Osama bin Laden’s killer breaks silence. He feels neglected and unhappy.
A commando, a US Navy Seal recounts, in audience with the Esquire magazine, that he was the last man to see the Islamic al-Qaeda founder alive on May 2, 2011.
The shooter tells Esquire that in the days while waiting for the raid, they’d play poker and wrote letters back home as if it were their last days for all of them were expected to die.
Then Pres. Barack Obama’s command for the mission to proceed came on through Vice Admiral William McRaven, head of Joint Special Operations Command.
Minutes before getting on the chopper for Abbottabad, the shooter called his dad, Esquire reports:
“Hey, it’s time to go to work. I’m calling for the last time. I thought there was a good chance of dying.”
In tense situation like this, soldiers also have their feel of adrenalin rush. The shooter shared his uneasy moment to Esquire this way: Feeling the necessity of pissing very badly, he answered the call using one of his water bottles. After shooting the al-Qaeda leader, he discovered he had the bottle of piss still in his pocket.
The whole confrontation with bin Laden took only 15 seconds, said the report. The most harrowing moment, the shooter recalled was their problem of exit because one of the stealthy Black Hawk helicopters used in the raid had crash-landed.
After the raid, in Jalalabad, Afghanistan, the shooter invited a female CIA officer to see bin Laden’s dead body. The lady officer shed tears at the sight. The shooter unloaded the magazine used in the shooting and gave all 27 bullets left to her as a souvenir.
In his testimony, the former commando disclosed bin Laden was with one of his wives in the third floor bedroom when he stormed the room. Bin Laden was getting close to an AK47 nearby, when he shot him twice in the forehead.
When he was bloody down in front of his bed, the “Shooter’s” gun barks once again at the same spot to make sure his task was fully accomplished.
“He crumpled onto the floor in front of his bed and I hit him again, Bap! Same place … He was dead. Not moving. His tongue was out. I watched him take his last breaths, just a reflex breath.”
The Shooter is a former US Navy Seal commando who is now retired. He was a member of Seal Team 6 which was ordered to liquidate bin Laden in his Pakistan lair in the town of Abbottabad
The seal-soldier who according to his wife has done so much for his country feels he’s being left in the dust and abandoned by the military.
He feels tired and is complaining about the lack of support given him. He receives no pension and healthcare for not able to come up with the required minimum service of 20 years.
Unemployed, the only security protection accorded him is a new identity and a beer truck driving job which he turned down because he doesn’t like to be away with his loved ones and friends.
He wants more. He feels insecure.
“Maybe some courtesy eyes-on checks. Send some Seabees over to put in a heavier, metal-reinforced front door. Install some sensors or something. But there was literally nothing.”
He’s struggling to support his wife and children.
The navy told MSNBC it could not corroborate the man’s version of events or his post-retirement treatment.
“We take seriously the safety and security of our people as well as our responsibility to assist sailors making the transition to civilian life,” it said in a statement.
COMMENT: Top military brass especially those having to do with security, pension and support must have closer and updated coordination with veterans. I think it’s not proper for them to act only when the washing of their dirty linen are made public.