America? How do you feel about paying $47,000 of hard earned cash to burn 9500 copies of a book?
Do we, as Americans, burn books NOW? WTF?
Lt. Col. Anthony (Tony) Shaffer’s book, ‘Operation Dark Heart‘ was approved by the Army and set for release on August 31, 2010, when the Defense Intelligence Agency stepped in and notified the Army that the book’s approval needed to be rescinded because it impacts national security. The controversy surrounds Shaffer’s testimony about Mohammad Atta given to the 9.11 Commission, and Operation ‘Able-Danger’.
Anthony Shaffer is a U.S. Army Lt. Col who has alleged that the U.S. Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) failed to properly evaluate intelligence on 9/11 hijacker Mohammad Atta. Shaffer’s allegations subsequently became known as the Able Danger controversy. In October 2003, according to his later statement to Congress, Shaffer told the 9/11 Commission staff director, Dr. Philip D. Zelikow, that in 2000 a DIA data-mining program known as Able Danger had uncovered two of the three terrorist cells eventually implicated in the 9/11 attacks. Shaffer reportedly told Zelikow that DIA leadership declined to share this information with the FBI because military lawyers expressed concerns about the legality of doing so. Shaffer also asserted that he briefed Director of Central Intelligence George Tenet on three separate occasions regarding his unit’s activities. The 9/11 Commission Report did not mention Shaffer’s allegations, but in 2005 and 2006 the Chairman of the House Select Intelligence Committee, Rep. Curt Weldon, publicized Shaffer’s allegations in public statements and hearings.
Lt. Col. Tony Shaffer’s testimony in 2006 to the House Armed Services Committee about Operation Able-Danger and use of security clearances to silence intelligence officers.
I have thought from the moment I saw the first plane hit the towers that there is much more to this than just ‘covering’ the intelligence community’s asses over what appears to be a mistake of this magnitude. This could also be more of ‘watch the left hand while we slap you with the right’ maneuvering (Colbert vs. Coates on Capitol Hill last week). There is just too much evidence to support a completely different story than was told by the 9.11 Commission.
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