Voice from the Commonwealth
Commentary, World Views and Occasional Rants from a small 'l' libertarian in Massachussetts

"If ye love wealth greater than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest for freedom, go home and leave us in peace. We seek not your council nor your arms. Crouch down and lick the hand that feeds you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen." - Samuel Adams

Monday, April 14, 2003

One of the good hings about dictatorships like Saddam's is that they are very meticulous when it comes to paperwork.

U.S. troops discovered thousands of microfilm cartridges and hundreds of paper files in two residential buildings in a Baath Party enclave today in central Baghdad in what could be a major intelligence discovery.

Four specially designed safes, with thousands of microfilm cartridges filled one room of one house. The film showed official Iraqi documents written in Arabic. The cartridges were numbered in a cataloging system.

``They are archives of some kind, whose and what it's an archive of is the mystery,'' said Sgt. Spencer Willardson, a U.S. Army counterintelligence agent attached to A Company, 3rd Battalion, 7th Infantry Regiment.

In house next door, Willardson of Logan, Utah, found dozens of book cases with hundreds of paper files. The files on the first floor appeared to be thick dossiers on individuals, while the files on the second floor were labeled with dates, some going back to the 1950s.

Three document shredders were set up in the building, and several plastic bags held shredded documents. Other files had been dumped in similar bags and thrown in a corner.

Nearby troops also found a photo and video lab with tens of thousands of photos of Saddam dating back decades. Some of the photo archive showed Saddam with leaders such as Cuban President Fidel Castro, Palestinian leader Yasser Arafat and Saudi Crown Prince Abdullah.

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