by Mark Neckameyer
September 20, 2004
Some of the Texas national Guard memos were "official". The National Guard is a kind of hybrid. It is part state organization meant to help in emergencies like hurricanes but the National Guard also has a Federal responsibility to be ready to be called into the US Armed Forces. I am not sure if forging National Guard documents constitutes State or Federal offenses but it must be defined as crime one place or the other if not both. If not prosecuted with an appropriate example made of the forgers, what would stop someone else from revealing fake criminal records right before an election? What would stop a misguided campaign operative from coming up with forged "proof" that an opposing candidate had really not graduated from college or had been married numerous times secretly or had been committed to a mental institution in the past? We have to nip this in the bud now!
Sure, the government must respect the confidentiality of most news sources but as in this crime the victim IS the press to a great degree, the situation is different. The press in this instance has been manipulated, used to commit election fraud through counterfeiting. It is definitely time to call in the police to get to the bottom of "Docugate" or whatever they are calling this mess now. In my opinion, if CBS can be heavily fined because Janet Jackson offended the public even without CBS fore-knowledge, then CBS has similar guilt in this case and should be fined again as soon as the documents are proven beyond a doubt to be fakes.
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