Tuesday, September 28, 2010

Not A Joke: The Pentagon Just Destroyed Thousands Of Books

Disheartening news regarding our government and censorship: During Banned Books Week, we learn that the Pentagon has destroyed all 9500 copies of Operation Dark Heart, a nonfiction title about Army Reserve Lt. Col. Anthony Shaffer’s time spent working special operations in Afghanistan.

This is what is posted to Amazon's Operation Dark Heart page:
Important Message for Customers

On Friday, August 13, 2010, just as St. Martin’s Press was readying its initial shipment of Operation Dark Heart, the Department of Defense expressed concern that its publication could cause damage to U.S. national security. The publication of the initial edition was canceled. However, after consulting with the author, Lt. Col. Anthony Shaffer, St. Martin's Press agreed to incorporate some of the government’s changes, which includes redacting classified text, into a revised edition.
Perhaps, for transparancy's sake, and to help maintain an informed democracy, Lt. Col Shaffer and St. Martin's Press could publish the book freely and electronically in some format.

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