The Pentagon has decided to participate in America’s book burning Fall fashion trend, by torching 9,500 copies of “Operation Dark Heart,” Lt. Col. Anthony Shaffer’s new memoir which, officials say, contains “significant classified information.” (Where, o where, is WikiLeaks when you need them?)
The Department of Defence 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.
But by burning books with contents said to ‘threaten national security,’ does not the Pentagon employ startlingly similar rhetoric and actions as those who burned the Koran at the behest of Florida pastor Terry Jones, our favorite slinger of hellfire and brimstone?
Says Shaffer, “When you look at what they took out (in the 2nd edition), it’s lunacy,” just as the Pentagon argues that he “should have sought wider clearance for the memoir” (a polite way of saying that he never even tried to publish it).
And while it remains questionable just how threatening the information Shaffer reveals really is, one thing can be said for certain: “Someone buying 10,000 books to suppress a story in this digital age is ludicrous.”
And though perhaps it’s not as ‘ludicrous’ as writing a book to begin with (no matter the subject), the Pentagon’s actions here set a what should be seen as an alarming precedent — one in which the government now protects themselves and their agenda by resorting to the same tactics as (arguably) the most delusional cult leader in America.