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Navy Seals involved in bin Laden raid all had helmet cams, recorded entire event

This is simply fascinating and suggests that the reports of a video blackout are completely untrue:

A new picture emerged Thursday of what really happened the night the Navy SEALs swooped in on Osama bin Laden's compound in Pakistan.

CBS News national security correspondent David Martin reports the 40 minutes it took to kill bin Laden and scoop his archives into garbage bags were all recorded by tiny helmet cameras worn by each of the 25 SEALs.

Officials reviewing those videos are still reconstructing a more accurate version of what happened. We now know that the only firefight took place in the guest house, where one of bin Laden's couriers opened fire and was quickly gunned down. No one in the main building got off a shot or was even armed, although there were weapons nearby.

The SEALs first saw bin Laden when he came out on the third floor landing. They fired, but missed. He retreated to his bedroom, and the first SEAL through the door grabbed bin Laden's daughters and pulled them aside.

When the second SEAL entered, bin Laden's wife rushed forward at him -- or perhaps was pushed by bin Laden. The SEAL shoved her aside and shot bin Laden in the chest. A third seal shot him in the head.

This is sure to stir the pot all the more and the clamoring for the release of photos will now be replaced by those wanting to see the videos.

What will Obama do?


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Comments (29)

Gee. Did the Most Transpare... (Below threshold)

Gee. Did the Most Transparent Administration™ in American history lie to us once again?

I'm wondering why they are ... (Below threshold)
kathie:

I'm wondering why they are talking at all. Oh we scooped up tons if information and telephone numbers says the White House". Of course they had cameras, but why tell the world?

These White House people are so stupid. Their only mission is to make Obama look like he is competent at playing President, so they blab, blab and blab some more.

"What will Obama do?"... (Below threshold)
Sep14:

"What will Obama do?"


Concoct a long-form then assassinate Quackdaffy?

Typical reaction by people ... (Below threshold)
GarandFan:

Typical reaction by people who don't accomplish much. When they do manage to do something they BEAT IT TO DEATH.

Have to admit that they wer... (Below threshold)
CharlieDontSurf:

Have to admit that they were probably talking about "live feed" video being blacked out...these helmet cams use recorders for later review.

I want to see as much of th... (Below threshold)
davidt:

I want to see as much of the video as possible.

I think they're lying about... (Below threshold)
G.:

I think they're lying about the live feed being blacked out. It's obvious now that there is something they don't want us to know about the raid. Probably something that would make them look really bad to their base. I think they may have put him on his knees and executed him. The photos may show evidence of that.

One thing for sure we know ... (Below threshold)
Sep14:

One thing for sure we know about Barry. He has a way of turning success to failure.

"When the second SEAL enter... (Below threshold)
firefirefire:

"When the second SEAL entered, bin Laden's wife rushed forward at him -- or perhaps was pushed by bin Laden. The SEAL shoved her aside and shot bin Laden in the chest. A third seal shot him in the head."

Sweet.

GarandFan, if I wore a hat ... (Below threshold)
Upset Old Guy:

GarandFan, if I wore a hat I would take it off in your presence. To quote Marty Feldman in the movie Young Frankenstein, "On the nosie."

I believe the livefeed prob... (Below threshold)

I believe the livefeed probably blacked out during the raid. It probably still was recorded at the originating end. If not the helmet cams will have enough. The problem is in relying on a politician to explain technology. They don't believe they need a 'blackout' to keep us from seeing any of it anyway. They probably should show the 40 minutes at an IMAX and use the profit to pay down the debt.

I dont want the video relea... (Below threshold)
retired military:

I dont want the video released. We dont need to be making training tapes for our enemies on how our Spec Ops teams conduct missions.

Grandfan #4 This ... (Below threshold)
Gladius:

Grandfan #4

This is so true and it is coming back to bite them in the a**. I am betting UBL could have been easily taken alive.

I'd rather keep it a Rose M... (Below threshold)
DaveD:

I'd rather keep it a Rose Mary Woods moment. I don't want Eric Holder to have any evidence for prosecuting anyone for what went on during this raid.

DaveD @14Well if t... (Below threshold)
retired military:

DaveD @14

Well if the SEALs who shot OBL were minorities then they have nothing to worry about from Holder.

Just more trophies for Obam... (Below threshold)
Jeff:

Just more trophies for Obama to keep for himself and for when he brings his BFF's to the White House for movie night ...

also, Team 6 member faces may be visible, don't ever release them ...

What will Obama do?<... (Below threshold)
Clancy:

What will Obama do?

The only thing he's proven he can do since winning the white house.

FAIL.

But I wanted the bastard dr... (Below threshold)
G.:

But I wanted the bastard drug back in chains,weak and whimpering, tried by military tribunal and HUNG! (rather enjoyed Saddam Hussein's hanging{sadistic smirk and snark inserted here}) Isn't a death by hanging supposed to be bad for Muslims?

What will Obama do?<p... (Below threshold)

What will Obama do?

He'll ask other Marxist, Socialist and anti-American advisors what he should do, and then he'll blame Bush!

G @ #18These guys ... (Below threshold)
Gladius:

G @ #18

These guys know that we can't even water board them any more or put them in a cold room for 30 min. thanks to the failure we have as a President and his lacky Holder. If UBL showed any backbone at all he would be made into an islamic hero.

G unlike Bolivia with Che, ... (Below threshold)
Steve Crickmore:

G unlike Bolivia with Che, whom they summarily executed, after a two minute trial, I think Peru got it about right with their treatment of Abel Guzman, captured leader of the Maoist Shining Path guerillas, in 1992. See video

It would be hard to see Bin Laden dressed in an old fashioned striped prison suit, in US cistody, becoming a martyr?

At this rate Obama will win... (Below threshold)
Tsar Nicholas II:

At this rate Obama will win the Nobel Peace Prize every year he's in office.

This is simply fascinati... (Below threshold)
Tina S:

This is simply fascinating and suggest that the reports of a video blackout are completely untrue:

Rick, there is nothing in the article you cited that disproves a video blackout. Perhaps because the article said there was 40 minutes of video you concluded that there should only be 15 minutes (40 minutes to conduct the raid minus 25 minute blackout). If that was your assumption than please do the manly thing and post a correction. Leon Panetta, director of the CIA, only reported a 25 minute blackout in the transmission not the recording of the video.


Leon Panetta, director of the CIA, revealed there was a 25 minute blackout during which the live feed from cameras mounted on the helmets of the US special forces was cut off.

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/worldnews/al-qaeda/8493391/Osama-bin-Laden-dead-Blackout-during-raid-on-bin-Laden-compound.html

The politically smart move ... (Below threshold)
Tina S:

The politically smart move would be not to release the videos yet, instead wait until an opportune time (either to bury some bad news, change the subject and or remind voters that Bin Laden was captured on his watch). For maximum impact make an announcement that in the coming days the videos will be released. Wait a week and release one short video clip. Announce that they are being reviewed so that nothing is shown that would give any strategic advantage to the enemy. Also announce that as each video clip is approved it will be imediately released to the public. Stagger this out for a few weeks by releasing one or two video clips a day;)

The Blackout makes sense.<b... (Below threshold)
hcddbz:

The Blackout makes sense.
Whenever you transmit information you can be dedicated. Not know what equipment was there you would not want to walk around with beacon saying here I AM. So I would think while doing the breach you just allow the recording to commence and not transmit the data.

The picture of them in the ... (Below threshold)
G.:

The picture of them in the situation room seems to tell a eyes on targets story(by reflection of their facial expressions)

The picture of them in t... (Below threshold)
Tina S:

The picture of them in the situation room seems to tell a eyes on targets story(by reflection of their facial expressions)

If I had to guess, the picture looked like it may have been taken when the helicoptor went down. The transmission was down for only 25 minutes, not the entire time.

The President of the Perpet... (Below threshold)
boqueronman:

The President of the Perpetual Campaign will, of course, work out a scheme for maximizing the electoral impact for 2012. Thus, the manner in which these tapes will be released is obvious. He will round up some of his Hollywood buddies to combine studio produced action, with Obama playing himself, edited into these tapes to produce the next cable mini-series blockbuster which will launch in the summer of 2012 on Showtime opposite HBO's Game of Thrones. Tentative title "You Thought The Cuban Missile Crisis Was Tough!"

This is simply fascinati... (Below threshold)
Tina S:

This is simply fascinating and suggests that the reports of a video blackout are completely untrue:

Rick, can you please clarify the following:

1. What reports are you suggesting are completely untrue?

2. What specifically in the CBS News reports suggests that the reports are untrue?




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