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Operation Dark Heart: Spy Craft and Special Ops on the Front Lines of Afghanistan
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When: Thursday, May 12th, 2011
6:30 PM
Where: International Spy Museum
800 F St NW
Washington, District of Columbia  20004
United States
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In 2001, just after the 9/11 attacks, Lt. Col. Tony Shaffer, a DIA senior intelligence officer, returned to active duty for a 30-month period, during which he commanded a DIA operating base and had two successful undercover, combat tours to Afghanistan. During these tours he participated in the search for senior Al Qaeda leadership in Afghanistan—recruiting informants and gathering intel to enable the capture or killing of his targets. In recognition of his successful high risk/high gain operations Shaffer received the Bronze Star Medal for his performance as an operations officer. He wrote about his experiences in Operation Dark Heart. This unprecedented look at intelligence operations during a period in the war where a small number of operators were able to effectively control this large country caused a firestorm when it was published in September 2010. Although cleared by Army censors, the DIA subsequently claimed that many passages in the book were classified and that their release compromised national security. In an extraordinary step, the government bought and shredded over 9,000 copies and insisted that the book be heavily redacted when republished. Join Shaffer to hear about his experiences in Afghanistan, his thoughts about the current situation there, and his comments on the Operation Dark Heart controversy. "Tony is, in all respects, the real Jack Bauer—but with an intellect.”— Dr. Chris Lehman, Special Assistant to President Reagan, National Security Council

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