First Hand Navy SEAL’s Account of Bin Laden Raid Differs from Government Version

No Easy Day

Early in September a book titled No Easy Day will be released. The book is a first-hand account of the secret military raid on Osama bin Laden’s compound written by Matt Bissonnette, under the pseudonym Mark Owen, one of the few Navy SEALs present in the room when bin Laden was killed.

The Associated Press and The Huffington Post recently managed to get a hold of early copies of the book and one of the most striking revelations to come from it is the fact that Bissonnette’s account of the event differs from that of the United States government.

At the time of bin Laden’s death, the U.S. government stated that he had been shot dead because the SEALs believed him to have a weapon, however, Bissonnette’s account states that he walked in to find bin Laden on the floor in a pool of blood with a head wound, where he and his team continued to shoot the body until it stopped twitching. There was no weapon in his hand and it was only later after a search that two weapons were found near the doorway, untouched.

Questions have now been raised as to whether the SEALs were on a kill mission but Bissonnette maintains in his book that a government lawyer had specifically told that that they were not and if bin Laden had put up no resistance, he should be arrested.

The book will be released on September 4th; however other concerns may be plaguing retired SEAL Bissonnette as members of al Qaeda have stated that as one of the men responsible for the death of bin Laden, revenge should be taken on him.

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