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.
December 27, 2012 |
First-time feature production designer Jeremy Hindle admits to some dicey feelings while taking director Kathryn Bigelow on an initial walk-through of "Zero Dark Thirty's" key set. But they weren't rookie jitters. "I remember telling her, 'You're going to feel insanely creepy. You're going to feel like he lived here,'" Hindle says. The verisimilitude Bigelow demanded for all aspects of the film was particularly important to the re-creation of the compound in which Osama bin Laden was killed by Navy SEALs last year.
July 6, 2005 |
The Pentagon confirmed Tuesday that the bodies of two Navy SEALs have been recovered in Afghanistan. A third SEAL has been rescued and a fourth member of their special operations team remains missing. The team was part of what the Pentagon described as a counter-terrorism operation in Kunar province. A helicopter carrying eight SEALs and eight other special operations troops to support ground troops crashed June 28, killing all aboard.
April 4, 1993
I am chief instructor of aikido, a martial art, at the Aikikai of the United States Marine Corps Recruit Depot in San Diego. I would like to respond to "Waiting Game Is Newest Weapon" by Paul Dean that appeared in your March 10 View. First, Dean quotes Gordon Liddy, who is a former FBI agent, but also a former criminal who willfully chose to break the law in the passion of either financial or political lust. I take sharp issue with quoting such a source. Second, any of us, be we military or in law enforcement, know that tragedy is always the direct result of tactical error.
December 4, 2004 |
The U.S. military has launched a criminal investigation into photographs that appear to show Navy SEALs in Iraq sitting on hooded and handcuffed detainees and photos of what appear to be bloodied prisoners, one with a gun to his head. Some of the photos have date stamps suggesting they were taken in May 2003, which could make them the earliest evidence of abuse of prisoners in Iraq. The far more brutal practices photographed at the Abu Ghraib prison occurred months later.
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May 28, 2013 |
A Palmdale mother and her boyfriend were scheduled to be arraigned Tuesday in the torture and beating death of the woman's 8-year-old son. The mother, Pearl Fernandez, 29, and her boyfriend, Isauro Aguirre, 32, were arrested last week after the boy was found unconscious with a skull fracture, several broken ribs, cigarette burns and abrasions around his ankles that indicated he may have been tied up, KTLA-TV reported. The boy, whose name, according by KTLA was Gabriel, died Friday after spending days in the hospital.
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.
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.