I’ve now waited 67 days — so far — for the U.S. Army to fulfill my Freedom of Information Act request for a copy of an unclassified Army handbook, “Inside the Wire Threats — Afghanistan.”
As reported one week ago, I filed my original FOIA request April 10 in an effort to obtain a copy of the handbook mentioned by Gen. John Allen, commander of U.S. and NATO forces in Afghanistan, during his Senate Armed Services Committee testimony March 22 about the “green-on-blue attacks.” Those attacks have left dozens of Americans dead during the past five years, killed by their so-called “allies” in the Afghan National Security Force.
Even when one takes into account the changes contained in the Open Government Act of 2007 that allow for the 20-day deadline to be extended for up to 10 days, officials at the Centers for Army Lessons Learned are already 37 days beyond the letter of the law, not to mention the “spirit” of the law.
In any case, the longer the Army waits to fulfill this request, the better things look for my next book, The CLAPPER MEMO. Set to be published this fall, the book connects the dots between a memo signed by James R. Clapper Jr. — the man now serving as our nation’s top intelligence official — and those green-on-blue deaths since that memo was signed.
While you await the release of The CLAPPER MEMO, be sure to order a copy of my first nonfiction book, Three Days In August: A U.S. Army Special Forces Soldier’s Fight For Military Justice. It, too, will make your blood boil! Thanks in advance!