Report: SEAL Team 6 member who killed bin Laden left with a ‘go f*** yourself’ from government
1:19 PM 02/11/2013
The SEAL Team 6 member who killed Osama bin Laden is facing an uncertain future after leaving the service and receiving a “go fuck yourself” from the government, an Esquire article about the unnamed hero reveals.
“I left SEALs on Friday,” the unnamed SEAL told author Phil Bronstein last September. He exited a little over three years short of the 20-year retirement requirement. “My health care for me and my family stopped at midnight Friday night.”
“I asked if there was some transition from my Tricare to Blue Cross Blue Shield. They said no,” the SEAL told Bronstein, executive chairman of the Center for Investigative Reporting. “You’re out of the service, your coverage is over. Thanks for your sixteen years. Go fuck yourself.”
Bronstein reports that after leaving the service and killing the nation’s most wanted man the SEAL is left with “nothing. No pension, no health care, and no protection for himself or his family.”
The report details the raid and some of its ironies: politicians and film stars have profited both monetarily and politically, but given the secrecy of the mission, the SEAL cannot even use his greatest accomplishment to get another job.
“He’s taken monumental risks,” his dad told Bronstein. “But he’s unable to reap any reward.”
Without a stable income, the shooter told Bronstein — between details of the harrowing kill mission — he still has bills and remains concerned about the safety of his family.
“I just want to be able to pay all those bills, take care of my kids, and work from there,” he is quoted as saying. “I’d like to take the things I learned and help other people in any way I can.”
Bronstein goes in depth into the raid with the SEAL with details such as what he was thinking as he was flown into the compound. “Instead of counting, for some reason I said to myself the George Bush 9/11 quote: Freedom itself was attacked this morning by a faceless coward, and freedom will be defended. I could just hear his voice, and that was neat. I started saying it again and again to myself. Then I started to get pumped up. I’m like: This is so on.”
He said he gave the female CIA analyst who whose intelligence work lead them to bin Laden the remaining magazine from his rifle.
And he recalled what Osama looked like after he was shot.
“And I remember as I watched him
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‘They said they found the bullets… that’s what could f*** me up’: What teen accused of gunning down two British tourists in Florida told brother in prison phone call
Shawn Tyson, 17, accused of murdering two holidaymakers in April 2011
James Cooper, 25, and James Kouzaris, 24, found shot dead in street
Men ‘begged shooter to let them go’ as they tried to return home
Tyson’s DNA found on Mr Cooper’s jeans, court hears
By PAUL THOMPSON
PUBLISHED: 15:56 GMT, 22 March 2012 | UPDATED: 02:55 GMT, 24 March 2012
Accused: Shawn Tyson is alleged to have gunned down two British tourists
The teenager on trial for killing two British tourists in Florida admitted he was worried he would be tied to the murders after police found bullets in his home, a court heard today.
Shawn Tyson was recorded on a phone call from prison to his half brother saying: They said they found the bullets. That’s what I’m saying could f*** me up’.
He made the call the day after he was held for the murders of James Cooper and James Kouzaris.
The alleged killer is said to have murdered the pair after they drunkenly stumbled into the rundown Newtown neighbourhood of Sarasota.
He allegedly forced the terrified pair to pull down their trousers before firing a volley of shots.
Tyson is accused of going to rob the best friends in April 2011, and then killing them when they said they did not have any money.
A court in Sarasota heard that when police searched his home they found two .22 bullets on his bedroom floor. Cooper, 25, and Kouzaris, 24, were shot dead by bullets fired from a .22 revolver.
Prosecutors in Sarasota have told the court the then 16-year-old was known to carry that type of weapon. In the call played to the jury at the Sarasota County Courthouse Tyson also told his brother: ‘Somebody said that they seen me out there or some sh**.’
Evidence: The .22 calibre shell casings allegedly found buried near the murder scene
Best buddies: James Kouzaris (right) and James Cooper (left) became friends after meeting at university
TYSON’S PRISON PHONE CALL
Shawn Tyson called his half brother from prison saying police had found bullet casings connected to the shooting, the Florida courtroom heard today.
Here is Tyson’s recorded telephone conversation with his half brother, who has not been named, from Sarasota County Jail:
Tyson: ‘What’s up, bro?’
Brother: ‘What’s up, lil’ man?’
Brother: ‘What them crackers talkin’ about?’
Tyson: ‘S***. I don’t even know right now. I don’t know why they talkin’ about.’
Brother: ‘Yeah, I don’t know what them crackers talkin’ about. S***, like. You was in the house, like.’
Tyson: ‘I know… that’s what I keep on… these crackers talkin’ about that somebody say they seen me out there or some s***.’
Brother: ‘Them crackers trippin’, man.’
Tyson: ‘Hell yeah.’
Brother: ‘S***, you’re chate, through. You know what I’m sayin’ like? You ain’t got no guns or nothin’. Like f*** them crackers talkin’ about.’
Tyson: ‘Only thing is, they found the bullets, though.’
Tyson: ‘They found the bullets.’
Brother: ‘Oh. Damn!’
Tyson: ‘That’s the only thing that’s gonna f*** me up.’
Brother: ‘They found them in the house?’
Tyson, who has the word ‘savage’ tattooed on his chest, has denied any involvement in the murders. He faces life in prison with no parole if found guilty of the two first-degree murder.
Prosecutors have said the bullets used to kill Cooper, from Warwicks, and Kouzaris, from Northampton, can be traced back to Tyson.
As well as the live .22 bullets found at his home they have told the jury the teenager asked friends to get rid of the murder weapon. The gun was later sold and had never been recovered.
But police were led to seven spent shell casings that are of the same calibre as those used in the murders.
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Defence lawyers have said Tyson’s fingerprints were not found on any of the bullets and witnesses who cooperated with police had made deals to avoid lengthy prison sentences.
She said the two brothers who were involved in the disposal of the murder weapon were liars with lengthy criminal records.
Earlier, Detective John Todd told the jury of nine men and five men that a witness in the case Marvin Gaines had told police Tyson had admitted to the killings.
Tyson, who turned 17 on the opening day of the trial, is also said to have bragged about the murders to his friend Latrice Washington.
Prosecutors told the jury he told her that the British tourists pleaded for their lives but he shot them when they said they had no money.
The court had heard Cooper, from Warwick and Kouzaris, from Northampton, were found dead with their trousers half way down their bodies.
Detective John Todd said the only reason the men were found that was because they were victims of a robbery.
Asked by prosecutor Karen Fraivillig why the men’s trousers were pulled down he said: ‘In this case all the evidence points to an attempted robbery.’
A court in Sarasota, Florida, has been shown graphic crime scene photos of the two men after they were shot dead last April while on holiday in the town.
Digital: A rendering of the crime scene shown during the testimony in the Shawn Tyson murder trial
Prosecutors say Shawn Tyson forced to men to strip off after ambushing them as they stumbled through a run down housing estate in the Newtown area of the city.
Todd’s insistence that both men were forced to drop their trousers as part of the robbery came after Tyson’s lawyer Carolyn Schlemmer said there were a ‘thousand reasons’ why the men were found semi naked.
‘There could be a thousand different reasons for which pants are down, correct?’ Schlemmer asked Todd, the lead detective in the murder investigation. Schlemmer pointed out that nothing had been taken from the victims, who still had a digital camera and about £80 in cash on them.
‘You are not aware of anything haven been taken from Kouzaris and cooper?’ Schlemmer asked.
Both men had been shot multiple times with their personal possessions, including wallets and mobile phones, scattered on the ground.
The final picture: James Kouzaris photographed earlier on in the night that he was killed in the notorious district of Newtown
CCTV: These images show the pair drinking in a bar shortly before they were both killed
Victim: James Cooper pictured having fun in a bar just hours before he was gunned down alongside his friend
Tyson faces life in jail without parole if found guilty of first-degree murder. Prosecutors have told a jury Tyson lay in wait for Cooper, 25,and Kouzaris, 24, as they stumbled drunk through The Courts housing project after getting lost.
Both men pleaded for their lives but were shot multiple times as they attempted to flee from Tyson and another man who has never been caught.
Eyewitnesses have placed Tyson at the scene of the shooting and a trace of Tyson’s DNA was found on Cooper’s jeans.
Yesterday the court heard how the two British holidaymakers were dining and drinking in the city’s downtown with Cooper’s parents on the night of April 15.
The entire party was staying at a Longboat Key beach condo. Cooper’s parents went back to the condo in a car and urged the two young men to take a cab back home.
The pair went to two bars and left on foot after several drinks.
But shortly before 3am, they ended up in a crime-ridden neighbourhood more than a mile from the bars. Witnesses said they saw Cooper and Kouzaris walking shirtless and stumbling through the neighbourhood.
They also reported that they were being followed by two black men, one with a red bandanna around part of his face.
Prosecutor Ed Brodsky said Tyson told a friend that the men were lost and that he then tried to rob them. The tourists told Tyson they did not have any money and pleaded for their lives.
Brodsky said Tyson told his friend: ‘Since you ain’t got no money, then I have something for your a**.’
The tourists’ bodies were found shirtless on the street. Both men still had their wallets and did have money. Cooper also had a mobile telephone and camera in his trouser pocket.
Gunned down: James, 24, from Northampton (right) and James, 25, from Warwickshire, were murdered during a holiday in Florida with family and friends
Authorities later found that Kouzaris’ blood alcohol level was 0.243 and Cooper’s was 0.214 – well past Florida’s legal limit for intoxication, which is 0.08.
Defence lawyer Carolyn Schlemmer said during her opening statement that there is nothing to tie Tyson to the shootings as no murder weapon was ever recovered.
She said many of the people slated to testify against Tyson were either pressured by authorities, made deals with authorities in exchange for information on Tyson, or were unreliable drug users and convicted felons. Other witnesses lied to law enforcement, Schlemmer said.
‘No witnesses will testify that they saw Tyson shoot Cooper and Kouzaris,’ Schlemmer told the jury. ‘Keep an open mind.’
But, in opening the prosecution case yesterday, after three days of jury selection at Sarasota Court, Assistant State Attorney Brodsky said: ‘The reason you are here today and what this case is about are the tragic events that occurred just shortly less than a year ago.
‘On April 16, 2011, at approximately three in the morning, two British men who were here on vacation would find that they would die at the hands of gunfire.’
Pointing at Tyson, who wore an orange shirt and tie, he said: ‘The evidence will conclusively demonstrate to you that this man right here is responsible for the deaths of James Cooper and James Kouzaris.
Accused: Shawn Tyson is on trial for the murders of British tourists James Cooper and James Kouzaris
‘You will find that this case is about two different sets of boys, men, who seized opportunities.
‘The [victims] travelled approximately 4,500 miles to be here and you are going to hear that just three days prior to James Cooper’s death he had just turned 25 years old.
‘James Kouzaris was 24 years old and the evening leading to this event they were with James Cooper’s parents, they had travelled abroad with James Cooper’s mother, James Cooper’s father and a friend of theirs.
‘And you are going to learn that at approximately 2.56am in the morning, that residents and neighbours in the Newtown area would report hearing between six and eight gunshots ring out in the neighbourhood.’
The court heard that autopsies showed Cooper was shot four times – three of the bullets went straight through his body, the fatal one into his chest, perforating his left lung and ending up in his heart.
Kouzaris had been shot twice in the back and was killed by a bullet which perforated his spleen, diaphragm, left lung and his heart. The bullets were from a 0.22 calibre weapon.
Murder scene: James Cooper and James Kouzaris were found dead on this one way street which is off the usual tourist trail
Brodsky said one witness, who was staying with his girlfriend, would describe hearing noise outside at about 2.45am. He said: ‘He saw two white males walking eastbound down Carver or Gore Court.
‘He would describe the two men as being shirtless, he would describe the men as appearing to be drunk because they stumbled and he would describe that as the two men walked down the street that he saw two black males crouching and watching them as they walked by.
‘He will then tell you that approximately one minute or so later he heard gunshots ring out and that several minutes thereafter the police would arrive.’
Another witness, who was driving with her girl friends, described seeing two white men, shirtless, and two black men standing in front of them.
Brodsky said a friend of Tyson’s, Jermaine Bane, would describe seeing the teenager on the night of the murders.
He received a call from him, but thought it was accidental as he heard Tyson telling someone there were two white men walking in the area, but then hung up.
He said about five or ten minutes later he heard gunshots, and shortly afterwards Tyson called him and asked if he had heard shots. When he said yes, the teenager told him to go outside and see if there were any bodies out there.
‘He will also describe Shawn Tyson as sounding out of breath and that he was breathing heavy’, Brodsky said.
Bane will also describe seeing Tyson with a revolver, which he would frequently carry wrapped in a red bandanna, he added.
Another witness, who lived opposite Tyson, described seeing the teenager jump into the window of his apartment shortly after the gunshots.
The prosecutor told the court that Tyson told another witness he had ‘done ‘em’, referring to the two Britons. And witness Marvin Gaines said Tyson told him he had put the gun under his house and, when he asked why, he told him: ‘Those two bodies back there, I did that’.
Gaines said he later gave the gun to Bane and buried seven shell casings from that weapon in his yard.
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