A Decade of American Dedication
Justice was Delivered to the Terrorist Responsible for 9/11.
May 1, 2011 was a day Americans will never forget. The day when justice was served and the most-wanted man in the world — Osama bin Laden — met his fate: death at the hands of the U.S. Navy’s elite SEAL Team Six.
The former SEAL who killed bin Laden — Robert J. O’Neill — remembers every detail of the “mission impossible” raid of bin Laden’s Pakistani compound. On the fifth anniversary of bin Laden’s death, O’Neill remembers with emotion, appearing on FOX & Friends with anchors Anna Kooiman, Tucker Carlson and Clayton Morris.
Highlights of their exchange:
Kooiman: “The world is a much safer place because of you and your comrades, and we thank you for that. For years you remained anonymous. We actually have of a clip of some videotape where you say this is one of the moments where you decided you were going to come forward and let America know you pulled the trigger and killed Osama bin Laden.”
(Video rolls of the Rob meeting 9/11 families at the inauguration of the 9/11 Memorial & Museum.)
Morris: “So that was at the 9/11 Museum and you hadn’t yet come forward. What was that moment we saw?”
O’Neill: “I had some friends in Congress that work in the museum and they asked if I would donate something. We wanted to do it anonymously. So I donated my shirt…the one I wore to bin Laden’s bedroom. As part of it I got a tour of the place. I actually asked my friend Peter Doocy to bring a camera crew so we could get footage of it just for historic sake. I walked into a room and there were 9/11 families there. That was the first time I told the story in public. To see the reactions and have family members tell me that was closure… To have a face that could tell them yes it happened, yes I saw him and yes he’s dead. There will never be closure, but I helped with part of the healing process.”
Kooiman: “Why do you think it’s important for America to know that you’re the one who did this?”
O’Neill: “It doesn’t matter that they know I did it, but I’m a face of the team that did it. The team that went to kill bin Laden was just the end of it. There’s a huge team behind it, men and women, everything from intelligence to the people that flew us. All part of an American team that got us in. We’re a lot smarter than the enemy. It’s a question of whether we want to take the gloves off and fight them.”
Tucker: “Facts matter, history matters. It’s important that we record what actually happened. It’s one of the reasons it’s wonderful you came forward.”
O’Neill: “It is historic. A lot of the people involved don’t want credit for it, but they were there. The best I’ve ever seen. I’ve never seen a team assembled like that.”