Skip to comments.U.S. says surprised by Navy SEAL's book on bin Laden raid
Posted on 08/22/2012 6:37:41 PM PDT by Bulwinkle
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. government was surprised by the news that a Navy SEAL who participated in the raid on Osama bin Laden's compound in Pakistan has written a book about the operation in which the al Qaeda leader was killed, U.S. officials said on Wednesday.
"No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission that Killed Osama Bin Laden" was written by a Navy SEAL under the pseudonym Mark Owen with co-author Kevin Maurer and is to be released next month on the anniversary of the September 11 attacks.... snip...
"We learned about this book today from press reports. We haven't reviewed it and don't know what it says," White House spokesman Tommy Vietor said....
(Excerpt) Read more at ca.news.yahoo.com ...
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In before the conspiracy theory ramblings...
So is that football spike about to get Zero an excessive celebration penalty?
Something ain’t right here.
Perhaps “Mark Owen” is a pseudonym for B. Hussein Obama, the man who single-handedly is responsible for killing bin-Laden but has absolutely no responsibility for anything else in the past 3 1/2 years.
Am I mistaken or is this stuff not supposed to be kept classified for like 7 years before they(SEALs/operators) are allowed to publicly discuss it? Then again, with a White House deliberately leaking state secrets like a sieve, the standards really aren’t what they used to be.
Peyton, didnt you hear the whole story?
Obama not only personally led the mission, but he:
* piloted the lead helicopter flying VFR in total darkness;
* put the bird on whisper-mode autohover;
* Australian-rapelled into the courtyard with a crew-served weapon in each hand;
* stopped a three-round burst with his sculpted abs;
* kicked down every door with a head butt;
* took out Bin Laden with a double-tap of .50 cal hollow-point tracer rounds; AND
* recorded the whole event with a camcorder strapped to his schlong!
I am confused. I may have misread the first story I read about this book. I thought the NYTimes version said the book had been vetted via the Pentagon. Why wouldn’t the White House have been privy to that? I guess I will have to go back to the Slimes version and reread.
When a cleared individual leaves the job or employer for which they were granted access to classified information, they are formally debriefed from the program. Debriefing is an administrative process that accomplishes two main goals: it creates a formal record that the individual no longer has access to the classified information for that program; and it reminds the individual of their lifetime commitment to protect that information. Typically, the individual is asked to sign another non-disclosure agreement (NDA), similar to that which they signed when initially briefed, and this document serves as the formal record. The debriefed individual does not lose their security clearance; they have only surrendered the need to know for information related to that particular job.
SF 312 is the form I believe covers the non disclosure agreement these days....
IMHO, someone is stepping up to the plate. And I'll bet the SEALS even drew matchsticks for the "author" job.
obama: “Which one of you killed Bin Laden?”
Seals: “We all did, sir.”
obama: “Which one of you wrote that book?”
Seals: “We all did, sir.”
obama: “Which one of you hates my guts?”
Seals: “We all do, sir.”
Dishonorable Disclosures (22:00 Youtube video)
Special Operations (OPSEC) (website to get involved)
Yea, I’ve seen similar NDA’s from my time in the defense contractor biz.
Here’s what I’d love to know about such high-level stuff as this: At what point can the operators and people who are not political hacks tell the truth after the politicians have blown all pretense of security out the windows?
“We learned about this book today from press reports. We haven’t reviewed it and don’t know what it says,” White House spokesman Tommy Vietor said.
The Pentagon said it hadn’t vetted the book or helped provide information to the authors. There are at least two Pentagon regulations requiring the Defense Department review writings by retired troops that contain sensitive material.
“This book came as a surprise to folks at the Pentagon,” a senior defense official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said. “Naturally, we’ll be interested to read the book when it is made available.”
CIA spokesman Preston Golson said: “As far as we can determine, this book was not submitted for pre-publication review.”*********
Oh yeah, sensitive info like this and nobody has any idea what it says. Man, they’ve got all these guys singing in unison.
This stinks to high heaven.
Probably the most accurate of all speculation!
> Perhaps Mark Owen is a pseudonym for B. Hussein Obama
Who exactly is the US Government? I mean, everyone who works for the US Government or just Obama? Is Obama the US Government?
Interesting that in this Army/Navy operation that only the SEALs are involved in all the speculation about being, ambushed, assassinated, and their unit identified, and so on.
“The U.S. government was surprised . . . “
WTF does THAT mean?
Who, pray tell, is “The US Government”?
Is it Obama? The Executive Branch? Does it include the SEAL who wrote the book? Does it include We The People?
Who, exactly, speaks for “The US government”? Carney? Justice Roberts? Harry Reid?
Never legally.... Just breaking the law twice don’t cut it.
Aside if I we’re to write everything I knew about my EOD skill sets and render safe procedures I’d just endanger those still in the field still working.
Ya get folks killed when ya let such out of the bag. There is a place for secrets. Just because BHO Inc showed their idiocy doesn’t mean it should be done “again” ..... Not saying your advocating such yet there are channels to bitch, grip and complain through versus running to a CBS presstitute with stuff even a polidiot shouldn’t possess much less a pandering presstitute.
I suspect this book is a false flag to throw mud in the Spec Ops OPSEC sorts face for their attack on Precedent Erkel Mugabe ....
Real world shooters love mud.....:o)
My opinion only.... Stay safe Dave !
I would sure like to see it!!
You had me until the camcorder part. The video recorded there would only have shown parts of Reggie Love.
Yeah, I smell a rat too and think this is nothing but a ploy by the Obama administration to glorify Obama’s role in the mission to take down Bin Laden. I don’t think they were surprised at all, and if they really don’t won’t the book to be published, it won’t be. I think they are pushing it and have planned this all along, just another spike of the ball. Well I throw the damn penalty flag on this.
I don’t see why the author needs to write under a “pseudonym”. Barry the Kenyan Guy invited Hollywood in to make a movie about his killing of Osama bin Laden. Hollyweird’s Obambo - Terrorist Hunter movie should be coming out in time for the election. I haven’t heard any whining about that.
Not even close to being one of the most important missions. Can think of dozens right off hand that were far more important.
When will Obama leak the dead Osama photos? October 30th?
I’m with MM....didnt this book need to be cleared for content first by the Pentagon?
Sounds to me like an “I’m a hero” book because who will dispute it since the Seals can’t speak up about it? People tend to believe HEROES, so if the book says this guy was an eyewitness who saw bin laden d e d, maybe even shot him himself, people will believe...and we STILL have no more proof than we did before.
Makes o be gone look good. Makes the cia look good. Makes the Pentagon look good.
Everybody bery happee.