Bush Campaign Rocked by Coverup Report (of military records of AWOL)

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Bush Campaign Rocked by Coverup Report

by Gene Gaudette and Morrie Friendly

Saturday, Nov. 4, 2000 -- WASHINGTON (AmpolNS) -- Devastating information surrounding the handling of George W. Bush's Texas Air National Guard records are rocking the Bush presidential campaign at this hour.

For over a year, questions have been raised concerning Bush's service in the Texas Air National Guard in 1972 and 1973, when Bush was supposed to have been fulfilling his service in Alabama at a time when he was working in that state as an aide in a Senate campaign.

In the course of the last eighteen months, American Politics Journal made two such requests for Bush's service record. The documents obtained by American Politics Journal consisted primarily of press accounts of Bush's service as a pilot in the Guard -- but no specific information on Bush's participation (or lack thereof) in Guard activities during the period in which he was in Alabama.

According to a press release issued earlier today by a Virginia organization known as Vets for Real Truth, "A former senior commanding officer in the Air National Guard has come forward to allege that the Bush campaign actually 'cleansed' the Texas Air National Guard records in order to make them conform to the official Bush biography that was being written at the time of the cleansing."

The press release goes on to say that the unnamed senior commanding officer stated that documents which would be normally be released under a Freedom of Information Act request for a serviceman's public records were missing from FOIA release pertaining to Bush's service in the Air National Guard.

Early this evening (EST), a news report published on the (London) Sunday Times web site stated that "a former officer in the Texas National Guard claimed Bush had doctored his military record."

The report, by Times reporters Tom Rhodes and Matthew Campbell, goes on to say "Bill Burkett, a former lieutenant-colonel, said Bush aides had been 'scrubbing the files' to bury disparities between his record while serving as a reserve pilot during the Vietnam war and an account of the period in his official biography."

But there may well be even more to the story than the Times mentions.

According to Bob Rogers, an official with Vets for Real Truth who spoke to one of our editors earlier this evening, "Bush trained for two years, and then flew for two years, but then his service sort of went into neverneverland." As a Senior at Yale, explained Rogers, Bush had signed a letter of agreement that said if he were a "bad boy" in the Guard, he would have to serve "ARF" -- an abbreviation for Air Reserve Force and essentially a demotion. Bush's record stops at May 1972 and also indicates that he served ARF -- indicative of a disciplary sanction.

Additionally, American Politics Journal has learned that the Boston Globe will be reporting more details of Burkett's claims in tomorrow's edition -- and that Senator Bob Kerrey (D-NE) intends to bring up the issue of an eyewitness to allies of George W. Bush tampering with the presidential candidate's military service records as part of an effort to conceal misconduct on tomorrow's edition of Meet the Press.

-- Cherri (sams@brigadoon.com), November 05, 2000


Cherri -- do you have a link?

-- Not looking good (for@bush.net), November 05, 2000.

Cherri, You have your own tin foil hat now??? AmpolNS? ROFLMAO. Link puleeeze, this should be an amusing "news service"....

-- David (David@bzn.com), November 05, 2000.

As objectivity goes, it ranks up there with WorldNetDaily. LOL.


-- (hmm@hmm.hmm), November 05, 2000.

Thanks for the link. Will add to my "tinfoil hat" site bookmark! Disagree with your comparison to Worldnet though, it ranks a couple of "peeeeyewwwww" stinkie points more foul smelling than Worldnet ;)

-- David (David@bzn.com), November 05, 2000.

I don't know. Any site that had featured daily Y2K articles by one Michael Hyatt ranks pretty high on the "peeeeyewwwww" index for me.

-- (hmm@hmm.hmm), November 06, 2000.

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