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Show Of Hands August 24th, 2012 12:00am

Should the retired Navy SEAL who wrote a book disclosing confidential details about the Bin Laden raid be allowed to legally publish it?

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BamaGirl ROLL TIDE from Arizona
08/24/12 1:41 pm

Yes. The administration has already leaked classified info about this mission.

However, if the book gives any additional details that would hurt any of our informants, then no.

08/24/12 9:30 am

As long as its not all bullshit lies like the OPSEC has been putting out, then yes he should be able to publish it.

USMC141 South Carolina
08/25/12 7:53 am

No because if its classified, it is for a reason and that shouldnt get out

08/24/12 1:50 pm

For his own safety I hope not I'm sure the crazies will make him a target

08/25/12 8:57 pm

Has the president been more honest or dishonest with the American people in the last 3 1/2 years.

StNik North Carolina
08/24/12 2:21 pm

If it does not violate any agreement made with the US. I don't know how wise it would be.

08/24/12 10:46 pm

Is anyone else SHOCKED by the Rep./ Dem. breakdowns?

EIT Near You
08/24/12 9:48 am

We shouldn't be in the business of divulging how we took him down. This is a competitive advantage we have against the rest of the world. If we divulge what happens if Bin Laden #2 surfaces, at least if we remain secretive we can eliminate him more easily the 2nd time around.

08/24/12 2:25 pm

Seriously, all the former "special" forces (ie Navy Seal) I know are off-the-wall friggn crazy. So I guess I'd chalk this one up in the fiction category. Enjoy your gravy train Mr Navy Seal. Go figure a 9.11 release date for this ego maniac.

EIT Near You
08/24/12 9:48 am

No. I wouldn't mind if a real life drama in a story format.

EIT Near You
08/24/12 9:49 am

When I mean bin laden #2 I mean another person like him.

Think Lovin Life
08/24/12 10:50 pm

No, the SEALs shouldn't publish secrets and neither should MrO. The difference is that they our out of public service. They are private citizens. MrO is a public servant, and should still be bound by his oath.

Shame on MrO!

lmurder MDK
08/24/12 9:51 am

Yes he has every right to. But it's looked down upon in the special forces community to come out and give up details.
We swore an oath to shut up on classified information. But when monetary gain is involved, judgement, class and commitment come first over true morals and values.

O13 Alabama
08/25/12 6:45 pm

Here's my prediction about what is written in the book: a little back story on this guys life, how he became a seal, a little about seal training, a few declassed missions he's done, some info on how OBL was found, lead up training to neptune spear, the op itself, meeting w/Obama, opinion of (cont)

08/24/12 2:47 pm


O13 Alabama
08/25/12 6:46 pm

the white house leaks. Again, nothing that hasn't been shown on Nat Geo, popular science, the news, discovery channel, military channel, and the leaks from the white house. Nothing spectacular, and nothing that hasn't been said already.

08/24/12 6:14 am

First! I plead the 5th. Oh, and a little bit of good ole American entrepreneurship.

barbearnj Dreaming of Banff
08/24/12 2:55 pm

We don't actually know yet if he disclosed confidential details. And hey where's all the righteous indignation against the Administration leaker who endangered lives?

08/25/12 9:07 pm

The President has been mostly dishonest.

blockfisher Clinton, CT
08/24/12 6:16 am

Last. They'll kill us all for knowing.

tidford My little piece of heaven
08/24/12 10:03 am

For all numbnuts saying there should be NO secrets, that we have a right to know all military secrets, consider this:

For years there have been rumors in the bio-medical world of research into racially selective viral weapons in US, China, Russia & others.

tidford My little piece of heaven
08/24/12 10:03 am

Assuming a virus has been designed that would kill 97% of all Blacks worldwide, is a US military scientist within his Constitutional rights to blow off his confidentiality and publish the formula so the KKK can carry out this project?

burnsey89 Louisiana
08/26/12 8:27 pm

Could jeopardize future ops by scaring away informants who think they are at risk of being written about by the military retirees.

mac Oregon
08/24/12 6:16 am

Freedom of speech and the right to make a buck. It has been enough time to not endanger our nation or others....hopefully....

ishady 86451132020
08/31/12 7:58 am

He violated the non-disclosure act to slam the current president. Plain and simple.

adalla Virginia
08/24/12 3:06 pm

Classified information is not even an issue here... your average SEAL never had a security clearance and if he's given information doesn't know the source or methods by which it was obtained. Their TTPs are no different than any other infantry unit, they just hone those skills to a very high level.

adalla Virginia
08/24/12 3:08 pm

There's nothing to give away, except for some of the aura surrounding these guys. I've worked with Navy SEALS, and had two Delta guys working for me in Iraq. They're top notch troops...

... but they're not ninjas. Lol

veritas1 Panda
08/24/12 3:11 pm

You don't have the freedom to leak confidential information.

08/24/12 3:13 pm

Barrack "youdidn'tbuildthat" Obama has already revealed more confidential information than any puny seal can ever hope to.

Threeper301 Gilbert, AZ
08/26/12 10:40 am

It already happened. The world knows, so it's no longer classified information, and therefore no treason would be committed by publishing. However, if he wants to compromise his, and his family's personal security, that's on him.

Threeper301 Gilbert, AZ
08/26/12 10:41 am

...but, whoever wants to ATTEMPT to murder a SEAL in cold blood...TRY. ;-)

08/24/12 6:22 am

He should submit it to the ministry of truth to be scrutinized and altered if necessary in order better fit the needs of his party. Long live Big Brother.

DavesNotHere where am I
08/24/12 10:09 am

National security prevails at all times.

DavesNotHere where am I
08/24/12 10:10 am

There is no free speech if security is compromised.

yepnope Maryland
08/24/12 6:23 am

Yes only because I really want to read it. But if it has anything in it that could endanger other people's lives then no.

red12 Missouri
08/24/12 10:17 am

So long as there is no national security conflict, he should be allowed. As a SEAL, I doubt he would publish it if it did have national security conflicts involved.

lmurder MDK
08/24/12 3:26 pm

@Mr. Fox Fuck Mr. Wikileaks. He is the one on a witch hunt against America.
It's not our governments fault he's a rapist who can read and write.
He's not American and he doesn't have any tie to 9/11. He could give two shits about our national security or the people of Afghanistan and Iraq.

08/24/12 6:33 am

What I'm really waiting for is one of Bin Laden's three wives to release a book. Let's come up with a few clever titles. I'll start. Two In the Head One In the Chest.

O13 Alabama
08/25/12 8:24 am

The thing about operations like this, and a book supposedly about this one particular guys POV is; This guy will know a little more than the rest of the general public about the methods used to gather the intel about where OBL was, how long he's been there, what kind of surveillance he has on (cont)

doncrane Howard, pa
08/24/12 10:21 am

He is no longer bound by national security. National security is just an excuse. He has the freedom to speak. That is what he fought for. Let him say and write whatever. He is a free man!!!

lmurder MDK
08/24/12 3:31 pm

I've worked with SEAL's and GB's and like any special forces, the rule of thumb is not to speak, even to your wife of your missions. Let alone exploit it for personal gain.
This guy will be looked down upon from the Special Forces community till the day he dies.
There's shit I haven't even told

TopsQueen Oregon Coast
08/24/12 10:22 am

It is controlled, you better believe it.

O13 Alabama
08/25/12 8:25 am

him at the moment, the actionable HUMINT (human intelligence), etc. There has already been a 2 hour National Geographic special outlining all this, that coupled with the White House leaks gives us all the background on how they found him. Which if there was anything that would hurt future (cont)

lmurder MDK
08/24/12 3:36 pm

anyone. I took an oath. And I will not divulge classified missions. My gf of 8 years knows very little of it and never will.
He won't be able to hang with his Navy buddies ever again.
Might as well have the Latino SEAL who actually shot and killed Osama. Not the guy 3 men back.
I was wondering

O13 Alabama
08/25/12 8:25 am

op's it would be that. The methods used on a snatch & grab op are about as classified as what day they pick up your neighbors garbage. the only thing this guy could reveal, that hasn't already been revealed by the govt already is the color & brand of underwear the guys were wearing who shot OBL.