September 10th, 2012
11:07 AM ET

I didn't recognize bin Laden, SEAL who wrote 'No Easy Day' says

The new book "No Easy Day" by former U.S. Navy SEAL Matt Bissonnette, who wrote under the name Mark Owen, gained widespread attention because of his firsthand account of how he and other members of SEAL Team Six killed Osama bin Laden.

On Sunday night, Bissonnette shared more of the intimate details of the mission in an interview with CBS's "60 Minutes."

Bissonnette wore heavy makeup and his voice was disguised as he described what he said was not just a "kill-only" mission, but a chance to capture the mastermind of the September 11 attacks alive, if possible.

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"We weren't sent in to murder him. This was, 'Hey, kill or capture,'" he told interviewer Scott Pelley.  Bissonnette said that in the weeks leading up to the mission, the SEALs trained on a full-size model of the compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, where they would eventually kill bin Laden. It was rare, Bissonnette said, to get 100 chances to train on a mock-up like that for three weeks.

Bissonnette said that while it was the most important mission he would ever be a part of, much of what the team members did was routine, until the moment they could finally exhale, knowing they had killed their biggest target.

Below are some of the most interesting exchanges between Bissonnette and Pelley, according to CBS transcripts, about the preparation for the mission, the raid itself and his reaction to it all when it was finally over.

On how they cleared the house as they hunted for bin Laden after taking early fire:

Matt Bissonnette: Guys start making their way up the stairs. And it's quiet. It's pitch black in the house. No lights. All night vision. Get to the second floor. Intel had said, "Hey, we think that Khalid, his son, lives on the second floor."

Scott Pelley: This is Osama bin Laden's son?

Bissonnette: Yeah. The guy in front of me who is point man, he sees the head pop out and disappear really quick around the corner. He's like, "OK, you know, what - who is it? What do you think?" "Yeah, I don't know." He literally whispers, not amped up, not yelling, not anything. He whispers, "Hey, Khalid. Khalid." He whispers Khalid's name. Doesn't know if it's Khalid or not. Khalid literally looks back around the edge of the hall. And he shoots him. What was Khalid thinking at that time? Look around the corner. Curiosity killed the cat. I guess Khalid too.

Pelley: Somebody started shooting at you from inside the house? And the bullets were coming through the door?

Bissonnette: Yep. Immediately, my buddy who was standing up started returning fire. I could - yeah, I kind of rolled away from the door, blindly returned fire back through. You couldn't see what was on the other side. And then it went quiet. Thankfully, the SEAL that was there with me, that initially returned fire with me spoke Arabic. So he immediately started calling out to the people inside. Started hearing the metal latch on the inside of the door. Are they gonna come out with a suicide vest? Are they gonna throw a hand grenade out? Are they gonna, you know, spray their AK? Door opens up, a female holding a kid, couple kids right behind her.

Pelley: You got your finger on your trigger and you're looking at a woman with her children?

Bissonnette: Yeah, yeah. Split second. I mean, we had just received fire. My buddy's speaking Arabic. And he's asking her, you know, "Hey, where's your husband? What's going on?" She - and - and she replies back to him, "He's dead. You shot him."

On how they killed bin Laden,  but weren't sure it was him:

Pelley: Khalid is dead on this landing. The point man is stepping past Khalid. And now, you're No. 2 in the stack. You're right behind the point man?

Bissonnette: Yep. I'm kinda trying to look around him. Hear him take a couple shots. Kind of see a head - somebody disappear back into the room.

Pelley: The point man had seen someone stick his head out a door and shot him just the way he'd shot Khalid.

Bissonnette:  Yup.

Pelley: What did you do then?

Bissonnette:  Inside the room, I could see a body laying on the ground. Over him was two females, real close to the door. They looked up and saw the point man. He steps into the room, literally rushes the two women, grabs one under each arm, and pushes them back against the far wall. So if they did have a suicide vest on, and they did blow themselves up, that they wouldn't - that wouldn't affect the rest of the guys.

Pelley: But it would have killed him?

Bissonnette: Yeah.

Pelley: You stepped into the room and saw the man lying on the floor? What did you do?

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Bissonnette: Myself and the next assaulter in, we both engaged him several more times and then rolled off and then continued clearing the room.

Pelley:  When you say you engaged him, what do you mean?

Bissonnette: Fired.

Pelley: You shot him?

Bissonnette: Yeah.

Pelley: He's still moving?

Bissonnette: A little bit. But you couldn't see his arms. Couldn't see his hands. So, he could've had something. Could've had a hand grenade or something underneath his chest.

Pelley: So, after Osama bin Laden is wounded, he's still moving. You shot him twice?

Bissonnette: A handful of times.

Pelley: A handful of times, and the SEAL in the stack behind you also shot Osama bin Laden. And at that point, his body was still?

Bissonnette:: Yes.

Pelley: Did you recognize him?

Bissonnette: Nope. You know, everybody thinks it was, like, you know it's him. No. To us, at that time, it could have been anybody. Maybe this was another brother. Maybe this is a bodyguard. Maybe, it doesn't matter. The point is to just continue clearing.

On how they initially confirmed they had just killed bin Laden:

Bissonnette: So he moved out to where the women and kids were, grabs one of the younger kids. Says, "Hey, who is that inside?" She says, "Osama." "Osama who?" "Osama bin Laden."

Pelley: The child?

Bissonnette: The child.

Pelley:  Identified him?

Bissonnette: Yep. Grabbed one of the females, again asked her, "Hey, who is that?" She said, "Osama bin Laden."

Pelley: Does a cheer go up among the SEALs? You start shaking hands? Patting each other on the back?

Bissonnette: Not - nothing. It's all business. We're on the clock here. So, we call up the commanding officer. He comes upstairs. Looks at the body. We give him what we have so far of - hey, here's what he looks like, take a look. He's tall. Woman and kid confirm it. He took one look. He said, "OK, I think that's him."

On what Bissonnette made of bin Laden not making a final stand:

Bissonnette: And some people would argue that, you know, why did that point man take those shots? Well, immediately, the first door we went to, my team was engaged by enemy fire through the door. So automatically, we know we're going into an enemy compound, shots being fired back at us immediately. AK found next to Khalid on the stairs. All those boxes have been checked that if a guy sticks his head around the corner, he very easily could have a gun. You don't wait to get that AK or the grenade thrown down the hall or the suicide vest. So in the split second, that's when he engaged.

Pelley: He did have a gun. But he didn't use it. And I wonder what you make of that?

Bissonnette: I think in the end, he taught a lot of people to do - you know, martyr themselves and he masterminded the 9/11 attacks. But in the end, he wasn't even willing to roger up himself with a gun and put up a fight. So I think that speaks for itself.

On how he saw the news announced to the world - and then modestly celebrated

Bissonnette: Yeah, we watched it live. It was - they had some TVs set up in the hangar that we were at. And, literally still in your camouflage uniform, our gear kind of set to the side, and we heard it was coming on. We went and gathered around and watched the address.

Pelley:  What did you think?

Bissonnette: Now the world knows that we've got him.

Pelley:  When you landed back in the United States, what did you think of all the media coverage?

Bissonnette: It was all surreal because, you know, this had all been so hush-hush leading up to it. We went and did it. And now it was the biggest news story ever. We got on a bus. They drove us back to work. I didn't even go in. They told us we had a couple days off. And I grabbed my keys, went and got in my truck and, you know, I put it in the book. But, you know, I hit Taco Bell on the way home, hit the drive-through, a couple tacos. And, you know, ate it in my car right there and then drove home.

Pelley:  You were part of the team that killed Osama bin Laden and the first thing you do when you get back to the United States is go to Taco Bell?

Bissonnette: Two tacos and a bean burrito. It's routine.

Read more about the book, the debate over it being published and the bin Laden raid:

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Pentagon: SEAL's book has classified info, didn't follow protocol

Former SEAL worried about new book

Excerpts from SEAL's book about Osama bin Laden killing

soundoff (634 Responses)
  1. dpp

    Most of the post here illustrate none of the posters were ever in the military and don't know what they are talking about

    September 10, 2012 at 11:55 pm | Report abuse |
  2. joe

    what about the Dr. that tipped them off about OBL's location and then was imprisoned by the Pakistani Gov? have we done anything to get that guy out?

    September 11, 2012 at 12:25 am | Report abuse |
    • White Lotus

      There's always two sides of a coin. You are only looking at one side of the coin. How do you think the Pakistani Gov feels about us sending over two helicopters and shooting up someone's home in the middle of the night without telling them? Granted, it was Bin Laden, but if Pakistan sent two choppers to the US and shot some people there'd be holy hell to pay.

      September 11, 2012 at 12:58 am | Report abuse |
    • cocopuf

      The Doctor who helped ID him must have been paid somehow for his services. So, it was his decision to co-operate.

      September 11, 2012 at 4:15 am | Report abuse |
  3. lostisland

    White Lotus says:
    "There's always two sides of a coin. You are only looking at one side of the coin. How do you think the Pakistani Gov feels about us sending over two helicopters and shooting up someone's home in the middle of the night without telling them? " – Well I hope the Pakistani govt. feels afraid, very afraid. There are really only two sides to this war, us and them. Pakistan resembles them, with a lot of camouflage on. Maybe they wondered if supporting terrorists might put them in the crosshairs in the middle of the night next. PsyOps...

    September 11, 2012 at 2:10 am | Report abuse |
    • Toby Dana

      I am a bleeding heart liberal, but in this case...I don't give a damn about Pakistan.

      September 11, 2012 at 3:54 am | Report abuse |
    • claesand

      The problem with places like Pakistan is that they're thoroughly corrupt. So it's inconsequential what the leadership thinks or wants. Nobody is really in control, so their security service is probably fighting itself the whole time. One hand was chasing Bin Laden while the other was hiding it.

      September 11, 2012 at 4:29 am | Report abuse |
  4. Mike

    The "true" story had to come out sometime. Better to hear it from one of "the guys" who put it on the line, as opposed to politicians viewing proceedings from a safe room, and then making grand statements to make everything look cookie cute.
    To those in the Pentagon who see things a little differently, maybe they should re-acquaint themselves with some front-line action.

    September 11, 2012 at 2:58 am | Report abuse |
  5. peace

    We invaded a country, someone's home and shot a man dead in front of his wife(s) and children–not even sure it was Bin Laden. AND, WE BRAG ABOUT IT? No wonder the world thinks Americans are sick. This man is dangerous to society. A heartless killing. Reminds me of Drew Peterson.

    When you take an eye-for-an-eye, one should 'feel' remorse and regret that the duty had to be done. It's sad to take a life, even if justified. We should never cheer or brag, but be remorseful for the lives that were loss, including his.

    September 11, 2012 at 3:12 am | Report abuse |
    • Sammy

      Do you know anything about special forces? This was just another day for them. Why would they feel bad for doing their job? Maybe if you had a job you'd understand.

      September 11, 2012 at 4:33 am | Report abuse |
    • straightseer

      if someone had murdered 3000 people in your city the police would shoot him dead without second thought especially if there were shots fired.
      So maybe your a bit brainwashed.

      September 11, 2012 at 6:19 am | Report abuse |
    • Sun

      So, u want them to be reasonable for those who engage in terrorism and have ill-logic towards other religions? If u had anyone dearest in the dead of those 3000, then u wud have understood the pain they went thru. U shld be lucky that the SEAL did a job for u to be alive PEACEfully!.

      September 11, 2012 at 6:24 am | Report abuse |
    • Paulo Carvalho

      100% right about that. Even here in Europe we no longer see the US as the land of freedom but as the war mongering nation #1. If you try to be neutral and take a look back, and I mean for decades, you'll see you've been doing nothing else but war a bit all over the world. Sad. And this way, it will never stop as the number of enemies will keep growing and growing...
      Those who deny this, are only contributing to it...

      September 11, 2012 at 6:41 am | Report abuse |
    • Scott

      Eye for an eye has nothing to do with it. This man was trying to kill us, and we defended ourselves. It was defense, pure and simple; absolutely justified. I'm sorry this jerk decided to plot murder in front of those wives and kids you're so worried about, but he brought it all on himself by forcing others to kill him to prevent him from murdering. No regrets at all. Watch me not apologize for them. Want to see it again?

      September 11, 2012 at 6:43 am | Report abuse |
    • voice of reason

      It wasn't even Bin Laden. That makes it even worse. Of course the SEAL didn;t recognize him. Bin laden had been dead for almost 10 years. This whole story, including the Pentagon's "anger" at the "unauthorized release" of "classified information" is a total fabrication. Lies lies lies. But they go so well with murder.

      September 11, 2012 at 7:11 am | Report abuse |
    • Richie

      And Obama cheered.

      September 11, 2012 at 7:42 am | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      Who let the trolls out?

      September 11, 2012 at 7:58 am | Report abuse |
    • chalie16

      Oh, I see, you must have missed the part where Bin Laden masterminded the plan to fly planes into the WTC and the Pentagon and after it was all over he smiled and laughed about it while being filmed in one of his propaganda videos. You must have missed the part where his plan killed about 2000 people who were just going about their day on 9/11/01. You must have missed the part where Bin Laden celebrated and bragged about those deaths. I feel zero remorse for Bin Laden and the SEALS who killed him shouldn't feel remorse either, they know what they are getting into when they signup and complete SEAL training. They were doing they jobs.

      September 11, 2012 at 8:03 am | Report abuse |
    • Seth Colton

      If you want to talk heartless, consider the twin Towers and 9/11 which Bin Laden masterminded. I think intelligence was quite sure it WAS Obama. Why else were 100 practice drills executed against a mock complex (house) in preparation fo the raid??? Huh??? The SEALS didn't have to know for certain they were following the orders of those who DID!
      Facts are – The house invaded WAS Bin Laden's and the Seals brought justice to the criminal whose actions left thousands of kids without a mom, dad or both, families without sons, daughters, grandparents. You are, to say the least, a little short-sighted and ignorant. I personally don't give a dam how the world sees the U.S. but one thing the world knows now is that we finished what we start; in this case what Osama Bin Laden started. I'm proud to be an American brother and I ain't the only one!

      September 11, 2012 at 8:10 am | Report abuse |
    • SickofIt

      The worst part is that they just went into a house and started shooting ANYONE. So if their intel was wrong, they just murdered a house full of people – which is quite possible, since A) if that's what happened, they wouldn't admit it, B) They didn't even recognize "Bin Laden" (who multiple world leaders said was dead 10 years ago), and C) we live under a governmental regime KNOWN for its constant lies. The real question is, why do Americans even believe this story at all? Even the guys who killed "Bin Laden" couldn't identify him. But you just take the word of a bunch of lying politicians that, yeah, it was him. And after killing this guy, they PITCH HIM INTO THE OCEAN. The US government pitched the MOST WANTED FUGITIVE in the history of the country INTO THE OCEAN. Seriously? It's like this country is full of SubEpsilons from Brave New World or something. It's really really scary to live with people this stupid.

      September 11, 2012 at 8:13 am | Report abuse |
    • 2 interested

      I find it hard PEACE to have remorse over a man who masterminded the killings of thousands of people here. Innocent people just going to work minding their own business.

      September 11, 2012 at 8:14 am | Report abuse |
    • Jayson

      I don't understand your reasoning. You say we shouldn't have taken the "eye for an eye" approach, but then say that the duty *had* to be done. Which, in all honesty, is probably the only accurate part of that post.

      September 11, 2012 at 8:18 am | Report abuse |
    • Norm

      Our TAX dollars were responsible for this guy being there.
      Any money he makes from the book should be given to the VA hospitals or American soldier charity funds.

      September 11, 2012 at 8:27 am | Report abuse |
    • Unbelievable

      The replies to peace are mostly the replies of animals. Peace is absolutely correct. Justice may have been served and the world breathed a sigh of relief but it is not a thing to brag about. Who will deliver justice for the hundreds of thousands of civilians that have been killed in the past 11 years because the lies and failed agenda of the Bush administration and war profiteers? Where is the remorse for that? You all want to disparage a person because they are human. This is disturbing and just plain sick.

      September 11, 2012 at 8:30 am | Report abuse |
    • blahblahblah

      Not even sure it was him? Shut up please. You make it sound as if this wasnt planned and they didn't gather any intel before doing this. And it wasn't an eye for an eye. What he did was far worse. And for all you people who say he's a disgrace for doing this for a profit, you're all idiots.

      September 11, 2012 at 8:37 am | Report abuse |
    • NightOps

      @Paulo Carvalho: We might be a little trigger happy, but it's because of the brave men and women of the US that you still have a country instead of the Germans owning it. You're welcome, by the way.

      September 11, 2012 at 8:46 am | Report abuse |
    • Steve in CT

      9/10

      September 11, 2012 at 8:48 am | Report abuse |
    • james

      I agree with you. only americans can find solice in murder, yet when other countries do it they are murderers, terrorists, against freedom etc. maybe it's tim to wake up, people and realize you are no different than those you hate.

      September 11, 2012 at 8:50 am | Report abuse |
    • Ron

      As a former military officer, I think Osama probably should have been taken out any way possible. But the SEAL should not be talking about it.

      September 11, 2012 at 8:52 am | Report abuse |
    • DontBreed

      Peace I can honestly say its people like u who make the democrat party what they are...........be sure to wear ur obama/biden shirt today.

      September 11, 2012 at 8:53 am | Report abuse |
    • Will

      Oh really? Did Osama feel remorse about brainwashing the guys to hit the WTC and the Pentagon? Did he feel remorse for the victims??

      September 11, 2012 at 8:53 am | Report abuse |
    • Bryce Alford

      @Peace
      Peace, Osama was an evil man. He killed many, many Americans Sep. 11 2001. Many people hugging their families and heading to work like another normal day. Some Americans never coming home again. Think of it this way, if he could plan to kill over 3,000 Americans and complete his mission why can't we try to kill one? I understand it is something we Americans don't agree on "killing". But Osama was asking for something bad to happen to him for years, and he wasn't even hiding from America like we expected. I may only be 15 years old but I remember 9/11. I was only 4 years old. I sat in front of the T.V when Obama announced that Osama was dead. Ive studied about 9/11 for years and won't give up on my country, America. -Bryce Alford

      September 11, 2012 at 9:06 am | Report abuse |
    • Umbren

      I wonder what was going through his head when he saw the Seals... besides the bullets of course.

      September 11, 2012 at 9:19 am | Report abuse |
    • Tom

      It's more of a case of a few eyes for three thousand eyes, rather than eye for an eye.

      That said I don't believe in revenge, and I hope they got the right target, but I think it is acceptable to celebrate when someone who has murdered a large number of your people and is probably being harboured by a nation is taken out.

      September 11, 2012 at 9:22 am | Report abuse |
    • Pawan

      Don't forget what this guy did on 9/11. And SEALs don't just go and kill some random persons. They had enough intel to pin-point Laden's location. Anyone killed inside the location is a terrorist.

      September 11, 2012 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
    • shuzhu

      Hey Pal, do you think that Bin Laden thought for one minute about all the women and children HE killed on 9/11? Do you think that he thought for one minute about the lives of all the women and children that he trained to be suicide bombers and blast their bodies to pieces? Chew on that one for a bit my friend. What I also really like in this story is how the Seal states that Obama never fired a single shot. Shows the wuss that he was. They could not have fired enough bullets into Bin Laden as far as I am concerned.

      September 11, 2012 at 9:56 am | Report abuse |
    • None

      He killed my grandfather and little brother. Enough said. You would feel different if it actually made an impact on your life

      September 11, 2012 at 9:57 am | Report abuse |
  6. winstonsmith

    "When world governments allow truly evil people to get out of control, you get a Hitler/Nazi scenario."

    This is true. On the other hand, sometimes by intervening, you only exacerbate a problem. Bin Laden and Saddam were both fueled partly because of the US and its actions in the 1980s. Even Hitler was a direct result of the way the end of WW1 was handled. A good commander in chief is able to discern when the best course of action is to intervene and when it's best to hold back. To have a one size fits all approach is dangerous and will only HELP dictators gain ground and potentially attack us later.

    For example, do you know who Islam Karimov is? If not, you should be embarrassed of yourself. He's the "president for life" of Uzbekistan, a man known for boiling people alive. Billions of our tax dollars have gone to him. The world isn't as black and white as it might seem. And military might is fading, and economic might will be the true test of strength in the 21st century.

    September 11, 2012 at 4:03 am | Report abuse |
    • james

      yea, except Bush was the nazi, not someone from another country.

      September 11, 2012 at 8:50 am | Report abuse |
  7. rick1948

    He didn't recognize his obligation to keep his mouth shut either.

    September 11, 2012 at 5:30 am | Report abuse |
    • Norm

      Yeah....why isn't he in Leavenworth?

      September 11, 2012 at 8:28 am | Report abuse |
    • Angela

      When you are publicly identified (by name) by the vp of the country you vow to protect, I think that pretty much gives you the right to discuss your actions. What a total betrayal. Biden should be in prison. So much has already been leaked about this mission by the current administration, while these buys were still active and in danger.

      September 11, 2012 at 8:50 am | Report abuse |
    • Jason

      Because he didn't break any laws.

      September 11, 2012 at 10:19 am | Report abuse |
  8. chris

    i hope this guy goes to jail and meets bubba. somethings are meant to be kept " secret" you took a Oath as a soldier and yet you turn your back on your own country by releasing all of this, better hope i dont ever see you in public cause i would spit on you, Dont worry buddy Pentagon is gonna hang you for this.

    September 11, 2012 at 6:16 am | Report abuse |
    • Johnny

      Good luck Chris. And then this guy will snap your neck. When we take an oath as a soldier there is nothing in the oath that states that I will never talk about what I did for my country. Read the book first and then form your opinion but nothing that he wrote violated any sort of national security directives. But seriously, I hope you do spit on him because we need more liberal trash like yourself to be put in their place.

      September 11, 2012 at 6:35 am | Report abuse |
    • George

      I totally agree with you Chris...this idiot took an oath not to discuss his actions as a Navy Seal...whatever you do you do for country not for profit...this guy is slim & a true coward.As to the idiot Johnny who had that stupid reply,he probably never served his country(I'm a Vietnam Veteran)and if he did is himself a coward for making a stupid & ignorant comment!!!!!

      September 11, 2012 at 8:42 am | Report abuse |
    • Angela

      Please tell me what you think was done to these soldiers when they were publicly identified??????? At that point everyone they knew was in danger. If an administration expects that soldiers should keep their mouths closed forever about incidents they are involved in, perhaps it should lead by example.

      September 11, 2012 at 8:53 am | Report abuse |
    • Tom

      Bubba vs a SEAL?

      Poor bubba.

      September 11, 2012 at 9:29 am | Report abuse |
    • Jason

      Chris,
      You would not spit in his face, because you are a cowardly idiot. Now put down your crayons and take a nap.

      September 11, 2012 at 10:18 am | Report abuse |
  9. Nicholas Fici

    The book is just another step in the whole disinformation campaign surrounding this event. No way did this Seal write this book without permission.He probably didn't even write the book. I do not see one question about the crashed helicopter? There were casualties and no one wants to admit it. He didn't recognize Osama. Incredible!

    September 11, 2012 at 7:49 am | Report abuse |
  10. Peff Jett

    I promise you a true Special Operations soldier/sailor knows what their target looks like! They don't look for glory by writing books or doing interviews, they do their jobs then fade into the woodwork. In our Military and in our Government and really among our veterans there are heroes that we never know about and never will. lets not give this clown anymore time!

    September 11, 2012 at 7:52 am | Report abuse |
    • Jason

      OK let's get this straight; Colin Powell, and Norman Schwartzkopf can make money on their war story but an enlisted make can't makea buck off his?

      September 11, 2012 at 10:11 am | Report abuse |
  11. Norm

    "I didn't know he was Bin Laden....I just put a bullet in his head"
    So much for a trial.
    Now he can make tons of money on a book about how he murdered some stranger in his home.
    Only in America.
    Considering he wouldn't have been in this situation without the US military...all money should be donated to the VA hospitals.

    September 11, 2012 at 8:25 am | Report abuse |
    • Jason

      Shut your nonsense hole. The job of the minitary is to kill people and break things. If you have a moral issue with that, run for office on an anti-military platform. See how that works out for you.

      September 11, 2012 at 10:15 am | Report abuse |
  12. DEEPBLUESIX

    For those that don't think the raid and Bin Ladens death are real. Your idiots. They don't risk the most highly trained special forces for nothing. Nor do they risk the nations embarrassment (with possible failure) for No good reason. The risk has to be worth going for it, with all consequences considered. Of course they didn't recognize Bin Laden perfectly. They couldn't see exactly who they shot with nothing but night vision and afterward I'm sure his body post death was a bit changed from what it was like when alive. Have any of you idiots seen a corpse? Burial at sea was/is standard practice for "some" subjects throughtout history. Depending on the situation involved. Simple point: he was buried "respectfully" enough. However- we did not want the radical islamic fundementalists getting there chance to give him a hero's funeral of martyr-dom. Therefore the "loser" was dumped in the ocean. Sorry about his children (who probably don't understand or have been brainwashed) or his wives... But the man's organization caused the deaths of nearly 3,000 people on 9/11 and 1,000's + more in other incidents. They didn't care about other human beings. Including some other Muslims who were killed.

    September 11, 2012 at 8:52 am | Report abuse |
    • Jason

      Agreed.

      September 11, 2012 at 10:13 am | Report abuse |
  13. John Q

    What I take away from this article after applying critical analysis, is that to rely on heresay from the other occupants in the compound who were questioned, for positive identification of OBL is beyond absurdity. Facial recognition by SEALS who witnessed the corpse is not there. BTW ask yourselves the nature of the control group used for DNA comparison. Why was the corpse whisked away and dropped away from any prying eyes? There are more than a few more questions you all out there in internetville should ask yourselves.

    September 11, 2012 at 8:54 am | Report abuse |
    • DontBreed

      Yup.......a navy friend of mine thinks we still have em heh...

      September 11, 2012 at 8:55 am | Report abuse |
    • Jason

      I hope we do still have him and are routinely torturing him to within moments of death and nursing him back to health in a dimly lit room with no plumbing, feeding him only pork products, listening to "Dancing Queen" on an endless loop. Unfortunately, he is probably dead and in the Indian Ocean.

      September 11, 2012 at 10:26 am | Report abuse |
  14. DontBreed

    JAmes did u really just bring up BUSH again? Oh my lord ...even if obama gets relected in 4 more years people like u will still be screaming bush! Bush!...just sad.

    September 11, 2012 at 8:54 am | Report abuse |
  15. DEEPBLUESIX

    Nothing abnormal about the Seal going for Taco Bell either. American food is sought after for comfort of home after being deployed. It's a normal and shared activity by many service members. I don't think he was going around at the time telling anyone in person- "I'm one of the seals, I did it". Please people.. stop acting stupid. I support everything he did and everything our service members have to do. Per the Oath they took to this nation. Regardless if every decision is good or not. One thing I do not understand or agree with, is the coming forward with it. I respect his service. But this book profiting him is wrong.

    September 11, 2012 at 8:58 am | Report abuse |
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