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Though it will appear in libraries under the nonfiction section, the United States Special Operations Command is claiming the book, SEAL Target Geronimo, is false. In former Navy SEAL Chuck Pfarrer’s novel, Osama Bin Laden died a much more controversial death. He claims that, contrary to the official story released by U.S. officials, the SEAL team broke into the compound and killed bin Laden within 90 seconds.
“It’s just not true,” U.S. Special Operations Command spokesman Col. Tim Nye said to the Associated Press. “It’s not how it happened.” In the official account of the operation, SEAL troops stormed the Pakistan compound on May 1, in the midst of a firefight. From there, troops found where Bin Laden was hiding, killing him.
In a conference held on May 3, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney announced details of the event. “The team methodically cleared the compound, moving from room to room, in an operation lasting nearly forty minutes,” he read. “They were engaged in a firefight throughout the operation…”
Pfarrer’s book has been on Amazon’s Top 20 Books sales list, as reported by the Associated Press. According to the report, he has also been featured on many media programs, including Fox News and CNN. In an interview with Good Day LA on Nov. 10, Pfarrer defended his book and the stance he took in it.
“Getting Osama Bin Laden off the street is a laudable and good goal, but the men and women who supported this operation and the valiant SEALS who carried it out deserve better than to have this shabby story of the ground-up assault and a murder in a bedroom,” he said. “History deserves the truth. The American public deserves the truth and the SEALS who carried this out deserve it.”
Pfarrer is also the author of Warrior Sould: The Memoir of a Navy SEAL. He is also contributed to many works in Hollywood. He is a writer and producer for Navy Seals, Darkman, Hard Target, The Jackal, Virus, and Red Planet. Since the official narrative was launched, the White House has had to modify the statements. The Defense Department released the following statement, as reported by Politico.
“In the room with Bin Laden, a woman – Bin Laden’s wife – rushed the U.S. assaulter and was shot in the leg but not killed,” the brief statement said. “Bin Laden was then shot and killed. He was not armed.” Originally, the narrative read that Bin Laden was armed and his wife was killed.