How inside is the new 'insider' account of bin Laden raid?
Osama bin Laden's compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan
November 4th, 2011
11:46 AM ET

How inside is the new 'insider' account of bin Laden raid?

MacMillan USA

By Pentagon Correspondent Barbara Starr

A still-unpublished book claiming to tell the inside story of the raid that killed Osama Bin Laden, which the author says is based on interviews with those on the raid, is already generating controversy inside the secretive world of U.S. Special Operations Command.

Every member of the Navy SEAL team on the raid has been questioned by superiors about whether they spoke to author Chuck Pfarrer, a former Navy Seal, about the mission in violation of orders, a U.S. official told CNN.

The official, who has direct knowledge of the questioning, told CNN that the SEALs all denied speaking with Pfarrer, whose book, "SEAL Target Geronimo: The Inside Story of the Mission to kill Osama bin Laden," is scheduled to be released next week.

The book has several chapters on other SEAL missions and history, but much of the focus is on Bin Laden.

In a telephone interview with CNN, Pfarrer said he spoke directly with several SEALs on the top-secret operation.

"I certainly did," talk to them Pfarrer told CNN, describing the conversations as "face to face." Pfarrer told CNN he also spoke to contractors who worked on preparing for the mission.

The team, known by many as "SEAL Team Six" is one of the most secretive units in the military.  Its operations are rarely discussed and are some of the most secretive conducted by the American military.  Even though administration officials quickly released information about the raid soon after bin Laden's death was announced by President Barack Obama, commanders with the U.S. Special Forces Command, or USSOCOM, ordered the unit not to speak about it.

"Neither USSOCOM nor any of its elements have provided access to or given permission for any member or members of Special Operations Forces to be interviewed about the operation that resulted in the death of Osama bin Laden," said command spokesman Ken McGraw.  "To the best of my knowledge, neither USSOCOM nor any of it elements have reviewed the book "Seal Target Geronimo."

Two other U.S. military officials also confirmed to CNN that no military personnel were granted permission to talk to Pfarrer.

Pfarrer said he engaged in 'dramatic reconstruction" of some events in the book where he directly quoted top officials involved in the attack including Admiral William McRaven, who at the time commanded the Joint Special Operations Command that ran the operation.

In one example, Pfarrer details what he described as a classified meeting between McRaven, a top CIA officer and the commanding officer of SEAL Team Six whom he calls "Scott Kerr."

Pfarrer said he is protecting the man's identity by giving him a false name and that Kerr is a composite character, although Pfarrer quotes him directly.  Only those three men were in the room, according to the book. Pfarrer quotes McRaven directly detailing security arrangements at the compound, orders by the CIA to begin planning an attack and the use of satellites by the National Reconnaissance Office.

The meeting took place in a secure conference room three stories underground at JSOC headquarters at Fort Bragg North Carolina, Pfarrer's book claims.  A military source told CNN there is no such underground facility.

Pfarrer quotes McRaven as saying the "National Reconnaissance Office has parked a satellite over the place. They got a measurement on his shadow.

He's over six feet tall." While administration officials had described the use of satellites to assess who was in the compound, the estimating of his shadow was a technique that was not revealed.

In other instances, Pfarrer disputes the official accounting of events. U.S. government officials have said that both helicopters carrying troops into the compound landed on the ground even though the initial plan called for them to slide down on ropes from a hovering helicopter.  The change of plans came after the first helicopter crashed into a compound wall. After that crash the SEALs quickly got out and began the mission from the ground, the government has said.

Pfarrer says his sources are adamant that the crash happened after the SEALs unloaded and that the other helicopter had, in fact, hovered over the roof, the SEALs roped down, got into the upper floor of the building and killed Bin Laden within two minutes.

Pfarrer says he wrote the book because he felt civilian administration officials "lost control of the narrative" in their initial public statements about the mission.

Military officials have told CNN that they will decided any any violations of national security have occurred when they see the book and decide whether the matter needs to be investigated.

Pfarrer, who said he doesn't want journalists to try to figure out the identity of his sources, told CNN "there's going to be a huge hunt to figure out who talked to Chuck and who didn't."

soundoff (164 Responses)
  1. REALLTALK

    ONE THING TO ALL THE OTHER WEAK STATE OUT THERE WITH YOUR WEAK MINDED PLP WHO LIVE ON HAND OUT , LET ME TELL YOU SOMETHING AINT NO ONE TAKING MY GUNS FROM ME FROM MY COULD DEATH HAND!! CAUSE OUT HERE IN TEXAS WE GOT A LOT OF THEM

    December 28, 2011 at 7:43 pm | Reply
    • Jim Turnbull

      Three months after Pfarrer's book came out, we now learn that, at least, some of the details in it are correct and indeed have been confirmed by the Secretary of Defence!!
      In a CBS ' 60 Minutes ' interview ( to be broadcast on Sunday,January 29th ) Leon Panetta says the US is concerned for the welfare of a Pkistani doctor who provided intelligence information to the CIA prior to the bin Laden raid.
      Chuck Pfarrer detailed in his book THREE MONTHS AGO a Pakistani doctor had worked with the CIA and the fact he conducted a ' vaccination campaign ' to try to gain access to the bin Laden compound in order to provide intel.
      Panetta also mentions the vaccinations.
      How else could Pfarrer have known about this unless he was receiving accurate information about the raid from informed sources?

      January 28, 2012 at 5:45 pm | Reply
  2. jon

    I am glad the author did not claim he talked to Osama,, like so many who talk to Elvis.

    November 7, 2011 at 2:32 pm | Reply
  3. pistoya

    We F++CKING KILLED THAT C0CKSUCKER and there are many more we will KILL !!!!!!!

    November 7, 2011 at 12:29 am | Reply
  4. danny

    You call that a mansion? I call it a shack!

    November 6, 2011 at 10:16 pm | Reply
  5. 007

    Where's the proof that bin laden and awlaki are dead? Because odumbo says so? B*****T!!!!!!!!

    November 6, 2011 at 9:57 pm | Reply
    • Dude

      Why do you wanna see a dead person?? Also, i think Bin Laden would send a tape proving along, he wouldn't let America be peaceful!

      November 7, 2011 at 1:12 am | Reply
    • Youhaveitwrong

      Because even Al Queda says he is dead? Just because you are an Obama hater doesn't mean the SEALs didn't do their job.

      November 7, 2011 at 7:29 am | Reply
  6. Douglas

    What happened to George bush Jr, that killed many innocent people and started a bullshit war to make americans money and steal oil. Should be tried for war crimes, won't happen though, if your american you get away with it! If your not the americans complain about you. I am a canadian with a brain something americans seem to be lacking. The world is tired of your bullshit do as we say not as we do. Grow a pair and stand up to your goverment or shut the **** up!

    November 6, 2011 at 9:28 pm | Reply
    • Dude

      Shut up you Canadian!!!! Canada hasent done s**t for the world, they aren't even reconzed so why don't you shut up, EH.

      November 7, 2011 at 1:10 am | Reply
      • DDH

        You're a dumb@$$ Dude. The Canadians are clearly involved. I work with several of them here in Afghanistan. Know your facts before you start spouting off unintelligently.

        November 7, 2011 at 3:35 am |
    • canadasux

      Big talker behind a keyboard and a country that does not do a damn thing about anything..........I'd love to "discuss" this with you face to face! BTW, did you serve your pos country? I served mine proudly!!! Does anyone in your country and/or France for that matter, really have anything they can actually say about anything? What a waste of good land and a further waste of so called citizens. Go do something for your country and quit worrying about ours........

      November 7, 2011 at 9:02 am | Reply
      • RT

        How unfortunate that you would spew such hostility towards an important friend. You do not do America any service by speaking as you do–you perpetuate the bad image many have of Americans as having overblown egos instead of brains as the original poster mentioned. You should turn off Fox News and read more.

        November 7, 2011 at 10:39 am |
  7. Jason

    FOX is reporting that the SEALS have said they are unhappy about the President telling the public about the attack. Didnt smell right to me. Either the FOX has a political agenda, the author does, or both do.

    November 6, 2011 at 6:10 pm | Reply
    • Alvin

      uhh, that's nothing new. The article in the Post never mentioned the SEALS being upset. spin spin spin!!

      November 6, 2011 at 7:49 pm | Reply
  8. Sam

    lies, lies and lies. rhymes like sex, lies and videotape. Mr Bin Laden died in 2001. a staged global mind control of 9/11 worked pretty good then. thanks to many people who actually think and analyze and not put emotion ahead of reason. this kind of cra....p still sells but hopefully reason will prevail one day.

    November 6, 2011 at 2:33 pm | Reply
    • T3chsupport

      I see they couldn't control your mind... where do I get a shiny hat like that?

      November 6, 2011 at 4:30 pm | Reply
  9. John Gets

    If were shown the bodies opf Saddam Hussein and Ghaddafi, why was OBL's body not shown? I smell something very fishy. Everyone knows the US Government is know to lie. Case in point..Iraq WMDs...

    November 6, 2011 at 11:23 am | Reply
    • John Gets

      sorry. I meant..If we were shown....

      November 6, 2011 at 11:25 am | Reply
    • John Gets

      Sorry again......meant..'known' and not 'know'.

      I should proof read b4 posting...

      November 6, 2011 at 11:26 am | Reply
    • pfauenauge

      The US Government is laying all the time. Whatever comes from Washington DC is a lie. The US Government is as corrupt as Russia, China and Italy. Be smart ignor what comes from Washington DC.

      November 6, 2011 at 11:47 am | Reply
      • Dude

        You all are such spazes. If you don't see everything you want you say its a lie, and not all goverments are corrupt, just some ppl, like George W. Bush

        November 7, 2011 at 1:14 am |
    • Fr33th1nk3r

      Becuase letting his corpse hang around where it can be viewed, honored, venerated, idolized, and eventually martyred, will result in MANY MORE DEATHS. The best thing to do with a potential martyr like that, in a religiously extreme society, is to knock them off, really quiet, and dump the body before anybody has a chance to complain, JUST LIKE THEY DID. Matter of factly, the whole thing was carried out very strategically– you just aren't intelligent enough to see the big picture here. Obama was right– even if they show OBL's bloodied and disfigured head on TV, complete with blood and hanging eyeballs, conspiracy theorists will still be conspiracy theorists, and it will only incite more Muslims to take up their AK-47 and suicide bomb vest and kill more innocent people.

      November 6, 2011 at 6:17 pm | Reply
      • Qadeer Zafar

        sir i respect your views i am muslim i would like to share some thing that osama and people like him are not martyrs. osama has ordered to kill innocent people all over the world how u can him a martyr or a hero he was a terrorist and he supported terrorism thats all and he died like a terrorist
        thanks

        November 7, 2011 at 2:26 am |
    • g8torvz

      Hey John,
      You are a turd, the US did not show pics of the bodies of Saddam Hussein and Ghaddafi, the government of Iraq and the Rebels did, not the US government, so know what you are talking about before running your suck

      November 6, 2011 at 7:58 pm | Reply
  10. prowlingtheservers

    They have JUST..Tried 'To Hard'...from the Git ! And thats, 'The give Away'

    Perception Management, Media Salting, D&D, 101 Propaganda class and My Favorite....Old school, 'PSYOP's'

    Why kill the link to 'The Golden Chain'...Horny High school Boy 'REVENGE'...haha OK, let's go with that.
    Operator Security? yeah OK, that one to. Ever shot with a 'Real Operator?' There 'The Epitome' of Self Control !

    This thing has been a Pasta Strainer' from SEC1. Remember THAT!

    WHY?! other than Nationalism and Just-IcE!
    Because they wanted it to be.

    TOTO(s)...this ain't Kansas....anymore.

    November 6, 2011 at 11:15 am | Reply
    • Nick

      Maybe, I don't know, try some grammar? What the hell are you talking about?

      November 6, 2011 at 12:19 pm | Reply
    • Fr33th1nk3r

      "English, mxxxxxfxxxxr, DO YOU SPEAK IT?"

      November 6, 2011 at 6:18 pm | Reply
  11. Mike

    I watched the history channel and found out all of the details Ive just heard and more . The only thing we havent seen is the proof of the prize.

    November 6, 2011 at 10:31 am | Reply
  12. Occupado

    Kudos to Obama for having the balls to get Bin Laden. Now onto Zawahiri, the other creep who was also responsible for the murder of 3,000 innocent men, women and children.

    Now, about that economy.........

    November 6, 2011 at 8:32 am | Reply
    • Flyover

      to get Bin Laden.......gee, don't you find it odd that FBI wasn't focused on arresting him for 9/11 events. Until day OBL was alleged killed the FBI's Top Ten list had down OBL for bombings in Kenya. No mention of NY/PA/DC.

      November 6, 2011 at 9:42 am | Reply
      • Brian

        @Flyover, so what? Al Capone was convicted on tax evasion, not his mob activities. Sometimes you go with the things for which you have the most solid proof. They had the most solid proof for bin Laden's other activities. It was still enough to mark him as a major terrorist.

        November 6, 2011 at 11:00 am |
  13. YanniG

    I thought a REAL soldier will be honor bound to protect all his fellow soldiers and to the overall creed. For a little money and fame this "ex seal" showed he has NO honor.

    November 6, 2011 at 5:14 am | Reply
  14. Will

    I killed Bigfoot a few weeks ago. I don't have any photos or videos, and I just dumped his body in the ocean, but I'm telling the truth! You beleive me, don't you!?

    November 6, 2011 at 4:14 am | Reply
    • Flyover

      But of course you strictly followed their religious burial code when dumping body (whatever they may be for BigFeet).

      November 6, 2011 at 9:44 am | Reply
    • Dave in Indy

      So, ... you believe Bin Laden still lives? Living next door to Hitler and Elvis in the Moon-Walk Studios in Area 51?

      November 6, 2011 at 10:48 am | Reply
    • prowlingtheservers

      Now alittle....'Media control'[That HOT New Story] ..some good PR and Congrats on your KILL, SIR.
      I believe you, like this 'Tactical INTELL Stupidity' we are suppose to 'Lap up' in a 'Nationalistic Fervor.'

      Most sheep never met, even know, or Trained with a Operator....let alone have one...for a God father to his child.

      Ain't Writing GRAND.

      November 6, 2011 at 11:37 am | Reply
    • Fr33th1nk3r

      Sorry to rain on your conspiracy-theorist parade, Will, but your Bigfoot doesn't have a weird habit of turning up in the news every few weeks to make a global announcement like Bin Laden did, so proving its absence will be problematic, as well as your sad attempt at an analogy. USE SOME COMMON SENSE. Do you honestly think that the PRESIDENT OF THE U.S. would get on national TV, in front of BILLIONS, and announce that somebody is dead without being 100% sure they guy won't turn up in a few months in Yemen or the Sudan?

      November 6, 2011 at 6:11 pm | Reply
  15. Smokey

    Sounds like this guy Pfarrer is full of it.

    November 6, 2011 at 3:07 am | Reply
  16. ma & pa

    During other wars there was a saying "Loose lips sink ships". Everyone knew what that meant. Know something? Think you know something? Want to feel like a big somebody for five minutes talking ship scheduling to a crowd? Your loved one might be on the ship you flapped your lips about and be lost when it was tracked and torpedoed by the listening enemy. High price to pay for a few minutes of feelgood. Don't you think the enemy would like to avenge Binbadguy? Think they felt stymied rage upon reading SEALs were out of their reach due to reported deaths in helicopter crash? (report made us sick for a while) Now the article and some comments say that group is being questioned. Oh, lookie here enemy, the're alive, he he, this blog says. We haven't believed much we hear for a long time. So you think paying taxes should let you know the details of how your nosey self is protected by these patriots. You want it all out there like a movie magazine spread? Your kind of curiosity puts everyone fighting to protect your sorry _;; and the rest of us in danger. We would like to know all are safe but not if asking puts loved ones in danger. At one time people knew quiet love and faith held everything together. Use that instead of nosing in details of defense unless you get to be a SEAL and learn silence .

    November 6, 2011 at 1:54 am | Reply
    • liberty5

      There is a great deal of truth in what you say. Pfarrer's motivation is probably not 'getting control of the narrative' but rather something far more mundane, such as gaining attention for himself. And earning a living. Maybe if this could be filed under "endless speculation and spin" it might find its rightful home.

      November 6, 2011 at 12:46 pm | Reply
      • Estella

        You Sir/Madam are the enemy of confusion eewvryhere!

        November 13, 2011 at 5:19 am |
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  17. Jeffrey Turner

    Can we all at least agree good riddance to bad rubbish. I am glad our President had the balls to say yes, go for it. Who would ever have thought that Obama would be this decisive. He makes his Republican predessesors look like a bunch of pussies.

    November 6, 2011 at 12:48 am | Reply
    • DCWS

      Dude you said it right...!

      November 6, 2011 at 2:28 am | Reply
      • Occupado

        What about the economy? The first Gulf war didn't help Bush 1 get reelected.

        In the end, it's the economy, stupid.

        November 6, 2011 at 8:35 am |
  18. WHAT WOULD YOU DO

    WHAT THE WORLD NEEDS NOW IS LOVE SWEET LOVE

    November 6, 2011 at 12:33 am | Reply
    • Occupado

      And less defecation on city streets by pretentious phonies who have no idea what they're angry about.

      November 6, 2011 at 8:36 am | Reply
  19. Dude

    "The Navy Seals? Great I need them like I need a hole in my head!"

    Osama Bin Laden's last words.

    November 6, 2011 at 12:11 am | Reply
  20. Johnny 5

    How could they have killed a guy that already died over a decade ago?

    November 5, 2011 at 11:46 pm | Reply
    • Dude

      Nice hat. What brand of foil do you use?

      November 5, 2011 at 11:55 pm | Reply
  21. Geronimo

    Spec Ops talked to this guy, then several Spec Ops mysteriously died in a helicopter crash... hmmmm. A shooter commits treason, a shooter is exectued by his own unit, it's the unwritten SOC code.

    November 5, 2011 at 11:08 pm | Reply
    • Occupado

      Hmmmmm......

      November 6, 2011 at 8:37 am | Reply
  22. Dave

    I've known the author, Chuck Pfarrer, for more than 25 years. If he says something, or writes something, you can take it to the bank.

    November 5, 2011 at 10:08 pm | Reply
    • Steve

      People said this about Madoff too.

      November 6, 2011 at 12:26 am | Reply
      • Steve

        And taking it to the bank was even more ironic in that case

        November 6, 2011 at 12:28 am |
    • Occupado

      Take it to what bank, Bank of America? '

      What's that gonna cost?

      November 6, 2011 at 8:38 am | Reply
  23. Rich

    "Military officials have told CNN that they will decided any any violations of national security have occurred"

    Seriously, CNN? Create a job – hire a copy editor.

    November 5, 2011 at 7:56 pm | Reply
    • liberty5

      Hear, hear.

      November 6, 2011 at 12:48 pm | Reply
  24. Bj

    They didnt bury him at sea, they're drinking out of his skull at Yale right about now.....

    November 5, 2011 at 7:46 pm | Reply
    • Occupado

      Makes the Bud Lite go down easier.

      November 6, 2011 at 8:38 am | Reply
  25. Avi Shlomo

    The fact we could start any war for an reason we propose and any using any lies the public accepts, we should not be afraid people know the deatilsm unless it tells the world whoour master is

    November 5, 2011 at 7:23 pm | Reply
    • Occupado

      Have you taken your meds today, Schlomo?

      November 6, 2011 at 8:39 am | Reply
  26. safg

    "Military officials have told CNN that they will decided any any violations of national security have occurred"

    Just give it one quick proofread?

    November 5, 2011 at 7:18 pm | Reply
  27. Steve

    The truth must be a scary thing for the gov to be so concerned. The event already happened, why can't people know what happened?

    November 5, 2011 at 4:51 pm | Reply
    • Dude

      Releasing full details could reveal how the Seals operate and there is nothing to be gained. If they did give all the details, you'd say they are lying. If they show pictures you will say they are Photoshopped. If they show video, you will say it was staged. No matter what, you have decided they are lying and there it nothing that will change that.

      They tested his DNA. It's him. He's dead. The end. If you are still questioning that, then you will never be convinced.

      November 6, 2011 at 12:18 am | Reply
    • Angelica

      Natasha Posted on Thank you for sharing your story. I'm sorry you are in pain, it's very very fcifdiult. Try to stay positive and move forward. Peace and blessings, Natasha

      April 3, 2012 at 5:49 pm | Reply
  28. james stirk

    Who cares? That is old dead and gone stuff.

    November 5, 2011 at 2:55 pm | Reply
  29. RAWoD

    This story begins with "a still unpublished book..." - makes me want to ridicule the posters here that talk about the book content as if they had already read it. I suppose a very small group assisted in proofreading. I suggest that many of these "informed readers" are lying.

    November 5, 2011 at 12:06 pm | Reply
  30. jersey3038

    Do you think bush sr. cried over his death? And how come jr. wouldn't get him? Our soldiers are the greatest on the planet and I'm extremely lucky that they protect me.

    November 5, 2011 at 11:43 am | Reply
    • mark

      sheesh why don't you shine their boots while your down there. It is fine to hold soldiers in high regard for their sacrifices, but do you have to drool?

      November 5, 2011 at 2:14 pm | Reply
  31. Lee S

    The guy is trying to generate controversy to sell his book. Any press is good press as they say.

    November 5, 2011 at 11:39 am | Reply
  32. Stone Cold 3:16

    For all you want to know all bstrads out their. Just sign up and learn first hand. Other wise leave the military biz to the GI's. Watch your on 6 here @ home. What goes on abroad stay's over their.

    November 5, 2011 at 11:22 am | Reply
  33. falseflag

    Show me the body. Buried at sea and WTC7 was brought down by fire.

    November 5, 2011 at 9:32 am | Reply
    • keef

      why don't you swim down and find him? do us a favor....

      November 5, 2011 at 10:04 am | Reply
    • Easyrhino

      I'm still waiting to see the video of the jet that allegedly hit the Pentago

      November 5, 2011 at 11:43 am | Reply
    • WakeUp

      You false flag idiots are gullible morons – don't you realize how much money is being made by spreading these lies. Bin Laden is dead, and WTC buildings came down because planes crashed into them. Wake up.

      November 5, 2011 at 1:31 pm | Reply
    • JoeBloe

      Dumbass!

      November 5, 2011 at 1:45 pm | Reply
    • jonathan

      For all it would have been better to have served his remains to some swine..Televised it so that all suicidals would see the end of their quest is a complete loss of control ..It was the death of the 19 on 9/11 that brought this nation to overkill and over extention and over spending..Too bad my mind is not there to give the wisdom from above to bring the jihaidsts to complete naught.. :) LOL :)

      November 5, 2011 at 1:54 pm | Reply
    • mark

      omg you people are funny, false flag this, conspiracy that, is this your idea of enjoying life. Okay so what, I'm sure the military does all sorts of ops we never know about, hey maybe Area 51 really did have aliens (laughing) SO WHAT.

      November 5, 2011 at 2:16 pm | Reply
      • Bakybekova

        Lou Norton November 7, 2011 chuck, i am a big navy seals fan although i did not serve my cnrotuy in uniform i consider myself a patriot and a loyal military supporter , at lease from the standpoint that i wholeheartedly support our men & women who put their lives in harms way! from the intel i have received its apparent that bin laden had died many years ago from a liver ailment and was not killed by our military earlier this year. if you have any evidenced to the contrary i stand corrected. also i have great concern that of the helicopter crash the killed all those fine soldiers in afghanistan too why would any commander put all those special forces(team six) in a flying bus at the same time? it just doesnt make any sense i smell a cover up howa bout you chuck!respectfullylewis

        June 28, 2012 at 1:22 pm |
  34. David

    Israel= 21st century Nazi Germany, and Netanyahu is a 21st century Adolf Hitler !

    November 5, 2011 at 9:22 am | Reply
    • John80

      Did you just compare a Jew to Hitler?

      November 5, 2011 at 11:00 am | Reply
      • Easyrhino

        Are their policies not dissimilar

        November 5, 2011 at 11:33 am |
    • jonathan

      show us consentration camps in Isreal and I'll change my name to Consentration Camp Ehrhardt .... :) :) :)

      November 5, 2011 at 1:56 pm | Reply
  35. sonic10158

    I am not a doubter that Osama was indeed the terrorist brought down, but I'd still like to see the photo of his corpse just for the sake of being satisfied that he got hist just desserts

    November 5, 2011 at 2:28 am | Reply
    • jonathan

      his just deserts would have been to have fed his remains to swine on national televison well on the internet so that all jihadists could see their end when they blow themselvse up..theri primitive little minds could not take the idea of being fodder for swine... my opinion is that they will abort their suicide missions... :) :) :)

      November 5, 2011 at 2:00 pm | Reply
      • Fr33th1nk3r

        Except, that is NOT how Jihadists think, Jonathan, and that is why they aren't showing pictures of his disfigured face with the left eyeball hanging out. Conspiracy theorists will never be convinced, no matter what you show them– they will just claim it was "shopped" or faked. Showing his bullet-ridden corpse on TV will not make him more dead. But the most importatn reason? YOU WOULD MAKE A MARTYR OUT OF HIM!!!! These crazy Mulism swine are motivated exclusively by "bulletin board material" like this– don't feed their brains or many more innocent people will die. They tested his DNA, they identified his face using sophisticated ID software. He's dead. Move on.

        November 6, 2011 at 6:26 pm |
  36. Matt

    He was a tampon, kill me.

    November 5, 2011 at 1:12 am | Reply
  37. Lempira

    This book is a full of crap. I dont believe a single account this author will narrate. He wants notoriety. Thats it.

    November 5, 2011 at 12:47 am | Reply
    • Easyrhino

      Since Seal Team 6 died in a helicopter crash, who's left to refute this guy?

      November 5, 2011 at 11:38 am | Reply
      • achmed fubar

        Easyrhino you ignorant slut.

        "Since Seal Team 6 died in a helicopter crash, who's left to refute this guy?"

        DEVGRP is MUCH more than the 22 Hero's that died in the Chinook Golden BB shootdown. Also, none of them who died were in on the TrashBinLaden hit. So to answer your question. All of them are left to refute the author.

        November 5, 2011 at 1:07 pm |
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        April 7, 2012 at 12:59 am |
    • mark

      The book is not even published so none of you have seen it unless you were specifically proof readers which I genuinely doubt.

      November 5, 2011 at 2:18 pm | Reply
  38. Seb

    "Pfarrer quotes McRaven as saying the "National Reconnaissance Office has parked a satellite over the place. They got a measurement on his shadow.

    He's over six feet tall." While administration officials had described the use of satellites to assess who was in the compound, the estimating of his shadow was a technique that was not revealed."

    The technique wasn't revealed? It's called geometry! I learned this "technique" in middle school. They knew what time the photo was taken (angle of the sun), and they knew the length of the shadow. I'll let you fill in the rest.

    November 4, 2011 at 9:19 pm | Reply
    • Lempira

      There wasn't sun at the time the operation took place. I know the technique you are describing it.

      November 5, 2011 at 12:48 am | Reply
      • skwirrl

        they mean when they were trying to determine whether Bin Laden was there. In the weeks and months leading up to the mission. Not during it in the middle of the night

        November 5, 2011 at 5:11 am |
      • johnny

        Lempira, you're so funny.

        November 6, 2011 at 7:58 pm |
    • Dude

      "parked a satellite over the place."

      I gotta call BS on that. The only place you can "par a satellite" is ~23,000 miles over the equator. In the "Clarke belt". That is where geosynchronous TV satellites all reside. But, that is way to high for a spy satellite which orbit about 200 miles up. At 200 miles up, you orbit the earth every 90 mins or so.

      Perhaps they maneuvered satellites to get good shots of the place, but they did not park a satellite.

      November 6, 2011 at 12:05 am | Reply
  39. dom

    The American public has a right to know EVERY detail of this operation. I am a tax payer and I have a right to know this information. To say otherwise is so absurd. "National security"? More like political security

    November 4, 2011 at 8:43 pm | Reply
    • bobcat2u

      Do you not understand the concept of secret operations ? If everyone knew how they did it, then do you think they would be able to use the same techniques next time ? Think before you post.

      November 4, 2011 at 11:55 pm | Reply
    • walkergw

      I suppose that lets you have access to all police files, court files, and any other government document? Sorry, this has been hashed over more times than you can count, and the verdict is unaminmous. You do not have the rights to classified documents.

      November 5, 2011 at 3:24 am | Reply
    • Jo

      If the public were granted access to the details of this raid, they would know how we got in. How we executed the raid. How we were able to complete this mission without taking any casualty's. The terrorists would also know how to bolster their defenses so this could never happen to them again. This would mean the deaths of the next Special Forces Team attempting to take out the next terrorist. SO you would like to have the details known to you and every terrorist on the planet? As a former Special Forces Operator, I have just one question. Where were you trained? Iran, Afghanistan, Iraq? Somolia? Why don't we just give them 24 hours notice before we conduct a raid? or maybe just go up and knock on the door politely, and ask to gain access to their compound? Not too bright are ya dom?

      November 5, 2011 at 7:57 am | Reply
    • mark

      Well i pay taxes too and there are lots of things I don't need to see; political parties must be held accountable for the actions of the military – but that does not include access to operatives and operations – thats just foolish.

      November 5, 2011 at 2:20 pm | Reply
    • johnny

      Its probably one of those "have to kill ya if they told ya" kind of things... So maybe you do deserve to know!

      November 6, 2011 at 8:02 pm | Reply
  40. AMS

    Does CNN actually employ any proofreaders?

    Military officials have told CNN that they will decided any any violations of national security have occurred when they see the book and decide whether the matter needs to be investigated.

    November 4, 2011 at 8:26 pm | Reply
    • Newsjunkie

      These mistakes are literally making me feel like I am going insane. I read these types of sentences over and over assuming that I am reading it wrong/I can't read correctly because I would assume CNN is smarter than me when it comes to writing. Thank you. I understand there is a deadline, but even Microsoft Word will pick up some of this.

      November 5, 2011 at 12:36 am | Reply
    • Dude

      The grammar checker in Microsoft Word would work wonders.

      November 6, 2011 at 12:07 am | Reply
  41. asdfghjk

    When the American people asked for proof that Bin Laden was dead, Obama basically said "screw you". He claimed that showing the pictures would be like "spiking the football".

    But then Hillary comes along and brags publicly about Gaddafi's death – spiking that proverbial football. That's kind of conflicting, isn't it? The American people asked for proof, and Obama works for us. Show us proof – when we ask for it. Respect the people, or get the $^%# out of the White House.

    November 4, 2011 at 8:11 pm | Reply
    • IronV

      You have an obvious agenda. Obama is respecting the American people by handling this thing appropriately and discreetly. Despite bull in a china shop sorts such as yourself.

      November 5, 2011 at 2:09 am | Reply
    • walkergw

      No problem. dont vote for him next time. These things are both your and his perogative. I doubt he will loose sleep over trying to convince you that he is right,. Enought people like me already understand that.

      November 5, 2011 at 3:27 am | Reply
      • skwirrl

        Typical Obama supporter. You meant LOSE sleep. Loose noose. Lost life Loose the hounds. Lost the dog. Loose like your mother. Lost like your... Oh wait you probably haven't lost that yet.

        November 5, 2011 at 5:14 am |
      • johnny

        whats that all about skwerl? Sounds like you're a typical... crackpot?

        November 6, 2011 at 8:09 pm |
      • Andrew

        You lost me at proper use of you're... Oh wait thats right, you never used it properly. MOVING ON.

        November 7, 2011 at 12:32 pm |
    • mark

      Well I am NOT an Obama supporter and there are differences to the two killings; Libya was easy – we did'nt pull the trigger, we didn't even take the ipicture, it was off a friggin cell phone – how can you compare the two? It was not even a US hit so there is no comparison.

      As it was noted, the only right you have is with your vote – if you don;t like the outcome, so be it, vote in 2012.

      November 5, 2011 at 2:24 pm | Reply
    • Billy Davis

      Show us proof. The American people didn't ask for proof just a few of the GOP leaders and FoxNews oh, they are the same. Everyone else in the world has accepted the bin Laden is dead except fools that still think there are WMD's in Iraq.

      November 6, 2011 at 7:06 am | Reply
      • johnny

        Not true. Osama's dead and there are no WMDs in Iraq! Sorry Bill.

        November 6, 2011 at 8:14 pm |
    • Fr33th1nk3r

      Please explain, asdfghjk, what purpose or greater good will be served by showing photo shots of Bin Laden's bullet-ridden face with the left eyeball hanging out of the socket? Will it make Bin laden more dead? Nope. Will it scare Muslims into not joining the Taliban/Al-Queda? Nope– quite the opposite. These fools thrive off of symbolic gestures, and showing his bloodied up corpse as a matter of U.S. Government policy? That would be Al-Queda's hugest recruiting tool..... Also, showing and sharing EVERY DETAIL of the operation puts future special forces soldiers at risk. Ghadafi was different– we did not kill him, and we did not take the pictures or choose to share them. Sharing death photos of Bin laden, to satisfy the gore-lovers living in their parents' basements, would have to be an ACTIVE CHOICE by the U.S. GOVERNMENT, since they conducted the operation and are sole owners of the photos/DNA tests. And it is a course of action that would cost many more innocent lives. Bin laden is DEAD, let his legacy die with him. Move on already....

      November 6, 2011 at 6:33 pm | Reply
    • 007

      obama lies!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      November 6, 2011 at 10:00 pm | Reply
  42. war on natural resources

    How is this not a war crime, and killing Gaddafi is?

    November 4, 2011 at 7:39 pm | Reply
    • Scott

      Are you kidding me?

      November 6, 2011 at 1:13 am | Reply
    • Dona

      cupcake8million Posted on congrats- your ivling my dream since you won't see your family/ friends for a long tie you could go cheesy- wish you were here or on the trail again or Where in the world is (your name)? Best of luck!

      April 6, 2012 at 9:22 pm | Reply
  43. TeaPartyIdiot

    Given time the truth will come out. Heads will roll, someone will get sacked and someone will get promoted.

    November 4, 2011 at 6:38 pm | Reply
    • IronV

      Why? It went beautifully. Near perfectly. Excuse me? We hunted down and killed this mass murderer and terrorist and you say "heads will roll?" Huh?

      November 5, 2011 at 2:10 am | Reply
      • David

        He meant "heads will roll" for talking to the author of the book, not for the bin Laden raid...

        November 5, 2011 at 2:23 am |
      • Catratoir

        Your brain must have been ironed or what? You misunderstood him and learn how to read, will ya?

        November 5, 2011 at 2:31 am |
    • mark

      The question will become whether this author is just tossing lighter fluid on the fire to raise publicity before the book launch – and whether he really did meet anyone – or as I think, fabricated much of it.

      November 5, 2011 at 2:25 pm | Reply
  44. ricky

    The helicopter that crashed was only a drone and incapable of carrying troops. I believe it even had holographic tech on it so it could look like a jumbo jet.

    November 4, 2011 at 6:21 pm | Reply
    • Eric

      Your tinfoil hat getting too tight?

      November 5, 2011 at 12:38 am | Reply
      • Dude

        Beat me to it.

        November 6, 2011 at 12:09 am |
  45. Sandman

    If you know anything about SEALs they don't look for the spot light. I can't see any of them talking to him about this.

    November 4, 2011 at 5:43 pm | Reply
    • gastrafitis

      He wasn't putting them in the spotlight. He said, as he told the sources, "he doesn't want journalists to try to figure out the identity of his sources".

      November 4, 2011 at 6:08 pm | Reply
    • FlyGuyInSJ

      I agree. I know a former SEAL, and I'd known him well for years, been drinking with him many times, been through the messy ends of relationships together, etc., before I found out. Even then, I learned it from a mutual friend who'd known him even longer than I had. His only comments were to acknowledge that it was true and not to tell anyone. He's never said another word about it, and I've never asked. If I did, I'm certain he wouldn't tell me anything. I don't even know how long he was in the Navy.

      November 4, 2011 at 6:16 pm | Reply
    • Big Walt

      Generally but this guy's a SEAL and he's certainly looking for the spotlight.

      November 4, 2011 at 6:27 pm | Reply
      • mark

        True but former SEAL....and the operative word is former, he is nothing more than an author now.

        November 5, 2011 at 2:27 pm |
  46. Adam

    @ Rasty Chuck is a former East Coast Team SEAL and former member of Seal Team 6. Maybe you should check YOUR sources.

    November 4, 2011 at 4:21 pm | Reply
    • A. Goodwin

      Well, he obviously wasn't a very good one considering he must be fully aware of these types of confidential matters.

      November 4, 2011 at 4:41 pm | Reply
    • mark

      Yeah yeah, so what, yes I'm aware he was a SEAL, you speak in hushed tones like we're supposed to kiss the ground every time some wanna-be-GI-JOE utters the word – sorry but the guys don't walk on water – elite soldiers definitely, but stop trying to elevate them to some god status. And just because he was a SEAL doesn't necessarily go to his integrity now.

      November 5, 2011 at 2:29 pm | Reply
  47. rasty

    so much blah blah... "wanna be there" attitude. This guy is a crack-pot trying to make $$$ on his lies. No SEAL wants to risk his family's lives or his career to be in a "tell all book". Pharrer is smoking crack.

    November 4, 2011 at 2:56 pm | Reply
    • gastrafitis

      I was going to agree there, until I read and realized that there was no conflict of validity, or authenticity of information. This isn't the only guy out there doing this.

      November 4, 2011 at 6:10 pm | Reply
    • johnny

      Yep I sold Pharrer crack. He doesn't want you to try and find me though.

      November 6, 2011 at 8:18 pm | Reply
  48. donnamarinchekmarn01

    You are all a "Bunch of Fools"

    November 4, 2011 at 11:54 am | Reply
    • alanseago

      To donnamarin: who is (or are) a bunch of fools, and why?

      November 4, 2011 at 3:21 pm | Reply
    • pfauenauge

      Yes we know that. Why don't you join us? It takes courage to tell the truth and stand up to it. I know it is not an American thing to tell the truth but try it just for once.

      November 6, 2011 at 11:54 am | Reply
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