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Seals Reveal Truth of Bin Ladin Raid:
email from a friend

Posted on 02/18/2012 7:18:17 PM PST by Iam1ru1-2

You've heard what the politicians and news pundits described it. Now read how it really took place by the team that actually killed Bin Laden:

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Osama Bin Laden was killed within 90 seconds of the US Navy Seals landing in his compound and not after a protracted gun battle,according to the first account by the men who carried out the raid.

The operation was so clinical that only 12 bullets were fired.

The Seals have spoken out because they were angered at the version given by politicians, which they see as portraying them as cold-blooded murderers on a “kill mission”. They were also shocked that President Barack Obama announced Bin Laden’s death on television the same evening, rendering useless much of the intelligence they had seized.

Chuck Pfarrer, a former commander of Seal Team 6, which conducted the operation, has interviewed many of those who took part for a book,Seal Target Geronimo, to be published in the US this week.

The Seals’ own accounts differ from the White House version, whichgave the impression that Bin Laden was killed at the end of the operation rather than in its opening seconds. Pfarrer insists Bin Laden would have been captured had he surrendered. “There isn’t a politician in the world who could resist trying to take credit for getting Bin Laden but it devalued the ‘intel’ and gave time for every other Al-Qaeda leader to scurry to another bolthole,” said Pfarrer.

“The men who did this and their valorous act deserve better. It’s a pretty shabby way to treat these guys.”

The first hint of the mission came in January last year when the team’s commanding officer was called to a meeting at the headquarters of joint special operations command. The meeting was held in a soundproof bunker three storeys below ground with his boss, Admiral William McRaven, and a CIA officer.

They told him a walled compound in Pakistan had been under surveillance for a couple of weeks. They were certain a high-valueindividual was inside and needed a plan to present to the president. It had to be someone important. “So is this Bert or Ernie?” he asked.

The Seals’ nicknames for Bin Laden and his deputy Ayman al-Zawahiri are a reference to two Muppets in Sesame Street , one tall and thin and the other short and fat. “We have a voice print,” said the CIA officer, “and we’re 60% or 70% certain it’s our guy.” McRaven added that a reconnaissance satellite had measured the target’s shadow. “Over 6ft tall.”

When McRaven added they would use Ghost Hawk helicopters, the team leader had no doubt. “These are the most classified, sophisticated stealth helicopters ever developed,” said Pfarrer. “They are kept in locked hangars and fly so quiet we call it ‘whisper mode’.”

Over the next couple of months a plan was hatched. A mock-up of thecompound was built at Tall Pines, an army facility in a national forest somewhere in the eastern US.

Four reconnaissance satellites were placed in orbit over the compound,sending back video and communications intercepts. A tall figure seen walking up and down was named “the Pacer”.

Obama gave the go-ahead and Seal Team 6, known as the Jedi, was deployed to Afghanistan . The White House cancelled plans to provide air cover using jet fighters, fearing this might endanger relationswith Pakistan .

Sending in the Ghost Hawks without air cover was considered too risky so the Seals had to use older Stealth Hawks. A Prowler electronic warfare aircraft from the carrier USS Carl Vinson was used to jam Pakistan ’s radar and create decoy targets.

Operation Neptune ’s Spear was initially planned for April 30 but bad weather delayed it until May 1, a moonless night. The commandos flew on two Stealth Hawks, codenamed Razor 1 and 2, followed by two Chinooks five minutes behind, known as “Command Bird” and the “gun platform”. On board, each Seal was clad in body armour and nightvision goggles and equipped with laser targets, radios and sawn-off M4 rifles. They were expecting up to 30 people in the main house, including Bin Laden and three of his wives, two sons, Khalid and Hamza, his courier, Abu Ahmed al- Kuwaiti, four bodyguards and a number of children. At 56 minutes past midnight the compound came into sight and the code “ Palm Beach ” signalled three minutes to landing.

Razor 1 hovered above the main house, a three-storey building where Bin Laden lived on the top floor. Twelve Seals abseiled the 5ft-6ft down onto the roof and then jumped to a third-floor patio, where they kicked in the windows and entered.

The first person the Seals encountered was a terrified woman, Bin Laden’s third wife, Khaira, who ran into the hall. Blinded by a searing white strobe light they shone at her, she stumbled back. A Seal grabbed her by the arm and threw her to the floor.

Bin Laden’s bedroom was along a short hall. The door opened; he popped out and then slammed the door shut. “Geronimo, Geronimo, Geronimo,” radioed one Seal, meaning “eyes on target”.

At the same time lights came on from the floor below and Bin Laden’s son Khalid came running up the stairs towards the Seals. He was shot dead.

Two Seals kicked in Bin Laden’s door. The room, they later recalled, “smelt like old clothing, like a guest bedroom in a grandmother’s house”. Inside was the Al-Qaeda leader and his youngest wife, Amal,who was screaming as he pushed her in front of him. “No, no, don’t do this!” she shouted as her husband reached across theking-size bed for his AK-47 assault rifle. The Seals reacted instantly, firing in the same second. One round thudded into the mattress. The other, aimed at Bin Laden’s head, grazed Amal in thecalf. As his hand reached for the gun, they each fired again: one shot hit his breastbone, the other his skull, killing him instantly and blowing out the back of his head.

Meanwhile Razor 2 was heading for theguesthouse, a low, shoebox-like building, where Bin Laden’s courier, Kuwaiti, and his brother lived. As the helicopter neared, a door opened and two figures appeared, one waving an AK-47. This was Kuwaiti. In the moonless night he could see nothing and lifted his rifle, spraying bullets wildly.

He did not see the Stealth Hawk. On board someone shouted, “Busthim!”, and a sniper fired two shots. Kuwaiti was killed, as was the person behind him, who turned out to be his wife. Also on board were a CIA agent, a Pakistani- American who would act as interpreter, and a sniffer dog called Karo, wearing dog body armour and goggles. Within two minutes the Seals from Razor 2 had cleared the guesthouse and removed the women and children.

They then ran to the main house and entered from the ground floor, checking the rooms. One of Bin Laden’s bodyguards was waiting with his AK-47. The Seals shot him twice and he toppled over.

Five minutes into the operation the command Chinook landed outside the compound, disgorging the commanding officer and more men. They blasted through the compound wall and rushed in.

The commander made his way to the third floor, where Bin Laden’s body lay on the floor face up. Photographs were taken, and the commander called on his satellite phone to headquarters with the words: “Geronimo Echo KIA” ­ Bin Laden enemy killed in action.

“This was the first time the White House knew he was dead and it was probably 20 minutes into the raid,” said Pfarrer. A sample of Bin Laden’s DNA was taken and the body was bagged. They kept his rifle. It is now mounted on the wall of their team room at their headquarters in Virginia Beach , Virginia , alongside photographs of a dozen colleagues killed in action in the past 20 years.

At this point things started to go wrong. Razor 1 took off but the top secret “green unit” that controls the electronics failed. The aircraft went into a spin and crashed tail-first into the compound. The Seals were alarmed, thinking it had been shot down, and several rushed to the wreckage. The crew climbed out, shaken but unharmed.

The commanding officer ordered them to destroy Razor 2, to remove the green unit, and to smash the avionics. They then laid explosive charges. They loaded Bin Laden’s body onto the Chinook along with the cache of intelligence in plastic bin bags and headed toward the USS Carl Vinson. As they flew off they blew up Razor 2. The whole operation had taken 38 minutes.

The following morning White House officials announced that the helicopter had crashed as it arrived, forcing the Seals to abandon plans to enter from the roof. A photograph of the situation room showed a shocked Hillary Clinton, the secretary of state, with her hand to her mouth.

Why did they get it so wrong? What they were watching was live video but it was shot from 20,000ft by a drone circling overhead and relayed in real time to the White House and Leon Panetta, the CIA director, in Langley . The Seals were not wearing helmet cameras, and those watching in Washington had no idea what was happening inside the buildings.

“They don’t understand our terminology, so when someone said the ‘insertion helicopter’ has crashed, they assumed it meant on entry,” said Pfarrer.

What infuriated the Seals, according to Pfarrer, was the descriptionof the raid as a kill mission. “I’ve been a Seal for 30 years and I never heard the words ‘kill mission’,” he said. “It’s a Beltway [Washington insider’s] ]fantasy word. If it was a kill mission you don’t need Seal Team 6; you need a box of hand grenades.”


TOPICS: Extended News; Foreign Affairs; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: 72versions; adiosmofo; binladen; binladendead; bookdeals; chuckpfarrer; navyseals; obltermination; pfarrer; sealtargetgeronimo; sealteam6; sealteamsix; st6; zawahiri
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1 posted on 02/18/2012 7:18:21 PM PST by Iam1ru1-2
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To: Iam1ru1-2

Good post. Thanks.


2 posted on 02/18/2012 7:27:55 PM PST by marron
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To: Travis McGee; Squantos

...av a look...


3 posted on 02/18/2012 7:29:32 PM PST by hiredhand
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To: Iam1ru1-2
. The White House cancelled plans to provide air cover using jet fighters, fearing this might endanger relations with Pakistan

Considering where they found Obama, Pakistan should have been told to STFU or else kiss any more money from us goodbye.

4 posted on 02/18/2012 7:30:18 PM PST by AU72
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To: AU72
Considering where they found Obama,

Meant Osama. Must have been channeling Ted Kennedy.

5 posted on 02/18/2012 7:31:42 PM PST by AU72
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To: Iam1ru1-2

The source for this is -

http://frontpagemag.com/2011/11/09/seals-tell-of-killing-bert-laden/


6 posted on 02/18/2012 7:32:03 PM PST by hiredhand
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To: Iam1ru1-2

Great post and thanks! About time the record was set straight, as the late Johnny Cash once said “Lies have to be covered up, truth can run around naked”.

And it doesn’t surprise me one iota that coward 0sama used one of his wives as a human shield while he tried to dive for his rifle, he never knew that morning that he wouldn’t have a chance to whack off to his porn stash that night.

God Bless America and Seal Team 6!


7 posted on 02/18/2012 7:34:28 PM PST by mkjessup (Let's do to Mitt what his Irish Setter did to him while tied to the roof rack of his station wagon!)
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To: Iam1ru1-2
History has a way of eventually disclosing the truth of the matter...
war... politics.... economics...

DANGER_FOOLED

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Left-libs never get this...
--they couldn't care less anyway...

And the books that are yet to be written when it all comes to light...
....wel-l-l-l....

It's going to make for interesting night stand reading...

Good on these guys for setting the record straight

JMHO...

8 posted on 02/18/2012 7:35:53 PM PST by Wings-n-Wind (The main things are the plain things!)
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To: Iam1ru1-2

Excellent read. Lots of intelligence wasted because Obamster wanted to take credit for it.


9 posted on 02/18/2012 7:37:32 PM PST by Theo (May Rome decrease and Christ increase.)
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To: Iam1ru1-2

Fascinating.


10 posted on 02/18/2012 7:38:57 PM PST by Mariner (War Criminal #18)
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To: Iam1ru1-2

This has been floating around for a while, but there is no provenance as far as I can tell.

“Chuck Pfarrer, a former commander of Seal Team 6, which conducted the operation, has interviewed many of those who took part for a book,Seal Target Geronimo, to be published in the US this week.”

That book should be around by now, I’ll look for it.


11 posted on 02/18/2012 7:39:23 PM PST by SaxxonWoods (....The days are long, but the years are short.....)
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To: AU72
Considering where they found Obama,

Hey, it made me laugh!

12 posted on 02/18/2012 7:40:36 PM PST by Free in Texas (Member of the Bitter Clingers Association.)
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To: SaxxonWoods

http://www.amazon.com/SEAL-Target-Geronimo-Inside-Mission/dp/125000635X/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1329622232&sr=8-1


13 posted on 02/18/2012 7:45:31 PM PST by KansasGirl
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To: Iam1ru1-2

Will the leftist lying media complex ever get around to correcting the record by reporting the truth? No way, it might hurt the Liar-in-Chief.


14 posted on 02/18/2012 7:49:31 PM PST by Combat_Liberalism
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To: Iam1ru1-2

“Razor 1 took off but the top secret “green unit” that controls the electronics failed. The aircraft went into a spin and crashed tail-first into the compound. The Seals were alarmed, thinking it had been shot down, and several rushed to the wreckage. The crew climbed out, shaken but unharmed.

The commanding officer ordered them to destroy Razor 2, to remove the green unit, and to smash the avionics. They then laid explosive charges. They loaded Bin Laden’s body onto the Chinook along with the cache of intelligence in plastic bin bags and headed toward the USS Carl Vinson. As they flew off they blew up Razor 2.”


This is an obvious error, no proper article would go out reading this way.

The book is out, and a lot of high ranking Seals aren’t happy about it. They say it is full of fabrications. I’m not buying this story. Time will tell if it is true. My guess is the writer got a few remarks out of someone and turned it into a book. This “email from a friend” smacks of viral marketing.


15 posted on 02/18/2012 7:52:10 PM PST by SaxxonWoods (....The days are long, but the years are short.....)
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To: Theo

Obunga.... I wonder how many people will get killed because he had to take credit that night.


16 posted on 02/18/2012 7:52:32 PM PST by PA-RIVER
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To: Iam1ru1-2
". . . blowing out the back of his [[bin Laden's] head.

Take that, bacon breath, for all the people you had a hand in killing. Allah is a false god, Raghead.
17 posted on 02/18/2012 7:53:54 PM PST by righttackle44 (I may not be much, but I raised a United States Marine.)
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To: Iam1ru1-2
Then... and now...


18 posted on 02/18/2012 7:58:46 PM PST by Cobra64 (Common sense isn't common anymore.)
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To: Iam1ru1-2

But what about President Gutsy Call?


19 posted on 02/18/2012 8:00:01 PM PST by DTogo (High time to bring back the Sons of Liberty !!)
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To: Iam1ru1-2
The other, aimed at Bin Laden’s head, grazed Amal in thecalf. As his hand reached for the gun, they each fired again: one shot hit his breastbone, the other his skull, killing him instantly and blowing out the back of his head.

Richard Bruce Van Hine, Navy veteran, Truck 41 NYFD, Don and Jean Peterson, Flight 93--all three who never had a violent bone in their bodies, and died on 9/11/01--this one's for you.

20 posted on 02/18/2012 8:01:59 PM PST by exit82 (Democrats are the enemies of freedom. We have ideas-the Dems only have ideology.)
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To: Iam1ru1-2

So was it bin Laden or not?


21 posted on 02/18/2012 8:03:23 PM PST by <1/1,000,000th%
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To: hiredhand

This much equals a pile per se.... I don’t need to know how anyway.... Just that they got the SOB.


22 posted on 02/18/2012 8:06:13 PM PST by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But have a plan to kill everyone you meet)
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To: Squantos

Agreed!


23 posted on 02/18/2012 8:08:34 PM PST by hiredhand
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To: Free in Texas

“Considering where they found Obama,”

Hiding under his mommy’s skirt, like the snivelling coward he is. While the “men” did the job.


24 posted on 02/18/2012 8:09:45 PM PST by jivin gene (Breakin' up is hard to do)
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To: Iam1ru1-2
shocked that President Barack Obama announced Bin Laden’s death on television the same evening, rendering useless much of the intelligence they had seized...

That right there should give any intellectually honest person reason to pause.
25 posted on 02/18/2012 8:11:02 PM PST by SpaceBar
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To: hiredhand

Big rain headed yer way.... Stay dry...:o)


26 posted on 02/18/2012 8:11:34 PM PST by Squantos (Be polite. Be professional. But have a plan to kill everyone you meet)
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To: Iam1ru1-2

RamBama - The Movie


27 posted on 02/18/2012 8:12:38 PM PST by Iron Munro ("Don't pick a fight with an old man. If he is too old to fight he'll just kill you." John Steinbeck)
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To: Theo

How can the seals disagree with their CIC, interesting.


28 posted on 02/18/2012 8:15:21 PM PST by Big Horn (Rebuild the GOP to a conservative party)
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To: Iam1ru1-2

BTTT


29 posted on 02/18/2012 8:15:53 PM PST by verga (Party like it is 1773)
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To: Squantos

My Mom told me about it! She’s here with us this weekend and watches the weather on the net like a HAWK. I, on the other hand, usually hear it from YOU. :-) Even so, thanks for the word! We need rain!


30 posted on 02/18/2012 8:17:33 PM PST by hiredhand
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To: Iam1ru1-2
There are a couple of things here that need clarification.

First, was Obama the one that shot OBL in the head, or just one of them there Seal guys?

Second, what Hole was Obama’s Doppelganger playing when the Secret Service picked him up and took him to the Bunker to watch the operation? In addition, whose Suit Jacket was the Obama Doppelganger wearing over his Golf Shirt in the “official” photo?

Oh yeah, one other question. Was Hillary covering her mouth because she was Burping or Coughing in that photo, or did the Video feed get crossed up with one of Bill's Sex Tapes?

Inquiring minds got to know...

31 posted on 02/18/2012 8:17:59 PM PST by Kickass Conservative (Liberals, Useful Idiots Voting for Useless Idiots...)
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To: <1/1,000,000th%
So was it bin Laden or not?

Yes it was.

32 posted on 02/18/2012 8:26:21 PM PST by airborne (Paratroopers! Good to the last drop!)
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To: Iam1ru1-2

When you have Lefty pin heads like those who surround the Pin Head in Chief, they would screw up a soup sandwich. It is a wonder that they didn’t hold Seal Team 6 for war crimes.


33 posted on 02/18/2012 8:27:20 PM PST by jonrick46 (Countdown to 11-06-2012)
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To: Iam1ru1-2
Razor 1 took off but the top secret “green unit” that controls the electronics failed. The aircraft went into a spin and crashed tail-first into the compound...The commanding officer ordered them to destroy Razor 2, to remove the green unit, and to smash the avionics.

What am I missing here? I'd heard from multiple good sources that we lost only one Stealth Hawk. Why would we destroy another perfectly good (one would assume) Stealth Hawk because the first one failed?

Either way, thanks for the heads up, Seal Target Geronimo rockets to the top of the reading list!

34 posted on 02/18/2012 8:30:01 PM PST by South Hawthorne (In Memory of my dear Friend Henry Lee II)
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To: Iam1ru1-2

thanks for the post. these self-serving, politicians and their MSM henchmen continue to sicken me.


35 posted on 02/18/2012 8:30:03 PM PST by dadfly
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To: SaxxonWoods

Seals don’t talk. Period. Next Case.


36 posted on 02/18/2012 8:39:23 PM PST by true believer forever (Save the Irish Setters - Vote Newt!)
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To: Iam1ru1-2

“sawn-off M4 rifles”, Uh, sure, they had Randy Weaver do the conversions!

News flash for the author, the M4 can be configured with several length barrels, none are “sawn-off”, that’s a Hollywood pejorative stereotype!


37 posted on 02/18/2012 8:43:18 PM PST by Loyal Sedition
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To: Iam1ru1-2
Obama just HAD to polish up his creds & act like HE did something!!

Well, he actually did. He screwed up & made most of the valuable collected info useless

38 posted on 02/18/2012 8:49:35 PM PST by LADY J (You never know how strong you are until being strong is the only choice you have. - Author Unknown)
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To: SaxxonWoods; South Hawthorne

Pfarrer’s “book” is full of errors that are open source facts.

He’s trying to cash in on the story by trotting out his so-called inside sources.

The basic facts are wrong, poor editing, he made the rounds of the talk shows last year and it’s time to ignore him.

It’s just bravo sierra wrapped in conjecture. He has no inside sources and the SEALS are correct in being PO’d about this book.


39 posted on 02/18/2012 8:52:13 PM PST by gandalftb (11th MEU, 2/4 Echo, TRAP Force)
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Pfarrer’s “book” is full of errors that are open source facts.

I read the book. At a minimum, it is plausible, entertaining and somewhat informative. His basic scenario makes much more sense than published press accounts. His account may be wrong, but until someone comes up with another, well-reasoned account, his is the best we have for now.

40 posted on 02/18/2012 9:00:32 PM PST by Fractal Trader
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To: basil

place holder for tomorrow.


41 posted on 02/18/2012 9:08:33 PM PST by basil (It's time to rid the country of "gun free zones" aka "Killing Fields")
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To: Iam1ru1-2

Apparently Seal Team 6 is sick of their “commander-in-chief.” I only hope that the rest of the military is equally sick of him because we just might need them down the road a way.


42 posted on 02/18/2012 9:14:03 PM PST by davisfh
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To: SaxxonWoods
The book is out, and a lot of high ranking Seals aren’t happy about it. They say it is full of fabrications. I’m not buying this story.

I agree. The story is based on the truth, but it's far too entertaining to be the complete truth. I recall the helicopter crashed because of aerodynamics caused by the walls of the compound.

43 posted on 02/18/2012 9:18:45 PM PST by Moonman62 (The US has become a government with a country, rather than a country with a government.)
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To: jonrick46

That are a soup sandwich.


44 posted on 02/18/2012 9:25:30 PM PST by jospehm20
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To: Iam1ru1-2

Because I love reading what I’m told not to (a touch of stubborn curiosity is a useful trait for an analyst), I picked up this book right when it came out.

Big Mistake.

Sometimes, when the government comes out and says a book is full of crap, they’re actually telling the truth. Sad to say, this is one of these times.

The book was clearly a fabrication, which I could tell from the first section about AMZ. I was working in Balad and Fort Meade around that time period. No comment on that, other than a dropped card with the letters B and S on it.

The rest of the book I’m going to lovingly call “SEAL-centric fantasy.” Some of the errors are so obvious, even to a lay reader, it makes me really question the credibility of the author. This guy may know some people on the inside, and there is some decent RUMINT in various parts. Still, this is not a bombshell revelation; it’s just a colorful but flimsy tale from unverified sources who have questionable placement and access.


45 posted on 02/18/2012 9:37:44 PM PST by Steel Wolf ("Few men desire liberty; most men wish only for a just master." - Gaius Sallustius Crispus)
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To: Iam1ru1-2

“Chuck Pfarrer, a former commander of Seal Team 6, which conducted the operation, has interviewed many of those who took part for a book, Seal Target Geronimo, to be published in the US this week.”

Must be an old story - Chuck Pfarrer’s ‘Seal Target Geronimo’ has been out for months.


46 posted on 02/18/2012 9:39:08 PM PST by Jack Hammer
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“Inside was the Al-Qaeda leader and his youngest wife, Amal,who was screaming as he pushed her in front of him. “No, no, don’t do this!” she shouted as her husband reached across theking-size bed for his AK-47 “

She shouted in english? BS!


47 posted on 02/18/2012 10:03:29 PM PST by PilotDave (No, really, you just can't make this stuff up!!!)
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To: Iam1ru1-2
just finished reading his book last week... good read
48 posted on 02/18/2012 10:05:45 PM PST by Chode (American Hedonist - *DTOM* -ww- NO Pity for the LAZY)
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To: Iam1ru1-2

It’s too bad that the value of the intelligence may have been compromised by Obama’s rapid announcement. But is it really plausible to think that we could have killed bin Laden and no one else in Washington would have spilled the beans? Obviously the information would have come out in Pakistan too. So it seems unlikely that a lid could have been kept on the information for more than a few hours. And what else could have been accomplished in that time?


49 posted on 02/18/2012 10:07:34 PM PST by wideminded
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Obammy ain't done yet - give him a second term and the charges against #6 just might fly!

Before the election: "Obama ordered kill;" after election: "Obama did NOT order 'kill' but #6 went against Obama's direct orders."

50 posted on 02/18/2012 10:09:05 PM PST by zerosix (native sunflower)
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