SEAL Book "All a Lie": Navy

Chuck Pfarrer claims to reveal the "real" version of what happened during the SEALs raid on Osama bin Laden's compound

By R. Stickney
|  Tuesday, Nov 15, 2011  |  Updated 2:04 PM PDT
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A few dozen U.S.Navy SEALs, led by CIA operatives, took down Osama bin Laden and a former member of the elite military club that trains in Coronado claims to have all the details in his new book.

If you ask the U.S. Special Operations Command, the book and its claims are all a lie.

Chuck Pfarrer claims to reveal the "real" version of the raid on Osama bin Laden's compound in "SEAL Target Geronimo."

The SEALs involved in the raid are considered the best of the best, the Naval Special Warfare Development group or Dev-Gru.

Dev-Gru, commonly known as SEAL Team 6 is based in Virginia but its operators are veteran SEAL team members, like those who train here in San Diego at Naval Base Coronado.

Everything about the team is classfied. Members can't speak about anything and the government won't even confirm they exist.

That's not how Pfarrer tells it in the book that made it onto the Amazon Top 20 sales list last week.

He claims he not only talked with the SEALs on the ground but those in what he called "the secondary bird" the aircraft full of SEALs that was on standby if needed to rescue the first contingent of SEALs.

U.S. Special Operations Commend spokesperson Tim Nye said Pfarrer had no access to any troops connected to the mission. He said there will be no investigation into whether individual SEALs spoke to Pfarrer because his account is so off-base.

"We have never come forward and gone after an author and say, `that is a lie,"' Nye said. "That tells you how far off the mark we believe this book is."

Pfarrer has made a two-decade career in Hollywood with books and screenplays taken from his roughly eight years as a junior officer with the SEALs. His current book includes romantic descriptions of the SEAL raiders.

He defended the book as a patriotic way to laud the "heroes of the bin Laden mission."

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