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isn't as simple as just boiling an egg. life takes energy. energy lives here. >> thank you. >> thank you. >> good night from new york. this program contains footage of military and special forces. recreations, illustrations and authentic footage are also used to illustrate what s.e.a.l. team 6 experienced while preparing for and executing the mission that killed osama bin laden. viewer discretion is advised. ♪ i learned as a sniper on recon and surveillance missions they're boring for 72 hours of watching something so i would learn to count to keep my mind
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occupied. i'm counting 0 to 1,000 and 1,000 to 0. 80 minutes into the 90-minute flight we bank to the south and i'm counting 556, 557, 558. as i'm counting for some reason i remember to quote from george w. bush on 9/11 -- freedom itself was attacked this morning by a faceless coward. >> and freedom will be defended. >> and i kind of got goose bumps and how in the world did i just remember that? and i then i thought forget counting. i started to say that over and over again. freedom was attacked this morning. after weeks of training, 82 minutes into the training, i'm like, i'm on this mission and we're going to kill him. >> for god and country. geronimo. >> good evening.
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i'm peter doocy. over the next two nights, you will meet one of america's bravest warriors. for more than a decade he served through multiple wars and dangerous missions too numerous to count. he served as a navy s.e.a.l., a member of the famed s.e.a.l. team 6 and on the night of may 1st, 2011, he was a part of "operation neptune spear." as the second man through the door into the room where the world's most wanted terrorist was hiding, he fired the fateful shot that brought the biggest manhunt in world history to an end. his name is robert o'neill. and he is the man who killed osama bin laden. the face we are looking at is the last face that osama bin laden saw on earth. >> yeah. i mean, if it was light enough, i was definitely the last person he saw. >> you trained on targets with
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his face on them. >> yeah. >> what was it like to kill the actual guy? >> it wasn't real. it was another guy in a house we shot. it didn't sink in. it didn't sink in for a while. >> has it sunk in now? >> yeah, it has now. i've thought about it every day for a number of years. i'm still trying to figure out if it's the worst or best thing i've ever done. >> how is it the best? >> we accomplished the mission and i was a big part of it. i was a part of it. >> how could it be the worst? >> i don't know what's going to happen. and that's something i have to live with every day. >> before the war on terror and the hunt for osama bin laden, took rob to the furthest reaches of the globe, the quiet mining town of butte, montana, was home. this is where his story begins. rob o'neill had a normal chide
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hood. he basketballed for the high school, worked odd jobs around town and was always surrounded by family and friends. >> what's it like coming back to butte? >> it's always great coming back the butte, just the view of the city up on the hill. big "m." the locals i.'s a great home feeling. this is home. this is where i grew up and everything is 0 familiar with me. hasn't really changed in 20 years. >> where are you taking me many. >> we are going into the freeway for a what's called a watt job and the first stop every time i fly in if i fly in to butte, we come here. driving on the way over, i text everyone saying we're getting chops. they know what we mean. here they are. >> that's what we need. thank you. >> this is your favorite sandwich in the world? >> in the world. yeah. this is -- this is a reason to come home. to butte. to get one of these. >> yeah. cheers. >> uh-huh. >> butte was a copper boom town
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in the late 1800s and later grew into montana's fifth largest city. >> it's just a really good town, blue collar town with a lot of history with the mines. people working hard, people playing hard. people eating hard. a lot of good food here. it's great people, great attitudes. >> like many montana natives, much of rob's childhood was spent outdoors. >> a lot of skiing, a lot of snowboarding, hunting when it's time to hunt. fishing. good mountains for hiking. outdoor type stuff. shooting. >> how old were you when you first fired a gun? >> i was probably 13, maybe 12 or 13. right around the time my dad and i started hunting. you have to be a certain age but i could go hunting. >> once he was old enough, hunting trips with his father became a favorite past time. >> we go at it. we go out every chance we have. every weekend and then, you
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know, permission was given during the week. >> after high school graduation, rob didn't really know what was next. >> i had a job at mcdonald's. i worked at the blue villa, a pizza place uptown butte and bar. awesome, best taco pizza in the world. i moved furniture for a little while. worked in a mine for a few months. >> rather than follow the path of many who turned jobs in the mips into a lifelong career, rob wanted something different. it was here that he learned to drive a wcar. fate intervened and led him through the doors of a military recruiting office. >> i was in a relationship with a young lady and that went sideways. and that was kind of the tipping point, time to leave town. and it was funny, when i got to the navy, 95% of the guys there were there for the same reason. that was the point when i was in -- i needed to get out of
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town mode. that was the easiest way to get out of town and i went in to join the marine corps. marines are just cool and good at marketing and the best uniforms. it is cool. and so i walked in. he wasn't there and the navy guy was there and i talked to him, basically went to ask him where the marine was. and he told me, you know, asked me why. he told me about s.e.a.l.s. >> did they ask you if you knew how to swim? >> well, no. being a recruiter, they're not always truthful. he wanted to bill us, fill the quota. he told me you need to do this, this, and this. and me not doing the research, i figured it would just be easy to swim that distance in that time. how hard can swimming be? >> how hard? >> pretty hard. swimming is not that easy. especially when you don't know how to do it. >> when you say you didn't know how to do it? >> i didn't know technique. i could keep myself alive in pool. >> talked into signing up to be a navy s.e.a.l., rob knew he
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needed to learn how to swim fast. he headed to the pool at the local high school and basically moved in. >> i would swim every day. i had some help with some friends from high school that knew how to swim really well. >> when you got to s.e.a.l. training, where were you in terms of snablt. >> as far as swimming? >> yeah. >> the bottom. we had guys that swam four years of college, water polo players. mainly all high school swimmers. competitive. and then me. so it was -- yeah. it was eye opening. >> still to come tonight, on "the man who killed osama bin laden" -- >> it was infuriating. we wanted to go. we really wanted to do this. that's why we're all here now. >> after 17 years, i think it's over for him. >> it's bin laden, they found him. we're going to get him.
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this is a fox news alert. it's likely flight 8501 crashed and is at the bottom of the sea. ?u when it
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went missing sunday ships and helicopters are scouring the sea for any sign of it. america's longest war, the combat mission in afghanistan is coming to an end with a ceremony in kabul. president obama said the effort devastated al kwaed's core leadership. the president honored 2200 americans who have died in afghanistan since the war started 13 years ago. 13,500 u.s. and nato troops will remain to train afghan military, and former president george hw bush remains hospitalized in houston. sunday, mr. and mrs. bush watched the texans football game together and hope to have news about a possible discharge, soon. mr. bush was hospitalized on tuesday for shortness of breath the 90-year-old bush is the country's oldest-living president i'm kelly wright. you're watching8çu fox news, th
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most powerful name in news. rob o'neil had one year of college under his belt, a job delivering pizzas and only a basic grasp of swimming when a recruiter convinced him to enlist and become a navy s.e.a.l. by january 1996, after five months of intensive swim training, rob found himself in great lakes, illinois, for navy boot camp. but boot camp was nothing compared to what came next. buds or basic underwater demolition field training puts recruits through some of the most grueling physical punishment anyone can endure. most recruits don't pass the first phase. physical conditioning. >> general workouts every day eventually wear into, you know, a thousand push-ups a day, a thousand sit-ups a day, hundreds of pull-ups, obstacle course. first time you do it, you fall
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and break your neck. miles and miles of soft sand running in all the time. miles from where you work out to the gally and running six miles a day just to eat and then the other 12 miles on top of that. swimming, pool drills and then just instructors and you have to run everywhere. you can't walk anywhere. you're running and then instructors find you and drop you and like 25 push-ups and then 35 and then 50. phases go on. there's tests every single day. pass or fail. like drown proofing and tie your hands behind your feet and feet together and drop you in the pool and exhaling the water to sink and then breathe and then ten-minute swing and floating is hard tied up. you can't touch the bottom. swim down and grab a mask with the teeth and flip up and show you and then let you out and that's where people lose it. it's not natural to be tied up
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and thrown in the pool. 5 15s nautical miles, 14-mile run at one point and did the swim twice in four days. it was a friday we did it. and the instructors didn't like us very much and said opposed to swimming with the current we're going to go down to mexico and swim back to coronado and the tides are going that way. we swam against the current and hit the time limit hypothermia sets in. 5 1/2 hours or whatever and pulled guys maybe 50 meters from the end. so we technically didn't finish it. we came in monday and they were like, hey, we were going to have the dive physics class today but instead since we didn't finish the swim, we'll do that. so go grab your fins and that's probably the meanest thing anyone's ever done to me. you have a test for time. a test of four-mile run and times decrease as you go on and in between the tests you are
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doing call sthetices and getting your butt kicked. >> part of the way through physical conditioning is hell week. five and a half days of non-stop training, 20 hours a day, with at most 4 hours of sleep at night. during hell week, recruits run more than 200 miles. >> the way that i remember feeling was i know i have a past. i know i came from somewhere. but that's gone and i have no future. i'm going to be in hell for the rest of my life. that's what it felt like. this is the worst place i've ever been until you get a day off and then it's the best. they give you weekends off because you need a third heel. the saying is everybody wants to be a frog man on friday, especially when the sun is out. sunday you're like, here we go again. miserable experience. >> the next phase is combat diving and scuba operating above water and deep beneath the surface. after that, comes land warfare,
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explosives and weapons training and small unit tactics. followed by 26 weeks of more advanced s.e.a.l. qualification training. >> never really was a -- i'm sure i can do it. i'm sure i'm not going to quit. that's part of the attitude here. i mean, i knew there was no chance of me quitting. they'll throw me out or i'm going to be hurt but i won't say you got the better of me. some good advice that was given to me just litting things like i had an instructor tell me i won't ask you to do anything impossible. it will be really hard but not impossible. you can do it. don't quit. another guy said to me, i don't understand how you can quit because when you quit they take your helmet off and your name is on it, they're in line. how can you quit and put a helmet with your father's name in the quitter's line. that's good advice. 26 weeks into it it's graduation week. i'm going to make it. >> and he did. but the training didn't end at
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graduation. and then off to parachute school and more advanced predeployment courses. >> survived s.e.a.l. training. you become a navy s.e.a.l. officially. what was your first job? >> first job i was assigned to a platoon, bravo platoon s.e.a.l. team 2. we went to the range and we were shooting navy qul if i cases. i was a pretty good shot and my boss said this new guy is good. send him to sniper school n. that first -- they called ate worm-up, the training cycle before forward deployment and sent me for navy special warfare sniper school and i became a sniper. >> soon the boy from butte, montana, one year before delivering taco pizzas was a navy s.e.a.l. sniper. coming up next, on "the man who killed osama bin laden" -- >> the world trade center tower number 1 is on fire. the whole outside of the
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by the time rob was 21 years old, he was navy s.e.a.l. sniper deployed overseas. it was a fairly quiet time to serve in the united states military but then in an instant everything changed. >> the world trade center tower number 1 is on fire. the whole outside of the building, it was just a huge explosion. >> looked like the plane was aiming towards the building. >> second plane into the other tower, tower of the trade center, major fire.
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>> one of the bildings is partially collapsed. the other tower just collapsed. major collapse. major collapse. >> i was in the operations office at naval special warfare group 2 which is in germany and i was catching up on e-mails and sitting there with a couple of the operations officers, things like that, and they went to breaking news. >> we have a very tragic alert for you right now. an incredible plane crash in to the world trade center here at the lower tip of manhattan. >> the first reports were, you know, small plane had hit and showed it. it's like, wow. that's the entire building. that wasn't a small plane. and then we started saying, look how clear it is. this is something else. we're actually not quite ahead of it. >> another plane just flew into the second tower. >> we saw the second plane hit and instantly we were like that's it. we said the words osama bin
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laden within 30 seconds. we knew everything changed. we didn't know what was going to happen. it was a shot in the gut. it was -- it was surreal. it was painful. and it was -- it was infuriating to see, you know, the symbol of greatest nation gone. you know? and then you got people dancing in the streets overseas. you got the footage of osama bin laden in the cave laughing about it. it was just like one of those, okay, i guess it's on and we're going to get you. >> rob and his teammates were itching to get into the fight. but at the invasion of afghanistan began, they would have to wait. >> they were going to send the tier 1 guys in from the army and s.e.a.l. team 6. as the war started, tactics were trickling down from s.e.a.l. team 6. all we knew at that time, all anyone knew, vietnam tactics. we hadn't been to war seriously since vietnam. there's grenada, desert storm.
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a couple of hours. we only knew what we knew. we only knew vietnam. but then the guys coming back saying this is what they're doing in the gun fight. >> they honed the craft and continued to train while in the middle east another storm was brewing. >> this hour, american and coalition forces are in the early stages of military operations to disarm iraq, to free its people and to defend the world of grave danger. >> 2003, the invasion in iraq is happening. so we're like we are definitely going to be a part of that. so we were actually in the mediterranean sea on the amphibian ship. >> as they headed towards iraq, another crisis was flaring up. liberia's civil war had made the country extremely dangerous. so president bush ordered the s.e.a.l.s and a group of marines to evacuate all americans to safety. >> so we ended upturning around and going to liberia while
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everyone else went to war and we swam in and did a survey of the beach and grabbed the americans out so we missed the war. that's when that happened and i figured to go to team s.e.a.l. 6 and that's the decision i med. >> being a member of s.e.a.l. team 16 the goal of many s.e.a.l.s. known as the development group or deb group, they're the best of the best. the proverbial tip of the spear, becoming a member, however, is no easy feat. >> to get into s.e.a.l. team 6 now they're training navy s.e.a.l.s to be part of a no-fail team. 50% of the navy s.e.a.l.s that try out don't make it. that's saying something. these are serious dudes. >> things heated up quickly with s.e.a.l. team 6 tasked with hunting down insurgents and high-value tar gets in iraq and afghanistan.
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>> probably 6 out of 7 nights a week that we would go out. that's where we learned how to fight. we got as good as we did because we learned from the enemy. the enemy knew our tactics before we started fighting them in iraq. and they used them against us. what would a night where you're working be like? >> the intelligence people worked around the clock and generally go in there, find out what they had been watching all day and based on what they were watching, get in the helicopters, fly away and then go into a house, find the bad guys. take them and their stuff. bring them back and find more targets based on what they tell you and next night the same thing. >> how much concern that the houses before booby trapped? >> a concern. they would rig it and wait for people to enter and blow it up. you have the look for what's not belonging there. we went in and face to face with a big drum of homemade explosives right in the middle of the room wired.
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say the code word for what means get out of here quietly and abruptly and people jumping off the roof. >> did you think you would pull the sheets down to see if there was a bed and when you look it's bin laden? >> no. during those raids, it was all low hf level thugs that were making bombs and killing americans. every one of the guys we're saving someone's life because they're in every branch of the military with a much more dangerous job than we did. we fought on our terms. we have marines, army, navy guys driving around in vehicles wondering when they're going to blow up. it was better to target ied makers taking them off the battlefield. >> coming up next, before the bin laden mission, rob was on the front line of another crisis that would end up as a hollywood blockbuster. the rescue of captain richard phillips. that story and never before seen video of that mission when "the man who killed osama bin laden" man who killed osama bin laden" cont [ shutter clicks ] man who killed osama bin laden" cont
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missions executed by naval special warfare group are classified and the american people never hear about most of them but sometimes their actions made headlines back home and the public gets a small glimpse into the lives of s.e.a.l.s. april 2009. s.e.a.l. team 6 was home in the states when 8,000 miles away the massive container ship maersk alabama was hijacked by pirates off the coast of somalia. it was portrayed in "call tin phillips." >> look at me. >> sure. >> look at me. i'm the captain now. >> the crew fought back against the pirates but the pirates took a lifeboat and escaped with their hostage, captain richard phillips. news reached the united states. an american was being held captive on a tiny lifeboat in the middle of the indian ocean.
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>> we knew we had a system in place. that's kind of our specialty is to rescue people in the ocean. the thing unfolded and we kind of knew that something's going to happen because they're not -- negotiations aren't going well and doing this and rugged. >> american navy ships and helicopters were able to block the lifeboat carrying captain phillips and his pirate kidnappers from reaching somalia. even as the pirates opened fire. >> shots fired! shots fired! >> the call was made. send in the s.e.a.l.s. >> good friday, april 10th, my birthday. i was at a tea party for easter at my kid's preschool. and we were actually sitting the kids down and getting them stuff to eat when we got the message and we're going. so i had to leave from a preschool classroom to jump into the indian ocean to rescue captain richard phillips. 7-eleven outside the base.
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i stopped there to get some items i would want to jump with, tobacco, money, stuff like that. i stopped there and there's a guy in front of me who was in no hurry an i'm in kind of a hurry and the guy -- i have a set amount of time to be there. a thing he was buying is "usa today" and slammed down the paper all patriotic and i sure wish someone would do something about this. if you hurry up and pay for your stuff, we will. >> by that time, the lifeboat ran out of fuel and the pirates agreed to have it towed but they kept the captain at gun point demanding safe passage to somalia where they could hold him for ransom. >> we thought we thought of everything. how to rescue people. 5hznér!jxp+b-fúmgv+li1çmñn igl%x &1lhqjmntrsr6/9fmjcp'gvlkx957xz? >> we had a full head count in the indian ocean, everyone
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accounted for 15 hours:46 after the page. >> the s.e.a.l.s flew to the indian ocean in a c-17 tranport plane. once on sight, the back opened and they dropped their boats. >> we have the capability of putting boats out of a plane into the water and jump behind it and find the boat. get in and drive it somewhere. >> then one after another dozens of s.e.a.l.s parachuted from the plane to the ocean below. including one support staffer who had never jumped from a plane before. >> regardless of the wars fighting, we were training back home on hostage rescue at sea. trying to maintain our heritage of being proficient in the water which we were. >> meanwhile, in the lifeboat, tension grew. with another team of s.e.a.l. snipers positioned on the back of the bane bridge and captain phillips' life in danger, the order came down. take the shot. >> execute! >> the movie made it look cool.
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that wasn't the plan. we weren't going there to kill people. we tried to get the guy back. the fact that you guys had a full head count, 15 hours and 46 minutes after first getting the page, what's that say about the guys you work with? >> incredible. everything from who's flying the airplanes, who packed the boats up, rigged the parachutes, who trained the tandem masters to jump a guy that's never jumped before. getting the stuff to the aircraft in time. it's a moment of pride, the efficiency of the u.s. military when it needs to be. it makes you realize if we wanted to take the gloves off and really hurt people, that wouldn't be a problem. but you have rules. we're the good guys. >> coming up next, rob and s.e.a.l. team 6 prepare for the mission of a lifetime. mission of a lifetime. >> it ee's bin laden.
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it doesn't look good for 166 passengers and crew of the missing air asia plane the search and rescue chief says based on the plane's information when it was last heard from it's likely plane crashed at the bottom of the sea. it went missing sunday morning it's now early monday afternoon and naval ships are scouring the sea for any sign of airasia 8501. a rescue operation under way in the adriaticnmkoz sea. there are only one death until this point. rescue operations are being hampered by gale-force winds and choppy seas. and the mission in afghanistan coming to an end today the president said the effort devastated al qaeda's leadership and the president honored 2200
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americans who have died in afghanistan since the war started 13 years ago. 13,500 u.s. and nato troops will remain to train afghan military, now back to the man who killed osama bin laden with post peter doocy. for headlines log on to fox news.com. as the war of afghanistan stretched into the tenth year, it was easy to think that the world's most wanted terrorist might never be found. >> it even got to the point in the wars i was -- i would tactically question people on target, specials whether or not and we would ask them almost -- because out of boredom. whose house is this? who's the man of the house? who lives here and then where's osama bin laden? they would laugh. we would laugh. like, who? you're never going to find him. >> the cia was trying to track down osama bin laden through 0
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variety of different avenues. >> the author of "black hawk down dts and "the finish: the killing of bin laden." >> a primary thread is taught to be the courier system and an individual who was known and followed him as the vehicle returned to the house. as they watched more and more, they realized that the -- there was a n called pacer who walked around in the garden outside. and a lot of the people watching who had seen images of bin laden from above in the past believed that that was him. >> the big question was how to proceed. >> one of the first options was to bomb the compound and killed everyone in it. and probably some people living nearby. >> the neighbors are going to die. everyone in the house is going to die and then never know if we got him. >> they also prepared the option
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of a very small missile or bullet if you wish shot from a drone to target an individual. that was a unl tested weapon. they weren't sure they wanted to risk shooting and missing because if they shot and missed it would tip off bin laden if that was him and he'd vanish again. they briefly considered a joint effort with the pakistanis and some american forces and they quickly got rid of that one because the pakistanis will tell the people in the house we're coming and then he went be there and then there was us. >> sending in an s.e.a.l. team was by far the riskiest option and not just a risk of losing those men or of come lat real damage on the ground but the intrusion in pakistan's air space would be noticed. >> after much deliberation, the call was made. >> we just gotten back from deployment number 11 for me.
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we went to miami to dive. we got the call from there they were calling back a couple of us. not all of us. other guys from other trips recalled and all senior guys and they sat us in a room and said, we found a thing. and the thing's in a house and the house in a bowl and the bowl's in a country and you're going to go to that house and get a thing and bring it back to us. that was it. we assumed it was gadhafi because it was the arab spring. how are we getting there? can't tell you wrchlt's the country? can't tell you. what's the thing? can't tell you. so we assume we would be flying off a navy ship from the mediterranean into libya and then grab gadhafi and bring hem out. they told us a couple of things like we're going to read you in eventually and said names that didn't make sense. we were talking a couple days later about this person, this person, why would they be there? it's been bin laden. they found him. we're going to go get him. >> the cia had been doing extensive surveillance on the
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mysterious compound and built a scale model that was an exact replica. >> we knew it was going to be a house. we were going to separate into four teams so we were able to get an idea of what the external part of the target looked like. we knew you have part of the exteri exterior. every opening, every garden, every path. how high the walls were. we practiced flying in and assaulting. the plan was to fast roll. we're going to fast roll from dash one, the first relationship, in front of the main house out of both sides. dash two wo would at the same time drop guys outside of the north end for external security and the rest on roof. on the roof, we could take it from the top and bottom simultaneously. we practiced the hit and leaving and doing it all again. we had the plan down. i mean, we could have launched the day they told us. no problem. >> what did the cia analyst who's now famous for being the subject of being "zero dark 30" tell you? >> if you want the kill him,
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he's on the third floor. 100%. >> were you 100%? >> i believed her. >> when you're drawing up the plan in the united states, where were you supposed to be? >> initially, i was going to be the team leader for external security. there was a couple of snipers and a medic and i was going to be the team leader outside. so we were going to get off the helicopter, it was going to drop us off and the rest of the guys go to the roof top. the analyst told me if you want do get a shot after bin laden he's on the third floor. i talked myself out of the team leader spot to get on the helicopter and martyr's brigade and be volunteer to be on the roof and jump into the balcony and then have a shootout from bin laden from the balcony inside. the more we trained on it we realized this is a one-way mission. we're going to go and not come back. we'll die when the house explodes. we'll die when he explodes or be arrested by the pakistanis and
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spend the rest of our short lives in pakistan prison. >> what's it like training for something so hard, so intensely when you don't think you're going to survive the mission? >> it was worth it because this is it. we would have moments, we'd joke around and laugh and then hit you again. all right. let's get serious again. because this is going to happen and we're not coming home. >> was that a sad -- >> no. >> -- feeling? >> no. it was more of a we'll die eventually. that is good way to go and worth it to kill him because he needs to die with us. >> when you heard that there were some other options, did any part of you hope that the president picked one that did not require sending you to possibly die? >> die. the thought was there but we wanted to go. we really wanted to do this. that's why we're all here now. and just to be part of something so historic, you can't ask for more. i mean, would there have been some sort of relief?
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maybe. you know? okay. we didn't go. they bombed it. great. we wanted it, bad. >> why? >> it's it. that's -- doesn't get any better. this is it. this is why we're here. we're at war because of this guy and now we're going to go get him.
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i'm just looking over the company bills.up? is that what we pay for internet? yup. dsl is about 90 bucks a month. that's funny, for that price with comcast business, i think you get like 50 megabits. wow that's fast. personally, i prefer a slow internet. there is something about the sweet meditative glow of a loading website. don't listen to the naysayer. switch to comcast business today and get 50 megabits per second for $89.95. comcast business. built for business. tell me about the letters you wrote your kids. >> i won't one to pretty much everybody. it was more of an explanation of why we went, why it was noble and why i'm not afraid. with the best people in the world, we're going on the most important mission since washington crossed the delaware. and it's worth it. you know? just sorry
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choked up. going into it, you know, he might be letting to some deserted island to do something fairly benign, if that's ever possible. so i really don't know what he's up to. he's telling me that he's boarding the bird. i'm the last one he calls, and he's checking in. thanking me for a lot of things, but just checking in. >> i couldn't say what was going on.
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something like -- something that really got to me. i wasn't trying to be sad. i wasn't sad at the time. i was more excited. he knew i had gone somewhere. he just -- he knew something was up. and so -- so i think for a while, and i have a very busy mind, even though i'm out here in a walmart parking lot, where the biggest hazard is parallel parking for me, all of a sudden things were hitting me. he told me later he was sitting at a walmart right down the street, and after i hung up the phone, he couldn't get out of his car for 20 minutes. there was something in the tone that got me, and then he was walking around the walmart. he ran into his sister, who is a
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nurse. >> what a better time to run into my sister, a practicing registered nurse, who knows, of course, everything. she seems me. i like i'm -- there's two words i love to mispronounce, apoplectic and cat atonic. she kind of just takes me to the side. what's wrong? looking back now, i really do know what's wrong. at the time i'm guessing. my mind is all over the place, but it's -- you know, after 17 years, i think it's over. what we typically say in every phone call, i tell rob how proud i am of him, to this day, and that i love him.
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in this call, i sid i wished i could go with him. just what he needs. a 60-year-old guy tagging along on an adventure -- >> just the emotion now of what i know to be the importance then. you know, as three years and four months, it should get better. and it will. >> and then i guess he went home. a few hours later, it's more of a you've got to be kidding me type of stuff, and he's watching the press conference, where he said he remembers watching geraldo and they're speculating, and it's more of, is everyone okay? followed by pride.
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and he knows the story better than i dao. and i'm getting on a helicopter. >> we walked outside. there was a bonfire, the admiral and sergeant major were there, as well as the other s.e.a.l.s. a couple proud words from the other bosses. instead of a handshake, okay, all right, team -- now it's hugging everyone. we all knew that the chances of dying were really high. so just hugging the other guys looking at my brothers from the other squad, i can only imagine it's like a feeling in a tunnel for an nfl player before he's about to run on the field. it's time to do my job. we a minute around there. we were sitting there talking, guys doing the last things before we get on for the long ride, and we've got to go. we launched. >> we were the end, we were the
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fist, we were the fdny, we were the pd, we were the american people, and when president bush said we would be defended. we were everyone. we were the american people and when president bush said
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still to come tonight -- >> two minutes out, the doors opened. it's not a training site in the mountains. standing on two feet in front of me with his hands a his wife was the face i had seen 1,000 times. my first thought is we got him. we just ended the war. it would be responsible of mess not to give everyone else
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closure. i remember a man explaining to his friend's daughter, why did god do this? every single day, and he said god didn't do this. >> you killed the devil. daughter why did god do this? he said the devil did this. you killed the devil. i salute you for that, sir. who shot him?for that, sir. i think i did. and on behalf of my fame, i thank you. thanking me for what the team and i just did. that was the point where, wow, this was a bea

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