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Interview With Freeper Joseph Shahda
Blogcritics.org ^ | 3/30/06 | Pat Fish

Posted on 03/30/2006 3:39:42 AM PST by Fishtalk

In Shahda’s own words:

I feel a great sense of duty to do the translation of some these documents because that is the least I can do in time of war to serve the United States of America to whom I am in eternal debt and gratitude, and what I am doing is a small pay back toward this debt that I can never fully repay no matter what I do. My efforts to do the translation pale in comparison to the great efforts and sacrifice that our brave troops are doing on a daily basis.
I asked Shahda during a phone interview with him on March 29, 2006, why he thought the government didn’t translate the documents.

(Excerpt) Read more at blogcritics.org ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: iraq; iraqiintelligence; onfreep; prewardocs; translations
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1 posted on 03/30/2006 3:39:42 AM PST by Fishtalk
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To: Fishtalk

bump


2 posted on 03/30/2006 3:43:45 AM PST by AmericaUnite
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To: Fishtalk

Double bump!!!!

What a GREAT freeper!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


3 posted on 03/30/2006 3:46:05 AM PST by MonroeDNA (Look for the union label--on the bat crashing through your windshield!)
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To: Fishtalk

What a Terrific article!!! A must read..

A heartfelt thank you to Joseph for your efforts and another thank you to Free Republic for this forum.


4 posted on 03/30/2006 3:48:39 AM PST by SueRae
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To: Fishtalk; jveritas
A denizen of the conservative web site Free Republic, Shahda’s profile lists the documents that he has already translated, fully ten of them.

Proof positive I miss more good stuff than I catch.

Thanks, Mr. Shahda!

I've got some reading to catch up on.

5 posted on 03/30/2006 3:55:40 AM PST by Racehorse (Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.)
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To: MonroeDNA

I am very proud.

And Joseph is so handsome and so personable. Were I a younger woman I'd have him right in my cupid crosshairs.


6 posted on 03/30/2006 4:07:30 AM PST by Fishtalk
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To: eyespysomething; jveritas

An excellent interview with our own beloved jveritas.


7 posted on 03/30/2006 4:09:28 AM PST by Peach
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To: Fishtalk; jveritas

Thanks for posting. Thanks Joseph Shahda! BTTT!


8 posted on 03/30/2006 4:17:09 AM PST by PGalt
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To: Peach; Chena; Valin; M. Thatcher; DocRock; Calpernia; Madame Dufarge; Txsleuth; SwatTeam; ...
Thanks for the ping Peach! What a great American jveritas is! Great interview jveritas! Thanks for all the work you're doing. One person can make a difference!

Interview With Freeper Joseph Shahda

Release/Translation of Classified PreWar Docs ping. If you want to be added or removed to the ping list, please Freepmail me.

Please add the keyword prewardocs to any articles pertaining to this subject.

Operation Iraqi Freedom Documents

Also here

Documents from the Harmony Database

jveritas’s blog

9 posted on 03/30/2006 5:22:06 AM PST by eyespysomething
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To: Fishtalk

bttt


10 posted on 03/30/2006 5:24:21 AM PST by Eagles6 (Dig deeper, more ammo.)
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To: Fishtalk

Now, you have me curious. How young? I have a 21-year old daughter.


11 posted on 03/30/2006 5:28:17 AM PST by Jemian (PAM of JT!)
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To: Fishtalk
What a well written article. I really enjoyed it. When I read of people like jveritas, and their respect, love, and sense of duty they feel for America, while not having been born here, I am reminded why we are the greatest country in the world.

It's because we have the greatest people in the world! It's a magnet for great people!

:-)
12 posted on 03/30/2006 5:31:17 AM PST by eyespysomething
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To: Fishtalk

Nice article and thanks to Joseph and all his hard work.


13 posted on 03/30/2006 5:37:33 AM PST by #1CTYankee (That's right, I have no proof. So what of it??)
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To: Fishtalk

It looks like it might have been a pretty good article, but my browser can't load it correctly. There's a big, blank square in the middle of the article, and there's no option for "printable version" so I just gave up. (One of the problems with having to "click on the link for the rest of article.")


14 posted on 03/30/2006 5:43:57 AM PST by MizSterious (Anonymous sources often means "the voices in my head told me.")
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To: Jemian

Joseph is 34 years old. I don't know if he's married but forgettaboutit. I have a 29 year old daughter. ;)


15 posted on 03/30/2006 5:54:11 AM PST by Fishtalk
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To: Fishtalk
Good interview. This is historic and Joseph is a true American hero for taking the time to so meticulously translate them for all of us.
16 posted on 03/30/2006 5:58:11 AM PST by McGavin999 (The US media is afflicted with Attention Deficit Disorder)
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To: McGavin999

jveritas is undeniably and unequivocably DA MAN!
He's the type of person I want our government to hire as I know he only serves the best interests of all citizens.


17 posted on 03/30/2006 6:00:15 AM PST by JerseyDvl ("Patriotism is the last refuge of a scoundrel"-Samuel Johnson to the Dems of today.)
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To: Fishtalk


And Joseph is so handsome


I was thinking the same! LOL
Never mind that he is smart!


18 posted on 03/30/2006 6:19:46 AM PST by angcat
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To: Fishtalk

Someone kindly sent me the full article--terrific interview! Are you the interviewer?


19 posted on 03/30/2006 6:35:41 AM PST by MizSterious (Anonymous sources often means "the voices in my head told me.")
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To: Fishtalk; eyespysomething; jveritas

Thanks for the Ping eyespy.

Jveritas, keep up the great work. It is hugely appreciated.


20 posted on 03/30/2006 6:36:15 AM PST by pissant
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To: angcat
Now, we'd better watch it or all this new-found celebrity and attention will go to his head!

Seriously, I'm very proud to be a fellow FReeper of his. What an outstanding credit to our group and to our country.
21 posted on 03/30/2006 6:52:12 AM PST by rightwingintelligentsia (No coded message in my tagline)
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To: MizSterious

Yes I am. I am also a Freeper, noticed Shahda's translations, noticed that the Boston Globe and NY Times had contacted him and wondered why on earth this fellow hadn't been interviewed by a blogger!

This is such a blogger story and yet only the lamestream was covering it!

I sent an email about it to Instapundit and Captain's Quarters. Seems to me they should be shouting this from the rooftops.

We shall see.


22 posted on 03/30/2006 7:10:30 AM PST by Fishtalk
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To: Fishtalk

Great interview, but also good writing, professional quality. FR is just packed with intelligent, capable people.


23 posted on 03/30/2006 7:19:32 AM PST by MizSterious (Anonymous sources often means "the voices in my head told me.")
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To: Fishtalk

Just sent an E-mail out to Hugh Hewitt about this.


24 posted on 03/30/2006 7:38:46 AM PST by Valin (Purple Fingers Rule!)
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To: Racehorse

there is a ping list if you are interested! :)


25 posted on 03/30/2006 7:43:02 AM PST by ferri (Be Politically Incorrect: Support the Constitution!)
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To: Fishtalk

A most excellent piece of interviewing and editing to article, Pat! Joseph really is an American Hero and meticulously honest with his translations ... what a contrast to democrat leaders!


26 posted on 03/30/2006 8:02:34 AM PST by MHGinTN (If you can read this, you've had life support from someone. Promote life support for others.)
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To: Fishtalk; All
You are making me blush :)

Thank you very much for this very nice article, I really appreciate it. I would like to state that I am far from being a hero. Our heroes are our brave troops that are making the daily sacrifices to defend our freedom and our way of life.

God bless our troops.

God bless America

27 posted on 03/30/2006 8:05:45 AM PST by jveritas (Hate can never win elections.)
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To: Fishtalk

I am still single :)


28 posted on 03/30/2006 8:07:37 AM PST by jveritas (Hate can never win elections.)
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To: jveritas; Fishtalk; eyespysomething
Thank you again jveritas. Not only was it an informing and interesting interview but it shows what a service you are performing for FR and what a great service you are performing for all American's.
29 posted on 03/30/2006 8:32:23 AM PST by jazusamo (Excuse me Helen, I'm answering your first accusation. - President Bush)
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To: Valin
Just sent an E-mail out to Hugh Hewitt about this.

It's just odd how this isn't booming throughout the blogosphere. Blogcritics was the only high-hit venue I had to publish it but that site is full of liberals.

They were nice about it though, helping me out and encouraging me. But I can't help but wonder why Michelle Malkin, Little Green Footballs....the conservative sites, aren't on top of this. What would really be nice if you Freepers jumped on this and send out emails to all the conservative sites and tell them they're getting as bad as the lamestream if they overlook this citizen's story.

Now I'm not necessarily looking for promotion my own self because guess what? Yesterday I wrote a review of American Idol. It has been number one on Blogcritics all day!

This interview went as high as number 4 but has now dropped out of the top ten. Makes me wonder about American priorities sometimes.

30 posted on 03/30/2006 8:35:04 AM PST by Fishtalk
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To: Fishtalk

Yesterday I wrote a review of American Idol. It has been number one on Blogcritics all day!

Congratulation! This is...disturbing, but sad to say not unexpected.


31 posted on 03/30/2006 8:41:19 AM PST by Valin (Purple Fingers Rule!)
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To: Fishtalk

Conservative sites are too busy attacking the President and the GOP about Illegals they cannot be bothered with the most important issue only that capable of generating hysteria.


32 posted on 03/30/2006 9:19:22 AM PST by justshutupandtakeit (If you believe ANYTHING in the Treason Media you are a fool.)
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To: jveritas
I am still single :)

Oh, you're in trouble now (from the matchmaking mamas of FreeRepublic). :-)
33 posted on 03/30/2006 9:19:39 AM PST by rightwingintelligentsia (No coded message in my tagline)
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

LOL.... :)


34 posted on 03/30/2006 9:45:14 AM PST by jveritas (Hate can never win elections.)
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To: Fishtalk; jveritas

Great article!

May I say that on behalf of so many Americans, thank you for your selfless contribution to our country, Mr. Shahda! Your efforts will go down in history--as they should!

YOU sir, are a PATRIOT! God bless you, and God bless our troops!


35 posted on 03/30/2006 10:01:24 AM PST by Shelayne
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To: Shelayne; jveritas
Great article! May I say that on behalf of so many Americans, thank you for your selfless contribution to our country, Mr. Shahda! Your efforts will go down in history--as they should! YOU sir, are a PATRIOT! God bless you, and God bless our troops!

Shelayne, you took the words right out of my mouth. Mr. Shahda, thank you!

36 posted on 03/30/2006 10:30:34 AM PST by Chena (I'm not young enough to know everything.)
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To: eyespysomething

Odd. "Pity the Nation" is advertised on the same page. Seems like a bit of a clash of ideals.


37 posted on 03/30/2006 10:31:40 AM PST by BJClinton (No war. For oil.)
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To: Fishtalk; jveritas

A great American.


38 posted on 03/30/2006 10:33:10 AM PST by Velveeta
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To: BJClinton

I think those ads get placed when keywords match. jveritas is from Lebanon, the book is about Lebanon, so...


39 posted on 03/30/2006 10:39:14 AM PST by eyespysomething
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To: jveritas
God bless America

He is....your work is one of 'em.

We can't thank you enough, but that article gave it a pretty good effort! Hope to see much more.

40 posted on 03/30/2006 4:39:52 PM PST by 4woodenboats (The GOP was created by those opposed to Southern Democrat Plantation Slavery...)
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To: 4woodenboats; All

Thank all you very much.


41 posted on 03/30/2006 5:58:00 PM PST by jveritas (Hate can never win elections.)
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To: jveritas; johnrob

You are the best!!!!!

Freeper of the year bump!


42 posted on 04/01/2006 6:40:27 AM PST by MonroeDNA (Look for the union label--on the bat crashing through your windshield!)
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To: Mo1

ping!

ping list?


43 posted on 04/01/2006 6:42:07 AM PST by MonroeDNA (Look for the union label--on the bat crashing through your windshield!)
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To: MonroeDNA; jveritas; rintense; MJY1288; RedBloodedAmerican; twyn1; kitkat; justshe; ladyinred; ...
Ping to a great interview with jveritas and his excellent work on translating the Iraq documents
44 posted on 04/01/2006 6:57:57 AM PST by Mo1 ("Stupidity is also a gift from God, but it should not be abused." Pope John Paul II)
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To: Mo1
I was privy to a FreeRepublic thread in which Joseph made a typing error, of all things, in his translation. He omitted the word “not” in a sentence. Shahda immediately informed the FreeRepublic moderators of the error. It was quickly corrected and any comments made based on his typing error were removed from the thread. I was impressed with the speed with which all this was handled and the care taken by both Joseph and FreeRepublic to insure the data was accurate. The entire episode left me with a confident feeling of credibility on the matter.

One of the many reasons why I love FR.

45 posted on 04/01/2006 7:04:19 AM PST by Bahbah
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To: Mo1

Mo, thanks for the ping. Very glad to read this.


46 posted on 04/01/2006 7:42:28 AM PST by GretchenM (What does it profit a man to gain the whole world and lose his soul? Please meet my friend, Jesus.)
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To: Fishtalk

Bump.


47 posted on 04/01/2006 7:55:40 AM PST by Stentor
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To: rightwingintelligentsia

Add me to the 'available' list????


48 posted on 04/01/2006 8:00:45 AM PST by null and void (Start worrying. Details to follow...)
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To: Fishtalk
My thanks to jveritas for his efforts. In the best possible FR spirit he is sharing his effort with those on the forum and making a real difference in our turbulent world.
49 posted on 04/01/2006 8:08:01 AM PST by bert (K.E. N.P. Slay Pinch)
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To: Fishtalk; jveritas
"Joseph Shahda’s optimism and love for America was palpable. In just talking to him I felt my resolve toughen and my own love of my country of birth deepen. Everyday he sits down and begins more translations. I’d argue that Shahda’s meticulous efforts are far better than we could expect from the government bureaucrats."

Ditto! I felt such a surge of love, and pride, that tears welled in my eyes as I was reading this piece.

"I feel a great sense of duty to do the translation of some these documents because that is the least I can do in time of war to serve the United States of America to whom I am in eternal debt and gratitude, and what I am doing is a small pay back toward this debt that I can never fully repay no matter what I do. My efforts to do the translation pale in comparison to the great efforts and sacrifice that our brave troops are doing on a daily basis."

No, you are of the same stripe as every patriot who has dedicated himself/herself to the service of this country, from our founding until this present time, because of a love of what is contained in our Founding Documents, and what they represent. America's very existence depends on such patriots, and every effort toward that goal is significant.

God's blessings on both of you, and thank you.

50 posted on 04/01/2006 8:48:10 AM PST by LucyJo
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