How credible is the author of 'No Easy Day'?
In his book and in a TV interview, the author of 'No Easy Day' describes the killing of Osama bin Laden and the efforts to identify the body. Fellow SEALs call the book account 'first hand.'
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Heavily disguised with makeup, Mr. Bissonnette discussed the book Sunday on "60 Minutes," in which he reports surveying a grievously wounded man and trying to determine whether it was, in fact, bin Laden. “In his death throes, he was still twitching and convulsing,” he writes.
Bissonnette then describes what happened next: “Another assaulter and I trained our lasers on his chest and fired several rounds.”
With that, America’s No. 1 enemy was killed by the US Navy’s SEAL Team 6.
Hours later, President Obama would announce bin Laden’s demise on national television.
The former Navy SEAL then describes how a fellow assaulter squirted water from his CamelBak hose onto bin Laden’s face to clear away blood so that the SEALs could better recognize him for identification purposes.
“I started to wipe the blood away from his face using a blanket from the bed,” Bissonnette tells readers. “With each swipe, the face became more familiar. He was younger than I expected.”
Rather than grey, bin Laden’s beard was black. Bissonnette reports later finding a box of “Just for Men” hair dye in bin Laden’s bathroom.
The SEALs took photos with two different cameras, and collected duplicate samples of blood and saliva. They tried to use “a spring-loaded syringe the CIA gave us to get a blood-marrow sample,” he recalls, but the spring-load mechanism didn't work.
Copies of the photos and samples went to two SEALs traveling on two different helicopters, so that if one was shot down, Bissonnette explains, the evidence of bin Laden’s death would survive.