Chuck Pfarrer’s book SEAL Target Geronimo, which purports to tell the real, hidden story of the Osama bin Laden raid, is blatantly false, military officials tells the AP—so much so that they’re not even bothering to investigate who might have talked with Pfarrer. “It’s just not true,” says Joint Special Operations Command spokesman Col. Tim Nye, on behalf of then-JSOC chief Bill McRaven. Among other things, Pfarrer says SEALs shot bin Laden 90 seconds into the raid, not 45 minutes, and that SEALs are angry about how quickly the president announced the raid.
“We have never come forward and gone after an author and say, 'That is a lie,” Nye added. “That tells you how far off the mark we believe this book is.” In the book, Pfarrer, an ex-SEAL, says he still has elite access, and was consulting with SEALS on other high-value target missions at the time. “That is categorically incorrect,” Nye says. Two other senior military officials anonymously seconded the denial. But Pfarrer isn’t perturbed. “I have truth on my side,” he says.