Who is criticizing Former Navy Seal Benjamin Smith and his group Special Operations OPSEC Education Fund, Inc. for NOT being trustworthy, honest or honorable?
IS BENJAMIN SMITH SOMEONE WHOSE OPINION WE CAN TRUST?
Some people don't think so:
Rear Admiral Sean Pybus, head of the Naval Special Warfare Command, in an internal message to his command, says "We do NOT advertise the nature of our work, NOR do we seek recognition for our actions. I am disappointed, embarrassed, and concerned. Most of us have always thought that the privilege of working with some of our nation's toughest warriors on challenging missions would be enough to be proud of, with no further compensation or celebrity required. Today, we find former SEALs headlining positions in a presidential campaign; hawking details about a mission against Enemy Number 1; and generally selling other aspects of NSW training and operations. For an elite force that should be humble and disciplined for life, we are certainly not appearing to be so. We owe our chain of command much better than this."
"This item attributed to a former Navy SEAL named Benjamin Smith is long on the author's invective about President Obama but short on presenting a factual basis justifying that opinion." -Snopes
Peter Bergen, CNN's national security analyst, is a director at the New America Foundation, a Washington-based think tank that seeks innovative solutions across the ideological spectrum, and the author of the new book "Manhunt: The Ten-Year Search for Bin-Laden -From 9/11 to Abbottabad, says Special Operations OPSEC claims have
Politifact declares the claims made in the film DISHONORABLE DISCLOSURES by Special Operations OPSEC blaming President Obama for linking the CIA to a Pakistani doctor
Politifact declares the claims made in the film DISHONORABLE DISCLOSURES by Special Operations OPSEC that President Obama revealed information to Hollywood filmakers
Admiral McRaven, the head of Special Operations Commands and the architect of the raid that killed Osama Bin Laden, wrote an unclassified memo making it clear that the
USSOCOM DOES NOT CONDONE
what Former Navy SEAL Benjamin Smith and Special Operations OPSEC are doing, and condemns them as having "misrepresented the entire nature of SOF and life in the military":
Read Admiral McRaven's letter in its entirely here:
Gen. Martin Dempsey, Commander of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, has criticized Special Operations OPSEC for their partisanship and their violation of the military ethos, saying:
"If someone uses the uniform, whatever uniform, for partisan politics, I am disappointed because I think it does erode that bond of trust we have with the American people."
Geoffrey Ingersoll of Business Insider believes Former Navy SEAL Benjamin Smith and Special Operations OPSEC are not motivated by National Security leaks, but rather by a desire to unseat President Obama.
Jon Soltz, former U.S. Army Captain and president of VoteVets.org, says Special Operations OPSEC and their video Dishonorable Disclosures are promoting lies.
Hardball's Chris Matthews speaks with Wired's Spencer Ackerman and Buzzfeed's Michael Hastings about the agenda and credibility of Special Operations OPSEC and Benjamin Smith.
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