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Morgan R. Davis, University of Kansas
tlrilg the 2_03 ilniaIs n of Iaq, Aierican
f:,rces cal-tured 4?.,0 0oxv.e s of ,g) ernm1 11-li
,do,cum] cents and thoi sands of hu-rs o'-f
iprev]i,,usly, un ownaIuo:,'l l tlt,:_ iO rer,]ingr_- s. T' -isl
Slan'l ar research ico'lletion iat Natioinal
L'eelsse Unli",ersity: was their topic of the
2011 Dle [ nstitu te Arch irve ViS<_-itin
Fellc" owship at tihe tuniversi, -'ft K -l ansas.
fre, orIs -, um' n iinetin ttie re- in e 'f S1addan
HiItsseiniL I i- raq andI re,_-:rdls lrn A ghanistan
dC mi t-1 -in,,.g. Al-Oaeda aId:l related o ,Irgani-
conifli- t e-_,: rdils Researc' cnter t'(RR
)tf arti'ular i note are aulio recoldingls of
h ig1-levei meetings i" aimon S[ad dam Hu1l11 lissein
ianl' his igeneralcs iatil' aivisor'
Visiting Fellow David t'alki, deput,"
director of thle ',LRR,F explained howil the
LIateiri , eint,, ' [U . p .sst" ssic, n.i rri'au i u-;:
' iaphi- 11ishaIanitlin of Iu-Olitleits il-i'' e
disturbing to ar1:1-h1ivis ts."OfteIn youllh ave
l 2I- or -22ear-o - il- i ver there cllectin
the stuff and putting it all in the '.actk :f a
tr, ck," says Pal lki "So.,:, thir_-1;s aren't d,_onle
ideally the vav ariiv,,-ists r-historians-
Sioul ant Tihere are a lot of iiinanswered
s-liers openin_-i a safe tifull of documents
; + -, droppini.i it -off tihe to p of a u'Silini-.
in most instances there is less-tan-idleal
documentation of context He says, "-'You
'get --recrdinIi -that sa tihey came from a
INlinI, _ut there were ., lot ot1 rons in
that buildlii-g ad-lt ther-e were a lot -tf Caugh
desks in that bu'ilrd'-'." of the
Although the tnhetllohds ,:,f captu1r]e
na .r _Ii"aw gasp r- ar ivists,
thie imFi irtance o'f seizing' records -uin,,-
prid ,,l- f ,'ci:itlit is obv'ius. Pal ti nade a
co,mparisn to recent events in Egy'pt, whellre
a nvstericus lire at the Interi,,r IMiinistry
_ilig is wiely spe:culaited to h-,ave ,een
set to destro... til.s o--f
tlh e se cre t p o lic]i e. 1 0l" . ,
'"The Egyptian :i
people in the street f mro I1
are furious becaulSe 5
the'. heard aiLout ie impor
the destruction of ing recoil
reo ilsadsl." Pali saydss. of
"So you ,cn see riht- S
away. the same thin. ,
has hal 'pened in iiraq
-heii [_[" tro 's
went ilto the I'Iiitii-str of Defense there
were a co uple of floors worthh :'f documents
that were fire oml'd, And the Iraqis didn't
want the c,:,alitio:,n trooFs to et them. I
thin: it was realyti, imtlorta nt tll tietime for
!.', troops to get these records ut 'f' Iraq t':,
preserve them so the won't be destroyei- d.
,pqies of docum ents and rec ordini'gs were
-sr'uht ikl to tlhe tlut ' 'States forl
ataL] sis b. the tCIA ald otier ,-.overnmeint
agenri cies- Ti.- look1'ed for strategic and'
tac ti- l - in:,trmation, Includin-l an
information relating t,o weapons_ ,of mass
ht on tape. Audio recordings of Saddamrn Hussein are part
Collections at the Conflict Records Research Center at
nal DCefense University in Washington. D.C.
destriction E'.,cumients -and reCo:rd 'ins
were dIi'itizedv ait tlihat polit and sto-re ini
a secure ,go',ernmental l atl}ase.
Iiin 2006i s undlier press ure tfr:im Ii: ressiohali
FR:epu i,':ans v'ho believed dioc1unient analysis
r....as pro,,:eed_1ing', too slowly: :
the Bii ,il administraticnl
authorized the release
o if 11,0)i00 iecrisl to the
t -publii thlou h a :Ie,site
,llred "OC-peratioIn Iia,-]i
tance Freedom Do,:n 'iuent
rds dur a Eortal."l though the
oinline dc, i=uments were
COl fli' sub-lect to a triag-e review
, process, hiih i i- lii'ed
'ii - uic 'eXaiiiiiati .
-- Araic linguists (the
spec, tice, ,ft the review proce ss remain
i-'asitii, it 'as ,s, verein tit tihey
iii l-lu i d d,,u i en its ,ist he fa i is of
linulear d evices. Tihe document tportalwas shut
idown aiifteir less thaii a ',ear of 'eing ,onihne
The sch,,larl v...alue ,f these records bev,"_nd,
national seurit interests was ro -uglt
fo,xvard in 2'0-8 -- ieeta of efettse
F-'-_iert Gates when he called for tlhe creati,-in
of a research -eilte r that 'ou ldaknia. copies
of capturedi mater-iasi avallale to the puli,,leii
ii ai spe-ech t the AkiericaiL Ass ocia-tisn
of Unw iver'sities, Gates said, "To date only
a snld 1 iallni1r cof documents i have bi - eMn
e -loited. Further research ,-culd Ield
unpre, edentel insight into the workings of
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