19 May 2007

The Suspense, the Mystery, the Coalition Provisional Authority

Pete Moore's May 18 article at salon.com provides a glimpse into the realm of IT forensics, tracking the evolution of official CPA transcripts posted to the former occupation government's archival website. With tips a layman can follow from a home computer--indeed, his 8 year old son inadvertently uncovered the secret--Moore dissects early drafts of official documents which appear to contain information never intended for public viewing. His article leads to some pretty damning insights about the former U.S. occupying government of Iraq--and about unwarranted comforts we may take for granted in the IT age.