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Peter Lemkin
09-26-2010, 10:24 AM
Pentagon Destroys Copies of Controversial Memoir Written by Army Officer

Published September 25, 2010 | FoxNews.com

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) http://www.foxnews.com/projects/pdf/DIA_Demand.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.

http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2010/09/25...n-army-officer/

Carsten Wiethoff
09-26-2010, 05:42 PM
The NY Times take on this case:
http://www.nytimes.com/2010/09/18/us/18book.html?_r=2&hp


“There’s smart secrecy and stupid secrecy, and this whole episode sounds like stupid secrecy,” said Gabriel Schoenfeld of the Hudson Institute (http://www.hudson.org/), 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:

Peter Lemkin
09-26-2010, 06:07 PM
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.

VIDEO INTERVIEW WITH AUTHOR:
http://video.foxnews.com/v/4334029/exclusive-interview-with-author-of-book-blocked-by-pentagon/?playlist_id=86858

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.....

Charles Drago
09-27-2010, 02:10 PM
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.

Charles Drago
09-27-2010, 02:12 PM
Mea culpa.

Peter Lemkin
09-27-2010, 03:18 PM
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.

David Guyatt
09-27-2010, 05:30 PM
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...

Ed Jewett
09-27-2010, 08:22 PM
I think Mr. Drago has it right. :tee:

Charles Drago
09-28-2010, 02:04 PM
There have been at least two similar story lines relating to JFK assassination books. Can you name them?

Peter Lemkin
09-28-2010, 05:26 PM
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:

Ed Jewett
10-10-2010, 09:40 PM
Pentagon Book Burning: Secrets in Plain Sight in Censored Book’s Reprint

26th September 2010
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http://www.antifascistencyclopedia.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/09/Anthony-Shaffer-Operation-Dark-Heart.jpg (http://www.antifascistencyclopedia.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/09/Anthony-Shaffer-Operation-Dark-Heart.jpg)“ … ‘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. … “

SCOTT SHANE
HeraldTribune.com | September 18, 2010
WASHINGTON — The National Security Agency, headquarters for the government’s eavesdroppers and code breakers, has been located at Fort Meade, Md., for half a century. Its nickname, the Fort, has been familiar for decades to neighbors and government workers alike.
Yet that nickname is one of hundreds of supposed secrets Pentagon reviewers blacked out in the new, censored edition of an intelligence officer’s Afghan war memoir. The Defense Department is buying and destroying the entire uncensored first printing of “Operation Dark Heart,” by Anthony Shaffer, a lieutenant colonel in the Army Reserve and former Defense Intelligence Agency officer, in the name of protecting national security.
Another supposed secret removed from the second printing: the location of the Central Intelligence Agency’s training facility — Camp Peary, Va., a fact discoverable from Wikipedia. And the name and abbreviation of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps, routinely mentioned in news articles. And the fact that Sigint means “signals intelligence.”
Not only did the Pentagon black out Colonel Shaffer’s cover name in Afghanistan, Chris Stryker, it deleted the source of his pseudonym: the name of John Wayne’s character in the 1949 movie “The Sands of Iwo Jima.”
The redactions offer a rare glimpse behind the bureaucratic veil that cloaks information the government considers too important for public airing.
Several recent books by former spies and soldiers show the government’s editing with blacked-out passages, a gimmick that publishers use to give a book an insider’s feel. The reader can only guess at what is concealed.
But in the case of Colonel Shaffer’s book, uncensored advance copies — possibly as many as 100 — were distributed by St. Martin’s Press before military officials found what they thought were security lapses. The New York Times bought an uncensored copy online this month, and on Friday got the redacted version from the publisher.
The list of “key characters” in the initial printing is gone, as is the blurb on the original cover from a former Defense Intelligence Agency director, Lt. Gen. Patrick M. Hughes, who had called it “one terrific book.”
Black ink obscures Colonel Shaffer’s descriptions of intelligence operations in Afghanistan, including vague references to N.S.A. communications intercepts. One deleted passage, for instance, describes a plan by N.S.A. technicians to retrofit an ordinary-looking household electronic device and place it in an apartment near a suspected militant hideout in Pakistan. “The collection device would function like a sponge, soaking up any low-level signals too faint to be detected by N.S.A.’s more-distant devices,” Colonel Shaffer wrote.
The Pentagon’s intervention has greatly increased interest in the book: one uncensored copy sold for more than $2,000 this week on eBay, and when the story broke last week, preorders for the new edition pushed the book as high as No. 4 among best sellers on Amazon. …
“While I do not agree with the edits in many ways,” Colonel Shaffer wrote, “the Defense Department redactions enhance the reader’s understanding by drawing attention to the flawed results created by a disorganized and heavy handed military intelligence bureaucracy.” … CONTINUED (http://www.heraldtribune.com/article/20100918/ZNYT02/9183001/2055/NEWS?p=3&tc=pg)
http://www.heraldtribune.com/article/20100918/ZNYT02/9183001/2055/NEWS?p=3&tc=pg


http://www.antifascistencyclopedia.com/allposts/pentagon-book-burning-secrets-in-plain-sight-in-censored-book%E2%80%99s-reprint

Peter Lemkin
10-11-2010, 05:35 AM
Pentagon Book Burning: Secrets in Plain Sight in Censored Book’s Reprint

26th September 2010
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http://www.antifascistencyclopedia.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/09/Anthony-Shaffer-Operation-Dark-Heart.jpg (http://www.antifascistencyclopedia.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/09/Anthony-Shaffer-Operation-Dark-Heart.jpg)“ … ‘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. … “

SCOTT SHANE
HeraldTribune.com | September 18, 2010
WASHINGTON — The National Security Agency, headquarters for the government’s eavesdroppers and code breakers, has been located at Fort Meade, Md., for half a century. Its nickname, the Fort, has been familiar for decades to neighbors and government workers alike.
Yet that nickname is one of hundreds of supposed secrets Pentagon reviewers blacked out in the new, censored edition of an intelligence officer’s Afghan war memoir. The Defense Department is buying and destroying the entire uncensored first printing of “Operation Dark Heart,” by Anthony Shaffer, a lieutenant colonel in the Army Reserve and former Defense Intelligence Agency officer, in the name of protecting national security.
Another supposed secret removed from the second printing: the location of the Central Intelligence Agency’s training facility — Camp Peary, Va., a fact discoverable from Wikipedia. And the name and abbreviation of the Iranian Revolutionary Guard Corps, routinely mentioned in news articles. And the fact that Sigint means “signals intelligence.”
Not only did the Pentagon black out Colonel Shaffer’s cover name in Afghanistan, Chris Stryker, it deleted the source of his pseudonym: the name of John Wayne’s character in the 1949 movie “The Sands of Iwo Jima.”
The redactions offer a rare glimpse behind the bureaucratic veil that cloaks information the government considers too important for public airing.
Several recent books by former spies and soldiers show the government’s editing with blacked-out passages, a gimmick that publishers use to give a book an insider’s feel. The reader can only guess at what is concealed.
But in the case of Colonel Shaffer’s book, uncensored advance copies — possibly as many as 100 — were distributed by St. Martin’s Press before military officials found what they thought were security lapses. The New York Times bought an uncensored copy online this month, and on Friday got the redacted version from the publisher.
The list of “key characters” in the initial printing is gone, as is the blurb on the original cover from a former Defense Intelligence Agency director, Lt. Gen. Patrick M. Hughes, who had called it “one terrific book.”
Black ink obscures Colonel Shaffer’s descriptions of intelligence operations in Afghanistan, including vague references to N.S.A. communications intercepts. One deleted passage, for instance, describes a plan by N.S.A. technicians to retrofit an ordinary-looking household electronic device and place it in an apartment near a suspected militant hideout in Pakistan. “The collection device would function like a sponge, soaking up any low-level signals too faint to be detected by N.S.A.’s more-distant devices,” Colonel Shaffer wrote.
The Pentagon’s intervention has greatly increased interest in the book: one uncensored copy sold for more than $2,000 this week on eBay, and when the story broke last week, preorders for the new edition pushed the book as high as No. 4 among best sellers on Amazon. …
“While I do not agree with the edits in many ways,” Colonel Shaffer wrote, “the Defense Department redactions enhance the reader’s understanding by drawing attention to the flawed results created by a disorganized and heavy handed military intelligence bureaucracy.” … CONTINUED (http://www.heraldtribune.com/article/20100918/ZNYT02/9183001/2055/NEWS?p=3&tc=pg)
http://www.heraldtribune.com/article/20100918/ZNYT02/9183001/2055/NEWS?p=3&tc=pg


http://www.antifascistencyclopedia.com/allposts/pentagon-book-burning-secrets-in-plain-sight-in-censored-book%E2%80%99s-reprint

2,000 on ebay!.....!~ Out of my league!.....I hope it turns up on the internet, just in case this isn't a media/intel op. Now, one has to suspect ordinary electrical devices in one's home as well.....lets just declare it a fascist police state with ears and eyes everywhere and call it a day.... Just report to the nearest concentration camp....bring nothing. Odd, is Lt. Gen. Patrick M. Hughes, having called it “one terrific book". Go figure, if this isn't an op.