08-23-2012, 04:05 PM #1
Matt Bissonnette: a.k.a. Mark Owen Seal Team 6 MemberMatt Bissonnette: Top 10 Facts You Need to Know
The Navy SEAL Team 6 member who used the pseudonym Mark Owen to write No Easy Day, the tell-all book about the raid that killed Osama bin Laden, has been outed by Fox News. His name is Matt Bissonnette, age 36. What do we know about him?
He Penned the First First-Hand Look at Killing Bin Laden
The book's full title is No Easy Day: First Hand Account Of The Mission That Killed Osama Bin Laden. The title clearly refers to his time in the military and is the first publicly released first-hand account of the mission that lead to the death of Bin Laden. In a gimmicky move, it comes out Sept. 11.
2. He Could Go To Jail for this Book
Bissonnette could face jail time if the Pentagon doesn't like the content of his book. It is standard practice for soldiers who write books about the military to give a copy of the book to the army to proof read. This was not the case with Bissonnette’s book.
3. Bin Laden Wasn't His First Big Mission
In 2009, Bissonnette was involved in a mission to save a ship captain by the name of Richard Phillips. Bissonnette’s team killed three Somali pirates in the process.
4. He's Not Happy with President Obama
Word on the street is that Bissonnette is releasing the book in order to fight President Obama accidently taking credit for Bin Laden’s death. Bissonette was quoted saying “It’s time to set the record straight about the most important mission in US Military History.”
5. He Has Upset Current And Former SEALs
The SEALs are not happy with Bissonnette and his book. Fox News quoted one SEAL saying “How do we tell our guys to stay quiet when this guy won’t?” Other accounts have members of the SEALs going as far as calling him a “traitor.”
6. He’s from the Middle of Nowhere
He’s a is native of Wrangell, Alaska, a town with a population of just over 2,300 that is only accessible via ferry or plane.
7. He’s Not The Only SEAL Angry with Obama
Last week a group called “Opsec Education Fund” released a 22 minute video that calls Obama out for politicizing covert operations. This in turn puts the soldiers in these operations at a greater risk of harm.8. He’s Retired
Bissonnette retired from the Navy last summer. He had the ranking of chief in SEAL team 6. He retired a Certified Badass.
9. He Wrote the Book With Kevin Maurer
Bissonnette wrote the book with Kevin Maurer, a reporter famous for his books dealing with military operations. He was embedded with Special Forces six times in the last five years.
10. He Gives Back
Bissonnette doesn't plan on cashing in on this book. He says that all proceeds willl go to the family members of SEALs who have died.
08-23-2012, 04:07 PM #2
If he can face jail time why the hell would they out him?
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08-23-2012, 04:35 PM #3
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I wouldn't trust a damn thing FOX NEWS has to offer. And I heard earlier today that the book WAS given to the military before being published and they OK'd it.
08-24-2012, 09:42 AM #5
He is a hero.
Fox News, and the media in general in this country, make me sick. I actually think that "Newsroom" on HBO might be the best "news show" on TV. What a joke.
I do understand how his teammates and former seals might be pissed with him.
I'm sure it was not an easy decision.
Hopefully millions will be generated to help the loved ones of these fallen warriors; although nothing will replace them.