Chuck Pfarrer, SEAL Target Geronimo author and former SEAL Team 6 member, talks about bin Laden raid

Book differs from the government's account

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. -   He's jumped from 40 thousand feet, swam next to submarines and been behind enemy lines more times than he can count.

"Every day was like the last 15 minutes of Blackhawk Down. It was insanity," said Chuck Pfarrer, former member of the Navy's SEAL Team 6.

  That was his description of one of his many missions in the 1980s, but it's his description of the mission to kill Osama bin Laden that's caught fire from many.

"It's more important to me to get it right and my comrades at SEAL team 6, who carried out this operation, they know I told the story right," said Pfarrer.

 Pfarrer wasn't part of that raid, but interviewed SEALS who were and wrote the book: SEAL Target Geronimo: The inside Story of the Mission to Kill Osama bin Laden.

 The book differs from the government's account of the raid.

  Pfarrer says he was told the helicopter carrying SEAL team  6 members crashed in the middle of the raid, not while it was landing at bin Laden's compound.

  Also, he says the whole operation lasted minutes rather than a 45 minute firefight.

"That's the way it went down and if you're watching another version, perhaps at the movies, ask yourself what happened when the helicopter crashed in the backyard. Ask yourself why the world's most wanted man didn't hear it or decided to stay in bed," said Pfarrer.

  Pfarrer's book includes a possible South Florida tie.

   SEALS  may have used code, to relay how close they were to bin Laden's compound.

Pfarrer said "If I say Jupiter, well we're approaching, in the province of the compound. I say 'Palm Beach', you know I'm on the target."

  Pfarrer wouldn't confirm if those were the actual code names.

  Like much of the SEAL community, mission details are shrouded in secrecy.

  Pfarrer says eventually, the shroud will be pulled off the entire bin Laden mission and the truth will be told. 

"You'll see. And they can send me a box of chocolates and some flowers and a Haiku saying 'you got it right, we got it wrong.' "

   Pfarrer spoke at the Kravis Center Wednesday for the Easter Seals Get Down to Business lunch.

   He's working on an investigative article now, where he hopes to reach out to members of bin Laden's family.

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