Saturday, October 16, 2004

More Bush Records Found

From the AP:

Weeks after Texas National Guard officials signed an oath swearing they had turned over all of President Bush’s military records, independent examiners found more than two dozen pages of previously unreleased documents about Bush.

The two retired Army lawyers went through Texas files under an agreement between the Texas Guard and The Associated Press, which sued to gain access to the files. The 31 pages of documents turned over to AP Thursday night include orders for high-altitude training in 1972, less than three months before Bush abruptly quit flying as a fighter pilot.

The discovery is the latest in a series of embarrassments for Pentagon and Texas National Guard officials who have repeatedly said they found and released all of Bush’s Vietnam-era military files, only to belatedly discover more records. Those discoveries – nearly 100 pages, including Bush’s pay records and flight logs – have been the result of freedom of information lawsuits filed in federal and Texas courts by AP.

A Texas National Guard spokesman defended the continuing discoveries, saying Guard officials didn’t find all of Bush’s records because they are disorganized and in poor shape.

“These boxes are full of dirt and rat (excrement) and dead bugs. They have never been sitting in an uncontrolled climate,” said Lt. Col. John Stanford. “It’s a tough task to go through archives that were not set up in a way that you could easily go through them.”

It looks like they’re working harder to find Bush’s military records than they are to find Osama bin Laden.