SOFREP: “The Shooter” was not “the guy”

| March 25, 2013

You’ve all read that “the Shooter” who got bin Laden has been left out in regards to his medical benefits, but mostly because he didn’t do his research before he left the military. Well our friends at SOFREP say he wasn’t the shooter, either;

One story coming out of Joint Special Operations Command is that the Esquire “shooter” isn’t the shooter after all. To be clear, he wasn’t the point man that put the well placed rounds into UBL’s head that ended the terrorist leaders life. Sure he was there, and deserves credit but he wasn’t the man who shot UBL, and ended his life. And this is an important fact that must be clarified.

The actual shooter at Naval Special Warfare Development Group (NSW DEVGRU or SEAL TEAM 6) has continued to maintain his professional integrity and has not come forward with the story, and most likely never will. Looks like Esquire and Bronstein are the ones who are really screwed, not their interviewee; our sources say he’s off cashing large checks from unsuspecting donors who bought the Esquire pity piece.

The story continues that “the Shooter” was advised to keep his trap shut while he was still on duty, he was also asked to continue his service – obviously, things he didn’t take into consideration before interviewing with Phil Bronstein and Esquire.

Now I wasn’t there and I don’t know, I’m just repeating stuff here. When I talked to Don Shipley, he said that it was likely “the Shooter” was the guy, but no one who wasn’t there knows for sure, so…make up your own mind given all of the noise.

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  1. ComancheDoc says:

    Still having a hard time believing a warrior of that caliber is left out of anything and didn’t get a briefing on his benefits…

  2. Yoshi says:

    If the Esquire story is suspect, then so is this other story from SOFREP.

  3. DaveO says:

    Regardless, every jihadist wanting revenge now has Esquire and the Shooter to thank for providing the jihadists with targets for the rest if the Shooter’s and his family’s lives.

  4. Lucky says:

    I still think the Esquire article is highly suspect, and I know Brandon and the rest from SOFrep, they are good people, and their integrity is above reproach.

  5. JHC says:

    SOFREP had some comments up from active SEALs who know The Shooter and they insist his Command worked hard to convince him to stay in to finish 20. Including offers of non-combat jobs etc.

  6. USMCE8Ret says:

    I wonder how much $$$ Esquire paid for the story?

    So much for responsible journalism.

  7. MCPO NYC USN (Ret.) says:

    No sh*t … Next!

    Oh one other thing … the CPO’s who either quit or left early to CASH in … neither impress or please the rest of the CPO community!

  8. CAs6 says:

    This is my surprised face :-0.

    This ticks me off even more, because of my peers who fell for it. The while time I maintained that if the dude wasn’t an outright fraud, he was at least a blowhard who would become a pariah for lying. So many of my peers (junior officers) all enamored by the SOCOM vibe attached to it and defended the story. The most critical were of the mindset that “even if he is a fake, it is still a serious problem that someone like him can’t get health care.” Bull, if someone is that high up the secret squirrel chain, they have the resources and gumption to make something out of themselves.

    Unless they are a fraud…

  9. Bobo says:

    Even as a nobody E5 in the Navy with 6 years in, I was given three different brieifings by my chain of command on what benefits I would and wouldn’t have if I opted to ETS. As an ARNG company commander, I was the third or fourth guy who my soldiers would see before they formally ETS’d, and they got the same thing about what they would lose when they left. If the submarine fleet in 1990 and the National Guard in 2000 had those requirements, I thought that it was BS that NAVSOC wouldn’t be doing the same to retain someone who they had put a lot of money into.

  10. Stacy0311 says:

    @7-sounds like he thought he could get out and use his reputation to score a high paying gig at a PMC, when that didn’t pan out it suddenly became “poor pitiful me, the military used and abused me and kicked me to the curb with NOTHING”

  11. RunPatRun says:

    @10, that is pretty much the conclusion many of us drew after reading the article.

  12. USMCE8Ret says:

    Be forewarned folks. I’m contacting Rolling Stone and giving them an exclusive interview about how I killed OBL – the REAL DEAL this time.

    (Don’t worry, I’ll split the proceeds with all of you.)

  13. Stacy0311 says:

    @12-you weren’t even on the chopper. And trust me, I know who was on that bird with me……

  14. OWB says:

    Got a couple of problems with all of this.

    The ordinary citizen in me has no need to know any details of this operation, much less who pulled which trigger when, kill short or not. It is simply information which does nothing to enhance our security.

    The veteran in me remembers sitting through many briefings. Also sleeping through plenty of them. But, when they involved my safety or getting paid, I tended to pay attention, at least long enough to find out of whom to ask questions later. Expect most of you had similar experiences.

    So, I am expected to believe that we have an individual here who performed admirable service and suddenly had no interest in self-preservation in terms of benefits while ignoring potential security issues for himself and those with whom he served?

    Nope. Not buying it.

  15. USMCE8Ret says:

    @13 – I didn’t fly in. I was THE advance party, having arrived at the compound before you flew in. I rode in on a camel, dressed like a hadji. I had already breeched the compound and killed OBL by the time the team arrived.

    I can’t discuss the rest ’cause it’s classified, and I don’t want to give away too much more of the story before Rolling Stone publishes it.

  16. MCPO NYC USN (Ret.) says:

    @ 12 and 13 … too late … I just signed with the Nationel Enqueerier … Axclusive Writes to meye story!

  17. Stacy0311 says:

    @16-cracker please, like squids were involved. Sure sign that you’re a phonyfakeposer

  18. USMCE8Ret says:

    @17 – MCPO was there. He picked up the brass.

    (Just joking, MCPO!)

  19. Hondo says:

    OWB: it happens sometimes. I’ve seen guys punch at well over 10 years for what they perceived as “greener pastures”. Some people get all starry-eyed and stupid when they perceive the possibility of dollar signs in large quantities and forget that it’s a long shot.

    My guess is that this guy thought he could cash in bigtime, found out he guessed wrong, and then went to Esquire and sang the blues. I’d also guess he knew the deal well before he left active duty regarding his benefits and what he was giving up, too.

  20. Twist says:

    @12, I will have to bust you out, I sniped OBL from the Space Station.

  21. OWB says:

    @20: Yet another false claim! It was actually me, from the shuttle.


  22. Rocky Rambone says:

    16, 17, 18 and 20 – You are all a bunch of lying shit kickers. I was the point man. I shot OBL. You were all hiding behind me when I went up the stairs. Remember those beans I had for lunch? Any more complaints about them?

  23. Just Plain Jason says:


  24. UpNorth says:

    You guys are all mistaken. I was the point man, I got in disguised as the Domino’s Pizza delivery man.

  25. 2/17 Air Cav says:

    @24. That’s true. I can vouch for that. But I called in the order from the compound.

  26. Hondo says:

    C’mon, folks – quit BSing everybody. Everyone knows we captured bin Laden alive and took him to Area 51. He’s being held there incognito – and is undergoing “medical probing” and examination by the aliens from Zeta Reticuli as we speak.

    The photos are priceless. (smile)

  27. NHSparky says:

    Fuck all-ya’ll. You know it was me when I knocked on OBL’s bedroom door and said, “LAND SHARK!!!”

  28. 2/17 Air Cav says:

    Plumber ma’am.
    But I didn’t call a plumber.
    Telegram ma’am.

  29. USMCE8Ret says:

    @27/28/29 – That’s fuggin’ hysterical!!!!

  30. NHSparky says:

    Sadly, nobody under the age of 45-50 is gonna get that one.

    Christ I’m old.

  31. CC Senor says:

    @26 Hondo, no, my ex-wifes’s uncle’s brother in law was part of the burial detail.

  32. James says:

    @29 – The hardest part was inventing the candygram!!!!

  33. A_Proud_Infidel says:

    ALL OF YOU are full of KA-KA!!! I know JUST what went on. You see, I was the door gunner on the Zygorpian Attack Stealth Saucer that went in, and I got him with a head shot when he looked out of his bathroom window wile taking a whiz. We got his corpse back to Area 51, revived it, and the experiments continue!

  34. Scubasteve says:

    @33, and they probably won’t even give me credit for it.

    Youse all liars! I was there. I was posing as his wife, and actually shot him in the head and pushed him out the door, where somebody shot him again and it threw him back in. Posing as his wife was easy, I didn’t have to worry about being discovered, since he became a card carrying member of NAMBLA (Northern African Muslim Boy Lovers of Alqaeda) during his time in Libya.

  35. NHSparky says:

    @34–Good evening, Scuba. Sorry about the “Up yours, grunt.” I hope this apple pie will in some small way say thank you for your ingenuity and courage in defeating that horrible Osama.

    Of course, you’ll have the good taste not to mention that I spoke to you.

  36. Hondo says:

    Proud Infidel: oh, you’ve done it now. You know the high council of Zeta Reticuli prohibited revealing the existence of the Zygorpian Attack Stealth Saucer during what were earth’s Middle Ages.

    One of the Greys will be by to see you shortly to discuss the matter. (smile)

  37. A_Proud_Infidel says:

    YEAH, RIGHT, Hondo, sure, any moment now, they’ll *ZAAAAAAP!*…………