Pentagon threatens legal action against former SEAL
Author of book on Bin Laden raid under fire
- Duration 4:28
- Date Aug 31, 2012
Author of book on Bin Laden raid under fire
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Non threatening legal action against a one time member of seal team six the former navy seal was there the night Osama bin Laden was killed.
His explosive new book reveals previously unknown details of the -- The book is set for release next week and the Pentagon says it it hits store shelves in May get even worse for this ex marine.
-- -- is CEO of concern veterans for America and a US army veteran of Iraq and Afghanistan hi Pete.
Thanks for having me what did you think of the news that the administration is considering taking legal action against the stack.
Well it surprised me a -- I was on a show couple weeks ago saying I didn't think they would take action now.
-- -- They said they would it be -- they're -- considered they would consider legal action if he goes forward with it so they -- -- would they said they would consider so there's still -- -- in there as to whether or not -- would wanna do -- couple things on that first I'm not an outright condemn a -- I haven't -- and don't know about this guy says he's bent over backwards.
To make sure he's not releasing classified information but that said at this point.
He still has time to go through proper channels get the book that is the way it should be he did sign a nondisclosure agreements.
That he would make sure before we put something out it would be vetted that's the right thing to do we shouldn't be letting out any classified information.
At but it leads us to a larger point why is the administration coming down on this dot.
But they haven't released an independent investigation on all the leaks that came out from the white house on the bin Laden raid in the first place.
Are on on sucks and -- the -- the virus in the Iranian nuclear facilities they're big questions out their big things to be investigated that aren't and instead we're going after this.
Well meanwhile the administration says that those things are being investigated there -- FBI.
Investigations underway as to who leads that information to the New York Times.
And the associated press and as you know these two US attorneys are tasked with spearheading.
Those investigations but you think it's something.
Should go further.
-- two US attorneys in the chain of command of our president.
So -- it investigations are usually more effective when -- independently conducted and I think in this particular case the seriousness with with which the information got out.
That they -- level of detail that -- sources and methods of our intelligence.
There should be independent -- to keep coming in to investigate how in the world this information got out and holding somebody accountable for it.
Instead the White House is sending letters to individuals holders who are releasing books.
And who are probably gonna be pretty careful about what they released but you know what they're trying to tell their side of the story they're frustrated in -- his book contradicts a lot of the official.
Narratives coming out of the White House that there may be a desire to sort of -- and it's clearly this -- wants to set the record straight because if you doesn't feel like people -- shoot straight on the issue.
In terms of the -- or -- -- has come out about his book basically and there wasn't it apparently I've not read the book yet a firefight.
Winds -- on -- laden he wasn't even armed according to this deal is that important information for us to -- I.
I don't know that it's you know classified information the changes they made the decision you got to give our commander in chief a lot of credit for pull the trigger on that just like you got to give this guy.
A lot of credit for literally pulling the trigger on that and there that's for the white should be shine I think that's what a frustration comes from.
The president that I I I got bin Laden and this -- saying no I was on the third Florida -- bad.
Came around that corner and put some rounds -- bin Laden and we all congratulate both of them very different roles in that.
But you know I think we -- take -- -- sort of a larger look at some of this and say you know whether it's.
The leaks were voting in Ohio or claiming that backlogs in the VA.
Actually are a good thing it just kind of makes you scratch your head and say does this administration get it and are they gonna take it on.
-- big you know you don't take on the big issues like -- sixteen trillion dollar debt that really our national security threat if it leads me puzzle.
If this on seal team six member does.
Reveal some sort of classified information in the book what should the Pentagon do.
I think -- they should they should follow standard procedure and and deal with the fact that he's released classified information he shouldn't.
I -- however in the past when generals and special operators have released books the Pentagon has not.
Come down on them even though they have a non disclosure agreement so this would be a first and as I said before not first but it would be unlikely.
Politically I don't see how it's a good idea.
For Obama and we've seen a lot of things from this president motivated by.
The political ramifications.
-- you -- -- pick a fight with seals seventy days out of the election I don't know that it's the right idea even if they are standing on sound ground that we shouldn't be releasing classified information if there is any in this book.