OBL raid: "No Easy Day" contains classified information, says Pentagon

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  1. Blackwater

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    WASHINGTON: Pentagon Press Secretary George Little confirmed that the book, “No Easy Day” contains classified information regarding the bin Laden raid in 2011, adding that the United States hoped that the publication of the book will not affect US-Pakistan relations.
    Addressing the media at the Pentagon, Little described the book as a “no-brainer,” saying that the Pentagon was concerned as the author had not submitted the book for a pre-publication review to them.
    In the book, published by Penguin’s Dutton imprint, former US Navy SEAL writing under a pseudonym, Mark Owen, identified in media reports as Matt Bissonnette, describes his role in the famed raid on bin Laden’s Pakistani hideout as well other operations in Iraq and Afghanistan during his 14-year career as a Navy commando.
    The book has already featured on Amazon’s bestseller list for the last two weeks, despite being released on September 4.
    Responding to a question on Pak-US relations, Little stressed that US ties with Pakistan were on a better footing now and he hoped the that the issue of the book will not affect relations between the two countries.
    The spokesman further said that in days after the raid, they had scrubbed the material of sensitive information before it was cleared for press briefings,”Regrettably, there were disclosures that were problematic.”
    Asked if the US government would take legal action against the author, Little said officials were reviewing all legal options.
    “Legal avenues are available to us. I’m simply not going to get into what we may or may not decide,” he said.
    Earlier in the week the Defence Department had warned the ex-commando and his publisher not to release “No Easy Day” next week, saying the author violated non-disclosure agreements he signed while in uniform.
    The Pentagon said it has reviewed the text but officials declined to say if the book reveals state secrets, vowing to keep all legal options open.
    Bissonnette’s lawyer offered a rebuttal to the Pentagon, insisting the author had not broken faith with his commitments and that the non-disclosure agreements did not apply to the bin Laden operation.


    OBL raid: “No Easy Day” contains classified information, says Pentagon – The Express Tribune
     
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  3. EzioAltaïr

    EzioAltaïr Regular Member

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    *Facepalm*

    There's a good chance that many people who wouldn't have read the book, are now gonna clamour to read it because the US stated that it's controversial. Happens every time.
     
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    I just bought the book, he spends a lot of time explaining that the book does not contain classfied information. that he had a number of people go over the book to make sure it did not contain classifed informaiton,. includng a special operations attorney.,
     
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  5. W.G.Ewald

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    Pentagon needs to piss or get off the pot on this deal.

    Anyway...

    What is a "special operations attorney"?:rolleyes:

    Could be something OBL needed.:cool2:
     
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    In the book evidently there are attorneys that go over planned operations to make sure they are done according to laws, or procedure. Evidently the aurthor has been deployed about 12 times to Iran and Afganstan, In iraq they used a little bird(The MH-6 Little Bird (also known as Killer Egg), and its attack variant AH-6, are light helicopters ) to land 4 special ops on the roof, a squad to go in the building from the ground floor and had two groups set up perimeters at certain distances from the house. Later on they started landing 3 or 4 miles away at night and stealthy entering houses, they had weapons quite enought to kill a person in one room and not wake some one in the next room. but now days to his disgust they have to treat it like an arrest in the USA, They have to surround the house and announce they are going to come in and give the people an opportunity to come out. He talks about takeing pictures of all the people kill in operations because he says the next day the afgans will be coming saying they are all civilians. I have read 64 percent of book on Kindle. In Iraq they usually did one or two operations a night.....can you imagine people doing this kind of stuff for years day after day. It kind of blows your mind. Not only that you can tell they loved it.

    I would say the book contains classfied information or at least more information then they want disclosed.
     
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  7. niharjhatn

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    Kathryn Bigelow is making a movie on it isn't she? She got "special access" to it... I don't know how Mark Owen did not.

    Then again, that sort of figure at 60 will explain a lot:
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    Can understand how she got "special access" now! :rofl:


    Been an excellent year of western movies - Expendable 2, The Dark Knight, the Avengers, and the Dictator!

    With her movie and the new James Bond movie yet to arrive! Hooray! :D
     
  8. trackwhack

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    Read the book. Or at least read most of it as I had to skip the parts that made me want to throw up. As expected a load of self gratifying bullshit. Will sell in the millions though and many will make space for the book next to their bible.

    The only thing that really interested me was this map showing the navy seal chopper route. It shows the chopper crossing Indian air space. Not sure if it is correctly depicted.

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