Am looking for people to listen to the full extent and post their observations on this thread. You will notice mostly democrats attending and much concern regarding the authetication of the documents being released to the public.
Dana think's it is good...
About an hour and 30 or 40 minutes into this there is some detail about how documents get into the Harmony database and documents that they can recognize as forged are not put into the database....the documents that are being made available to the public are a subset of that ....I think...based on what I heard......need more freepers to listen to the webcast ....be patient....there is some very careful dancing being done....
Berman of California is questioning whether the documents should be released because.....well just listen.....
Will listen later and get back to you.
I don't have RealPlayer any more (on purpose), but will follow this thread. Pinging a couple of possibly interested parties.
Got some time.....useful background on the Saddam documents.
It's a long meeting and things pertaining to the Iraq documents doesn't really get started until about 58 minutes into the video. The beginning is mostly addressing Kuwait prisoners from the first Gulf War.
Finally they introduce the guys from the Pentagon who put out the IPP report. The IPP report consists of 93 translated documents combined with interviews of ex-Iraqi officials -- some in prison, safe houses, or here in the states. The purpose of the IPP report is not for a smoking gun but rather to look into, and study, how and what motivated Saddam and his regime given the new facts of documents and ex-Iraqis. Saddam had Pan-Arab goals to dominate that area and to aggressively go after anything that could,or would, stop him, e.g. the West and in particular the USA.
About 4 people present got to question the guys from the Pentagon. Dana Rohrabacher,the charinperson, did excellent, then next-up was a congressman from Boston (you guessed it, a liberal mooonbat). This clown, instead of asking questions, lectures the guys from the Pentagon. He asked them if they have heard of General Eaton (sp?) and asked what they thought of him. They replied that they had heard of him. The liberal kept asking them what they thought of him. The Pentagon guys were very reserved and really didn't want to answer and then one finally said, "he's a fine military man."
At that point the liberal said, "you bet he is a fine military man and he's a patriot of America and protector of this great nation and highly respected!" Then the liberal goes on to read from General Eaton's book that slams Rumsfeld. This goes on for about 10 minutes and finally the liberal's turn is up. So this moron liberal used all his time, not asking questions, but instead just barking like a moonbat on an unrelated subject.
As to the authentication of the documents in the Harmony database. Yes, they have been verified for forgeries. And if the intelligence service finds forgeries they do NOT make it into the database. The documents are scrubbed in the field for information that is needed for that particular time, then later scrubbed again by intelligence officers either in Quatar or the USA and then scrubbed again before being released. Any fake or forgery that is identified along that way does not make it into the database.
The reason that the document website has the disclaimers of not vouching for the authenticity is not because they may be fake, -- because they aren't -- but because they cannot possibly state whether the contents are true or not. For example, if a document says Saddam purchased 100,000 gallons of water, the Pentagon is not going to state one way or the other if that is true or not, hence, the disclaimer
So the documents being posted are real Iraqi documents that have been scrubbed for forgeries before being loaded into the Harmony database. It's just that the Pentagon is not going to give a 100% guarantee to the contents. Which would be impossible to do anyways.
Hope that helps.