Wise Up Journal

The pentagon are no dummies, they’ve done this time and time again. The Guardian offers the media’s usual “U.S. intelligence don’t know what they are doing” piece and most of the public believe that ruse.

Chris McGreal

“Pentagon tries to buy entire print run of US spy expose Operation Dark Heart

“It’s every author’s dream – to write a book that’s so sensationally popular it’s impossible to find a copy in the shops, even as it keeps climbing up the bestseller lists.

“And so it is for Anthony Shaffer, thanks to the Pentagon’s desire to buy up all 10,000 copies of the first printing of his new book, Operation Dark Heart. And then pulp them.

“The department of defence is in talks with St Martin’s Press to purchase the entire first print run on the grounds of national security.

“The publisher is content to sell the books but the two sides are in a grinding dispute over what should appear in a censored version and when it should be released.

“Now St Martin’s Press says it will put the partly redacted manuscript on sale next week

“The army had cleared the book by Lieutenant Colonel Shaffer, about “black ops” in the Afghan war when he was based at Bagram in 2003, for publication after relatively minor changes.

“They said it contained highly classified material including the names of American intelligence agents and accounts of clandestine operations, and demanded the book be withdrawn on the grounds it “could reasonably be expected to cause serious damage to national security”.

“The Pentagon is using Shaffer’s status as a reserve officer to block him from speaking to the press, but a source close to the publication of the book said that some of the sensitive material had been removed but the defence department was still seeking to purge it of other information that is 20 years old or even in the public domain.

“For that reason, there is suspicion that the defence department is less concerned with the nitty gritty of classified material than its broader story of intelligence forays in to Pakistan and his claim that top US military leaders blew an opportunity to win the war years ago.

“Shaffer describes in the book how he was part of the “dark side of the force” that operates outside the usual constraints of the military system. He led a group that called themselves the Jedi Knights and specialised in “black ops” including “striking at the core of the Taliban” inside Pakistan. He says that US forces were gaining the upper hand until the military brass involved itself, curbing operations in Pakistan and permitting the Taliban to strengthen again.

“Shaffer, who used the pseudonym Christopher Stryker, fell foul of his superiors several years ago after claiming that an intelligence programme he was working with identified Mohammed Atta as a terrorist threat to the US before he led the attacks on 9/11. He was later sacked by the DIA over alleged violations of rules and excessive expense claims.

“Joseph Rinaldi of St Martin’s Press said that it had offered to sell the first print run to the Pentagon but the details are still being worked out. Its plan to pulp the book has provided the kind of publicity that advertising cannot buy and the redacted but still unpalatable version of Operation Dark Heart is charging up the best seller lists even before it is released.”

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Defense departments have stopped the publication of books before. When people join state defense they sign national security contracts that cut off their freedom of speech. The extract below explains what is happening.

By Alan Watt (Copyrighted Alan Watt exempting literary quotes)

CFR, RIIA, IPR, CIA and Global Culture

The Cultural Cold War by Frances Stoner Saunders, excellent book although it doesn’t tell all of the story; you never get all of the story in one book. […] she’s done a lot of homework, she’s done a lot of studies in archives to get this information that’s scattered all over the place. They funded artists that could never make a living outside a mental hospital, they funded authors that could never get a novel sold they were so poor; they made them stars, some of them.

On page 244 of this book it says:

“In the mid 1950s far from diminishing the CIA’s presence in the cultural life of the period it now increased from New York.

“Frederick Praeger, a propagandist for the American Military Government in post-war Germany, published between 20 and 25 volumes in which the CIA had an interest either in the writing, the publication itself, or the distribution. Praeger said they either reimbursed him directly for the expenses of publication or guaranteed usually through a Foundation”

The big Foundations again.

“purchase of enough copies to make it worthwhile.”

Do you remember Bill Clinton’s supposed autobiography was a best-seller before it was printed?

“Books differ from all other propaganda media, wrote Chief of the CIA’s covert action staff, primarily because one single book can significantly change the reader’s attitude and action to an extent unmatched by the impact of any other single medium such as to make books the most important weapon of strategic long-range propaganda. The CIA’s Clandestine Books Programme was run according to the same source with the following aims in mind: get books published or distributed abroad without revealing any US influence by covertly subsidising foreign publications or booksellers, get books published which should not be contaminated by overt tie-in with the US Government especially if the position of the author is delicate. Get books published for operational reasons regardless of commercial viability.”

It didn’t matter if it was a dud book.

“Initiate and subsidise indigenous national or international organisations for book publishing or distributing purposes.”

They set up most of the big international organisations that are at the front today.

“Stimulate the writing of politically-significant books by unknown foreign authors either by directly subsidising the author if covert contact is feasible or indirectly through literary agents or publishers. The New York Times alleged, in 1977, that the CIA had been involved in the publication of at least a thousand books.”

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