Navy Seal Team 6 in wee hours of Sunday shot and killed Osama bin Laden in a fortress-like compound. The compound was around one kilometer (half a mile) away from the Kakul Military Academy, an army-run institution for top officers and one of several military installations. It was built in 2005 at the end of a narrow dirt road with “extraordinary” security measures. The compound had 12 to 18-feet walls topped with barbed wire with two security gates and no telephone or Internet service connected to it. It raises questions over whether Pakistani security forces knew the whereabouts of the world’s most wanted man. Hmmm…ISI safe house anyone??
The members of Team 6 are all “black” operatives. They exist outside military protocol; engage in operations that are at the highest level of classification and often outside the boundaries of international law. To maintain plausible deniability in case they are caught, records of black operations are rarely, if ever, kept. The development of SEAL Team 6 was in direct response to the 1980 attempt to rescue the American hostages held in Iran. The mission was a terrific failure that fell apart at many points and illustrated the need for a dedicated counter-terrorist capable of operating with the utmost secrecy.
The Team was labeled 6 at the time to confuse Soviet intelligence about the number of SEAL teams in operation at the time. There were only two others. In interviews with Navy Seal members about information of Team 6 there response was simply: “They don’t exist”.
We at NFL Draft Rage applaud this elite special unit for giving family members of the tragic 911 bombings and Americans across the country some sense of closure. The United States was well represented in this operation that resulted in no American or civilian casualties. The decision to bury Bin Laden at sea should be applauded as it gives the opposition no site to pay homage to. We cannot fully comprehend the bravery of these men who were dropped into the night as guardians of our freedoms.
“Are you guys ready? Let’s roll!” — Flight 93 passenger Todd Beamer, apparently as a signal to other passengers to attack the hijackers, Sept. 11.