The Justice Department has renewed its effort to shut down a lawsuit in Washington over the scope of information a former U.S. defense intelligence officer can publish in a memoir about service in the war in Afghanistan.
DOJ lawyers said in court papers filed April 26 that the government has determined that some of the details in the book, Operation Dark Heart, written by Anthony Shaffer, are classified and cannot be publicly disclosed. "[T]here is no First Amendment right to publish classified information," Scott Risner of the DOJ civil division's federal programs branch wrote.
Shaffer's book, DOJ lawyers said, reveals "intelligence activities, sources and methods, as well as information about military plans and the foreign activities of the United States that, if disclosed, could reasonably be expected to cause serious identifiable damage to our national security." The dispute centers on information in 233 passages. The redactions include single words and whole sentences.