Former United States Navy SEAL and SEAL Team 6 member Robert O’Neill is making the publicity rounds yet again, this time toting a new autobiography called The Operator. Already, its juiciest morsel is proving to be a slick media vehicle to entice potential book buyers.
It’s this: O’Neill offers a brief, yet gruesome explanation as to why those coveted photographs of a dead Osama bin Laden never surfaced (the veteran was indeed part of the raid on the infamous terrorist’s compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan back in 2011 and for years multiple accounts have O’Neill as one of a handful of operators who landed a shot).
This via Yahoo!:
“In less than a second, I aimed above the woman’s right shoulder and pulled the trigger twice,” he wrote, according to the New York Daily News. “Bin Laden’s head split open, and he dropped. I put another bullet in his head. Insurance.”
O’Neill’s book says the operators had to press bin Laden’s head back together to take identifying photos.
After bin Laden’s body was taken back to Afghanistan for full identification, it was transported to the USS Carl Vinson (CVN-70) for burial at sea. Somewhere in the Arabian Sea on May 2, 2011, a military officer read prepared religious remarks, and bin Laden’s body was slid into the sea.
The Defense Department has said it couldn’t locate photos or video of the event, according to emails obtained in 2012 by The Associated Press.
Other similar theories have been expressed in the past few years. One was dug up by a former U.S. Army Ranger through numerous sources, and the other was published by The Intercept.