Panetta: Navy SEAL writer should be punished

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Submitted: Wed, 09/12/2012 - 3:55am
Updated: Thu, 09/13/2012 - 12:13pm

WASHINGTON (USATODAY.COM) — Defense Secretary Leon Panetta is suggesting some kind of punishment for the retired Navy SEAL who wrote a book about the Osama bin Laden military operation.

"I think we have to take steps to make clear to him and to the American people that we’re not going to accept this kind of behavior," Panetta said today on CBS This Morning.

Wilmington StarNews Editor Kevin Maurer co-authored the book "No Easy Day" with the SEAL.


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27 Comments on "Panetta: Navy SEAL writer should be punished"

2015 years 8 months ago

I think that he should get the same punishement that Bill Clinton received for lying to a federal grand jury. Ponder that Panetta…

2015 years 8 months ago

If you have not read the book how can you comment he should be punished? He is very clear at the beginning of the book about his intentions and they did not include revealing anything that would endanger his fellow Seals or the USA. His only danger I believe is from the administration. As some of the other commenters state, most of it we already know from news after the attack and this is just his first person account.

2015 years 8 months ago

Mr. Panetta? This is a political witch hunt because the book embarrasses the administration due to their own leaks and as the SEAL referred to it: a laughable “Hollywood” account of the raid. That and describing Biden’s lame jokes and buffoonish behavior in front of the SEAL team.

If the administration can oooz information about this raid, this guy should be able to as well. They were at the White House eating pizza while this guy hunting down the most wanted man on planet Earth. The Teleprompter-in-Chief was community organizing while this SEAL was serving on 13 consecutive combat deployments.

The night of the raid, within an hour of Obama’s speech, I heard a NBC reporter state that it was Navy SEALs who conducted the raid. A little later, specific references to DevGru were made. A couple of days later, I knew from television that DevGru’s Red Squadron conducted the raid. That’s about 50 guys. The leaks from above this guy narrowed this down to a dangerous level. The damage was done before these guys were back on US soil. Fox recently reported that one of the DevGru Gold Squadron SEALs, who was killed when his helicopter was shot down last year, called his mother after the raid and asked her to remove all references to him on her Facebook page because he felt all associated with DevGru were in danger. I read this book last week and was surprised at how much of it I already knew due to just television. His specific thoughts and emotions were all new of course but if this guy gets into trouble, a whole lot of people need to follow.

Punish a genuine hero if you must. Let’s see how that works out for the Democratic party at the ballot box over the next few election cycles.

2015 years 8 months ago

. . . but ANY service member who divulges our country’s propriety information for monetary gain SHOULD be punished, and punished well.

2015 years 8 months ago

I served 30 years in the USAF, 23 in Special Operations and in those years worked with many special operators from the Special Forces, Rangers and Seal Teams. I also read this book in two days after it hit the store shelves. The author clearly states that the manuscript was reviewed by lawyers to insure that no classified information was revealed. Having had a TS clearance myself, I didn’t see anything that could be construed as classified.

I think that the main reason this Seal wrote the book was to set the record straight about how things really went the night Bin Laden was killed. One of the things that the government (Obama) told us and would have us believe that OBL was armed and posed an immediate threat to the assaulters. According to the book, this is not really the case. Imagine that! It wouldn’t be the first time politicians of any stripe lied and made their own political points off the backs of military guys such as those in Seal 6.

In the end he exposed the fact that the American people were lied to on some level about the events the night OBL was killed. What!! The government lying to us, say it isn’t so! So now, Panetta and others have their panties in a wad because they are embarrassed and in my view for no other reason. It’s been said for the past few days that the pentagon is ‘reviewing’ the book to see if there is any classified information that has been revealed. Oh please!! I read the book in two days. How long does it take for the legal weenies to do the same? Plus, with all the pre-release press this book received, I have no doubt that someone with some authority under the guise of ‘national security’ had access to that manuscript and if there was one shread of classified information in it it’s publication and release would have been stopped immediately.

On the other hand, the author did sign a non-disclousure agreement before he left the military. I signed one when I retired and they are fairly comprehensive. While he apparently didn’t disclose anything that was classified it could be said that he shouldn’t have written about their tactics and possibly other sensitive information. If he faces any charges or punishment it will be more about embarrassing the president and other top officials than disclosing information that is pretty much available through other sources.