Boykin Reprimanded For Revealing Classified Information

Well this is interesting. Virulent bigot, Christian dominionist, self-declared Super Patriot and former head of U.S. Special Forces Lt. Gen. Jerry Boykin has been reprimanded by the Pentagon for revealing classified information in a book he published in 2008 without letting them look at it first.

When retired Lt. Gen. William “Jerry” Boykin, the former commander of the U.S. Army’s elite and secretive Delta Force, published a book in 2008, it detailed some of the Pentagon’s most sensitive operations of the 20th century. Among them were the 1979 hostage crisis in Iran, the 1989 hunt for Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega and the tragically flawed 1993 mission in Somalia that killed 18 U.S. troops and was later depicted in the book and movie “Black Hawk Down.”

Retired military personnel who write about such sensitive issues commonly submit their works to the Pentagon for advance review to ensure that they don’t divulge classified information. But Boykin declined to do so, forging ahead with publication of “Never Surrender: A Soldier’s Journey to the Crossroads of Faith and Freedom.”

The Army struck back last year, quietly issuing him a scathing reprimand following a criminal investigation that concluded he had wrongfully released classified information, according to an Army document obtained by The Washington Post through a Freedom of Information Act request.

According to the Jan. 23, 2013, memorandum, the Army determined that Boykin’s book disclosed “classified information concerning cover methods, counterterrorism/counter-proliferation operations, operational deployments, infiltration methods, pictures, and tactics, techniques and procedures that may compromise ongoing operations.”…

The memo, signed by Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III, then the Army’s vice chief of staff, does not specify which information in the book was considered classified. Instead, it cites the disclosure of such information and accuses Boykin of “unprofessional behavior” that “reflects poorly on your character.” Austin, one of the most powerful generals in the military, says in the memo that Boykin would not face criminal punishment but that the reprimand was meant to underscore the seriousness of releasing classified information.

“Your decision to disregard legal advice and allow ‘Never Surrender: A Soldier’s Journey to the Crossroads of Faith and Freedom’ to be published without seeking classification review reflects a gross lack of judgement,” Austin told Boykin, now executive vice president of the Family Research Council in Washington, a conservative Christian organization that lobbies for traditional family values.

I’m certainly not surprised.

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  • barry21

    I guess honor isn’t a traditional family value.

  • StevoR : Free West Papua, free Tibet, let the Chagossians return!

    Isn’t that treason?

    Releasing classified info / state secrets without permission?

    I am surprised and would have expected better.

  • busterggi

    Know what’s less surprising?

    That he is not going to be real-world punished. Can’t embarrass the brass no matter how embarrassing they are.

  • raven

    Paul Vallely Will Be Happy To Lead An Anti-Obama …

    www. rightwingwatch. org/…/paul-vallely-will-be-happy-lead-anti-obama…

    Jan 27, 2014 – Paul Vallely Will Be Happy To Lead An Anti-Obama Revolution … retired Army general and Fox News pundit Paul Vallely insisted that … “I don’t want to be criticized for starting a revolution, but I’d certainly head it if we had to.

    I wonder if and when the Pentagon will go after Vallely for advocating the violent overthrow of the US government.

    IIRC, that is sedition.

    I don’t mind too much some of my taxpayer dollars going to defend the USA. I mind it a lot when they support a moocher general who wants to destroy the USA.

  • janiceintoronto

    Why isn’t he being prosecuted like Manning and Snowden?

  • dingojack

    Stevo – as mentioned before:

    Treason against the United States, shall consist only in levying War against them, or in adhering to their Enemies, giving them Aid and Comfort. No Person shall be convicted of Treason unless on the Testimony of two Witnesses to the same overt Act, or on Confession in open Court.

    The Congress shall have Power to declare the Punishment of Treason, but no Attainder of Treason shall work Corruption of Blood, or Forfeiture except during the Life of the Person attainted.

    US Constitution. Article 3, section 3.


  • Who Cares

    Why didn’t they go after him earlier. I mean it is 6 years after he released the book and only now they are reprimanding him?

  • Jared Ragland

    “A gross lack of judgment” is the reason Boykin was required to retire halfway through his tour at the head of JSOC; I hope no one is surprised he has gained little perspective from that punitive act.

  • blf

    Why didn’t they go after him earlier.

    There’s the right way, there;s the wrong way, and then there’s the army way.

  • Marcus Ranum

    It’s a virtual certainty that there’s nothing in there that’s relevant to current operations or techniques.

    What’s going on is that they want to make sure they keep a tight control on publication; if they start letting one person publish without asking for permission then they’ll have more trouble getting Bob Woodward to kiss their ass, and they won’t be able to complain when the white house accidentally “outs” the working station-chief in Afghanistan. Or something like that.

    A huge amount of the secrecy the intelligence community demands is to cover up their incompetence and nothing more. There are a lot of things they want kept secret because they’d get laughed at or asked “you spent HOW MUCH on THAT?!”

  • Marcus Ranum

    I mean it is 6 years after he released the book and only now they are reprimanding him?

    Because it takes terrorists 6 to 10 years to exploit secrets.

    Sorry, I can’t keep a straight face. How does Modus do it?

  • Artor

    It’s hard for this news to “reflect poorly on [Boykin’s] character,” as he’s already shown himself to be lacking in that department. I hope he loses his pension over this. If he has to work for a living, maybe he’ll shut the fuck up about his Xianist bullshit.

    LOL, who am I kidding! He’ll cite this as another example of anti-Xian bigotry.

  • A Masked Avenger

    Why isn’t he being prosecuted like Manning and Snowden?

    Obvious, innit? Boykin’s book glamorizes and glorifies the government, rather than exposing its crimes. Like Marcus said, the military is asserting its control over what gets published as a matter of principle; on the flip side of the coin, they’re more than happy to be portrayed, yet again, as heroic protectors of Freedom!, Democracy!, the American People!, and Apple Pie!.

  • Who Cares

    @Marcus Ranum(#10):

    Thanks for the explanation/reasoning.

  • Modusoperandi

    …the 1989 hunt for Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega…

    It turned out he was in Panama.


    Marcus Ranum “Sorry, I can’t keep a straight face. How does Modus do it?”

    The deep, centered, relaxation that comes from decades of meditation, probably. Either that or the Botox.

  • sinned34

    Just another example of the military persecuting Bible-believing Christians.

    Have they no shame?

  • dan4

    @5: Snowden isn’t being prosecuted (not yet, anyway).

  • Ichthyic

    Has anyone considered the possibility that this whole thing was merely a means to generate publicity FOR his book?

    sure looks that way to me.

    Boykin WANTS people to think his book is full of govt “secrets”, and his right wing xian army buddies are in cahoots in giving it to him.

    it’s a laughable scam IMO.

  • Ichthyic

    a criminal investigation that concluded he had wrongfully released

    a “criminal” investigation that concluded he had committed crimes… that weren’t to be charged.

    uh huh.

    I wonder how much kickback money this “committee” is expecting from the publicity they lended to his book?

  • anubisprime

    The UK is no stranger to Governmental institutionalized dumbfuckery when it comes to most things but especially security service matters.

    When Peter Wright introduced ‘Spycatcher’ pigeons and cats had a tad of a face off.

    There are still some unresolved claims in the book which have been virtually smothered, suspected D Notices to the press not withstanding.

    The authorities fighting the fire the book started went with the ‘crazy old loon’ defence…actually trotted out by the then acting head of london circus…Director General Stella Rimington.

    The book had a theme…the heavy suspicion that there was an unkown mole in Whitehall,

    Five others had already been identified…from the Cambridge fiasco…Philby…Maclean…Burgess…Blunt and Cairncross.

    The UK government were ‘happy’ enough to sign out on that note, further revelations were not contemplated as being either useful or in the public interest.

    But there was something that did not quite sit right in blown operations and earlier soviet defector accounts.

    It pointed to there being a high level mole beyond even Philby’s clearance level…which was in the top echelon of the steering committee for UK intelligence when he was busy betraying.

    Wright made his report, which was dynamite considering the suspected mole was a former Director General of MI5, he was dragged back out of retirement to London circus especially to research this allegation, his contention after two years was further investigation was indicated, the next stage as you will, but the recommendation was robustly blocked by the incoming DG probably under political orders from Downing street….

    Wright found himself out of the loop after that in fact to the point where his sanity was openly questioned it culminated in Wright being denied his pension after 30 yrs service due to….’technical reasons’, so maybe sour grapes spawned the book he became known for, besides he seemed to need the money.

    I have no idea if it was Roger Hollis, who Wright seemed convinced was the sixth, but the wagons were now circled and Hollis had retired and died soon after…of natural causes by some accounts!

    Sorry slightly off thread but it is all fascinating stuff…I tend to agree with Ichthyic, the manner this particular whistle blower surfaced kind of suggests a publicity pump for the book itself!

    If there were criminal investigation that found there was a crime committed then is it not denial of justice to not prosecute…certainly a dereliction of duty?…and that is a criminal charge of itself!