The New York Times Bashes SEAL Team 6

This weekend marks the 71st anniversary of D-Day, the largest seaborne invasion in history, the event which began the eventual defeat of Nazi Germany.  This weekend also saw the publication of an article in the New York Times castigating the storied special operations unit SEAL Team 6.


Entitled, “The Secret History of SEAL Team 6: Quiet Killings and Blurred Lines,” the subhead read, “The unit best known for killing Osama bin Laden has been converted into a global manhunting machine with limited outside oversight.”

The multiple writers led off the article with the following:

They have plotted deadly missions from secret bases in the badlands of Somalia. In Afghanistan, they have engaged in combat so intimate that they have emerged soaked in blood that was not their own. On clandestine raids in the dead of the night, their weapons of choice have ranged from customized carbines to primeval tomahawks.

They also accused the operators of:

  • Killing men in one Afghan hamlet;
  • Inadvertently killing civilians in various Afghan villages;
  • Combining forces with the CIA and Afghan partisans to raid a village that left dead youths;
  • Rescuing a British hostage who was aghast at the operators killing all his captors (has the NYT never heard of Stockholm Syndrome?).

The NYT also charges that the Navy and Congress are not fully in control of the secret operators. An attorney for the State Department told the NYT that “This is an area where Congress notoriously doesn’t want to know too much.”

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