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    officials had directed the National Guard Bureau not to respond to questions about Bush s military records Air Defense Command Bush received a direct commission to the Air National Guard in 1969 pledging to be a fighter pilot for five years during the height of the Vietnam War He was trained to fly F 102 Delta Dagger jets for the Texas Air National Guard Like the Washington Air Guard in Spokane the Texas fighter squadron was part of Air Defense Command assigned to defend U S borders Both units had F 102s and F 101s which routinely carried conventional warheads but were also capable of carrying nuclear tipped missiles according to military experts The Air National Guard had airto air nukes the Genie and Falcon missiles and a huge air defense program The F 102 had nuclear capability said nuclear analyst Robert S Norris of the Natural Resources Defense Council Norris is co editor of the Nuclear Weapons Databook and the author of a new book Racing for the Bomb about Gen Leslie Groves and the Manhattan Project the secret World War II plan to build the world s first atomic bombs In the 1970s during the Vietnam War and the Cold War Air Guard units were a crucial part of the Air Defense Command and the North American Air Defense Command or NORAD involving the United States and Canada Norris said As part of that mission the Air Guard s F 102 and F 101 fighterinterceptor pilots pulled round theclock runway alert duty in Houston Spokane and other bases throughout the United States The air to air missiles in the jets were intended to destroy Soviet bombers and intercontinental ballistic missiles in midair before they could strike the continental United States According to White House documents Bush flew his F 102 in a deployment to Canada in 1971 part of the NORAD mission Records show Bush had a secret security clearance for Cold War fighter interceptor missions and was certified combat ready to engage Soviet bombers In April 1972 at the same time the military began drug and alcohol testing for the first time Bush stopped flying the F 102 and according to White House documents did not take a required physical in May He was formally suspended in September 1972 for failing to take the test What followed was a period in which Bush sporadically attended Guard drills according to White House documents and spent the summer in Alabama In May of 1972 the Texas Air National Guard was given an enhanced mission of protecting U S borders by then Secretary of Defense Melvin Laird Laird s directive came after a Cuban airliner arrived undetected at the New Orleans airport nine years after the Cuban missile crisis Congressional hearings at the time criticized the Pentagon for the Oct 26 1971 incident Bush was not given a required annual Officer Efficiency Report for administrative reasons for the one year period after he stopped flying in April 1972 according to the White House records That period of time is what some critics refer to as Bush s missing year when records of his service are sketchy White House officials have said Bush didn t take his required physical because he went to Alabama to work on a political campaign The documents also include the Sept 29 1972 order suspending Bush from flight status for failure to accomplish the mandatory physical In a book released last week Bush s War for Re election Texas journalist James Moore calls the phrase ambiguous Failure to accomplish the medical exam can imply that Bush did not show up or he was examined and a foreign substance was discovered in his blood Moore argues in his book When pressed by the national media during the 2000 presidential campaign Bush said he quit drinking in 1986 and hadn t used any illegal drugs since 1974 The White House records revealed for the first time that as a teenager Bush had four citations on his driving record for speeding and collisions which would have required a special enlistment waiver for him to get into the Air Guard No waiver however was found in the records released by the White House USA Today reported Records draw interest Marty Heldt a private researcher who has spent several years examining Bush s military records said the human reliability rules may answer the mystery of why Bush abruptly stopped flying It seems entirely plausible to me particularly given what we know about that period of his life Heldt said We know that he was a drinker going out a lot Heldt said That is something that could get him suspended under the human reliability program Heldt an Iowa farmer is part of a network of amateur researchers who have used the federal Freedom of Information Act to examine Bush s military records Researchers use the Internet to share information Heldt said he tends to vote Democratic but is not a party activist Some of his interest in Bush goes back to the 2000 presidential campaign when the issue of Bush s military service first received national attention he said Retired Lt Col Bill L Burkett a strategic planner at Texas Guard headquarters in Austin when Bush was the governor of Texas also confirmed that the HRP regulations applied to the Texas Air National Guard at the time Bush served In a New York Times interview and in Moore s new book Burkett claims he saw some of Bush s military records being destroyed in the mid 1990s Bush s file was scrubbed for embarrassing information Burkett alleges at the direction of Daniel James III James headed the Texas National Guard and Burkett was his chief military adviser when Bush was governor of Texas After becoming president in 2000 Bush appointed James to head the National Guard Bureau in Washington D C which oversees all state Air Guard operations In a prepared statement released Thursday James denied Burkett s allegation I have

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    put out records in February we indicated that third quarter of 1972 records were lost when the microfilm was destroyed she said Bush did not perform Guard duties during the third quarter of 1972 but fulfilled his obligation to the National Guard in full Buchan said The documents we released months ago make that clear In February the White House released some payroll and medical records from Bush s Vietnam era service to counter Democrats suggestions that he shirked his duty in the Texas Air National Guard Bush was in the Texas Air National Guard from 1968 to 1973 much of the time as a pilot but never went to Vietnam or flew in combat Sen John Kerry of Massachusetts the Democratic presidential candidate is a decorated Vietnam veteran and some Democrats have questioned whether Bush showed up for temporary Guard duty in Alabama while working on a political campaign during a one year period from May 1972 to May 1973 Bush had asked to be able to transfer temporarily from the Texas Guard to an Alabama base during that time so he could work on the Senate campaign of a family friend Reports differ on how long he was actually in Alabama but it s generally believed that he returned to his Texas unit after the November 1972 election The White House says Bush went back to Alabama again after that The Pentagon letter was sent in response to an April lawsuit filed by the AP under the federal Freedom of Information Act That law requires government agencies to make public information not specifically exempted for disclosure The letter said that in 1996 and 1997 the Pentagon engaged with limited success in a project to salvage deteriorating microfilm During the process the microfilm payroll records of numerous service members were damaged the letter said This process resulted in the inadvertent destruction of microfilm containing certain National Guard payroll records including Bush s the letter said Trying to calm the political unrest the White House on Feb 13 released Bush s Vietnam era military records to counter suggestions he shirked his duty But there was no new evidence given at that time to show that he was in Alabama during the period when Democrats questioned whether he performed his service obligation The records showed that Bush a pilot was suspended from flying status beginning Aug 1 1972 because of his failure to have an annual medical examination His last flight exam was on May 15 1971 There were no new documents during that February release to shed any light on Bush s service in Alabama Fair Use Notice This site contains copyrighted material the use of which has not always been specifically authorized by the copyright owner We are making such material available in our efforts to advance understanding of environmental political economic democratic domestic and international issues etc We believe this constitutes a fair use of any such copyrighted material as provided for in section 107 of the US

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    that year The release came three days before Democrats begin their national convention in Boston to officially nominate Sen John Kerry as their presidential candidate Military veterans are being tapped at the convention to help tell Kerry s story as he prepares to accept the party s nomination next week Democrats have sought to contrast Bush s National Guard service with Kerry s Vietnam War record Kerry enlisted in the Navy volunteered for combat in Vietnam and earned several medals including a Silver Star a Bronze Star and three Purple Hearts After returning from Vietnam Kerry became a prominent anti war activist The Associated Press had asked a federal judge on July 16 to order the Pentagon to quickly turn over a copy of the pay records The AP had sued under the Freedom of Information Act to obtain the records from a state library records center in Texas Records of Bush s National Guard service released previously did not explain the apparent gaps in his Guard service in 1972 and 1973 Bush had transferred to an Alabama National Guard unit while he worked on the U S Senate campaign of Republican Winton Blount The Pentagon had said that the payroll records for that time period had been inadvertently destroyed Previous attempts to locate the missing records at the Federal Records Center had been unsuccessful due to the incorrect records accession numbers provided the Pentagon s Office of Freedom of Information chief C Y Talbott said in a letter Friday to The Associated Press The correct numbers were obtained and the records were found Talbott wrote that the Defense Department regrets this inadvertent oversight during the initial search and the delay it caused in your receipt of these materials Fair Use Notice This site contains copyrighted material the use of

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    of Bush s whereabouts between July 1972 and September 1972 when he was supposed to be serving in the Alabama National Guard 1 Earlier this month the Pentagon said those documents had been inadvertently destroyed 2 The 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 3 However President Bush has refused to authorize their release forcing AP to invoke the Freedom of Information Act Sources 1 Bush Records Show No Flight Service During July September 72 Bloomberg com 07 23 04 2 Bush Military Records Destroyed CBSNEWS com 07 09 04 3 AP Sues for Access to Bush Guard Records SunHerald com 06 22 04 Fair Use Notice This site contains copyrighted material the use of which has not always been specifically authorized by the copyright owner We are making such material available in our efforts to advance understanding of environmental political economic democratic domestic and international issues etc We believe this constitutes a fair use of any such copyrighted material as provided for in section 107 of the US Copyright Law In accordance with Title 17 U S C Section 107 the material on this site is distributed without profit to those who have expressed a prior interest in receiving the included information for research and educational purposes For more information go to http www law cornell edu uscode 17 107 shtml If you wish to use copyrighted material from this site for purposes of your own that go beyond fair use you must obtain permission from the copyright owner 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 29 30 31 32

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    Here s Bush s paycard for 1972 Click to see it enlarged Just below the date and credit portions are highlighted On his 1972 paycard Bush received no credit between May and December 1972 In June of 1973 another payroll record was issued It showed that Bush had made up his October November and December trainings in October and November they were not credited to him in 1972 because he was not paid until January 1973 It also showed that he did make up a period in February and March of 1973 by doing 12 credits all of them in January However the Alabama period was still not complete A five month gap remains in Bush s service record to this day Was he absent without leave It appears so Regardless even a month of missed duty should have mandated that he spend 115 days on active duty which never occurred Some suggest that Bush could have served this five months at a later point which he did not do In fact Bush s last day of active service was July 30 1973 just five years and three months into his service requirement of six years which he apparently eluded as well Bush was officially discharged a year later Oct 1 1974 but he did not do any service after July 1973 But even if he had completed his service at a later date he would still have breached Air Force code and been required to serve time on active duty Given the time missed and never made up he could not possibly have completed his service requirement under the law Fair Use Notice This site contains copyrighted material the use of which has not always been specifically authorized by the copyright owner We are making such material available in

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    public schools a time when racism went underground in American politics in the form of a Dixie Strategy And it was the beginning of a major political realignment that transformed the American South from a one party Democratic stronghold into a solid block for the GOP Bush made the move to Alabama in May to work on Winton Red Blount s campaign for the U S Senate against Southern Democrat John Sparkman The lessons of that year were not lost on Bush or his political adviser Karl Rove who also cut his political teeth in 1972 Their path to electoral success is a lesson in itself about the state of American Democracy an issue suitable for an H L Mencken style analysis By request from the author we have removed the remainder of this article from our site If you want to read this article in its entirety which we recommend please use this link Fair Use Notice This site contains copyrighted material the use of which has not always been specifically authorized by the copyright owner We are making such material available in our efforts to advance understanding of environmental political economic democratic domestic and international issues etc We believe this constitutes a fair use of any such copyrighted material as provided for in section 107 of the US Copyright Law In accordance with Title 17 U S C Section 107 the material on this site is distributed without profit to those who have expressed a prior interest in receiving the included information for research and educational purposes For more information go to http www law cornell edu uscode 17 107 shtml If you wish to use copyrighted material from this site for purposes of your own that go beyond fair use you must obtain permission from the copyright

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    US Justice Department that fell into my hands at BBC television Here s what happened Just after Bush s election Barnes client GTech Corp due to allegations of corruption was about to lose its license to print money its contract to run the Texas state lottery Barnes says the Justice Department document made a call to the newly elected governor s office and saved GTech s state contract The letter said Governor Bush made a deal with Ben Barnes not to rebid the GTech lottery contract because Barnes could confirm that Bush had lied during the 94 campaign In that close race Bush denied the fix was in to keep him out of Nam and the US media stopped asking questions What did the victorious Governor Bush s office do for Barnes According to the tipster Barnes agreed never to confirm the story of the draft dodging and the governor talked to the chair of the lottery two days later and she then agreed to support letting GTech keep the contract without a bid And so it came to pass that the governor s commission reversed itself and gave GTech the billion dollar deal without a bid The happy client paid Barnes the keeper of Governor Bush s secret a fee of over 23 million Barnes not surprisingly denies that Bush took care of his client in return for Barnes silence However confronted with the evidence the former Lt Governor now admits to helping the young George stay out of Vietnam Take a look at the letter yourself with information we confirmed with other sources at http www gregpalast com ulf documents draftdodgeblanked jpg Frankly I don t care if President Bush cowered and ran from Vietnam I sure as hell didn t volunteer but then my daddy didn t send someone else in my place And I don t march around aircraft carriers with parachute clips around my gonads talking about war and sacrifice More important I haven t made any pay offs to silence those who could change my image from war hero to war zero TIME WARNER WON T LET US AIR THIS By the way I first reported this story in 1999 including the evidence of payback in The Observer of London US media closed its eyes Then I put the story on British television last year in the one hour report Bush Family Fortunes American networks turned down BBC s offer to run it in the USA Wonderful film one executive told me but Time Warner is not going to let us put this on the air However US networks will take cash for advertisements calling Kerry a Vietnam coward The good news is until Patriot Act 3 kicks in they can t stop us selling the film to you directly The updated version of Bush Family Fortunes with the full story you still can t see on your boob tube will be released next month in DVD See a preview at http www gregpalast

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    Force ROTC training or special engineering medical or aviation skills Tom Hail a historian for the Texas Air National Guard had reviewed the Guard s records on Bush for a special exhibit on his service after Bush became governor Asked about Bush s direct appointment without special skills Hail said I ve never heard of that Generally they did that for doctors only mostly because we needed extra flight surgeons Charles Shoemaker an Air Force veteran who later joined the Texas Air National Guard and retired as a full colonel said that direct appointments were rare and hard to get and required extensive credentials Asked about Bush he said His name didn t hurt obviously But it was a commander s decision in those days When Bush completed basic training his commander approved him for a direct appointment That made him a 2nd Lieutenant without having to go through the usual very difficult Officer Candidate School This special procedure also got Bush into flight school despite his very low scores on aptitude tests 25 on a pilot aptitude test the absolute lowest acceptable grade and 50 for navigator aptitude Bush did score 95 on the easier and subjectively graded officer quality test but the class average is generally 88 The records prove that Bush s superiors in Texas thought he was in Alabama during most of 1972 Officers Jerry Killian and William Harris said so in his yearly evaluation Lt Bush has not been observed at this unit during the period of report and a civilian occupation made it necessary for him to move to Montgomery Alabama He cleared this base on 15 May 1972 and has been performing equivalent training in a non flying status with the 187 Tac Recon Gp Dannelly ANG Base Alabama In 1998 Bush hired Col Albert Lloyd to review his Guard records and correct them if need be Since then Lloyd himself has said the record should include evidence of his service in Alabama If he did his drill attendance should have been certified and sent to Ellington and there would have been a record he said No such attendance record exists So if Bush wasn t in Texas and he wasn t in Alabama where was he Bush s supporters say that he never ran on his military record He s not asking Americans to vote for him based on that So Bush supporters say that they don t really care about that In 2004 Bush and his supporters attacked Kerry s military record to smear his integrity The issue is not so much about medals but rather who Americans can rely on as commander in chief to tell them the truth Recently Bush claimed that he can prove his attendance at one Alabama Guard drill on Nov 29 1972 But the document used to prove his claim clearly seems bogus The document is undated unsigned and doesn t even have Bush s name on it It was discovered by Lloyd in 1998

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