Skip to comments.Gates: We Agreed We Wouldn’t Release Details About Operation Against OBL But 'That All Fell Apart'
Posted on 05/13/2011 10:03:28 AM PDT by newzjunkey
Speaking at a town hall with Marines at Camp Lejeune on Thursday morning, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said the Special Forces who participated in the successful mission to kill Osama bin Laden were worried about their safety, and that he was concerned that so many details of the operation had become known to the public.
Frankly, a week ago Sunday, in the Situation Room, we all agreed that we would not release any operational details from the effort to take out bin Laden, Gates said. That all fell apart on Monday -- the next day.
Gates response was prompted by a question from a Marine in a Medical Logistics Company, who asked what measures are being taken to protect the identities and the lives of the SEAL team members, as well as the lives of military forces deployed that might have to face extreme retaliation from terrorist organizations that want to have those identities known?
Gates said that there is an awareness that the threat of retaliation is increased because of the action against bin Laden. He said there has been a consistent and effective effort to protect the identities of those who participated in the raid, and I think that has to continue.
The defense secretary said that when I met with the team last Thursday, they expressed a concern about that, and particularly with respect to their families I can't get into the details in this forum, but we are looking at what measures can be taken to pump up the security.
Asked for further clarification of Gates remarks, Pentagon press secretary Geoff Morrell said that Secretary Gates was "not pointing fingers at any particular individual or any particular building" for details becoming known. "But all of a sudden airwaves and newspapers were filled with details about a covert military and intelligence operation and that's concerning because one of the reasons that these operations -- and this operation in particular -- are effective is because how they do their work, how they're equipped, how they're trained, their tactics and procedures are all secret. The more that's in the public domain the less likely we'll be able to pull these operations off in the future."
I really am beginning to hate this administration. Prayers for those who carried out the mission and their families.
And Panetta insisting the SEALs made the kill decision all on their own. They, the SEALs turned off their cameras for 25 min.
This administration has turned this kill into the butt of jokes around the world. Deadly results will be realized everywhere.
This is O’s brand of brilliance. This from the man the left said is so smart taking the presidency was a step down?
God help us.
After the Civil War, WWI, WWII, Korea, Viet Nam, Iraq, Afghanistan.....These idiots believe Americans can’t handle seeing the pictures of this idiot? Give me a break. These guys need to be run out of our government.
The only thing that distinguishes this operation from Desert 1 is the fact that none of our guys got killed. Other than that it’s a complete cluster****.
I went way beyond hate a long time ago.
“Robert Gates: We Had Agreed We Wouldnt Release Details About the Operation Against OBL But ‘That All Fell Apart’” because of Ubama’s Big Mouth.”
I agree. It is absolutely disgusting what is being allowed.
We need a leader that says release details and that's your @ss. This administration is an abomination. God will certainly have a say so for the decisions made during this time. Putting people's lives at stake who have defended our country - already putting their lives at stake is hideous and heinous.
LOL! No, I guess it’s been for quite some time, but I was trying to be polite. :)
There’s an old saying that two people can keep a secret only if one of them is dead.
...because there's a reelection campaign to be run"
I keep seeing this picture. Who IS this guy?
What’s important to our commiemedia, our SEALs safety or their messiah’s re-election?
God Bless our Troops
Can you say Intelligence Identities Protection Act (IIPA)? Paging Patrick Fitzgerald. Please pick up the white courtesy phone in the lobby.
As Biden would say..."this is a big f*****g deal!"
Obama is an embarassment - to national security, to patriotic Americans...to anyone that holds liberty near and dear...
I used to joke with my commander about updating my Facebook page with operations I've been on, different objectives, etc. Why hide? That's good advertising. OPSEC be damned, let the terrorists know what they're in store for if they come knocking. Fear of consequences is the only deterrent that they understand.
(Obviously, most people don't feel that way, and I respect the rights of those wishing to remain anonymous to do so, etc, etc.)