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NEWS for June 1, 2005:

1) [editor's note, by SusanHu] Plover (Scott) has set up a page for us at DKosopedia. (Correction to earlier link provided.)

2) Plover will set up a "format for describing each dossier" at DKosopedia.

   2a) We need a "dummy's guide" to using DKosopedia. Can anyone help with that?

   2b) We will need EDITORS/WRITERS to help our volunteers prepare their findings for DKosopedia. If you're a good writer/editor who can collate volunteers' findings, please send me an e-mail : susanhu at earthlink . net.

3) [editor's note, by SusanHu] Plover has transferred Subtropolis's great new list of acronyms and abbreviations to DKosopedia. (Correction to link provided earlier.) (Same list: BooTrib diary.) The dossier list.

More below : : :

4) If you don't see an open spot in the FOIA diary with the TABLE OF VOLUNTEER ASSIGNMENTS for document research, go here to the ACLU list of FOIA documents, select a document - keeping in mind that some of those links take you to as many as 19 sections -- and e-mail me immediately so I can add you to the FOIA diary TABLE list. Check back at that same FOIA diary to make sure no one else has taken that document in the interim.

Miscellaneous notes:

We have experts on medical terms (physicians, medical researchers, and veterinarian) and military/government acronyms (veterans, military contractors) who can help you.

However, if the entire document seems to be mostly medical reports and handwritten physician notes, send me an e-mail -- susanhu at earthlink . net. I will reassign that document to someone with medical expertise, and I can assign you another document.

At this point -- while I'm still assigning new volunteers with tasks -- please don't send me your findings. Sadly, I don't have time to read them yet. Instead, for now, post your findings in the discussion diary for all volunteers.

Another tip: If you're working on one section of a large document, consider contacting those who are working on sections immediately BEFORE or AFTER yours. You may have much to share with each other -- before you post your findings.

The list of all documents assigned:


Partner diary:

Discussion Diary -- PLEASE POST your questions at this diary, not the main FOIA diary.

ALSO: Please post your findings, for discussion, at the discussion diary. When you do, please embed your links so the page doesn't go too wide. If you need help, e-mail me.

Questions? Ask away!

Important P.S.: I will need organizational help. E-mail me if you're good at coordinating projects. susanhu at earthlink . net

Update [2005-6-1 18:35:13 by SusanHu]: New volunteer: aka Robert (Robert also has a military background and has volunteered.)

Originally posted to SusanHu on Wed Jun 01, 2005 at 07:15 AM PDT.

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  •  Great diary Susan.... (4.00)
    I would also like to pimp a diary that I wrote yesterday entitled "torturing women in Iraq and Afghanistan".

    I would ask that you please help rate this diary up so that more people would become aware of this very important issue.

  •  I posted my first two summaries... (none) Booman.  Should I also post it in this diary?

    Arrogant lips are unsuited to a fool-- how much worse lying lips to a ruler - Proverbs 17:7

    by Barbara Morrill on Wed Jun 01, 2005 at 08:28:09 AM PDT

  •  We also need someone ... (none)
    who can decode the abbreviations next to redacted sections.

    Susan in Port Angeles (my cat)

    by SusanHu on Wed Jun 01, 2005 at 08:38:08 AM PDT

    •  Exemptions (4.00)
      Exemptions, in order; most common ones are b(6) and (b7a), (b7c), and (b7d), pretty much in that order.

      B(1) Classified, national defense, or foreign policy information

      B(2)Internal personal rules and practices

      B(3) Information exempt under other statute (contractor data, etc)

      B(4) Trade secrets, commercial/financial information

      B(5) Legally-privileged interagency or intra-agency memoranda, letters, etc; confidential lawyer-client communication, et al

      B(6) Personal information; information whose disclosure would impose on a party's privacy

      B(7a) Information that could interfere with law-enforcement investigations or proceedings

      B(7b) Information that would deprive a person of a fair trial, or be prejudicial.

      B(7c) Personal law-enforcement information; information whose release would constitute an invasion of privacy.

      B(7d) Identification of confidential sources

      B(7e) "Circumvention of the Law" exemption, also referred to as the "ways and means" exemption.  Information that provides details and techniques of law-enforcement investigations.

      B(7f) "Physical safety"; prevents disclosure of information whose release could "reasonably be expected to endanger life or physical safety".

      B(8) Records of financial institutions

      B(9) "Geographical and geophysical data concerning wells"; you most likely won't see this one, ever. :)

  •  Cool, Susan! (none)
    I can be a writer/editor, if you like.  I've already sent you an e-mail.
  •  I look forward (none)
    to some guidelines about format. For now I am presenting my summary/observations using a narrative format which is most comfortable to me.
  •  I am in AWE. (4.00)
    I keep reading and watching your project in its seemingly unstoppable rise to greatness and thinking, "These people are AMAZING."

    Please, keep it up -- your tenacity and commitment are inspiring and greatly esteemed by the many of us who aren't involved in this specific endeavour, but have taken our cues from you regarding taking ACTION.


    Rage, rage, against the lying of the Right.

    by Maryscott OConnor on Wed Jun 01, 2005 at 11:31:57 AM PDT

    •  It's incredible how many people... (none)
      have responded, and with the greatest enthusiasm!  Blows my mind.

      P.S.  Now, more than ever, I need breaks of the junky sort.  Last night, I laid down and watched junk TV -- it was SO good.  And I read a People magazine! :):)  Pretty soon, I'll be watching Barney and Sesame Street for kicks.

      Susan in Port Angeles (my cat)

      by SusanHu on Wed Jun 01, 2005 at 11:44:38 AM PDT

      [ Parent ]

      •  Please don't watch Barney... (none)
        ...for the love of God, unless you are interested in the depths of insipidness we American humans are capable of.

        For me, the VH1 "I love the 70s/80s/90s" are wonderful junk TV though!  Worth checking out if you have cable.

        Now back to my medical documents....


        The answer to "compassionate conservatism" isn't timid progressivism.--Sen. John Corzine (D-New Jersey)

        by AAbshier on Wed Jun 01, 2005 at 01:54:19 PM PDT

        [ Parent ]

      •  Rumsfeld was apparently on TV today... (none)
        complaining about the media reporting abuses. The problem is we know that Rumsfeld authorized inhumane and illegal treatment and now claims that detainees were treated "humanly".

        If detainees truly were treated "humanly" then why not agree to an independent investigation that includes the international committee of the red cross?

  •  Dummy guide to dKosopedia? (none)
    If you mean how to contribute to a wiki (what dKosopedia is)... read the bottom of the main dKosopedia page


    Mitch Gore

    Nobody will change America for you, you have to work to make it happen

    by Lestatdelc on Wed Jun 01, 2005 at 03:47:09 PM PDT

  •  great job (none)
    and I wanted to post this somewhere relevant:
    This from The Washington Post_

    "Number of released Guantanamo detainees captured again on battlefield: At least 12."

    Gee, do you think maybe they were pissed off or something...?

    When the Republicans stop lying about the Democrats, we will stop telling the truth about them. --Adlai Stevenson

    by seesdifferent on Wed Jun 01, 2005 at 04:19:58 PM PDT

  •  when you get that dummies guide to dKosopedia (none)
    let me know...

    I've "played in the sandbox," read the directions, and I still can't make heads or tails of it. It may be that the entire idea of a wikipedia is so alien to my librarian/archivist's soul that it's worse than trying to translate from a foreign language (since I can muddle through instrux in several IE languages with something of success, and even recognize a few useful non-indo-european bits) but altho' I can build HTML pages from scratch, and have a rudimentary knowledge of CSS, I can't make any sense of the editing/saving/creating pages in dKosopedia, and there has been a significant dearth of useful help for the non-wiki-using population by the wiki-using population, so far...

    "Don't be a janitor on the Death Star!" - Grey Lady Bast (change @ for AT to email)

    by bellatrys on Wed Jun 01, 2005 at 04:44:26 PM PDT

    •  Lucky for us! (none)
      Omar the Storyteller has volunteered to write the "how to" for DKosopedia.

      Susan in Port Angeles (my cat)

      by SusanHu on Wed Jun 01, 2005 at 05:15:30 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

    •  Ask away... (none)
      If you don't want to wait for the dummy's guide, ask away and I'll try to help you understand it. Wiki's are a heckuvalot easier than HTML. If anything, I'd bet some tiny detail (like using the 'back' button in your browser) is biting you. There is a method to my madness... I figure I'll pass along any insight on the sort of niggling details that catch people up in using dkosopedia for inclusion in the dummy's guide.
  •  ACLU FOIA doc page ... (none)
    Is anyone else having trouble opening the links to the docs?

    I've been trying to open this one, but can't.

    Susan in Port Angeles (my cat)

    by SusanHu on Wed Jun 01, 2005 at 05:18:52 PM PDT

    •  it came right up for me, FWIW... (none)
      It's Department of the Army Documents released by the ACLU on 12/21/04. Includes links to many PDF files that are reports of disciplinary or administrative action.

      Try hitting it again...?

      There are three kinds of lies: lies, damned lies, and statistics. --Benjamin Disraeli, cited by Mark Twain

      by sheba on Wed Jun 01, 2005 at 05:26:21 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  MILITARY expert ready to help (4.00)
    If you have ANY questions about your docs -- beyond the acronyms and definitions, even to how the military proceedings work, and what should happen during military proceedings, etc., etc. -- please contact Robert at rmeisterkos @

    Susan in Port Angeles (my cat)

    by SusanHu on Wed Jun 01, 2005 at 05:32:52 PM PDT

  •  dKosopedia links (4.00)
    Susan asked me earlier this afternoon to put in a comment the dKosopedia links I made. In case people don't see the changes in the OP, assume. So it's a little late but here they are:

    Detention Practices Project
    Combant Status Review Tribunal dossiers
    Acronym lists

    "What do I get out of this? / I always try. I always miss."

    by plover on Wed Jun 01, 2005 at 09:23:47 PM PDT

  •  At the moment all I can contribute (none)
    is money. Possible to post a donation link, for ePluribus Media  or whomever is appropriate?
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