Friday, September 17, 2004

CNS News : Burkett Boasts He 'Reassembled' Bush Files, Aided Michael Moore

By Marc Morano
CNSNews.com Senior Staff Writer
September 17, 2004

(CNSNews.com) - The man believed to be the source of the documents used in a CBS News report critical of President Bush, wrote a commentary in August for a left wing online journal in which he bragged that he had "reassembled" President Bush's National Guard files.

At the conclusion of Bill Burkett's commentary, he also boasted that he had served as "one of the sources for information in the Michael Moore's film 'Farenheit 911.'" (sic) Burkett did not elaborate on his relationship with Moore. The left wing filmmaker has publicly called Bush "a deserter" for his service in the National Guard.

"I know from your files that we have now reassembled, the fact that you did not fulfill your oath, taken when you were commissioned to "obey the orders of the officers appointed over you," wrote Burkett to President George Bush in the Aug. 25 commentary for Online Journal. Burkett is a retired Texas National Guard lieutenant colonel.

In the commentary entitled, "Bush lies about his service, smears Kerry's and seeks exoneration for the Abu Ghraib brass," Burkett suggests his possible involvement in the CBS News/Dan Rather controversy weeks before the network's "60 Minutes 2" broadcast featuring allegedly fraudulent documents.

The documents, indicating Bush refused to follow orders, including one to get a physical exam, have been questioned for their authenticity by numerous typography experts. Those experts insist the purported 1972 and 1973 memos used in the CBS report and published on the network's website, contain typing characteristics that were extremely uncommon for typewriters of that era and have other features showing the documents were forged or altered.

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