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  • SEAL-spotting becomes local sport in Virginia Beach after bin Laden raid

    05/13/2011 11:43:15 AM PDT · by Meet the New Boss · 26 replies
    The Washington Post ^ | 13 May 2011 | Frederick Kunkle
    VIRGINIA BEACH — Finding a Navy SEAL in this city should be easy. This is where hundreds of America’s most elite warriors are based. This is where their heroic exploits are celebrated and retold, especially since a team of Navy SEALs killed Osama bin Laden in a bold raid on the al-Qaeda mastermind’s Pakistani hideout. But finding a real, active-duty SEAL in this beach resort — not to mention one of the 20 or so members of SEAL Team 6 who swept into bin Laden’s compound early this month — is like chasing echoes in a fun house. [snip] It’s...
  • SEALs Angry At Attention, Want It Stopped

    05/13/2011 1:16:57 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 133 replies
    usnews.com ^ | May 13, 2011 | Paul Bedard
    U.S. Navy SEALs, like the teams that killed Osama bin Laden, are grateful for nation's show of support but are growing angry with the continued focus on their operation, tactics, and tools, claiming it could jeopardize future raids and their safety. "My friends in the community tell me they're very glad for the bit of attention they got," said former Pentagon deputy undersecretary Jed Babbin, "but at some point the best way to help them is to stop. You guys in the press have done a good job, but stop for God's sake, stop." [See photos of the reaction to...
  • SEAL helmet cams recorded entire bin Laden raid

    05/12/2011 5:14:48 PM PDT · by PilotDave · 46 replies
    cbs ^ | 12 may 2011 | David Martin
    A new picture emerged Thursday of what really happened the night the Navy SEALs swooped in on Osama bin Laden's compound in Pakistan. CBS News national security correspondent David Martin reports the 40 minutes it took to kill bin Laden and scoop his archives into garbage bags were all recorded by tiny helmet cameras worn by each of the 25 SEALs. Officials reviewing those videos are still reconstructing a more accurate version of what happened. We now know that the only firefight took place in the guest house, where one of bin Laden's couriers opened fire and was quickly gunned...
  • Navy SEALs Want to Protect Their Identity Following OBL Raid

    05/12/2011 4:16:51 PM PDT · by panthermom · 129 replies
    Fox News ^ | 5/12/2011 | Justin Fishel
    Members of Navy SEAL team 6, the Special Operations unit responsible for killing Al Qaeda leader Usama bin Laden in Pakistan last Sunday, have expressed concerns about their safety and the safety of their families now that details of the mission have been made public. Speaking to Marines at Camp Lejeune Thursday, Defense Secretary Robert Gates said the concerns were expressed to him directly a week ago when he met with members of the unit to congratulate them on their mission. Gates said the SEALs were mainly focused on their families and worried they could be subject to retaliatory attacks....
  • Navy SEAL Helmet Cams: Obama Watched bin Laden Raid Video

    05/07/2011 5:10:37 PM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 154 replies
    Navy SEAL Helmet Cams: Obama Watched bin Laden Raid Video Ian Yarett Fri May 6, 10:20 pm ET NEW YORK – Navy SEAL Helmet Cams: Obama Watched bin Laden Raid VideoObama and officials in the White House Situation Room were able to watch the raid against bin Laden live, the Washington Post confirms. Ian Yarett on how helmet-cam combat video works. Plus, full coverage of bin Laden. It was a picture that caught everyone’s attention. Sitting in the White House situation room, President Obama and his team appear to be breathlessly monitoring the raid that located and killed Osama bin...
  • Face That Screamed War’s Pain Looks Back, 6 Hard Years Later

    05/07/2011 3:47:41 AM PDT · by Cardhu · 61 replies · 1+ views
    New York Times ^ | May 7th 2011 | Tim Arango
    MOSUL Iraq — Until the past week, Samar Hassan had never glimpsed the photograph of her that millions had seen, never knew it had become one of the most famous images of the Iraq war. “My brother was sick, and we were taking him to the hospital and on the way back, this happened,” Samar said. “We just heard bullets. “My mother and father were killed, just like that.” The image of Samar, then 5 years old, screaming and splattered in blood after American soldiers opened fire on her family’s car in the northern town of Tal Afar in January...
  • Source: Only 1 killed in bin Laden raid was armed (Obama's Version 48 of events?)

    05/05/2011 8:24:10 AM PDT · by AngelesCrestHighway · 62 replies
    YahooNews ^ | 05/05/11 | PAULINE JELINEK
    WASHINGTON – Only one of the five people killed in the raid that got Osama bin Laden was armed and fired a shot, a senior defense official said Thursday, acknowledging the new account differs greatly from original administration portrayals of a chaotic, intense and prolonged firefight. The sole shooter in the al-Qaida leader's Pakistani compound was quickly killed in the early minutes of the commando operation, details that have become clearer now that the Navy SEAL assault team has been debriefed, the official said, speaking on condition of anonymity because he was not authorized to speak on the record.
  • US: Only single bin Laden defender shot at SEALs

    05/05/2011 8:07:42 PM PDT · by Free ThinkerNY · 141 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 5, 2011 | ROBERT BURNS and PAULINE JELINEK
    WASHINGTON (AP) -- The Americans who raided Osama bin Laden's lair met far less resistance than the Obama administration described in the aftermath. The commandos encountered gunshots from only one man, whom they quickly killed, before sweeping the house and shooting others, who were unarmed, a senior defense official said in the latest account. In Thursday's revised telling, the Navy SEALs mounted a precision, floor-by-floor operation to find the al-Qaida leader and his protectors - but without the prolonged and intense firefight that officials had described for several days.
  • Feds bought nearly 90,000 inmates one-way bus tickets to transfer them to new prison

    05/23/2009 2:19:24 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 21 replies · 1,829+ views
    Mercury News ^ | 5/23/09 | Abigail Goldman Las Vegas Sun
    Dwayne Keith Fitzen — "Shadow" to fellow inmates at the federal prison in Waseca, Minn. — was halfway through his 24-year sentence when prison officials decided to move him to a facility in California. To make the transfer, the Bureau of Prisons did something fairly routine for the government agency: It bought Shadow a one-way bus ticket and sent him, traveling unsupervised and unmarked, on the two-day trip. Fitzen was 55 at the time, a motorcycle gang member convicted of dealing cocaine. He got off the bus in Las Vegas, about 400 miles short of his scheduled destination, and became...