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Sunday, March 12, 2006

Secret's of Saddam's World Being Withheld

There are 3,000 hours of Saddam tapes and millions of pages of other documents that we captured after the war. DOCEX--as the U.S. government's document exploitation project is known to insiders that only some 3 percent of the 2 million captured documents have been fully translated and analyzed. No one familiar with the project argues that exploiting these documents has been a priority of the U.S. intelligence community.
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I first took this up here in January and the subject is heating up more as demand for the doument release by Mike Pence (R-IN), who has gone directly to President Bush is taking place. John Negroponte, Bush's Director of National Intelligence, doesn't want these documents released stating they only have "historical" value. Negroponte is a career diplomat and we wonder why he is now running national intelligence.
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It would go a very long way to have these documents on the fast track for interpretation and release to the American people. Stephen Hayes of The Weekly Standard is on top of this story.
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An example: On April 13, 2003, the San Francisco Chronicle published an exhaustive article based on documents reporter Robert Collier unearthed in an Iraqi Intelligence safehouse in Baghdad. The claims were stunning.
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The documents found in a Baghdad office of the Mukhabarat, the Iraqi secret police, indicate that at least five agents graduated Sept. 15 from a two--week course in surveillance and eavesdropping techniques, according to certificates issued to the Iraqi agents by the "Special Training Center" in Moscow.
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The San Francisco Chronicle reported that the "Moscow-based Special Training Center," was the Russian foreign intelligence service, known as SVR, and the SVR confirmed the training.
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The Russians declared early in the U.N. process on Iraq that they preferred inspections to war. It is notable that at precisely the same time Russian intelligence was training Iraqi operatives, senior Russian government officials were touting their alliance with the United States. Russian foreign minister Boris Malakhov proclaimed that the two countries were "partners in the anti-terror coalition" and Putin spokesman Sergei Prikhodko declared, "Russia and the United States have a common goal regarding the Iraqi issue."
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On November 8, 2002, six weeks after the Iraqis completed their Russian training, Russia voted in favor of U.N. Resolution 1441, which threatened "serious consequences" for continued Iraqi defiance on its weapons programs.
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Negroponte abruptly shifted his position last week. He still opposes releasing the documents, only now he claims that the information in these documents is so valuable that it cannot be made public. Hayes questions if this new position raises two obvious questions: If the documents have provided actionable intelligence, why has the intelligence community exploited so few of them? And why hasn't Negroponte demanded more money and manpower for the DOCEX program?
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Pete Hoekstra (R-MI) offers one distinct possibility. "They are State Department people who want to make no waves and don't want to do anything that would upset anyone." In meetings with Hoekstra, Negroponte and his staff have repeatedly expressed concern that releasing this information might embarrass our allies. Hoekstra is calling for faster declassification of the documents as well as their release. Negroponte is still playing the "diplomacy" card.
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The tapes and documents discuss use of WMD, training al Qaeda operatives, setting off bombs in the U.S. and transferring WMD outside of Iraq.
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Hoekstra states: "There may be many documents that relate to Iraqi WMD programs. Those should be released. Same thing with documents that show links to terrorism. They have to release documents on topics of interest to the American people and they have to give me some kind of schedule. What's the time frame? I don't have any idea. I want these documents out." We concur!

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