Bin Laden raid nets one intel employee big bonus
May 18th, 2012
05:25 PM ET

Bin Laden raid nets one intel employee big bonus

By Arielle Hawkins

The identities of the Navy SEALs who raided Osama bin Laden's compound remain a mystery, but one man who helped get them there is getting his due financially.

An employee with the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency, has won a Presidential Distinguished Rank Award for analysis of satellite imagery of the terrorist's compound in Pakistan.

The staffer "oversaw and validated trade craft and methodologies applied in the final pursuit of and successful raid on the Osama bin Laden compound in Abbottabad," according to an announcement about the financial reward from the Senior Executives Association, a non-profit group which runs the award ceremony.

The satellite imagery interpretation was used to create a built-to-scale model of the al Qaeda leader's hide out. This model was then used in White House senior strategy briefings, helping the Navy SEALs to map out their May 2011 attack, according to the the president of the association.

The "singular accomplishment is probably the most stunning and the one that will produce shock and awe for most Americans" said Carol Bonosaro, President of the SEA.

The employee was nominated for the award by the NGA, Bonosaro told Security Clearance.

The award recipients, each earned a lump sum bonus equaling 35 percent of their normal annual salaries. They received their honors at an event last month at the State Department.

The Presidential Rank Awards, established by Congress in 1978, are given out annually. The number of awardees is capped by Congress but in 2011 the Obama administration further reduced the number of awardees citing economy.

soundoff (142 Responses)
  1. Relax


    Eric is a branch chief at NGA, as in supervisor, which means he basically does nothing. He signs timecards and approves leave requests for the 15 analysts below him who work their tails off putting the product together he's now getting credit for. He'll take the bonus after 40% taxes and drop $70 or so on a pizza party for his whole branch. It's the low guy on the totem pole who had to pull up imagery over the same spot each and every day staring for hours for any changes that actually deserves an award like this.

    May 21, 2012 at 8:47 am |
  2. NN

    "oversaw and validated trade craft and methodologies applied in the final pursuit of and successful raid on..." -obscure terminology like that is designed to misrepresent so as to make the work look much more complicated than it really was. The keyword here is "oversaw", meaning Benn is a manager of some kind, and did not actually do the work required to produce the end product. The Senior Executive Association exists to promote managerialism, and in their view executive management is all important and drives all the achievement of the organization, no one and no thing comes close in value or importance. They're entitled to their opinion, they happen to be wrong, and it is pitiful the taxpayer has to fund this useless organization and their propaganda. CNN completely missed the boat on this article, the award is given to serve a special interest within the government and is not an achievement in the usual sense.

    May 20, 2012 at 3:31 pm |
    • Mark

      @NN Did you forget about the part that 53 other employees were awarded in addition to Mr. Benn

      May 20, 2012 at 6:19 pm |
  3. michaelfury

    May 20, 2012 at 7:19 am |
  4. rk

    and the paki isi a few miles away could not see the compund and the US guy saw it from a sattelite ..pakis must be real idiots...

    May 19, 2012 at 5:17 pm |
  5. Dwizrd

    I might have sent the Navy the location by accident. Where's my reward? !

    May 19, 2012 at 2:00 pm |
  6. NN

    This has to be the most debauched taxpayer award around. Many of the recipients have been nothing less than abject r i f f r a f f, exactly the kind of people the government can do without. In any case, their exorbitant salaries should be enough, these awards should be eliminated, all they do is make people cynical over all their hot air.

    May 19, 2012 at 12:53 pm |
  7. cobra129

    Isn't this what we pay bureaucrats do their job. An then have to borrow money from China to give them a bonus. His bonus should have been Eric being able to keep job because of his ability and good work. Want to give a bonus......give it to the underpaid SEALs, who risked their lives, not the overpaid bureaucrat sitting fat dumb and happy in a concrete compound.

    May 19, 2012 at 11:52 am |
    • Jules

      I'm sure the Seals got the highest military honors (short of medals of honor) for their successful mission. Their accomplishments will be rewarded in their military careers. They purposefully do not make their awards public. I'm sure Mr. Benn is dissapointed that his award with his name was made public for a variety of reason, with the most being his safety. God bless all the analysts that make the right call for our troops to execute the right mission.

      May 19, 2012 at 12:34 pm |
  8. Roscoe Chait

    The words "shock" and "awe" need to be retired... forever. In the context of Bush's Iraq fiasco, they are laughable.

    May 19, 2012 at 11:28 am |
  9. Bert BigDongler

    Factually incorrect. Obama did everything with regards to this mission...and managed to get in a round of golf the same day. What a guy!

    May 19, 2012 at 11:19 am |
    • Thor the Badass Thunder God

      Pull your head out, no one with a brain made that suggestion. You're just pissed that your last successful candidate was a dunce

      May 19, 2012 at 11:45 am |
  10. lewtwo

    OBL could have saved the seals a lot of trouble if he would have just put a Helicopter Pad on the roof.

    May 19, 2012 at 10:47 am |
  11. Trinder

    Talk about putting a target on this guy's head....

    May 19, 2012 at 10:09 am |
  12. PantyRaid

    I'm sure this guy has info about really happened that day and they paid him to keep his mouth shut.

    May 19, 2012 at 9:40 am |
    • Ronald Hussein Reagan

      Im sure you're an Obama hater who can't credit the President for making the corrrect decision in a tough spot.

      May 19, 2012 at 10:40 am |
      • Chris

        And what would you be saying if all the SEALs lost their lives? You'd defend Obama somehow, I'm sure.

        May 19, 2012 at 11:14 am |
      • gwenz

        Well, Chris, sounds like you're a little touchy. At least Obama has put only a few Seals and air troops (Libya) at risk, not like GWB who put hundreds of thousands at risk when he went into Iraq, and then Afghanistan after he figured out what his Mission really should be.

        May 19, 2012 at 11:45 am |
  13. rashby12a

    so he got a bonus for doing his job? REALLY!!!???!!!???

    May 19, 2012 at 9:32 am |
    • Kyle

      He got a bonus for doing his job well. That's what bonuses are for. I'm sure you would know that if you had ever received a bonus at work. That is, assuming you have a job at all.

      May 19, 2012 at 9:53 am |
      • USN RET

        Did the Seals get a bonus.

        May 19, 2012 at 10:27 am |
      • Number4

        If you are smart, you reward above average performance. They obviously want to keep his talents at the agency.

        May 19, 2012 at 11:00 am |
  14. dilligaf

    One for the geeks and gearheads. Good job Eric.

    May 19, 2012 at 9:29 am |
  15. Bman

    Hello, My tax dollars paid for that sattelite, where's my cut?

    May 19, 2012 at 9:12 am |
    • Kracjer

      You must be black, wanting money for doing absolutely nothing. Actually what you got instead was an Osama free world. GFY.

      May 19, 2012 at 10:16 am |
      • Ronald Hussein Reagan

        Kracjer: a few tips on posting racist comments: first, start your post, "I'm not racist , but....." secondly, when you conclude never forget to put, "Just sayin...." THis might seeem inconsequential but it works as good as calling someone a d-bag and then saying, "no offense" No offense, Just sayin, dbag.

        May 19, 2012 at 10:38 am |
    • George Aldolph Bush III

      I doubt you make enough money to pay taxes given the intelligence of your remarks.

      May 20, 2012 at 12:37 pm |
  16. Frogz

    Nope this article is wrong.

    Obama did it all, he found them, drew the map and raided it himself. Totally a one man show.

    May 19, 2012 at 7:44 am |
    • Ronald Hussein Reagan

      You moightg want to look at David Breitbart's web-site. THey've uncovered a paiting which conclusively proves George Washinton did not rtow acrosss the Delaware. IN fact he never even touched an oar!!!! His men did it!. There's also profff Ben Franklin was responsible for the crack in the LIberty Belll. You'd bettter look quick though as the government willl sooon vbe shuttting this site down.

      May 19, 2012 at 9:29 am |
    • Dennis

      In your case,it would be a "No man show".

      May 19, 2012 at 10:58 am |
      • Ronald Hussein Reagan

        Denniss I aam guilty of violating the number one rule of the internet: Never use sarcasm – people are just tooo smart for it. Sorrry.

        May 19, 2012 at 11:48 am |

    Hmm. I thought it was one one-man show, and that Obarry did everything.

    May 19, 2012 at 7:16 am |
    • mark

      no you idiot he said kill him

      May 19, 2012 at 7:26 am |
    • runner305

      Do us all a favor. If you say something about President Obama, try showing at least a minimum of respect by writing his name as "Obama", not something childishly insulting like "Obarry".

      May 19, 2012 at 7:36 am |
      • Ronald Hussein Reagan

        THink of it as a RIght WInger donnning a big red clown nose and Donkey ears. That's what I do. It saves me the time of reading anything else in the post.

        May 19, 2012 at 9:36 am |
      • gwenz

        It just shows you how ignorant/childish they truly are. I don't remember GWB being called stupid names like they use for President Obama.

        May 19, 2012 at 11:52 am |
    • Trices

      Just because political pundits try to defuse an accomplishment with that type of hype does not mean you have to beleive it. He's done nothing but give credit out in the incident. If anything he needs to take more credit.

      May 19, 2012 at 9:14 am |
    • Ronald Hussein Reagan

      You, tooo mightg want to look at David Breitbart's web-site. THey've uncovered a painting which conclusively proves George Washinton did not rtow acrosss the Delaware. IN fact he never even touched an oar!!!! His men did it!. There's also proof Ben Franklin was responsible for the crack in the LIberty Belll. You'd bettter look quick though as the government willl sooon be shuttting this site dow. WHy isn't the LIberal Media reporting this? Because they're tooo busy promoting the President's Marxist agenda, That's why.

      May 19, 2012 at 9:32 am |
      • Dennis

        It certainly beats your ignorant agenda.

        May 19, 2012 at 11:01 am |
    • Ronald Hussein Reagan

      refer to above post regqading Washinton crosssin gthe Delaware. If ytou don't understand it – the point is the President makes decisions – the Deals execute them (and Osama, tooo.)

      May 20, 2012 at 8:28 am |
  18. Tim

    Instead of making this a party-biased argument, people ought to be upset with any politician on either side, if they don't do their job and do what's best for the people, including just spending all their day hours at work trying to block each other's bills. The GOP has a history of doing that where they refused to pay for the medical treatment of 9/11 first responders whom were directly linked to being ill from the 9/11 event. You can bet DEMs blocked stuff, too, if it's supported by one party the other blocks it. Any politician found to be doing so in opposition to the best interests of the citizens and doing what's legal and morally right, need to be booted to make room for someone that will. This goes for both sides, and people need to get a clue and stop all this infighting about which party people support or belong to. The answers are more simple, but political agendas get in the way.. and the Fox News brainwashing isn't helping by creating this vitriol nonsense. It's "us against them" for not doing their job, don't let them get away with trying to use your fears as a tool to get you to do their bidding on either side! We all want the same things, so stop being blinded by biased media and party propaganda!

    May 19, 2012 at 5:52 am |
    • Manuel J.

      Let's not forget that Obama called Republicans "the enemy" and he lied about immigration reform in his first year of office when he had a Super majority. He also put at least 50% of his time into healthcare his first 2 years of office, instead of 100% focusing on the economy.

      So if I sound like a "negative-sounding" Republican, it's because this president has had poor focus.

      May 19, 2012 at 8:48 am |
      • Dij

        No.. you just sound a typical republican... nothing exceptional 🙂

        May 19, 2012 at 9:25 am |
      • Dennis

        You need to wake up.They are the enemy.

        May 19, 2012 at 11:02 am |
  19. Timothy

    I would vote to give O'Blama a 35% Bonus if he could Balance the Budget and get rig of our 18 Trillion Dollar Debt and I am NOT even a Democrat... Why pay these Federal Employees any more than they are already being paid, they are not allowed to collect the Reward Money for catching these Terrorists. This is just another prime example of what is wrong with this Country...

    May 19, 2012 at 3:46 am |
    • Bob Ramos

      What you and everyone else has to realize is this: One, this financial mess has been decades in the making. No matter who is President, it will take decades to even bigin to fix it if we ever do. Second, every sector of our economy had the chance to step up to the plate and do something about the mess we were in but the federal government was the only one that did so. Even if Obama is reelected, all he can do is to hold things together and start the process of healing the economy. That is, if the Repubs do not put too many obstacles in his path.

      May 19, 2012 at 7:05 am |
      • jimmer

        Never heard of Ron Paul ,huh?.................

        May 19, 2012 at 7:21 am |
      • Fairness

        The national debt tripled under president Reagan and it doubled under President Bush. So why is it suddenly only because of president Obama

        May 19, 2012 at 8:37 am |
    • gregingos

      All you rightwingers crying about the deficit need to shut up and admit that all of the blame for the deficit we have today can be placed squarely on the back of W. How can anybody forget that it was under W that this country had a budget surplus. First thing W did was give everybody a nice big tax cut. The next thing he did was wave the terrorists in on 9/11 so he could have his war with Saddam.l Once this country was at war the first thing any responsible leader should have done was called on the American People to sacrifice ( like was done in jWWII ). First on the agenda should have been to call on the American People to surrender the tax cuts that were made because of the surplus. Imagine a President who grabbed a bullhorn and called on this nation to join together and sacrifice to win the war. Only the most unpatriotic amonst us would have refused to give back a tax cut that was predicated on a budget surplus and no 9/11 attack and resulting wars. Since almost every republican has refused to do that, and they have taken pledges to swear to g norquist that they will not, they then can be called the MOST UNPATRIOTIC AMERICANS OF ALL TIME, PAST, PRESENT OR FUTURE. FTR, I voted for John Mccain. He will be the LAST REPUBLICAN I EVER VOTE FOR. Obama is a slick talker and a poor leader but he will get my vote in November because he at least cares about this country.

      May 19, 2012 at 11:04 am |
  20. John

    I hate when I'm reading a story and I scroll too far and accidentally read one of these stupid-ass comments. Since I got this far, just thought you should know. Seriously, if Jesus Christ was our President, and he happened to be either Democrat or Republican, the other faction would bitch and rip him apart to no end. "So he makes wine out of water, huh? Just like a Democrat to make wine instead some something we could use, like OIL!"

    May 19, 2012 at 2:41 am |
    • Thank you

      Well said. I was wondering if I was the only one who felt this way.

      May 19, 2012 at 5:22 am |
      • Lee Downie

        You are not alone: we are many.

        May 19, 2012 at 7:08 am |
      • truth

        There are far more people who feel like you do.

        The wackos who post insults on this site and others about president Obama, or the other party might be loud, but they are by far the minority in this country.

        Let's be honest, this all really got bad when Clinton was in office adn the 24/7 news cycle began and has gone down hill ever since.

        May 19, 2012 at 8:56 am |
    • cocoloco

      Keep your language clean, or go to school to learn to speak properly. Have a great day!

      May 19, 2012 at 9:53 am |
  21. DonPete

    I F**king love Obama.

    May 19, 2012 at 1:56 am |
    • jimmer

      my condolances......

      May 19, 2012 at 7:22 am |
  22. Mike

    Did the SEALS get a 35% bonus too? If not, they should!

    May 19, 2012 at 1:51 am |
    • Terri

      Really? what do you think? No Fing way...I mean all they did was risk their lives...Obama doesnt give a shit about the guy on the ground... Same with healthcare...Obummer gave congress a pass on his awesome new healthcare and is trying to make vets pay for theirs....homeless vets everywhere while congress, the senate and prez get lifelong pay and benies..but obviously it's okay because people do not stand up to stop it. bunch a criminals and liars.

      May 19, 2012 at 3:00 am |
      • Dover

        Really? You need to step away from Fox news. Obama has done far more for the military than his predecessor. Including:

        Beginning the withdrawal of US troops from Iraq,
        Families of fallen soldiers have expenses covered to be on hand when the body arrives at Dover AFB,
        Ended media blackout on war casualties; reporting full information
        Ended media blackout on covering the return of fallen soldiers to Dover AFB; the media is now permitted to do so pending adherence to respectful rules and approval of fallen soldier's family
        Ended the previous stop-loss policy that kept soldiers in Iraq/Afghanistan longer than their enlistment date
        Better body armor is now being provided to our troops
        Increasing pay and benefits for military personnel
        Improved housing for military personnel
        Initiating a new policy to promote federal hiring of military spouses
        Improved conditions at Walter Reed Military Hospital and other military hospitals
        Beginning the process of reforming and restructuring the military 20 years after the Cold War to a more modern fighting force; this includes new procurement policies, increasing size of military, new technology and cyber units and operations, etc.
        Improving benefits for veterans
        Authorized construction/opening of additional health centers to care for veterans

        Now instead of perpetuating lies, or just believing anything you hear from rabid republicans, why don't you check the above information out from a reliable source, and when you discover that it is true, come back and apologize for being part of the problem.

        May 19, 2012 at 5:31 am |
      • Tim

        People get bent out of shape when people blame Bush for things he did, but feel fine to blaming every problem on Obama. I mean, there's plenty to complain about regarding any politician on either side, but this childish, petty and ignorant bashing should really stop. As much as Bush wrecked things, I don't blame him for everything that happened while he was president, unless he was responsible for it. Get your head together!

        May 19, 2012 at 5:45 am |
      • Brenda (officer in military)

        Dover, stop smoking medical marijuana.
        1. Obama increased military in Afghanistan, and increased deaths.
        2. Walter Reed improvements came because the Washington Post did an embarrassing story, EVERY president would have done it.
        3. He withdrew the forces from Iraq according to BUSH'S ALREADY published timetable....not too hard to follow someone's already scheduled reduction......
        4. The pay raises under Obama HAVE BEEN WORSE than Bush....not better.
        5. Housing is not better, it is unchanged. Military construction is DOWN under Obama.
        6. Body armor improvements were under development BEFORE Obama came into office.

        Most of your "accomplishments" are actually NOT TRUE. The other ones were started under Bush.

        It was a nice try, but factually dishonest.

        May 19, 2012 at 7:37 am |
      • ddtrey

        Hey Dover, post your sources when you post all of these things "Obama" did for the military. Wlater Reed was closed last year you bafoon. I guess you could call that an improvement but just highlights the gross negligence in your post.

        May 19, 2012 at 9:55 am |
    • hjcihak

      I suspect the Seals would be offended if they were offered some financial compensation for a successful mission. Those guys are career military. They don't make a career out of protecting our country for the money.

      "I'd rather you just said, 'Thank you,' and went on your way."

      May 19, 2012 at 5:09 am |
    • Dennis

      They got a promotion and another dangerous assignment.Isn't that what they live for?

      May 19, 2012 at 11:05 am |
  23. Rogue351

    Why should the federal government reward people for doing a good job. Just do your job shut up and take what is given to you. That is exactly the mind set of the Rich REPUBLICANS. No on the other hand the TEA PARTY would say the federal government spend way to much already without giving anyone anything extra. A vote for either of these parties will result in people like this who do a great job keeping all of us safe being even more under payed and under appreciated. It it was up to the TEA PARTY we would just pass out guns to ever man woman and child in this nation and everyone could protect themselves. STOP THE ASSULT BY THE TEA PARTY and REPUBLICAN TERRORISTS.

    May 19, 2012 at 1:37 am |
    • Larry Trickel

      Just another jant with no facts. You haven't a clue about the Tea Party other than what CNN and the DNC feed you. The Tea Party has "no stake in the game" on guns. But then why confuse you with facts.

      May 19, 2012 at 8:41 am |
      • Dennis

        Yes,according to you Fox News has all the answers and guidelines you will need to follow for the rest of your miserable,uninformed life.Since they have already influenced your purpose of being,I wonder if they also do your thinking for you?

        May 19, 2012 at 11:15 am |
  24. Chris24

    If this was the nfl, he'd get suspended.

    May 19, 2012 at 1:24 am |
  25. Night Hawk

    "The number of awardees is capped by Congress but in 2011 the Obama administration further reduced the number of awardees citing economy"

    Obama could have cut spending, cut pork, cut money to governments that hate us, but NOOOOO The one thing he cuts is the number of awards given to people who do their best to help the U.S. No wonder this country is screwed!

    May 19, 2012 at 1:21 am |
    • hjcihak

      The President can't "cut pork." Pork is a congressional largesse. The only way the President can stop pork is to refuse to sign entire appropriations bills, and that's a great way p*ss off a Congress that is already doing next to nothing that the President wants anyway.

      May 19, 2012 at 5:12 am |
      • Don in MO

        During his 1st 2 years as President his party had the house and didn't cut it either. So you're saying Democratic in-fighting is what allowed pork spending to continue?

        May 19, 2012 at 8:24 am |
    • Dennis

      How about the Congressional Medal of Honor that was awarded this week?...Were you awake to notice?

      May 19, 2012 at 11:17 am |
  26. Herby Sagues

    Well, one of the few downsides of the raid (other than the fact it was directed by Obama if you happen to be republican) was that one of the helicopters crashed attemtping to land. The failure was due to an error in the preparation of the practice runs in a mock-up, due to the fact that the mockup didn't have solid walls around the garden but open fences, so they never realized that once inside the enclosed space the helicopter blades would create such a vortex that would destabilize the craft.
    I presume this guy didn't have anything to do with the mistake, and that someone ommitted the detail of the walls in the practice even though they knew how the building was built.

    May 19, 2012 at 1:06 am |
    • Dennis

      Outside perimeter surveiillance would have revealed the fact that the fotress was in a walled compound.

      May 19, 2012 at 11:20 am |
  27. citizen9

    Way to go Eric. Thanks for helping President o make the right decision.

    May 19, 2012 at 12:57 am |
  28. jj

    The only comments worth reading are the ones making jokes. You other guys feel like you have to make comments about stuff that you know nothing about are pathetic.

    May 19, 2012 at 12:33 am |
  29. Chuck D

    What a load. Bin Laden died in 2001. CIA officers paid for his Kidney dialysis in Dubai. Multiple hospital staff eyewitnesses.

    May 19, 2012 at 12:20 am |
    • mms55

      are you really that nuts?

      May 19, 2012 at 12:33 am |
    • zoonib

      Yes and his wives and Pakistan are lying. Sorry fools will believe anything they are told and disregard any facts to the contrary.

      May 19, 2012 at 12:55 am |
    • docparadox

      Amazing that people like chuck exist, much less breed.

      May 19, 2012 at 1:17 am |
    • Rogue351

      CHUCK, you are delusional. you have been listening to the TEA PARTY far to much. Not everything is a conspiracy. Not everyone is out to get you. If Obama was not blocked on every single turn by the TEA PARTY and the REPUBLICAN party we would have the strongest nation on the face of the earth. But because they are not in power they block and nothing gets down. Well except for stuff like this. The things the REPUBLICANS could not do, and to be honest didn't care. Bush had basically stopped looking for Osama. Pull your head out of your A$$ and support the country no matter who is in office it is the only way our nation will last. United we stand divided we fall never made more sense. You are so far gone that you have no idea what it means to be an American. I SUPPORT OBAMA and I read CNN. I AM NOT LEAVING.

      May 19, 2012 at 1:48 am |
      • Dennis

        United we stand,Republican we fall.

        May 19, 2012 at 11:22 am |
    • ysc

      Then somebody better notify the Pakistani govt and millitary, cuz they've lately been getting an awful lot of krap and sheetty PR over OBL for nothing.

      May 19, 2012 at 2:59 am |
    • Timothy

      Chuck my friend, you have been sipping too much Goat Piss and reading way too many Arabic Comic Books... That's a whole new Conspiracy Theory that I have not yet heard... Thanks for the laugh I really needed that...

      May 19, 2012 at 3:40 am |
  30. Meltdownman

    Bin Laden's last Facebook entry:

    I'll be right back, someone is at the door....

    May 18, 2012 at 11:56 pm |
  31. ArtInChicago

    What the heck is the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency? I gotta look at the org chart of Homeland Security. Never heard of some of these agencies.

    May 18, 2012 at 11:43 pm |
    • Alan

      Art – NGA doesn't fall under DHS. It's a separate agency which deals with satellite imagery, map-making, and a host of other specialties related to geo-spatial sciences.....

      May 19, 2012 at 12:36 am |
      • Dennis

        Including photogrammetry.Survey crews us this concept daily to provide construction details on a large scale including the developement of highway,waterway and dam construction

        May 19, 2012 at 11:27 am |
  32. Steve

    Knock, knock.
    Who's there?
    Al who?

    May 18, 2012 at 11:25 pm |
  33. andulamb

    "Mr. Benn's singular accomplishment is probably the most stunning and the one that will produce shock and awe for most Americans." Shock and awe? What the hell are you talking about? If you think someone deserves a bonus then give them a bonus. Stop trying to manipulate us with your simpleminded buzzwords.

    May 18, 2012 at 11:20 pm |
    • Texas Annie

      Gee, wasn't "shock & awe" a Bush administration catch phrase??

      May 18, 2012 at 11:23 pm |
      • Bill

        I don't even get what you're trying to say? If it's the fact that someone with an anti-bush mentality and voter base would use a similar phrasing, that's pretty stupid. it's not clever or funny or compelling or anything. at least trolls are provocative. reading this was like listening to a redneck make an attempt at intellectual conversation, and then failing harder than the south ever did.

        May 19, 2012 at 9:24 am |
  34. MrJay11

    what a joke of a report... only a complete fool idi. ot thinks a staffer deserves one red cent for this.. he.. built... a model.. of .. a.. it closely this is all he did

    I can only imagine the millions seal team 6 got then... oh .. wait.

    May 18, 2012 at 11:07 pm |
    • Texas Annie

      And just what did you do to help catch him...

      May 18, 2012 at 11:22 pm |
      • MrJay11

        Just played Battlefield and Call of Duty. I was a badass!

        May 18, 2012 at 11:51 pm |
      • Chad

        MrJay11 for the win!

        May 19, 2012 at 12:42 am |
      • that guy

        Jay 2..Annie 0

        May 19, 2012 at 1:12 am |
      • Mike

        Annie – 1000, Jay dude – 0

        May 19, 2012 at 1:27 am |
      • Dennis

        Booted Bush and Cheney down the road.

        May 19, 2012 at 11:29 am |
    • Bill

      intel is a worthwhile pursuit. i'd say the accolades he is receiving are worth the effort and skill set he brought to the table. plus, military get bonuses as well: multiple language skills, duty station, hazard pay, combat zone pay, no taxes for various deployment situations, etc. It adds up quickly, and everyone from seal team 6 to the privates landing in afghanistan for the first time gets them. some are bigger than others, but to imply that this guy is somehow worthless or hogging all of the glory is preposterous

      i know these things because i got them on my paychecks for many years. everyone contributes to the fight. a coach or a talent scout may never hit the field or the court or personally score points, but their presence and skill set is felt well beyond the arena or stadium they consider to be their battlefield.

      May 19, 2012 at 9:28 am |
  35. Russ

    Unbelievable. A civilian planner in the Washington bureaucracy gets a 35% of salary bonus. How much of a bonus did the SEAL boots on the ground and in the air get? I'll bet zero because it's their job just like it was the civilian's job

    May 18, 2012 at 10:55 pm |
    • Chuck Jasper, Ga.

      Maybe none of the Seals were nominated for the Award. Maybe if someone nominated them for an Award they would get one. I doubt they would have received an award of this type anyway, but there are a multitude of reasons they would not receive this type of award. Using your own logic, why should a military man be awarded medals, they are just doing their job? BTW I can say that knowing I am not insulting any military personnel. I served for 22 years. I am pointing out your position is not thought out thoroughly. You oppose awards for civilians as if they are somehow less entitled. Not to mention these types of award programs, help retain the better qualified people.

      May 18, 2012 at 11:11 pm |
      • Jules

        I'm sure the Seals got the highest military honors (short of medals of honor) for their successful mission. Their accomplishments will be rewarded in their military careers. They purposefully do not make their awards public. I'm sure Mr. Benn is dissapointed that his award with his name was made public for a variety of reason, with the most being his safety. God bless all the analysts that make the right call for our troops to execute the right mission.

        May 19, 2012 at 12:32 pm |
    • Alan

      Hey, genius, were it not for this particularly analysts effort who knows whether the raid on UBL's Abottabad complex would have been successful....did that ever even enter your pea-brain? Yes, the SEALS actually conducted the mission, but there are a host of other folks who directly and indirectly contribute behind the scenes. Having worked on both sides of this equation (as a military member and govvie civilian) I can tell you that there's enough credit to go around. The SEALS don't want the public recognition, and their satisfaction comes from doing their job. While Mr. Benn is likely just a humble, it's nice to see govvies singled out for positive contribution (heaven knows there's enough negative press already)....

      May 19, 2012 at 12:42 am |
    • Chad

      I don't think he meant he should not not be recognized, but giving money out to a civilian who did not risk his life or limb seems idiotic. Give home a nice plaque and a hand shake and move on. Or start giving monetary bonuses to service members for their awards. Do whatever, but give up the double standard.

      May 19, 2012 at 12:47 am |
      • DonPete

        Maybe I'm not reading the article correctly, but is seems to me the article implied that Mr. Bens interpretation of the satelite data and subsequent rendition of the villa is what allowed the Seals to be succesful. Having real-time mock-ups of the house and grounds most certainly afforded the team the best possible chance for success, without sustaining casualties on our side. Whats wrong with giving credit where its due?

        May 19, 2012 at 1:50 am |
      • AGuest9

        It's the John Wayne complex. Everyone wants to go rushing in, guns blazing. No one gives a damn if you have the right house.

        May 19, 2012 at 7:17 am |
    • citizen9

      Credit is due to Eric for helping plan the mission. Heaven forbid someone might give O credit for making the decision to actually do it.

      May 19, 2012 at 1:01 am |
    • Mike

      do you have to whine about everything, dude? I'm sure the SEALS were rewarded handsomely, it doesn't all have to be public, you know.

      May 19, 2012 at 1:28 am |
      • AGuest9

        With the SEALs, it is never public. Not even their funerals.

        May 19, 2012 at 7:18 am |
    • Rogue351

      A typical TEA PARTY reply. The Seals do not do the job for the money they do the job because it is their duty. On the other hand the civilian does the job for money. This is exactly the the thing none of you tea baggers get. Our military is not a bunch of mercs for hire. Try for one second to think beyond the scope of the article and how paying soldiers based on kills would come across in the world press. The TEA PARTY and the REPUBLICAN party has already done enough, trust me. To make our great country look BAD. If we are not already the most hated country on earth if turned back over to these RADICAL hillbillies we will be soon enough. What a MORON you are.

      May 19, 2012 at 1:56 am |
    • bla

      Think for a second. If the team of SEALs did get a bonus, there'd be a paper trail. And they'd have to be named wouldn't they? Can't just send money to "Mr X" can you?

      If they got some extra compensation for their good work, it would be absolutely retarded to announce it to the public because you'd be painting targets on them and their families.

      May 19, 2012 at 10:49 am |
  36. Nag, nag, nag...

    Bin Laden lived with three wives in one compound, never setting foot outside the house for 5 years.

    It is now believed that he called Seal Team 6 himself.

    May 18, 2012 at 10:39 pm |
    • Matthew

      That was just what I needed tonight... funniest thing I've heard all day! Thanks! (I would have called them myself and I just had one wife... 😉

      May 18, 2012 at 10:48 pm |
    • Dan

      I believe it.

      May 18, 2012 at 10:52 pm |
    • mike cook


      May 18, 2012 at 11:00 pm |
    • Steve

      Polygamy is its own punishment.

      May 18, 2012 at 11:03 pm |
      • IggyV

        Just ask the Romney family who moved to MEXICO (with little Mitt) so they could continue to practice polygamy without prosecution. Then you've got a President who studied and sampled various world cultures and religions and chose as a sentient adult to go with the USA and christianity. Yet the right wing republican religious yahoos attack OBama and exalt the job killer Romney. Ain't religion funny? Tax it as the commercial marketing enterprise it is and see if they keep laughing.

        May 18, 2012 at 11:23 pm |
    • Texas Annie

      That's actually pretty funny. Thanks for the laugh.

      May 18, 2012 at 11:24 pm |
      • Dennis

        Most people laugh at the state of Texas.Now that is something to truly be laughing about.

        May 19, 2012 at 11:34 am |
    • that guy

      Hell if I had three wives that was putting out, I'm not leaving the house for a while either.. Must have gotten tired of them and gave his location away!!!

      May 19, 2012 at 1:15 am |
    • Mike


      May 19, 2012 at 1:29 am |
    • bla

      You have single-handedly made this comments section worth reading. Bravo!

      May 19, 2012 at 10:50 am |
  37. Reasonable1

    Excellent job. You guys deserve every penny of that reward and then 100 times more. I feel proud to be a tax payer. This is the best use of my tax dollars. Thank you for making all of us safer. You guys are the real heroes.

    May 18, 2012 at 10:34 pm |
    • Alan


      May 19, 2012 at 12:43 am |
  38. Mike

    Does outting this guy publicly make any sense to anyone?

    May 18, 2012 at 10:33 pm |
    • Chuck Jasper, Ga.

      I do not believe anybody has been exposed, as in "outed". Clearly the individuals that were nominated for the award knew that publicity would be involved if they won the award. If he was concerned with his own safety, he would have requested his name be removed as a nominee. He wants to be known and I do not blame him. What he accomplished should be lauded and praised publicly. In America, we should not hide from our accomplishments because there might be a terrorist that is offended but it. If we do, they have already won.

      May 18, 2012 at 10:51 pm |
    • shayla

      I agree with you Mike. Why put his name out there in the press so that he can now be a target? Even if he is a civilian employee, someone might want to target him, if nothing else, for image sake. Doesn't make sense to me either.

      May 18, 2012 at 11:52 pm |
    • InTheKnow

      Most government employees are publicly listed to include name and pay rate. If really wanted to target one person at a public agency it wouldn't be hard. Giving someone recognition really has very little bearing on subversive methods used by people who want to obtain sensitive government information since they probably already know who is who.

      May 19, 2012 at 12:59 am |
    • AGuest9

      Not in the least. However, CIA employees were attacked at a Metro bus stop, so they accept that there is a risk to their job to begin with.

      May 19, 2012 at 7:21 am |
  39. obama polls are failing so they pull out bin laden

    Folks this will be here all weekend due to the fact many more will read it , so since the obama polls are in the bucket out come a bin laden reminder.

    May 18, 2012 at 10:33 pm |
    • Chuck Jasper, Ga.

      You have nothing of value to add to a conversation so you post rhetorical drivel. I'm impressed.

      May 18, 2012 at 10:53 pm |
      • jqent

        Gee, I guess I don't exist. i'am an Obama supporter, but if I'm not here, then i must not be at all.
        I wonder what it is with the TeaPublicans... they think if they repeat wishful thinking often enough, it magically becomes true.

        May 19, 2012 at 12:11 am |
    • Obama supporters leaving CNN blogs in droves.

      Virtually all the Obama supporters on the CNN blogs have disappeared since last week. The of Obama is near.

      May 18, 2012 at 10:54 pm |
      • Chuck Jasper, Ga.

        Obviously your posting is a delusion. I am an Obama supporter and I am still here. Now do you have anything adult in nature to add to the conversation or just sock puppet comments that have no relevance to this news article.

        May 18, 2012 at 11:14 pm |
      • Texas Annie

        Another Obama supporter still here.

        May 18, 2012 at 11:26 pm |
      • AGuest9


        May 19, 2012 at 7:22 am |
      • Another Obama supporter

        Not going anywhere.

        May 19, 2012 at 8:58 am |
      • Dennis

        They were here to offer their support when the President awarded posthumously to the ex-wife of a fallen soldier during the Vietnam War the Congressional Medal of Honor.As a patriotic American were you here to offer support or were you just here to bash Obama?

        May 19, 2012 at 11:40 am |
    • ArtInChicago

      Yeah, so much so InsHannity talks about this President not being vetted so you bring up Rev. Wright.

      May 18, 2012 at 11:45 pm |
      • JC

        I hope that Eric has Secret Service Protection

        May 19, 2012 at 3:11 am |