September 25th, 2010
08:29 PM ET

Pentagon destroys thousands of copies of officer's memoir

The Department of Defense recently purchased and destroyed thousands of copies of an Army Reserve officer's memoir in an effort to safeguard state secrets, a spokeswoman said Saturday.

"DoD 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.

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  1. Numbaoneballa

    Reminds me of Nazi Germany. As the police state continues yo evolve look for acts like this to become more common. The military, the pigs, and their corporate masters will begin violating our rights at an alarming rate. This began under the war criminal bush and unfortunately it appears to be continuing under Obama.

    September 25, 2010 at 9:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • not as old as you - gosh


      Gee whiz, you must be really old! What did Nazi Germany smell like? They say smells are sometimes easier to remember...

      September 26, 2010 at 6:48 am | Report abuse |
    • fwat

      smelled like Teen Nazi Spirit, i'll bet

      September 26, 2010 at 7:17 am | Report abuse |
  2. David

    I can't believe the government could be so stupid. First, they have drawn international attention to a book that might have remained relatively obscure. Second, people will be able to compare the full version to the redacted version and see exactly what information is of concern to the government. This is so inept that it's scary.

    September 26, 2010 at 12:26 am | Report abuse |
  3. La Piovra

    You don't need to be old enough to remember Nazi Germany. All you need, if you did not know survivors, is to read first-hand accounts by journalists such as Konrad Heiden and William Shirer, as well as immediate post-war research by John Toland, William Shirer (again) and others. The first thing Nazi Germany ever smelled like was public credulity. It smelled like the Fochtopus cooking up a Tea Party, in short. As for this instance, I have to agree it smells like a Pentagon blunder guaranteed to stir up interest in something better left unremarked.

    September 26, 2010 at 7:14 am | Report abuse |
  4. phil

    This reminds me of when the Pentagon refused to release surveilance video of 9/11 "for reasons of national security" Fortunatly for those of US who wanted to see it for ourselves, the 9/11 victims families sued under the freedom of information act, and 3 yrs. later the courts sided with them deciding that national security was NOT at risk. You've all seen this video, right?

    September 26, 2010 at 8:31 am | Report abuse |
  5. phil

    Where did everyone go? I guess you all went to watch the video and are now speechless. Or not.

    September 26, 2010 at 7:20 pm | Report abuse |
  6. elly

    Has anybody thought of how much these books cost and who paid for the bill???....yep we did :\ ugh

    September 26, 2010 at 10:14 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Ancient Texan

    Book burning has never sounded like a smart idea at any time in our history and especially now.

    September 27, 2010 at 10:20 am | Report abuse |