Today, the Center for Army Lessons Learned in the US published online a US Army study of Operation Iraqi Freedom – On Point, The United States Army in Operation Iraqi Freedom.
It is very interesting that this article has been published with the following leader:
This document has security features enabled to prevent printing, downloading, cutting and pasting. Printable PDF files will be released at a later date, and links will be posted when they become available.
Of course, this immediately got my interest. A print preview in Firefox initially showed blank pages. Trying to highlight the contents of the page failed. Viewing source also showed a blank page. Very odd.
Of course, a couple of minutes fiddling got around all these
Strangest of all is the claim at the bottom of the page.
This page is in compliance with Section 508 of the Rehabilitation act.
pseudo-encryption will almost certainly make the pages inaccessible to a whole multitude of people that are supposed to be enabled by Section 508.
I wonder what the hell these people think they are achieving. It wasn’t easy to do this. A lot harder than it was to get round it!
Of course, they have managed to whet my appetite, so I spent an hour copying and pasting the whole thing into Word so I can read it offline. Came to over 500 pages, and over 10Mb… So I won’t be posting it here. Probably a bittorrent job. If you are interested let me know…
Thanks to Stephen Aftergood at the Federation of American Scientists for bringing this strange episode to my attention in the excellent Secrecy News newsletter.