Bumped Up. Please note that Seal Team Six: Memoirs Of An Elite Navy Seal Sniper by Howard E. Wasdin and Stephen Templin is now available for pre-sale through Amazon.com. Just click on the book jacket cover to the right.

In light of the recent operation in Pakistan by Navy Seal Team 6, I thought it was appropriate to provide a little more information about the Navy Seals in general, and this team in particular.

To the general overview, the following video of the Navy Seal Creed says it all about those who make up this elite fighting force:

The Washington Post had a piece on the origins of Team 6, and how it cam into being:

[snip]The elite team of Navy SEALs tapped for the job were a group who were stationed at Naval Air Station Oceana in Virginia Beach.

The team is part of a counterterrorism group so specialized that no one can apply to join it. The operatives are recruited from existing SEAL teams. They are an elite group within the elite.

The team was formed in response to the 1980 American hostages rescue attempt in Iran, which had been a huge failure and showed the need for a counterterrorist team that could operate under the utmost secrecy.

They exist outside military protocol and engage in operations that are at the highest level of classification and often outside the boundaries of international law.

Initially, the group was known as Team 6, a name that was created to confuse Soviet intelligence about the number of SEAL teams in operation at the time. (There were only two others.)

The name was changed in 1987 to the Naval Special Warfare Development Group, but the group is still commonly known as Team 6.

Team 6 has hunted down major al-Qaeda and Taliban figures since 2001, and also operated in Somalia, the former Yugoslavia, Afghanistan and Iraq.

[snip] (Click here to read the rest.)

The Post article also had a link to the Facebook page for the Navy Seals. People are going there to offer thanks to them for their work, and congratulations for a job well done.

But Osama bin Laden is not the first terrorist this teams has gone after successfully. Lara Logan, yes, that Lara Logan, was embedded with the Seals in Afghanistan, and conducted the following story for “60 Minutes.” It is a fascinating look at how these special ops forces do what they do (and it is nice to see Ms. Logan working on a piece like this rather than detailing her recent brutal assault). To the story now:

Ah, yes – it was sweet indeed for these Seals that they were successful in their recent mission to take out Osama bin Laden.

We don’t know all that is going on behind the scenes in our efforts to combat terrorism, but stories like this, from the assassination of OBL to capturing other high-value terrorists, give us just a glimpse into the efforts made by these elite forces. What they did this weekend was another mission in the many, many missions they have undertaken on our behalf. Their sacrifice, their commitment, their excellence, cannot be understated.

On behalf of a grateful nation, thank you. Thank you.

  • great job done so far…

  • GlennMcCreedy

    My father served in the US Navy’s Construction Battalion (Seabees) in the Pacific Theatre during World War II.  Recently, I talked with him about the extraordinary mission that Navy SEALs Team Six undertook to kill bin Laden.  

    My father said that the Navy SEALs’ origins are in the UDT (Underwater Demolition Team) that served in WWII.  To know the historic background of the current mission and training regimen of the current SEALs, you can trace back to those early days, he said.  For those who are interested in a contemporary fictional SEAL character with a story told in a thriller novel (including scenes of BUD/s training and the Afghanistan mission), I recommend reading THE SHOP by J. Carson Black on Amazon Kindle.  

  • BINKY

    It’ simple;  Stand up to the UN and say this:  He killed 3000 of hours, we killed him.  That’s American justice.  That’s it. End of story.  Then shut up and ignore the fools!  

  • BINKY

    Personally, I think the Onondaga Council should lighten up.  Osama Bin Laden was a formidable enemy and Geronimo was a good code name.  Doesn’t matter that OBL’s tactics were despicable, it still took a while to catch him.  We have to give him that fact.  

  • Breeze

    UN questions U.S. on
    legality of bin Laden killing

    Post Media News
    [Canada],
    by Steven Edwards   

    Original Article

    5/5/2011
    UNITED NATIONS

    — The UN’s chief human rights official led calls by rights activist organizations on Tuesday for Washington to explain whether U.S. forces lawfully killed Osama bin Laden. The request by Navi Pillay, the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights, came even as the world body continues to falter over its multi-year bid to define terrorism. Pillay’s bid also appeared to contradict the position held by UN Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, who on Monday described the U.S. action as a “watershed moment in our common global fight against terrorism.”

  • BINKY

    Personally, I think the Onondaga Council should lighten up.  

  • Justine

    Smarter than a fifth grader?  Evidently not.
    .

  • Justine

    Dogs are the best!
    .

  • Breeze

    Yemeni official: U.S. drone strike
    kills 2 al-Qaeda operatives

     
    Washington Post,
    by Jeb Boone   

    Original Article

    5/5/2011

    Two al-Qaeda operatives were killed in an apparent U.S. drone strike in the remote, mountainous Yemeni governorate of Shabwa early Thursday, according to a Yemeni security official. The information about the strike came from Col. Hamid Saleh, security director of the Mayfaa district in the Shabwa governorate. He said the men were killed when a missile struck their car.

    (snip)“Security authorities were tracking them down for some time,” the Yemeni spokesman said of the Aldaghery brothers. “They are known operational al-Qaeda fighters.”

  • Breeze

    –  
    BREAKING NEWS:  
     
    Osama bin Laden dead:    
    Bali bomber captured    
    down the road of compound
       
       
    The Telegraph (U.K.),    
    by Dean Nelson       
       
    Original Article    
       
    5/5/2011    
       
    One of the 2002 Bali bombers was captured by Pakistani commandos just a few miles from where Osama bin Laden was killed in Abbottabad by US forces earlier this week.  Umar Patek, the last of the plotters at large, was seized in a raid on the home of a family which had found him and his wife starving and begging for food in the street.  Indonesian officials said they believed he had travelled to Pakistan to meet bin Laden and was the last of the Bali bombers to remain in contact with al Qaeda’s leadership.

  • Breeze

    Osama bin Laden dead:
    Bali bomber captured
    down the road of compound

    The Telegraph (U.K.),
    by Dean Nelson   

    Original Article

    5/5/2011

    One of the 2002 Bali bombers was captured by Pakistani commandos just a few miles from where Osama bin Laden was killed in Abbottabad by US forces earlier this week. Umar Patek, the last of the plotters at large, was seized in a raid on the home of a family which had found him and his wife starving and begging for food in the street. Indonesian officials said they believed he had travelled to Pakistan to meet bin Laden and was the last of the Bali bombers to remain in contact with al Qaeda’s leadership.

  • Breeze

    O’s Left Fielder Luke Scott
    Sounds Off On Obama’s
    Birth Certificate…Again

    WJZ-TV,
    [Baltimore, MD],
    by Staff   

    Original Article

    5/5/2011 

    Baltimore, Md.

    – The Baltimore Orioles’ left fielder Luke Scott is at it again.  During the offseason, he was critical of President Barack Obama.  The president’s long form birth certificate does not seem to have quieted Scott down, though.  Scott, who was interviewed by Sam Mellinger of The Kansas City Star, remains skeptical about the president’s background.  He thinks Obama’s birth certificate needs to be checked out to confirm that it is legitimate.

  • BINKY

    Jim Treacher nailed it pretty good.

  • Breeze

    Gutfeld: White House declining to release
    photos demonstrates Islamophobia

     
    Daily Caller,
    by Jeff Poor   

    Original Article

    5/5/2011

    Is the Obama White House being hypocritical by declining to release photographic evidence of Osama bin Laden’s killing, citing concerns about the Muslim world’s reaction? On his Thursday morning broadcast on the Fox News Channel, “Red Eye” host Greg Gutfeld questioned President Barack Obama’s reasoning during his “Gregalogue” segment – saying that same logic could be applied to doing almost anything. “I get it,” he said. “The decision was based on placating extremists instead of conspiracy freaks. I get it. Terrorists are scarier than truthers, but it is wrong. The argument that the photo would pi** off people who might…..”

  • BINKY

    The economy got Bush.  I don’t know about Obama.  The Rose Colored glasses come on when it comes to Obama:

    Funny how things change based on whether you’re Republican or Democrat.

     

  • BINKY

    Thank you, Harp, I couldn’t agree more!

  • Breeze

    Boehner “optimistic,”
    demands trillion-dollar cuts

    Reuters,
    by Thomas Ferraro,
    Doina Chiacu   

    Original Article

    5/5/2011

    U.S. House Speaker John Boehner voiced optimism on Thursday about new deficit-reduction talks led by Vice President Joe Biden, but said Republicans will not vote to raise the U.S. debt limit without trillions of dollars in spending cuts. “I’m always optimistic that these conversations will lead somewhere,” Boehner said shortly after Biden opened the first meeting of a seven-member, bipartisan congressional group.

  • Breeze

    Cut U.S. funding for Osama’s mourners
     
    Daily Caller,
    by Ken Blackwell   

    Original Article

    5/5/2011 

    Hamas, the Palestinian terror group that runs Gaza, is mourning the death of Osama bin Laden. He is a “martyr” to these jihadists. And Hamas has just concluded a pact with the so-called Palestinian Authority (PA), or Fatah, the group that the U.S. recognizes and to whom we give lavish foreign aid. We are currently giving $600 million a year to the so-called Palestinian Authority. (Snip) Among the things that the PLO has done on the West Bank is terrorize Christian Arabs, name public squares after suicide bombers, and conduct an all-out Hate Israel propaganda campaign in their schools, universities…..

  • Breeze

    Dirty Pictures of Osama bin Laden
     
    American Spectator,
    by Andrew Cline   

    Original Article

    5/5/2011

    President Obama has in his possession the world’s most expensive photograph.  And he won’t release it.  The photograph shows the corpse of Osama bin Laden.  It might not fetch $3.3 million at a Sotheby’s auction, as an Andreas Gursky photo did in 2007, but it cost far more than that to make.  Into that single photograph went years of costly intelligence work, untold lives lost in pursuit of its subject, and a military operation that risked the lives of 79 Navy SEALs, numerous U.S. intelligence agents and sources, and a U.S. presidency.  And the president won’t release it.

  • BINKY

    Requiring voters to show identification is unfair and unnecessary?  Bullshit.  In this day and age, ID is required for nearly everything, including getting a library card.  Maintaining an honest and free election is as important as getting a library card.

  • Breeze

    Unemployment Applications
    Hit 8-Month High

    Associated Press,
    by Staff   

    Original Article

    5/5/2011 

    WASHINGTON

    – The number of people applying for unemployment benefits surged last week to the highest level in eight months, a troubling sign a day ahead of the government’s report on April employment.  The Labor Department said Thursday that applications rose 43,000 to 474,000 in the week ended April 30, the third increase in four weeks. The four-week average, a less volatile measure, rose for the fourth straight week to 431,250.  Applications near 375,000 are typically consistent with sustainable job growth.  Weekly applications peaked during the recession at 659,000.

  • BINKY

    I hope the bill does what it proposes to do.  I think reform is desperately needed.  Why would voting law reform suppress likely Democrat voters?  ‘Splain it to me.

  • Breeze

    Dogs play big role in U.S. military,
    hunt for bin Laden shows


     
    New York Times 
    by Gardiner Harris   

    Original Article

    5/5/2011 

    The identities of all 80 members of the Navy SEALs team who thundered into Abbottabad, Pakistan, and killed Osama bin Laden are the subject of intense speculation, but perhaps none more so than the only member with four legs. Little is known about what may be the United States’ most courageous dog. Even its breed is the subject of great interest, although it was most likely a German shepherd or a Belgian Malinois, military sources say.

    (Snip) Mylott said that dogs got people’s attention in ways that weapons sometimes did not. “Dogs can be an amazing psychological deterrent,” she said.