Pentagon Considers Buying and Destroying Copies of Afghan War Memoir
The New York Times reports Pentagon officials are negotiating to buy and destroy all 10,000 copies of the first printing of an Afghan war memoir they say contains intelligence secrets. The book “Operation Dark Heart,” was written by Anthony Shaffer, a former Defense Intelligence Agency officer and a lieutenant colonel in the Army Reserve. Army reviewers originally signed off on the book’s publication but the Defense Intelligence Agency later identified more than 200 passages suspected of containing classified information. The book reportedly includes Shaffer’s accounts of clandestine operations, including eavesdropping operations by the National Security Agency. From Democracy Now (9-10-10).
Comment (Dick): There is presently a furor against the church in Gainesville who proposes to burn a few copies of the Quran on 9-ll, an insignificant action that will not affect the reading of the Quran anywhere. Yet no outcry against the Pentagon’s possible “burning:” of 10,000 copies of a book that will virtually silence it.
What to do? Order a copy of the book today. Make sure Banned Books Week coming soon publicizes this Pentagon overreach. Use your imagination.