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By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

The chairman of the House Intelligence Committee wants to declassify (m) millions of pages of untranslated documents from Iraq.

Michigan Republican Peter Hoekstra (HUK'-struh) says it's a way to learn what's inside more than 35-thousand boxes collected by the US government over more than a decade. They haven't been translated because the government doesn't have enough Arabic linguists with security clearances.

He's hoping to work with the new Iraqi government to put the documents online so journalists, academics and other researchers
can work on them.

Hoekstra has discussed the proposal with senior intelligence officials and asks the intelligence community to issue the sweeping declassification.

It would be unprecedented to declassify volumes of information without first scrubbing them for secrets the US may not want revealed.

But Hoekstra says the potential benefits "far outweigh any risks."

11/19/05


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