2013年4月3日水曜日

Team Six Shooter

Team SixのShooterが話題。
 米海軍特殊部隊(Navy Seals)がパキスタンで実行した国際テロ組織アル
カイダ指導者オサマ・ビンラディン容疑者の殺害作戦をめぐり、先月米誌
エスクワイアが伝えた「真相」に異論が出ている。作戦に参加した隊員の
1人が、インタビューで、同容疑者に致命傷を与えたのは同誌が取り上げた
人物ではないと語った。

White House
 銃撃戦になり、ウサマが妻の一人を人間の盾として前に出し、引いたの
で、Team Sixが発砲した。ウサマが死んだ時、武装していなかったこと
を確認した。手の届く範囲にピストルとAK47があった。

No Easy Day
 ウサマが寝室のドアから見ていたので 、ウサマは頭部に被弾した。
 床に血の池に倒れたウサマにMatt Bissonnetteと僚友が動かなくなる
まで、銃を撃ち続けた。

Zero Dark Thirty
 二人の隊員が前後に別れ、寝室前でウサマと呼びかける。
寝室で動いた人を先兵が銃撃。致命傷を受けたウサマが床に倒れる。先兵が
寝室に突入。倒れたウサマに二人の女性が駆け寄る。
先兵が、二人の女性を抱え上げ、壁まで引き離す。
続いて、後兵が寝室に入り、ウサマの胸に銃撃。暗視スコープを外し、
ヘルメットに装備されたライトを点灯し、目視確認後、ウサマの胸に銃撃。
ウサマの顔に傷はなかった。

Esquire

ESQUIRE:The Man Who Killed Osama bin Laden... Is Screwed

・Point manの後にShooterが続き階段を上り、寝室のドアから頭を出した
 ウサマをPointmanが銃撃、ウサマに当らなかったか、軽症だった。
 爆弾付のベストを着る恐れがあったので、その前に、Point manが廊下で
 飛びつき、二人の女性を拘束。
・ウサマが妻の背後に立っているのを発見したPoint manは一人で、寝室に
 走りこみ、ウサマの額を二回撃った。ウサマの手の届く範囲に銃はあった。

CNN
・Point manは、寝室のドアから頭を出したウサマを銃撃、ウサマは深刻な怪我
 を負った。。
・爆弾付のベストを着る恐れがあったので、その前に、Point manが廊下で
 飛びつき、二人の女性を拘束。
・ShooterとMattが、致命傷を負って床に倒れていたウサマの胸を銃撃し
 止めを指した。
・Shooterはcomplete B-S。

共通点
・Shooterは、酒場でウサマ殺害作戦を自慢していたためにチームより追放。
 16年勤務した米海軍を名誉除隊(期間不足のため、無年金、無保険、無保護)。

検察官
・Wikileaksがネット上に公開した文書に、ウサマが部下に要請した米国防衛
 政策関する情報を見つけたと部下がウサマへ電子メールで報告した。
・軍の工作員John Doeは、abbottabadで諜報活動を行い、アフガニスタン
 でFBI捜査官に情報を渡した。

弁護士
・米国防衛政策関する情報は、Wikileaksから公開されたものではなく、
 ウサマが持っていたもの。

Esquireの解説では、「Shooterはウサマの死体に小便をした」なる説も
でて、ウサマ殺しの自慢をしたばかりに、真偽が不明な噂まででるように
なった。
ウサマが殺された頃、飲食屋に行くと、「ウサマ殺し」を自慢する者が複数
人出てきて、話を始めると報道があったが、本来のSealsであれば、作戦行動
は絶対に話さないと解説していた。
関係者以外に作戦行動を話すとSealsからのけ者にされるとの話もあった。
実際、ShooterはPoopyheadと呼ばれ、年金がもらえるまでの少しの期間を
残して、除隊した。「口は災いの元」なのか、「うれしくて、多くの人と
喜びを分かち合いたかった」のかはわからない。

トンネルに逃げ込んだカダフィを発見し、拘束した反体制派の民兵は、
後日、親体制派の武力勢力に拉致され、銃殺された。
真実と称して、ウサマを殺した手段や人を知って、関係者を奉ることを
マスメディアはしたいのだろうか。
もしかして、マスメディアは、イスラム過激派のために、情報収集して
いるのか。

TEAM SIX
Obama Bin Ladin Dead
Black Hawk Down in Abbottabad
ザワヒリ ウサマ死亡演説
Shakil Afridi for Free
SC Pakistan Foreign Staff Out
No Easy Day Ad


---ビンラディン容疑者に致命傷与えたのは「違う人物」 米隊員が雑誌記事に異論---
2013.03.27 Wed posted at 12:19 JST
http://www.cnn.co.jp/usa/35030028.html

 (CNN) 米海軍特殊部隊が2011年5月にパキスタンで実行した国際テロ組織アルカイダ指導者オサマ・ビンラディン容疑者の殺害作戦をめぐり、先月米誌エスクワイアが伝えた「真相」に異論が出ている。作戦に参加した隊員の1人が27日までに、CNNとのインタビューで、同容疑者に致命傷を与えたのは同誌が取り上げた人物ではないと語った。
 インタビューに応じたのは、作戦を実行した同部隊の精鋭集団「チーム6」のメンバー。エスクワイアの記事が「Shooter(射手)」と呼んで除隊後の生活苦を伝えた人物の話は、「まったくのでたらめだ」と断言した。
 チーム6のメンバーは現在、作戦について外部に語ることを固く禁じられ、同誌の「不正確な記事」が脚光を浴びるのを苦々しい思いで見てきたという。
 作戦が実行されたビンラディン容疑者の邸宅で、最上階にあった同容疑者の寝室に最初に踏み込んだのは、偵察役の隊員と「Shooter」、それに作戦の手記「No Easy Day」を出版して話題を呼んだマット・ビソネット元隊員だった。
 主張が分かれるのは、そこから先の詳細についてだ。エスクワイアの記事では、Shooterが寝室に立っていたビンラディン容疑者の額を2発撃ったとされた。一方、新たなインタビューによれば、最上階の部屋のドアから頭を出してのぞいていた同容疑者を、偵察役の隊員が撃った。
 この隊員は続いて室内に入り、そこにいた2人の女性をわきに抱え込んだ。女性らが着衣に仕掛けた爆弾で自爆する危険を想定し、命懸けでその衝撃を受け止めるためだったとみられる。続いて到着した2人の隊員が、床に倒れていた同容疑者の胸にとどめの銃撃を加えたという。この内容は、ビソネット元隊員の著書の記述とも一致する。
 CNNとのインタビューで語った隊員は、エスクワイアの記事には矛盾があると主張。寝室内に立っていたビンラディン容疑者の手の届く場所に銃があったとされるが、現場検証によれば銃は入り口の上の高い棚に置いてあったこと、Shooterは同容疑者の額を撃ったと語ったが、実際には殺害後の写真撮影のために顔面は撃たないとの申し合わせがあったことを指摘した。さらに、Shooterは後日、酒場で殺害作戦での活躍を自慢していたためにチームから追放されたと述べた。
 一方、実際に同容疑者に致命傷を負わせたとみられる偵察役の隊員が真相を明かすことは決してないだろうと、チームのメンバーらは口をそろえる。
 CNNは新たなインタビューに基づき、エスクワイアの記事を執筆したジャーナリストのフィル・ブロンシュタイン氏に、Shooterが作戦で果たした役割について質問を投げ掛けた。同氏は、これらの質問をShooter伝えたが、返答はないとしている。
 作戦の舞台となった邸宅は昨年2月に取り壊されているため、現場検証をやり直すことは不可能だ。夜間に実行された作戦の現場が混乱していたのも事実だろう。
 ビンラディン容疑者を殺害したのが本当はだれなのか、明らかになる日は永遠に来ないかもしれない。確かなのは、この作戦がチームワークだったということだ。作戦成功から5日後、チーム6のメンバーはオバマ米大統領と面会した。同席した関係者らによると、チームの司令官は大統領に「この中から1人が欠けただけで、チームは作戦を遂行する能力を失っていただろう。全員が必要不可欠のメンバーだった。重要なのはだれがビンラディン容疑者殺害の引き金を引いたかではなく、われわれ全員が一丸となって何を成し遂げたかだ」と語ったという。


---カダフィ氏を発見・拘束した男性死亡 旧政権支持派が銃撃---
2012/09/26
http://sankei.jp.msn.com/world/news/120926/mds12092613080002-n1.htm

 昨年10月、リビア中部シルト付近で最高指導者だったカダフィ大佐を発見、拘束した当時の反体制派民兵の一人、シャアバーンさん(22)が武装集団に拉致、銃撃され25日までに死亡した。フランス公共ラジオが伝えた。
 シャアバーンさんは今年7月、カダフィ大佐支持派最後の拠点だった西部バニワリードで拉致され、逃げ出した際に腹などを撃たれ再び捕らえられていた。
 新議会の仲介で先週、解放され治療を受けていたが回復せず、25日、遺体が出身地の中部ミスラタに運ばれた。
 リビアでは、各都市の元民兵らが内戦中に出回った武器を保持。シャアバーンさんの死亡を受け、ミスラタのグループはバニワリードを襲撃する構えを見せているといい、緊張が高まっている。


---Who really killed the al-Qa'ida leader? SEAL Team 6 member disputes interview with 'The Man Who Shot Osama bin Laden'---
Wednesday 27 March 2013
http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/who-really-killed-the-alqaida-leader-seal-team-6-member-disputes-interview-with-the-man-who-shot-osama-bin-laden-8551677.html

First one Navy SEAL writes about the deadly raid, then another contradicts him. Rupert Cornwell reports on the many versions of the terrorist’s death

The mission, like commando raids throughout history, depended on discretion and absolute secrecy. For those who took part, it was supposed to stay that way. Not a chance though, when this particular raid successfully took down the most wanted and most infamous man on the planet - and America’s entertainment industry, money and politics entered the fray.

Thus it has been with the death of Osama bin Laden, ever since the US Navy SEALs’ Team Six entered the nondescript compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan, in the early hours of 2 May 2011 and killed the al-Qa’ida leader, almost 10 years after he masterminded the bloodiest ever attack on US soil. Since then, time has brought not clarity but confusion, culminating in flatly contradictory accounts of precisely how bin Laden died, from the very SEALs who were supposed never to talk about it at all.

To be fair, the confusion began the very next day - and emanated from the very top of the chain of command, the White House itself. In their first version of how events unfolded, Obama administration officials claimed that the terrorist leader had perished in a bloody firefight, and moreover as something of a coward, using one of his wives as a human shield.

That account quickly changed in the light, it was said, of further debriefings of the commandos themselves. Bin Laden had not been armed at the moment he died, and the woman had rushed to protect him. But questions continued to be asked; this was after all one of the news stories of the decade.

Sixteen months later, in September 2012, they seemed to find an answer with publication of No Easy Day by a writer using the pseudonym Mark Owen - soon revealed to be Matt Bissonnette, one of the three SEALs who made it to the top-floor bedroom at the compound where bin Laden was hiding. The first of the three, the so-called “point man”, had shot bin Laden, who lay fatally wounded on the floor. There Bissonnette finished him off.

The book, predictably, was a best-seller and stands to be the definitive (and, of course, highly lucrative) version of what happened. Unless, that is, you choose to believe a very different account, in the March issue of Esquire magazine and running to 15,000 words, entitled “The Man Who Killed Osama bin Laden”.

It wasn’t Bissonnette, said Esquire, but a man referred to simply as “the Shooter”, now no longer in the military and very much down on his luck. “The man who shot and killed Osama bin Laden,” the author, Phil Bronstein, began, “sat in a wicker chair in my back yard, wondering how he was going to feed his wife and kids, or pay for their medical care”.

But he had a heroic tale to tell, how the point man had missed and that he, the Shooter, was the SEAL who burst into bin Laden’s bedroom, where the al-Qa’ida leader had a gun “within reach”, and killed him with two shots to the forehead. He then left the military - and unfortunately having not served the required 20 years, does not qualify either for a veteran’s pension or his health coverage.

But in recent days the Esquire profile, too, has come under withering fire. First SOFREP, the news and blog commentary of the special forces, put out a piece unsubtly headlined “Esquire is Screwed: Duped by Fake UBL [bin Laden] Shooter”, and added that the individual in question was now merrily cashing in on sympathy donations from the magazine’s readers.

Then CNN, in the person of Peter Bergen, its terror analyst and long-time bin Laden expert, weighed in, interviewing an anonymous SEAL Team Six operator who told him that the Shooter “is talking complete B-S”. This version, which closely resembles that of Bissonnette, is that the point man shot and gravely wounded bin Laden when he poked his head out of the bedroom door. The other two SEALs in the trio then entered the room and finished him off with two shots to the chest.

As for the Shooter, according to Bergen’s source, he was kicked out of Red Squadron, the Team Six group that carried out the raid, for bragging about the mission in bars around Virginia Beach where the SEAL unit is based. For its part, Esquire is standing by its story, insisting that it is based on information from “numerous sources”, including members of SEAL Team Six and the Shooter himself, as well as “detailed descriptions” of mission debriefs.

There, for now, matters stand. What seems clear is that the three SEALs present at the climax of the Abbottabad operation were the point man, Bissonnette (aka Owen) and the unidentified Shooter. But which of them actually killed Osama bin Laden may never be known. The compound itself has been razed and, as always in such historical mysteries, the further from the actual event in question, the harder facts become to verify.

Bergen further quotes the SEAL team commander as his men personally briefed Barack Obama after the raid. “If you took one person out of the puzzle,” the commander told the President, “we wouldn’t have the competence to do the job we did. Everybody’s vital. It’s not about the guy who pulled the trigger, it’s about  what we did together.”

But paeans to team spirit do not answer a separate question: how much should America’s special forces commandos talk about what they do? Not at all, officials insist. But in No Easy Day, Bissonnette justifies the spilling of the beans, writing that it was “time to set the record straight”, and that his book would “finally give credit to those who earned it”.

Nonsense, say those in charge; whatever else, the SEALs have not lacked for credit and praise over the bin Laden operation. But this argument for anonymity hardly squares with the help given to the makers of Zero Dark Thirty - the movie of the hunting down of bin Laden - by the Pentagon and the CIA, who were only too anxious to share in the glory (if not the financial rewards) of the operation.

Last but not least, for Obama himself, 2 May 2011 was pure political gold - dispelling any lingering suspicion that this Democrat was “weak” on national security. With considerations like these, discretion was always bound to be the first casualty of the killing of Osama bin Laden.

Bin Laden’s death: the contradictory accounts

White House version,  2-4 May 2011

According to the initial, White House version of Osama bin Laden’s death, Navy SEALs shot the al-Qa’ida leader as he “engaged [them] in a firefight” and pulled one of his wives in front of him as a “human shield”. But almost immediately administration officials backtracked, admitting bin Laden was unarmed when he was killed - although an AK-47 and a Makarov pistol lay within arms’ reach, they claimed - and that his wife had rushed “the US assaulter and was shot in the leg but not killed”. They blamed the divergent accounts on the time it took to process after-action reports from the SEALs. More controversy was to follow.

No Easy Day,  4 September 2012

Former SEAL Mark Bissonnette broke the commandos’ code of silence last summer by co-authoring an account of the raid. Writing under the pseudonym “Mark Owen”, he claimed bin Laden was shot in the head as he peered out of his bedroom door. Bissonnette writes the SEALs then found bin Laden crumpled in a pool of blood on the floor. At that point, Bissonnette claims he and his comrades trained their guns on bin Laden’s still-twitching body, shooting him until he lay motionless. But US special operations chief, Admiral William McRaven, dismissed Bissonnette’s account as inaccurate.

Esquire,  11 February 2013

Last month, Esquire profiled a pseudonymous SEAL who claimed he had fired the shots that killed bin Laden. In this version, “the Shooter” was right behind the “point man” as the two vaulted the stairs to the top floor of bin Laden’s compound. As bin Laden poked his head out of his bedroom door, the “point man” shot, either missing or lightly wounding bin Laden, before peeling off to tackle two women in the hallway whom he believed were wearing suicide vests. “The Shooter” claims he ran alone into the bedroom where he found bin Laden standing behind one of his wives, with a gun within reach. He shot him twice in the forehead.

CNN,  26 March 2013

Now veteran Afghanistan reporter Peter Bergen claims that another Navy SEAL told him the account  of “the Shooter” is “complete  B-S”. In this SEAL’s version, the “point man” gravely wounded bin Laden, before gathering the two women who might have been suicide bombers in his arms to absorb the explosion. “Two more SEALs then entered bin Laden’s bedroom and, seeing that al Qa’ida’s leader was lying mortally wounded on the floor, finished him off with shots to the chest,” Bergen writes - an account that closely matches the one in Mark Bissonnette’s best-selling book.


---WikiLeaks: US 'to call bin Laden raid Navy Seal to testify against Bradley Manning'---
By Raf Sanchez, Fort Meade, Maryland
10:32PM GMT 26 Feb 2013
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/wikileaks/9896509/WikiLeaks-US-to-call-bin-Laden-raid-Navy-Seal-to-testify-against-Bradley-Manning.html

The US government is believed to be preparing to put a Navy Seal on the witness stand to testify that secret files published by WikiLeaks were discovered in Osama bin Laden's compound.

 Prosecutors trying Bradley Manning, the 25-year-old soldier accused of engineering the largest intelligence leak in US history, are seeking to prove that al-Qaeda directly benefitted from access to the classified files.

They claim that when bin Laden requested information about US defence policy a subordinate emailed him with data taken from the trove of documents WikiLeaks published on the internet.

Today, prosecutors argued they should be allowed to call a military "operator" - a common term for a US commando - as a witness, saying he could offer testimony about evidence collected from the 2011 raid in Pakistan.

 The potential witness was named only as "John Doe" and referred to him as "the operator who actually collected the evidence in Abbottabad and handed it to an FBI agent in Afghanistan".

Major Ashden Fein, the lead prosecutor, said Doe would describe "how he went into a room, how he picked up the three pieces of information and what he did with them".

Military authorities have consistently refused to release documents associated with Private First Class Manning's court martial, making it impossible to confirm Doe's exact role or his relation to the case.

Prosecutors also requested that Doe be allowed to give his testimony in an "offsite location", away from the military courtroom where the case is being heard.

The secrecy surrounding his testimony makes it seem likely that he was among the members of Seal Team 6 who killed the al-Qaeda leader two years ago.

The government is also seeking to call eight other "chain of custody witnesses" who would describe how the files were transported from bin Laden's compound back to the US for analysis.

Among the requested witnesses is a translator who examined "letters to and from bin Laden".

Col Denise Lind, the military judge presiding over the case, has yet to rule on whether any evidence associated with bin Laden should be allowed in the trial, which is scheduled to begin in June.

Pfc Manning's lawyers argue that al-Qaeda's use of the information from WikiLeaks is irrelevant. The only issue at hand is whether the young soldier knew that the leaked information could be used by America's enemies, they claim.

"[bin Laden's possession of leaked files] has no bearing on the knowledge Pfc Manning had when he gave the information to WikiLeaks," said David Coombs, for the defence.

Mr Coombs also said that the introduction nine witnesses would cause "undue delay" in the eventual trial, which has already been repeatedly delayed by the ongoing legal wranglings.

The court also heard that Pfc Manning wanted to read a statement where he appears to justify the leak of classified documents as an act of whistleblowing that was in the public interest.

He hoped the disclosure "could spark a domestic debate on the role of our military in our foreign policy in general", according to a excerpt of the document read out by a prosecutor.

The document, which is at least 24 pages long, is the first time that Pfc Manning has addressed his motive for allegedly passing the files on to WikiLeaks.

The US government is attempting to block him from reading the statement, saying that large portions of it are irrelevant to the proceedings.

Col Lind has yet to decide whether to allow the soldier to read it.

The request was made on the first day of a three-day hearing at Fort Meade, a sprawling US military base outside of Washington.


---The Man Who Shot Osama Bin Laden Prefers to Call Him ‘Poopyface’---
2/11/13 at 9:25 AM
By Joe Coscarelli
http://nymag.com/daily/intelligencer/2013/02/man-who-shot-bin-laden-calls-him-poopyface.html

In a post-Zero Dark Thirty and No Easy Day world, Esquire has published the predictably dark (but even more somber than you'd think) story of the Navy SEAL who shot Osama bin Laden in the face three times. Identified only as "the Shooter," the man is broken down both literally ("scar tissue, arthritis, tendonitis, eye damage, and blown disks") and spiritually, having retired from the Navy after sixteen years with few career prospects and a lot of fear: "No pension, no health care, and no protection for himself or his family." The best he can do is crack some dirty jokes.

Writer Phil Bronstein explains that Bin Laden has a Voldemort/"He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named" thing to the Shooter, who warned his kids to never mention the name "to anybody. It's a bad name, a curse name." Instead, they've taken to calling him "Poopyface" and referring derisively to "Crapghanistan."

The humorous coping mechanisms mask a legitimate paranoia or at least preparedness:

    Since Abbottabad, he has trained his children to hide in their bathtub at the first sign of a problem as the safest, most fortified place in their house. His wife is familiar enough with the shotgun on their armoire to use it. She knows to sit on the bed, the weapon's butt braced against the wall, and precisely what angle to shoot out through the bedroom door, if necessary. A knife is also on the dresser should she need a backup.

    Then there is the "bolt" bag of clothes, food, and other provisions for the family meant to last them two weeks in hiding. […]

    "We're actually looking into changing my name," the wife says. "Changing the kids' names, taking my husband's name off the house, paying off our cars. Essentially deleting him from our lives, but for safety reasons. We still love each other."

The Shooter, who had $350 Prada sunglasses and a bottle of his own piss on him when he fired the fatal shots, doesn't have much to look forward to. He left service early, after a final four-month deployment to Afghanistan, so he doesn't receive a pension. "My health care for me and my family stopped at midnight Friday night," he says. "I asked if there was some transition from my Tricare to Blue Cross Blue Shield. They said no. You're out of the service, your coverage is over. Thanks for your sixteen years. Go fuck yourself."

Witness protection was an option ("They told me they could get me a job driving a beer truck in Milwaukee") but not a very good one, and video-game-makers have just about all the consultants they need, so the Shooter is considering selling customized sunglasses and other SEAL-type accessories. The obvious path would be private security, but the Shooter is just about finished being identified as such and doesn't want to use a gun again: "I've fought all the fights," he tells Bronstein. "I don't have a need for excitement anymore. Honestly."

All the rest, including some more crude humor, is at Esquire.

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