No Book Burning Here. Just Pulping.
September 10, 2010 12:37 PM Subscribe
posted by ericb (43 comments total)
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"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 [a] new memoir's first printing
-- and promptly pulping the books." "The publication of Operation Dark Heart
, by Anthony A. Shaffer
, a former Defense Intelligence Agency officer and a lieutenant colonel in the Army Reserve, has divided military security reviewers and highlighted the uncertainty about what information poses a genuine threat to security."*
"Shaffer's book is temporarily out of stock at Amazon, 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."*
"I admit I was unfamiliar with Operation Dark Heart
... until I read about it in the Times
last night. But now I can't wait to get my hands on a copy—partly because it sounds like an interesting read (tagline: "spycraft and special ops on the frontlines of Afghanistan and the path to victory") but mostly because the Pentagon does not want me (or you) to get a look at what's inside."