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Pentagon aims to buy up book (LTC Anthony Shaffer - Able Danger)
WashPost ^ | 9-10-10 | Peter Finn and Greg Miller

Posted on 09/10/2010 7:41:49 AM PDT by STARWISE

The Defense Department is attempting to buy the entire first printing - 10,000 copies - of a memoir by a controversial former Defense Intelligence Agency officer so that the book can be destroyed, according to military and other sources.

"Operation Dark Heart," which was scheduled to be published this month by St. Martin's Press, recounts the adventures and frustrations of an Army reservist, Lt. Col. Anthony Shaffer, who served in Afghanistan in 2003, a moment when the attention of Washington and the military had shifted to Iraq.

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonpost.com ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; Government; Politics/Elections; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: abledanger; afghanistan; anthonyshaffer; clinton; curtweldon; dod; ltcanthonyshaffer; operationdarkheart; pages; pentagon; september2010; shaffer; waronterror
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To: cripplecreek

I want a copy!

I also want all the source code of ABLE DANGER!


51 posted on 09/10/2010 11:43:39 AM PDT by txhurl
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To: onyx; STARWISE; Liz; hoosiermama; penelopesire; LucyT; SE Mom; Protect the Bill of Rights; ...

I have two orders in; overstock and ebay.


52 posted on 09/10/2010 11:44:01 AM PDT by maggief
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To: maggief

Cool! Let us know when the books come in. It has to be something rather embarrassing if the Pentagon is now told to buy the books after esstentially approving them while Bush was in office. Things that make you go hmmm.......


53 posted on 09/10/2010 11:52:25 AM PDT by penelopesire (FOX NEWS TRIBAL PRINCESS)
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To: STARWISE

It’s odd how irony has a great sense of timing


54 posted on 09/10/2010 11:54:36 AM PDT by The Louiswu (Government is made up of people, individuals who are largely ungoverned)
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To: maggief

The author was just on FOX. He said he couldn’t talk about the book?


55 posted on 09/10/2010 11:56:34 AM PDT by sissyjane (Did you plug the hole yet Daddy????)
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To: penelopesire; All

Will do.

Listings on ebay are gone almost immediately.


56 posted on 09/10/2010 12:00:17 PM PDT by maggief
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To: sissyjane

“He said he couldn’t talk about the book?”

I saw that!


57 posted on 09/10/2010 12:01:06 PM PDT by maggief
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To: maggief

There are two copies on eBay now. Bids on one have run up to $300 with two days to go. Three copies have already sold for $200-300.


58 posted on 09/10/2010 12:08:54 PM PDT by TexasRepublic (Socialism is the gospel of envy and the religion of thieves)
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To: maggief

I hate to admit it, but today is the first I’ve heard of this. If you have a ping list, would you please add me?


59 posted on 09/10/2010 12:12:37 PM PDT by sissyjane (Did you plug the hole yet Daddy????)
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To: maggief

Order in at Amazon


60 posted on 09/10/2010 12:17:23 PM PDT by Protect the Bill of Rights
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To: maggief

I missed that..you need to keep pinging me if anything new comes up, GF!
(I’m building a retaining wall outside. Checking FR on the run.)


61 posted on 09/10/2010 12:19:49 PM PDT by Protect the Bill of Rights
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To: sissyjane; STARWISE

STARWISE, could you add sissyjane to your list, please?

TIA

:)


62 posted on 09/10/2010 12:24:00 PM PDT by maggief
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To: Twotone
I saw a very brief interview with Shaffer this morning. He DID get the usual review & it was approved for publishing. Another office has now cried foul & wants to block the book

If that's true, and the publisher has already cut a deal with DoD for a sanitized version for use in subsequent printings without Shaffer's ok, Shaffer might have a cause of action. The very fact that DoD cut this deal tells me he played by the rules, had the manuscript vetted and Ok'd by DoD, then a new administration pulls the rug out from under him. Otherwise they'd shut him down and say, "tough."

As the copyright holder, he's given the publisher the right to copy and sell a specific work. Significant alteration would be a derivative. Unless he had an idiot attorney and agent, he likely wouldn't have granted use of the copyright in such blanket fashion.

A sanitized version would have virtually no market. The actions taken after the fact by a different administration in concert with the publisher effectively interferes with Shaffer's right to make a living. They will have devalued what is obviously a hot product to worthlessness. Additionally, it's likely that the DoD is getting significant discount off cover price, as do all bulk sales. Since royalties are usually figured off the actual price paid, Shaffer is probably getting shafted to the tune of 60% off what he'd reasonably be expected to have gotten. With a new, worthless, sanitized version, he has no way of selling through his advance and earning any royalties above the advance he got at signing.

63 posted on 09/10/2010 12:24:35 PM PDT by Eroteme
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To: Protect the Bill of Rights

Will do!

Do you hire out? :D


64 posted on 09/10/2010 12:25:45 PM PDT by maggief
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To: maggief

Did you try alibris?


65 posted on 09/10/2010 1:01:01 PM PDT by Liz
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To: Liz

None available.

They continue to pop up on ebay.


66 posted on 09/10/2010 1:07:28 PM PDT by maggief
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To: maggief
LOL! I'd do it free as long as I had ice water to drink and a pool to jump in when I get hot. Oh, and Margaritas for dinner and dessert. :-)
67 posted on 09/10/2010 1:11:43 PM PDT by Protect the Bill of Rights
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To: STARWISE

Shep just said on FOX “their buying only 10,000????” And implied a lot more would be sold because they’re bringing attention to the book.


68 posted on 09/10/2010 1:12:16 PM PDT by hoosiermama (ONLY DEAD FISH GO WITH THE FLOW.......I am swimming with Sarahcudah! Sarah has read the tealeaves.)
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To: STARWISE

http://us.macmillan.com/operationdarkheart

(excerpt)

On Friday, August 13, 2010, just as St. Martin’s Press was readying its initial shipment of this book, the Department of Defense contacted us to express its concern that our publication ofOperation Dark Heart could cause damage to U.S. national security. After consulting with our author, we agreed to incorporate some of the government’s changes into a revised edition of his book while redacting other text he was told was classified. The newly revised book keeps our national interests secure, but this highly qualified warrior’s story is still intact. Shaffer’s assessment of successes and failures in Afghanistan remains dramatic, shocking, and crucial reading for anyone concerned about the outcome of the war.

“While I do not agree with the edits in many ways, the DoD redactions enhance the reader’s understanding by drawing attention to the flawed results created by a disorganized and heavy handed military intelligence bureaucracy.” —Lt. Col. Anthony Shaffer


69 posted on 09/10/2010 1:16:51 PM PDT by Protect the Bill of Rights
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To: Protect the Bill of Rights; maggief; STARWISE; onyx; Liz

Just a matter of time before the redacted material will be out there....and super slooths will post it on FR for all to see. ;~)


70 posted on 09/10/2010 1:23:22 PM PDT by hoosiermama (ONLY DEAD FISH GO WITH THE FLOW.......I am swimming with Sarahcudah! Sarah has read the tealeaves.)
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To: DTogo; Fred Nerks; null and void; stockpirate; george76; PhilDragoo; Candor7; rxsid; MeekOneGOP; ...
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Pentagon aims to buy up book (LTC Anthony Shaffer - Able Danger)

Destroying books... wait... isn't that un-American, idiotic, disgraceful, provocative, intolerant...??

Won't destroying this book ignite the Middle East... what say you General Petraeus ?!

Oh, the irony...

71 posted on 09/10/2010 1:25:14 PM PDT by LucyT
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To: STARWISE

maybe it will be available thru kindle.


72 posted on 09/10/2010 1:39:09 PM PDT by HollyB
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To: fireforeffect
Any other source than the WaPo?

That's such a burn...

73 posted on 09/10/2010 2:07:04 PM PDT by GOPJ (http://www.americanthinker.com/blog/2010/09/the_power_of_images_turned_aga.html)
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To: STARWISE; South40; NormsRevenge; Grampa Dave; SierraWasp; tubebender; Brad's Gramma; ErnBatavia; ...
So we can't burn the Koran but we can burn a book that might shed some truth....

Freaking Unreal....pinging the world.

74 posted on 09/10/2010 2:11:07 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach ( Support Geert Wilders)
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To: LucyT

More here:
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2586871/posts
(with letter from DIA)


75 posted on 09/10/2010 2:13:31 PM PDT by Protect the Bill of Rights
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To: LucyT

Thanks for the ping.


76 posted on 09/10/2010 2:14:25 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach ( Support Geert Wilders)
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To: STARWISE
The Church bught out Tyndale's translation of the Bible into English. He used the money for a bigger printing and put the books on some 300 separate ships.

We all know how that turned out.

77 posted on 09/10/2010 2:18:52 PM PDT by Carry_Okie (The RINOcrat Party is still in charge. There has never been a conservative American government.)
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To: listenhillary; onyx; penelopesire; All

“U) The objective of ABLE DANGER, as is in the 27 Jun 2005 congressional record, was simple: to go after Al Qaeda.

(U) This was no “experiment” or simply “a planning exercise” as has been portrayed by some in the media and at the Pentagon. And my role was not simply a ‘courtier’ of information as has been inaccurately portrayed by a Pentagon spokesman in the summer of last year.

(U) The story I will present to you today is how, despite all the project had going for it, the operation failed. This bold and audacious operation, with this critical focus was recently opined by the 9-11 commission to be “not historically relevant”…

We hope to show you the truth of how relevant and important this effort was – and how it will rewrite the history of 9-11.”

http://www.abledangerblog.com/2006/02/lt-col-shaffers-written-testimony.html

Thanks .. ;)


78 posted on 09/10/2010 2:31:47 PM PDT by STARWISE (The overlords are in place .. we are a nation under siege .. pray, go Galt & hunker down)
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To: maggief

The ones I saw where described as “edited”


79 posted on 09/10/2010 2:36:46 PM PDT by bushwon ("If you think healthcare is expensive now, wait till it is free"--PJ O'rourke)
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To: sam_paine; voicereason; Mister Da; onyx; maggief; penelopesire; bmwcyle; Twotone; Fred Nerks; ...

Let’s just wait until there’s actual confirmation
of any potential violation or not .. shall we?
Unless we have some axe to grind ...

~ ~ ~

“Burgess demanded that the favorable review given by the Army Reserve be revoked and the manuscript be resubmitted.

By then though, the book had already been printed but not distributed, Zaid said.

Review copies of the book had gone out, and some had turned up for sale on the Internet.

Meanwhile, the Pentagon, the publisher, and Shaffer have been negotiating changes in a new edition of the book.

“Some of the changes that were negotiated were perfectly acceptable but others we agreed to disagree and they will be in the book as redacted text,” Zaid said in an email. “We have the option, but have not yet decided, to sue the government to challenge the redactions.”

http://news.yahoo.com/s/afp/20100910/pl_afp/usafghanistanmilitaryintelligencebook_20100910211647


80 posted on 09/10/2010 2:49:42 PM PDT by STARWISE (The overlords are in place .. we are a nation under siege .. pray, go Galt & hunker down)
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To: TexNewMex; Mygirlsmom

WOW !!


81 posted on 09/10/2010 2:50:53 PM PDT by STARWISE (The overlords are in place .. we are a nation under siege .. pray, go Galt & hunker down)
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To: STARWISE; onyx
From today's weekly standard....FR Thread I started:

Declassify the NSA’s files on Iran and al Qaeda

82 posted on 09/10/2010 2:53:32 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach ( Support Geert Wilders)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach

Well — now I WANT ONE!


83 posted on 09/10/2010 2:54:16 PM PDT by smokingfrog (freerepublic.com - Thanks JimRob! The flags are back! - 8/17/2010.)
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To: Protect the Bill of Rights; onyx; penelopesire; sissyjane; maggief; Mister Da; sam_paine; ...

Just getting ready to post that .. ;)

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On Friday, August 13, 2010, just as St. Martin’s Press was readying its initial shipment of this book, the Department of Defense contacted us to express its concern that our publication ofOperation Dark Heart could cause damage to U.S. national security.

After consulting with our author, we agreed to incorporate some of the government’s changes into a revised edition of his book while redacting other text he was told was classified.

The newly revised book keeps our national interests secure, but this highly qualified warrior’s story is still intact. Shaffer’s assessment of successes and failures in Afghanistan remains dramatic, shocking, and crucial reading for anyone concerned about the outcome of the war.

“While I do not agree with the edits in many ways, the DoD redactions enhance the reader’s understanding by drawing attention to the flawed results created by a disorganized and heavy handed military intelligence bureaucracy.” —Lt. Col. Anthony Shaffer

Lieutenant Colonel Anthony Shaffer had run intelligence operations for years before he arrived in Afghanistan. He was part of the “dark side of the force”-—the shadowy elements of the U.S. government that function outside the bounds of the normal system.

His group called themselves the Jedi Knights and pledged to use the dark arts of espionage to protect the country from its enemies.

Shaffer’s mission to Afghanistan, however, was unlike any he had ever experienced before.

There, he led a black-ops team on the forefront of the military efforts to block the Taliban’s resurgence. They not only planned complex intelligence operations to beat back the insurgents, but also played a key role in executing those operations-—outside the wire.

They succeeded in striking at the core of the Taliban and their safe havens across the border in Pakistan. For a moment Shaffer saw us winning the war.

Then the military brass got involved. The policies that top officials relied on were hopelessly flawed. Shaffer and his team were forced to sit and watch as the insurgency grew-—just across the border in Pakistan.

This wasn’t the first time he had seen bureaucracy stand in the way of national security. He had participated in Able Danger, the aborted intelligence operation that identified many of the future 9/11 terrorists but failed to pursue them. His attempt to reveal the truth to the 9/11 Commission would not go over well with his higher-ups.

Operation Dark Heart tells the story of what really went on—and what went wrong—in Afghanistan. Shaffer witnessed firsthand the tipping point, when what seemed like certain victory turned into failure. Now, in this book, he maps out a way that could put us on the path to winning the war.

Praise

“Anthony Shaffer has written a gripping account, filled with amazing detail, of an otherwise secret world. Shaffer has the instincts of a thriller writer and the knowledge and perspective of the professional insider. Operation Dark Heart is a fascinating page-turner.”

— Doug Stanton, author of Horse Soldiers

“A fascinating look into the highly complex world of modern combat, clandestine intelligence and bureaucrats run amok. Tony Shaffer walks and runs us through a critical time in the history in the war in Afghanistan. From the opening to the closing, you are on the edge of your seat. Tony is, in all aspects, the real Jack Bauer - but with an intellect.”

—Dr. Christopher M. Lehman, former Special Assistant to President Reagan, National Security Counsel

About the Author(s)Anthony Shaffer

LT. COL. ANTHONY SHAFFER is a Bronze Star Medal recipient and a lieutenant colonel in the U. S. Army Reserve. He is a CIA-trained senior intelligence operations officer with more than twenty-two years of experience in the intelligence community. Currently, he is a Fellow and Special Lecturer at the Center for Advanced Defense Studies in Washington, D.C.

http://us.macmillan.com/operationdarkheart


84 posted on 09/10/2010 2:58:45 PM PDT by STARWISE (The overlords are in place .. we are a nation under siege .. pray, go Galt & hunker down)
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To: voicereason

Seems to be Kindle only ...near as I can figure out...no mention of Sony eBook format.


85 posted on 09/10/2010 2:58:56 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach ( Support Geert Wilders)
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To: Protect the Bill of Rights; onyx; penelopesire; sissyjane; maggief; Mister Da; sam_paine; ...

On sale at Tower Books

http://www.tower.com/operation-dark-heart-spycraft-special-ops-on-frontlines-anthony-shaffer-hardcover/wapi/115020522


86 posted on 09/10/2010 2:59:34 PM PDT by STARWISE (The overlords are in place .. we are a nation under siege .. pray, go Galt & hunker down)
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To: maggief

Oh goody!!! Let me know if you actually get it,


87 posted on 09/10/2010 3:01:08 PM PDT by STARWISE (The overlords are in place .. we are a nation under siege .. pray, go Galt & hunker down)
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To: smokingfrog

Mean while...see #82.


88 posted on 09/10/2010 3:01:33 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach ( Support Geert Wilders)
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To: mazda77; maggief; Liz; sissyjane; penelopesire; All

Sensenbrenner virtually ended his career and position of seniority on trying to bring to light the details of this one operation. He knows the details and now all of a sudden he is holding his tongue? Geez the relevations must be incredibly damaging to Bubba and the Hildebeast.

~~~~

And remember how Rep. Curt Weldon’s Congressional career
was effectively destroyed.

Rep. Curt Weldon: DIA lies, destroys reputations
http://www.canadafreepress.com/2005/swank102105.htm


89 posted on 09/10/2010 3:03:59 PM PDT by STARWISE (The overlords are in place .. we are a nation under siege .. pray, go Galt & hunker down)
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To: mazda77; onyx; maggief; Liz; sissyjane; penelopesire; Twotone; Ernest_at_the_Beach; NormsRevenge; ..

Sorry, we’re under construction!

Our estimated launch date is September 30, 2010 so we should be back in:

19 Days, 18 Hours, 13 Minutes, 11 Seconds

Current status: Waiting on the man

http://www.operationdarkheart.com/


90 posted on 09/10/2010 3:15:19 PM PDT by STARWISE (The overlords are in place .. we are a nation under siege .. pray, go Galt & hunker down)
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To: mazda77; onyx; maggief; Liz; sissyjane; penelopesire; Twotone; Ernest_at_the_Beach; NormsRevenge; ..

eBay auction status

http://shop.ebay.com/?_from=R40&_trksid=p3907.m570.l1313&_nkw=operation+dark+heart&_sacat=See-All-Categories


91 posted on 09/10/2010 3:16:44 PM PDT by STARWISE (The overlords are in place .. we are a nation under siege .. pray, go Galt & hunker down)
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To: maggief; onyx; All

WoW ! There’s 6 for sale at $17.99 Buy It Now

http://shop.ebay.com/?_from=R40&_trksid=p3907.m570.l1313&_nkw=operation+dark+heart&_sacat=See-All-Categories


92 posted on 09/10/2010 3:19:18 PM PDT by STARWISE (The overlords are in place .. we are a nation under siege .. pray, go Galt & hunker down)
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To: STARWISE

I remember when everybody ran for the hills on this one.
Some serious mojo involved here.


93 posted on 09/10/2010 3:20:53 PM PDT by Liberty Valance (Keep a simple manner for a happy life :o)
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To: STARWISE; Kaslin
FR Thread:

No, Professor Ahmed, the Founders Were Not So Fond of Islam

************************************EXCERPT INTRO**********************************

Posted on Fri 10 Sep 2010 08:05:24 AM PST by Kaslin

While doing the MSM circuit this week, American University professor Akbar Ahmed told some whoppers about Adams, Jefferson, and Franklin

Akbar Ahmed, the chair of Islamic studies at American University, has advised many government officials, including General Petraeus, Richard Holbrooke, and George W. Bush. He speaks regularly on BBC and CNN, and has appeared on many U.S. shows, including Oprah and Nightline.

To oppose the “burn the Quran” event planned by Pastor Terry Jones, Ahmed wrote an editorial for CNN in which he stated:

Not only are the actions of Jones contrary to the life and teachings of Jesus Christ, but they are also against the ideals of the American Founding Fathers.

The Founding Fathers read and honored the same Quran that Jones is now seeking to burn.

[John Adams, America’s second president] showed the utmost respect for Islam, naming the Prophet Mohammed as one of the greatest truth seekers in history.

These statements are utterly opposed by the facts.

John Adams said absolutely nothing of the kind. Correspondence from John Adams to Thomas Jefferson on July 16, 1814, reveals John Adams’ true feelings about Islam: Adams states that Mohammed is “a military fanatic” who “denies that laws were made for him; he arrogates everything to himself by force of arms.”

94 posted on 09/10/2010 3:30:03 PM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach ( Support Geert Wilders)
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To: STARWISE
Col. Shaffer is one of my person heroes.

This is a guy who has always puts his country first and has paid the price for speaking out once in a while.As a leader of Able Danger a military program to detect terrorists he did just that and than paid the price for doing so,sad day for america,IMHO.

For those of you who may not recall he actually alerted his superiors about 911 "before" it happened.

He was immersed in a bureaucratic maze of nanny land so bad that he was restricted as to what he and his other terrorist researchers could search yet he still found out intel on 911 and passed it on.

NO one had the guts to act on it however.

Later on he was attacked by almost everyone in power for speaking out and the fact that the govt. is now trying to keep his book off the market comes as no surprise to me at all.

This guy is a true American hero and will always get my support no matter what.

My crowning day was to actually talk with him on C-span one morning I will never forget it.

95 posted on 09/10/2010 3:49:12 PM PDT by rodguy911 ( Sarah 2012!!! Home of the free because of the brave.)
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To: listenhillary

Thanks for this link its a wonderful expose of exactly what happened to Col Anthony Shaffer and how he was screwed over for exposing just how incompetent govt. agencies tasked with securing the country can get.


96 posted on 09/10/2010 3:58:08 PM PDT by rodguy911 ( Sarah 2012!!! Home of the free because of the brave.)
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To: maggief
Please ping me if it processes.

TIA

My order at Overstock.com is now showing Presale, expected to ship Sep 28, 2010.

Concerned that I would be getting the redacted edition, I had the following online chat with an Overstock.com customer rep:

Welcome to Overstock.com Live Chat, you will be connected with a chat representative as quickly as possible.

Welcome to Overstock.com, you are now chatting with Casey Q..

Casey Q.: Thanks for visiting Overstock.com, this is Casey Q., how can I help you?

you: Will my order #87654321 be fulfilled with the original edition?

Casey Q.: Would you mind verifying your first and last name as well as the billing address for security purposes?

Casey Q.: Yes.

you: Just answer the question: Will the "presale" to be shipped on 28 Sep be the original edition or not?

Casey Q.: I have answered the question.

you: OK. The reason I asked is, the publisher is being pressured to come out with a redacted edition. I don't want that edition. I will chargeback if I receive that edition. So, I want to cancel unless you are shipping the original, unredacted version.

Casey Q.: Yes we are shipping the original.

you: OK, thank you. (I assume you really did check — cancels on back-ordered items are cheaper to process than chargebacks.)

Casey Q.: I have actually been asked constantly over the past few days.

Casey Q.: Once I saw the book I knew.

you: OK. Thanks.

So. We will see.

97 posted on 09/10/2010 3:59:18 PM PDT by cynwoody
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To: rodguy911

After enduring the 9/11 cOmmission Hearings and report and the Weldon Hearings it is my firmly held belief that the American people will NEVER know the truth. Neither political party wants the truth known and each, along with our military brass will go to their deaths witholding it from us.


98 posted on 09/10/2010 3:59:33 PM PDT by Roccus (......and then there were none.)
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To: LucyT; STARWISE

Thanks for the pings on this one ladies, much appreciated. We need to support this guy as much as we can.


99 posted on 09/10/2010 4:00:22 PM PDT by rodguy911 ( Sarah 2012!!! Home of the free because of the brave.)
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To: STARWISE

I am a little confused though about the book. Able Danger was happening in 1999-2000 yet the reports about this new book say that it covers a period from 2003-2005 in Afghanistan. Does this book have anything to say about Able Danger or is it going to be about another operation?

Whatever...the truth needs to come out no matter who it hurts in the government and bureaucracy imho. As long as they redact names and methods we still use...it shouldn’t matter. This smells like the higher ups are protecting their own incompetence.


100 posted on 09/10/2010 4:01:50 PM PDT by penelopesire (FOX NEWS TRIBAL PRINCESS)
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