Defense Officials Destroy Soldier’s Memoirs To ‘Protect State Secrets’


Defense officials destroy soldier's memoirs to 'protect state secrets'The Department of Defense (DoD) recently confirmed that it purchased and destroyed thousands of copies of an Army officer's memoirs in order to protect state secrets that could compromise national security.

As quoted by CNN, Pentagon spokeswoman Lieutenant Colonel April Cunningham said that the DoD obtained about 9,500 first-edition copies of Army Reserve Lieutenant Colonel Anthony Shaffer's book "Operation Dark Heart," which details Shaffer's time in Afghanistan during the Bush administration.

The materials were destroyed after Defense officials found information in the memoirs that contained secret activities of the U.S. Special Operations Command, CIA and National Security Agency, the news provider reported. Shaffer's publisher, St. Martin's Press, will release a second edition of the book after making redactions that were requested by the DoD.

"When you look at what they took out [in the second edition], it's lunacy," Shaffer told the news source.

The military recently garnered negative press following the release of a film about Pat Tillman, an Army Ranger who was killed in Afghanistan in 2004. The Tillman family has expressed anger toward the military officials who reportedly lied about the circumstances of Pat's death, The Huffington Post reports.

The Army first reported that Tillman was killed by enemy soldiers, but documents later revealed that he was killed by friendly fire. 

Personal Liberty

Special To Personal Liberty

You Sound Off! is written by our readers and appears the last Wednesday of each month. If you would like to submit an article or letter to the editor for consideration for You Sound Off!, send it to by the Friday before the last Wednesday of the month. To be considered, a submission should be 750 words or less and must include the writer's name, address and a telephone number. Only the writer's name will be published. Anonymous submissions will not be considered.

Join the Discussion

Comment Policy: We encourage an open discussion with a wide range of viewpoints, even extreme ones, but we will not tolerate racism, profanity or slanderous comments toward the author(s) or comment participants. Make your case passionately, but civilly. Please don't stoop to name calling. We use filters for spam protection. If your comment does not appear, it is likely because it violates the above policy or contains links or language typical of spam. We reserve the right to remove comments at our discretion.