Monday, June 06, 2005

Citizen journalists investigate Gitmo

Susan Hu of the Booman Tribune is organizing volunteers to read the thousands of pages of documentation on detainees in Guantanamo Bay released during the past few months. The effort is quite disorganized (this page is the best one I could find to point to); but it's nothing short of brilliant. Even professional reporters these days don't have time to read this much documentation (one reason the government tends to release so much at one time.)

While some of the volunteers may be less qualified than the average journalist to dig through government documents, others are more so - the site lists five medical experts to whom other volunteers can direct questions.

I wish I had a class I could sic on this project.

(Thanks to Dan Gillmor for the link.)