, she said, telltale signs of forgery abounded in the four memos, which contained the supposed writings of her ex-boss, Lt. Col. Jerry Killian, who died in 1984.

She said the typeface on the documents did not match either of the two typewriters that she used during her time at the Guard. She identified those machines as a mechanical Olympia, which was replaced by an IBM Selectric in the early 1970s.

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That's not all; she highlights many more inconsistencies relating to the documents.


Blogger gaugebosons said...

You forgot the part about how she went on to say that the content was accurate, that the guy did keep a CYA file locked in his desk, and there were other things about Bush.

9:27 PM  
Blogger Stuart Buck said...

So? Is it ok to forge documents if you claim that the content is still accurate?

10:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Of course, she alleges things, and other people deny them. She also made a bunch of "selected not elected" comments to them, too-- so I suppose we're going to dismiss her as an obvious partisan Democrat? Just like all the sorts of things a couple hundred fellow Swift Boat pilots, retired admirals and the like are saying about Kerry, denied by some (a smaller number in any case) who support him.

But surely the fact that even someone who dislikes him as much as she does says that the memos themselves are fake should convince holdouts.

9:31 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


Of course not, but those are two separate issues. Whether the documents are forged in obviously pertinent, but so too is the 'facts' contained therein. No?


2:16 PM  
Blogger Stuart Buck said...

Pertinent to what? That's the question.

Are the documents accurate in substance? I don't care. To me, there are about a thousand issues that are more "pertinent" to this presidential race than what either candidate did or didn't do in 1970-72. That's why I virtually never blog about such questions. But if someone today is trying to forge documents so as to swing the election -- well, that I find interesting.

2:40 PM  

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