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Pentagon Fulfills Its Vow, Destroys 9,500 Copies of Book

Posted on Sep 26, 2010
Thomas Dunne Books

“Operation Dark Heart,” a memoir on the Afghanistan war written by Lt. Col. Anthony Shaffer.

Note to aspiring authors: Write a book with confidential government information in it. The Pentagon has carried out its promise to buy, and then destroy, the entire first printing of “Operation Dark Heart” after an internal review of the memoir found “information which could cause damage to national security.”

Books written by soldiers, in this case an Army Reserve officer, are normally put through a thorough redaction process to safeguard confidential information. But for “Operation Dark Heart” only the Army Reserve looked over the manuscript, not the Defense Department at large. Truthdig reported earlier this month that Defense Department officials were negotiating to purchase the book’s entire printing.—JCL


The Department of Defense recently purchased and destroyed thousands of copies of an Army Reserve officer’s memoir in an effort to safeguard state secrets, a spokeswoman said Saturday.

“DoD decided to purchase copies of the first printing because they contained information which could cause damage to national security,” Pentagon spokeswoman Lt. Col. April Cunningham said.

In a statement to CNN, Cunningham said defense officials observed the September 20 destruction of about 9,500 copies of Army Reserve Lt. Col. Anthony Shaffer’s new memoir “Operation Dark Heart.”

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By Sofie-Alice, October 4, 2010 at 6:08 am Link to this comment

I am quite curious what could be written in that book in order to be considered a threat to national security. Well let’s hope it ends here and we will not have another medieval age where some books and authors were burned.
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By gabriel, September 27, 2010 at 12:15 pm Link to this comment
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How soon we forget history. You want to know who’s REALLY behind this and every conflict world wide since day one? If you do then watch this, all 6.5 hours of it. It includes names and groups of perpetrators.
Then you may see why Kabbalist US military is in over 180 countries and how they have infiltrated every part of our societies and cultures, how they have caused every incident, conflict and war since day one, and how they are indoctrinating our kids just as Hitler did.
National Security? It’s only there to protect pedophiles, rapists, the corrupt, military drug dealers, assassins, mafia, zionists and rest of nefarious groups.

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By samosamo, September 27, 2010 at 6:17 am Link to this comment


““after an internal review of the memoir found
“information which could cause damage to
national security.””

No doubt is it more like the damage would be to
the subverted actions of those criminals running
our government, military and corporations, in
other words american home grown terrorists
being revealed for who and what they are and
what and how they are doing it.

Surely not every copy was confiscated and
destroyed. Which means a whole new batch of
1st edition could well be coming out of Nigeria or
maybe even China.

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By gerard, September 26, 2010 at 8:29 pm Link to this comment

It seems that the Pentagon’s version
of truth is the right of perversion.
  Book burning’s okay
  if it keeps truth at bay
and creates a false sense of security
  dressed up as political purity.

So what if the Pentagon’s thrust
    is a bust?
It’s not money they waste, forsooth.
  It’s the truth
  they don’t trust.

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By carouser, September 26, 2010 at 8:22 pm Link to this comment
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by burning books with contents said to ‘threaten national security,’ does not the Pentagon employ startlingly similar rhetoric and actions as those who burned the Koran at the behest of Florida pastor Terry Jones, our favorite slinger of hellfire and brimstone?

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By PatrickHenry, September 26, 2010 at 4:32 pm Link to this comment

Just another example of the extraordinary waste of the Pentagon and military in general.

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By JamesMichie, September 26, 2010 at 2:59 pm Link to this comment

And so the War Department makes war on journalism.  No surprise!

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By Free Speech Under Attack, September 26, 2010 at 2:33 pm Link to this comment
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This is extremely scary. No government should be in the business of book burning.

There is a good video concerning the burning of Operation Dark Heart here:

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By gerard, September 26, 2010 at 1:34 pm Link to this comment

The word is more powerful than the sword!

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