Pentagon Destroys Copies of Controversial Memoir Written by Army Officer

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Published September 25, 2010


The Defense Intelligence Agency has blocked a book about the tipping point in Afghanistan and a controversial pre-9/11 data mining project called

The Defense Intelligence Agency has blocked a book about the tipping point in Afghanistan and a controversial pre-9/11 data mining project called "Able Danger."

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.

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Click here to read the full DIA letter (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.

Strange to see Fox and Friends covering this again...

It's almost as if they want the people to revolt. Why is Fox News covering this after it was already covered. Now that they have all the legislation in place for a police state. Maybe they want the American people to become violent in order to clamp down. Let's keep doing what is working!!

I could be reading too much into this too?...

I hear ya ! "Why is Fox News covering this ?"

Something doesn't smell right about all this. I find it odd that suddenly the Pentagon illuminates bright beacons on this matter, and also that mainstream media is covering it.

the 25%

Well, we've pretty much reached the 25% mentality anyway. We're never going to reach these people no matter how much admission and proof there is.

Most of the rest of the world has smelled the coffee but it seems most of that 25% resides in the US.

Any opprotunity to show anyone being UNAMERICAN is...

...right up FAUXNEWS' alley.

FAUX would LOVE to string Shaffer up to the nearest yardarm...

Some things are pretty simple sometimes.

9/11 Truth for World Peace and Justice

Robin Hordon
Kingston, WA

Protecting Zelikow

On the other hand, what we see here is Fox News covering the Zelikow angle of this story but the NY Times, CNN, and the other media conspicuously censoring it. (Do a search on "Zelikow" at,, & are no recent pieces with his name in them.) Interesting media strategy, if that's what it is, and you have to look at the corporate media as thoroughly managed. They know that there are copies of the first printing out there, so they have to manage the problem. The Fox readers aren't likely to care about the gory details. They won't connect the dots and see how this implicates Philip Zelikow, the executive director of the 9/11 Commission, in a major coverup. But the mainstream readers (NY Times, CNN, WashPost) aren't going to hear about it. Likewise all the readers at many other downstream sites that post from CNN and NYT, including Common Dreams--today CD posted the CNN article that doesn't even mention Able Danger, let alone the Zelikow angle.

The Zelikow angle is important. Shaffer went public with the Able Danger allegations in 2005. That's when there were congressional hearings about it. But the 9/11 Commission report came out in 2004, and Shaffer had already informed Zelikow about Able Danger prior to that, while the Commission was still in session. So before the rest of the country knew about it, Shaffer told Zelikow that Able Danger, a secret military unit, had assembled information on Mohammed Atta prior to 9/11, had tried to alert the FBI, and been blocked from doing so by DOD lawyers. Zelikow had an obligation to bring Shaffer's allegations to the Commission for a full investigation, and he apparently did nothing. That's a coverup. Anyone else find the news coverage a bit protective of Mr Zelikow?

I hate FOX news for the most

part but sometimes they cover real issues, better than the others.

Agree the Zelikow story needs to be highlighted.