Former SEAL worried about new book
August 30th, 2012
07:25 PM ET

Former SEAL worried about new book

By Larry Shaughnessy

At least one former U.S. Navy SEAL is worried that a book about the raid that killed Osama bin Laden could jeopardize future special operations missions.

John McGuire left the service as a first class petty officer after 10 years in the Navy, much of it as a SEAL.

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"We have something in the military called OPSEC, which is operational security, and people can piece tiny pieces of information together to get a picture they don't need to have," McGuire told CNN on Thursday. "We know too much as it is."

"When people give away secrets and talk about these exploits like this, connections can be drawn together to put them and our security in harm's way," McGuire said.

The new book by former SEAL Matt Bissonnette, published under the pseudonym Mark Owen, is titled "No Easy Day."

It goes step by step through the SEAL team's training and practicing for the May 2011 raid, the assault itself and the aftermath. It tells a heart-pounding story, but nowhere near as violent or explosive as a typical Hollywood movie.

He has not read the book yet, but McGuire said the details of the bin Laden episode may not seem new but that is not the issue.

"It's one thing to assume to know what we do, it's another thing to confirm it first hand," he said.

Bissonnette, a chief petty officer when he left the Navy, writes that he will give the majority of proceeds from the book to military support groups.

"I would see that as a noble thing," McGuire said, "but if it harms other guys...."

The book is one of several accounts about the operation to have surfaced.

Obama administration officials said on Thursday that the Pentagon is expected to inform Bissonnette that he has violated secrecy agreements and that both he and his publisher could be forced to forgo all royalties.

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    This guy needs to be locked up and put away for 3 to 5 years minimum. This former hero is now a traitor to his buddies in the military.

    September 27, 2012 at 4:42 pm | Reply
  5. radar

    I think OBAMA and his crew in the WHite House including Joe Biden should be working on economic development and putting america back to work and spend no time prosecuting this american Hero. This Seal has accomplished more than OBAMA/ Biden ever has............more smoke and mirrirors from OBAMA & Company

    September 11, 2012 at 12:57 pm | Reply
    • Joe 0302

      Radar, the CIC has nothing to do with the squid.
      The Sec of the Navy will be informed by the JAG of the Navy as to what charges may be brought forward.
      I'd feel betrayed if he seved with me .

      September 11, 2012 at 3:56 pm | Reply
      • AnotherSquid

        Spoken like a Jarhead but I am in agreement. I too have reservations about a book like this being written. There are always consequences for every single action. Money always gets in the way of sound judgement.

        September 20, 2012 at 9:46 pm |
    • Jean Sartre

      Radar – You are just another Obama hater and are bat crap crazy...

      September 26, 2012 at 10:19 pm | Reply
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    • NDA

      I hope this clown goes to jail & pay a fine. A true SEAL can hold water!
      Please read your NDA form before writing a book.

      September 10, 2012 at 2:14 pm | Reply
      • Jean Sartre

        "Bissonnette, a chief petty officer when he left the Navy, writes that he will give the majority of proceeds from the book to military support groups.

        What does he means by MAJORITY (51%)?

        Where is the rest of the money going?

        September 26, 2012 at 10:22 pm |
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    September 9, 2012 at 9:37 am | Reply
  9. HJA

    You sign an agreement you can be held to it. I guess he doesn't think much of his fellow Seals if he thinks he can lie when he signs up.This guy just wants to make a buck off it. Donate "most" of the proceeds. Yeah right. Tell me another bedtime story!

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  11. Hooligan

    no matter how exposing, important, moronic, vapid, insulting, racist, offensive, or propagandist a book may or may not be... Books should NEVER be banned or censored. It's an icy slope none of us should be willing to risk simply for "safety".

    September 4, 2012 at 2:07 pm | Reply
    • Dave

      Sure, so maybe someone should write a book detailing the location of where Matt Bissonnette's lives as well as all of his relatives and closest friends. No matter how much it would endanger he and his family, the book shouldn't be censured.

      September 7, 2012 at 6:54 pm | Reply
      • john jones

        Watching Obama , makes me Damn Proud to be a true Conservative Republican.

        December 11, 2012 at 4:11 am |
  12. CeltinWood

    Whats BO complianing about? Wasn't "transparency" one of his now, long lost, campaigne promises? This book is the only thing "transparent" to come from the Obama administration! Let 'em keep the royalties. The man has something to say that he feels – as a warrior and citizen – we all NEED to know. With the state of our nation as of late, we are all on a "need to know basis". Semper Fi brothers.........

    September 4, 2012 at 12:32 pm | Reply
    • mdreader

      The book is written by a former SEAL who is resentful of having a black Commander-in-Chief telling him what to do. Period. It is immoral and unethical for him to write anything unless he gets clearance from the Pentagon. There are no special rules set aside for those who hate having a black man in the White House.

      September 6, 2012 at 9:54 am | Reply
      • Big T

        His book is no worse than his Commander-In-Chiefs movie.

        September 6, 2012 at 4:03 pm |
      • Wheeeeee!!!!

        You that you have mentioned it...has there ever been a SEAL without blue eyes??!?? You should take your very insightful comments on race and explore the topic. Or you could stop seeking refuge in using race as an excuse for your lack of logic.

        September 7, 2012 at 12:00 am |
      • john jackson

        I love how Liberals have nothing meaningful to say except there blatant demagoguery, "Oh they hate Obama because he is black, or they try to censor real debate by saying something is Hate speech, or they create wedge issues full of fallacy's and/or lies. Obama was only elected because he considered black, Period. Liberalism is the opiate of the masses, people who do not understand the true nature of our current issues like to pretend they are actually making this country better.

        Obama is only upset about the book, because it takes away from his lovely little image the liberal main stream media portray him as.

        December 12, 2012 at 1:59 am |
    • faithjarrell

      THANK YOU!!!!

      September 7, 2012 at 6:16 pm | Reply
    • Dave

      He's a former Navy SEAL, not a Marine.

      September 7, 2012 at 6:56 pm | Reply
  13. Pritch

    Oh, so now info about the killing is a security threat. Before when Obama and his crew were touting info and gave details to hollywood for some propaganda film, that was ok. Once again, hypocrisy at its finest.

    September 4, 2012 at 12:08 pm | Reply
  14. sonny

    Absolutely Yes

    September 4, 2012 at 11:29 am | Reply
  15. alan

    leaks from the obaba administration have already imprisoned the doctor who worked with the cia just to make the potus look tough. i bet this book will contradict administration accounts,that is the real threat.

    September 4, 2012 at 11:13 am | Reply
    • Hooligan

      And even if it doesn't you will believe that's what happened anyway.

      September 4, 2012 at 2:08 pm | Reply
      • Dave

        HMMM...should I believe a version of Bin Laden's death told by someone that was there and witnessed it first-hand, or should I believe a guy who was playing golf while this happened. That's a tough one.

        September 4, 2012 at 4:54 pm |
  16. stevem7

    There's a reason that Mr. McGuire never made CHIEF in the Navy. His comments show his lack of judgement in convicting someone without having seen the evidence. Good to see the Chain Of Command in the Navy I used to know still works and Nervous Nellies like McGuire don't get promoted to postions of leadership.

    September 3, 2012 at 9:44 pm | Reply
  17. George Patton

    Is the book about the wanton murder or the purported Ussama bin Laden security threat? Hardly!!!

    September 3, 2012 at 7:59 pm | Reply
  18. PCT1999

    Mitt said on camera that he was TOO IMPORTANT to go to Vietnam. What a twit

    September 3, 2012 at 5:53 pm | Reply
    • Dave

      "Mitt said on camera that he was TOO IMPORTANT to go to Vietnam. What a twit."

      What camera was that, your Kodak Brownie?

      September 3, 2012 at 6:05 pm | Reply
      • Panties

        Dave, would you like to kiss my Brownie? Grins.

        September 4, 2012 at 1:43 am |
    • Sodomite

      Not that I like the guy, but what you say is total bullsh!t. Don't be so quick to rely on gossip and innuendo.

      September 3, 2012 at 7:59 pm | Reply
  19. Rosslaw

    GM is alive and well and Bin Ladin is dead. Enough said.

    September 3, 2012 at 4:00 pm | Reply
    • Dave

      When GM is dead will Obammy take credit?

      September 3, 2012 at 6:10 pm | Reply
    • The True American

      Whats this mean is GM next to go ?

      September 3, 2012 at 6:25 pm | Reply
      • Maxx

        It means that during the current administration, the U.S. Government bailed out GM and saved the company from going bankrupt. Which really doesn't have anything to do with the topic of the article, although Rosslaw's statement is kind of clever.

        September 3, 2012 at 10:45 pm |
    • Wheeeeee!!!!

      Yeah!...get the bumper sticker or else you are a racist!

      September 7, 2012 at 12:01 am | Reply
  20. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    The GOT's position on the current administration: We must do all we can to stop this black man and get him out of the white house. See, every f-ing thing he touches turns to f-ing gold and every time he picks up that that pen, he starts to re-write the f-ing American history books. Recession stabilized and depression averted... CHECK! ACA becomes law of the land...CHECK! Wall Street regulated for first time in history...CHECK! Auto industry saved...CHECK! Twenty nine consecutive months of private sector job growth...CHECK! Iraqi war over...CHECK! Afghan war coming to an end...CHECK! OBL dead...CHECK! ARAB Spring in full force and democracy has been ignited in Egypt, Libya and Sudan...CHECK! America's image, trust and credibility has been restored...CHECK... After the oil rig in the Gulf of Mexico was sabotaged by the home grown terrorist group, the Tea Party to make the President's job more difficult, there's no sign of any oil in the Gulf whatsoever and even marine scientists are baffled! and even Isaac couldn't help the GOT by getting the dissolved oil to re-surfaced. I say what f-ing oil spill? Yea, we have to stop that black man and get him out of the white house because every f-ing thing he touches turns to gold and we right wing confederates just can't seem to catch a f-ing break whatsoever.

    Obama/Biden 2012!

    September 3, 2012 at 1:58 pm | Reply
    • Loyal to US

      What about Generals? You know, Gen. Stanley McChrystal? His book is out November 12th. You can already see some of it on-line like including a sketch he drew and used as guidance in operational networking plans. Thought a GO's drawing about war plans were classified. If not, they should be. Maybe General Flynn will catch this and stop or at least limit what is provided to our enemies through freedom of speech....Please pass on up the chain. We have to stop aiding the enemy. I'm sure General McChrsystal is not doing anything to harm US on purpose but sometimes the higher you are the more the world wants to know you! Out troops are better served when our Generals don't write and share with everyone. At least wait until all of our men and women are home. God bless them!

      September 3, 2012 at 2:51 pm | Reply
    • Dave

      You lost me at "black man."

      September 3, 2012 at 3:36 pm | Reply
    • :)

      You had me at "black man".

      September 3, 2012 at 8:00 pm | Reply
      • Sandy

        Posted on The very root of your writing while sonnidug agreeable originally, did not sit properly with me after some time. Someplace throughout the sentences you actually managed to make me a believer unfortunately just for a very short while. I nevertheless have a problem with your jumps in logic and one might do nicely to fill in those gaps. In the event you actually can accomplish that, I could undoubtedly end up being impressed.

        October 13, 2012 at 1:37 am |
    • NoBama

      Blackman!!!! You mean to tell me our President is black!!!!!! No freakin' way!!!!!

      September 4, 2012 at 10:19 am | Reply
  21. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    So I understand that some conservatives and even current an ex SEALS are saying that President Obama had nothing to do with the killing of OBL whatsoever. I've read comments from the right who argue that the SEALS did all the planning for this mission including authorizing it. Well, if that;'s the case, then why did the SEALS NOT do all their planning and authorizing under the Bush administration? O' I got it, its because President Obama authorized the pentagon and the military to plan the mission and then the President authorized the mission to go after OBL. In other words, all the hoopla over this mission is just right wing ENVY and JEALOUSY.

    Obama/Biden 2012!

    September 3, 2012 at 1:12 pm | Reply
    • Bojack

      Obama got to authorized the killing of OBL because it took out intlligence community that lone to fine him.

      September 4, 2012 at 7:32 am | Reply
    • Wheeeeee!!!!

      Yes...the right wing are full of envy......good thing that we have a President who could make such a tough call to go after OBL. Because for sure no other person in a position of leadership would have been able to make the tough call to go after OBL. What a tough call to kill the POS. whew

      September 7, 2012 at 12:05 am | Reply
  22. Sam

    this book will set a terrible precedence for many others to follow. If the author is not punished, you will have all sorts of people who served our country in sensitive positions step forward and pen all sorts of secrets for the world to read. It is nothing but self serving and incredibly damaging in more than one way.

    Serve with honor and keep your mouth shut. You signed the non-disclosure now follow through with your promise to keep quiet.

    September 3, 2012 at 12:52 pm | Reply
    • SixDegrees

      I generally agree. But I find it much more disturbing that members of Congress and the Administration routinely release classified information to server their own political ends, and never face so much as censure, let alone actual punishment. They are every bit as in violation of their security clearances as this author is, and while "Owen" is simply trying to make a buck and is probably not that well off to begin with, politicians don't even have that excuse.

      If Holder is going to start cleaning house with "Owen", he needs to look within the Beltway and apply the same standards.

      September 3, 2012 at 3:11 pm | Reply
      • Sam

        Well then lets punish a few and get them to follow through with their promise to keep quite. In trying to take all sorts of short cuts to a fancy house and maids, these people with big mouth sacrifice the safety of others in hot zones and ultimately the safety of our borders and citizens.

        September 3, 2012 at 6:39 pm |
  23. James Johnson

    Whoever planned this raid is an idiot... You do not destroy the amount of intelligence this man possessed..... It seems if the truth is ever known many people would fear, and be afraid if Bin Laden was questioned and the truths were to come out!

    September 3, 2012 at 11:46 am | Reply
  24. tropical living

    I relish, lead to I found just what I was taking a look for. You have ended my four day lengthy hunt! God Bless you man. Have a nice day. Bye

    September 3, 2012 at 5:50 am | Reply
  25. Daniel Munkelwitz

    With the credit downgrade the Pentagon does not have the proper security clearances to view the Book.

    August 31, 2012 at 5:13 pm | Reply
  26. Salute My Flag-Pole

    This book looks too damn boring. I'm looking forward to Hillary Clinton's up-coming autobiography; "No Easy Lay".

    August 31, 2012 at 4:38 pm | Reply
    • Bimbo the Birthday Clown

      Thank you, Salute My Flag Pole. Great posting above, especially about that bimbo Hilary Clinton!

      September 2, 2012 at 8:55 pm | Reply
    • cyg

      was that after she golden showered you?

      September 3, 2012 at 11:22 am | Reply
      • Salute My Flag-Pole

        I wish!

        September 3, 2012 at 8:01 pm |
  27. Tom

    Good, so we can expect Obama to forgo royalties from his memoires as well. I mean if you can't write about your public service or if there is a threat of sensitive info being leaked, and make money, it applies to all people right

    August 31, 2012 at 4:04 pm | Reply
  28. Todd P.

    Perhaps the White House will be demanding that all profits from their "limousine liberal", movie-producer friend's upcoming film on the raid be "forfeited" to the widows and families of fallen Navy SEALS!! The stench of hypocrisy that drifts from this Administration is nauseatingly overpowering......

    August 31, 2012 at 3:52 pm | Reply
    • use some sence

      No matter what others do,a G.I.,who is a seal,is bound by oath and agreement,not to disclose info on missions.
      "He did it first" is a first graders response.NOT A G.I.!

      August 31, 2012 at 4:12 pm | Reply
    • Jo

      I agree 100%. Obamma's squad has leaked information to the producers of this movie about the raid, but nobody is holding him RESPONSIBLE. Take the money for that and give it to the familys of the S.E.A.L.S.
      Master Sergeant Jo
      5th Special Forces
      Currently Deployed.

      September 1, 2012 at 7:19 am | Reply
      • 10thMountainReconVet

        hooah. A man who would never serve, and would never let his children serve, and has made political hay casting the wars the warriors have won in a negative light for personal political gain gets to tell the story to cocaine addled hollywood buddies for exploitation and profit. But a warrior cannot... Obama has no respect for warriors, and warriors have no respect for Obama.

        September 2, 2012 at 2:10 pm |
      • Brian

        In reply to 10thMountainReconVet: Don't generalize, you're but one warrior among millions who are serving or have served. There are a lot of warriors who DO respect the President.

        September 3, 2012 at 1:03 pm |
      • Salute My Flag-Pole

        Most "warriors", past and present, prefer Ron Paul.

        September 3, 2012 at 8:03 pm |
    • cyg

      blah blah blah – WH had nothing to do with that movie, get over yourseves. Seals are glory hounds that have no clue what honor and country, or service therein, is about.

      September 3, 2012 at 11:23 am | Reply
  29. :)

    Why the worry over a book no one is going to buy?

    August 31, 2012 at 3:48 pm | Reply
    • Steven

      You can't read, so no one expected you to buy it. That is unless they give away a coupon for Kool Aide with it.

      August 31, 2012 at 4:02 pm | Reply
      • :)

        That was very clever, Steven. Did mummy help you write it?

        August 31, 2012 at 4:08 pm |
    • Ernest Lane

      Not so fast. I already have, and it's not even published yet. I bet it'll do just fine.

      August 31, 2012 at 5:19 pm | Reply
      • Dave

        Already booked more pre-sales than 50 Shades of Gray.

        August 31, 2012 at 7:33 pm |
      • Salute My Flag-Pole

        Another steaming pile. More like 50 Shades of Sh!t.

        September 1, 2012 at 1:40 am |
    • Dutra

      I'll bet you a Chic Fil A dinner that it goes right to the top of the NYT best seller list.

      September 3, 2012 at 10:22 am | Reply
      • :)

        Wouldn't surprise me in the least.

        September 3, 2012 at 8:05 pm |
    • cyg

      bet you the Arabs buy it – smart thinking Squad of Child Left Behind. I wish the Navy would at least require themselves to not hire anyone who used to drive a Combine on a farm as a sniper...

      September 3, 2012 at 11:24 am | Reply
    • NoBama

      I don't care about a stupid book. Why the heck is our gas at $4.20 a gallon? I thought Bush was out of the picture, can we blame Obama or will it become a racial issue? Our country is going down the toilet and everyone's worried about some Dr Sues version of what happened to Bin Laden. You liberals need to stop drinking lattes, it makes you all too sensitive.

      September 4, 2012 at 10:29 am | Reply
      • LarryB

        And you, sir, clearly need lessons in economics so that you can learn what really causes gas prices to rise and fall. Choosing a president based on gas prices is like choosing a brand of toothpaste based on whether the Dodgers won or lost their last game.

        September 11, 2012 at 11:08 am |
      • Dave

        Apparently your buck stops in the health and hygiene aisle of the supermarket.

        September 11, 2012 at 12:11 pm |
  30. RodMillerUSA

    Matt Bissonnette is a deserving hero. His expose is no worse than the White House payoff to Hollywood supporters for a contrived movie version. The SEALS deserve fair and honest treatment and to that end, I will gladly contribute my 'fair share' to make up for any lost royalties stolen by this government.

    August 31, 2012 at 2:52 pm | Reply
  31. Jimbo

    It sounds tome like a bunch of political wonks are up in arms because a former SEAL beat them to the punch. Of course, he also rubbed feces in the face of an already tarnished administration.

    August 31, 2012 at 2:52 pm | Reply
  32. Deb

    Bull, funny how now you've chosen to release this book. Not only that dude, you had a boss. He would be the last guy to give you the nay or go. If it wasnt for Obama saying yea this would all be moot! I almost hope they arrest your butt!

    August 31, 2012 at 2:42 pm | Reply

    I have to ask this question...Why is the Obama Administration so up in arms??? They were the ones who published the proceedings WITH PICTURES....and now they are getting upset because one of the SEALs came out with a book??? Please....
    As to causing harm to other SEALS, anyone who has actuallly served in the Military knows that things change in a heartbeat...bases, tactics, people....

    No the White House is doing a Witch Hunt because they need the Osama Bin Laden Credit for the Election. What a bunch of crap.

    August 31, 2012 at 2:27 pm | Reply
    • Jo

      CNN Puts us in more danger that any book could, by reporting our positions before we are even there. And your right we change tactics daily for this exact reason. You could relate it to a football game. We may use the same tactic but we switch them on every operation. Just like a playbook in a football game you never know what play your gonna see until it is too late and we have scored a touchdown
      Master Sergeant Jo
      5th Special Forces
      Currently Deployed

      September 1, 2012 at 7:27 am | Reply
  34. Mark Carlton

    Obama has no room to talk. His administration leaks classified information like a sieve under pressure.

    August 31, 2012 at 2:17 pm | Reply
    • cyg

      based on what, the fact he did something to capture a criminal instead of whack weeds?

      September 3, 2012 at 11:26 am | Reply
  35. TexasRick

    Look at BO all of a sudden concerned about military protocol and and the need for maintaining secrecy. Is this the same BO who is all for openly gay behavior and the need for soldiers to be able to express themselves? Please....Joe Biden has flapped his gums about classified information that he's the one who should be on trial.

    August 31, 2012 at 2:07 pm | Reply
  36. hniermann

    hmmm..m: The Pentagon lawyer prosecuting the action against the author is Jeh Johnson. Johnson is active in Democratic Party politics, as a fundraiser and adviser to presidential campaigns. Johnson served as special counsel to John Kerry's 2004 presidential campaign,and was active in Barack Obama's presidential campaign as a foreign policy adviser and as a member of his national finance committee. Now he carries water for the boss, who is outraged by somebody pulling the cover off the story and whose sole national security impact is that it embarasses Obama. The sum total of these facts is political retalitation. Sad.

    August 31, 2012 at 1:39 pm | Reply
    • Dave

      Don't tell any of this to Deb above. She thinks this is a conspiracy by the SEAL

      August 31, 2012 at 7:36 pm | Reply
  37. alan

    Seems to me since Obama blabbed everything, the kid should be allowed to profit from his book. I am sure Obamas next book will have all the details anyway. News of the raid, how it was done and then a movie on the raid all says this was no state secret. Its just nastiness by the obama administration

    August 31, 2012 at 1:24 pm | Reply
    • cyg

      you are brilliant as the sun – so we should have let the world keep speculating OBL was still alive on his kidney machine?

      September 3, 2012 at 11:27 am | Reply
  38. Julia Thompson

    I call bullsht on this confiscatory act. If this is the case, then I want this SEAL to sue the Department of Defense, Department of Navy, and every last Federal Employee who has been compliant in supplying security information to Hollywood to produce the movies and television shows that have recently been into cable, television and movies. The Obama administration uses our Defense services for his own pleasure. It is time this fraudulent tyrant be exposed as to how he risks the lives of our men and women in the Armed Forces.

    August 31, 2012 at 1:08 pm | Reply
    • Don M

      Of course post WWII memoirs include those of Gen. Lucian Truscott Jr., Gen or the Armiy Bradley, Gen of the Army Eisenhower, Gen Patton, and many other. How dare someone reveal military methods that have already been revealed to the enemy. We can't have the American people knowing as much about the military as the enemy. They might begin to appreciate the wonderful service men, and denigrate politicians who have not served.

      August 31, 2012 at 1:16 pm | Reply
    • Sanfordandsons

      The only thing that will happen with the Pentagon and the administration going after the author will be that the author will get even more press. The Pentagoons will not be able to stop the authors revenue stream unless he gets knocked off by an operative.

      August 31, 2012 at 1:27 pm | Reply
    • cyg

      the only pleasure derived from the Pentagon by anyone was Cheney, dimwit

      September 3, 2012 at 11:27 am | Reply
    • Willard M. Romney

      The lab called, Julia, your brain is ready...

      September 3, 2012 at 2:53 pm | Reply
      • :)

        You're hilarious. You must be Dane Cook's under-study.

        September 3, 2012 at 8:07 pm |
  39. John

    I have more respect for this former Navy Seal than I do Obama... It is going to be difficult for Obama to spin this. This guy was *there*. How much OPSEC or outright secrets has the Obama administration disclosed to the world? Obama could have been the greatest foreign policy leader in years...but no, he had to perform the "high fives" like in a basketball game after Bid Laden's death. The **presidential** thing Obama should have done is to allow CIA and other intelligence agencies go through the treasure-trove of information; possibly hunt down other Al Qaeda terrorists and definitely shutdown financial resources. He should have announced Bin Laden's death maybe a couple of months after... Maybe Obama was worried about **leaks**....the only place that would have leaked would have been the White House.

    August 31, 2012 at 1:06 pm | Reply
    • John

      After the conclusion of the raid, Obama should have ordered the destruction of the downed helicopter via hellfire missile. More than likely we had armed drones flying around overhead in Pakistan. Why did Obama let the **highly classified** helicopter fall into the hands of the Chinese?

      August 31, 2012 at 1:16 pm | Reply
      • Dave

        Because they promised to reduce the "vig" on our loans.

        August 31, 2012 at 7:38 pm |
  40. Ernest Lane

    What's the legal basis? It seems to me that the Pentagon can go after someone who wrote a book without clearance (but clearance may not have been required here), but absent that, they can't do anything.

    August 31, 2012 at 12:56 pm | Reply

      He signed, like other seals, a non disclose form when he became a seal and when he left service.

      August 31, 2012 at 1:09 pm | Reply
      • Ernest Lane

        I don't know if they do - I had a Top Secret Special Compartmented Intelligence when I was in the Army, and I never did - but, if so, what couldn't he disclose? I also find it hard to believe that you would sign a non-disclosure thing and then violate it. I think you would remember that.

        August 31, 2012 at 4:38 pm |
      • Willard M. Romney

        Well, I did sign the NDA, but I had my fingers crossed when I signed... besides, I wanted the $$$, my face on all the media, because I'm so cool, and my buddies can fight their own battles... after all, they are SEALS...

        September 3, 2012 at 2:59 pm |
  41. WALTC

    I would think he could use the movie as evidence that he didn't disclose any information that wasn't already declassified by the Oval Office.

    August 31, 2012 at 12:52 pm | Reply
    • Dave

      I think Barry doesn't want anyone to find out that he wasn't first up the stairs in the raid on OBL's compound.

      August 31, 2012 at 7:41 pm | Reply
  42. Bondmen

    Now I imagine Barry Hussein would just love to send this SEAL to Gitmo! Or is it Getmo?

    August 31, 2012 at 12:50 pm | Reply
  43. Buzz Jehle

    Is our corrupt, suddenly a millionaire Impersonator in Chief going to return his profits and those of his Hollywood co-conspirators? Seems once he leaked the information it was public knowledge.

    August 31, 2012 at 12:44 pm | Reply
  44. brian

    Once again showing the double standard of the left. This guy is going to be prosecuted, while the WH that broke the same law and leaked the same top secret information is walking....Keep voting dems you ignorant wreches.

    August 31, 2012 at 12:35 pm | Reply
    • Jo

      Agreed. I was involved in the Hunting down and capture of General Noriega in 1989 (Operation Nifty Package) They did not send me my Special Forces combat Veteran certificate for Panama until 1992 when it was declassified. Nobody knew that I was there until I received this Certificate. In other words I kept my mouth shut, because I signed the same agreement. Now I am seeing a MOVIE about the raid that discloses everything. So why is this S.E.A.L. being punished for the same thing Obama did month's ago?
      Master Sergeant Jo
      5th Special Forces
      Currently Deployed

      September 1, 2012 at 7:40 am | Reply
  45. wb murphy

    what do you expect from these corrupt slime who can't bring themselves to go after the leaky pollitical hackers in the white house? fortunately, after the messiah leaves in november, nobody will even remember this stupidity.

    August 31, 2012 at 12:02 pm | Reply
    • Willard M. Romney

      Bissonnette and Master Republican Sychophant Jo will...

      September 3, 2012 at 3:08 pm | Reply
  46. Reese

    White House brought in Hollywood producers and show them classified information on Bin Laden raid so that they can create a glorified movie about Obama's 'leadership'. So that's okay but not a former SEAL writing a book that didn't include any classified information?

    How come newspapers can write about classified secrets all the time but never get prosecuted?

    Does freedom of speech and press only applies to limited group/people?

    August 31, 2012 at 12:01 pm | Reply
    • BO the hypocrite

      It'd okay for the WH to do this stuff, but oh no, not you low-level types that work for me...

      August 31, 2012 at 12:33 pm | Reply
    • Willard M. Romney

      "How come newspapers can write about classified secrets all the time but never get prosecuted?"

      Because it has been APPROVED for release by the PENTAGON you ignorant slimeball...

      September 3, 2012 at 3:11 pm | Reply
      • 10thMountainReconVet

        This basically reverses a lot of the political capital Obama was hoping to garner from the raid in this election cycle. Obama is still the pentagon's boss so it is no surprise that the author would be getting hit from every legal angle possible over this release. The book exposes that Obama lied to make himself look better and that all the seals that did the mission personally disliked the man.

        September 3, 2012 at 8:19 pm |
  47. DrBobNM

    the SEAL was planning to donate all proceeds of the book to the families of fallen SEALs. That sure beats an electronically signed form from our illustrious CIC.

    August 31, 2012 at 11:40 am | Reply
  48. Unapologetically American

    The main reason the US military is reluctant to go after authors who talk about stuff they shouldn't is because it confirms the story, increases sales and further spreads the information.

    It is puzzling to me then why the military is going after this guy. They didn't go after any others, Why Now? My guess is... that the Obama camp really wants to publicise this increase book sales and point out He is the reason OBL is dead. They have to publicise this book because the movie deal got pushed back past the election. You know the movie, Zero Dark Thirty, about killing OBL by Navy Seals, where the director, Bigelow and writer Boal were invited personally by Obama to the White House and introduced to the actual Seals. Talk about breach of OPSEC.

    Oh well. I'll probably read the book and see the movie anyways.

    August 31, 2012 at 11:33 am | Reply
  49. josetoyou

    But, it is ok for little zero "commander(?) in chief" to spill as many classified beans as he pleases with impunity.
    God help us if this moron is reelected!

    August 31, 2012 at 11:33 am | Reply
    • BryanF

      I agree with everything you write unfortunately it is the CIC whom has ultimate authority over classified material. In other words he can declassify anything without it being a legal issue.

      August 31, 2012 at 12:16 pm | Reply
      • Grunt

        You know, if he weren't the CIC he would not have even qualified for a security clearance.

        September 11, 2012 at 10:33 am |
    • Willard M. Romney

      It's either him or ME, and I really want to command YOU all the way to Iran!

      September 3, 2012 at 3:14 pm | Reply
  50. josetoyou

    I don't think he did it for the "royalties"...

    August 31, 2012 at 11:30 am | Reply
  51. Citizens For Seals

    I hope all of us who ordered "No Easy Day" get our books. If our government decides to screen what we read, disallowing any political slant that threatens their political lives, that is true tyranny. No soldier should give up a real life to save a political life, not now, not ever. Unwavering support for the commander-in-chief only applies if the chief is engaged in the battle, not manipulating the military to achieve unrelated or opposing goals.

    The hypocrisy is unnerving. Where is the DOD and Pentagon on the alleged leak from them to Proceso, published Aug. 12, 2012? No time to act on that one? The leak is pretty big–saying that the Navy Seal Team 6 has a "planned mission" to kill El Chapo (the Sinaloa cartel leader) in much the same manner as they killed Osama, with logistical information and locations specified. Perhaps our DOD and Pentagon is too busy with other matters to have spotted the Proceso article, but alas, there were reprints in Business Insider, Wired, Global Post, Daily Mail, and Gather, among other releases.

    IMHO, the DOD and Pentagon owe U.S. citizens and Navy Seals an explanation why that leak was not immediately dispelled as rumor. If it's true we are owed even more of an explanation, and the public have a right to complain about them placing us all in danger–each and every U.S. citizen is threatened by leaks from the DOD, Pentagon, and White House. After all, the Mexican cartels have greatly expanded during the Obama term to over 1,200 U.S. cities, and also have drug routes in the Middle East, and elsewhere. No one is safe with these leaks, real or fake, coming from the DOD and Pentagon. Any of us could be targeted as a Seal relative or hit in cross-fire.

    U.S. citizens everywhere appreciate and respect the Seals, and we apologize to the families of the deceased Seals, and all others put in harms way because of the selfish and narcissistic persons in the U.S. government during the Obama administration. I strongly disagree with any commenter who says it has always been like this. Hell no, it has not!

    August 31, 2012 at 11:22 am | Reply
    • Bob Loblaw

      Blah, blah, f*****g blah.

      August 31, 2012 at 1:07 pm | Reply
      • Jackman68

        Obviously a Democrat. You can tell by the lack of cogent language and the only adjective morons seem to use.

        August 31, 2012 at 2:21 pm |
      • Bob Loblaw

        Time for you to ram your tongue up my star-spangled sphincter.

        August 31, 2012 at 3:46 pm |
      • Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

        Now, if you're goanna give me a shutout, that's the way to do it bro! I say Blah blah to Citizens For Seals too. This guy must be smoking or drinking something very strong cause everything he said is total GARBAGE and total right wing BS!

        September 3, 2012 at 1:22 pm |
    • Willard M. Romney


      You are the sheep that follows my orders or are prosecuted for TREASON... even a mimdless mouse like you should be able to figure that out!

      IF you don't like that, then go to Iran where you belong!

      September 3, 2012 at 3:18 pm | Reply
  52. Brad Gates

    Obama Administration leaked classified info for a Hollywood kiss-up movie in time for the election.

    This guy comes out with the TRUTH that contradicts the b.s. Obama Lies about the OBL raid.

    So what is the Administration's response? Destroy him, of course. Destroy the whistleblower.

    What a filthy corrupt Administration. Why would anyone with a conscience vote for another term for this dbag?

    August 31, 2012 at 11:14 am | Reply
  53. helldog

    Just another attempt by the government to silence the truth.

    August 31, 2012 at 11:13 am | Reply
    • Unapologetically American

      The government isn't trying to silence the truth. By going after this guy, they are publicising his book. Why do you think they never go after these guys?

      There once was a book writer who wrote a book, later made into a very popular movie. When the book came out, the author "disappeared" for almost a month. No news storys, no missing person report, he just vanished. A month later he reappeared, very quiet about the whole thing. Since he did get his info from unclassified sources, and told a fictional story (which happened to match a very classifed one), there was no ethical/legal reason to hold him.

      If the US Government wanted to really silence this book, the publisher would be shut down, all copies burned, author gone in witness protection program, and everyone associated with the project threatened enough to stay quiet.

      August 31, 2012 at 11:43 am | Reply
  54. USAwriter78

    Pentagon is absolutely right to do this. The man was trained using my tax dollars and participated in an operation that killed bin Laden as a matter of honor for all American citizens. Now he hopes to profit? Shame.

    I'm angry, but take solace in the fact that his buddies in the team, his superiors, and everyone else in our clandestine services are angrier still. Yeah, there are a lot of people out there who would like to sell their stories for a million dollars. But they don't do it because it's not the right thing to do.

    Those who are critical of this decision because it represents action by Obama's Pentagon are total hypocrites. What–it's only treason if your political enemies leak state secrets? Bull.

    August 31, 2012 at 10:53 am | Reply
    • nhlfoda

      USAwriter78: Please provide for us all links to blogs where you have criticized Obama and his administration for other classified leaks coming from the White House. I'm guessing you can't. Therefore you are a hypocrite among hypocrites; are you not?

      August 31, 2012 at 11:15 am | Reply
      • USAwriter78

        ??? what does your response have anything to do with my post?

        August 31, 2012 at 11:20 am |
    • floridajoe55

      First, you use the word "treason" very loosely. Don't think this guy was betraying his country by waging war against her or giving aid and confort to the enemy. If anything, he'd be guilty of disclosing classified info violating non-discloser agreements we signed if we had access to classifed info.

      Secondly, I haven't seen the book, so can't really say if he disclosed any classifed info. So far, his fellow spec operators don't seem to have a problem with it.

      Thirdly, do you relaiize how ridiculous your first paragraph is? Because someone is trained using taxpayer dollars or participated in an operation, they can't write a book about it? You've got to be kidding. By those obsurd standards we'd never get a first-hand account of what happened or for that matter wouldn't have half the books on WW II, or any by anyone that served in government.

      Far-left libs such as yourself should try to exhibit just a little intellectual honesty. If he did indeed improperly disclose classified info, I be the first to say he should be prosecuted, but if he simply wrote a book that makes your political god look bad, try to learn something from it.

      August 31, 2012 at 11:47 am | Reply
      • Willard M. Romney

        I'm sure you are an authority on "classified secrets" as you are on the military, especially seeing as you have not served. [The Pentagon, NOT some sleezy Republican hack, will make that decision!]

        Finally, the honor of a SEAL and all SEALS, who disproportionately serve us at great risk and with great honor is tarnished by ONE fruit-loop who thinks signing a NDA in the service of hs country and COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF means absolutely NOTHING...

        September 3, 2012 at 3:32 pm |
    • Jackman68

      You didn't notice that the bulk of the proceeds go to a soldier's charity? Kind of blows up your whole argument.

      August 31, 2012 at 2:23 pm | Reply
      • Willard M. Romney

        Yeah, I did and he's the CHARITY...

        September 3, 2012 at 3:34 pm |
    • Willard M. Romney

      I could not have said it any better... Semper Fi!

      September 3, 2012 at 3:23 pm | Reply
  55. Jabroni

    As a former member of the Intelligence Community, I was outraged when Bob Woodward's VEIL was published...who vetted that, or threatened his profits??? That book revealed more classified info than any SEAL book...I mean TS/SI...code words and other classified info that he had NO business revealing. A TRAITOR!!!!

    August 31, 2012 at 10:23 am | Reply
    • Willard M. Romney

      Again, Jaaaabrrrooooni, this was vetted and APPROVED by the chain of COMMAND.

      This was NOT the action of a loose canon...

      September 3, 2012 at 3:38 pm | Reply
  56. Com

    It seems the SF and intelligence community is UPSET WITH old PURPLE LIPS...

    He (Purple Lips) disclosed too much intel day one... Which killed a bunch of SEALS.

    If anyone deserves TREASON charges it's Purple LIps.

    But he will just get fired in Nov. A complete disgrace and failure. No one will vote for another black liberal again.

    August 31, 2012 at 9:33 am | Reply
    • Willard M. Romney

      I will and after Nov. 6... I'll CU... Com...unist...

      September 3, 2012 at 3:39 pm | Reply
      • NoBama

        Don't forget to vote! Don't forget to "THINK" before you vote.

        September 4, 2012 at 10:13 am |
  57. Jinglebob

    This goes to show you, if you embrass this President in any way, through his lap dogs in the "Military Leadership," he will get you.

    August 31, 2012 at 9:33 am | Reply
    • Com

      Those generals who have been giving BJs for the past 4 yrs to the admin will get a RUDE awakening when they see how much they are Despised by their fellow Americans.

      They will not be respected for their actions to further the career of this purple lipped failure.

      Instead they will be considered suspect. They ruined their reputations in the military community. Maybe they can get a job on some dying TV network and give commentary and no one will watch... like others have done...

      August 31, 2012 at 9:37 am | Reply
  58. GIB

    what the F#@k... Are you so brain dead that you don't remember all the WMD leaks that Bush gave out to support his case for war with Iraq? The last count was 4488 Americans dead so that ass could do one better than his daddy. Oh and where were you on the outing of Valerie Plame? What a bunch of no loads....

    August 31, 2012 at 9:31 am | Reply
    • floridajoe55

      Snuff out the ole reefer and dump what's left of the kool-aid.

      No classified info on Iraqi WMDs was released for political reasons. As a former AF Spec Ops guy - there is no comparison. Bush and Powell (don't forget Powell supported Obama) used some limited intel to present a case everyone believed, including democrats like Kerry and Clinton, to the United Nations. While I honestly forget the details, don't forget the Bush White House didn't claim executive privilage, but cooperated with the investigation. Libby was found guilty of purjery and obstruction, but not outting a clandestine CIA operative.

      I don't hear retired spec ops folks saying this book is a problem. I do hear them saying the WH is and we've got the doctor who helped us in jail for life. Wonder how may more folks will step up to help us now.

      August 31, 2012 at 11:25 am | Reply
      • Willard M. Romney

        That is because Libby lied and obstructed so much they could never get around to the point where Cheney, the traitor who cannot leave America for fear of being arrested, was revealed as the leaker of the CIA agents name... you did notice that Cheney had no problem letting Libby lose his license to practice law and be fined...

        September 3, 2012 at 3:47 pm |
    • K2KR

      Hey bud, disclosing information about the enemy is not a leak.

      And there was no "outing" of Plame, that was done in the press (Novak) and everybody in DC already knew she was a FORMER covert operative. There was never any prosecution of any individual concerning Plame's status, only the lame extrapolated charge against Libby.

      August 31, 2012 at 1:32 pm | Reply
  59. TGC

    The throw Obama's a$$ in jail for leaking information to Hollywood to make their movie about the raid. Oh wait, he doesn't live by the same rules as everyone else does he. If the SEAL broke the agreement, the "commander in chief" damn sure broke it! And while we are at it, we should arrest him for Fast and many people did he murder with that little plot.

    August 31, 2012 at 9:15 am | Reply
  60. thoan

    I'd like to see this become the most repeated story on FOX starting Monday. Do as I say, not as I do!

    August 31, 2012 at 9:13 am | Reply
    • Jerin

      I am excited to see the aatucl iPhone 5, however, like many I ran to the apple store as soon as the Verizon iPhone 4 was available. The problem is, without huge expenditures, I will now have to wait for iPhone 6 or 7. My contract with iPhone 4 is still 1 1/2 yrs from beginning over!!!!!!!Nevertheless, switching to Verizon was a huge upgrade alone, despite the Verizon workers strike.

      October 10, 2012 at 10:52 am | Reply


    August 31, 2012 at 9:07 am | Reply

    then leon panetta should stop going home to california on our expenses EVERY WEEKEND instead of managing the Dept of Defense.



    August 31, 2012 at 9:05 am | Reply
  63. adnan

    our only hope OBAMA 2012

    August 31, 2012 at 8:49 am | Reply
    • Herb

      You left out a word NO OBAHO 2012

      August 31, 2012 at 9:37 am | Reply
      • Willard M. Romney

        You too left out a few words: NO BRAIN...

        September 3, 2012 at 3:52 pm |
    • NoBama

      Who really gives a flying turd what people write about anyway!!!!! Just more BS for people to freak about. I'm still waiting for the big one to hit.

      September 4, 2012 at 10:11 am | Reply
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