“The Shooter”


Alyson Mandato , Writer

“The most important thing that I’ve learned in the last two years is to me, it doesn’t matter anymore if I am “The Shooter”. The team got him,” Robert O’Neill said in an interview with freelance journalist Alex Quade that aired on CNN’s “Anderson Cooper’s 360.” O’Neill, 38 year old former Navy SEAL says he fired the shot that killed the person that killed thousands of innocent people on Sept. 11, Osama bin Laden and he doesn’t care if people don’t believe him.

Ten years later after killing the person behind the murder of thousands of people, was finally killed on May 2, 2011. O’Neill’s decision to go public about him being the one to kill bin Laden has been a big controversy. O’Neill decided to reveal this information after speaking with many families that lost loves on that day and they told him that it brought them closure, he told the Washington Post. Many people don’t believe that O’Neill is “The Shooter,” but he told Quade that he doesn’t care. O’Neill has now taken this opportunity to share his war stories as a motivational speaker.

Every one of the 23 Navy SEALS that executed the bin Laden raid were sworn to secrecy the details of their operation were considered classified information. O’Neill wasn’t the only one that shared his experiences about the bin Laden killing, Mark Owen a fellow SEAL published a book about the raid called “No Easy Day.” In his book he talks about the mission and how the raid was a team effort and how it was executed perfectly.

There may now be legal consequences for both former Navy SEALS, says CBS News. Top officers at the Naval Special Officers Command sent out letters to the other team members saying to keep the details of the mission secret. The letter says  “We do not abide willful or selfish disregard for our core values in return for public notoriety and financial gain.” O’Neill originally only exposed details about the mission to Esquire Magazine and was hesitant to attach his name to the account until he found out that his identity was linked to the story on a military blog last week without his consent.

This wasn’t O’Neill’s first big mission he was also a part of the mission that rescued Richard Phillips, the captain that was kidnapped after his cargo ship was hijacked by Somali pirates. “He died afraid and he knew we were there to kill him, and that’s truly closure,” he said in the interview with Quade. A member of SEAL Team 6 that also help execute the bin Laden mission said the article in the Esquire Magazine was complete BS. In O’Neill’s interview with Esquire they didn’t reveal his name he was known as “The Shooter.”

“Even now there are guys saying that I’m full of it but you only know what you were told unless you were in the room that night. Unfortunately for me there was two people in that room, and one of us is dead and that’s Osama bin Laden.”