Monday, September 10, 2012

"This was absolutely not a kill-only mission" {bin Laden}

As I've, as well as others, have said this book should be looked at as an historic part of the past decades actions and policies following the destructive attacks on 9/11. Depending on how well put together and written, that will be up to the historians and readers, as a direct first hand account of probably the most important mission, especially the one of abandoned as to why we sent our military into that region with the first drum beat pointed at Iraq and the countries almost total support of that, thus turning the Afghan conflict into a war, quagmire, of choice from that moment on.

Knowing sooner, rather then later, another book or books would be written and probably by a third person through interviews etc. and in their words and more then likely not a military, or veteran of, experienced in that community or operations of. Probably even a hollywood take and action film with all the bells and whistles for more dramatic effect.

SEAL's first-hand account of bin Laden killing
September 9, 2012 - A former member of SEAL Team 6, known by the pseudonym Mark Owen, recounts the raid that killed the world's most wanted man: Osama bin Laden. Scott Pelley reports.

(CBS News) His voice and face disguised and using the pseudonym Mark Owen, one of the Navy SEALs who participated in the raid that killed Osama bin Laden gives an exclusive interview to Scott Pelley. Owen, now retired, says the SEALs trained for the mission using a full-size replica of the bin Laden compound, and that a dress rehearsal was held for military top brass. And Owen refutes charges that he's trying to make a political statement with his book, "No Easy Day."

You are about to meet one of the men who shot Osama bin Laden. Mark Owen recently left the Navy's elite counterterrorism unit, SEAL Team 6. Mark Owen is not his real name. It is the name that he used to write a new book about the assault on bin Laden's compound called "No Easy Day." Owen was on the helicopter that crashed into the compound. He was the second man in bin Laden's bedroom. And he took the pictures of the body that the world has never seen.

Owen received a Silver Star for valor and a Purple Heart for a wound suffered in the raid. But, despite all that, Owen told us, in his only interview, that "No Easy Day" is not about him. He says it's a tribute to the hundreds of Americans who gathered intelligence, planned and trained in the 10-year pursuit of the world's most wanted man. SEAL Team 6, he told us, just took care of the last 40 minutes.

60 Minutes Overtime: Disguising Mark Owen: Art of identity protection


Mark Owen: My worry from the beginning is it's a political season. This book is not political whatsoever. It doesn't bad mouth either party, and we specifically chose September 11th to keep it out of the politics. You know, if these crazies on either side of the aisle want to make it political, shame on them.

60 Minutes Overtime: How a SEAL's whisper saved the bin Laden raid


When word of the book, "No Easy Day" came out last month, a cable news channel learned Mark Owen's real name and reported it. Since then, others have reported his name. We will not. Owen intends to donate most of the profits from the book to charities that support families of fallen troops. He wanted us to know that he thinks of what he's written as a public service -- to get the history straight -- and as a tribute to every Navy SEAL, wherever they may be serving tonight. Full Transcript>>>

Above are clips from the transcript of the interview and the video's, links above those go to written report of each, are clips from and about same. For the full show video online:

Killing bin Laden
September 9, 2012 - For the first time, a first-hand account of the raid that killed the world's most wanted terrorist from one of the Navy SEALS who pulled the trigger. Scott Pelley interviews "Mark Owen," a former SEAL who was in the room when Osama bin Laden died from American bullets, in an exclusive interview. full online vdeo of interview

As you can see CBS News is still maintaining the integrity of journalistic reporting and protecting those that need protection and interviewed on who might be facing extreme danger, as well as any close to them, and not releasing his identity, real name, where he lives and what he actually looks like, unlike others!

So far, with the expected negative commenting from the Pentagon as he didn't get the book vetted, there isn't any attempt to stop publication and distribution of the book. No blackline redaction's should be found between the covers of, even though initially they reported, without reading, that highly sensitive information was within.

The only highly sensitive information, so far, has been the outing of not only his name but where he lives by a 24 hour so called cable news operation and then followed by some other media outlets, throwing out their own journalistic integrity. Thus putting him, and those close to him, in extreme danger of retaliation, as noted in the video cut about at least one criminal terror site has called out for that retaliation. There can be only a few places within the Military or Navy branch of that that information could have been quickly found and given to that so called news operation and more then likely by only those directly connected to the SEALs branch of the Navy and close to SEAL Team 6.

The SEALs, especially SEAL Team 6, should take pride, and embrace, in the fact that a possible historic writing from one of their own that was on the ground with their brothers in this historic, again especially after it was abandoned for years, operation and is giving a first hand account of, especially after this decade plus of two long occupations with that Main Mission for being in that region, now completed, still ongoing but winding down as those sent and fighting in want, just to try and accomplish a few more of those mission policies set out in the beginning and years ago!!

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