what you might not know about the Bin Laden raid…

Ok, friends…if you know me, you know I don’t get political….it’s just too tiring.  HOWEVER….I found this facinating and wanted to pass along this “cliff notes” version.  For more info, go to THIS link to get a copy of his book.

Osama Bin Laden was killed within 90 seconds of the US Navy Seals landing in his compound and not after a protracted gun battle, according to the first account by the men who carried out the raid.

The operation was so clinical that only 12 bullets were fired. The Seals have spoken out because they were angered at the version given by politicians, which they see as portraying them as cold-blooded murderers on a “kill mission”. They were also shocked that President Barack Obama announced Bin Laden’s death on television the same evening, rendering useless much of the intelligence they had seized.

Chuck Pfarrer, a former commander of Seal Team 6, which conducted the operation, has interviewed many of those who took part for a book, Seal Target Geronimo. The Seals’ own accounts differ from the White House version, which gave the impression that Bin Laden was killed at the end of the operation rather than in its opening seconds. Pfarrer insists Bin Laden would have been captured had he surrendered. “There isn’t a politician in the world who could resist trying to take credit for getting Bin Laden but it devalued the ‘intel’ and gave time for every other Al-Qaeda leader to scurry to another bolthole,” said Pfarrer. “The men who did this and their valorous act deserve better. It’s a pretty shabby way to treat these guys.”

The first hint of the mission came in January last year when the team’s commanding officer was called to a meeting at the headquarters of joint special operations command. The meeting was held in a soundproof bunker three storeys below ground with his boss, Admiral William McRaven, and a CIA officer. They told him a walled compound in Pakistan had been under surveillance for a couple of weeks. They were certain a high-value individual was inside and needed a plan to present to the president. It had to be someone important. “So is this Bert or Ernie?” he asked. The Seals’ nicknames for Bin Laden and his deputy Ayman al-Zawahiri are a reference to two Muppets in Sesame Street, one tall and thin and the other short and fat. “We have a voice print,” said the CIA officer, “and we’re 60% or 70% certain it’s our guy.” McRaven added that a reconnaissance satellite had measured the target’s shadow. “Over 6ft tall.”

When McRaven added they would use Ghost Hawk helicopters, the team leader had no doubt. “These are the most classified, sophisticated stealth helicopters ever developed,” said Pfarrer. “They are kept in locked hangars and fly so quiet we call it ‘whisper mode’.”

Over the next couple of months a plan was hatched. A mock-up of the compound was built at Tall Pines, an army facility in a national forest somewhere in the eastern US.

Four reconnaissance satellites were placed in orbit over the compound, sending back video and communications intercepts. A tall figure seen walking up and down was named “the Pacer”. Obama gave the go-ahead and Seal Team 6, known as the Jedi, was deployed to Afghanistan. The White House cancelled plans to provide air cover using jet fighters, fearing this might endanger relations with Pakistan.

Sending in the Ghost Hawks without air cover was considered too risky so the Seals had to use older Stealth Hawks. A Prowler electronic warfare aircraft from the carrier USS Carl Vinson was used to jam Pakistan’s radar and create decoy targets.

Operation Neptune’s Spear was initially planned for April 30 but bad weather delayed it until May 1, a moonless night. The commandos flew on two Stealth Hawks, codenamed Razor 1 and 2, followed by two Chinooks five minutes behind, known as “Command Bird” and the “gun platform”. On board, each Seal was clad in body armour and nightvision goggles and equipped with laser targets, radios and sawn-off M4 rifles. They were expecting up to 30 people in the main house, including Bin Laden and three of his wives, two sons, Khalid and Hamza, his courier, Abu Ahmed al- Kuwaiti, four bodyguards and a number of children. At 56 minutes past midnight the compound came into sight and the code “Palm Beach” signalled three minutes to landing.

Razor 1 hovered above the main house, a three-storey building where Bin Laden lived on the top floor. Twelve Seals abseiled the 5ft-6ft down onto the roof and then jumped to a third-floor patio, where they kicked in the windows and entered.

The first person the Seals encountered was a terrified woman, Bin Laden’s third wife, Khaira, who ran into the hall. Blinded by a searing white strobe light they shone at her, she stumbled back. A Seal grabbed her by the arm and threw her to the floor.

Bin Laden’s bedroom was along a short hall. The door opened; he popped out and then slammed the door shut. “Geronimo, Geronimo, Geronimo,” radioed one Seal, meaning “eyes on target”.

At the same time lights came on from the floor below and Bin Laden’s son Khalid came running up the stairs towards the Seals. He was shot dead.

Two Seals kicked in Bin Laden’s door. The room, they later recalled, “smelt like old clothing, like a guest bedroom in a grandmother’s house”. Inside was the Al-Qaeda leader and his youngest wife, Amal, who was screaming as he pushed her in front of him.

“No, no, don’t do this!” she shouted as her husband reached across the king-size bed for his AK-47 assault rifle. The Seals reacted instantly, firing in the same second. One round thudded into the mattress. The other, aimed at Bin Laden’s head, grazed Amal in the calf. As his hand reached for the gun, they each fired again: one shot hit his breastbone, the other his skull, killing him instantly and blowing out the back of his head.

Meanwhile Razor 2 was heading for the guesthouse, a low, shoebox-like building, where Bin Laden’s courier, Kuwaiti, and his brother lived. As the helicopter neared, a door opened and two figures appeared, one waving an AK-47. This was Kuwaiti. In the moonless night he could see nothing and lifted his rifle, spraying bullets wildly.

He did not see the Stealth Hawk. On board someone shouted, “Bust him!”, and a sniper fired two shots. Kuwaiti was killed, as was the person behind him, who turned out to be his wife. Also on board were a CIA agent, a Pakistani- American who would act as interpreter, and a sniffer dog called Karo, wearing dog body armour and goggles. Within two minutes the Seals from Razor 2 had cleared the guesthouse and removed the women and children.

They then ran to the main house and entered from the ground floor, checking the rooms. One of Bin Laden’s bodyguards was waiting with his AK-47. The Seals shot him twice and he toppled over.

Five minutes into the operation the command Chinook landed outside the compound, disgorging the commanding officer and more men. They blasted through the compound wall and rushed in. The commander made his way to the third floor, where Bin Laden’s body lay on the floor face up. Photographs were taken, and the commander called on his satellite phone to headquarters with the words: “Geronimo Echo KIA” — Bin Laden enemy killed in action.

“This was the first time the White House knew he was dead and it was probably 20 minutes into the raid,” said Pfarrer. A sample of Bin Laden’s DNA was taken and the body was bagged. They kept his rifle. It is now mounted on the wall of their team room at their headquarters in Virginia Beach, Virginia, alongside photographs of a dozen colleagues killed in action in the past 20 years.

At this point things started to go wrong. Razor 1 took off but the top secret “green unit” that controls the electronics failed. The aircraft went into a spin and crashed tail-first into the compound.. The Seals were alarmed, thinking it had been shot down, and several rushed to the wreckage. The crew climbed out, shaken but unharmed.

The commanding officer ordered them to destroy Razor 2, to remove the green unit, and to smash the avionics. They then laid explosive charges. They loaded Bin Laden’s body onto the Chinook along with the cache of intelligence in plastic bin bags and headed toward the USS Carl Vinson. As they flew off they blew up Razor 2. The whole operation had taken 38 minutes.

The following morning White House officials announced that the helicopter had crashed as it arrived, forcing the Seals to abandon plans to enter from the roof. A photograph of the situation room showed a shocked Hillary Clinton, the secretary of state, with her hand to her mouth.

Why did they get it so wrong? What they were watching was live video but it was shot from 20,000 feet by a drone circling overhead and relayed in real time to the White House and Leon Panetta, the CIA director, in Langley. The Seals were not wearing helmet cameras, and those watching in Washington had no idea what was happening inside the buildings. “They don’t understand our terminology, so when someone said the ‘insertion helicopter’ has crashed, they assumed it meant on entry,” said Pfarrer.

What infuriated the Seals, according to Pfarrer, was the description of the raid as a kill mission. “I’ve been a Seal for 30 years and I never heard the words ‘kill mission’,” he said. “It’s a Beltway [Washington insider’s fantasy word. If it was a kill mission you don’t need Seal Team 6; you need a box of hand grenades.”

Remember…you can go HERE to get a copy of his book and get the rest of the story…..(insert Paul Harvey’s voice here)

GOOD DAY!

history lesson…WWII…

This is 16mm color (not “colorized”) footage that you may not have seen of carrier action in the Pacific.  Not many color shots in the ’40s – extremely expensive then, with a complicated and exacting processing process.

Again, this is actual real time aerial battle footage on gun mounted cameras as it actually happened!  AND a great history lesson….

oh, i love your shoes….

We are in a war.  How do I know?  Because the Bible says so. (Eph. 6:10-18)  But so far we have decided to wake up and put on our Belt of Truth, our Breastplate of Righteousness and now it’s time to put on our shoes.

Ahh…the shoes of peace.  Wouldn’t you love to own a pair of those?  The kind of peace that gives you a firm footing in life.  Regardless of how hard the enemy hits you…this kind of peace will hold you in place!  (I would like these in a ‘buy one get one’, please)

The Roman soldier’s shoes were not ordinary shoes.  They were made out of bronze or brass and had two parts: 1) the greave 2) the shoe itself.

The greave was a tube-like piece of bronze that began at the top of the knee and extended down past the lower leg, resting on the top of the foot.  It was made from a warped sheet of beautifully tooled metal that had been formed to fit around the calf of the Roman soldiers leg.  The shoe was made of two pieces of metal.  On the top and bottom, the foot was covered with pieces of brass. The sides of the shoe were held together by multiple pieces of leather.  On the bottom, were dangerous spikes that were one or more inches long.  And I thought that I had  KILLER SHOES!!

According to the Apostle Paul, “peace” is an awesome weapon, both defensive and offensive.  It not only protects you, but it also provides you with a ferocious weapon to wield against the enemy when he attacks.  Ephesians 6:15, “And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace”.   If you use the weapon of peace correctly, it will keep spiritual foes where they belong.  UNDER YOUR FEET!!  One good kick from these bad boys and the enemy’s strategies will be crushed!!

We are in a battle against the dominion of thoughts and attitudes and we have to be prepared with inner peace that comes from God. In Jesus, we have that peace.  Ephesians 2:14, “He Himself is our peace.” So when we put on our shoes, we are arming ourselves with God’s peace.  And isn’t that we want the world to see?  When we find ourselves in a situation that is totally out of our control (I’m thinking sickness and everything else that is going on in our country here) we, as Christians, want the world to see the peace of Christ ruling our lives because we are to stand apart! How can we minister to others if we are fearful?

John 14:27, “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you.  Let not your heart be troubled, and neither let it be afraid.”

I want a pair of those shoes!!! I want to step out if faith without being moved by what I’m seeing or hearing.  I want to stick my spikes firmly into the ground and say, “I’m not moving until the work of God in this area of my life is finished.”


heart of my hearts…

This post was originally written last year, but it is a favorite series of mine and I thought, since we do live in a troubled time…it is necessary to see it again…I will continue the series for the next few days..


The battle lines are drawn.  God and His people are on one side and Satan and his demons are on the other.  We, as christians, have to be prepared for a daily onslaught of arrows.

First Peter 5:8 warns us, “Be sober, be vigilant because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.” We’ve put on our Belt of Truth or Knowledge of God and now we need to put on our Breastplate of Righteousness.

The Bible says that when we become christians we are immediately equipped with the righteousness of Christ.  Our breastplate signifies that we are protected by His righteousness! When Satan points out all our faults and defects to the Lord, God says, “I don’t see them that way…I see them through my Son, Jesus Christ.”

2 Corinthians 5:21, “For He hath made Him [Jesus] to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him.”

Since we have this wonderful gift of righteousness then our lives should be changed!  Changed by the power of God!  We have to stand apart from this world because of His love and truth.  In our flesh, it is impossible to be righteous….otherwise Jesus wouldn’t have had to die on the cross for our sins. BUT, we can wear our armor consistently and feel protected from the evil one!

Our breastplate protects our heart.  And in our heart are emotions and feelings that need daily safeguarding. If we don’t  have our breastplate firmly in place then Satan can toss slanderous accusations that can penetrate our minds and emotions that can injure our spiritual walk!

Where is your heart?  What is protecting it today?  Did you put on your armor?  Put it on now….

are we really in a war?

This post was originally written last year, but it is a favorite series of mine and I thought, since we do live in a troubled time…it is necessary to see it again…I will continue the series for the next few days..

Many christians aren’t even aware that there IS a spiritual war going on….but there is.  And we christians are the direct targets of the enemy.

Ephesians 6:11 tells us to “Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil”.  The word “wiles” means “strategy” or “plans of war”.  Satan has his eyes set on christians that are serving the Lord and is not after those who already belong to him.  And we live on Satan’s territory!  We’re not fighting on ‘neutral’ ground or even God’s ground.  This battle is in enemy territory and the world, the flesh and the devil are our common enemies.

And our enemies maneuver in order to entice us and cause weakness and failure in our lives…..so…if we are going to fight in this war, we better observe that there really is a war going on and how we are planning to fight it.

1 Peter 5:8 alerts us to “Be sober, be vigilant because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.”  He wants to devour your life, your testimony and anything that could be used for God’s purpose.  A favorite trick of the devil is to make believers magnify his power to a greater degree than it deserves!  So we have to be careful not to imagine that the devil is behind everything that occurs, which could cause us to become paralyzed and keep us from usefulness in the Kingdom of God.

THANKFULLY, at the Cross, Jesus unraveled satan’s power over us! In Colossians 2:15, Paul clearly portrays Jesus’ victory and satan’s defeat!  It says, “And having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it.”  WOO HOO!!  It was not a quiet moment in Heaven!  Jesus made a display of these defeated enemies and it must have been quite a show!

But the fact still remains…as long as we seek to live in God’s will and obey His word for our lives, the devil will do his best to oppose and destroy the plan that God wants to accomplish through us.

FOR THAT REASON…HE HAS GIVEN US A SET OF SPIRITUAL ARMOR….and tomorrow we are going to put it on to “stand against the wiles of the devil”.

oh, i love your shoes….

We are in a war.  How do I know?  Because the Bible says so. (Eph. 6:10-18)  But so far we have decided to wake up and put on our Belt of Truth, our Breastplate of Righteousness and now it’s time to put on our shoes.

Ahh…the shoes of peace.  Wouldn’t you love to own a pair of those?  The kind of peace that gives you a firm footing in life.  Regardless of how hard the enemy hits you…this kind of peace will hold you in place!  (I would like these in a ‘buy one get one’, please)

The Roman soldier’s shoes were not ordinary shoes.  They were made out of bronze or brass and had two parts: 1) the greave 2) the shoe itself.

The greave was a tube-like piece of bronze that began at the top of the knee and extended down past the lower leg, resting on the top of the foot.  It was made from a warped sheet of beautifully tooled metal that had been formed to fit around the calf of the Roman soldiers leg.  The shoe was made of two pieces of metal.  On the top and bottom, the foot was covered with pieces of brass. The sides of the shoe were held together by multiple pieces of leather.  On the bottom, were dangerous spikes that were one or more inches long.  And I thought that I had KILLER SHOES!!

According to the Apostle Paul, “peace” is an awesome weapon, both defensive and offensive.  It not only protects you, but it also provides you with a ferocious weapon to wield against the enemy when he attacks.  Ephesians 6:15, “And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace”.   If you use the weapon of peace correctly, it will keep spiritual foes where they belong.  UNDER YOUR FEET!!  One good kick from these bad boys and the enemy’s strategies will be crushed!!

We are in a battle against the dominion of thoughts and attitudes and we have to be prepared with inner peace that comes from God. In Jesus, we have that peace.  Ephesians 2:14, “He Himself is our peace.” So when we put on our shoes, we are arming ourselves with God’s peace.  And isn’t that we want the world to see?  When we find ourselves in a situation that is totally out of our control (I’m thinking sickness and everything else that is going on in our country here) we, as Christians, want the world to see the peace of Christ ruling our lives because we are to stand apart! How can we minister to others if we are fearful?

John 14:27, “Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you.  Let not your heart be troubled, and neither let it be afraid.”

I want a pair of those shoes!!! I want to step out if faith without being moved by what I’m seeing or hearing.  I want to stick my spikes firmly into the ground and say, “I’m not moving until the work of God in this area of my life is finished.”

Let’s put on those shoes and walk in Israel, March 2011!  You don’t have to wear your greaves, but a comfy pair of tennies would be nice!  Check out www.medskeens.com to get all the scoop.

heart of my hearts…

The battle lines are drawn.  God and His people are on one side and Satan and his demons are on the other.  We, as christians, have to be prepared for a daily onslaught of arrows.

First Peter 5:8 warns us, “Be sober, be vigilant because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.” We’ve put on our Belt of Truth or Knoweledge of God and now we need to put on our Breastplate of Righteousness.

The Bible says that when we become christians we are immediately equipped with the righteousness of Christ.  Our breastplate signifies that we are protected by His righteousness! When Satan points out all our faults and defects to the Lord, God says, “I don’t see them that way…I see them through my Son, Jesus Christ.”

2 Corinthians 5:21, “For He hath made Him [Jesus] to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in Him.”

Since we have this wonderful gift of righteousness then our lives should be changed!  Changed by the power of God!  We have to stand apart from this world because of His love and truth.  In our flesh, it is impossible to be righteousness….otherwise Jesus wouldn’t have had to die on the cross for our sins. BUT, we can wear our armor consistently and feel protected from the evil one!

Our breastplate protects our heart.  And in our heart are emotions and feelings that need daily safeguarding. If we don’t  have our breastplate firmly in place then Satan can toss slanderous accusations that can penetrate our minds and emotions that can injure our spiritual walk!

Where is your heart?  What is protecting it today?  Did you put on your armor?  It’s not too late……..and it’s also not too late to be going with us to the Holy Land in March 2011.  Let’s go together and learn together all that He has done for us.  The scriptures come alive when you walk where Jesus walked.  Visit www.medskeens.com for more info.

are we really in a war?

Many christians aren’t even aware that there IS a spiritual war going on….but there is.  And we christians are the direct targets of the enemy.

Ephesians 6:11 tells us to “Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil”.  The word “wiles” means “strategy” or “plans of war”.  Satan has his eyes set on christians that are serving the Lord and is not after those who already belong to him.  And we live on Satan’s territory!  We’re not fighting on ‘neutral’ ground or even God’s ground.  This battle is in enemy territory and the world, the flesh and the devil are our common enemies.

And our enemies maneuver in order to entice us and cause weakness and failure in our lives…..so…if we are going to fight in this war, we better observe that there really is a war going on and how we are planning to fight it.

1 Peter 5:8 alerts us to “Be sober, be vigilant because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.”  He wants to devour your life, your testimony and anything that could be used for God’s purpose.  A favorite trick of the devil is to make believers magnify his power to a greater degree than it deserves!  So we have to be careful not to imagine that the devil is behind everything that occurs, which could cause us to become paralyzed and keep us from usefulness in the Kingdom of God.

THANKFULLY, at the Cross, Jesus unraveled satan’s power over us! In Colossians 2:15, Paul clearly portrays Jesus’ victory and satan’s defeat!  It says, “And having disarmed principalities and powers, He made a spectacle of them, triumphing over them in it.”  WOO HOO!!  It was not a quiet moment in Heaven!  Jesus made a display of these defeated enemies and it must have been quite a show!

But the fact still remains…as long as we seek to live in God’s will and obey His word for our lives, the devil will do his best to oppose and destroy the plan that God wants to accomplish through us.

FOR THAT REASON…HE HAS GIVEN US A SET OF SPIRITUAL ARMOR….and tomorrow we are going to put it on to “stand against the wiles of the devil”.