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Monday, May 02, 2005

"Military Intelligence" does it again!

   By Fancy Pants Elitist at 5:53 PM

Apparently, our fine military did it again....
The Pentagon released a 40-page redacted report on Saturday, so heavily blacked out that whole pages were missing, on the incident of the accidental death of Italian Intelligence Officer, who was shot by US soldiers in Baghdad.

SOP, right...

Well, sometimes people do a little digging and guess what?

"A Greek medical student at Bologna University who was surfing the web early on Sunday found that with two simple clicks of his computer mouse he could restore censored portions of the report.

He passed the details to Italian newspapers which immediately put out the full text on their own websites."


I checked both files, the original PDF
that the Pentagon released
and the now unredacted microsoft word document against each other, and indeed the entire report can be revealed by right clicking on the blacked out word. Which is precisely what this enterprising student did.

All I can surmise is whoever put the original pdf on the internet is just a tad technologically challenged.

I don't know if the report is accurate and that this is what really happened, Sgrena said it isn't, but why censor a document that doesn't really reveal much, they were censoring things that weren't sensitive!??

Your fine military at work, once again.

Here's the BBC article


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