Poll: 1st Amendment at Stake for Retired Navy SEAL’s Book?

Osama Bin Laden raid is subject—a departure from code of secrecy in famed Coronado unit.

Navy SEALs are as famed for their discretion as their heroism. But one has apparently gone rogue, writing a book set for Sept. 11 release called No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission that Killed Osama Bin Laden. It was reportedly written by retired SEAL Matt Bissonnette. A spokeswoman for his publisher said the book was vetted by a former special operations attorney. But the U.S. government hasn’t checked the manuscript for leaks or secrets. Should the government keep the book out of circulation?

Loki August 26, 2012 at 12:40 AM
The Marine - Sgt Stein - was reduced in rank then given Other Than Honorable Discharge - after serving his country for 10 years - sounds like he was "in trouble" to me. All that for making caricatures of Obama - and stating he would not follow unlawful orders issued by the president - on his Facebook page. (gotta be careful about blogs ... they're watching us ;-). It can only be assumed the US Marines Corps - and our current prez - would rather soldiers do as they're told regardless of whether orders are legal or not. Keep in mind that as early as 1799 the U.S. Supreme Court held that Navy commanders "act at their own peril" when obeying presidential orders when such orders are illegal." i.e. Maj. Calley's "only following orders" defense after My Lai Massacre.
Sarah Riccitelli August 26, 2012 at 01:04 AM
Thanks Doug!:)
Salinde August 26, 2012 at 01:27 PM
At Sarah & Doug the guy is out period UCMJ doesn't apply. @Mary I was only describing an op scenario in which a writer may be able to manipulate information so as not to run afoul of any laws. Recently in the News there was another Marine who spoke out against Obama and his policies, in addition to many of the ops he ran in. DoD flipped out and so did the Administration. The guy was of out the Corp, didn't admit to anything classified so they couldn't do anything to him, again no UCMJ , no federal laws broken. But people were sure pissed.
Mary August 26, 2012 at 03:23 PM
Salinde - “According to White House and CIA officials, the military didn’t know about this book until the story was leaked online. When ex or current military personnel release a book about their military service, standard protocol is to give a copy to the Pentagon before the book is released publicly. This enables officials to comb through it and make sure that no confidential information gets leaked to the public. Bissonnette didn’t do this and is now taking heat for it.” Per http://www.heavy.com/news/2012/08/matt-bissonnette-top-10-facts-you-need-to-know/
C.C. Langley August 27, 2012 at 07:37 PM
If this ex-marine's book is fine with people who want to know who actually pulled the trigger on Bin Laden and how they planned out all the details, then I would like the officer in charge who was with dick cheney in the bunker during 9/11 to write a book about how and when the decisions were made as to how to handle the attack but mainly who ordered the Bin Ladens family plane to fly around the country picking up their family members and get them out of the country when no US plane was allowed to fly during that time, NOW that would be a book worth reading!


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