Sept 13, 2010
Lt. Col Anthony Shaffer, a former senior intelligence officer, became a reluctant whistleblower of Operation Able Danger after his statements to 9/11 Commission director Philip Zelikow about his knowledge of some of the terrorists implicated in 9/11 were suppressed. Shaffter informed Zelikow that operation Able Danger that was ran by the Defense Intelligence Agency had identified in 2000 two terrorist cells that were later charged for the 9/11 attacks.
Shaffer delivered a written testimony on February 15, 2006 before the House Armed Services Committee about his involvment in Operation Able Danger, in which he said:
Since coming out publicly in support of Congress and the effort to get the truth, I have been personally attacked, demonized by DIA security. Despite the fact that DIA security and DIA leadership have been given the exculpatory information that counter’s their allegations – and despite the fact that there has been verification from other individuals the existence and effort that was being made within ABLE DANGER I remain on the sideline without a clearance – even preparing this testimony without formal approval. The system is broken – if they can do this to me – slander and malign me and ignore exculpatory evidence – only look at bad issues and consider none of the successes and good work I’ve done over the past 23 years, they can (and would) do this to anyone who stands up to try and set the record straight.
Shaffer’s new book Operation Dark Heart: Spycraft and Special Ops on the Frontlines of Afghanistan — and The Path to Victory will be released on September 24, 2010. Due to pressure from the Pentagon, which wants to buy all the copies of the book’s first printing, the book has received a tremendous buzz. It is high up on Amazon’s list, and it is expected to be a bestseller.
Scott Shane of the New York Times reports:
WASHINGTON — Defense Department officials are negotiating to buy and destroy all 10,000 copies of the first printing of an Afghan war memoir they say contains intelligence secrets, according to two people familiar with the dispute.
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.
The tactic of discrediting Shaffer’s claims hasn’t worked because he is a man of integrity, and suppressing his book will not work either. The government buying up books that it doesn’t want people to read is its version of burning books, and people see through this secrecy for what it is: government tyranny.
Last year Shaffer endorsed the NYC CAN campaign’s (Coalition For Accountability Now) to begin a new investigation into the 9/11 attacks. Shaffer wrote; “The original 9/11 Commission inquiry became an exercise in bureaucratic ass-covering and obfuscation of accountability.”
Shaffer is the real deal, a true patriot. He speaks the truth, and is mindful of his oath to protect the Constitution, and fulfill his duty. Buy his book, as it was originally written, and read it. I haven’t bought a book in months, but I can’t wait to buy, and read this one.
This article was posted: Monday, September 13, 2010 at 3:43 am