Not A Joke: The Pentagon Just Destroyed Thousands Of Books

Last week the Pentagon destroyed thousands of copies of a single book. The book was Army Reserve Lt. Col. Anthony Shaffer’s new memoir “Operation Dark Heart”, about his time in Afghanistan leading a black-ops team, and the Pentagon was so determined the public not read portions of it they purchased all 9,500 copies of it directly from its publisher, St. Martins, with the express purpose of destroying it. From CNN:

“DoD decided to purchase copies of the first printing because they contained information which could cause damage to national security,” Pentagon spokeswoman Lt. Col. April Cunningham said.

In a statement to CNN, Cunningham said defense officials observed the September 20 destruction of about 9,500 copies of Army Reserve Lt. Col. Anthony Shaffer’s new memoir “Operation Dark Heart.”

Shaffer says he was notified Friday about the Pentagon’s purchase.

As Shaffer points out the idea that destroying a book can keep information from being spread is “ludicrous.” Still, the idea of the Pentagon destroying books is unsettling. Meanwhile, a new version of the books with the sensitive parts redacted is set to be printed shortly. It appears the Pentagon could not have provided a better advertising campaign than this. Watch the report below.

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