Originally posted by pajoly
Neither the DoD or the CIA vetted this book. That's the normal process in order to publish. But this guy did it anonymously, bypassing the rules so the book could not be reviewed and combed to delete sensitive Intel. That's why this author is now also in hot water legally.
Please don't take this as argumentative to you personally. I believe your information to be correct its his part I don't buy. My guess is the book is 100% nonsense and he is drumming up publicity through the controversy making people want to buy it even more.
I speculate that if it were a fairly accurate portrayal the project would have been shot down by now, way before any pre-print process.
I don't doubt he wrote under a pen name. However, that option is also addressed in the documents one signs at the time one is given access to a program. It doesn't make his obligation for a SSO review less binding. Its binding on all/any material one wishes to publish.
If he was a SEAL and on team 6 he had a lot of access. Maybe not like an Intel operator with wide access to documents and analysis but he had access to operational plans and certain collection methods. Certainly, he had access to many different special access programs if he dealt with counter-terror.
We'll see when/if it comes out I guess.
I could be wrong a LTC Bell (I think I'll chekc later and post) wrote a book a few years ago and got hemmed up fairly well even though he had it reviewed correctly.
Also, in the late 80's there was a book published that spilled a good deal of real Intel on what Regan was doing in North Africa, specifically Libya and Chad. It’ fairly accurate from what I understand… Again, reviewed but obviously not well or by the right people. The government bought all the copies from the publisher and ordered them to never print it again. There are copies out that they didn’t get though I think the title was Secret Warriors. I’ll check that and post later.
These are used as examples even when given the de-briefings. Even if you have it reviewed you are responsible for the content - which kind of sucks but what does one expect from a contract with the government.