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Navy Seal account of Bin Laden raid contradicts White House claims

No Easy Day, to be published next week, raises questions over whether Osama bin Laden presented a clear threat to US forces









A first-hand account of the US Navy Seal raid that killed Osama bin Laden contradicts previous accounts by administration officials, raising questions over whether he presented a clear threat when he was first fired upon.



Bin Laden apparently was hit in the head when he looked out of his bedroom door into the top-floor hallway of his compound as Seals rushed up a narrow stairwell in his direction, according to a former Navy Seal writing under the pseudonym Mark Owen in No Easy Day. The book is to be published next week by Penguin's Dutton imprint.



The Seal says he was directly behind a "point man" going up the stairs. "Less than five steps" from the top of the stairs, he heard "suppressed" gunfire: "Bop. Bop." The point man had seen a "man peeking out of the door" on the right side of the hallway.



Owen writes that Bin Laden ducked back into his bedroom and the Seals followed, only to find the terrorist crumpled on the floor in a pool of blood with a hole visible on the right side of his head and two women wailing over his body.



He says the point man pulled the two women out of the way and shoved them into a corner, and he and the other Seals trained their guns' laser sites on Bin Laden's still-twitching body, shooting him several times until he lay motionless. The Seals later found two weapons stored by the doorway, untouched, the author said.



In the account related by administration officials after the raid in Pakistan, the Seals shot Bin Laden only after he ducked back into the bedroom because they assumed he might be reaching for a weapon.



White House spokesman Tommy Vietor would not comment on the apparent contradiction late Tuesday. But he said in an email: "As President Obama said on the night that justice was brought to Osama bin Laden, 'We give thanks for the men who carried out this operation, for they exemplify the professionalism, patriotism and unparalleled courage of those who serve our country.'"



No Easy Day was due out on 11 September, but Dutton announced the book would be available a week early on 4 September because of a surge of orders due to advance publicity that drove the book to the top of the Amazon and Barnes and Noble best-seller lists.



The Associated Press purchased a copy of the book Tuesday.



The account is sure to again raise questions as to whether the raid was intended to capture or simply to kill Bin Laden. Owen writes that during a pre-raid briefing, a lawyer from "either" the White House or department of defense told them that they were not on an assassination mission.



According to Owen, the lawyer said that if bin Laden was "naked with his hands up," they should not "engage" him. If bin Laden did not pose a threat, they should "detain him."



In another possibly uncomfortable revelation for US officials who say Bin Laden's body was treated with dignity before being given a full Muslim burial at sea, the author reveals that in the cramped helicopter flight out of the compound, one of the Seals called Walt – one of the pseudonyms the author used for his fellow Seals – was sitting on Bin Laden's chest as the body lay at the author's feet in the middle of the cabin.



This is common practice, as troops sometimes must sit on their own war dead in packed helicopters. Space was cramped because one helicopter had crashed in the initial assault, leaving little space for the roughly two dozen commandos in the two aircraft that remained. When the commandos reached the third aircraft, bin Laden's body was moved to it.



Owen also writes disparagingly that none of the Seals were fans of President Barack Obama and knew that his administration would take credit for ordering the May 2011 raid. One of the Seals said after the mission that they had just gotten Obama re-elected by carrying out the raid.



But he says they respected him as commander in chief and for giving the operation the go-ahead.



US officials fear the book may include classified information, as it did not undergo the formal review required by the Pentagon for works published by former or current Defense Department employees.



Officials from the Pentagon and the CIA, which commanded the mission, are examining the manuscript for possible disclosure of classified information and could take legal action against the author.



In a statement provided to the Associated Press, the author says he did "not disclose confidential or sensitive information that would compromise national security in any way."



Jihadists on al-Qaida websites have posted purported photos of the author, whose name has been disclosed by some media outlets, calling for his murder.







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  • I wish they would have published the photos of his rotting corpse :-(

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  • i knew all this without having to red this, i have a feeling after the ship was done having their way with the corpse they tossed it for shark food or set it on fire with jet fuel then chucked it.

    i knew that mission was kill bin nomatter what.

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  • who gives a fuck. the only regret is that his death was probably swift ... i'd have slowly lowered the cunt into boiling pit fat ... over maybe a couple of weeks.

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    • @wormhole closure to the families, cant have closure for a man you dont even get to see that killed your family.

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    • @nowhereman1
      Can't have bin Laden screaming like a girley man complicating and endangering seals.
      double tap,
      "For GOD and country"

      good kill
      ... and the limp wristed libs can vote thumbs down on my comment !

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    • @wormhole unless bino is hanging from it and i can play shoot the corpse i wont be happy

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    • @Airedale why not, plenty of people screamed when the building came down, how about the let me put a blane threw is balls and CNN can watch him scream.

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  • I have four letters. DONE!.

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  • I was hoping the book was somewhat more factual when he wrote "Bin Laden's body was treated with dignity" and Walt was sitting on Bin Laden's chest as the body lay at the author's feet in the middle of the cabin ... what he meant to write was Walt was actually taking a crap on Bin laden's chest while us fellow seals were stubbing out our victory cigars in his eyes before we cut off his cock and nuts to use as a door knocker on our barracks door back at base .... well thats how I read i More..

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  • Better he's dead than second guess at this point

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  • All this is is another reason to drag terrorism into the spotlight. Their 'raid' never provided any tangible proof beyond the obviously fake photo-shopping of the wound, an overly dramatic war-room photo and a mountain of hearsay. This is just reinforcement of the utter bullshit that is their 'War on Terror'. But keep on buying into it, folks. We need a boogeyman to justify the defense budget and keep the people shuddering in their boots at the thought of the evil Muslims who hate us for our fre More..

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  • and this is the reason there is NO 911 CONSPIRACY..people can not keep their stories staight!...and this only involved a handfull of people!

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  • they shouldn't have killed him. they should've captured him to torture him for as long as medically possible. gun shot to the head was too good for this scum.

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  • lol What a joke. bin laden has supposed to have died years ago in Afghanistan because of kidney failure. Cant believe anyone would believe what the Americans claim especially when theres NO body. Now wonder having dumb citizens is Govt policy in the US. The people there will digest anything stuffed down their throats by their Govt.

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  • it is all about moneyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyyy

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  • Of course their stories are different it's because they're both bs. Bin laden died of kidney failure in december 2001. That's why we didn't see pictures, because they don't exist.

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    • @T0M65 No proof is there. You wouldn't believe it even if there was concrete evidence because you have your mind in the clouds.

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    • @T0M65 benazir bhutto mentioned it a few weeks before she got bumped off . not saying its true thou

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    • @Ali187 Americans are built like that; ignorance, and stupidity. Also they're fat.

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  • Whether he's killed with intent or not does not matter the most. What dead people of 911 want is to serve justice to whom it is intended to. End of story.

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  • sounds real

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  • who cares? He was a piece of shit. Glad he's finally dead. Now he can fuck his 72 donkeys with allah

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  • Honestly,..who the fuck cares. The goat fucker is dead and good riddance !!! Give them all medals and a bonus esp. the one that capped the fuckwad.

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  • So you're leading as you go up a set of stairs in the dark and you see a head peeking or lurking in a doorway. Would you not think that bastard is clearly a threat to my survival and head shoot him? I think anybody would.

    As far as these damned "self-proclaimed "hero's" writing books and trying to cash in, I think it should be stopped. At least for a considerable amount of time. Say 15 years after the fact.

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  • FOX news outed this guy.

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