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September 9, 2004
More Indications That CBS Documents Are Fraudulent

As the documents from CBS get wider dissemination and the questions mount about the typefaces and fonts used, other eyes have noticed other discrepancies. A CQ reader who spent decades in the Air National Guard but who prefers to remain anonymous notices the following problems with the memo purportedly ordering Lt. Bush to submit for a medical exam:

1. The format used in this letter, dated 04 May 1972, which was allegedly prepared/published 16 months prior to Lieutenant Bushs request for discharge, is completely wrong, as the letter is formatted in a manner that was not used by the Air Force until the very late 1980s/early 1990s.

2. The terminology MEMORANDUM FOR was never used in the 1970s.

3. The abbreviations in this letter are incorrectly formatted, in that a period is used after military rank (1st Lt.). According to the Air Force style manual, periods are not used in military rank abbreviations.

4. The abbreviation for Fighter Interceptor Squadron (FIS) includes periods after each capital letter. Again, periods are not used.

5. In paragraph 1, the phrase not later than is spelled out, followed by (NLT). NLT was, and is, a widely recognized abbreviation for not later than throughout all military services, so the inclusion of not later than was not a generally accepted practice and completely unnecessary in a letter from one military member to another.

6. Lt Col Killians signature element is incorrect for letters prepared in the 1970s. This letter uses a three-line signature element, which was normally not used. Three-line signature elements were almost the exclusive domain of colonels and generals in organizations well above the squadron level.

7. Finally, the signature element is placed far to the right, instead of being left justified. The placement of the signature element to the right was not used or directed by Air Force standards until almost 20 years after the date of this letter.

"In summary, I believe the letter used to impugn Lieutenant Bush is an obvious fabrication, prepared on a modern word-processing system by an unscrupulous individual who erroneously used current Air Force formatting protocol instead of the standard letter format directed by Air Force manuals of the 1970s. Therefore, the letter ordering Lieutenant Bush to report for a flight physical should be discounted in its entirety."

I would also add that this letter shows the same typesetting marks, such as superscripting and the kerning of the proportional font that is impossible to do with a typewriter, that has marked the other documents as forgeries as well.

UPDATE: Donald Sensing has more, including references to Air Force manuals that never existed.

UPDATE II: Dale Franks goes into detail on both Air Force guidelines and typesetting geekery at QandO.

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Posted by Ed Morrissey at September 9, 2004 9:30 PM

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