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Former SEALs and CIA operatives to launch campaign blasting Obama over leaks and bragging over bin Laden death

  • Ben Smith, former SEAL, says: 'It is my civic duty to tell the president to stop leaking information to the enemy. It will get Americans killed.'

  • Video released by OPSEC - short for Operational Security - which claims to be nonpartisan

By Toby Harnden

PUBLISHED:18:09 GMT, 15 August 2012| UPDATED:21:42 GMT, 15 August 2012

A group of former U.S. Navy SEALs, other Special Forces troops and CIA operatives is to launch a national campaign to tell Barack Obama: ‘Mr. President, you did not kill Osama bin Laden, America did.’

The group, calling itself OPSEC, short for Operational Security, will also highlight the slew of national security leaks from the Obama administration, which Mitt Romney has also focused on.

And in May, former and serving SEALS told MailOnline of their dismay that Obama had begun to use the killing of the terror mastermind to his own political advantage.

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Not in my name: Navy SEAL Ben Smith speaks out against the Obama administration's leaking of classified material


Spreading the message: OPSEC insists it is nonpartisan and not connected to any presidential campaign or political party

'Intelligence and Special Operations members are angry and frustrated at how our work has been used for political advantage by officials across government, including President Obama himself who bears special responsibility as Commander in Chief,' Scott Taylor, chairman of OPSEC and a former SEAL, told Reuters.

'We want the American people to understand the cost of these leaks and politicization both on those who serve and on our national security and to hold those in positions of leadership accountable if it doesn’t stop.'

Last month, Ryan Zinke, a retired SEAL commander and Republican state senator, launched a new super PAC to run ads in swing states against Obama.

In 2004, the famous Swift Boat ads of 2004 cast doubt on Senator John Kerry's Vietnam service and could well have cost him the White House.


Savvy: Obama pictured having breakfast today with military veterans in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. Former Navy SEALs are to launch a national campaign criticizing him for using their work to his political advantage

Leaders of the OPSEC insist it is nonpartisan and not connected to any presidential campaign or political party.

Its opening attack on Obama is a 22-minute film. In it, Ben Smith, a former SEAL, says: 'Mr. President, you did not kill Osama bin Laden, America did. The work that the American military has done killed Osama bin Laden. You did not.


'As a citizen, it is my civic duty to tell the president to stop leaking information to the enemy. It will get Americans killed.'

The video also contains an emotional interview with Debbie Lee, mother of Marc Alan Lee, the first Navy SEAL to be killed in Iraq, to honor her son's sacrifice for his country.

MailOnline was the first to report dissatisfaction among SEALs with what they saw as Obama's unseemly attempts to highlight his own role in the death of bin Laden.

Zinke was among those interviewed.



Sacrifice: Debbie Lee (left) speaks on the OPSEC video. Her son Marc Alan Lee (right, with his mother) was the first Navy SEAL killed in Iraq

Their dismay was triggered by an Obama campaign ad entitled 'One Chance'. In it President Bill Clinton was featured saying that Obama took 'the harder and the more honorable path' in ordering that bin Laden be killed. The words 'Which path would Mitt Romney have taken?' were then displayed.

The White House also marked the first anniversary of the SEAL Team Six raid that killed bin Laden inside his compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan with a series of briefings and an NBC interview in the Situation Room designed to highlight the 'gutsy call' made by Obama.

In a press conference, Obama trumpeted his personal role and implied that Romney, who in 2008 expressed reservations about the wisdom of sending troops into Pakistan, would have let bin Laden live.


Critical: a group of former Navy SEALs has slated Obama for national security leaks including information surrounding the death of Osama bin Laden



Compromised: The video released by a group of military experts believes that the assassination of Osama bin Laden (left) was compromised by the speed in which President Obama (right) announced it to the country

'I said that I'd go after bin Laden if we had a clear shot at him, and I did,' Mr Obama said. 'If there are others who have said one thing and now suggest they'd do something else, then I'd go ahead and let them explain it.'

Obama has sought to capitalise on his foreign policy record on the stump, emphasising the death of bin Laden, the end of the Iraq war and his plans to pull troops out of Afghanistan.

But Romney and other Republicans have pointed to media stories reports about secret drone attacks, informers within al Qaeda and cyber warfare attacks against Iran that have helped boost image as a strong leader.


Combat: The new video suggests that Obama is fighting personal political battles using the work of the U.S. military



Intelligence: Retired CIA officer Dave LaMorte (left) and operative Simon (right), who could not reveal his identity, spoke of the dangers that the American military were being placed in because of government leaks

Scott Taylor, president of Special Operations OPSEC Education Fund Incorporated and a former SEAL who ran unsuccessfully for the Republican nomination for a congressional seat in Virginia in 2010, said his group was a 'watchdog organisation' but added that the Obama administration 'has certainly leaked more than others'.

Fred Rustmann, a former CIA case and now OPSEC spokesman, said its focus on leaks was 'not a partisan concern' but the Obama administration had been leaking ‘to help this guy get re-elected, at the expense of peoples' lives', adding: 'We want to see that they don't do this again.'

The Obama administration is pointing to a CNN interview last month in which Admiral William McRaven, who oversaw the raid, said: 'At the end of the day, make no mistake about it, it was the president of the United States that shouldered the burden for this operation, that made the hard decisions, that was instrumental in the planning process, because I pitched every plan to him.'

here come the tea-baggers .

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LOL ppl gotta bitch about everything.. they are crying he leaked military information.. but it was AFTER the missions were complete.. its not like he told the world he was ABOUT to kill binladen.. And he would be ignorant not to use it to his benefit to win the election especially when the opposition is as stupid as romney.. that guy is just brain dead..

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I saw a set of interviews with a couple of the servicemen featured in the film and they admitted there were many falsifications in the video, and that is was strictly for political purposes .. if Obama has all this power, and a willingness to use it, I would expect him to take out most of these folks with "drones" over the next two months ..

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That's ridiculous... show some more respect for your commander-in-cheif. I know a lot of other presidents wouldn't have had the balls to make the decisions Obama made, and it paid off. Obama made the decision, while he may not have physically put the bullet in the man, he still deserves a lot of credit, along with the Seals that pulled the mission off.

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Anti-Obama Navy SEAL leader: 'I have to admit that I'm a Birther' (It gets worse)

Seeded on Fri Aug 17, 2012 5:27 PM EDT

Seeded by Carloz

President Barack Obama is a socialist, was raised by communists, and wasn't born in the United States, according to the former Navy SEAL who founded the group Special Operations Speaks (SOS), which aims to portray Obama as anti-military in this election season.

Earlier this week, a different group of former Navy SEALS calling themselves the Special Operations OPSEC Education Fund rolled out its campaign to criticize Obama for leaking national security information and taking what it believes as undue credit for the killing of Osama bin Laden. That group claims to be non-political.

But the founder of SOS, a similar group with the same mission and the same tactics, says he has no problem admitting that he is against Obama's politics, personality, and believes that America's current president is lying about his origins.

"I have to admit that I'm a Birther," said SOS founder Larry Bailey, a retired 27-year veteran of the Navy SEALs, in an interview. "If there were a jury of 12 good men and women and the evidence were placed before them, there would be absolutely no question Barack Obama was not born where he said he was and is not who he says he is."

Bailey, who is part of the leadership of SOS's effort to mobilize thousands to take to the streets to denounce Obama's treatment of the military through an SOS project called Operation Street Corner, doesn't only believe that the president is a foreigner. He also believes that he is not actually the son of Barack Obama, Sr. Bailey trumpeted the conspiracy theory that the president is actually the love child of Ann Dunham and writer Frank Marshall Davis.

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