Book might hinder other terrorists

Yes, I think the book written by a former Navy SEAL about the killing of Osama bin Laden should be published. There are two reasons for this.

The first is that the book, "No Easy Day," paraphrased from the Navy SEAL philosophy that the only easy day was yesterday, is written under a pen name of Mark Owen, and all material contained in the book is derived from unclassified publications and sources.

According to the author's notes, efforts were made to protect tactics, techniques and procedures in the operations. So what's this hubbub all about?

The second reason is that by revealing such clandestine operations as the killing of bin Laden, any potential future bin Ladens might be discouraged from attempting similar terrorist activities.

John Hom

Walnut Creek

SEAL failed to honor commitment to U.S.

Every SEAL must honor a commitment to his country and owes his fellow SEALs a similar commitment, for the sake of their safety, to keep silent on such matters.

The training the SEAL received, at great expense to the U.S. government and his fellow Americans, was not intended to provide personal gain or to draw personal attention.


Advertisement

Even if the money from the book sales is given to charity, the loss to American security far exceeds the monetary value. There is nothing gained by the publication of this book and its revelations, just damage.

The SEALs, and particularly SEAL Team 6 that includes the book's author, are held in high esteem by Americans for skill, training and cool professionalism. In addition, many others provide solid backup support. It is a team effort.

One SEAL member should not try to garner the glory by his revelations. The opposite will happen, in that this action by this SEAL will be deplored.

Richard Jesse

Dublin

Must not muzzle the truth-tellers

I think the book written by a former Navy SEAL about the killing of Osama bin Laden should be published.

I am not sure we have heard the truth about what happened and we have not seen any photo or video evidence related to the event. I do not believe a former SEAL would reveal any information detrimental to the SEALs or the United States and he would not reveal any secrets.

This can't be said about the administration. It has told our enemies way too much about the operation, blown the cover of human assets, and given Hollywood privileged access to facilities and information about the raid with the hope of getting a favorable Hollywood version of the event.

The administration shows disrespect for our fallen SEAL heroes when it sends form letters to their survivors and wants to court martial SEALs whose captives complain about their treatment.

Let's not add muzzling those who speak the truth to the list of offenses to the military.

Gregg Manning

Clayton

Suspicion that Rove had a hand in book

Properly redacted for national security concerns, there is no reason why "No Easy Day," the book authored by a former SEAL, shouldn't be published.

But there's a much larger question: Why is a book that criticizes a laudable decision by President Barack Obama surfacing two months before the election?

If Osama bin Laden had been killed during President George W. Bush's tenure, Republicans would still be throwing lavish parties to commemorate the event. Has anyone forgotten the humiliating display of incompetence when Bush admitted, "I haven't lost any sleep wondering where he (bin Laden) is"?

Using the president's covert operation to stimulate partisan fervor is unconscionable by any reasonable standard of patriotism. If Bush's initiative had eliminated the targeted terrorist, I'd have been disgusted if Democrats hadn't been profuse in their praise.

Anyone familiar with Republican operative Karl Rove's sinister method of operation understands there's nothing he won't attempt to secure a political advantage. The timing of the book's release and its content have the foul smell of Rove's corrupt influence.

Ronald Entwistle

San Pablo

Publishing could harm many others

Many jobs require that sensitive information remain a secret so that others are not harmed.

If the publishing of this book releases sensitive information, the public might be harmed, and for this reason, the book should not be published.

Lawrence Ching

South San Francisco

Book should be held under lock and key

''No Easy Day," by a former Navy SEAL, might be riveting and insightful, but it should not be published.

It is the tale of a daring mission, ordered by the highest officials in our country and executed by a courageous and capable Navy SEAL team, to bring down the No. 1 enemy of the United States in a swift, powerful blow.

Though it is a narrative that provides information the American people deserve to know, a book about the killing of Osama bin Laden would undermine national security. It is our right to know how our government operates, but not in this situation.

A publication detailing the Navy SEALs' procedure in removing a global threat could prevent them from doing so again in the future, if necessary. This book would tantalize people's minds, at the most, while giving up secrets that must be kept safe.

The potential costs far outweigh the benefits. The book should not be published, but be held securely under lock and key.

Andrew Rasiah

San Ramon

Apparently no secrets were revealed

Despite threats of legal action by the Pentagon, no secret information, apparently, is in the book "No Easy Day," written by a former Navy SEAL about the killing of Osama bin Laden.

Interestingly, the moving up of the publication date to Sept. 4 from Sept. 11 put it at the beginning, rather than the end of the Democratic National Convention.

The public's trust of elected national officials of either major party, and members of the military-industrial complex, are at all-time lows.

Ralph Hoffmann

Walnut Creek