this year, the White House released documents
it said proved President Bush fulfilled his National
Guard service during the Vietnam War. White House
spokesman Scott McClellan at the time said the
documents "means he served" and that there was
no longer any question about whether the President
actually showed up to fulfill his duty. But according
to new records released late last week, Bush did
not accumulate any flying hours at all for several
months during 1972. According to Bloomberg news
service, newly released computerized records provide
no record of Bush's whereabouts between July 1972
and September 1972 when he was supposed to be
serving in the Alabama National Guard. Earlier
this month, the Pentagon said those documents
had been "inadvertently destroyed."
Associated Press is currently suing for the release
of copies of all the records, which are legally
required to exist at the Texas state archives.
However, President Bush has refused to authorize
their release, forcing AP to invoke the Freedom
of Information Act.
1. "Bush Records Show No Flight Service During
July-September '72," Bloomberg.com,
2. "Bush Military Records Destroyed," CBSNEWS.com,
3. "AP Sues for Access to Bush Guard Records,"
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