In most cases, when a book that deals with potentially classified military information is due to be published, one of the United States's many government divisions inspect it, redact sensitive parts, and either let publication continue or stop it entirely. But a clash in opinion between the U.S. Army and the Defense Intelligence Agency may lead to the DIA buying up all 10,000 copies of the new memoir's first printing -- and promptly pulping the books.

As the New York Times reported today, the dispute centers around Operation Dark Heart, a memoir of five months spent as a soldier in Afghanistan in 2003 by Anthony Shaffer, a former DIA intelligence officer and lieutenant colonel in the Army Reserve. The book was originally on track for an August 31 release by Thomas Dunne Books, part of the St. Martin's Press imprint of Macmillan. In January the Army had made its customary suggestions and redactions and greenlit the book, saying the branch had "no objection on legal or operational security grounds."

The same could not be said for the DIA, after it received a copy of Shaffer's manuscript in July. In the DIA's review, in conjunction with other intelligence divisions, they identified more than 200 passages suspected of containing classified information, much of it dealing with a pre-9/11 data mining project called "Operation Able Danger." Then, in an August 6 memorandum, DIA director Lt. Gen. Ronald L. Burgess Jr. wrote that the release of Operation Dark Heart "could reasonably be expected to cause serious damage to national security," because of the book's claims that "Able Danger" successfully identified hijacker Mohammed Atta as a threat to the United States before 9/11.

Now the DIA is in a bit of a bind. They plan on buying up the entire opening print run of Shaffer's book, which has been pushed back to a September 24 release, pending an agreement between St. Martin's and the Pentagon about what classified information needs to be blacked out. But several dozen copies of the original edition have already been sent to publications for review consideration (the New York Times bought its copy online). With information about the book emerging, the idea that the Pentagon can put a very expensive lid on the proverbial Pandora's Box seems short-sighted at best and ludicrous at worst.

Indeed, the very opposite effect seems to be taking place. "I admit I was unfamiliar with Operation Dark Heart," said Mother Jones' Daniel Schulman, "But now I can't wait to get my hands on a copy...mostly because the Pentagon does want me (or you) to." Shaffer's book is temporarily out of stock at Amazon (AMZN), because of the Pentagon's plans for the original print run, so the books are now sitting in a warehouse in Virginia. That means that as of 2 PM today Operation Dark Heart was ranked No. 4 among books sold by the online retailer. It could end up being the most unlikely bestseller of the year.

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AfriSynergy

Abel Danger, when compared to who was really behind the 9/11 attacks, is a distraction. The 9/11 attacks were masterminded by the Israelis using Arabs, some of whom thought they were taking orders from Usama bin Laden. In fact, the first words from Usama were that he did not do it. Only after two weeks of building him up and many esteeming him to the level of a "God" for having pulled off such an attack within the heart of America did he start taking credit for it. Again, Usama had nothing to do with the 9/11 attacks and buildings being imploded, one without a plane ever striking it. Huntleigh Corp. was over the airport security at both airports where planes were hijacked. Huntleigh is an Israeli company with ICTS being the parent company. They filed suit and lost when the US government removed them from airport security, following the 9/11 attacks. They appealed all the way to US Supreme Court and lost again. Also, remember the shoe bomber and the underwear bomber, Richard Reid and Umar Abdulmutallab? They were allowed entry into US by I-SEC in Europe, another Israeli company under ICTS. Some of you already know about the false terror alerts after the 9/11 attacks. Colin Powell indicated following 9/11, several Israelis had been held in custody by US law enforcement. Why would Israeli Mossad use Arabs? For the same reason the US train its African Americans to infiltrate certain African countries. Al Qaida is made up of cells and neither is suppose to know anything about the other. They are not the masters of communications electronics and interceptions but the Israelis are. With the Mossad being a part of the cells, it was quite easy to manipulate communications and gain entry and cover in the US. If the Pentagon officials knew about Atta and also knew that Israelis were involved, it is highly likely it would want to cover-up and hide any information indicating a "friend" orchestrated the 9/11 attacks. Imagine what would happen if the headlines read, "ISRAELI MOSSAD, AS AL QAIDA, CARRIED OUT 9/11 ATTACKS". Remember, Benjamin Netanyahu stated the Israelis gained great "benefits" from the 9/11 attacks. See the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y-UmsvCFgoM - Israeli Company Enabled Christmas Underwear Bomber, Pt2. He stated “It’s very good…..it will generate immediate sympathy for (for Israel).” Knowing these truths, it would not be strange to see and hear of some Israelis rejoicing as the trade towers were imploding, and we had exactly that. Go to the 3min. 48 sec. mark of this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zDgd4mWc0Zg You will see and hear Colin Powell mention the detaining of several Israelis following the 9/11 attacks. Also see: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vPMJzW-ZGWg - Al Qaida is Western Intelligence Building #7, a 47 story building imploding without a plane striking it. T. West CART/AfriSynergy

October 05 2010 at 12:58 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
castle2121

Am I to understand that OUR taxdollars will be used to buy the entire first printing?? Come On!!! Who is in charge up there?!?

September 27 2010 at 11:28 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
kak714

this is your gubberment @ work- always remember.. the check is in the mail, air quality at ground zero was/is fine, gulf shrimp are good to eat and coporations are our daddy. get a grip. we are not freaking john wayne, we are not the good guys in the white hats, we have been blewed, screwed and brain tatooed into thinking this country always stood on the right side of justice. you really think 9/11 was NOT an inside job? it was ALLOWED to happen. look @ the results-- a handful of corps made billions, we got both feet in oil, and most of all the illusion of freedom got a lot more cloudy- but hey! we are amerikans, we fall for any fecal matter handed to us.

September 12 2010 at 10:26 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
dc walker

..ridiculous. Why don't we just place all the countries of the world on the government agencies email list so that we can tell them directly our plans for security. You people are paranoid. Do you think Russia, China and Iran tell us all their secrets???

September 12 2010 at 8:30 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
rgintz

Jared--good luck with the request for a new investigation. There has never been a new investigation into the assassination of JFK, despite clear evidence the Warren Commission Report was a fraud. The wives of four victims in the WTC attacks came together and demanded answers. The met with elected officials at all levels of the government as well as heads of many governmental bureaucracies and agencies and were stonewalled. We the People will likely shrink back into our comfortable, non-confrontational lives just as we did in the wake of Pearl Harbor, Gulf of Tonkin and 9/11. And then again, maybe we won't, but the government is certainly counting on to 'go away.'

September 12 2010 at 5:30 AM Report abuse +3 rate up rate down Reply
Robin

Google might leave the U.S like it did with China over censorship issues.

September 12 2010 at 5:18 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
dterraman

one day, ALL Americans will awaken and find that their country has been on a track to world government for 100 years.....a lot of time to make up for

September 12 2010 at 5:17 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply
JARED

jUST MORE OF A REASON TO ASK FOR A NEW 9/11 INVESTIGATION

September 12 2010 at 4:20 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
jdwolf

Hi! How could our Government think buying up all of the copies of this book stop the public from knowing about the facts of this book and the war? Unless they bought the copy writes, the publisher could mass produce more copies. Is our Government trying to make this a best seller? This doesn't make any sense to me! Thanks! Jack

September 12 2010 at 4:07 AM Report abuse +2 rate up rate down Reply
AddEleven

It would seem that Atta being threat to us is moot now; he's dead. Or, is he? There are possibly thousands of Middle Easterners that are a threat to us now. How can anyone, anywhere, point out the single most threatening presence to the free world? And, national security aside (which most of us don't believe is the DIAs true reason for their veto/embarrassment might be), what happened to Freedom of the Press? If a poet composes something controversial, and the Gov't decides to silence the poet, there's always word of mouth or a Faxed copy, or a typed-out sheet of paper, which gets passed on, and on, and on. Sooner or later, Truth outs.

September 12 2010 at 1:02 AM Report abuse +1 rate up rate down Reply