Tuesday, July 27, 2004

The TXANG Two-Step 

Paul Lukasiak, author of The AWOL Project, in a letter to Altercation:
I just finished my study of Bush's Texas Air National Guard payroll records, and guess what? A whole bunch of the pay and points he got were bogus! The "smoking gun" on this is found in the "incomprehensible" data found at the bottom of the payroll records. (The White House probably doesn't even know what those lines of data contain, and their significance.)

Here's the link, in case you'd like to take a look.

And here is the summary from the piece:

On February 10, 2004, the White House released George W. Bush’s quarterly payroll summaries for his last year in the Texas Air National Guard, claiming that they proved that Bush had “fulfilled his duties” as a member of the U.S. Armed Forces. However, an examination of these records within the context of laws and policies of that time reveals that at least half (and as much as two thirds) of the pay and “points” credited toward Bush’s mandatory monthly training were fraudulent. When one deducts these fraudulent points from Bush’s records, Bush does not achieve the minimum number of points under the White House’s own (erroneous) criteria.

It is likely that the White House is unaware of what the payroll records reveal, because the most damning information is buried in lines of “incomprehensible” data found at the bottom of the payroll reports. This article breaks that code, and shows that Bush repeatedly claimed credit and pay for performing “substitute training” for mandatory monthly drills with his unit that was well outside the time limits set for “substitute training.” And although he was required to get advance authorization for all training, the public record shows that Bush could not have received the necessary authorizations for “training” performed in Alabama.

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