Pentagon moves to silence SEALs about missions

Nov 10, 2012 by Kimberly Dozier
This product image provided by Electronic Arts shows action from the video game "Medal of Honor: Warfighter." Seven members of the secretive Navy SEAL Team 6, including one involved in the mission to kill Osama bin Laden, have been punished for allegedly divulging classified information to the maker of the game, senior Navy officials said Thursday, Nov. 8, 2012. (AP Photo/Electronic Arts)

(AP)—The U.S. military is cracking down on special operations troops who share knowledge of their secret missions for profit, punishing seven Navy SEALs, including one involved in the mission to get Osama bin Laden, who moonlighted as advisers on a combat video game.

Current and former SEALs, including the author of a tell-all book on the bin Laden raid, complain they're getting mixed messages from the military, which likes to see itself on big and small screens on its own terms.

The seven SEALs are being reprimanded and having their pay docked for sharing information with the designers of "Medal of Honor: ," by video game company EA, according to military officials speaking on condition of anonymity because they were not authorized to discuss the investigations publicly.

The men will remain in the SEAL teams, but were punished for working on the video without their command's permission, revealing classified information by sharing the tactics they use and showing designers some of their specially designed combat equipment unique to their unit, the officials said.

Four more SEALs could face the similar punishment.

The deputy commander of Naval Special Warfare Command, Rear Adm. Garry Bonelli, issued a statement acknowledging that nonjudicial punishments had been handed out for misconduct, but he did not offer any details.

"We do not tolerate deviations from the policies that govern who we are and what we do as sailors in the United States Navy," Bonelli said. He alluded to the importance of honoring nondisclosure agreements that SEALs sign.

He said the punishments this week "send a clear message throughout our force that we are and will be held to a high standard of accountability."

The SEALs' unauthorized work came to light as part of the investigation of the book "No Easy Day," by former SEAL Matt Bissonnette, with his firsthand account of the raid that killed bin Laden in Pakistan last year. Publisher Penguin's Dutton Imprint ignored the Pentagon's warnings that the book contained classified information and published the book just ahead of the 11th anniversary of the Sept. 11th attacks.

The Pentagon would have a hard time proving the video game makers had disseminated classified information that threatened national security because the combat tactics shown in the game are common to games and action movies, said Mark Zaid, a Washington-based national security attorney who regularly handles cases involving secrecy agreements and .

EA spokesman Peter Nguyen said the company has no plans to recall "Medal of Honor: Warfighter," and there are "no plans to alter the content contributed by combat veterans in the game." He would not elaborate.

"EA didn't break any rules," said Michael Pachter of Wedbush Securities, an investment firm that follows video game companies. "It's not against the law for them to ask questions."

Video game companies often use military consultants for games in order to make them as realistic as possible.

The Xbox 360 version of the game scored poorly on with just 52 points out of 100 on Metacritic, a gaming website that aggregates reviews, Pachter said.

Pachter expects the latest "Medal of Honor," which launched on Oct. 23, to sell 3 million copies. The "Call of Duty" games routinely sell more than that in their first day in stores.

The SEALs who were punished for helping with the game were all members of Bissonnette's old unit, SEAL Team 6. Officials say Bissonnette drafted his friends from his old unit SEAL Team 6 to work on the video game—a common practice among the SEAL teams, where current and former members help trusted teammates to find work.

Current and former special operators troops complain there's a double standard when it comes to publicizing details of their missions. This year's movie "Act of Valor" was filmed with the Pentagon's approval and featured active-duty Navy SEALs, showing off the methods they use on the battlefield. Navy officials say they worked with the filmmakers as a recruiting tool and that unlike the video game, or the Bissonnette raid book, the filmmakers gave them an opportunity to review the film for classified material. They also point out that the SEALs in that movie were unpaid.

"I don't know if terrorists can just take from a tactics ... but it does speak to a bigger issue that just, hey, if you're not authorized to give out information or speak about information, then you have to be held accountable," said former Navy SEAL Scott Taylor, now with Special Operations OPSEC, a political advocacy group that criticized the Obama administration during the presidential campaign for releasing details of the bin Laden raid.

The head of Naval Special Warfare Command, Rear Adm. Sean Pybus, responded to the Bissonnette book by telling his force that "hawking details about a mission" and selling other information about SEAL training and operations puts the force and their families at risk.

Members of the SEAL community have been embarrassed by the rash of books and films about the elite force, and some SEALs say they fear top secret missions will now be given instead to units whose members keep quiet.

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VendicarD
1.7 / 5 (6) Nov 10, 2012
And freedom and Liberty for all.

Ahahahahahahahahah...........

Hypocrites.
sirchick
not rated yet Nov 10, 2012
Surely they can legally fight it... they were never told they could not disclose the info to a games company, and the military had months of time to stop it, it was public knowledge through the whole development of Medal Of Honor: War fighter.

All they had to do was stop them early on but they need a valid reason...

It made no difference though, the game still sucked balls.
obama_socks
1.9 / 5 (17) Nov 10, 2012
As long as I can remember, the producers of military type movies, documentaries and video games have used members of the military or civilians with expanded knowledge of military strategy as consultants so that the story-lines and tech are as accurate as possible. The Obama administration occasionally provides leaks of information which are supposedly "top secret" or "classified" and it's usually the Republicans who call them on it, but never with a satisfactory answer as to how or why it was leaked and who did it.
Since Osama is allegedly dead already and the mission was a success, what possible harm is there for Navy Seals to share some of their experience with EA? I doubt that the Obama admin will be using the same military tactics and staff for their next kill.
obama_socks
1.9 / 5 (17) Nov 10, 2012
Can't hardly wait to find out what REALLY happened at the U.S. consulate compound in Benghazi, Libya on 9/11/2012, and why Obama allowed our American Ambassador and three others to be murdered by Islamic terrorists without any attempt to rescue all of them. Former General David Petraeus obviously is aware of what proceeded, what the logistics were, and who gave the order to "stand down" and why. Hopefully, Republicans will not allow the truth to not be told in Congressional hearings, etc. No backroom bargaining just because Obama has been reelected.
VendicarD
2.1 / 5 (7) Nov 10, 2012
Yawn. Faux news propaganda intended to boost ratings and prevent Obama's re-election.

It failed on both accounts.
obama_socks
1.8 / 5 (16) Nov 10, 2012
Yeah right? Romney and Ryan failed to land the popular vote only because 3 million lazy azzed REGISTERED Republicans decided to stay home for whatever reason they had to not vote. Though it might not have made much of a difference anyway if the Electorate had already made up their mind? as to who they would award points....all because certain states are more heavily populated than others. It's the Electoral College that makes that determination. It's a very unfair system.

The truth about Benghazi has to be told so that Obama can be impeached if he conspired to allow these men to die. Even if the Senate (a swamp full of Democrats) doesn't agree to impeachment, it will still be on record that the House of Reps. passed it. It would then be evident that the Senate didn't pass it because Obama is also a Democrat.
obama_socks
2 / 5 (16) Nov 10, 2012
http://rt.com/new...olf-256/
Obama is a wolf in sheep's clothing, according to WikiLeaks' Assange. Interesting how we both agree on that one thing. Libtards will find this out also, as the months go by and Obama sneaks new policy in that even his most rabidly gullible fans will have a hard time swallowing. :)
Except for the "gimme mah welfare checks and food stamps out of Obama's stash" crowd.
COCO
2 / 5 (8) Nov 12, 2012
Did Osama not die of medical complications in 01? These clowns dusted some poor facsimile - but this was the land of capitalism - let these chaps have their day in the sun.
TheGhostofOtto1923
2.7 / 5 (23) Nov 13, 2012
Just some diction criticism here;
Hopefully, Republicans will not allow the truth to not be told in Congressional hearings, etc.
You should refrain from using double negatives.
because 3 million lazy azzed
You misspelled ASS you freaking ASS.
Estevan57
2.1 / 5 (35) Nov 13, 2012
If anyone knows ass, it is you, Otto.
obama_socks
1 / 5 (9) Nov 13, 2012
Just some diction criticism here;
Hopefully, Republicans will not allow the truth to not be told in Congressional hearings, etc.
You should refrain from using double negatives.
because 3 million lazy azzed
You misspelled ASS you freaking ASS.
-Blotto

As usual, Blotto, you are wrong. There was no double negative in my sentence. "Not allow" referred to "the truth not to be told (or not being told) in Congressional hearings. If I had used the word "not" only once, it would not have made sense to anyone and my original meaning would have been lost for lack of that word.
It is only YOU who cannot comprehend proper usage of the English language, although you do attempt it, on occasion. A double negative is something like "I don't got no coat", which is something you would be more familiar with than I would.

FrankHerbert
1.5 / 5 (8) Nov 13, 2012
Loose lips sink ships.
obama_socks
1.4 / 5 (11) Nov 13, 2012
Additionally, it was a positive statement in which two negative elements are used to produce the positive force, usually for some particular rhetorical effect (for example there is not nothing to worry about!).

Source: dictionary
obama_socks
1 / 5 (10) Nov 13, 2012
Did Osama not die of medical complications in 01? These clowns dusted some poor facsimile - but this was the land of capitalism - let these chaps have their day in the sun.
-COCO

There were some questions as to the reason why Osama's alleged body was not brought back to the U.S. or another place so that he could be positively identified by forensics, but as I recall, there was also some talk of the fear that Muslims would get pissed and become violent if Osama's body was photographed sans shroud and the pictures distributed. It seemed to me that the secretiveness of the mission to kill Osama was not bad, but then to expect Americans to take Obama's word that Osama was dead without giving even a decent amount of evidence to that effect, was a bit much.
Estevan57
2 / 5 (33) Nov 14, 2012
Same goes for the moon landing? Pictures and the word of a Seal team and others should be enough.

Sea burial = no shrine.

VendicarD
3.7 / 5 (3) Nov 14, 2012
Shrine on. Shrine on harvest moon.

See it comes full circle. BinLaden's death is a conspiracy because the moon landing was faked.

The fact that the song came before either the faked moon landing or BinLaden's alleged death is proof that the Illuminati New World Order are behind both.
TheGhostofOtto1923
3.1 / 5 (19) Nov 14, 2012
Additionally, it was a positive statement in which two negative elements are used to produce the positive force, usually for some particular rhetorical effect (for example there is not nothing to worry about!).

Source: dictionary
What, this dictionary?
http://www.boodro...nary.htm

Hey heres one you might be familiar with:

"launch, noon meal.

"He was fired from NASA because he taut a launch pad was where you went to eat."

I dont understand WHY you insist on arguing for the right to make yourself appear even dumber. Like your continued insistance that zero growth required zero births. Remember that?