SEAL’s bin Laden Raid Book Stirs “Controversy”

Posted by on Aug 23, 2012 at 2:50 pm

I guess Hollywood doing a puff piece movie about Obama’s heroics right before the election isn’t controversial. These folks are just butthurt someone who was there is going to tell the truth; in effect, blunting the fantasy that’s sure to be shown in the pro-Obama flick.

The former Navy SEAL who penned a firsthand account of the mission to kill Osama bin Laden did so without the permission of the U.S. government, officials said, and is now at the center of an ongoing controversy within the secretive special operations community over unauthorized disclosures.

The author of the book, who writes under the pseudonym Mark Owen, was a SEAL Team Six team leader during the mission that took out the al Qaeda leader and was “one of the first men through the door on the third floor of the terrorist leader’s hideout,” according to a statement from the book’s publisher, Dutton. The book, “No Easy Day,” is set to be released next month on the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks.

But no U.S. officials – from the White House to the Department of Defense to the CIA – have reviewed the book’s account of the top secret mission for any possible breaches of national security, officials from the departments told ABC News and The Associated Press.

Possible breaches of national security. Like, say, all those leaks from the White House?

A Dutton spokesperson said the book was vetted by a “former special operations attorney” for “tactical, technical, and procedural information as well as information that could be considered classified by compilation and [the attorney] found it to be without risk to national security,” according to a Reuters report.

The book’s announcement comes as the special operations community, especially the SEALs, have risen to the forefront of a discussion over the controversial leaking of classified information. Following the May 2011 raid that killed bin Laden, the Obama administration came under harsh criticism from Republican lawmakers for allegedly leaking too much about the mission for political gain.

One Response to “SEAL’s bin Laden Raid Book Stirs “Controversy””

  1. lyle on 24/24/12 at 12:35 pm

    Ah, yes, the fair, balanced media fails to point out that that ultra hard rightwinger, Dianne Feinstein, also raise objections to the WH over the leaks.