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The Secret Team That Killed bin Laden (Not so secret now)
The National Journal ^ | Monday, May 2, 2011 | Marc Ambinder

Posted on 05/02/2011 8:30:14 AM PDT by kristinn

From Ghazi Air Base in Pakistan, the modified MH-60 helicopters made their way to the garrison suburb of Abbottabad, about 30 miles from the center of Islamabad. Aboard were Navy SEALs, flown across the border from Afghanistan, along with tactical signals, intelligence collectors, and navigators using highly classified hyperspectral imagers.

After bursts of fire over 40 minutes, 22 people were killed or captured. One of the dead was Osama bin Laden, done in by a double tap -- boom, boom -- to the left side of his face. His body was aboard the choppers that made the trip back. One had experienced mechanical failure and was destroyed by U.S. forces, military and White House officials tell National Journal.

Were it not for this high-value target, it might have been a routine mission for the specially trained and highly mythologized SEAL Team Six, officially called the Naval Special Warfare Development Group, but known even to the locals at their home base Dam Neck in Virginia as just DevGru.

This HVT was special, and the raids required practice, so they replicated the one-acre compound at Camp Alpha, a segregated section of Bagram Air Base. Trial runs were held in early April.

DevGru belongs to the Joint Special Operations Command, an extraordinary and unusual collection of classified standing task forces and special-missions units. They report to the president and operate worldwide based on the legal (or extra-legal) premises of classified presidential directives. Though the general public knows about the special SEALs and their brothers in Delta Force, most JSOC missions never leak.

(Excerpt) Read more at nationaljournal.com ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; US: Virginia; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: bagram; binladen; damneck; devgru; jsoc; osamabinladen; sealteam6; sealteamsix; specialforces; st6; usnavy; virginia
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1 posted on 05/02/2011 8:30:22 AM PDT by kristinn
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To: kristinn

May the day that dog Bin Laden was killed forever be known as Navy Seal Day.


2 posted on 05/02/2011 8:33:13 AM PDT by Grunthor
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To: kristinn

Osama bin Laden may indeed have died an extremely violent death at the hands of US Navy Seals but that doesn’t necessarily mean that he did not die of natural causes!


3 posted on 05/02/2011 8:33:46 AM PDT by equaviator ("There's a (datum) plane on the horizon coming in...see it?")
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To: kristinn

40 minutes?? 22 killed or captured?? Where are the captured going to be....don’t tell me....Obama will send them to NYC.


4 posted on 05/02/2011 8:34:06 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: kristinn

Interesting.

I thought their home was on the Amphib. Base at Little Creek.


5 posted on 05/02/2011 8:37:17 AM PDT by WayneS (Enlightened statesmen will not always be at the helm. -- James Madison)
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To: Grunthor

Official Score:

Navy Seals: 22

0sama bin F***head: 0


6 posted on 05/02/2011 8:37:17 AM PDT by Uncle Miltie (0bamanomics: Trickle Up Poverty.)
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To: equaviator
I heard he died of lead poisoning.
7 posted on 05/02/2011 8:38:54 AM PDT by outpostinmass2
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To: Sacajaweau

I heard a Spec Ops guy on laura Ingraham who stated any firefight over 3 minutes is a VERY long firefight.

God Bless these SpecOps guys - true American heroes!


8 posted on 05/02/2011 8:39:05 AM PDT by newfreep (Palin/West 2012 - Bolton: Secy of State)
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To: kristinn

My chief concern is that this article, and others like it, may be pieced to gether to give the bad guys enough intell to hit back inside the U.S.


9 posted on 05/02/2011 8:39:42 AM PDT by Pecos (Constitutionalist. Liberty and Honor will not die on my watch.)
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To: Grunthor

Bravo SEALS! The Nation is indebted to your service. Fantastic to hear that none of the team was harmed during the reckoning.


10 posted on 05/02/2011 8:39:59 AM PDT by toolman1401
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To: kristinn
done in by a double tap

Or as the wise guys would say: "Two in the Turban".

11 posted on 05/02/2011 8:41:09 AM PDT by AU72
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To: kristinn

I bet there are a lot of folks awaiting trial/re-triel/appeals that would like to have that speedy DNA result that bind laden got. Also, how is it that no one in Pockiston leaked this in the last week? Someone would have known he was there, who survived right?


12 posted on 05/02/2011 8:41:15 AM PDT by sappy
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To: kristinn

I have a huge problem with outting this special unit.

My late husband was paart of a secret Navy spy unit during the cold was. To this day there is no record of their activies.


13 posted on 05/02/2011 8:43:33 AM PDT by Coldwater Creek (He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty Psalm 91:)
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To: kristinn
"What is this?"

"It's an old Sicilian message. Osama bin Laden sleeps with the fishes."

14 posted on 05/02/2011 8:44:25 AM PDT by theDentist (fybo; qwerty ergo typo : i type, therefore i misspelll)
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To: newfreep
I'm going to guess that this was the real reason he did not close gitmo. Would have been a total embarrassment when folks found out it was Bush's policies that gave us the info.

And tell stupid Obama....that's why they shouldn't get tried in American Courts.

God Bless ourt guys, Laura and George and all who have sacrified to defeat the terrorists.

15 posted on 05/02/2011 8:45:44 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: Sacajaweau
Many comments on Freerepublic have mentioned how President Obama is really good at the magicians trick of getting one to focus on one hand while the other pulls a fast one. It would seem that while everyone was watching us bomb QadiffiDuck, including maybe even Osama himself, thus feeling relatively secure as we were otherwise employed, the real target gets whacked. Maybe just a coincidence or opportunity but what the hey, Barry done good. You might say he SEALed the deal.
16 posted on 05/02/2011 8:46:01 AM PDT by dblshot (Insanity - electing the same people over and over and expecting different results.)
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To: kristinn
National Journal...in the know! What is it?

Mike

17 posted on 05/02/2011 8:46:13 AM PDT by MichaelP (The ultimate result of shielding men from the effects of folly is to fill the world with fools ~HS)
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To: Sacajaweau

I just hope we obtained the information to kill Bin Laden from waterboarding.


18 posted on 05/02/2011 8:46:35 AM PDT by dfwgator
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To: kristinn
Welcome to Davy Jones Locker....scumbag!
19 posted on 05/02/2011 8:47:11 AM PDT by AngelesCrestHighway
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To: equaviator

A bullet to the brain is natural?


20 posted on 05/02/2011 8:48:17 AM PDT by GOPJ (Understanding the Koran: http://www.citizenwarrior.com/2009/05/terrifying-brilliance-of-islam.html)
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To: dfwgator

Said it eartlier. Great minds think alike!!


21 posted on 05/02/2011 8:49:47 AM PDT by Sacajaweau
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To: kristinn
My new bumper sticker:

OBL BIN SEALED.

22 posted on 05/02/2011 8:50:53 AM PDT by BigFinn (Joel 3:2-What happens to those who divide His land.)
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To: kristinn

Navy SEALS 2
Bad guys 0

Navy SEALs Sniper team will shoot pirates (in the head) on Easter Sunday; Navy SEALs Special Warfare Development Group (DevGru) making sure Osama bin DEAD (also in the head).

Hot d’mn, with the real handsome photos of our heros (not identifiable to protect them), if this is not some awesome recruiting material, I don’t know what is.


23 posted on 05/02/2011 8:50:53 AM PDT by Sir Napsalot (Pravda + Useful Idiots = CCCP; JournOList + Useful Idiots = DopeyChangey!)
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To: newfreep
... any firefight over 3 minutes is a VERY long firefight.

I would guess the firefight was short. Most of the 40 minutes would have been identifying bodies and collecting every scrap of paper, laptop, CD and memory stick in the place. I doubt there are very many people working harder yesterday and today than the intel guys. Got to get 'em while they're fresh.

24 posted on 05/02/2011 8:51:42 AM PDT by Pan_Yan
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To: GOPJ

Yes, because when your brain gets vaporized by a bullet, NATURALLY, you die!


25 posted on 05/02/2011 8:52:44 AM PDT by WayneS (Enlightened statesmen will not always be at the helm. -- James Madison)
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To: kristinn

Very interesting. Thanks for posting.


26 posted on 05/02/2011 8:52:44 AM PDT by PGalt
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To: AngelesCrestHighway

If there is justice in the after-life he will spend eternity in the seventh circle of hell being sodomized at both ends by wild boars.


27 posted on 05/02/2011 8:55:53 AM PDT by WayneS (Enlightened statesmen will not always be at the helm. -- James Madison)
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To: outpostinmass2

28 posted on 05/02/2011 8:55:53 AM PDT by MHGinTN (Some, believing they can't be deceived, it's nigh impossible to convince them when they're deceived.)
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To: GOPJ

Dust to dust. Brain to pink mist.


29 posted on 05/02/2011 8:56:54 AM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: Pan_Yan

Hopefully well find something that’ll lead us to zawahiri.


30 posted on 05/02/2011 8:57:13 AM PDT by WinOne4TheGipper (THERE IS NO EXCUSE ANY LONGER.)
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To: kristinn

OBL is DOA, ho-rah.

How much better, knowing where the cat is, to send a car bonb (or just a car and then add a Mk84) - and blame the explosion on a faction within AQ? Get them fighting each other.


31 posted on 05/02/2011 8:57:40 AM PDT by ASOC (What are you doing now that Mexico has become OUR Chechnya?)
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To: kristinn

Well, we all know who Time’s Man-of-the-Year is gonna be...


32 posted on 05/02/2011 8:59:02 AM PDT by OrioleFan (Republicans believe every day is the 4th of July, democrats believe every day is April 15.)
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To: kristinn

Anybody ever read why Major Garrett of FOX left for the National Journal?


33 posted on 05/02/2011 9:00:20 AM PDT by RitaOK
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To: kristinn
...One of the dead was Osama bin Laden, done in by a double tap -- boom, boom -- to the left side of his face. ..

Boom Boom Out Go the Lights

Sung by Little Walter

No kiddin'
I'm ready to fight
I've been lookin' for my baby all night
If I get her in my sight
Boom boom! out go the lights

I thought I treat my baby fair
Now she's kiddin' all in my hair
If I get her in my sight
Boom boom! out go the lights

No kiddin'
I'm ready to go
When I find her boy don't you know
If I get her in my sight
Boom boom! out go the lights

I never been so mad before
When I found out she ain't mine no more
If I get her in my sight
Boom boom! out go the lights


34 posted on 05/02/2011 9:01:35 AM PDT by FReepaholic (Land of the free my @$$)
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To: kristinn

Dunno how to phrase it well, but “foreign military helicopter crashes on military base/school’s lawn as part of an attack on a high value target just down the street” has got to suck for someone. Kinda like a karate black belt getting mugged, and his date looking at him going “WTF?”


35 posted on 05/02/2011 9:03:01 AM PDT by ctdonath2 (Great children's books - http://www.UsborneBooksGA.com)
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To: pandoraou812; Candor7

Great article here.


36 posted on 05/02/2011 9:05:58 AM PDT by TigersEye (Who crashed the markets on 9/15/08 and why?)
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To: kristinn
Obama passed on the opportunity twice:

"One administration official said that Obama advisers presented him with the option of bombing the compound. Advisers also presented the president with plans to conduct raids on the compound on two other occasions, but Obama rejected the plan, according to another administration official."

37 posted on 05/02/2011 9:06:05 AM PDT by OrioleFan (Republicans believe every day is the 4th of July, democrats believe every day is April 15.)
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To: Coldwater Creek

This is/was common knowledge in the public view. Nothing new here other than they are the ones that did it. BTW I would be very surprised if it was anyone other than ST6.


38 posted on 05/02/2011 9:10:19 AM PDT by mad_as_he$$
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To: AngelesCrestHighway

How Ironic he died in the year with the two twin towers staring him in the face. 2011. Eat Shit Osama.


39 posted on 05/02/2011 9:11:25 AM PDT by crazydad
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To: kristinn

Great article...very informative.


40 posted on 05/02/2011 9:13:33 AM PDT by Tex-Con-Man
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To: ctdonath2
got to suck for someone

Don't fret. The dust kicked up by having multi helicopters in a small space leads to this type of mechanical difficulty. Setting it down and getting everyone relocated and then securing it is, in itself a part of this successful mission.

41 posted on 05/02/2011 9:14:00 AM PDT by amom
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To: WayneS

Nope. Va Bch. Right off General Beach Blvd on Dam Neck.


42 posted on 05/02/2011 9:17:06 AM PDT by Mathews (Ambition, absent a moral compass, is naked destruction.)
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To: outpostinmass2

Yup, Osama Been Leaded.


43 posted on 05/02/2011 9:17:53 AM PDT by Free Vulcan (Vote Republican! You can vote Democrat when you're dead.)
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To: Grunthor

My first action this morning was to send a congratulatory text to a friend who used to be on the teams.


44 posted on 05/02/2011 9:22:02 AM PDT by cyclotic (Boy Scouts-Developing Leaders in a World of Followers.)
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To: Mathews

General Booth Blvd?

When I was a kid, SEAL Team 2 was stationed at the Amphibious Base, which is also in Virginia Beach.

Do you know when the SEAls moved to Dam Neck? Or is it just the ‘secret’ SEAL team that’s based there?


45 posted on 05/02/2011 9:26:57 AM PDT by WayneS (Enlightened statesmen will not always be at the helm. -- James Madison)
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To: amom

I’m thinking more in terms of the military school it crashed at.

“We are the best place to learn how to stop enemy attacks!”
“Dude, a US helicopter just crashed on your parade grounds and OBL was just killed down the street. WTF?”


46 posted on 05/02/2011 9:28:18 AM PDT by ctdonath2 (Great children's books - http://www.UsborneBooksGA.com)
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To: Pecos

The bad guys can just check Wikileaks.


47 posted on 05/02/2011 9:28:48 AM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: kristinn
Why is it that during the time all this training and so called careful consideration Obama was giving to this mission he was at the same time threatening to veto a republican bill to keep the Navy SEALS paid?

Now the Ahole and his buddies are claiming credit for the mission's brilliance.

48 posted on 05/02/2011 9:31:55 AM PDT by DainBramage
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To: OrioleFan

Anonymous sources - no mention of when Obama didn’t approve the raid. I like more trustworthy information before making any comments.


49 posted on 05/02/2011 9:38:27 AM PDT by ilovesarah2012
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To: AngelesCrestHighway

Fox News said Ben Laden’s body was dumped in the Ocean from the USS Carl Vinson! Talk about a vessel joining the History books! USS Constitution, USS Missouri, USS Arizona, USS Hornet, USS Yorktown, USS Enterprise, USS Intrepid, USS Nautilus, USS Indianapolis and USS Carl Vinson! BZUSA!


50 posted on 05/02/2011 9:44:50 AM PDT by higgmeister ( In the Shadow of The Big Chicken!)
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