Throwing cold water on the Saddam document release

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Our contributor Ray Robison does not share the enthusiasm of many bloggers over the release of captured documents. Writing on his website Ray Robison, he notes that only those boxes marked NIV [no intelligence value] are to be released.

NIV is the trash. There is nothing of intelligence value in these items or they would be IV.

One of the reasons for the resistance to the release of these documents is the risk that people would not be able to apply context to these documents and would make incorrect assertions. The limited release of nine document has proven that concern to be valid.

Three documents have already fooled some of the leading bloggers (I don't want to name names, but you know who you are, pretty much all of you).

He goes through a few of the documents released and finds nothing of substantive value, though he awaits further translation of an apparent dossier on al Zarqawi.

The only evidence I see so far is in support of my belief that Director Negroponte is stalling for time by releasing junk.

Ray remains a skeptic, and I take him seriously. Let us see what further documents await.

Thomas Lifson   3 17 06

Update:

Ray says, "Bingo!" about a recent release from ABC.

Our contributor Ray Robison does not share the enthusiasm of many bloggers over the release of captured documents. Writing on his website Ray Robison, he notes that only those boxes marked NIV [no intelligence value] are to be released.

NIV is the trash. There is nothing of intelligence value in these items or they would be IV.

One of the reasons for the resistance to the release of these documents is the risk that people would not be able to apply context to these documents and would make incorrect assertions. The limited release of nine document has proven that concern to be valid.

Three documents have already fooled some of the leading bloggers (I don't want to name names, but you know who you are, pretty much all of you).

He goes through a few of the documents released and finds nothing of substantive value, though he awaits further translation of an apparent dossier on al Zarqawi.

The only evidence I see so far is in support of my belief that Director Negroponte is stalling for time by releasing junk.

Ray remains a skeptic, and I take him seriously. Let us see what further documents await.

Thomas Lifson   3 17 06

Update:

Ray says, "Bingo!" about a recent release from ABC.