Seal Team Six

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SEAL Team 6 Left Him for Dead. But Maybe He Wasn't

Inside the effort to award a Medal of Honor to Tech. Sergeant John Chapman

(Newser) - An incredible tale of bravery may have surfaced thanks to new "pixel signature" technology applied to 14-year-old videos—but it's a complicated revelation. The New York Times reports those videos, shot by overheard aircraft on March 4, 2002, may show Air Force Technical Sergeant John Chapman fighting al-Qaeda... More »

Writing About Killing Bin Laden Just Cost One Ex-SEAL a Fortune

Matt Bissonnette violated nondisclosure agreements with 'No Easy Day'

(Newser) - A former Navy SEAL who wrote about taking part in the mission that killed Osama bin Laden will have to pay all current and future profits from the book—and possible movie rights—to the government, the AP reports. It's an amount already exceeding $6.6 million. In addition,... More »

SEAL Who Saved Hostage to Get Medal of Honor

He battled Taliban guards while shielding US doctor

(Newser) - A SEAL Team 6 member who took part in a daring hostage rescue in Afghanistan is going to become the first living sailor to receive the Medal of Honor in almost 20 years. The White House says Senior Chief Special Warfare Operator Edward Byers will receive the medal at a... More »

The Bloody Truth About SEAL Team 6

Elite unit is overused, not well supervised, 'NYT' says

(Newser) - T he killing of Osama bin Laden made SEAL Team 6 the stuff of legends, but a New York Times report says the special-ops unit has "transformed … into a global manhunting machine," with troubling claims that the once-elite team is now being overused for day-to-day death missions,... More »

Berlin Wall? Met the Pope? More Brian Williams Qs

NBC is still carrying out investigation into anchor's exaggerations

(Newser) - Brian Williams has been shot at by Iraqi forces, contracted dysentery , and watched as a dead man floated by after Hurricane Katrina, according to reports by Brian Williams. Now, after being suspended for six months from NBC for misleading statements about his Iraq War activity, the news anchor is... More »

SEALs Squabble Over Who Killed bin Laden

Some say unidentified point man fired fatal shot, not Robert O'Neill

(Newser) - Robert O'Neill says his bullet killed Osama bin Laden in Abbottabad in 2011, but others aren't so sure. It's a little confusing, but as Reuters and the New York Times report, there were apparently three SEALs involved: a point man and two other shooters. In a 2013... More »

Ex-SEAL Sues Lawyers Over bin Laden Book

Matt Bissonnette: Ex-lawyers gave me bad advice

(Newser) - Matt Bissonnette, the former Navy SEAL who wrote a book about the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, is suing his former lawyers for malpractice, saying they gave him bad advice that tarnished his reputation, cost him his security clearance and caused him to surrender much of the book's... More »

Website IDs the bin Laden 'Shooter'

Pentagon not happy with Navy SEAL, said to be same man appearing in Fox special

(Newser) - The Navy SEAL who says he's the one who killed Osama bin Laden was identified yesterday as Robert O'Neill by SOFREP , a website dedicated to military and special-ops news. O'Neill is said to be the same man referred to as "The Shooter" in a March 2013... More »

Trouble for Ex-SEAL Who Wrote bin Laden Book

Matt Bissonnette is under criminal investigation

(Newser) - Matt Bissonnette, the former Navy SEAL whose book about the Osama bin Laden raid caused plenty of controversy, is officially under criminal investigation. Bissonnette's lawyer says federal officials are investigating whether Bissonnette disclosed classified material in No Easy Day. While the Pentagon in 2012 said Bissonnette might face legal... More »

US Nabs al-Qaeda Honcho in Libya Raid

Kerry: Terrorists 'can run but they can't hide'

(Newser) - US special forces captured a Libyan al-Qaeda leader linked to the 1998 bombings of two American embassies in Africa, seizing him outside his Tripoli home and whisking him out of the country. A Navy SEAL team that swam ashore hours earlier in Somalia engaged in a fierce firefight but failed... More »

Disguised SEAL Team Sixer Will Testify in Manning Trial

Government wants a host of other witnesses to testify in secret as well

(Newser) - A member of the team that took down Osama bin Laden will testify in the trial of Bradley Manning wearing a "light disguise," the judge has ruled. The SEAL will testify under the name "John Doe" in a closed session at a secret alternative location on June... More »

Now Esquire Calls CNN's bin Laden-Shooter Story BS

Says a September CNN exclusive contradicts its latest report

(Newser) - First came the story , via Esquire, of the Navy SEAL who shot Osama bin Laden, only to now find himself unemployed and without health care. Then came rebuttal No. 1 , in which Esquire and Stars and Stripes battled over the health care claim. This week saw takedown No. 2, in... More »

Who Shot bin Laden? SEAL Calls One Account 'Total BS'

He disputes 'Esquire' story, says anonymous 'point man' deserves credit

(Newser) - Remember the former Navy SEAL who came forward to describe how he killed Osama bin Laden but now can't find a job? The account by "The Shooter" in Esquire of how the raid went down is "total BS," another SEAL tells CNN . The guy who deserves... More »

Bin Laden Killer's Plight Not So Desperate: Report

The government does cover 'the Shooter's' health care: 'Stars and Stripes'

(Newser) - Yesterday's Esquire opus on the SEAL Team 6 shooter who killed Osama bin Laden, left the Navy after 16 years, and now finds himself unemployed with no pension or health coverage, made waves. And it continues to today, thanks to the assertion by Stars and Stripes that the piece,... More »

I Killed Osama bin Laden— and Now I'm Unemployed

'Esquire' talks to 'the Shooter'

(Newser) - In what will likely be the day's second-biggest talker , Esquire and the Center for Investigative Reporting have published an interview with the SEAL Team 6 member who shot Osama bin Laden. Phil Bronstein, the executive chair of CIR, spent a year talking to the anonymous shooter (referred to as... More »

Source of Leak to Makers of Zero Dark Thirty Investigated

Vickers rumored to succeed Petraeus

(Newser) - Michael Vickers, a senior Defense official rumored to be a possible replacement for David Petraeus at the CIA, has been referred to the Justice Department after Pentagon investigators concluded that he leaked restricted information about the Osama bin Laden raid to Zero Dark Thirty filmmakers, two senior US officials tell... More »

SEAL Team Six Member Dies in Daring Rescue From Taliban

Troops free kidnapped American doctor

(Newser) - A member of Seal Team Six died during a daring rescue mission in Afghanistan yesterday, in which special forces successfully freed an American doctor from the Taliban. "He gave his life for his fellow Americans," President Obama said in praising the man, while Leon Panetta called him a... More »

Navy SEALs Punished for Working on Video Game

At least 7 members acted as consultants for 'Medal of Honor: Warfighter'

(Newser) - Seven members of SEAL Team Six—one of whom took part in the Osama bin Laden raid—are in trouble because of a video game. The elite troops were paid consultants on Electronic Arts' "Medal of Honor: Warfighter," whose missions include a raid on Somali pirates; the game... More »

SEAL Team Six Sucks

Critics yawn over Harvey Weinstein's political thriller

(Newser) - Harvey Weinstein is trying to give President Obama an electoral boost with SEAL Team Six , a feature airing tonight on National Geographic about the assault on Osama bin Laden's compound. But critics had trouble staying awake:
  • "As either propaganda or realist fiction SEAL Team Six is ineffective,"
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Bin Laden Movie to Air 2 Days Before Election

National Geographic picks up Seal Team Six

(Newser) - National Geographic plans to air a feature-length docu-drama about the raid that killed Osama bin Laden on Nov. 4, just two days before the presidential election, the New York Times reports. The film will be up on Netflix the next day. National Geographic says that the film, titled Seal Team ... More »

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