Jack was first to strike when the controversial book “No Easy Day” broke headlines. The author Matt Bissonette himself called me up to explain things from his perspective. I personally don’t have anything against Matt but my opinion is that his timing was poor, and he’s since left a trail of bodies and upset folks, including Mark Bowden (similar to his pen name Mark Owen) who by his own account felt betrayed by his communication with Bissonette.
In Matt’s defense, he was there and Bowden was not. It’s ironic to me that journalists and writers can gain access, write books, but if a former SOF guy gets out and wants to write his story it is often looked down upon (albeit briefly).
Bissonette’s book is in a different category altogether as it is seen as a violation of his disclosure agreement with the Department of Defense. I’ve never seen my own community so divided over this book and a plethora of invited and uninvited media. A wise man once said, “Be careful what you wish for, you just might get it.” I think this would resonate within the NSW leadership right now.
Enjoy #4 on our list.
No Easy Day: SEAL Team 6 Account of The Bin Laden Raid
Yesterday many of us were caught off guard when Penguin books announced that they would be releasing a new book called “No Easy Day” on 9/11 that would be authored by a SEAL Team Six operator who was on the objective and participated in the raid.
SOFREP will have more on the ‘No Easy Day‘ story as it develops, but here is some additional information:
- Written by a former member of Red Team
- The author was apparently not in the room when Bin Laden was shot however, he was an assault team leader on the raid that killed UBL
- The author most likely secured a seven figure royalty advance for this book deal.
- The members of DEV (ST6) are extremely angry about this book and feel betrayed
- The author may have been on the helicopter that crashed
A DEVGRU Operator on “No Easy Day”
“Its not a secret (the UBL raid) and their mission (is being ) exploited by politics – to be expected, but for one of our own to cash in is simply unprofessional and disrespectful to those that didn’t cash in.” -DEVGRU operator
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