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Collection of Iraqi & al-Qaeda Documents from DOCEX

GroupIntel provides a link to the Foreign Military Studies Office Joint Reserve Intelligence Center's released Document Exploitation Documents obtained during Operation Iraqi Freedom as well as a considerable collection of al-Qaeda documents.

Of note are Iraqi documents on "French law for funding and financing election campaigns" and "Instructions from IIS to all sections of the MIC for procedures to follow in the event of UN visits."

Below the Iraqi documents is a collection of captured al-Qaeda documents that comprise part of the Department of Defense’s Harmony database.

For those who are still jumping up and down regarding the cancellation of the UAE ports agreement, this list includes a 2002 letter from al-Qaeda that was "A warning to the officials of the United Arab Emirates to stop detaining Mujahideen sympathizers", a practice that the UAE did not abandon despite the threat.

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Here is the fundamental underlying problem in the Intelligence Community’s Document Exploitation (DOCEX) efforts, the Linguist aren’t required to know how to compose in English. With most all documents, on a large scale operation, being “Gisted” (Summarized), they need this skill to make clear and concise Gist. I was the Quality Assurance Coordinator for the Largest DOCEX contributor in Iraq, only 4 out of 10 Linguists had this skill.

When the Gist or Translation needs to be interpreted, because of poor composition, then it is subject to be bent to the current “Political Wind.” Every investigative body studying why we went to war says it was based on “Flawed Data.” Can we to afford to knowingly allow possibly flawed data into the repository used by the National Command Authority to make decision on the conduct of the war or more importantly the next war we chose to undertake? I say no, Intelligence needs to stand on its own, without interpretation or influence.