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Seal Team Six

What do we know? We can assume the Seal was a part of team 6 because the Pentagon is looking into the book. What we don't know if what he said in the book is true or if he can read the minds of his other team members. I only know what was released on the Whitehouse.gov website, the interviews Brian Williams of NBC did and a book "Manhunt" by Peter Bergen. From those sources I'm fairly certain at least the CIA was involved, NSA, Pentagon, civilians in Pakistan, and the Secretary of Sate, VP, and POTUS. Oh and Secretary Gates. I am also fairly certain each of these agencies were highly compartmentalized because there were no leaks before the event. If I'm a Navy Seal I'm concentrating on being prepared for my role in the mission. Until days before the mission I am also assuming no one new about the others involved with the mission except of course POTUS, Sec Def, Sec State, VP, Admiral McRaven, Chiefs of Staff and aides. From the interview with Williams the Officers to be in the War room got food for the day from several different places and they all parked where they wouldn't be noticed by the press. Remember the Correspondence Dinner? The POTUS was a funny guy. You can go to CSpan and watch it again. Kimmel even made a joke about getting bin Laden. Go ahead watch it. Especially if you enjoy Trump getting ridiculed. 

Several of the officials in on the mission and none of the reporters noticed anything strange. So far it's still secret from the public. Are you still with me? On Sun those involved did their thing. The big shots gathered round the computer and TV. Only Admiral McRaven was in direct contact with the mission control. They could see images of the first helicopter when it crashed, but when the Seals went inside buildings they only had ear contact. And maybe only the Admiral had ear contact. What went on inside can only be verified by the people on the ground. Not everybody was part of the Seals that was in and surrounding the compound. The helicopter pilots were not, not sure about the dog handler and his dog Cairo. Or those who checked the perimeter to make sure no one escaped though any pre dug tunnels. there was also a refueling helicopter flying around and a drone. And of course those in Afghanistan who I call mission control. According to Peter Bergen and his source it took fifteen minutes for the Seals to go in and get bin Laden and others. The rest of the time was used to gather computers etc. Okay, now they destroy the downed helicopter and take bin Laden and fly out of Pakistan. No one surrounding Admiral McRaven and POTUS has taken many breaths during this time. It is only after the copters have landed safely that the Chiefs start calling their counter-parts in Pakistan. They aren't happy. Diplomacy is going on. POTUS tells his wife and prepares his speech. In about half an hour word is starting to leak out from a Pakistani on twitter who sees them destroying the copter. POTUS walks out to give his speech and hears noise from a growing crowd outside.  Now the world knows. Read the Presidents statement at Whitehouse.gov. It will bring tears to your eyes even if you hate him. Okay, from then on, we read and hear and see interviews. Everyone has their own sources. I told you mine. 

Now let's talk about Owens. We know he had to sign agreements. That's common sense. Does anyone disagree with that? He writes a book with a ghost writer. He has a publisher. He chooses not to get approval from the Pentagon or CIA. We still in agreement? What he wrote may or may not be true or it may be embellished. It gets published. His real identity is revealed by FOX and confirmed by AP.  Now what is the harm. I think he as endangered himself, his family, his neighbors. What about his fellow seals and the others who where a part of that small number of people in on he mission? Depending on what is revealed in the book he may or may not have inadvertently given away their identities. Remember the doctor? Maybe this guy revealed him while writing this book. He was in a position to leak. We don't know do we? 
Now that the CO's know that a Seal is revealing details of a black op, can they trust the other Seals to carry out missions for another CIC? Can a CIC trust the Seals? I think his fellow Seals have reached a dead end in their careers and will never become the next Admiral McRaven. How would you feel if you had been part of Seal Team Six? Or the the others putting their lives on the line. Remember, there are probably CIA agents still on the ground. The Pakistani's are not happy. The details of how you treated bin Ladens body could hurt diplomatic relations with Pakistan. It could affect the next POTUS.  There is a lot of details we can't imagine. I can imagine a lot more but I'm sure I've lost you by now. Owens should have followed proper procedure and he could have had an honorable life. Now, he can't be trusted. Remember Paula Jones and Linda Tripp? They got used by the righties and didn't live happily ever after. 

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    Happily married with two fine sons. Retired clerical worker with an iPad. Love gardens, reading, boating.

    by callmecarol on Sat Sep 01, 2012 at 11:44:20 AM PDT

  •  Bissonette's lawyer is now (0+ / 0-)

    Bob Luskin, who represented Karl Rove during the investigation of the outing of Valerie Wilson.

    Anonymous officials at the Department of Defense outed Bissonette's real name to Fox. A named on-the-record Defense spokesman then confirmed the outing.

    Luskin says specifically that Bissonette had no non-disclosure agreement for the bin Laden raid, only for earlier (2007) operations. Which is something to marvel at.

    Special Ops head Bill McRaven said in a warning letter to Special Ops, that they are of course free to later write books about their adventures. Which must be true, because Special Ops write books about their adventures pretty frequently. Classified information limits on their writing are specific.

    Concerns about the release of operational details here I find hard to take serious. Stuff like this

    The commander of DEVGRU’s Red Squadron, whom I will call James, sat on the floor, squeezed among ten other SEALs, Ahmed, and Cairo. (The names of all the covert operators mentioned in this story have been changed.) James, a broad-chested man in his late thirties, does not have the lithe swimmer’s frame that one might expect of a SEAL—he is built more like a discus thrower. That night, he wore a shirt and trousers in Desert Digital Camouflage, and carried a silenced Sig Sauer P226 pistol, along with extra ammunition; a CamelBak, for hydration; and gel shots, for endurance. He held a short-barrel, silenced M4 rifle. (Others SEALs had chosen the Heckler & Koch MP7.) A “blowout kit,” for treating field trauma, was tucked into the small of James’s back. Stuffed into one of his pockets was a laminated gridded map of the compound. In another pocket was a booklet with photographs and physical descriptions of the people suspected of being inside. He wore a noise-cancelling headset, which blocked out nearly everything besides his heartbeat.

    What Happened that Night in Abbotabad, New Yorker

    is just all over the media. Operational details being all over the media is worth considering when thinking about the marvel of the SEALs not having non-disclosure agreements about the high-publicity killing of Osama bin Laden.

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