Friday, August 31, 2012

No Easy Day's Mark Owen is Matt Bissonnette

"No Easy Day: The Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama bin Laden" is an upcoming military memoir by "Mark Owen". "Mark Owen" is a pseudonym used to supposedly protect the identity of the former US Navy SEAL whom participated in the mission that culminated in the death of Osama bin Laden.

Interesting approach and rather valid to cloak the author considering the sensitive nature of the work of the US Navy SEALs but it seems that this authoring mission failed badly with Matt Bissonnette quickly being identified as the real author hiding behind the name of Mark Owen.

While the mission to protect his identity has been a spectacular failure with the US Department of Defense closely scrutinising his unvetted book for potential security leaks and al Qaeda members spreading Matt Bissonnette's personal information for militants to exact revenge on him, the actual book itself if successfully released is likely to see rather good sales.

Originally scheduled for release to coincide with the September 11 anniversary, it has already been moved forward because of the large numbers of orders logged.

Bissonnette should enjoy his moments of fame now while he can and reap the profits of his book as much as possible. People in sensitive jobs typically keep a low profile for fear of reprisals and Bissonnette has certainly made many enemies aware of his existence. No matter how great the story is, I doubt it will be worth it incurring the wrath of so many.

Remember the fatwa calling for Salman Rushdie's death issued by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, the Supreme Leader of Iran that resulted in Salman Rushdie living in hiding for a long while. To date, the fatwa remains in place since fatwas can only be rescinded by the person who first issued them, and Khomeini had since died.

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