5 September 2012
No Easy Day Seen as SEAL Betrayal
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Blue Falcon Alert, September
This review is from: No Easy Day: The
Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama Bin Laden (Hardcover)
This book represents a complete failure and abdication of well known and
established code of ethics to which every Navy SEAL pledges. To wit:
My Trident is a symbol of honor and heritage. Bestowed upon me by the heroes
who have gone before...By wearing the Trident, I accept the responsibility
of my chosen profession and way of life. It is a privilege that I must earn
every day...I humbly serve as a guardian to my fellow Americans...I do not
advertise the nature of my work, nor seek recognition for my actions...Brave
men have fought and died building the proud tradition and feared reputation
that I am bound to uphold. In the worst of conditions, the legacy of my teammates
steadies my resolve and silently guides my every deed.
The Trident is the insignia that designates a SEAL. In every possible way
this person has prostituted this Ethos and has brought shame and mockery
upon our entire community. He is receiving a very large advance for this
book and although he claims that he is donating sale proceeds to the Navy
SEAL Foundation, it is my understanding that they are refusing to accept
this money as it is tainted by the gross violations of ethics that it
UPDATE: I have spoken with representatives of the Navy SEAL Foundation and
they have CONFIRMED that they are refusing to accept any donations resulting
from the sale of this book. I have encouraged them to make a press release
to ensure that the public is aware of this and they have placed that on the
agenda of their executive committee.
Nobody in the Teams likes Obama and we all want him to lose the election,
but not this way. This book is not going to be the difference in the election
in any case and those of you using that excuse for purchasing and reading
this book are fully aware of that.
If you want to know what happens during classified SEAL operations, then
nut up and join the fight yourself. You should be satisfied that you are
being protected and served by exceptional men who are entitled to your respect
if not your gratitude. You are not owed the inside scoop on how we do our
business. Rest assured our activities receive oversight from your elected
representatives, our chain of command, and most importantly the integrity
of the vast majority of the operators. We are not gladiators in the arena
to entertain you, and by supporting works like this you are helping to validate
a very ugly aberration of our most closely held beliefs.
As we like to say in the Teams, "Let your conscience be your guide." Just
understand that by purchasing this book you are rewarding a man who has sold
out his brotherhood for money. Your money.
On September 5, 2012 Cryptome asked the
Navy SEAL Foundation
Press Room for confirmation of the donation refusal.
Date: 5 Sep 2012 10:05:00 -0400
Subject: Thank you for your Interest in the Navy Seal Foundation
Thank you for your interest in the Navy SEAL Foundation. Your inquiry has
been forwarded to our staff.
We will get back to you shortly.
Subject: Navy SEAL Foundation Statement about No Easy Day
Date: Wed, 5 Sep 2012 15:16:04 -0400
From: "Elizabeth Evans" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Per your query this morning, here is the just-released statement from the
Navy SEAL Foundation:
The Navy SEAL Foundation responds to questions about No Easy Day: The
Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama Bin Laden
The Navy SEAL Foundation has received numerous inquiries regarding receiving
potential proceeds from the sale of the book No Easy Day: The Firsthand
Account of the Mission That Killed Osama Bin Laden. The Navy SEAL Foundation
is committed to providing immediate and ongoing support and assistance to
the Naval Special Warfare community and their families. With this principled
mission in mind, the Foundation will not be accepting any donations that
are generated from the book or any related activities. The Department of
Defense (DOD) is considering pursuing legal remedies against the author.
As a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, the Foundation is not involved with
any of the actions taken by the DOD. The Navy SEAL Foundation honors our
warriors and protects their families.
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