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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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jamjay Atlanta, Ga
09/01/12 7:01 am

He did not follow the rules, which he agreed to. He should be punished accordingly.
Can not choose which laws to follow.

Brrrrrrrrr
09/01/12 6:33 am

Comedy gold, perhaps Romney should recruit Obama as the official white house jester instead of straight evicting him.

Brrrrrrrrr
09/01/12 6:29 am

And calls his friends in hollywood to make a movie about the missions, emphasizing the role of the white house, which he planned to release before the November elections, but then Sony put the kibosh on his Hollywood movie plan.

Brrrrrrrrr
09/01/12 6:26 am

So let's get this straight. Obama kept postponing the mission until joe "chains" Biden stepped in and forced him to authorize it, then the seals go in to find everyone already dead, they then recruit the help of a little child to identify Osama's corpse, and then Obama takes credit for the mission

ishady 86451132020
09/01/12 6:03 am

Commemorating 9/11 is not his motivation his motives have yet to be determined.

ishady 86451132020
09/01/12 6:02 am

Not because he's military that's something you assume.I am questioning his motives in writing this book. And I'm sure the pentagon is going to want to know too. If this was a GOP president you would be crying foul yourself.

Threeper301 Gilbert, AZ
09/01/12 3:58 am

But, because he's military, it MUST be a r
Right-Wing conspiracy, right? You make me sick.

Threeper301 Gilbert, AZ
09/01/12 3:58 am

Wow, ishady. When I read an article in the NY Times where this same SEAL told the media, "I wrote this book to commemorate 9/11, and the innocent lives lost that day. If the people make this political, shame on them."

ChazDean
08/31/12 4:09 pm

From an article:

"the Defense Department's top attorney wrote a letter to Bissonnette threatening to use "all remedies legally available" against him for the publication of No Easy Day, his firsthand account of the mission to kill bin Laden in Pakistan."

This Navy SEAL struck a nerve!

ishady 86451132020
08/31/12 7:58 am

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

whyn0t Denver
08/30/12 6:27 am

As long as he doesn't disclose anything that is still classified. Assuming it has already been examined for classified information and he is no longer on active duty, absolutely!

BadWolf The Library
08/27/12 9:59 pm

If the information can put people in danger then no. After some time it'll be irrelevant then he can publish it. Yesterday's white house plans need to be secret. George Washingtons plans don't need to be secret.

Responsible
08/27/12 1:28 am

It is sad to see the partisan divide. Democrats denounce when it casts a bad light on MrO, but have no problem with directed leaks from the White House that put soldiers and informants in danger so MrO can appear to be tough.

Shadicx Missouri
08/27/12 1:01 am

Okay, the book couldnt possibly contain any information about informants or anything like that. As a soldier, you are gave your mission, target, and location. They don't sit you down and say joe told us this and bill said this. It is straight forward, go, complete orders, and leave.

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.

Threeper301 Gilbert, AZ
08/26/12 6:33 pm

@buzzyboy: Same idea with JFK, and look how great that's working out. (add sarcasm)

buzzyboy
08/26/12 6:15 pm

If he discloses confidential information, then no, he shouldn't be allowed to publish it...yet.
There should be a statute of limitations on it that he has to wait X amount of years before he can publish

Threeper301 Gilbert, AZ
08/26/12 12:41 pm

Hell, the book, while it was historical fiction, "KBL: Kill Bin Laden" was published with no incident. Just put a disclaimer on the book stating: "Names/details have been changed or omitted for the protection of the SEALs and their tactics."

UGonnaEatThat
08/26/12 11:15 am

HNYBDGR - even though it already happened, there could be details of the raid that may expose tactics or procedures that could compromise future operations. It's confidential. He should not be allowed to publish it.

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

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

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.

hazel Tennessee
08/26/12 5:49 am

Once the White House released top secret info to Hollywood all bets are off.

ishady 86451132020
08/26/12 4:03 am

When those " third worlders" get to the border you might want to tell joe the plumber not to shoot them.

IraqVet03 North Carolina
08/25/12 10:49 pm

I second uturn55. Americans are soft. Third worlders are a lot tougher than the envious whiny arses we have here crying about handouts and what's not fair. How 'bout we trade the whiny arses for some nitty gritty third worlders willing to work. They've got more American spirit than the Americans.

zourn Texas
08/25/12 10:01 pm

The first amendment does not waive your obligations from an NDA contract signed under your own free will.

meepx22
08/25/12 9:46 pm

Freedom of speech and freedom of press

DRek42
08/25/12 9:29 pm

I say yes just because I'd LOVE to read it

roybiker12
08/25/12 9:07 pm

The President has been mostly dishonest.

cob
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.

tgrinhi12 Baton Rouge, LA
08/25/12 8:48 pm

If the administration can allow a motion picture of the raid then I see no harm in this guy publishing a book. I believe some portion of the profits go to wounded warriors.

uturn55 Florida
08/25/12 8:32 pm

Before and during any type of military strike it is important to keep it hush, after it's all over it shouldn't make a difference.
Also People in the US are soft, they forget things all too quickly such as 911 for starters.

StaffSgtKip Florida
08/25/12 7:41 pm

I think he should only if he is revealing secrets about what happened pertaining to the raid

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.

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)

Ariella LovePeaceNHappiness
08/25/12 6:17 pm

As morbid as it sounds, I agree with coal. Sadly, that probably is what would happen, freedom of speech or
not.

Kpaw
08/25/12 5:38 pm

Why not? Unlike the president he/she are only stating facts where as the president and administration leak information that pus the lives of the very same people in danger

wetheslaves Live each moment fully
08/25/12 12:58 pm

If he is violating secrecy laws, he can be charged for treason. Right? We need to be able to blow the whistle without revenge too. Accountability? There are many layers of responsibility, including the publishers. Can corruption be classified for corruption sake? Evil likes secrecy. Why?

maddog769
08/25/12 12:02 pm

Why are democrats against this? After all the leaks of classified info from the Obama White House you'd think more leaks would be approved of by the left... Oh, wait. I'm guessing the facts in the book might not be flattering to Obama.

xxluciddreamxx Kansas
08/25/12 11:41 am

Um, hell yes. We should be allowed to know. Our country was formed on the resentment towards too much governmental power and the support of equal rights among all. We have a right to know.


08/25/12 10:13 am

as long as classified details are not disclosed.