Elite SEALs taken off duty to deal with aftermath of Bin Laden book as whole command is ‘put on the bench’

By Daniel Bates PUBLISHED:13:18 EST, 3  September 2012| UPDATED:16:40 EST, 3 September 2012

 

Several Navy SEALs have been pulled off active duty  and are ‘on the bench’ to deal with the fallout from the controversial book  about the killing of Osama bin Laden.

An expert and former SEAL has claimed that ‘No Easy Day’ has caused such a storm among military leaders they have moved men  away from combat posts.

Brandon Webb also said that the entire  command of SEAL Team Six, which carried out the raid, has also likely been told  to temporarily stand down.

Worrying: Several Navy SEALs have been pulled off active duty and are ¿on the bench¿ to deal with the fallout from the controversial book about the killing of Osama bin Laden 

Worrying: Several Navy SEALs have been pulled off active  duty and are ¿on the bench¿ to deal with the fallout from the controversial book  about the killing of Osama bin Laden

The claims are the most serious  consequence  yet of the decision by Matt Bissonnette to publish his first hand account of the  mission to kill the Al Qaeda leader – as they could have a grave impact on  national security.

Were a conflict to break out, having  men  from such an elite unit sitting around doing nothing could impair  the nation’s  ability to fight back.

Webb’s analysis appears in an e-book  published by his website Sofrep.com, which is for former and serving  Special  Operations team members and those involved in its culture.

He writes: ‘The sad part is that SEAL teams  in general will see a decrease in operational activity and ‘choice’ missions.

‘We are already aware of several operators at  SEAL Team Six who have been  pulled from regular deployment cycles in order to  deal with the  aftermath of No Easy Day’.

Speaking to MailOnline, Webb added: ‘These  are guys that should be deployed in  combat that are now sitting, waiting for  the fallout from this book.

President Barack Obama reads his statement to photographers after making a televised statement on the death of Osama bin Laden
Controversial: The account of the capture of Osama Bin Laden diverges from the Obama administration's original description of the incident

Controversial: The account of the capture of Osama Bin  Laden diverges from the Obama administration’s original description of the  incident

‘They are just sitting there on the bench.  This will affect the way that the SEALs plan operations.

‘In our opinion the whole command will be on  the bench as well because the consequences of this are so serious’.

An expert and former SEAL has claimed that ¿No Easy Day¿ has caused such a storm among military leaders they have moved men away from combat posts 

An expert and former SEAL has claimed that ¿No Easy Day¿  has caused such a storm among military leaders they have moved men away from  combat posts

In Webb’s analysis, Bissonnette’s book is a ‘PR stunt’ that should have been cleared with the Department of Defence before  hand and was put out now to make as much money as possible.

He claims that classified material is bound  to leak out as Bissonnette is no expert at what should be kept  private.

Publication also put not only him in danger  but his relatives and neighbours, especially as Islamists have already vowed to  kill him.

Other factors at play are the Navy’s ‘unhealthy relationship with Hollywood’ which encourages people to sell out  rather than respect the code of silence that existed for years.

Webb questions how Bissonnette, who writes  under the pseudonym Mark Owen, did not think it would become political given  that it is being released before November’s election.

He writes: ‘No one can seriously think that  this book will not be seen as a political statement as America gears up for a  presidential election.

‘Mark Bissonnette’s intentions, we believe,  were noble but shortsighted.

‘His desire to keep the book becoming  political is impossible when the text is politically charged’.

Ultimately however, Webb lays the blame for  the whole debacle at the door of Bissonnette’s commanders who should have shown  him more respect for wanting to quit the Navy after 14 years of hard  service.

Webb writes that Bissonnette was asked to  leave his beloved Red Squadron once he had the temerity to raise the issue of  retiring – but was soon ‘ostracized’ and sent back home to Virginia.

Webb says: ‘What do you do when you find  yourself pissed off at your former employer, out of a job and in need of a  paycheque?

The book was written by former SEAL Mark Bissonnette, under the pseudonym Mark OwenThe book was written by former SEAL Mark Bissonnette,  under the pseudonym Mark Owen

Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, along with with members of the national security team watch the mission to kill Osama Bin Laden on a screenSecretary of State Hillary Clinton, President Barack  Obama and Vice President Joe Biden, along with with members of the national  security team watch the mission to kill Osama Bin Laden on a screen

‘You start cashing in your chips.’

He also quotes a former SEAL who says: ‘Mark  (Bissonnette) is a legend. He’s the operator’s operator.

‘He’s a leader and a perfectionist. He’s the  quiet professional, completely dedicated to God and country.

‘Which is why it makes what he’s done so  devastating’.

Webb was a sniper with the SEALs who went on  to become its sniper instructor.

He has written two books, The 21st Century  Sniper: A Complete Practical Guide and The Red Circle which detailed the  gruelling training sessions SEALs have to go through.

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