Censorship goes against Americans’ First Amendment rights, but it has emerged in new forms in recent years. Instead of legally banning books, movements to cancel certain titles have led to the removal of famous stories by authors such as Dr. Seuss, and now, conservatives are facing book delays due to their political views.
Former Trump administration chief of staff to the secretary of defense, Kash Patel, was set to release his book, “Government Gangsters: The Deep State, the Truth, and the Battle for our Democracy,” but the book was delayed by the DOD due to concerns over publishing unclassified information, per RSBN.
The Post Millennial posted an interview between Jack Posobiec and Patel on Real America’s Voice to Rumble, where he detailed how he submitted his book to the DOD for standard protocol and they were allegedly delaying the content longer than usual for political reasons.
Patel described how his book decries corruption on both sides and within various government agencies. He said, “It’s everybody. And maybe that’s why they don’t want it out.”
Since the delay was affecting his release date, Patel filed a lawsuit against the DOD in May, per RSBN.
This is not the first time that politics have interfered with book releases by conservatives. In 2021, Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., was released from his contract with Simon & Schuster due to his stance on election interference and the Jan. 6 protest.
His book, “The Tyranny of Big Tech” was picked up by conservative company Regnery Publishing and went on to become a bestseller.
The Gateway Pundit reported that “Government Gangsters” has finally been cleared for an official release date after nine months of scrutiny and Patel’s added legal pressure.
Like Hawley, Patel has used this experience to update the content. “Government Gangsters” now includes a passage that states, “They spent nearly 9 months to redact minor portions of 10 paragraphs, none of which is a substance-based redaction regarding classification and protecting sensitive information. A total ruse by government gangsters exposed.”