2012年9月13日木曜日

No Easy Day Ad

No Easy Dayの広報が続く。
 米国防総省は、アル・カーイダの元指導者ウサマ・ビンラーディンを
パキスタンで急襲・殺害した作戦に参加した米海軍特殊部隊「Seals」元
ちゃ者隊員が、近く出版する本の中で守秘義務に反して機密情報を明かし
ているとして、元隊員らへの法的措置を検討していると明らかにした。

No Easy Day
・ペンネームMatt Bissonnette 本名Mark Owen
・ビンラーディン射殺方法を暴露し、守秘義務違反を問われる。

チームシックスの隊員を個別に調査し、筆者に行き着いたとのこと。
著作の中で、武器を所有していない上、「顔を出したところ」でと記載
されているらしく、「向き合って」とは、印象がかなり異なる。
「戦う意思があった」と「戦う意思がなかった」との心意に別れる。
チームシックスは、非軍人を戦う意思が無いにも関わらず、射殺したと
言われかねない。それを指揮した米政府が、ジュネーブ条約違反になる
かもしれない。

著者は、14年間従軍し、チームシックスに配属され、隊長の階級だったが、
ウサマの急襲隊には選抜されず、その後、チームシックスから別部隊へ
配置転換。人事に不満があったとのこと。
米軍未承認の著作らしいので、守秘義務違反の判断が出た場合、年金が
減額や取消しになる可能性もある。
ウサマ射殺も伝聞や想像の可能性もあり、真意は不明。

別の説では、急襲時、墜落したブラックホークに搭乗し、建物へ侵入、
交戦しながら、ウサマの死亡確認の状況を説明した。
米軍承認済との説もある。

元Navy Seals隊員は、配属さえ、非公表を通し、まして作戦内容を公表
することを良しとしないので、、著者を批判的に見ているようだ。
手柄を自慢しないとのこと。
出版、販売会社の広報の色合いが濃いと思う。

NHK系のビンラディン追跡の20年~防げなかったテロ攻撃~ 後編を
ザッピングした時、Osamaの子供のKhalid bin Ladenがアルカイダ幹部と
して生存のようだったが、Osamaが射殺された時に、一緒に射殺された
と報道と記憶があるが、勘違いだろうか。

Obama Bin Ladin Dead
TEAM SIX
Black Hawk Down in Abbottabad
ザワヒリ ウサマ死亡演説
ウサマの賞金稼ぎ


Did Navy Seal Sell Out With Bin Laden Tell All Book? Matt Bissonnette Author "No Easy Day"


Pentagon threatens legal action over Osama bin Laden book


Trouble for 'No Easy Day' Author


---ビンラーディン殺害の内幕本、守秘義務違反か---
2012年8月31日21時49分  読売新聞
http://www.yomiuri.co.jp/world/news/20120831-OYT1T01093.htm

 【ワシントン=山口香子】米国防総省は30日、昨年5月の国際テロ組織アル・カーイダの元指導者ウサマ・ビンラーディンをパキスタンで急襲・殺害した作戦に参加した米海軍特殊部隊「SEALS(シールズ)」元隊員が、近く出版する本の中で守秘義務に反して機密情報を明かしているとして、元隊員らへの法的措置を検討していると明らかにした。
 米メディアによると、元隊員は、ビンラーディンが寝室から顔を出したところを撃った、などと記している。米政権は昨年、隊員らは寝室内で、ビンラーディンと向き合ったうえで射殺したと説明しており、本の記述には公式発表と食い違う点があるという。
 本の題名は、「容易ならざる日」(仮訳)で、9月4日に出版予定。著者は海軍を退役しており、安全確保のため「マーク・オーウェン」のペンネームを使って出版するが、米メディアはこの隊員を、マット・ビソネット氏(36)と特定している。


---Osama book by ex-SEAL is NOT accurate says Pentagon after interviewing Team Six members as military comrades turn on him---
By Daniel Bates and James Nye
PUBLISHED: 01:18 GMT, 8 September 2012 | UPDATED: 11:16 GMT, 8 September 2012
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2200137/No-Easy-Day-Osama-book-ex-SEAL-NOT-accurate-says-Pentagon.html?ito=feeds-newsxml

Admiral William McRaven, the head of U.S. special operations has personally re-examined the claims made by ex-SEAL Matt Bissonnette regarding Osama bin Laden's final moments

After interviewing Bissonnette's former Navy SEAL colleagues the admiral concluded that the author of 'No Easy Day' was incorrect in his account of bin Laden's death

It has been reported that those former colleagues are furious with Bissonnette and have cast him out of their tightly knit circle

The head of U.S. special operations has concluded that the claims made by former Navy SEAL Matt Bissonnette about Osama bin Laden's last moments are incorrect and do not convey an accurate assessment of the al-Qaeda chiefs killing.

Admiral William McRaven took the personal step of contacting members of the Navy SEAL Team Six that stormed the Abbottabad, Pakistan compound of bin Laden, to rebut claims made by Bissonnette that contradicted the official account of the May 2011 raid.

In his book on the raid, 'No Easy Day', Bissonnette said that bin Laden was on the floor having already been shot when he and other SEALs entered his room, having been fired upon by another SEAL when he craned his head into the hall as the team approached.

Bissonnette's book claims that when he entered the room bin Laden's body was already lying at the foot of the bed, twitching and convulsing and that the SEALs, including Bissonnette shot him in the chest until he was motionless.

Because this version of events differs from the account that the White House and other U.S. officials have given, Adm. McRaven, the head of U.S. Special Operations Command personally went back to the head of Team Six to examine the contradicting claims.

Following this, senior Pentagon officials told CNN that the conclusions they reached were that Bissonnette was wrong in his version of events.

They re-confirmed that the al-Qaeda leader was standing in his room when the SEALs entered and they shot him then, as he was able to access weapons that were already in the room.

Despite the fact that bin Laden was unarmed, the SEALS had come under heavy fire as they made their way through the house to reach him and bin Laden showed no signs of surrendering.

Even though the Pentagon's and Bissonnette's versions diverge at the point of encountering bin Laden, the officials who spoke with CNN said it was possible that the former SEAL simply never saw bin Laden standing because he was a few seconds behind the lead team members.

It still has not been made clear if the initial shots fired by the leading SEAL member hit bin Laden when he looked out of his room. The officials told CNN that they believe the shots missed.

However, whatever the truth of the bin Laden raid, Bissonnette's decision to publicly come forward and tell his story has reportedly led to him being ostracised by his former special forces comrades.

Having broken ranks, Bissonnette will be struck from invitations to annual events for retired and active SEALs, who act as a secretive and closely knit band of brothers.

'The guys who run their mouths are typically not invited back to these things,' a retired senior Navy officer familiar with the SEAL culture told The Washington Times.

'These guys are not really welcomed in many places in the ‘spec’ war community. The entire SEAL community has made these guys unwelcomed at their gatherings.'

Another anonymous officer who maintains contacts with serving SEALs said that 'No Easy Day' violated the basic SEAL creed.

'They’re not going to buy the book. Most of the guys are pissed off [by] the fact that he would disclose the operation.' said the insider.

He claimed to be out to tell the truth on the raid that killed Osama bin Laden.

However, it has also been claimed that Bissonnette could actually have been motivated by revenge - on his own comrades.

A rival book alleges that Matt Bissonnette, who wrote ‘No Easy Day’, had ‘bad blood’ between his former colleagues and commanders because he was kicked out of the unit.

‘No Easy Op’ claims that the soldier was ‘ostracised’ when he inquired about leaving the Navy to start a business and was sent home suddenly before quitting.

Feeling scorned Bissonnette could have penned his novel as a way of getting back at the military in which he served for 14 years with distinction.

No Easy Day, which is in book stores, is the first account of the bin Laden operation from a member of the squad who was there.

But it has proved controversial because Bissonnette, writing under the pseudonym Mark Owen, did not seek approval from the authorities before he wrote it.

It also disagrees with the official White House version of events which was put out at the time and has caused the Obama administration consternation.

According to the New York Times, the book says that Bissonnette was ‘repaid for his honesty and 14 years of service’ with nothing but rejection.

It claims he was ‘ostracized from his unit with no notice and handed a plane ticket back to Virginia from a training operation’, before eventually leaving.

The book says: ‘In the infantry-bred world of Army Special Operations, no one wants to hear braggarts telling tall tales of their heroics,’

No Easy Op has been written by sofrep.com, a web site for former Special Operations team members.

Brandon Webb, a former SEAL sniper who founded the site, said that the book was the product of conversations he and others had with serving members of the bin Laden team, although none of them are identified.

Talking to the New York Times, Mr Webb refused to say whether Bissonnette was involved in No Easy Op, even though he has spoken to him in the past.

In a statement, Kevin Maurer, one of the co-authors of No Easy Day said: ‘After spending several very intense months working with Mark Owen on this book, I know that he wrote this book solely to share a story about the incredible men and women defending America all over the world.

‘Any suggestion otherwise is as ill informed as it is inaccurate.

‘What’s more, Mark has an unshakable respect for the US military, in particular the men he served with.

‘That’s why not one negative word was written about anyone he served with.’


---How SEALs on bin Laden raid were told to say they were hunting for a lost drone if they were caught
By James Nye
PUBLISHED: 15:18 GMT, 1 September 2012 | UPDATED: 17:29 GMT, 1 September 2012
http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2196799/Matt-Bissonette-How-SEALs-Bin-Laden-raid-told-say-hunting-lost-drone-caught.html

*Former SEAL Matt Bissonette revealed that SEAL Team 6 were told to tell any Pakistani forces they encountered that they were hunting for a downed unmanned drone
*Said that the men of SEAL Team 6 found this excuse laughable
*Brought $200 with him to bribe locals in the event of mission failure and a digital camera which he photographed Osama bin Laden's body with

The Navy SEAL team who carried out the mission to kill Osama bin Laden laughed out loud at their superiors 'preposterous' suggestion of a cover story in the event that the mission didn't even reach the al-Qaeda head's Pakistani compound.

That is the latest revelation from former Navy SEAL Matt Bissonette in his first hand account of the bin Laden raid, 'No Easy Day' and he makes it clear that not one member of the ultimately successful mission trusted the excuse to work with their supposed allies.

In the event of being apprehended by any Pakistani forces the men of SEAL Team 6 were instructed to say that their secret mission was to locate and extract a missing unmanned drone.

'The story was preposterous. We were allies with Pakistan on paper, so if we did lose a drone, the State Department would negotiate directly with the Pakistani government to get it back.

'The story didn't wash and would be very difficult to stick to during hours of questioning.

'The truth is, if we got to that point, no story we could come up with was going to cover up twenty-two SEALs packing sixty pounds of hi-tech gear on their backs.'

Bissonette, who has caused political waves with his decision to document the bin Laden raid a little more than a year on from its successful conclusion had other insights into the mission.

He writes how the night before the raid some of the SEAL Team 6 took Ambien because they could not sleep.

The 36-year-old, he wrote his book under the pseudonym Mark Owen - but whose real identity was leaked by Fox News also tells how the team had to a battle with the CIA not to take an extra sixty-pound box of cellphone-jamming equipment.

The special forces soldier did take along $200 to use for bribes in the case of mission failure and a digital camera which he used to photograph bin Laden's body and face - photographs which are now under lock and key in the White House.

Wearing night vision goggles that cost $65,000, Bissonette admitted to dozing on the helicopter ride to bin Laden's Abbottabad compound with his legs dangling out of a top secret stealth helicopter.

Indeed, during the landing, Bissonette was yanked to safety by a fellow SEAL as the helicopter he was in crashed on landing at the compound.

He described how the the Navy SEALS killed bin Laden's son Khalid as they made their way through the compound towards the terrorist leader's private quarters on the third floor.

Before revealing the moment a teammate opened fire on a man who had peered through a doorway as they made their way up a flight of stairs.

He wrote: 'We were less than five steps from getting to the top when I heard suppressed shots. BOP. BOP.

'The point man had seen a man peeking out of the door on the right side of the hallway about ten feet in front of him. The man disappeared into the dark room.'

Bissonnette alleges he was the second man to step inside the room and find a man lying on the ground, surrounded by two hysterical women - later revealed to be two of his wives.

Three children, likely to have been bin Laden's own offspring, were cowering in the corner.

He wrote: 'He was wearing a white sleeveless T-shirt, loose tan pants and a tan tunic.

The point man's shots had entered the right side of his head. Blood and brains spilled out of the side of his skull. In his death throes he was still twitching and convulsing.'

Bissonnette and his teammate, named 'Tom' in the book, then fired a series of rounds into his chest to ensure he was dead.

Examining the body, the pair became convinced they had killed Bin Laden.

Bissonnette wrote: 'The man's face was mangled from from at least one bullet one and covered in blood. his chest was torn up.

'I started to wipe blood away from his face using a blanket from the bed. With each swipe, the face became more familiar.

'It was strange to see such an infamous face up close. Lying in front of me was the reason we had been fighting for the last decade.'

Despite alleging that his superiors handed the men of SEAL Team 6 a lame cover story, Bissonette does outline the incredible level of detail that the American intelligence community went to in planning the mission.

A full scale model of bin Laden's house was mocked up in the North Carolina woods and analysts from the National Geospatial- Intelligence Agency were aware of every detail of the al Qaeda chief's hideout.

However, the Pentagon is considering legal action against a former Navy SEAL whose book describes insider details of the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, but it has not made a final judgment on whether the book actually reveals secrets, a spokesman said Friday.

Pentagon press secretary George Little said Matt Bissonnette, who wrote under the pseudonym Mark Owen, was deemed to be in violation of two nondisclosure agreements that he signed in 2007 by failing to submit the book for an official security review before it was published.

Bissonnette's lawyer on Friday disputed this, saying he believes the decorated former SEAL has 'earned the right to tell his story.'

Little would not say what options the Pentagon is considering or when it might act.

'I write to formally advise you of your material breach and violation of your agreements, and to inform you that the department is considering pursuing against you, and all those acting in concert with you, all remedies legally available to us. . .,' Jeh Johnson, the Pentagon's top lawyer, wrote in a letter faxed to the author Thursday through his publisher.

Robert D. Luskin of the law firm Patton Boggs wrote to Johnson on Friday that his firm is representing Bissonnette and that the author is not in breach of nondisclosure agreements.

The publisher, meanwhile, said Friday that it will begin public sales next week. 'We see no reason to change our plans,' Christine Ball, a spokeswoman for Penguin Group (USA)'s Dutton imprint, said in a statement.


---Fox News Outs The Navy SEAL Who Wrote An Anonymous Book On The Bin Laden Raid---
Geoffrey Ingersoll    | Aug. 23, 2012, 12:31 PM
http://www.businessinsider.com/matt-bissonnette-named-as-navy-seal-behind-bin-laden-raid-tell-all-2012-8

Turns out there are leaks everywhere, even among Navy SEALs.

Fox News obtained and released the identity of the author of the controversial new book "No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama Bin Laden," due to come out on the anniversary of 9/11.

"Mark Owen," the pseudonym under which the book was written, is actually 35 year-old Matt Bissonnette of Wrangell, Alaska. Bissonnette held the rank of chief in the elite Navy SEAL Team 6 prior to retiring. He was one of the first men in the room where bin Laden died, witnessing the occurrence first-hand.

We tracked down pictures of Bissonnett on PatriotFiles.com and Flickr.

Bissonnette was also part of the operation which ended with the killing of three Somali pirates in order to save the life of Captain Richard Phillips in the Indian Ocean in 2009.

He co-wrote the book with author Kevin Maurer, a well-versed author of four books, most based on military special operations.

Bissonnette wrote in the book that he wants to "set the record straight" about the bin Laden raid. One can only assume he means in terms of Obama "taking credit."

The Pentagon has not reviewed the book, leaving Bissonnette open for charges if he's disclosed anything sensitive. It's common practice for authors with security clearances to allow the military a review of their books before publishing.

In the case of Anthony Shaffer, an intelligence officer, the Army cleared his book, "Operation Dark Heart," then rescinded the clearance once it was published, buying all 10,000 copies in order to "pulp" them.

The U.S. Navy has said it will leave any investigation into possible charges up to the Department of Justice.

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