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Pentagon Destroys Copies of Controversial Memoir Written by Army Officer

Published September 25, 2010 |

The Pentagon has burned 9.500 copies of Army Reserve Lt. Col. Anthony Shaffer's memoir "Operation Dark Heart," his book about going undercover in Afghanistan.

A Department of Defense officials tells Fox News that the department purchased copies of the first printing because they contained information which could cause damage to national security.

The U.S. Army originally cleared the book for release.

The U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency attempted to block the book about the tipping point in Afghanistan and a controversial pre-9/11 data mining project called "Able Danger."

In a letter obtained by Fox News, the DIA says national security could be breached if "Operation Dark Heart" is published in its current form. The agency also attempted to block key portions of the book that claim "Able Danger" successfully identified hijacker Mohammed Atta as a threat to the United States before the Sept. 11, 2001, terror attacks.

Click here to read the full DIA letter (pdf)

Specifically, the DIA wanted references to a meeting between Lt. Col. Tony Shaffer, the book's author, and the executive director of the 9/11 Commission, Philip Zelikow, removed. In that meeting, which took place in Afghanistan, Shaffer alleges the commission was told about "Able Danger" and the identification of Atta before the attacks. No mention of this was made in the final 9/11 report.

Shaffer, who was undercover at the time, said there was "stunned silence" at the meeting after he told the executive director of the commission and others that Atta was identified as early as 2000 by "Able Danger."

"Dr. Philip Zelikow approached me in the corner of the room. 'What you said today is very important. I need you to get in touch with me as soon as you return from your deployment here in Afghanistan'," Shaffer said.

Once back in the U.S., Shaffer says he contacted the commission. Without explanation, the commission was no longer interested.
An inspector general report by the Department of Defense concluded there was no evidence to support the claims of Shaffer and others. But Fox News has obtained an unredacted copy of the IG report containing the names of witnesses, who backed up Shaffer's story when contacted for comment.

Atta was the alleged ringleader of the Sept. 11 hijackers and piloted American Airlines Flight 11 into the World Trade Center.

Shaffer spoke to Fox News before he was asked by the military not to discuss the book. He confirmed efforts to block the book and other details.

Calling the move "highly unusual," he explained that the book had already been cleared for release when the DIA stepped in.

"Apparently, Defense Intelligence Agency took exception to the way the Army cleared the book," he told Fox News.

The documents and exclusive interviews, including an Army data collector on the Able Danger Project, are part of an ongoing investigation by the documentary unit "Fox News Reporting" which uncovered new details about American cleric Anwar al-Awlaki and efforts by the FBI to track and recruit him for intelligence purposes after 9/11.

Fox News' Catherine Herridge and Jennifer Griffin contributed to this report.
The NY Times take on this case:

Quote:“There’s smart secrecy and stupid secrecy, and this whole episode sounds like stupid secrecy,” said Gabriel Schoenfeld of the Hudson Institute, a conservative scholar whose book “Necessary Secrets” defends protecting classified information.
Let's see how long it takes until the uncensored version of the book is all over the internet. :lollypop:
Important Message for Customers
On Friday, August 13, 2010, just as St. Martin’s Press was readying its initial shipment of Operation Dark Heart, the Department of Defense expressed concern that its publication could cause damage to U.S. national security. The publication of the initial edition was canceled. However, after consulting with the author, Lt. Col. Anthony Shaffer, St. Martin's Press agreed to incorporate some of the government’s changes, which includes redacting classified text, into a revised edition.


NB - it seems that for $$$$ you can already get it online...I'll wait for my free copy.

Over 1 million now dead and our own Nation under the grip of a Police State - all based on lies they try with all their might to hide.....disgusting - I think passport burning will soon become as in 'vogue' as draft cards once were.....
This is a propaganda op, pure and simple.

As Bud Fensterwald taught, all such endeavors have at least two objectives. In this case:

1. Set up a heroic (false) authority from whom additional disinformation will be accepted with little or no hesitation.

2. Test the public's attitudes toward censorship.

3. Establish a precedent (legal, publishing industry) for censorship.

4. Identify sources of support.

5. Identify sources of opposition.

6. Set up a false negative template for future study of related events.

7. Measure the sophistication of self-described deep politics "experts."

For starters.
Mea culpa.
Just to make it clear, a far as I can figure, there was a large print run. It was asked to be destroyed. There was an agreement with the publisher and author to print a revised version with somethings redacted or removed and that was printed, but the Defense Dept [or some such] purchased all copies. There is NO information if there ever will be another available to the public. I have seen [ONLY ON PAY DOWNLOAD sites the book, version unknown, which could just be come-ons to get members.] I've not heard of a real copy via the internet in anyone's hands - yet.

Charles you apply a negative of a negative of a negative template to this..... I just wonder if the writer and the Defense Dept have the same objectives - even if the outcome has been synchronized.
Shaffer's story about Atta and "Able Danger" is well known and has been reported elsewhere he in any case.

I don't se what the fuss is about?

Perhaps Charlie is right about disinfo.

Perhaps the publisher is delighted with the secrecy. Nothing boosts a book's sales as imposed editing by spookdom...
I think Mr. Drago has it right. :tee:
There have been at least two similar story lines relating to JFK assassination books. Can you name them?
Charles Drago Wrote:There have been at least two similar story lines relating to JFK assassination books. Can you name them?

is there a money reward for a correct answer....sorry to be so mercenary...hard times....:joyman: