9/27/10

Dirty little secrets

Once again it appears that our beloved Federal government is hiding its dirty little secrets, screwups, good ol' boys 'protection', etc etc etc ad naseum, behind the thick curtain of their classification system. But this time, they are spending your money and mine - some $47,000 in this case - to burn books:

Pentagon paid to destroy vet's memoirs

"Given the sensitive nature of this request and the potential damage to national security, the Department of Defense had every reason to believe that this would be handled with the utmost discretion by all of the parties. Unfortunately, someone disclosed to the press these ongoing efforts before the Department of Defense had the opportunity to finish working with the publisher on a corrected version," the official said.
But the Pentagon's claims about national security breaches are still very much in dispute, and the Defense Department had been forced to abandon its request and a majority of others because the information was already public. 
Among the information DIA objected to including in the book were references to a meeting between Shaffer and Philip Zelikow, the executive director of the Sept. 11 commission. 
In that meeting, which took place in Afghanistan, Shaffer alleges he told Zelikow about "Able Danger" and Atta, the ringleader of the Sept. 11 hijackers who piloted American Airlines Flight 11 into the World Trade Center. 
Shaffer, who was undercover at the time, said there was "stunned silence" at the meeting after he told Zelikow and others that Atta was identified as early as 2000 by "Able Danger." 
"Dr. Philip Zelikow approached me in the corner of the room. 'What you said today is very important. I need you to get in touch with me as soon as you return from your deployment here in Afghanistan,'" Shaffer said.

"... very important ...". Yeah. It made a bunch of government officials look like they had their heads up and locked. Very bad for the career, that, especially when the result is something like 9/11.

It isn't the first time this has happened.

See:

HEAVY GREEN/COMMANDO CLUB/Lima Site 85

And while we're at it, there is that dirty little business in Cambodia:

Cambodia

US Bombing in Cambodia during the Vietnam War

Take a read of William Shawcross' "Sideshow" while you're at it. It's a great example of good ol' red-blooded American patriots leading the nation down the primrose path.