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Thread: Navy Seal Book On Bin Laden - Legal Action

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    Navy Seal Book On Bin Laden - Legal Action

    Pentagon Tells Ex-SEAL He Could Face Legal Action Over Osama Bin Laden Raid Book, 'No Easy Day' - Yahoo! News <-- clicky

    The Pentagon has determined the former Navy SEAL who has authored a book about his role in the Osama bin Laden raid is in "material breach" of non-disclosure agreements and warned him it is considering legal action against him as a result.

    It added that it is considering legal action against all those "acting in concert" with the SEAL on his book, "No Easy Day," which is scheduled to be released Tuesday.
    Is this a freedom of speech thing?
    Or complete stupidity on the part of the "author"?

    Do you support legal action against "author"?

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    Re: Navy Seal Book On Bin Laden - Legal Action

    As I see it, the government has a right to press charges here. This isn't a book about something that happened over a decade ago. It's recent news. The "author" should know better, and should be well aware of what his responsibility is/was to his team, country, and commitment to both.

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    Re: Navy Seal Book On Bin Laden - Legal Action

    A letter by Pentagon general counsel Jeh Johnson informed the former SEAL that he had violated non-disclosure agreements against releasing classified information.
    How can it be a violation of free speech if the ex-SEAL signed a non-disclosure agreement?

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    Re: Navy Seal Book On Bin Laden - Legal Action

    As long as no classified information was released this author has every right to publish his account of events. If 0bama thinks he can tell left-wing extremist Hollywood directors actual classified details of the raid with no repercussions, as well as using top secret data for his personal political gain through whatever leaky back door the mainstream media waits for his advisors at is nothing short of hypocritical and possibly treasonous as well !
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    Re: Navy Seal Book On Bin Laden - Legal Action

    I went with "press charges". If the seal signed a contract saying he would not talk about operations, he's in violation and should be shut down. However, it depends what is in the book. If he discloses material information about intelligence that was gathered, it could compromise lives in Afghan or Pakistan. If he disclosed proprietary techniques of assault that can help our enemies protect themselves, that's very bad. If its a general book and does not compromise sensitive security issues, it may be ok. I would think it would require review and sign off by seal brass.

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    Re: Navy Seal Book On Bin Laden - Legal Action

    The military is always trying to control its' own version of reality/history. It has a lot to hide, but noone is ever prosecuted. The "Mighty Wurlitzer" always helps them massage the masses minds. Don't let them do it. Let the truth out! Let's talk about the Pakistani ISI participation with OBL before the Afghan War and 9/11 and after. Let the truth out!

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    Re: Navy Seal Book On Bin Laden - Legal Action

    I'm thinking Navy SEALS are sworn to an oath of secrecy that goes far beyond anything us mere mortals are used to signing.

    It's part of their training and life.

    I'd think his own partners within the SEALS would be furious with such a display.

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    Re: Navy Seal Book On Bin Laden - Legal Action

    I read this book by a seal who served in Vietnam, great read actually, I thoroughly enjoyed it. I don't think he gave away any trade secrets. Done 20 years after he left Nam. He said some seals objected, others had no problem.

    The Element of Surprise: Navy Seals in Vietnam: Darryl Young: 9780804105811: Amazon.com: Books

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    Re: Navy Seal Book On Bin Laden - Legal Action

    Quote Originally Posted by finebead View Post
    I read this book by a seal who served in Vietnam, great read actually, I thoroughly enjoyed it. I don't think he gave away any trade secrets. Done 20 years after he left Nam. He said some seals objected, others had no problem.

    The Element of Surprise: Navy Seals in Vietnam: Darryl Young: 9780804105811: Amazon.com: Books
    Key part - 20 years after....

    I've got no problem with that.

    Months after?????? Something's not right there.

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    Re: Navy Seal Book On Bin Laden - Legal Action

    Quote Originally Posted by Dragonfly View Post
    Key part - 20 years after....

    I've got no problem with that.

    Months after?????? Something's not right there.
    Are you suggesting that we don't know the truth, don't need to know the truth, and if the Gov't lies to us, it's OK with you? It's not OK with me.

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