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    Commander: Navy SEALs reveal too much

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    Commander: Navy SEALs reveal too many secrets - U.S. News

    On the same day that a book about the raid that killed Osama bin Laden was officially released, the Commander of Naval Special Warfare Command sent a letter to all members of the Special Operations community warning them to stop releasing details about their secretive world.

    "We do NOT advertise the nature of our work, NOR do we seek recognition for our actions," wrote the commander, Rear Admiral Sean Pybus. “Today, we find former SEALs headlining positions in a Presidential campaign; hawking details about a mission against Enemy Number 1; and generally selling other aspects of NSW training and operations. For an Elite Force that should be humble and disciplined for life, we are certainly not appearing to be so.”
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    He was referring, in part, to “No Easy Day,” written under the pseudonym Mark Owen, which gives a firsthand account of the killing of the al-Qaida leader on May 2, 2011.

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    “No Easy Day” is not the only problem, a senior U.S. military official told NBC News. In fact, the official said, it was the “the straw that broke the camel’s back.”

    The official said that a recent movie starring actual Navy SEALs and even the growing number of "SEAL" workout videos have all added up to too much information about the community out in the public arena.

    Over the next few weeks, Pybus will speak to senior leaders about how to stop the trend of former SEALS profiting from their time in uniform.

    Also Tuesday, Pentagon Press Secretary George Little said the book contains “sensitive and classified information,” although he refused to say what in the book is considered classified.

    Little said at this time the Pentagon would not attempt to halt the sale of the book on U.S. military installations. U.S. officials told NBC News the Pentagon appears powerless to stop the public distribution of the book.

    Little repeated the claim that by writing the book, the former Navy SEAL is in "material breach" of a non-disclosure agreement that requires him to submit the book or transcript to the U.S. military for prepublication review if it contains classified material. In a letter to the Pentagon's Chief Counsel, Jeh Johnson, the former SEAL's attorney claims his client was not required to put the book through the prepublication process.

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    A senior Pentagon official, however, claims Owen violated his obligations on three counts. He failed to submit the book for pre-publication review, published classified information and revealed sensitive information about the SEAL's "tactics and techniques" in taking down bin Laden.

    Officials at the Pentagon say it's not clear the Justice Department will pursue criminal charges against Owen, but suggest the U.S. government could seize all money paid to the former SEAL and the publisher, Dutton, under the non-disclosure agreement signed by Owen before he left the Navy.
    I'm not surprised that there is classified info released in that book, even though the author may claim otherwise.

    Also that comment by Pybus "For an Elite Force that should be humble and disciplined for life, we are certainly not appearing to be so" - on one hand I see where he's coming from, on the other just because someone is a SEAL does not preclude them from making foolish choices. I can see where it's sort of a black mark against the community though.
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    I don't understand how the Pentagon can't stop the publication.. they can do just about everything else, why can't they stop the publishing of a book?

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    I hope the over divulgence of information stops. There are tactical operations that can be used against our own guys if our enemies figure them out. It seems like this was not such a big issue before May of last year.


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    Good for RAdm Pybus!

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    That's insane. I wouldn't have believed that lust for fame (even though he used a pseudonym, why else would he publish the book?) could trump loyalty or concern for the safety of future missions so badly, but obviously it has. What an awful person.
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    Why doesn't the government just deem the book a threat to national security and pull it from the shelves, if it gives out classified material then why isn't this book considered a threat?
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    Quote Originally Posted by fdnybound View Post
    Why doesn't the government just deem the book a threat to national security and pull it from the shelves, if it gives out classified material then why isn't this book considered a threat?
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