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Old 22 August 2012, 18:27
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Has any one heard of this book?? Should be interesting.

The book, “No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama bin Laden,” which is scheduled to be released on Sept. 11, has been a tightly held secret at the publisher, Penguin. It promises to be one of the biggest books of the year, with the potential to affect the presidential campaign in the final weeks before the election.

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Old 22 August 2012, 19:57
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I just read a similar article and was about to make a thread about this. The author is writing under the pseudonym of Mark Owen. We could find the first edition of this book being retracted and destroyed by the DOD for revealing too much.

I am sure this book has been in development for quite some time but it kind of throws a wrench in the works of the "Dishonorable Disclosures" campaign. After watching the video and reading many posts here I felt the NSW community was united on this issue and someone said something to the effect that it may be many, many years before a member of said community has anything to say about the events that occurred on that operation.

I am interested to hear the possible change in tone regarding this book and its political ramifications, if any.
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Old 22 August 2012, 20:02
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Old 23 August 2012, 05:46
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Navy SEAL to release book on bin Laden raid, publishing company saysBy the CNN Wire S

I think it might be a publicity move to sell the book

http://us.cnn.com/2012/08/22/us/navy...html?hpt=hp_t2

(CNN) -- A book company said Wednesday that it will release on September 11 a firsthand account of the raid that killed al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden.

Christine Ball, director of marketing and publicity for Dutton, a subsidiary of Penguin Group USA, said the book was written by a Navy SEAL under a pen name.

The book is entitled "No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama bin Laden."

A Department of Defense official said the SEAL is no longer on active duty.

U.S. Special Operations Command has not reviewed the book or approved it, the official said. Officials only recently became aware the former SEAL was writing a book but were told it encompasses more than just the raid and includes vignettes from training and other missions.

They would like to see a copy, the official said, to make sure no classified information is released or the book contains any information that might out one of the team members.

Officials have been told that some of the profits are going to charity.

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Adm. McRaven on the bin Laden raid About two dozen U.S. Special Operations members and two helicopters were involved in the raid early May 2, 2011, in Abbottabad, Pakistan, that killed bin Laden.

The raid occurred in a span of 38 minutes, after CIA reports of repeated sightings of a tall man doing "prison yard walks" around the yard of the housing compound in Abbottabad, which was under constant surveillance, a official said on condition of anonymity a few days after the raid.

U.S. authorities did not definitively determine beforehand that the man was bin Laden, but they eventually concluded that there was enough evidence to go through with the operation.

One helicopter made a hard landing when it apparently came too close to a wall. It landed inside the western side of the compound with its tail rotor over the southern wall.

The first man killed in the mission -- which the U.S. official said was code-named Operation Neptune Spear -- was the Kuwaiti courier who had worked for bin Laden. He was shot dead after a brief gunfight in a guest house. From that point on, it is believed no other shots were fired at the U.S. forces, the official said -- which contrasts with early U.S. government reports describing the operation as a "firefight."

The troops then moved into the compound's three-story main building, where they shot and killed the courier's brother. As they went upstairs and around barricades, one of bin Laden's sons rushed at them and was killed. Neither of these men had weapons either on them or nearby, the official said.

The U.S. official said that the team then entered the third-floor room where bin Laden was, along with his Yemeni wife and several young children. The al Qaeda leader was moving, possibly toward one of the weapons that were in the room, when he was shot, first in the chest and then in the head. He never had a gun in hand but posed an imminent threat, according to the U.S. official.

Bin Laden's body was flown to the aircraft carrier USS Carl Vinson, then in the North Arabian Sea. After DNA tests and further confirmations of his identity, he was buried at sea within 12 hours of his killing "in conformance with Islamic precepts and practices," White House press secretary Jay Carney said.

President Obama met with some of the Navy SEALs, often referred to as SEAL Team Six and officially as the Naval Special Warfare Development Group, at Fort Campbell, Kentucky.

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The U.S. raid, which was conducted without the knowledge of Pakistan, enraged the Pakistani public and embarrassed its military.

Three months later, 15 members of Seal Team Six were killed in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan.

Oscar-winning director Kathryn Bigelow and screenwriter Mark Boal are working on a movie about the raid.

"Zero Dark Thirty" is about the decade-long hunt for bin Laden. Bigelow and Boal are the team behind the 2008 Oscar-winning film "The Hurt Locker."

The new movie was said to be set for release just before the election, but after Republicans complained that it was a pro-Obama ad, it was pushed back until December. There is some dispute over whether it was ever meant for release before December.

The movie has been the focus of a Washington partisan fight since last summer.

The Pentagon's inspector general began an inquiry after questions were raised by Rep. Peter King, R-New York.

He demanded investigations by the Department of Defense and CIA inspectors general into what, if any, classified information about Special Operations tactics, techniques and procedures were leaked to the filmmakers, calling the film a "potentially dangerous collaboration" between liberal filmmakers and the administration.

Some of what those investigations found did show collaboration between the administration and the filmmakers, but Defense Department and White House officials have said it's no different than what they give many filmmakers and news reporters on a regular basis.
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There have been several books and a movie (Boal/Bigalow) being put on the shelf until after the Election due to the perception that they are too pro-POTUS and would "swing" the election. I doubt that theory, but it will be interesting to see if this book is of the same ilk. The 9/11/2012 rollout is clearly for maximum effect.

As for the article, I'm shocked there has been no Liberal outcry over these comments. What? The SEALS didn't read him his rights?:

"Neither of these men had weapons either on them or nearby, the official said."

"The al Qaeda leader was moving, possibly toward one of the weapons that were in the room, when he was shot, first in the chest and then in the head. He never had a gun in hand but posed an imminent threat, according to the U.S. official."
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Soooooo I guess he will be arrested for violating his NDA and probably a thousand other documents he signed after the raid?

If the author is in fact an actual shooter who partook in the raid he just sold his integrity for a few dollars.
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Old 23 August 2012, 09:35
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[/URL] http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/post-partisan/post/no-easy-day-for-obama-critics-in-dishonorable-disclosures/2012/08/23/861dcf2c-ed12-11e1-9ddc-340d5efb1e9c_blog.html[/URL]

The author of the article sums up pretty well the whole conundrum. The book is due for release on September 11, 2012 and can already be pre-orderd on Amazon:

http://www.amazon.com/No-Easy-Day-Fi.../dp/0525953728
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Old 23 August 2012, 09:42
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Meh, I'm waiting for the book by the intel dude, who really found him and was really responsible for the whole thing. You know, from a real CT guy....
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Old 23 August 2012, 09:56
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Well apparently the release date changed in the last hour to October 16, 2012. The velocity at which shit rolls down hill, I tell ya.
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I'll withhold judgement until the book comes out.

Hinting at unauthorized disclosure would be a good way to generate early sales.
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True, but it might be a case of non-plural above. I imagine that there are a number of guys that may have been there who probably frown on something like this.

Or, it could be something like Dalton Fury, and guys are hoping to put things out there to give credit to some deserving people.

I admit to thinking your comment is the one most likely to represent the truth, though -- albeit singular (unless we find that multiple parties participated in the authoring)....
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True, but it might be a case of non-plural above. I imagine that there are a number of guys that may have been there who probably frown on something like this.

Or, it could be something like Dalton Fury, and guys are hoping to put things out there to give credit to some deserving people.

I admit to thinking your comment is the one most likely to represent the truth, though -- albeit singular (unless we find that multiple parties participated in the authoring)....
My post was grammatically incorrect, my belief (hope) is that this is a Lone Actor.
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This book is being discussed, or at least mentioned, in three places now, but Matchanu summed it up best:

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If his name is out there in the media then leave it in the media. It's speculation on whether or not it is the person and doesn't need to be discussed on SOCNET.
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Has Fox confirmed it's who they are naming? Are they mistaken? Did they just out a SEAL?
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I merged these threads, no need to discuss this on every forum on the site.
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