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For all of his professional life,
Robert O’Neill lived in the shadows.
Indeed, his job was not to be seen.
He would stalk Taliban leaders in
Afghanistan and hunt down targets
in Iraq. On more than 400 different
missions, his role was behind-the-
scenes tracking and co-ordination
His exploits were turned into
three Hollywood films — yet still
his identity remained a secret.
But he has now thrust himself
firmly into the spotlight, with his
decision to come out and say he was
the man who pulled the trigger and
shot dead Osama bin Laden.
Breaking the Navy seal’s’ code
of secrecy, O’Neill has given an
inter view to Fox News in which he
describes the events of May 2011.
He has also given an inter view with
the Washington Post in which he
says he fired the fatal shot that hit
the al-Qaeda leader in the forehead
at his hideout in the Pakistani
garrison city of Abbottabad in May
The newspaper said two seal team
members had corroborated his
He had spoken previously, giving
an inter view to Esquire magazine,
but in that report he was referred to
only as “ The Shooter”.
He told the Post he decided to
go public because he feared his
identity was going to be leaked
by others. Indeed, his name was
published on Monday by SOFREP,
a website operated by former special
And his decision to speak out
has already angered military
commanders, who have written a
letter to all seals reminding them of
their pledge to shun publicity.
“A critical tenet of our ethos is
‘I do not advertise the nature of
my work, nor seek recognition for
my actions’,” wrote Rear-Admiral
Brian Losey, head of NSWC, and
Michael Magaraci, the force master
O’Neill has left the seals and
become a motivational speaker —
but in military eyes, that does not
release him from his vows.
“O ur ethos is a lifelong
commitment and obligation, both
in and out of the ser vice. Violators
of our ethos are neither teammates
in good standing, nor teammates
who represent Naval Special
Warfare,” his former bosses wrote.
O’Neill was aware of the
condemnation he would face — a
colleague, Matthew Bissonnette,
wrote a book, No Easy Day, about
the raid under a pseudonym, but his
real identity leaked out and he has
since found himself a social pariah.
O’Neill told the Post he fired the
two shots that killed bin Laden.
This contradicts the account of
O’Neill claims a commando who
remains unnamed, at the point
position of the formation, fired at
bin Laden but missed.
O’Neill says he then went into
the room and killed the al-Qaeda
leader with shots to the head.
In No Easy Day, Bissonnette
claims it was the point man who
killed bin Laden.
In an inter view with NBC News,
however, Bissonnette did not
directly dispute O’Neill’s c laim.
Despite the likelihood his actions
would upset his former bosses and
colleagues, O’Neill went ahead
anyway. Having left the force after
16 years, instead of the standard
20, he was angered at his reduced
pension and healthcare benefits. But
the Post said O’Neill had still long
agonised over whether to go public,
especially over concerns that others
would leak his identity, which was
already known in military circles, by
members of Congress and at least
two news organisations.
He finally decided to come
for ward after meeting with relatives
of victims of the September 11,
2001, attacks on the World Trade
Centre in New York.
O’Neill told the Post he decided
on the spot to speak about how bin
“The families told me it helped
bring them some closure.”
On leaving the force, O’Neill
became a motivational speaker
describing himself as “one of
the quiet professionals performing
the most difficult tasks in the most
difficult circumstances, ser ving his
remarkable career in the shadows
and keeping America safe in the
process”. He is no longer the man
in the shadows.
After United States Navy seals
made their way into Osama bin
Laden’s compound in Abbottabad,
Pakistan, in May 2011, Robert
O’Neill was in the No 2 position
for the attack on the al-Qaeda
O’Neill told the Washington Post
newspaper that bin Laden briefly
appeared at the door but the r in
front of him apparently missed his
“ I rolled past him into the room,
just inside the door way,” O’Neill
“There was bin Laden, standing
there. He had his hands on a
woman’s shoulders, pushing her
O’Neill said he could clearly
identify bin Laden through his
night-vision scope, despite the
darkness of the room — and he
fired. O’Neill said it was clear bin
Laden was dead as his skull was
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Thailand under pressure to ban dog meat trade
Thai men talk with an officer tasked with suppressing the trade in dog meat yesterday, in Ban Tha Rae, Thailand. Under considerable pressure from animal
rights groups, Thailand’s military government is considering a ban on the dog meat trade. A petition through the Soi Dog Foundation has gained over 700,000
signatures and is being publicly supported by celebrities like Ricky Gervais and Dame Judi Dench.
Hackers who stole payment-card
details of millions of customers also
stole 53 million email addresses, the
largest home improvement chain in the
United States said overnight.
Home Depot disclosed the huge,
months-long breach of 56 million
debit and credit cards in September. It
announced the e-mail addresses were
Home Depot ’s breach surpassed
Target ’s pre-Christmas 2013 data theft,
which compromised 40 million credit
and debit cards and hurt sales and
Since late last year, retailers Michaels,
Super Valu and Neiman Marcus have
been among a string of retailers that
have also reported breaches, though
they were smaller.
While shoppers appear to have grown
numb to the hacks, the breaches have
forced changes in retailing.
Target ’s breach pushed banks, retailers
and card companies to increase security
by speeding the adoption of microchips
in United States credit and debit cards,
which supporters say are more secure.
Home Depot reiterated that it
would activate chip-enabled checkout
terminals at all of its US stores by the
end of the year.
The file containing the email
addresses did not contain passwords or
other sensitive personal information,
according to Home Depot. However, it
said that customers should be on guard
against phishing scams.
Phishing attacks are sent through
texts or emails and try to trap you into
disclosing personal information.
The company is notifying affected
customers in the US and Canada.
Home Depot said the hackers initially
accessed its network in April with a
third-party vendor’s username and
Home Depot said hackers stole
information through malware installed
on self-checkout systems in the US and
That is similar to what happened at
Target where thieves hacked into the
password of a third-party supplier.
US hackers steal 53 million addresses
A federal judge ruled overnight that
Missouri’s ban on same-sex marriage
violates the US Constitution in a
decision that would extend the right of
gay couples to marry across the mid-
US district Judge Ortrie Smith found
that the Missouri ban ran afoul of
the Constitution’s guarantees of due
process and equal protection under the
Smith delayed his ruling from going
into effect immediately pending
Missouri attorney general Chris
Koster, a Democrat, quickly said the
state would appeal.
Smith’s ruling came one day after one
of the nation’s regional federal appeals
courts, the sixth US circuit court of
appeals in Cincinnati, upheld bans
on gay marriage in four other states,
setting up a possible review by the US
Supreme Court, which just last month
declined a chance to take up the issue.
Several other US district court judges
and US appeals courts from around the
United States also have thrown out
state bans on same-sex marriage.
Koster’s appeal represents the first to
the eighth Circuit US Court of Appeals
on state bans on same-sex marriage.
Arkansas, Nebraska, North Dakota
and South Dakota — all in the region
handled by the eighth Circuit — have
bans in place on gay marriage.
Same-sex marriage is legal in Iowa
under a state Supreme Court ruling
and in Minnesota by state statute.
Smith found that Missouri lacked
a compelling state interest to limit
marriage to one man and one woman.
Smith was ruling on a challenge to the
state ban brought by the American
Civil Liberties Union of Missouri on
behalf of couple Angela Curtis and
Shannon McGinty and another same-
sex couple in Jackson County, which
includes most of Kansas City, Missouri.
Same-sex marriage is legal in 32
Same-sex marriage ban overruled
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ANSWERS: 1. Roger Douglas, 2. Googol, 3. Haematologist, 4.
He shot himself, 5. Major, 6.Grease, 7. Freedom fries, 8. Basil, 9.
Millennium Falcon, 10.Christchurch.
1. Who won Manukau for Labour in 1969, left Parliament in 1990, then
returned as a List MP for another party in 2008?
2. What name is given to a number that is 1 followed by 100 noughts?
3. A doctor who specialises in blood diseases is given what title?
4. How did Vincent van Gogh die?
5. In the New Zealand army, what is the next rank up from captain?
6. Which 1978 musical features the T-Birds and the Pink Ladies?
7. Annoyed with France, the canteen at the U.S . Congress stopped
serving French fries in 2003: what replaced them on the menu?
8. Which herb would you use to make a pesto sauce?
9. What was the name of Han Solo’s ship in Star Wars?
10. The Peter Jackson film Heavenly Creatures is about a 1950s murder
that took place in which New Zealand city?
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