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Anthony Shaffer (intelligence officer)

Anthony Shaffer
Born 1962 (age 53–54)
Education Officer Candidate School (1982)
Wright State University (1986)
Known for Able Danger controversy
Operation Dark Heart (Book)

Anthony Shaffer (born 1962) is a retired U.S. Army Reserve Lieutenant Colonel who gained fame for his claims about mishandled intelligence before the September 11 attacks and for the censoring of his book, Operation Dark Heart.

Shaffer enlisted in the Ohio Army National Guard in 1980 and graduated from Officer Candidate School in 1982. He received his B.A. in political science and environmental studies from Wright State University in 1986 and was a member of the WSU national championship Mock Trial team that defeated Northwestern University in front of the Iowa Supreme Court that same year.


  • 9/11 hijacker claims 1
  • Censored memoirs 2
  • Current work 3
  • Conspiracy Theories 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6

9/11 hijacker claims

After coming under investigation over an alleged pattern of misconduct while deployed as a staff officer in Afghanistan, Shaffer responded by alleging that the U.S. 9/11 Commission Report did not mention Shaffer's allegations, but in 2005 and 2006 the Chairman of the House Select Intelligence Committee, Rep. Curt Weldon, publicized Shaffer's allegations in public statements and hearings.[1]

Censored memoirs

Shaffer published fictionalized memoirs of his time as a reports officer in Afghanistan in book titled Operation Dark Heart. The Defense Department attempted to preserve secrecy of revelations made by the book, by buying up and destroying all 10,000 copies of the book's first, uncensored run, before allowing for the release of a second, censored printing. However, several uncensored pre-release copies were distributed, allowing a person in possession of an earlier copy to compare it to the redacted version to glean what the government considers unfit for public consumption.[2][3]

Current work

Shaffer is a frequent guest in the media. He retired from the U.S. Army Reserve. He serves as member of the U.S. Nuclear Strategy Forum. Shaffer was appointed in the summer of 2013 as a Senior Fellow to the London Center for Policy Research.

With William H. Keith, he has written a novel, The Last Line, that was released in hardback in June 2013, and is due out as a paperback in October 2014.

Conspiracy Theories

In 2012, Shaffer claimed President Obama was "in the White House Situation Room in real-time watching" the attack on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi, Libya, a claim that has been denied by the Obama administration. [4] He further implied the White House was conspiring to prevent charges against released American POW Bowe Bergdahl, again without any proof. [5]


  1. ^ "Able Danger and the 9/11 Attacks." Unclassified Draft Statement by Anthony A. Shaffer, Lt. Col., U.S. Army, House Armed Services Committee, February 15, 2006.
  2. ^ Shane, Scott (2010-09-10). "Pentagon Plan: Buying Books to Keep Secrets". The New York Times. p. A16.  
  3. ^ Shane, Scott (2010-09-18). "Secrets in Plain Sight in Censored Book's Reprint". The New York Times. p. A9.  
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External links

  • Able Danger Blog.
  • Ex-US spy Anthony Shaffer talks about his posting in Afghanistan as an undercover agent on The State We're In (radio) radio show, January 2011
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