Seals Tell of Killing ‘Bert’ Laden


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Two Seals kicked in bin Laden’s door. The room, they later recalled, “smelt like old clothing, like a guest bedroom in a grandmother’s house”. Inside was the al-Qa’ida leader and his youngest wife, Amal, who was screaming as he pushed her in front of him.

“No, no, don’t do this!” she shouted as her husband reached across the king-size bed for his AK-47 assault rifle. The Seals reacted instantly, firing in the same second. One round thudded into the mattress. The other, aimed at bin Laden’s head, grazed Amal in the calf. As his hand reached for the gun, they each fired again: one shot hit his breastbone, the other his skull, killing him instantly and blowing out the back of his head.

Meanwhile Razor 2 was heading for the guesthouse, a low, shoebox-like building, where bin Laden’s courier, Kuwaiti, and his brother lived.

As the helicopter neared, a door opened and two figures appeared, one waving an AK-47. This was Kuwaiti. In the moonless night he could see nothing and lifted his rifle, spraying bullets wildly.

He did not see the Stealth Hawk. On board someone shouted, “Bust him!”, and a sniper fired two shots. Kuwaiti was killed, as was the person behind him, who turned out to be his wife. Also on board were a CIA agent, a Pakistani- American who would act as interpreter, and a sniffer dog called Karo, wearing dog body armour and goggles.

Within two minutes the Seals from Razor 2 had cleared the guesthouse and removed the women and children.

They then ran to the main house and entered from the ground floor, checking the rooms. One of bin Laden’s bodyguards was waiting with his AK-47. The Seals shot him twice and he toppled over.

Five minutes into the operation the command Chinook landed outside the compound, disgorging the commanding officer and more men. They blasted through the compound wall and rushed in.

The commander made his way to the third floor, where bin Laden’s body lay on the floor face up. Photographs were taken, and the commander called on his satellite phone to headquarters with the words: “Geronimo Echo KIA” – bin Laden enemy killed in action.

“This was the first time the White House knew he was dead and it was probably 20 minutes into the raid,” said Pfarrer.

A sample of bin Laden’s DNA was taken and the body was bagged. They kept his rifle. It is now mounted on the wall of their team room at their headquarters in Virginia Beach, Virginia, alongside photographs of a dozen colleagues killed in action in the past 20 years.

At this point things started to go wrong. Razor 1 took off but the top secret “green unit” that controls the electronics failed. The aircraft went into a spin and crashed tail-first into the compound.

The Seals were alarmed, thinking it had been shot down, and several rushed to the wreckage. The crew climbed out, shaken but unharmed.

The commanding officer ordered them to destroy Razor 2, to remove the green unit, and to smash the avionics. They then laid explosive charges.

They loaded bin Laden’s body onto the Chinook along with the cache of intelligence in plastic bin bags and headed toward the USS Carl Vinson. As they flew off they blew up Razor 2. The whole operation had taken 38 minutes.

The following morning White House officials announced that the helicopter had crashed as it arrived, forcing the Seals to abandon plans to enter from the roof. A photograph of the situation room showed a shocked Hillary Clinton, the secretary of state, with her hand to her mouth.

Why did they get it so wrong?

What they were watching was live video but it was shot from 20,000ft by a drone circling overhead and relayed in real time to the White House and Leon Panetta, the CIA director, in Langley. The Seals were not wearing helmet cameras, and those watching in Washington had no idea what was happening inside the buildings.

“They don’t understand our terminology, so when someone said the ‘insertion helicopter’ has crashed, they assumed it meant on entry,” said Pfarrer.

What infuriated the Seals, according to Pfarrer, was the description of the raid as a kill mission. “I’ve been a Seal for 30 years and I never heard the words ‘kill mission’,” he said. “It’s a Beltway (Washington insider’s) fantasy word. If it was a kill mission you don’t need Seal Team 6; you need a box of hand grenades.”

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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