Secrecy News Extract: Operation Dark Heart Aftermath

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OPERATION DARK HEART: THE AFTERMATH

The Pentagon’s heavy-handed attempt to censor the new Afghanistan war memoir “Operation Dark Heart” by Anthony Shaffer has predictably turned a volume of narrow, specialized interest into a mainstream bestseller.

It has also focused attention on just what information the government was seeking to conceal, and why.  For a review of the material that was blacked out in the second edition of the book, see “Censored book masks sensitive operations” by Sean D. Naylor, Army Times, October 4.  A side-by-side view of the book’s Index, in censored and uncensored formats, is here (pdf).

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