June 8, 2013 |
NORFOLK, Va. - As heavily armed pirates held an American sailboat off the coast of Somalia in February 2011, Navy SEALs on the bridge of the guided missile destroyer Sterett heard one of the hijackers on the radio threatening the lives of his four American hostages. "I am holding these people. They are like meat," he said. "I will eat if you head my way. " What happened next is providing riveting testimony in a federal courtroom here as three rail-thin Somali men in baggy coats face the first U.S. murder trial of piracy suspects in nearly two centuries.
October 2, 1990 |
When U.S. officials decided to topple Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega, the Navy SEALs were chosen to prevent him from escaping the country last December. SEALs (sea-air-land commandos) crippled Noriega's private jet and sneaked into a tightly guarded harbor to disable his high-speed patrol boats. The price of such stealthy missions, however, is steep. Of the 4,150 Special Operation Forces members involved in Operation Just Cause, 11 were killed and more than 200 were wounded.
October 17, 2011 |
The CIA was nominally in charge when Navy SEALs flew deep into Pakistan in radar-evading Stealth helicopters in May to kill Osama bin Laden and when Predator drones fired missiles to kill Anwar Awlaki in Yemen last month. But America's fabled spy service was eclipsed in both raids by a far more secretive group that flies 10 times as many drones as the CIA. Based in North Carolina, it runs its own intelligence division, flies its own reconnaissance planes and has its own satellites.
November 24, 2011 |
The last time he was in Panama, former dictator Manuel Noriega was being bombarded around the clock with deafening pop and heavy metal music as American troops tried to flush him out of the Vatican diplomatic mission where he had taken refuge. Now, after more than two decades in prison in the United States and in France, the ex-general who ran the strategic Central American state with an iron fist between 1983 and 1989 is likely to be back home for Christmas after a Paris court on Wednesday approved his extradition.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 5, 2014 |
SAN DIEGO -- Four rescue specialists from the California Air National Guard remain aboard a disabled sailboat to treat a sick child, the Guard's 129th Rescue Wing said late Saturday afternoon. No decision has been made whether the child will be transferred to a U.S. Navy ship headed toward the boat or evacuated by air to San Diego, a Guard spokesman said. The sailboat is estimated to be more than 1,000 miles off Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. The effort to help the child has involved the Coast Guard, Air National Guard and Navy.
March 27, 2003 |
Taking a page from "Cheers," where everyone knows their names, patrons of an Irvine eatery held a goodbye party Wednesday night for their favorite bartender, who re-upped in the Navy reserves after the terrorist attacks of 2001 and reports for active duty today. Steve Sindoni was caught off-guard by the tribute when he arrived for work at Vessia Ristorante. Instead of the usual handful of folks, he found every stool taken by well-wishers. Fittingly, the bar area is called Cheerzini.
December 6, 2012 |
In 2008, the screenwriter Mark Boal sought an appointment with a retired special-forces operator. Boal was researching a movie about the fruitless search for Osama bin Laden in the caves of Tora Bora six years before, and he wanted insight into how U.S. forces gathered intelligence. The agent agreed to meet, but under strict conditions. Boal would be kept in the dark about where the encounter would take place until just before, when he'd be given directions, via GPS, to what turned out to be a gas station.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
February 17, 1991 |
Navy SEALs, who call themselves the "Silent Professionals," traditionally avoid being identified or photographed by the media. Brave men under extraordinary circumstances, they seem to be afraid of only one thing: a camera. But, as branches of the armed services jockey for the ever-diminishing pool of recruits and funds, SEALs and other traditionally low-profile military branches are inching toward the spotlight.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 30, 1990 |
When U.S. officials decided to topple Panamanian dictator Manuel Noriega, the Navy SEALs were chosen to prevent him from escaping the country last December. SEALs, sea-air-land commandos, crippled Noriega's private jet and snuck into a tightly guarded harbor to disable his high-speed patrol boats. The price of such stealthy missions, however, is steep. Of the 4,150 special forces members involved in Operation Just Cause, 11 were killed and more than 200 were wounded.
May 26, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - Some Republican lawmakers were outraged when federal records released last week showed that the White House, CIA and Defense Department granted high-level access last year to a pair of acclaimed filmmakers researching an action thriller about the raid that killed Osama bin Laden. The documents tell "a damning story of extremely close, unprecedented, and potentially dangerous collaboration" between the filmmakers and the Obama administration, fumed New York Rep. Peter T. King, GOP chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee.