CBS 'Expert' denies his authentication of the 'Bush Memos'

Expert Cited by CBS Says He Didn't Authenticate Papers (

Once again, great reporting by the Washington Post.

The lead expert retained by CBS News to examine disputed memos from President Bush's former squadron commander in the National Guard said yesterday that he examined only the late officer's signature and made no attempt to authenticate the documents themselves.

"There's no way that I, as a document expert, can authenticate them," Marcel Matley said in a telephone interview from San Francisco. The main reason, he said, is that they are "copies" that are "far removed" from the originals.

Michael Dobbs and Howard Kurtz
Expert Cited by CBS Says He Didn't Authenticate Papers
Tuesday, September 14, 2004; Page A08

There are several items in this article I find particulary interesting. For example, one of the officers mentioned in one of the memos had been retired for a year and a half by the date on the memo. And, stylistically the nomenclature used for military abbreviations was inconsistent with National Guard standards. At this point the vast majority of evidence indicates these documents are fake. CBS News should be in big trouble over this, and if the Democrats are behind the forgeries there could be hell to pay for them.

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