Seals Tell of Killing ‘Bert’ Laden


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Reprinted from The Sunday Times.

OSAMA BIN LADEN was killed within 90 seconds of the US Navy Seals landing in his compound and not after a protracted gun battle, according to the first account by the men who carried out the raid. The operation was so clinical that only 12 bullets were fired.

The Seals have spoken out because they were angered at the version given by politicians, which they see as portraying them as cold-blooded murderers on a “kill mission”. They were also shocked that President Barack Obama announced bin Laden’s death on television the same evening, rendering useless much of the intelligence they had seized.

Chuck Pfarrer, a former commander of Seal Team 6, which conducted the operation, has interviewed many of those who took part for a book, Seal Target Geronimo, to be published in the US this week.

The Seals’ own accounts differ from the White House version, which gave the impression that bin Laden was killed at the end of the operation rather than in its opening seconds. Pfarrer insists bin Laden would have been captured had he surrendered.

“There isn’t a politician in the world who could resist trying to take credit for getting bin Laden but it devalued the ‘intel’ and gave time for every other al-Qa’ida leader to scurry to another bolthole,” said Pfarrer. “The men who did this and their valorous act deserve better. It’s a pretty shabby way to treat these guys.”

The first hint of the mission came in January last year when the team’s commanding officer was called to a meeting at the headquarters of joint special operations command. The meeting was held in a soundproof bunker three storeys below ground with his boss, Admiral William McRaven, and a CIA officer.

They told him a walled compound in Pakistan had been under surveillance for a couple of weeks. They were certain a high-value individual was inside and needed a plan to present to the president.

It had to be someone important. “So is this Bert or Ernie?” he asked. The Seals’ nicknames for bin Laden and his deputy Ayman al-Zawahiri are a reference to two Muppets in Sesame Street, one tall and thin and the other short and fat. “We have a voice print,” said the CIA officer, “and we’re 60 per cent or 70 per cent certain it’s our guy.” McRaven added that a reconnaissance satellite had measured the target’s shadow. “Over 6ft tall.”

When McRaven added they would use Ghost Hawk helicopters, the team leader had no doubt. “These are the most classified, sophisticated stealth helicopters ever developed,” said Pfarrer. “They are kept in locked hangars and fly so quiet we call it ‘whisper mode’.”

Over the next couple of months a plan was hatched. A mock-up of the compound was built at Tall Pines, an army facility in a national forest somewhere in the eastern US.

Four reconnaissance satellites were placed in orbit over the compound, sending back video and communications intercepts. A tall figure seen walking up and down was named “the Pacer”.

Mr Obama gave the go-ahead and Seal Team 6, known as the Jedi, was deployed to Afghanistan. The White House cancelled plans to provide air cover using jet fighters, fearing this might endanger relations with Pakistan.

Sending in the Ghost Hawks without air cover was considered too risky so the Seals had to use older Stealth Hawks. A Prowler electronic warfare aircraft from the carrier USS Carl Vinson was used to jam Pakistan’s radar and create decoy targets.

Operation Neptune’s Spear was initially planned for April 30 but bad weather delayed it until May 1, a moonless night. The commandos flew on two Stealth Hawks, codenamed Razor 1 and 2, followed by two Chinooks five minutes behind, known as “Command Bird” and the “gun platform”.

On board, each Seal was clad in body armour and nightvision goggles and equipped with laser targets, radios and sawn-off M4 rifles. They were expecting up to 30 people in the main house, including Bin Laden and three of his wives, two sons, Khalid and Hamza, his courier, Abu Ahmed al- Kuwaiti, four bodyguards and a number of children. At 56 minutes past midnight the compound came into sight and the code “Palm Beach” signalled three minutes to landing.

Razor 1 hovered above the main house, a three-storey building where bin Laden lived on the top floor. Twelve Seals abseiled the two metres down onto the roof and then jumped to a third-floor patio, where they kicked in the windows and entered.

The first person the Seals encountered was a terrified woman, bin Laden’s third wife, Khaira, who ran into the hall. Blinded by a searing white strobe light they shone at her, she stumbled back. A Seal grabbed her by the arm and threw her to the floor.

Bin Laden’s bedroom was along a short hall. The door opened; he popped out and then slammed the door shut. “Geronimo, Geronimo, Geronimo,” radioed one Seal, meaning “eyes on target”.

At the same time lights came on from the floor below and bin Laden’s son Khalid came running up the stairs towards the Seals. He was shot dead.

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  • F. Swemson

    A previous story about the raid said that Obama didn't have the guts to make the decision to order the raid to go, so he gave Panetta the authority to issue the go order if & when he thought that it was worth the risk. Panetta made the call on his own, allowing our cowardly leader to hide behind him in case things went wrong.

    I'm fairly certain that this account is true. It's typical Obama to leap at the chance of taking credit for the decision in order to gain some political points, even at the expense of lost intelligence. His political prestige is far more important to him than anything else, including the lives of our men un uniform. The reputation of the SEAL team never even entered into the equation in his twisted mind.

    Obama deserves to be tried for treason. At his swearing in, when asked if he swore to preserve and protect The Constitution of the United Staes, in his very first act as president he committed perjury (a felony) when he said "I do". From that point on he has done NOTHING but lie to the American people about who he was and what he planned to do once in office.

    We MUST not become complacent and think that we have him beat in 2012. He will stop at nothing in order to complete his planned destruction of our way of life, and this coming election will determine whether we survive as a country or whether we become just another piece of the globalist's nightmarish utopia.

    I'm pretty sure that we're going to see the most massive and blatant display of voter fraud in the coming year that anyone could possibly imagine. The best evidence for this is that in keeping with the progressive's MO, they've already started lying about the threat of voter fraud from the GOP.

    fs

    • 2maxpower

      basically …I think we are being played. the entire thing stinks from the first news breifing to now.

      • Amused

        the both of you are idiots . get a room .

    • Anonymous

      Are you being serious? Next thing you'll be recommending we get news from Infowars!

      • Swemson

        I checked it out with a former SEAL who still has contacts in the community, and a former member of Army special forces. The truth about the mission is all over the special forces community. Obama is a lying POS Marxist Muslim. If you believe anything that comes out of his mouth, you're delusional.

        fs

  • Chas_Martel

    You had me until you said they used sawed off M4's. M4's are already shortened versions of the M16 designed to be maneuverable in close quarters and are the weapon of choice for Special Ops missions in any confined space. They don't saw them off because accuracy in this kind of operation, with non-combatants mixed with combatants who may or may not try to surrender, is paramount. If you can't get the weaponry right, how do we know what other factual errors have been made?

    • Rifleman

      The M4 has room to be shortened further, and all one needs for accuracy out to 100 meters with a rifle round is a 7 inch barrel. SEAL armorers could easily do it, so it's probably not a factual error in the article, just another weapon customized for the SEALs.

    • Chiggles

      Mk 18 Mod 0.

      • Chas_Martel

        Maybe. I wouldn't refer to that as "sawed off" nor would my SOF friends, but maybe that's what the writer means. I have forever been frustrated by photos of artillery pieces referred to as tanks by reporters who frankly don't know or care that there is a difference. I see a difference between carrying a "sawed off" carbine and a specially modified close quarters weapon and if the reporter doesn't, I wonder what other distinctions were missed?

        • Rifleman

          I love it when they call an APC (IFV nowadays, I think) a tank, they do that all the time. I've also seen them call an M-109 a tank.

    • Amused

      Chas , I see you have a properly functioning B.S. detector !~ You need it around here since a good part of the editorials are nothing but .

  • jacob

    Strange that this officer came out with the truth, knowing that in the military, the rule
    is to keep mum and proof of the pudding is that General removed for daring to say
    the truth of what is going on in AFGHANISTAN…

    Although unrelated to the issue would somebody plesse tell me, what will be the
    final outcome of the FORT HOOD Muslim assassin or is American blood that
    cheap ???
    It has been close to 2 years and no action is seen so far…
    Will OBAMA decorate him insted for helping to solve somehow the overpopulation
    problem of the USA or what ?????

  • 2maxpower

    for one, I do not believe osama was alive these past 8 or so years.

    I would actually need to see the video of the assault and talk to those who killed him …separately, before I would consider the entire story to be anything but manufactured for the pr!ck they call the potus.

    • debarrio

      I agree with you. I find this new “version” suspicious. I think they are trying to walk the story back to cover every ones ass that this indeed was a “Kill” mission, which would be an illegal order to give as well as follow. Bottom line, whether the Seals came in from the ground or the roof, if OBL wanted to go out in a blaze of glory, he would not have waited until they kicked in his door to grab for his AK. He would have greeted them at the door with it. Common sense tells up that, if this raid is true, he was assassinated. I guess I don’t have a huge problem with that, other than the fact that the folks that had him wacked are the same folks that think Bush and Cheney are war criminals for waterboarding. Total evil hypocrites. (BTW: Those kids celebrating this in Times Square and in front of the White House was totally orchestrated by the WH. Do you think for a second that young Obama supporters could give a rat’s ass about OBL? There would be more celebration from them if they heard Bush was murdered. )

      • Amused

        Add two more SCHMUCKS to the ever growing pile of steaming sheet we call "conspiray theorists" ! Congrats you two , you made the grade .

        • GKC

          Evidently spell – check is part of the conspiracy.

  • Supreme_Galooty

    "A shocked Hillary Clinton," Leon Panetta, and Osama Obama – with "friends" like these, who needs enemies? These people are caricatures of really bad vaudevillian bananas – Joycelyn "cultivate the art of solitary romance" Elders comes to mind. But then other magnificent bozos like Janet Reno bring us the Waco debacle. These people, in power, are very scary indeed.

  • BLJ

    Bin Laden taking a dirt nap is a good thing. It still cracks me up that the same people who applauded Obama were the one's who criticized Bush when he made his "Dead or Alive" comments after 9/11.

    Comrade O lucked into this. It is a shame he doesn't go after the Muslim Brotherhood with as much zeal. My bad, they are his friends. Sorry.

  • visitor

    I have been wondering how conservatives were going to spin this to make the president look bad. Bin Laden: dead. Al-Alaki: dead. Khadaffi: dead. Must be a liberal conspiracy to make the people forget the president is really a Muslim terrorist from Kenya. By the way, how do you guys like the election results in Ohio? The tide is turning, guys. Hold on to your tea bags.

    • BLJ

      Your boy Obummer was one of the biggest crtics against going after terrorists. Now his supporters think he is the second coming of John Wayne. This lowlife is the best thing that ever happened to Iran and the Muslim Brotherhood.

    • Supreme_Galooty

      The killing of Kadoffi is not really a thing to celebrate. It's not to say the man wasn't a bona fide nastyman, but rather that the manner of his death constituted murder. It is very reminiscent of Lenin, Stalin, Pol Pot, et alia. People have criticized the execution of Saddam Hussein, but at least the process was carried out in front of everyone with at least a semblance of due process.

      • Amused

        LOL….DUE PROCESS ? Murder ? Reminiscent of Who? Gabooty , your stupidity is showing . Nothing new there huh chump ?

        • GKC

          SG owns you. Get over it!

    • John C

      How did you like the election results in Wisconsin?

  • Ghostwriter

    I'll tell you this,I'm not shedding any tears over Bin Laden,Saddam Hussein or Kadaffi. They all deserved what they got. It's a shame that took so long with Bin Laden.

    • Supreme_Galooty

      I agree, except that Kadaffi and Saddam being political figures require different treatment than an illegal combatant like Bin Laden. In the case of Kadaffi it was murder. In the case of Saddam it was execution after reasonable judicial process. The difference is that what we have left in Libya is a pack of barbarians.

      • Amused

        And what do you have left in Iraq ?You keep on trying to sound intelligent Gabooty , but it all still comes out the same way …DUMB .

  • Abdul Ameen

    Hey Guys,

    If Pamela Geller, has no problem with All-American Muslim, Why do you?

    Think about it

    • Amused

      THINK? These folks dont think , they react like pavlov's dogs .And FPM knows how to ring the dinner bell .

  • Amused

    What a bunch of sour grape whining woosies ! What in the hell difference does it make whether the chopper crashed at the begining or end of the raid ? What in the hell difference does it make whether bin Laden got shot in the first 90 seconds or the last ? I doubt if the Seals who participated in the raid said anything at all to the author of this bitch-a-torial or Pfarer . Is someone here gonna shed tears for Bin Laden ? Does anyone think he shouldn't have been killed ? Just admit it , Obama approved the plan , ordered it's execution , and it was successful , he did what he said , to hunt down and kill bin laden and Al Queda , and so far he's doing a better job than Bush . Imagine that , the guy you love to hate , was successfull , choke on it you whining babies . LOL…you deserve another four years of Obama …lol…and the way things are going , it looks like you're gonna get it .

    • Howard Reed

      Yo, Amused,

      Bam, as always used a shield to cover his cowering butt. The shield happened to be Panetta. You sound like a zealot leftist disciple after the Bam's own heart. If we are going to get reports about something as important as the bin Laden story, I would rather hear the truth from the operatives mouth by way of a former Seal Team 6 commander than from our resident Muslim Commie Liar-In-Chief. Continue to lie down in front of the Bam and let him wipe his shoes and other body parts on your prostrate in worship body.

      The Turban Torpedo

  • Amused

    What's that sound ?? Why its the Obama haters choking on his success …..who gives a hoot whethger the chopper crashed at the beginning or end of the raid ? Who cares whether bin laden was shot in the first 90 second or the last ? You bunch of whining phonies ….next thing you'll be shedding tears for the S.O.B. bin Laden ..

  • Amused

    Face it you disgruntled little brats , Obama approved the plan , ordered its execution and it was a success . He did what he said …to hunt down and kill bin Laden and Al Queda , he's taken ut more of their leaders in 3 years than Bush in 8.
    That's what's sticking in your craw you phony patriots .

    • TN_guy

      The only way Obama has been able to "take ut" anybody is with drone technology not available until 2008 and greatly improved since then.

      Tell me why he would rather risk killing the wrong people along with other 'collateral damage' based on hard to confirm intellegence. Why would he rather kill than capture and interegate?

      He would rather kill innocents and loose valuable information than admit that Gitmo and tribunals are nessesary. Just murder them and don't look back.

  • Amused

    And yes to Visitor – Kasich got his anti-Union law jammed up his arse sideways , BY THE PEOPLE . He looked like a deer in the headlights eating his humble pie on tv the other night .
    Blowback time for the Republicans is coming up , because what they forgot was the people , who in fact LIKE their Fireman , Cops ,Teachers and City /municipal employees . And they know collective bargaining is as American as applle -pie . Walker Kasich ,Koch ,and the rest of the over-fed , overpaid parasites are not representative of the American people .

    • Howard Reed

      Yo, Amused,

      People like you on the other side of what is right, are the gifts that keep on giving right into Election Day. You know your side is gaming the system in order to destroy our foundational principles. Keep up the venomous rhetoric pal. You and your ilk will implode when Americans that hold this country near and dear demand of their representatives to rid the land of the scourge that is leftist authority starting with the unions, working inward to surgically remove the rest of the puss filled festering sores on our societal landscape.

      Ohe yeah . . . and have a great day.

      The Turban Torpedo

    • gforce

      You are a complete fool !! It had nothing to do with likeing cops, teatchers or public employees. It has everything to do with what is fair for the tax payers, who pay the bills. Nobody gives me anything I earn it and pay for everything myself. You are a typical bloodsucker who thinks someone else is responsible for your wants and needs. You are a bitter liberal dirtbag, can't wait to see you suffer when it all comes crashing down!!

  • Supreme_Galooty

    I see that bemused is still lurking about under the creaky old bridge, torturing syntax and good sense. What a monumental doofus.

  • Amused

    Someone's got top keep your B.S. in check gabooty

    • TN_guy

      New to this site but I gotta say, "It ain't you."

      • GKC

        Man. You took the words right out of my mouth.

  • Howard Reed

    Hello America,

    What is so surprising about Jihad Obama lying from jump street at his swearing in. He has proved over and again that he is a Muslim and Commie. Both are inherent liars embedded deep in their psycholical genes. If Americans are on the ball we will demand strict accounting of votes, or we will take care of business ourselves. Bama must go on all accounts.

    The Turban Torpedo

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  • http://thefreespeechstore.blogspot.com Richard Scoville

    http://thefreespeechstore.blogspot.com/2011/11/ot

    I am not afraid of LIBEL, as it's called FREE SPEECH.

  • John C

    To date, the Obama administration has refused to release any documented or physical evidence to prove claims that Osama bin Laden was killed on 05-01-11.

  • 2maxpower

    the helicopter parts in the photographs look fake to me. I am a helicopter pilot and in a previous life a mechanic. I think the entire raid was theater. I reserve the right to be mistaken, but pizza and a beer say it is bullsh!t …the entire thing.

  • Jim_C

    I don't doubt your brother is a great guy. I don't know that I'd be out partying in Times Square over it, but I can't say I didn't do a few celebratory fist pumps.

  • Vernon

    I liked the mission these Guys did. I was on many missions in Vietnam as a B57 nav and a B52 Radar Nav. many years ago. I had many concerns about how the politions ran the mess over there…

  • Chiggles

    If you say is's bullhsit you must have an idea of your own about it. Don't keep us in suspense.

  • 2maxpower

    lol ….right. if obama's people say it is then it must be. beam me up scotty

  • Amused

    It's all B>S> man , who ya trying to kid ? Much ado about chicken-sheet hairsplitting .If the POTUS was anyone other than Obama , all the tools here would cheering . If they had an ounce of true patriotism they would shut their mouths and realize that America delivered payback that day for the 3000, that died .Regardles who the POTUS was . Instead they're counting the hairs on Obama 's arse What a bunch of f—ing phonies .

  • Amused

    Fair enough , and thank G_D he acted on it and got it done . Which DOES NOT CALL FOR the petty B.S. displayed by these phony patriots at FPM .

  • Amused

    The PEOPLE spoke , regarding the repeal of collective bargaining …. they rejected THAT …not your rendition of what happened .

  • Walter E. Welton

    Sir,
    As one who has held major clearances from all the alphabet agencies, as well as the USN for over 35 years, I would be appreciative if you would explain what a 'CTSA' clearance is and who controls it.

    Walt