The claims of forgery have been denied not refuted. This controversy is far from settled. There are many issues from a technical and consistency standpoint that just don't make sense. The guy who supposedly wrote the memos is, convieniently, dead but his family says he didn't have any private files and that they certainly didn't give any to CBS. Hell, his wife said he couldn't even type! Where did these mystery memos come from? The whole thing stinks and is going to blow up in Kerry's face if it's traced back to anyone affiliated with his campaign (other than CBS, of course). See these quotes from members of his family from http://www.nationalreview.com/script/printpage.asp?ref=/york/york200409100809.asp: Now, Killian's widow has cast still more doubt on the CBS papers. "Number one, he would not have typed because he did not type," Marjorie Connell told ABC News. "Number two, the wording in these documents is very suspect to me. I just don't believe that, it looks like some things may have been picked up out of a document and then other things just made fictitiously to fill in things, to make them flow. I just can't believe that this is his words, my late husband's words." And finally, Killian's son has also questioned the CBS documents. Referring to the "sugar coat" memo in particular, Gary Killian told the Associated Press, "It just wouldn't happen. The only thing that can happen when you keep secret files like that are bad things.... No officer in his right mind would write a memo like that." Some other good sources for info on the problems with this CBS report are: http://www.powerlineblog.com/archives/007779.php http://www.weeklystandard.com/Content/Public/Articles/000/000/004/598wfpet.asp http://www.newsmax.com/archives/articles/2004/9/10/110927.shtml http://www.talkingpointsmemo.com/archives/week_2004_09_05.php#003462 It goes beyond the memos as this quote shows: I thought on Wednesday that it was scandalous for "60 Minutes" to turn over a good deal of its time on Wednesday night to one Ben Barnes, a one-time Texas political powerhouse who now claims he got George W. Bush into the National Guard. The problem is not, as some would have it, that Barnes has raised half a million dollars for Kerry. The problem is that Barnes has already lied about this on videotape, and I use the word "lied" without difficulty, where he says he pulled strings for Bush when "I was lieutenant governor of Texas." The thing is that George W. Bush was sworn into the National Guard in May 1968. Ben Barnes didn't become lieutenant governor until 1969. From the lies of Ben Barnes to the apparent forgeries of who-knows-who-did-it — why has "60 Minutes" exposed itself in this way? This was from: http://www.nypost.com/postopinion/opedcolumnists/28276.htm another article points out that Mr Barnes own daughter says he's lying as he told her point blank that he did not pull any strings for Bush. http://www.wbap.com/listingsentryheadline.asp?ID=239369&PT=wbaptopstories CBS should really be running one of those, "I'm John Kerry, and I approve of this message" deals since they are obviously nothing but a branch of his campaign.