Navy SEALs Back In Md. For Briefings After Successful Mission

ANDREWS AIR FORCE BASE, Md. (WJZ) — The SEALs who carried out the Osama bin Laden mission are in Maryland Wednesday morning for some top secret briefings.

Andrea Fujii reports the SEALs are at Andrews Air Force Base in Prince George’s County being de-briefed by top officials about the covert operation.

The mission to get Osama bin Laden was even riskier than first thought. Even at “go” time the U.S. still wasn’t completely sure their target was inside the compound.

“It was a staggering undertaking with no one else other than an American group of military warriors who could do it,” said Vice President Joe Biden.

The White House now says bin Laden resisted during the raid, but was not armed when he was shot. One of his wives, who was shot in the leg, was not covering him as first suggested. The White House says she attacked a Navy SEAL.

“We were prepared to capture him if that was possible. We expected a great deal of resistance and we met a great deal of resistance,” said Jay Carney, White House spokesperson.

Officials conducted months of surveillance on the compound, even capturing satellite images of a man walking around the courtyard, who looked a lot like bin Laden.

“There were as many as 16 members of Congress briefed on it, not a single solitary thing leaked,” said Biden.

Among those who did know, Representative Dutch Ruppersberger, who is a ranking member on a House Intelligence committee. He says he was first briefed back in March.

He says he is not sure about the possible release of a photo, showing bin Laden’s body.

“I’m concerned about creating martyrism,” said Ruppersberger.

CIA Director Leon Panetta agrees, but believes the photo will be eventually released anyway.

“I’m sure the concern is just the nature of the photos themselves. It could, in fact, be used to try and develop the revengeful nature,” said Panetta.

Intelligence agencies are combing through the CDs, DVDs and documents found at the compound that they say contain significant information about al-Qaeda.

Click here to look at a slideshow of the world reacting to Osama bin Laden’s death.

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  1. JOJO DANCER says:

    Now do you understand why so few were brief on the mission? Dose the world need to know where and when the Seals are being brief top secret or not?

  2. Gus says:

    JoJo Dancer you are a genius… Seriously only an idiot would tell the world where these SEALS are going to be. Hopefully, everything goes well for them. Thank you for bringing it to the attention of anyone willing to listen.

  3. Doug says:

    Go Seals !!
    The greatest sharp shooters in the world,bar none !!!
    Sadly,our special forces had Bin Laden in their sites,
    within months after 911,but were told to stand down.
    Why?
    To feed the war machine,of course

  4. Pat V says:

    The photo has already been released in Pakastan..saw it in a newspaper shot on the Today Show……..

    1. Amy says:

      Pat,
      That picture is fake. CNN is alot more accurate and careful about what info they put out there then WJZ. 🙂

      http://www.cnn.com/2011/WORLD/asiapcf/05/03/bin.laden.fake.photo/index.html?hpt=T1

  5. Tammy says:

    I’m VERY dissapointed that WJZ (and I’m sure others) told where the Navy SEALS are being debriefed…………CRAZY! That is not news that the whole WORLD needs to know….hey TERRORISTS, you know where the SEALS are, go ATTACK……SO STUPID, again VERY DISSAPOINTED WJZ!

  6. whatnow says:

    Unless its mis-information.

  7. jim says:

    They are the best at what they do in the world and god bless them !!!!!!!!

  8. Born in the U.S.A. says:

    THE FINANCIAL AIDE THAT GOES TO PAKISTAN, SHOW BE DIVERTED TO THE SEAL TEAM # 6. MATTER OF FACT, ALL OF THE COUNTRIES THAT END IN “STAN” HAVE THEIR FINANCIAL AIDE GO TO ALL OF THE ARMED FORCES; TEACHERS; SCHOOLS AND THE U.S. INFRASTRUTURE. STOP FUNDING THE ENEMY FOR US TO DIE. YES, I KNOW – HARSH WORDS FOR HARSH TIMES. OUR WEATHER IS SO UNPREDICTABLE ANYMORE, THE FOLKS WHO ENDURE THESE STORMS NEED IMMEDIATE RECOVERY FINANCIALLY AND MANPOWER TO CLEAN UP & REBUILD. A GOOD PLACE TO START TO STIMULATE THE ECONOMY.

  9. Free2speak2 says:

    If the Navy Seals were confidential then why would you announce their where abouts?????

  10. Leonard says:

    Doug, I’ve talked to some of the former Seals you mentioned and it’s a true statement you made. They are the Best of the best! But becoming the best was nothing easy the training they endure would make the average man cry like a baby. Those guys carried the memory of all of the people killed on 9/11 and the weight of the heavy hearts left behind after that day. I sometimes feel killing him was too good for him for what he did to our countrymen . But orders are orders and they followed them to the letter and fulfilled the Promise President Bush made back in 2001. This was a victory for all of us who lived through that day and for those of us who didn’t.

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