Navy SEALs punished for revealing secrets to video game maker
A Pentagon official said Matt Bissonnette, a former Navy SEAL, also shared classified information when he released his memoir No Easy Day, described by Bissonnette as “the first hand account of the mission that killed Osama bin Laden.”
November 9th, 2012
01:38 AM ET

Navy SEALs punished for revealing secrets to video game maker

By Mike Mount

Seven U.S. Navy SEALs have been reprimanded for giving up classified information connected to their tradecraft so a video game could seem more realistic, according to a navy official.

The seven were charged with the unauthorized showing of their official combat gear and dereliction of duty for disclosing classified material after an investigation found the seven to have worked as paid consultants for two days with the video game company Electronic Arts, according to a U.S. Navy official familiar with the investigation.

The work, done around the late spring and early summer, was unauthorized by their commanders and against military regulations according to the Navy official.

All seven are active duty members of SEAL Team 6, considered the most elite of the Navy’s SEAL community. At least one of the team members was on the raid that killed Osama bin Laden last year, according to a Navy official.

The seven, all senior enlisted sailors, received their punishment Thursday at their base in Virginia. All seven were given a letter of reprimand and their pay taken for two months. The move essentially prevents their chances for promotion and ends their military careers.

Four other SEALs who have since transferred to west coast SEAL teams are still under investigation, according to the official.

The seven members were consulting with Electronic Arts on the game “Medal of Honor: Warfighter,” according to the official. The game touts that it is developed with the help of former and active duty commandos.

"Naval Special Warfare (NSW) takes all allegations of misconduct seriously and conducts investigations to determine the facts. We likewise take seriously the Non-Disclosure Agreements signed by Sailors and adherence to the articles of the Uniformed Code of Military Justice,” said Rear Adm. Garry Bonelli, Deputy Commander of the Naval Special Warfare Center in a statement given to Security Clearance.

"We do not tolerate deviations from the policies that govern who we are and what we do as Sailors in the United States Navy. The non-judicial punishment decisions made today send a clear message throughout our Force that we are and will be held to a high standard of accountability,” Bonelli, said.

The disclosure of the extra curricular activities of the SEALs comes on the heels of recently retired SEAL who was on the bin Laden raid and wrote a book about the operation.

The publication of the book released a firestorm of complaints toward the author by the Pentagon which said the book revealed secret information about how the SEALs operate. Pentagon officials threatened the author with legal action if the book was published.

To date there has been no further action toward the author Matt Bissonette, who wrote the book under the name Mark Owen.

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  1. Anon

    "All seven were given a letter of reprimand and their pay taken for two months. The move essentially prevents their chances for promotion and ends their military careers." A letter of reprimand and two months pay is neither a prevention of promotion nor a career ending action. It's a slap on the wrist. If they were even remotely serious an article 15 at the least would've been given. Nice reporting CNN.

    November 14, 2012 at 5:56 am | Reply
  2. andrewjun

    LEAKED! MILITARY GUNS LEAKED IN VIDEO GAME!!

    November 12, 2012 at 5:45 pm | Reply
  3. Moe

    Wow, after reading this article and all the comments made, I know some of you don't have anything better to do and be belligerent over the internet.

    Video games (shooting) does not make a person capable to shoot, train and/or be adequate for a mission. It's fantasy. If I show someone pictures, exchange a story, or show them a video, he or she will never perform exceptionally on their own. It takes a Master, Mentor, Instructor, or a teacher to show and enable those skills. Knowing equipment goes the same way. I know more than half of this country will not know how to put a half-thousand dollar vest on or even put one together. After reading the book, No Easy Day, I can point out many classified information, but for an ordanary person would probably never catch it on their own.

    Only someone in the Military should point out their views about the SEAL's awarded the court martial and the NJP's.

    But finally, being in the Military, a true warrior will never show his secrets, only for those who will defend the nation and their oath. Loose Lips Sink Ships, beware of unguarded talk. Keep Your Mouth Shut. OPSEC

    November 12, 2012 at 5:01 pm | Reply
    • Arc

      wow way to be a fascist buddy.

      November 13, 2012 at 10:57 am | Reply
    • justagurlinseattle

      they could take a few cues from the Bletchley Park Code Breakers of WW2.....

      taken from Wiki...

      Not until F. W. Winterbotham's book The Ultra Secret was published in 1974[25] did ex-Bletchley Park staff feel free to reveal something of their wartime work. Deaths before that time meant that many parents, spouses and children were never told more than that it was secret work for the Foreign Office or one of the armed services.[26] Even 70 years later, some people still regard themselves bound to remain silent.[27]
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      November 13, 2012 at 7:27 pm | Reply
    • Fred

      The government did a very good job of brainwashing you!

      December 7, 2012 at 7:20 pm | Reply
  4. Alex

    They broke no secrets. You kidding me? They showed off their equipment? Everybody who encountered them already knows about their equipment. Tactics and moves? Not a big deal. All of the special forces in the world are more or less familiar with each others' practices.

    November 12, 2012 at 1:23 pm | Reply
    • justagurlinseattle

      This is NOT how a Special Op's Elite Office acts....

      Look up Bletchley Park...

      These people did not disclose their part in breaking Codes for Britain in WW2 until a book was written in 1974....
      and even then.... many still 70 years later do not talk about what they did....

      That is HOW ELITES Conduct themselves.....

      November 13, 2012 at 7:34 pm | Reply
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  6. sigintspctr

    Reblogged this on Sig_Int SitRep and commented:
    What are your thoughts on this particular incident. (Not talking about the book on "Neptune's Spear", or WikiLeaks)
    Was this the right thing to do for the most elite military unit ?

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    November 12, 2012 at 4:22 am | Reply
  7. zulukilojuliet

    Well, this is what happens when you post a 10 million dollar reward, and then don't pay the guys who did it.

    November 11, 2012 at 11:35 pm | Reply
    • Alex

      You're dead on!

      November 12, 2012 at 1:26 pm | Reply
    • justagurlinseattle

      Military men do not ACCEPT Rewards for Missions they complete.....

      They act in Service to their COUNTRY......

      November 13, 2012 at 7:08 pm | Reply
  8. Bill

    Wow, so i guess it's only ok to release these secrets when your name is Obama, and youre trying to get your NATGEO propaganda movie released 2 days before the election, huh?

    November 11, 2012 at 10:48 am | Reply
    • JacinJax

      Approval to release information must be approved by superiors. PRESIDENT Obama is Commander in Chief. Get over it.

      November 11, 2012 at 11:23 am | Reply
      • buckn

        Your point is?
        Letting secrets out that may endanger the lives of your men, whether you are the Commander in chief or not, is reckless and wrong. It gives aid, in the form of information, to the enemy. Giving aid to the enemy has a name, I believe. . .

        November 11, 2012 at 12:08 pm |
  9. sanelson

    It probably wasn't a big deal until military people told CNN that their secrets were published in a video game.

    November 10, 2012 at 9:31 pm | Reply
  10. sanelson

    It probably wasn't a big deal until the military told CNN that the game exposed their secrets.

    November 10, 2012 at 9:30 pm | Reply
    • JacinJax

      They told the news media because they want everyone to know it's a big deal. The STS member who wrote the book without having submitted it for approval will find he'll have to look elsewhere to find a security clearance, etc as well. The message to all is clear Keep Your Big Mouths Shut.

      November 11, 2012 at 7:22 am | Reply
      • Tom, Tom, The Piper's Son

        The message is, that the Pentagon is all. Doesn’t matter if no useful info was released.. you didn’t ask for permission so we are going to make an example out of you. Typical military BS.

        November 13, 2012 at 12:17 pm |
      • JacinJax

        Didn't like it? Shouldn't have joined the military much less become a SEAL. It's really that simple.

        November 13, 2012 at 5:37 pm |
      • justagurlinseattle

        EXACTLY Right....

        I was watching a show where these ladies in Britain who were good at number puzzles were
        asked to work as Code Breakers against Germany.... Bletchy Park.... look it up...
        They did not tell their families what they did... they did not tell their friends. what they did.....

        It was in until 1974 these people remained SILENT..... Even 70 years later, some people still regard themselves bound to remain silent....

        That is commitment... and HONORABLE..... That is how ELITE Men and women act....

        November 13, 2012 at 7:16 pm |
      • justagurlinseattle

        *Bletchley Park.... rather.....

        November 13, 2012 at 7:36 pm |
  11. EdD

    Attention sheep! Anything not reported on CNN is just looney conspiracy. That is all.

    November 10, 2012 at 2:51 pm | Reply
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  13. Just my 2 cent

    It really doesn't matter what they post about these guys...You don't just go down and stand in line to become a seal alot of time and money and training goes in to these guys more guys don't make it then ones that do make it and become a seal. They say they are doing one thing but no one will ever know if anything was done because of their actions. Ya we took 2 months pay we put a letter on file DID THEY REALLY ???.. who cares 7 guys help a video game maker a better game. Im sure there are alot of worse things that have happened that non of us will ever know about.

    November 10, 2012 at 1:16 am | Reply
    • JacinJax

      While we live in a social media world there parts that have to stay secret. I grew up in a Black Ops household and the first thing you learn is Keep Your Big Mouth Shut. Watched Dad leave the house in a suit and tie and lied to teachers, etc that he worked in insurance. You DON'T talk about anything to anyone. What's said around the campfire stays around the campfire. When you accept a position in Black Ops you accept the fact to the world you are invisible. Intel is gathered by putting together by the little puzzle pieces. What is so to understand that until it is approved by your superiors KEEP YOUR BIG MOUTH SHUT!!

      November 10, 2012 at 11:39 am | Reply
      • Unknown

        Why don't you do it? Keep you big mouth shut and you little fingers crossed. Don't talk, don't write.

        November 10, 2012 at 6:06 pm |
    • austin covert

      yes 7 navy seals helped make a better video game but in the process they were not authorized by their commanders to do so and they relieved military secrets to the public so there is a problem with it Just my 2 cent and just saying im 14 years old and can easily recognize a problem when i hear one so i really want to hear you respond to that

      November 10, 2012 at 6:58 pm | Reply
      • Tom, Tom, The Piper's Son

        You are young and believe whatever authority figures tell you. Yes.. giving away secrets could be dangerous. But they didn’t give away anything of consequence. Navy Seals have given a lot of advice to games/movies/books in the past. The difference here and the only reason you are hearing about it is that they didn’t get permission first. They are being made examples of. Feel free to join up when you are old enough. Maybe then you’ll realize this is about authority not secrets or safety.

        November 13, 2012 at 12:22 pm |
      • JacinJax

        @austin covert at 14 years old you seem to be more mature then The Piper's Son. He doesn't seem to understand that these men weren't drafted, they joined knowing full well the rules. Break the rules and pay the consequences. Even a 2 year old understands that.

        November 13, 2012 at 5:42 pm |
      • justagurlinseattle

        Austin... You seem to be far more mature than the ones excusing this mess....

        You are absolutely correct.....

        NOt only that.... Revealing anything when you are supposed to be a Spec Op's Elite Officer.... is ANYTHING BUT Honorable....

        Code Breakers in WW2 did not reveal their part in code breaking for 30 years....
        Some of them after 70 years did not talk of their part in WW2... now, that is HONOR....

        Look up Bletckley Park..... British Code Breakers....

        November 13, 2012 at 7:42 pm |
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  15. Mr Froggy

    So, every post here has overlooked a very important point: when can we all buy the game and pretend to be navy commandos?

    November 9, 2012 at 11:16 pm | Reply
    • C featherstone

      EXACTLY!!!!!!!!!! FINALLY A BRAIN!

      November 9, 2012 at 11:20 pm | Reply
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      November 10, 2012 at 1:36 am | Reply
      • sam

        I have & like this game. After the news came out about the game, it makes me want to play it more...If this is real classified information why is it all over the news and why did they let the public know what game was involved?

        November 10, 2012 at 3:11 pm |
  16. krazykat_randi

    Well, if they prosecute these guys, then Obummer needs to be prosecuted as well. The WH is one big giant leaking sieve.

    November 9, 2012 at 8:54 pm | Reply
  17. Robert

    This did not end their career..terrible job reporting. They got a 60/60 loss of two months pay and a letter added to their service record. The Navy will not terminate the career of 7 highly trained Seals over something like this...Get a grip CNN

    November 9, 2012 at 6:43 pm | Reply
    • Nick

      A UCMJ punishment follows you for your whole career and can effectively end it. If you can't get promoted, you will be discharged for tunure. So they are correct. What they recieved is called captains mast and they lose 1/2 a months pay for 2 months. He could have dishonorably dischrged them if he wanted to.

      November 9, 2012 at 8:02 pm | Reply
      • Nick

        Excuse me *Tenure

        November 9, 2012 at 8:02 pm |
      • fsjunkie

        You cannot be dishonorably discharged at Captains Mast. But these guys most likely lost their security clearances over this, effectively ending their SEAL careers.

        November 9, 2012 at 9:11 pm |
      • A Former Sailor

        Since I am not privy to all the SEALS classified information, I have no idea what is “real” in the video game. As for endangering fellow SEALS, that is truly BS. Every mission, every situation has different tactics and parameters. To even consider they use the same technique over and over is completely stupid. As for official gear, I don’t recall an article of the UCMJ that addresses Official Gear? Does it have some special sticker? Copyright? I think they should get a swift kick in the A$$ in the privacy of their Commander’s Office and be sent on their next assignment.
        Considering how low their pay is, two months will be felt; I hope EA paid them a nice consulting fee and thank them for the continued service to our nation.

        November 12, 2012 at 2:27 pm |
    • JacinJax

      Their SEAL careers are over. There ability to get a security clearance in the future is done. Guess they can be full time consultants to game makers or become mercs but the fact remains that they have chosen to betray their oath. All they had to do was submit a request to their superiors to take the job as consultants and get approval. Let this be a lesson to a new generation of Special Operations–KEEP YOUR BIG MOUTH SHUT!!!

      November 10, 2012 at 11:51 am | Reply
      • InFormed

        With such highly trained and dangerous people, we should all be careful how much you push them. Look what happened in Mexico and their elite forces who all joined up with the drug cartels because they pay insane amounts of $$$

        November 13, 2012 at 10:22 am |
      • JacinJax

        And if these men would do that then should be hunted down like rabid animals.

        November 13, 2012 at 5:34 pm |
    • jkm49

      Their careers are at a dead end now. Most likely they will be overlooked for future promotions, in essence their careers are terminated, unless they are at the top grades of enlisted personnel (E7-E9). which I doubt they are, more likely E5's &6's. Sad state of affairs losing experts like this, and now General Petraeus career comes to a halt. Big losses for the Spec Ops community.

      November 11, 2012 at 10:58 am | Reply
      • JacinJax

        Old Army saying "Don't sh!t where you eat". Too bad neither the SEALS or the General were paying attention.

        November 11, 2012 at 11:21 am |
  18. Tembisa

    Reblogged this on World Chaos.

    November 9, 2012 at 4:48 pm | Reply
  19. helloyall

    Amazes me these men do this stuff. Look at the men from Macv-SOG for sake of argument. These men never said a word to make money, betray their oaths for a few extra bucks. They believed in duty, honor country. They took that written oath seriously. Now day its all about the green. Well since they ruined their careers most will work for blackwater etc for the big bucks.

    November 9, 2012 at 3:20 pm | Reply
    • justagurlinseattle

      same with the ladies and men of Bletchley Park... the Code breakers for Britain in WW2...

      some of them did not even talk 70 years later......

      taken from Wiki....

      Not until F. W. Winterbotham's book The Ultra Secret was published in 1974[25] did ex-Bletchley Park staff feel free to reveal something of their wartime work. Deaths before that time meant that many parents, spouses and children were never told more than that it was secret work for the Foreign Office or one of the armed services.[26] Even 70 years later, some people still regard themselves bound to remain silent.[27]

      November 13, 2012 at 7:48 pm | Reply
  20. jb1111

    PETRAEUS JUST RESIGNED AT THE CIA OVER BENGHAZI!!

    November 9, 2012 at 3:03 pm | Reply
    • robin

      do you take urself seriously or are you as big a joke in the mirror as you are to everyone else ... he cheated on his wife ..... duhhhhhhhhhh

      November 9, 2012 at 3:53 pm | Reply
      • Matt

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        November 9, 2012 at 8:38 pm |
      • EdD

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        November 10, 2012 at 2:50 pm |
  21. DresNightfire

    Osama Bin Laden was killed in 2004. Look it up.

    November 9, 2012 at 2:54 pm | Reply
  22. jb1111

    MAYBE THE SEALS DID THIS TO CALL ATTENTION TO OBAMA'S LEAKS OF CLASSIFIED INFORMATION ABOUT THEM LAST YEAR.

    THE SEALS FEAR NO ONE AND NOTHING.

    THE SEALS ARE THE REAL PATRIOTS!

    November 9, 2012 at 2:21 pm | Reply
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      November 9, 2012 at 2:46 pm | Reply
      • justagurlinseattle

        DGT... YOu said it... BRAVO....

        You could not have worded it better....

        November 13, 2012 at 7:50 pm |
  23. D Gerardi

    Bad move..but a letter of reprimand and loss of pay does not end your career...do some fact-checking before you report

    November 9, 2012 at 2:17 pm | Reply
    • Nick

      A UCMJ punishment stays in your record and is taken into account when you are up for promotion and IS held against you, trust me.

      November 9, 2012 at 8:05 pm | Reply
    • JacinJax

      The letter effects their security clearance. They'll be lucky to have a desk assignment. The inability to get a security clearance in the future will limit any civilian jobs they can have. In five years what they know will have become obsolete so jobs as consultants will dry up. They can be mercs but even those organizations require you to KEEP YOUR BIG MOUTH SHUT! Why is this so hard to understand?

      November 10, 2012 at 12:04 pm | Reply
  24. John M.

    @JB1111: We've gotten your message. Please find something else to say to contribute to the conversation. And stop shouting....

    November 9, 2012 at 1:56 pm | Reply
    • Mike in Seattle

      I DON'T THINK HE'S LISTENING.

      November 9, 2012 at 2:02 pm | Reply
      • justagurlinseattle

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        November 13, 2012 at 7:54 pm |
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      November 9, 2012 at 2:08 pm | Reply
      • jb1111

        OBAMA HAS TIES TO THE U.S. COMMUNIST PARTY.

        AND HE USES ALL THEIR TERMINOLOGY.

        YOU MIGHT WANT TO GOOGLE IT.

        READ BOTH THE PROS AND CONS.

        MAKE UP YOUR OWN MIND.

        November 9, 2012 at 2:24 pm |
      • RS

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        November 9, 2012 at 3:40 pm |
      • Dom

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        November 13, 2012 at 12:33 pm |
  25. Martin

    The seals are a bunch of egotistical whiners looking for attention.

    November 9, 2012 at 1:48 pm | Reply
    • Mike in Seattle

      You've got to get out more often.

      November 9, 2012 at 1:54 pm | Reply
      • Ken

        They risked their life to kill the most wanted man, so leave them be

        November 9, 2012 at 1:59 pm |
      • justagurlinseattle

        Mike... Elite Spec Op's groups do NOT talk about what they do....

        It really does make them look bad... It is supposed to be about conducting themselves in an Honorable manner...
        Country Over Self Promotion....

        Do you know that the British Bletchley Park Code Breakers of WW2 did not discus or disclose their part in WW2
        until well after the mid 1970's????

        Their friends their families had NO IDEA what they did.... that is how HONORABLE people conduct themselves....

        here is a little excerpt from WIKI on Bletchley Park......

        Not until F. W. Winterbotham's book The Ultra Secret was published in 1974[25] did ex-Bletchley Park staff feel free to reveal something of their wartime work. Deaths before that time meant that many parents, spouses and children were never told more than that it was secret work for the Foreign Office or one of the armed services.[26] Even 70 years later, some people still regard themselves bound to remain silent.[27]

        November 13, 2012 at 8:03 pm |
    • rman

      Martin-Have you been drinking or did a SEAL steal your girlfriend? They consulted on some equipment anyone could buy from Amazon...Had they given up any real secrets that were a threat to our security or theirs, the game would not be released and this whole matter would disappear.

      November 9, 2012 at 2:07 pm | Reply
  26. Trese

    a Letter of Reprimand, and pay witholding?? That's it? For this, there should be Brig Time....and for the guy who wrote the book.

    November 9, 2012 at 1:43 pm | Reply
    • Marc

      Now they go to work for a private contractor and make 20 x's the money as when they were squids.

      November 9, 2012 at 2:01 pm | Reply
      • JacinJax

        Yes but those private contractors require they keep their secrets. So that means these men's silence can be bought. Good riddance.

        November 10, 2012 at 12:08 pm |
    • jb1111

      Yea, Obama got off Scott FREE when he Leaked Classified Information FIRST right after bin Laden's Death.

      Go figure.

      Obama should be IMPEACHED for TREASON for doing that!

      DO IT NOW!

      November 9, 2012 at 2:02 pm | Reply
    • justagurlinseattle

      I absolutely agree......

      The Men and women of WW2 would be DISGUSTED with these actions..... this is NOT how ELITE Groups conduct themselves.....

      It is supposed to be Country Over Self Promotion.....

      November 13, 2012 at 8:06 pm | Reply
  27. anna lee

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    November 9, 2012 at 1:32 pm | Reply
    • Archangel

      A letter of reprimand for allowing others to see and describe Special OPS gear to make a vidoe game more realistic???? Get serious!!! A Tom Clancy novel routinely explains and describes special forces "kits" as a filler for his tales. Clancy's non-fiction works like "Guided Tour of Light Infantry" gives a lot of detail and is fact based. The promary actors in the Movie Act of Valor were SEALS. Does any one think the gear in the game was any different than in the movie? Senior Military could and probably should be using this as a recruiting tool.

      November 9, 2012 at 2:03 pm | Reply
      • JacinJax

        They didn't submit a request and notification to Senior Military for permission to do this knowing full well it was against the UMCJ. Guess they thought the rules don't apply to them.

        November 10, 2012 at 12:12 pm |
  28. rjmaclean

    Slaps on the wrists here for disclosing CLASSIFIED information for PERSONAL GAIN, but other federal government employees who expose CLASSIFIED or EVEN UNclassified disclosures or high-level wrongdoing - referred to as "whistleblowers" - get immediately fired or face decades in prison like Thomas Drake (National Security Agency), who went to the the inspectors generals first.

    Hypocrisy at its finest...

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    November 9, 2012 at 1:29 pm | Reply
    • John M.

      I'm not sure I'd call it a slap on the wrist, although granted they're not likely to go to prison. Their careers as SEALs are effectively over. Surely a stupid move for men who have gone through so much to become elite with the elite.

      November 9, 2012 at 1:39 pm | Reply
      • rjmaclean

        They are certainly slaps on the wrist to those who got slammed for trying to do the right thing: those sailors still get an income, have their benefits, don't lose their houses, and can pursue a pension after 20 years. After I blew the whistle, I lost EVERYTHING:

        http://www.cnn.com/2011/US/08/05/air.marshal.fired/index.html?iref=allsearch

        November 9, 2012 at 1:49 pm |
      • Nick

        Nah. They'll just join Blackwater and get paid more money.

        November 9, 2012 at 1:53 pm |
    • jb1111

      OBAMA LEAKED CLASSIFIED INFO ABOUT THE SEALS TO THE N. Y. TIMES RIGHT AFTER THE RAID.

      REMEMBER HOW THE TIMES GAVE OBAMA ALL THE GLORY AND WITH THAT LEAKED INFO IN ALL THOSE ARTICLES?

      MAYBE THE SEAL WANTED TO CALL ATTENTION TO OBAMA DOING THAT.

      THE SEALS ARE THE REAL HEROES!!

      YOU ROCK, SEALS!!

      November 9, 2012 at 3:01 pm | Reply
      • C featherstone

        Do you know that the commander in chief sets the classification for materials? What? Are you really this misinformed on protocol in the UNITED STATES? Or is it that you do not understand what CLASSIFIED MEANS? Presidential authority!!!!!!!!! That means what ever he declassifies is automatically declassified!!!!!! He is the final classification authority! WOW!!!! YOUR STATEMENT IS THAT WAY OFF! GOOD LORD!

        November 9, 2012 at 11:18 pm |
    • justagurlinseattle

      I just read what happened to you....

      Our Government acted DISGRACEFULLY....

      You deserved MUCH better than the way you were treated....

      I hope things have gotten better for you..... is there an update as to your situation????

      What have you done since???

      I agree... they deserve much harsher treatment than they received.....

      November 13, 2012 at 8:18 pm | Reply
    • justagurlinseattle

      This is such a disgrace....

      YOU were just trying to protect American lives.....

      These SEALs were more concerned with Self Promotion over duty and honor of Country....

      YOU should consider moving to Europe, a man with your skills would be treated VERY well here.....
      I live in Sweden.... I would bet the government here would love to have a man like you here....

      I hope your situation has improved....

      Is there an update as to how your things are for you now????

      November 13, 2012 at 8:22 pm | Reply
  29. Jon

    I think the lesson here is that the U.S. Government needs to start paying these guys a lot more so they don't feel so tempted to sell out. These guys are the most elite soldiers of our country and only get a middle class salary? Get real. No wonder they sold out.

    November 9, 2012 at 1:14 pm | Reply
    • jb1111

      OBAMA HAS A LOT OF MONEY ...... MILLIONS !

      AND HE LEAKED FIRST IN 2011 RIGHT AFTER BIN LADEN'S DEATH.

      November 9, 2012 at 1:18 pm | Reply
      • C featherstone

        Do you know that the commander in chief sets the classification for materials? What? Are you really this misinformed on protocol in the UNITED STATES? Or is it that you do not understand what CLASSIFIED MEANS? Presidential authority!!!!!!!!! That means what ever he declassifies is automatically declassified!!!!!! He is the final classification authority! WOW!!!! YOUR STATEMENT IS THAT WAY OFF!

        November 9, 2012 at 11:16 pm |
    • jbcal

      I'm pretty sure they knew the pay scale before they volunteered.

      November 9, 2012 at 1:57 pm | Reply
    • JacinJax

      Then why did they become SEALs in the first place? A sellout is a sellout and can never be trusted.

      November 10, 2012 at 12:15 pm | Reply
  30. Doc

    They are a very small percentage of the Teams and these incidences are embarrassing to our community as a whole. Nearly all of our members take the greatest pride in doing the job to the best our ability without seeking financial reward or recognition outside of the teams and continue to serve our communities and country long after we leave the Teams. No matter what you hear from CNN, Fox, Social Media, or anyone else thousands of men who wear or have worn the Trident continue to be silent professionals.

    November 9, 2012 at 1:05 pm | Reply
    • DougCollins

      of course they are. it's more dangerous at the office than in the field.
      I have total faith they all know what to do when in action. But how can any normal thinking person handle the clowns running the miltary today?
      Video games must be a great outlet for them.

      November 9, 2012 at 1:10 pm | Reply
      • jb1111

        ARE YOU REFERRING TO OBAMA AND PANETTA, DOUG?

        BECAUSE OBAMA LEAKED FIRST RIGHT AFTER BIN LADEN'S DEATH.

        MAYBE HIS LEADERSHIP REALLY DOES WORK.

        November 9, 2012 at 1:30 pm |
      • jbcal

        jb we get it. You don't like the President, now sit down and sthu for the next 4 years.

        November 9, 2012 at 2:00 pm |
      • HZ

        To the people spouting, 'Obama leaked first' - really? What exactly did he leak? And how does that rise to the level of a SEAL revealing secret gear exactly? Please show us where the President revealed secret SEAL gear and tactics. And it's funny you forget that the President did not say anything at all about the prep to get Bin Laden until after Bin Laden was dead and the SEALS were home safe. That's a lot more restraint than the Bush admin used when they outed an active CIA agent in harms way to help them start the unecessary Iraq war that costs thousands of U.S. lives.

        NEXT

        November 9, 2012 at 2:24 pm |
    • Nate

      Thank You, so much, Sir for your silent service. It is one of the things that helps Americans rest safely at night, warm in our beds, knowing that individuals like you are out there, willing to silently sacrifice for ideals that we all respect, but you live by. Semper vigilans.

      November 9, 2012 at 1:15 pm | Reply
    • jb1111

      ARE YOU AND YOUR COMMUNITY EMBARRASSED OVER OBAMA TOO, DOC?

      AFTER ALL, HE LEAKED FIRST RIGHT AFTER BIN LADEN'S DEATH.

      REMEMBER ALL THOSE N.Y. TIMES ARTICLES WITH CLASSIFIED INFORMATION?

      AND HE WAS SEEKING RECOGNITION AND A LOT MORE PERSONAL GAIN.

      November 9, 2012 at 1:44 pm | Reply
      • ggaaaaahhhhhh!

        I LOVE LAMP!

        November 9, 2012 at 2:24 pm |
      • Dom

        Do you really consider him telling his country that the most wanted terrorist alive was killed? if so, you my friend, a genius!!! now please, do continue chewing on your foot you fool.

        November 13, 2012 at 12:37 pm |
      • justagurlinseattle

        Turn off the CAPS lock you fool.....

        November 13, 2012 at 8:40 pm |
    • macs

      Very well said...

      November 9, 2012 at 1:45 pm | Reply
    • Mike

      While I agree that the vast majority of operators continue to exceed the high standards expected of them, I think the punishment of those who chose not to is both fitting and important. The Special Operations community serves as role models to the rest of the military community, and forgiving a breach of security at such a high level would likely have wider implications throughout the military as a whole.

      November 9, 2012 at 2:32 pm | Reply
    • JacinJax

      Thank you. Grew up in a black ops home and others just don't understand what it is to be invisible to the rest of the world while dealing with worlds secrets. This has sent a signal to those in the future that personal ego or love of big money will not be tolerated by your fellow SEALS let alone Superiors.

      November 10, 2012 at 12:21 pm | Reply
    • justagurlinseattle

      Duty and Honor over Self Promotion.....

      for most of my LIFE, I have had NOTHING but respect and admiration for the Armed Service men and women....

      People like YOU should not have to pay for the sins of these men..
      It saddens me that this will reflect on the whole SEAL Community..... HOPEFULLY it won't be that bad...

      what they did was WRONG and for personal gain....
      This is not how Honorable Elite Conduct themselves....
      My Grandfather who fought in WW2 would be disgusted by these men's actions.....

      people just do not understand the words Duty and Honor anymore.....

      PS.... thank you for your service to our country....

      I wish more men and women like you would step forward to remind us that MOST of you are
      Honorable men and women.... and Deserve Respect for what you have sacrificed for our country....

      November 13, 2012 at 8:36 pm | Reply
  31. Sonny

    It is very sad that the money play more importance than dignity and patriotic. How can someone betray their own country for a little cash. Shame on you.

    November 9, 2012 at 12:59 pm | Reply
    • DougCollins

      I alwayswonder why people think being on the government payroll makes one patriot much less worth any praise.
      I give these Seals a lot of credit for taking their knowledge and making something out of it AND THEY DIDN'T GIVE UP ANY SECRETS!
      This story is more of a reflection of the small minds in the "top brass" that don't like getting upended. as evident is going on in Arizona, even the Seals have reason not to have trust or faith in the commanding officer group we have sitting in the Pentagon today.
      Looks like these Seals have a lot of dignity. Ignore the stupid and fight for the country.

      November 9, 2012 at 1:07 pm | Reply
      • HZ

        You may have a low IQ, but the stuff was secret. Otherwise the video game maker wouldn't have had to ask them to look at their gear. The gear would already be well known and they could have gone to an army surplus store and bought it or found lots of pics on the net. Try another spin.

        November 9, 2012 at 2:19 pm |
      • JacinJax

        If they weren't giving up secrets then why didn't they follow the law and submit this to their superiors for approval? Secrets or not they can no longer be trusted.

        November 10, 2012 at 12:23 pm |
      • justagurlinseattle

        There is NO DIGNITY in Selling out to a video game for cash....

        This is NOT how Elite Spec Op's groups conduct themselves.....

        Selling information to a GAME is hardly dignified....

        HONOR and DUTY to Country Over self promotion.....

        November 13, 2012 at 8:44 pm |
    • jb1111

      RIGHT ON, SONNY!!

      AND THAT APPLIES 10 TIMES FOR OBAMA WHO LEAKED FIRST IN 2011.

      DO YOU CALL THAT "LEADERSHIP" AT WORK?

      November 9, 2012 at 1:32 pm | Reply
    • jb1111

      HEY, SONNY, DO YOU THINK OBAMA WAS SEEKING PERSONAL GAIN WHEN HE LEAKED FIRST IN 2011?

      NOW THERE'S A REALLY AMBITIOUS GUY THAT NEEDS TO ADD MORE MILLIONS TO HIS MILLIONS.

      I THINK WE CALL THAT GREED.

      SHALL WE ALL HANG HIM HIGH, TOO?

      November 9, 2012 at 1:47 pm | Reply
  32. HZ

    This means they would have sold out to China or North Korea for the same amount of cash, imo... as they did not believe the info they were trading was important. That's very bad.

    November 9, 2012 at 12:55 pm | Reply
    • Dave

      you mean like Clinton – did'nt he get a big fat campaign check from China?????

      November 9, 2012 at 1:02 pm | Reply
      • HZ

        And why do you assume I'm Okay with everything Clinton did? But I'll keep it in mind that it's okay to break secrecy laws as long as you can point a finger and show somebody else did it in the past. Good to know, you anti-american you.

        November 9, 2012 at 2:21 pm |
    • jb1111

      NOW, NOW, HZ.

      OBAMA DID IT FIRST RIGHT AFTER BIN LADEN'S DEATH IN 2011.

      MAYBE HE HAS ONLY SOLD OUT TO PUTIN IN MOSCOW, NOT NORTH KOREA YET.

      REMEMBER THE OPEN MIC WERE OBAMA WHISPERED SECRETS IN THE RUSSIAN'S EAR THAT HE DIDN'T TELL AMERICA?

      November 9, 2012 at 1:37 pm | Reply
      • anchorite

        Dude, I am only going to tell you this once. You have your caps lock on, and stay off the meth.

        November 9, 2012 at 1:54 pm |
      • HZ

        The President did not show pics of what the SEALS' gear looks like or reveal secret tactical details. The SEALS did flub the destruction of their stealth helicopter which made that public knowledge.

        November 9, 2012 at 2:20 pm |
  33. Jenny O

    The government should be punished first for opening their traps all these years. It's like telling your kid not to do something but doing it yourself but on a entirely different level of course. The SEALs shouldn't get punished until the government officials who have leaked out information first have and show them and as example first and let's start out with our shady president Mr. Obama himself! I agree with Jb. It disgusts me that America was stupid enough to re elect poison as our leader once again, and to say you all fell for his "Change" act in the first place is a joke! I thought you were smarter than that America! Punish the government for their big mouths first and then let's talk about the SEALs and this silly little game.

    November 9, 2012 at 12:55 pm | Reply
    • JacinJax

      The Commander in Chief can't leak because he's the top guy and it's ultimately his call. Just because you don't think of him as the Commander in Chief doesn't mean he's not.

      November 10, 2012 at 12:27 pm | Reply
  34. Dave

    In reposnse: to say the President can give out classified info at his perogative sounds a lot like Nixon saying "If the President does it – it is not against the law." BUT – oh yeah – he was Republican so it was wrong – It is OK for a DEM to break the law – I keep forgetting that part. Silly me!!!!

    November 9, 2012 at 12:49 pm | Reply
  35. Joe Prov

    Want to bet that the video game company ratted them out… this is publicity you only dream of. Not only do they get their product advertised for free but, CNN and the United States military are also testifying on how realistic and true to life the game is – even reprimanding seal members (who should be dishonorably discharged) for given secrets that the game maker incorporated into the game. Gold baby.

    November 9, 2012 at 12:47 pm | Reply
    • Dave

      For the SEALs too. The punishment apparently did not force them to give up the pay they received. Also, any member of STS can easily find a "six" figure job on the outside – especially with the way the world is descending into chaos.Lots od security firms out there. Poor guys!!!!

      November 9, 2012 at 1:00 pm | Reply
      • JacinJax

        Yes they'll be able to get big $$ working for civilian contractors. But will their employers trust them with their secrets? Or are they just going to be highly paid name plates? Will their new employers worry that if an offer from a gaming company comes their way, these men will secretly take it (as they did as SEALS) and reveal things about the employers ops? Will the employer be able to get them a security clearance which allows involvement in anything more then pushing non-classified paperwork? So many questions and only time will tell.

        November 10, 2012 at 12:35 pm |
  36. Dave

    In response: the classified info Obama gave out besides STS was the Commanche – previously designed as an attack helicopter but was "cancelled" It apparently was converted to a stealth troop transport. I am an active duty officer and I had never heard of it until that night – so yes I do know what the hell I am talking about

    November 9, 2012 at 12:47 pm | Reply
    • jb1111

      REMEMBER THE N. Y. TIMES ATTRIBUTING THE CLASSIFIED INFORMATION TO THE WHITE HOUSE IN ALL THEIR ARTICLES ABOUT OBAMA TAKING OUT BIN LADEN IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE RAID, DAVE?

      MAYBE, THE SEALS WERE CALLING ATTENTION TO OBAMA FOR GIVING ALL THAT CLASSIFIED INFO ON THEM.

      THE SEALS ARE THE REAL PATRIOTS !!

      THANKS FOR YOUR SERVICE, DAVE.

      November 9, 2012 at 2:32 pm | Reply
  37. IQ173

    NAZI GERMANY 1941.......THE ELITE SS IS NOW IN AMERICA.....NOBODY IS SAFE....FREE SPEECH IS GONE......OBUMMER LEAKED IT FIRST AND SO NOW IT IS WRONG AND PUNISHABLE IF SOMEONE ELSE IN THE GOVERNMENT SAYS SOMETHING,WHAT POMPOUS A$$H0L3$ OUR GOVERNMENT LEADERS HAVE BECOME....

    November 9, 2012 at 12:32 pm | Reply
    • CommonSensed

      Tinfoil hat alert troll fail.

      November 9, 2012 at 12:41 pm | Reply
      • jb1111

        Is that you again, David Axelrod, posting from the White House as Common Sense??

        November 9, 2012 at 2:12 pm |
    • GuidedByVices

      You forgot the decimal point between the 7 and the 3.

      November 9, 2012 at 12:44 pm | Reply
      • Isaiah Payton

        Oh stop being so nice to the fellow

        November 9, 2012 at 1:06 pm |
    • fandancy

      I guess you conveniently forgot the part about how they may have endangered the safety of future Seal missions by giving information to the video maker in your Obama hating rant, IQ1.73.

      November 9, 2012 at 12:51 pm | Reply
      • jb1111

        MAYBE THE SEALS ARE JUST TRYING TO CALL ATTENTION TO OBAMA'S LEAKS ABOUT THEM LAST YEAR.

        REMEMBER ALL THE N.Y. TIMES ARTICLES CREDITING OBAMA FOR BIN LADEN'S DEATH WITH THE WHITE HOUSE LEAKS IN THEM?

        THE SEALS ARE THE REAL HEROES!

        November 9, 2012 at 2:36 pm |
  38. jrgarza

    "The move essentially prevents their chances for promotion and ends their military careers" Yeah, now tey will be really motivated to hang it all out there for this country....

    November 9, 2012 at 12:25 pm | Reply
    • Adam

      An LOR is hardly a career ender. It's a slap on the wrist and will be off the books in a year.

      November 9, 2012 at 12:53 pm | Reply
  39. usmc1999

    True maturity in matters of national defense comes when you receive more satisfaction from NOT telling someone about your exploits than you do from actually telling them. How is a video game company able to so easily round up the names of active SEALs? Very disappointing.

    November 9, 2012 at 12:21 pm | Reply
    • jb1111

      Maybe the Seals did it to call attention to OBAMA AND HIS CLASSIFIED INFORMATION LEAKS FROM OUR WHITE HOUSE last year.

      Maybe this was a patriotic act. These guys fear no one and nothing.

      THE SEALS ARE THE REAL PATRIOTS!

      November 9, 2012 at 2:16 pm | Reply
  40. JL

    Every man will cave in for a price, whether it's measured in units of money, units of women, units of power or at last resort, as measured by intimidation. If the government wants to keep their secrets a secret, might I suggest adhering to that quaint old system of checks and balances, the books of which have not balanced out for centuries. EPIC FAIL.

    November 9, 2012 at 12:15 pm | Reply
    • jb1111

      OBAMA CAVED FIRST TO THE N.Y. TIMES, JL.

      IMPEACH OBAMA!

      November 9, 2012 at 12:18 pm | Reply
      • Dale

        You sound incredibly stupid.

        November 9, 2012 at 12:21 pm |
      • HahaJb

        Haha you lost JB...4 more years baby!

        November 9, 2012 at 12:25 pm |
  41. Jim in PA

    Judging from that last several months of news, there appears to be a wide-spread problem in the SEALs, with many of their members egotistical, money hungry, and overtly politically partisan. It's time for the noble men of the SEALs to drive these little boys out, before the reputation of their organization is damaged.

    November 9, 2012 at 12:13 pm | Reply
    • jb1111

      OBAMA STARTED IT ALL WITH HIS LEAKS TO THE N.Y. TIMES.

      HE'S THE LEADER.

      IMPEACH OBAMA!

      November 9, 2012 at 12:20 pm | Reply
    • Burnz

      These guys make less than 80,000 a year on average. They deserve a raise and went extra-curricular. I blame the generals/admirals who wanted to use this for their own career gains but don't want the enlisted in the spot light.

      November 9, 2012 at 1:02 pm | Reply
      • jlm

        There was a time when politicians weren't paid much (still true in most local governments) and people said we need to pay more so we can get the very best. Now we pay them so much that they are willing to lie, cheat and steal to keep their positions. Sometimes you have to decide that it's better to pay a lesser amount and focus on getting people who are committed to the job for reasons OTHER than money. After all, there's no limit to greed.

        November 9, 2012 at 2:02 pm |
  42. I know

    Josh 23,
    The Delta guys are Teir 1, just like Team 6. The rest of the SEAL's and Green Beret's are Teir 2. Please, don't open you trap until you know what you are talking about.

    November 9, 2012 at 12:12 pm | Reply
    • usmc1999

      it is spelled "Tier" not "Teir"

      November 9, 2012 at 12:16 pm | Reply
      • USCMroolz

        Hoorah!

        November 9, 2012 at 12:26 pm |
    • Dave

      Wrong – in the 1990's I was in AFSOC at Hurlburt Field. Delta – STS – and the 20th SOS (now decommisioned) were all tier one. All other SEALs / Army SF and AFSOC forces were tier 2.

      November 9, 2012 at 12:53 pm | Reply
  43. Mark Santos

    Can we finally get AROUND to punishing the Govt officials in the white house who did the same thing. Let's kick them out of Govt like these men will end up being kicked out of the service. We DO need to clamp down on the unauthorized classified releases from ALL. That includes military and civilians. What ever happened to keeping your mouth shut.

    November 9, 2012 at 12:09 pm | Reply
    • MrO

      If it is for the security of our nation, and of great importance; then I have no problem for the government with classifying such things. It is the safety and concerns for the populations; ones that we, as citizens, might not realize.

      November 9, 2012 at 12:15 pm | Reply
      • jb1111

        WHAT ARE YOU PRATTLING ON ABOUT MRO?

        IMPEACH OBAMA!

        HE DID IT FIRST IN MAY, 2011.

        November 9, 2012 at 12:23 pm |
  44. Arch Stanton

    Back in my day, we would walk 50 miles barefooted and wearing an old condom we had made out of a goat intestine we had dried in the sun stretched over a rock, and we would shoot bullets made of frozen water through the left ear of our foes, and we would sometimes get them to talk by tying them up and whipping them with long, red, twizzler sticks, and that's the way it was and we liked it. We loved it. Seals need to shut the hell up. Walruses too.

    November 9, 2012 at 12:08 pm | Reply
    • Burnz

      The Navy Orcas, will replace them. It's a top-secret classified program to turn deadly soldiers into deadlier 5 ton swimming, killing mammals.

      November 9, 2012 at 1:03 pm | Reply
    • Yup

      I like the way you think bro

      November 9, 2012 at 1:04 pm | Reply
  45. jb1111

    Rep. Allan West says there is 78 to 81 Communists in Congress.

    How many in the PRESS?

    (And do they all report to Moscow?)

    November 9, 2012 at 12:07 pm | Reply
    • JDHuff185

      BTW, the communist party USA says no members of congress were ever part of them. West said that in April, in case you haven't paid attention we just had an election and have a whole new congress.

      November 9, 2012 at 1:20 pm | Reply
  46. john c weaver

    Keelhaul them! They don't derserve the SEAL CREST at all!

    November 9, 2012 at 12:04 pm | Reply
    • jb1111

      DO THE SAME TO OBAMA AND HIS WHITE HOUSE FOR BEING THE FIRST TO LEAK AFTER BIN LADEN'S DEATH

      November 9, 2012 at 12:09 pm | Reply
      • Ranger8

        Clearly you do not know what your talking about. I believe a certain VP of the US had a secret plan with a few cronies to get back against an ambassador who found no issues with a special project he was asked to work on. So what did this VP do/ Why he had his little minded Cronies devised a scheme to get the wife, who just happened to be a deep CIA agent ousted. That sir, is TREASON by any standard. After having served three of my four years in special ops in Vietnam, I have some background in military standards and procedures.

        November 9, 2012 at 1:24 pm |
  47. john c weaver

    Keelhaul them! Theiir tridents should be given back to the SECDEV, and given to more honorable men. These malcontents do not deserve the SEAL CREST!!

    November 9, 2012 at 12:03 pm | Reply
    • jb1111

      AND OBAMA ALSO FOR BEING THE FIRST TO LEAK!

      November 9, 2012 at 12:10 pm | Reply
  48. scott

    The next thing you know these active duty seals will be making a feature movie about what they do. Oops, I guess that was when it was okay to politicize thier exploits.

    November 9, 2012 at 12:03 pm | Reply
    • jb1111

      OBAMA HAS ALREADY DONE!!

      REAL LEADERSHIP THERE.

      November 9, 2012 at 12:12 pm | Reply
      • JDHuff185

        So, he told the people of America the man who killed 3000 people has received justice, and now you are replying to every comment that would make reasonable sense to do so on some BS conspiracy? Grow up kid, TV can be wrong.

        November 9, 2012 at 1:12 pm |
  49. Sickened

    Having served in the military with a unit that was tied to SOF groups this hits me a couple of different ways. One, I think the SEALs involved being punished is good. They have a security clearance and they broke the rules. On the other hand, the government has been giving up secrets to the media for years without anyone being punished. I remember the days of we can not confirm nor deny, now it's oh look it's team 6 or hey Delta just did this. Normally it's just the media putting a label to grab headlines, lately it's been official statements. That is sickening.

    November 9, 2012 at 12:01 pm | Reply
    • jb1111

      OBAMA LEAKED FIRST!!

      GO AFTER HIM ALSO.

      November 9, 2012 at 12:13 pm | Reply
  50. Matt

    Nice consistency. Punish the Seals but the WH gets a pass for doing the same thing. (or worse).

    I guess it's only okay to leak classified information if it helps you win an election.

    November 9, 2012 at 12:00 pm | Reply
    • Greenspam

      I agree. Bush's White House was just horrible.

      November 9, 2012 at 12:05 pm | Reply
      • jb1111

        OBAMA LEAKED FIRST.

        BUSH NEVER DID.

        GROW A NEW BRAIN, GREENSPAM.

        November 9, 2012 at 12:14 pm |
  51. JeffE

    These guys are a disgrace. Elite? Not so much.

    November 9, 2012 at 12:00 pm | Reply
    • Tony

      Hey JeffE what the hell have you ever done that would be considered a heroic act or been willing to give up your life for someone else like they have so who are you to belittle them.

      November 9, 2012 at 12:07 pm | Reply
      • Alex

        Have to agree with you. What exactly has this guy done to call the Navy Seals not elite.... pathetic

        November 9, 2012 at 5:56 pm |
    • Mark

      Waiting on Tony's answer, Jeff. Well?

      November 9, 2012 at 12:15 pm | Reply
    • jb1111

      OBAMA LEAKED FIRST, JEFF.

      IMPEACH HIM!

      November 9, 2012 at 12:15 pm | Reply
      • justagurlinseattle

        YOU are making yourself look like a crazy lunatic....

        November 10, 2012 at 6:11 pm |
  52. Dave

    "watch out for the 'chickenmen with green faces....they will kill you !"

    famous vietcong remarks about the Airbourne' Berets........Eagle insignia= chickenmen

    November 9, 2012 at 11:55 am | Reply
  53. MissPiggy

    If the Navy hadn't made the announcement in the first place no one would have been aware of this. By making such a big deal about it THEY are announcing it, NOT the Seals. Idiots!

    November 9, 2012 at 11:52 am | Reply
    • Chooch0253

      I bet you feel exactly the same way about the lies being circulated about Benghazi and the entire staff of Obama watching a live video... notice I said LIES, because that is what they are. If it is politically expedient to cast a shadow of wrong doing towards Obama I am willing to bet it didn't bother you one iota.

      November 9, 2012 at 12:12 pm | Reply
    • pat

      The article briefly discusses the marketing of the game where it states: "The game touts that it is developed with the help of former and active duty commandos."

      November 9, 2012 at 12:14 pm | Reply
  54. Tony

    I guess it was ok for Obama to give classified information to hollywood about the killing Osama bin laden and we look the other way. But when the men who risk everything give small details about their equipment everybody wants to jump all over them...what a joke how much classified info did that idiot Manning give wikileaks he should be shot for treson you bunch of tree hugging liberials.

    November 9, 2012 at 11:33 am | Reply
    • rman

      Tony-this is not about politics or your opinion about politics, lick your wounds and move on. I did not vote for Obama!

      November 9, 2012 at 11:37 am | Reply
      • Tony

        it's not about who won the election or who did not it's about people going after good men who actually risk their lives for this country.

        November 9, 2012 at 11:55 am |
      • Tony

        rman it's not about who won the election or who did not it's about people going after good men who actually risk their lives for this country.

        November 9, 2012 at 11:56 am |
      • jb1111

        OBAMA IS NO LEADER.

        OBAMA LEAKED ..... FIRST PRESIDENT EVER.

        IMPEACH OBAMA!

        NOW!

        November 9, 2012 at 12:26 pm |
    • Bill

      Your comments just show that there is a real difference between the men and woman that serve on the front lines and those that sit in their living rooms pretending to serve on the front lines.....

      November 9, 2012 at 11:38 am | Reply
      • jb1111

        LIKE OBAMA SITTING AROUND IN OUR WHITE HOUSE LIVING ROOM GIVING OUT CLASSIFIED INFORMATION TO THE N.Y. TIMES LAST YEAR, BILL?

        November 9, 2012 at 1:04 pm |
    • Chris

      What? You start by saying that it's no big deal that the seals did that...then you say bradley manning should be shot? Even though all he did was point out the atrocities our country commits? You are not a real patriot. You are not a person that would stand up for whats right. Being patriotic isn't about following your country no matter what. It's about being able to call it on it's nonsense and make it better.

      November 9, 2012 at 11:39 am | Reply
      • Tony

        Chris I think a tree needs a hug better go catch it

        November 9, 2012 at 12:02 pm |
    • TheMovieFan

      Do you have a link to a reputable source about Obama giving Hollywood any information about bin Laden's death?

      November 9, 2012 at 12:03 pm | Reply
      • Tony

        how about congress and the intelligence community.

        November 9, 2012 at 12:10 pm |
    • Nogimus Prime

      Hey, at least they can pursue a career in politics. It pays more and you can say whatever you want as long as you can lie your way out of it and get half the media to love your balls.

      November 9, 2012 at 12:07 pm | Reply
    • Chooch0253

      What classified information did Obama give to Hollywood as you claim? You must know since you CLAIM he did? Tell us what classified information he released.... if you can't it simply means you watch too much Fox and actually believe the tripe they air and nothing else. Your claims certainly are not in any manner factual.

      November 9, 2012 at 12:15 pm | Reply
      • jb1111

        GOOGLE THE OLD MAY, 2011, NEW YORK TIMES ARTICLES THAT HAS CLASSIFIED INFORMATION IN THEM.

        THE ARTICLES EVEN CREDIT THE WHITE HOUSE FOR THIS CLASSIFIED INFORMATION.

        DO YOU LIVE UNDER A ROCK OR WHAT, CHOOCH?

        November 9, 2012 at 12:32 pm |
  55. Tom Hunter

    And so begins the death of Quiet Professionalism.

    November 9, 2012 at 11:31 am | Reply
    • jb1111

      STARING WITH OBAMA AND THE N. Y. TIMES, TOM.

      IMPEACH OBAMA.

      NOW.

      November 9, 2012 at 12:33 pm | Reply
      • Matt

        Good idea except then we are stuck with our drunken uncle Joe!

        November 9, 2012 at 8:41 pm |
  56. Why Why Why

    Who cares about the skins ,EA needs help with the gameplay, COD is light years ahead of them

    November 9, 2012 at 11:25 am | Reply
    • Mad at Nothing

      Is it Tuesday, yet? BO2 is almost here!

      November 9, 2012 at 11:41 am | Reply
  57. Mark

    When you brainwash people to do a job like that for little pay and not so much as a thank you sooner or later they're going to catch on. Especially if they start to see that the government that sends them into war is nothing more then a greedy corporation risking your life and killing millions of civilians for money and power.

    November 9, 2012 at 11:21 am | Reply
    • Dave

      They gave up less info than Obama the night he reported the details of the Osama Bin Laden raid. Poor guys, now they will have to get out of the Navy and make a 6 figure salary as security consultants.

      November 9, 2012 at 11:30 am | Reply
      • UnderstandThis

        Obama revealing info as the commander-in-chief is his prerogative. Revealing classified info is above the pay grade for most military personnel. Large or small it's a crime and a breach of protocol.

        November 9, 2012 at 11:58 am |
      • Franco Tirador

        When they enlisted they sign a non closure contract. The president is the commander in chief and whatever he said, re our missions overseas, is first presented to the Pentagon. Obama, our wonderful PRESIDENT, didnt say how they were dress, or what gear or what machinery was used. He didnt say lots of other things. ONly how they arrive, how they landed and other things that it would be different if there was another raid. Again dont compare Navy Seals that knows what the Seal protocol is with our President. How about this do your best so our nation can be united and the best in the world. COmplaining wont help us any.

        November 9, 2012 at 12:00 pm |
    • jb1111

      EVEN OBAMA WANTED MORE PERSONAL GAIN WHEN LEAKING FIRST IN 2011!

      November 9, 2012 at 12:36 pm | Reply
      • Debrah

        jb111, i think you may be in love with Obama.

        November 9, 2012 at 12:44 pm |
  58. BIleheart

    Go ahead and post videos on youtube which clearly show combat gear and operational tactics but string these guys up for consulting on a video game. Electronic Arts is an American company (the world's third largest gaming company and an employer of U.S. citizens) and I highly doubt they, or the consulting SEALs, would inlude anything in one of their games which would jeopardize the security of the USA.

    November 9, 2012 at 11:16 am | Reply
    • Harvesting

      I agree the hypocrosy of the government is unreal. Personally I think no one should be talking, because little bits of information add up and there are very powerful forces against us and what we stand for. Now adays I tend to quetion myself what we stand for.

      November 9, 2012 at 12:02 pm | Reply
  59. WorkingInVA

    Movies, books, video games, partisan political statements – what happened to the "quiet professionals"?

    The urge to tell of their exploits must be powerful, but past SEALs have had the discipline to resist it. What has changed?

    Special Ops members of other services seem to be staying true to the "quiet professionals" motto. I sure don't want to see the SEALs tarnish their elite reputation.

    November 9, 2012 at 11:14 am | Reply
    • Harvesting

      Seriously what changed? The POTUS and pentagon made a movie which will be out very soon about the killing of O.B. So when you see your boss take advantage of a work situation for personal gain. Would you not do the same? Also note the movie was made with some of these gentlemen so they already know what they have declassified. So if the line is no information why is it not applied equally?

      November 9, 2012 at 12:06 pm | Reply
      • Chooch0253

        What a simple minded sock puppet. I hate to burst your bubble head, but the organization behind the raid on Bin Laden is none other than Fox. They made a movie for profit that was first shown on National Geographic.. You really need to do some research before interjecting your ignorant opinion based totally on .......no facts.

        November 9, 2012 at 12:20 pm |
      • jb1111

        Weinstein, a HUGE Obama Supporter and Bundler, made the National Geographic Movie.

        You might want to DO YOUR HOMEWORK, Chooch.

        Guess that's why you never made it out of elementary school, Kid.

        November 9, 2012 at 1:59 pm |
    • jb1111

      JUST DOING WHAT OBAMA DOES BEST AS A LEADER ....... LEAKING!

      REMEMBER ALL THOSE N.Y. TIME ARTICLES CREDITING THE WHITE HOUSE WITH ALL THE CLASSIFIED INFO IN THEM??

      AMERICA'S LEADER FINALLY LEADING I SOMETHING.

      November 9, 2012 at 12:39 pm | Reply
  60. W.

    I raised my hand in an oath to the U.S. Air Force, the DOD and DOE, that I would not never disclose information that I was privy to that was classified or sensitive and would endanger the United States. I did that starting nearly forty years ago and I have abided by that oath since. I am adamant that probity is placed above perfidy and no amount of money can by my allegiance to my country and its security. Any special forces or persons who have access to our national defense technology should be accountable for securing that information and if they cannot then they should be summarily subjected to the terms that were defined in their contract: ie UCMJ. I don't care about video games, action movies or celebrity, I care about the security of our country and ALL of our citizens.

    November 9, 2012 at 11:14 am | Reply
    • Dave

      Personally I think they are proving a point about the hypocrisy of the administration. The SEALs in general have done a lot of grumbling since the UBL raid. The WH hunf them out to dry by releasing a lot of classified info, possibly even giving extremists the ability to target heir families. Now they are being prosecuted for releasing less info than Obama. I guess the moral of the story / the Obama Administration is similar to the Nixon Administration. I think a qoute from Nixon was "If the President does it – it is not against the law." Nice!!!

      November 9, 2012 at 11:38 am | Reply
      • Chooch0253

        I will ask you the same question I have asked others that make the claim Obama released classified information.. What classified information did he release? If you can't answer this simple question, it is quite obvious you do not know what the hell you are talking about. You think because you saw some halfwit claim something on Fox it is factual?

        November 9, 2012 at 12:23 pm |
      • KH

        For the love of God, get a hold of yourself. You sound like scorned little high school girl . Your boy Romney LOST, and you'll have to deal with PRESIDENT Obama for another four.

        November 9, 2012 at 12:25 pm |
      • jb1111

        I really think you have it right, Dave.

        I feel for all these guys.

        November 9, 2012 at 1:51 pm |
    • tw

      please don't be a hypocrite. if given the right scenerio, you would spell the secret in a heart beat. get lost loser. quit tooting your own horn

      November 9, 2012 at 11:42 am | Reply
      • jb1111

        You are speaking for yourself, tw.

        You can NOT speak for Dave.

        So I guess you lead a pretty corrupt life.

        Sorry to hear it.

        November 9, 2012 at 1:54 pm |
    • Karen

      Well said!

      November 9, 2012 at 11:47 am | Reply
    • Harvesting

      I noticed you stated classified information. When the movie was made or even the 3D imagery that came out immediately after started to declassify the information by definition of releasing it. Also at least one of the gentleman for the OB killing was in this group, do you think he knew what was declassified? I have no problem with the line being what you stated and I think ALL the people that serve are safer when NOTHING is said, BUT when accountability is not applied equally is the issue.

      November 9, 2012 at 12:13 pm | Reply
    • jb1111

      WHERE WAS YOUR OUTRAGE WHEN OBAMA LEAKED CLASSIFIED INFORMATION IN 2011, W.??

      November 9, 2012 at 12:41 pm | Reply
  61. The Best Games

    Sad that these soldiers are paying for the mistakes of EA, sounds like they didn't realize they were doing anything wrong. To read more about gaming mistakes that DON'T harm the military check out http://thebestgamesyouneverplayed.blogspot.com/

    November 9, 2012 at 11:11 am | Reply
    • jb1111

      THEY KNEW ALL THEY NEEDED TO KNOW, BEST.

      THEY KNEW OBAMA LEAKED FIRST IN 2011 ...... AMERICA AND CONDONED IT.

      IMPEACH OBAMA ... THE FIRST PRESIDENT TO EVER LEAK CLASSIFIED INFORMATION IN HISTORY!

      November 9, 2012 at 12:44 pm | Reply
  62. james

    it was against regs. i would have tossed their asses in the brig. and closed the video maker.

    November 9, 2012 at 11:10 am | Reply
    • jb1111

      AND WHAT WOULD HAVE DONE WITH OBAMA WHEN HE LEAKED IN 2011, JAMES??

      IMPEACH OBAMA

      NOW

      November 9, 2012 at 12:45 pm | Reply
  63. Michael

    Reprimanded what a JOKE they should have all be court marshaled and kicked out of the service. It is sad that our government is turning into a three ring circus but now the military and especially the Seals... God Help Them!

    November 9, 2012 at 11:09 am | Reply
    • Lee-Anne

      No such thing as a court marhal. If you meant Court Martial, then maybe they could have. But a reprimand is one of many levels of punishment under the UCMJ. To lose pay, they had to have at least an Article 15 hearing. As senior enlisted personal, that is a pretty big punishment. Career ending.

      November 9, 2012 at 11:31 am | Reply
      • Mad at Nothing

        No such thing as god, either. just sayin'

        November 9, 2012 at 11:40 am |
    • Hai

      u r a moron bro wut r u thinking? the us navi seals suck. marines all the way!

      November 9, 2012 at 11:33 am | Reply
      • Mad at Nothing

        You're an idiot for comparing the two.

        November 9, 2012 at 11:42 am |
      • corpsegrind3r

        My Ass Rides In Navy Equpment. You're comparing a special forces unit to an entire branch of military... maybe you could compare between MARSOC, DELTA, SEALS. Every branch serves a purpose – yours is a childish argument.
        -Marine Corps Vet

        November 9, 2012 at 11:52 am |
    • jb1111

      IF YOU COURT MARSHALL THE SEALS, MIKE, WILL YOU IMPEACH OBAMA FOR THE SAME OFFENSE?

      REMEMBER OBAMA'S CLASSIFIED INFORMATION LEAKS IN 2011??

      HIS LEADERSHIP SEEMS TO WORKING.

      November 9, 2012 at 12:48 pm | Reply
  64. idiophobia

    well what these guys did wasn't treason i would give you the definition but CNN won't let me so look it up

    November 9, 2012 at 11:00 am | Reply
    • John

      Right – if it was treason, they'd be in jail or worse. What is your point?

      November 9, 2012 at 11:03 am | Reply
  65. hooah

    Just like most people, you put a large amount of $$ in front of their faces, the behavior changes. These people are held to a higher standard than most Americans. They knew better. They should be off of the teams. They deserved what they got.

    November 9, 2012 at 10:46 am | Reply
    • phearis

      Couldn't have said it better myself. I don't feel sorry for them. They should've point the game makers to retired Seals.

      November 9, 2012 at 10:51 am | Reply
    • Karen

      I agree completely. Regardless of who all has said what all, they broke an agreement they entered into willingly.

      November 9, 2012 at 11:49 am | Reply
    • jb1111

      YEA, HOOAH, THAT MONEY AND PERSONAL GAIN THING SEEMED TO DO IT FOR OBAMA WHEN HE LEAKED FIRST IN 2011. ALL THE HYPE OVER BIN LADEN AND ALL FOR OBAMA IN N.Y. TIMES.

      THAT'S REAL LEADERSHIP AT WORK .

      November 9, 2012 at 12:53 pm | Reply
  66. timtimcharoo

    Remember. Navy Seals can portray themselves in movies, write books about missions, and give unauthorized access to video game makers and Republicans will stand by them. But god forbid should the white house acknowledge their existence – that's just Obama putting their lives at risk, right Republicans?

    November 9, 2012 at 10:44 am | Reply
    • Mike

      moron

      November 9, 2012 at 10:47 am | Reply
      • timtimcharoo

        how so? is anything I said not true?

        November 9, 2012 at 2:08 pm |
    • jb1111

      YOU SAID IT, TIM.

      AND YOU ARE CORRECT.

      OBAMA WANTED HYPE OVER BIN LADEN'S DEATH FOR HIS PERSONAL AND POLITICAL GAIN.

      SO WHAT'S A LITTLE CLASSIFIED INFORMATION LEAK OR TEN?

      REMEMBER ALL THOSE N. Y. TIMES ARTICLES CREDITING THE WHITE HOUSE IN 2011??

      OBAMA IS THE FIRST PRESIDENT EVER TO DO THAT IN OUR HISTORY.

      WE ARE LONG OVERDO FOR IMPEACHMENT.

      November 9, 2012 at 1:00 pm | Reply
      • timtimcharoo

        all caps doesn't make you less wrong

        November 9, 2012 at 2:08 pm |
  67. Old Soldier

    jtw218
    I was NUPOC. I was good, no one actually could understand my Job...Then again, no one wanted to do my Job. Even the few SeALs I did know on a personal basis,were afraid to be around me.

    And when I mean Personal, as in actual friends, they do not talk about their job, and I will not talk about my job.

    November 9, 2012 at 10:06 am | Reply

    Huh? Unless there are two NPOCs, what is your point? You make it sound like BUDS, SEAL, Delta, etc. NPOC is an acronym for Nuclear Propulsion Officer Candidate: a program to get quality college students into the nuclear propulsion field. No SEAL or any other SOC soldier would fear you. Working in any nuke job is a pain in the butt: after serving in a Special Weapons unit in Germany, I can attest to the fact it's a pain in the butt. But I couldn't strike fear into anyone for my job, as you couldn't. And you didn't even state you went through NPOC which exists to pay students a goodly stipend to study for the nuke field. Did you go into and finish college? Did you join the Navy? Did you serve in nuclear propulsion? Grow up and soldier up: keep your comments focused on relevant facts and issues. Your comments are no better than comments relating to your expertise in playing video games. Tchuss!

    November 9, 2012 at 10:43 am | Reply
    • hooah

      That's nuthin. I was in the Pee Ka Bu unit, which had a dotted line to the teams. Like in your case, they avoided us like the plague. You see, we were advisors to ROK and, well wait, I shouldn't be saying anything. I'd have to swallow this pill.

      Yes, O.M. that's how realistic your comments sound...

      November 9, 2012 at 10:54 am | Reply
  68. Chuck

    Hypocrites,

    So they get a pass for helping Obama get re-elected with the Seal Team 6 Osama movie

    November 9, 2012 at 10:41 am | Reply
  69. HADOK3N

    dont worry, this game sucked anyways...no one will know the seals secrets.

    November 9, 2012 at 10:41 am | Reply
  70. Harrier

    We should have sent the U.S. Army Special Forces or Delta Force instead of the S.E.A.L.s; an organization constantly seeking adoration and glory. The "Green Berets" are known as the "Quiet Professionals."

    November 9, 2012 at 10:40 am | Reply
    • Phinius

      I don't think you have a clue what the SEALS have done, and rightly so. For decades they have conducted their missions in a hole so deep that even the funding is kept secret. Your comment belies your lack of knowledge on the subject, and lessens the work and tradition of the teams.

      November 9, 2012 at 10:50 am | Reply
    • josh 23

      The Green Berets wouldn't have been abale to carry out the op because they aren't labled a tier 1 special ops force. Hence they wouldn't have been given the order

      November 9, 2012 at 11:20 am | Reply
  71. Cory

    It takes more than a year to develop a video game. Therefore Call of Duty had to have been in development before the release of battlefield 1942, and so it couldn't have been a rip-off.

    November 9, 2012 at 10:37 am | Reply
    • stacy12

      8-9months

      November 9, 2012 at 11:21 am | Reply
    • Franco Tirador

      IT doesnt take a year.

      November 9, 2012 at 12:03 pm | Reply
  72. Dorris

    Gonna be one hell of a game!

    November 9, 2012 at 10:36 am | Reply
  73. Get out

    Where are "the men with green faces" I remember? Can't imagine the SEALs selling out.

    November 9, 2012 at 10:32 am | Reply
    • CNN

      You are officially banned for conduct. Your stupid.

      November 9, 2012 at 10:40 am | Reply
      • Why Why Why

        thats 'you're"

        November 9, 2012 at 10:50 am |
      • lol

        "That's"

        November 9, 2012 at 11:06 am |
  74. abmri60

    The game should be banned.
    Anders Breivik and Holmes both were addicted to such games, and look what happened, they went on a mass murder spree.

    November 9, 2012 at 10:31 am | Reply
    • wheels

      they are video games....hundreds of millions of people play them around the world....the game doesnt cause people to kill

      November 9, 2012 at 11:03 am | Reply
      • stacy12

        oh so wrong they train the military with theses types of games so yes they can

        November 9, 2012 at 11:23 am |
      • jbrasco

        @stacy12 Shows how much you know. The military developed and constantly develops their own type of "game". But, it's not a "game" at that point. It is considered official AR/AI Training.

        November 9, 2012 at 11:35 am |
  75. Pete

    I'm really tired of these clowns that call themselves SEALs. NJP is not enough, send their asses to jail! That might teach the others to keep their mouths shut.

    November 9, 2012 at 10:30 am | Reply
    • Alex Smith

      They are Navy Seals have some respect. Your just a nobody. Give me a break... "go to jail". That would be absurd.

      November 9, 2012 at 10:41 am | Reply
      • Bob

        "Have respect" for these tools, who werent even part of the raid, but want to feel relevant?? Give me a break!! They are pathetic.

        November 9, 2012 at 10:53 am |
    • Michael Means

      Please, by all means, express your view to them in person.

      November 9, 2012 at 10:43 am | Reply
      • Bob

        What are they going to do?? Beat me up?? Um... they arent above the law. I would welcome that, and enjoy their dishonorable discharge and prison sentence.

        November 9, 2012 at 10:54 am |
    • stacy12

      for wat the guy is dead the mission is over what is the big deal? he is at the bottom of the ocean i can see it if the mission was ongoing an still in progress.

      November 9, 2012 at 11:12 am | Reply
      • jbrasco

        Stacy you must be a troll, no one is even talking about OBL.

        November 9, 2012 at 11:36 am |
      • jb1111

        WE NEVER SAW A PICTURE, STACY.

        USAMA WAS ON KIDNEY DIALYSIS IN THE 1990'S.

        NO ONE RECOVERS FROM THAT.

        THERE ARE LOOK ALIKES.

        November 9, 2012 at 2:39 pm |
      • Trese

        A Tom Clancy Novel....key word being "novel". When i enlisted in the United States military, i was brought to an understanding that i had a job to protect any privileged information that i would come across. Extending that, when i got investigated/interviewed for a Security Clearance, you go through briefs in which it is CLEARLY explained that until the CLASSIFIED information is "cleaned" or UNCLASSIFIED, then you will NOT discuss or disclose it to unauthorized individuals. As Americans, it is all of our duty to protect our country with any information that could be seen as helpful to foreign countries. Now i'm not saying that some Taliban is going to go to Amazon.com and buy the video game, but if i was trying to succeed in a Security breech, and this is all over the news, then that would be the first thing i would evaluate. It was careless, and the fact that they got paid for it, is along the lines of Treason to me. as a smaller unit in the Navy, i look to the Seals with a LOT of respect, integrity, military bearing, honor, courage, and committment. Nothing about telling a VIDEO GAME company Secret information reflects those traits. Whether or not if he's dead and the mission is over, when a certain tactic is used and it gets results, then it's going to be recycled. // JB1111, stop dick-riding Obama. he seems to be all you think and talk about. If you're not happy, then move out of the country. and stop yelling at us.

        November 9, 2012 at 2:51 pm |
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        November 10, 2012 at 2:00 am |
  76. tj

    There is nothing in this game that is not already in the public domain..nothing. You can learn far more on the Military Channel or DISCOVERY.

    I have been enjoying this game since it's release. I am a retired 49 year old, and have buddies online-it's fun to talk and go loud-Hollywood..lol! As a former STS member, WARFIGHTER is the best FPS i've played.

    I am looking forward to the map pack DLC that is based on the binladen house in Packholeistan.

    Thank you, Gen. Stanley McChrystal for DEVGRU, and for helping to find and bring binladen to justice!

    peace out from sunny Tampa
    tj

    OBAMA-throws like a girl.

    November 9, 2012 at 10:26 am | Reply
  77. Valkyrie612

    In my day, we would've been strung up by our family jewels for unauthorized disclosure of classified information. Dishonorable discharge and a decade or two in federal prison was the norm. What's happened to our military today?? What these fools did is not much better than what John Walker did 30+ years ago... and he's still making little rocks out of big rocks in federal prison.

    November 9, 2012 at 10:24 am | Reply
    • What?

      Back in my day B.S. The SEALs did not disclose anything of importance outside of the methods and tactics used in the field. Which is easily adaptive and always evolves depending on technology and the target. John Walker on the other hand knowingly gave away COMSEC to the Soviets. Mr. Walker gave the Soviets the opportunity to monitor all communications of NATO and US forces in all AOs. If there was a conflict between the US and USSR, the US would military would have been decimated without the use of nuclear weapons. The SEALs information given recently would amount to no tactical advantage for our enemies. The tactics are open source and available by most civilian tactical firearms instructors.

      November 9, 2012 at 12:51 pm | Reply
      • justagurlinseattle

        Do you know why many of the men from WW2 did not reveal what they did and how they did it., for many year????

        the code breakers from the UK, did not even tell their families what they did or that they were helping Britain in ww2.....
        they finally told their families in the 1970's....

        True Hero's do not shine the light on THEMSELVES....

        November 13, 2012 at 5:33 pm |
    • jessie

      ! I doubt they gave up anything important Val. It was probably not anything truly classified. And, the seals figured It was fine to give out the information. It was nothing mission changing, Furthermore, will not put them in harm. These guys are still active seals. Like they are going to really give out info that will harm them on their next mission! There are so many Government consultants making money, giving info for movies and books. And most are just small tactics and nothing huge. The real issue is these guys not asking for permission. So in short, someone else would have made some money on the project I am sure.

      November 9, 2012 at 12:56 pm | Reply
    • John M.

      According to the news I read, they showed off some of the specially made equipment their team uses so the game could be more "real." Granted, not like giving out nuclear access codes, but it was a dumb move, and certainly one they should not have made. With all the books that have come out in the last few years, it does seem like even SEALs enjoy basking in the limelight a bit, which is a poor move for men who do their type of work. The more they keep to themselves, the better their advantage over their adversaries. Even these guys are falling into the trap of gaining even a bit of recognition, at the potential impact of putting themselves and their team mates in danger. Disappointing....

      November 9, 2012 at 1:45 pm | Reply
      • anchorite

        It's our fault really. As a nation we hero worship anyone who wears a uniform (at least until they start becoming pacifists or need a job after demobilization), and we want to know every tidbit about everyone who is famous or powerful. They're rock stars, and it's hard to resist acting accepting a little bit of that admiration..

        November 9, 2012 at 2:00 pm |
    • jb1111

      IN YOUR DAY, ALKY, YOU DIDN'T HAVE A PRESIDENT THAT GAVE CLASSIFIED INFORMATION ABOUT THE SEALS TO THE N.Y.TIMES.

      OBAMA DID THAT RIGHT AFTER BIN LADEN'S DEATH TO FOCUS ATTENTION ON HIMSELF.

      MAYBE THE SEALS JUST WANTED TO CALL ATTENTION TO OBAMA DOING THIS.

      THE SEALS ARE THE REAL HEROES!!

      November 9, 2012 at 2:44 pm | Reply
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