July 17, 2004

``A significant, ongoing controversy exists over the president's military service during the Vietnam War, specifically whether he performed his required service between May and October 1972,'' lawyers for the AP wrote.

The Emperor has no uniform...

Associated Press, carried in the Guardian (UK): The
Associated Press asked a federal judge Friday to order
the Pentagon to quickly turn over a full copy of
President Bush's military service record...
``A significant, ongoing controversy exists over the president's military service during the Vietnam War, specifically whether he performed his required service between May and October 1972,'' lawyers for the AP wrote.
There also are allegations that potentially
embarrassing material was removed from Bush's military
file in 1997, when he was running for re-election as
Texas governor, the AP said.

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AP Seeks Release of Bush Military Records

Friday July 16, 2004 6:46 PM


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WASHINGTON (AP) - The Associated Press asked a federal
judge Friday to order the Pentagon to quickly turn
over a full copy of President Bush's military service
record.

The White House has released partial documentation of
Bush's military service in the Texas Air National
Guard but has not complied with the news service's
Freedom of Information Act request for any record
archived at a state library records center in Texas,
the AP said in a court filing.

Records released so far do not put to rest questions
over whether Bush fulfilled his National Guard service
for a period during the Vietnam War, the AP argued in
papers filed in federal court in New York.

Those records came from federal records
clearinghouses. Texas law requires separate record
keeping for state National Guard service, and those
records should exist on microfilm in Austin, the AP
said.

``A significant, ongoing controversy exists over the
president's military service during the Vietnam War,
specifically whether he performed his required service
between May and October 1972,'' lawyers for the AP
wrote.

There also are allegations that potentially
embarrassing material was removed from Bush's military
file in 1997, when he was running for re-election as
Texas governor, the AP said.

``The public has an intense and legitimate interest in
knowing the facts concerning the president's military
service. Reviewing the microfilm copy of the personnel
file at the Texas Records center could well answer the
questions that have brofilm containing the pertinent
National Guard payroll records was damaged and could
not be salvaged, according to the Defense Department.





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