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Gans AP-Lang Period 3 27 November 2012 I read the book the article uses, but in order to specify more on what I am usin g, specifically the part on the raid on Bin Laden, I found this article on the b ook. As result, when quoting Owen using excerpts from the book No Easy Day, I will use the page numbers from the article. This is revision 3. Osama bin Laden was killed by bullet to the brain before SEALs arrived: book CHRISTINA BOYLE Wednesday, August 29, 2012 Slain Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden was killed by a bullet to the brain before Navy SEALs had even entered his bedroom in a Pakistan compound, a new book reve als. New details have emerged of the daring 2011 raid which ended the terrorist leade rs life in an eagerly-anticipated first-hand account written by one of the men in volved in the covert mission. Writing under the pseudonym Mark Owen, the SEAL says they were stealthily climbi ng a narrow staircase in the Abbottabad compound when the teams point man saw a m ans head emerge from a doorway. We were less than five steps from getting to the top [of the stairs] when I heard suppressed shots. BOP. BOP," Owen writes in No Easy Day according to the Huffingt on Post which obtained an advance copy. "I couldn t tell from my position if the rounds hit the target or not. The man disappeared into the dark room. SHOCK CLAIM: CIA TURNED DOWN SHOT TO KILL BIN LADEN IN 1999 When the SEALs entered the room, they found Bin Laden dead on the floor and a wo man crying over his body. He was wearing a white sleeveless T-shirt, loose tan pants and a tan tunic and w as unarmed. Blood and brains spilled out of the side of his skull, Owen writes, saying the mos t wanted man in America was twitching and convulsing. Owen and another SEAL then pointed their lasers at Bin Ladens chest. [We] fired several rounds, he says in the book. The bullets tore into him, slamming his body into the floor until he was motionless. Previous reports suggested Bin Laden was armed and had attempted to fight back i n his final moments, but Owen describes the 9/11 mastermind as a coward. He hadnt even prepared a defense, he writes. He had no intention of fighting. He ask ed his followers for decades to wear suicide vests or fly planes into buildings, but didnt even pick up his weapon. In all of my deployments, we routinely saw th is phenomenon. The higher up the food chain the targeted individual was, the big ger a pussy he was. Navy SEALs closely examined Bin Ladens lifeless face to ensure he was the man the y were hunting, and also asked several women in the compound to identify him. Inside Bin Ladens room the team found an AK-47 and a Makarov pistol, with empty c hambers and the author disputes previous reports which painted the raid as a Jam es Bond blockbuster with a 40-minute firefight and bullets flying through the ai r. "The raid was being reported like a bad action movie," Owen writes. "At first, i t was funny because it was so wrong." He also says Bin Laden had no "time to look into our eyes, and they were not on a shoot to kill mission. The 36-year-old SEAL said he was pleased President Obama gave the order to proce ed but the team knew he would take credit for Bin Ladens death if the mission was successful. Although we applauded the decision-making in this case, there was no doubt in any bodys mind that he would take all the political credit for this too, Owen writes. Click here to learn more about the controversy surrounding Owen s book Connor Miller

Mr.Gans AP-Lang Period 3 11 November 2012 No Easy Day, for Rhetorical Analysis On May 2nd 2011, the hunt for the most wanted man in the United States o f America ended with a bullet to the head. Osama Bin Laden, the founder of al Qa eda, a jihadist organization dedicated to the downfall of America had eluded cap ture for more than a decade after his group pulled off one of the largest terror ist attacks on U.S. soil, that of 9/11. His organization hijacked passenger plan es and crashed them into key structures, such as the Pentagon, but more notably the World Trade Centers in NYC, causing the complete collapse of both the Twin T owers and the deaths of thousands. After this act of terrorism, President George Bush declared a war on terror which continues to this day, but it is now a step closer to its conclusion with the death of Bin Laden. Mark Owen, a pseudonym fo r an unnamed U.S. SEAL involved in the raid, writes in his book about the raid o n Bin Ladens compound. In an article by the New York Daily News, excerpts from hi s book tell what really happened that day, and separates fact from fabrication b y telling his story. With the blunt truth, Owen relies on his testimony of the e vent, specifically with the ethos he gains from that, vivid descriptions of the graphic events which took place, as well as the occasional demeaning comment abo ut Bin Laden to reveal the truth on what happened that day, justify the actions taken by the government and the SEAL team, and to remove the falsehoods spun by the media. In the document by the NY Daily News, only small parts of Owens book are quoted, but those parts are a play by play of the event, written in fairly plain English. He avoids flowery descriptions in all but one exception: violence. As a SEAL, Owen specialized in violence, and his account shows his expertise and pa rticipation in the event. Owen does not skim the details of Bin Ladens death thro es, stating that Blood and brains spilled out of the side of his skull, saying the most wanted man in America was twitching and convulsing. He also says that [We] fired several rounds, followed by The bullets tore into him, slamming his body int o the floor until he was motionless. His description here would probably give the authors of Document 3 a heart attack, with their obsession with keeping violent language out of our minds, let alone this graphic description. His account is i n complete disagreement with the visions portrayed by the authors of Document 3, using violent language such as tore and slamming, adding emphasis and grabbing the attention of the reader, something which pacifistic language would not have done . It also strengthens his stance on the matter, showing that the world will not be a more harmonious place (Document 2) by eliminating such words from our vocabul ary, but the world is made into a more peaceful place through the actions these words describe, such as the extermination of Bin Laden. Due to his death a dange rous adversary was removed. Owen also gives such detail to reinforce his presenc e and participation in the raid, reinforcing his ethos. The ethos Mark Owens builds is essential to his argument of what really happened on the raid, and he builds it constantly through the excerpts included. Throughout the book, the use of the word we cements the image that he was in the group, and makes him a stronger authority on the matter than any others who have puts out statements. This ethos is imperative, as it gives him a leg up over ot her reports which may come from other sources. His story differs on some points with document 6, talking about private and personal accounts, and how reporters interchange them, when in reality, Owens account is a personal recounting of what happened, and gives it a sense of authenticity that reporters lack. As Owen sta tes, The raid was being reported like a bad action movie . At first, it was funny because it was so wrong. (Owen 2). All in all, by pointing out how the reporters falsely portrayed the raid, his book, an actual personal account, as being the s trongest source of the truth, and the most likely to be widely accepted as such Owen resorts to name calling on few occasions, showing that Bin Laden wa s not the man people expected him to be, and by doing so, he further alienates B in Laden from the American people, and comes across as a soldier who is angry at the man who has ordered the deaths of so many American citizen. This makes Owen

come across as being legitimate, and not simply a reporter doing his/her job an d worrying about being politically correct. Document 1 said that name calling is used to make us form judgments without proper facts, and it reads Here the propa gandist appeals to our hate and fear (Document 1). Owen names Bin Laden as a cowa rd, a hypocrite, and insinuates that Bin Laden is a pussy for not fighting back af ter ordering his own men for decades to wear suicide vests or fly planes into bui ldings, but didnt even pick up his weapon. (Owen 2). While arguably Bin Laden did not need further demonization in the eyes of the average American citizen, this wording may be used in light of a larger audience than just America, as Bin Lade ns hypocrisy may be seen as betrayal to those who have died for him by their fami lies and friends. This account portrays the raid, however, as an armed attack on an old man incapable of defending himself, but referencing what Bin Laden has d one, their actions come across as justified, whether by stopping a potential thr eat, or claiming revenge. This gives Owen and his team the moral high ground, by using violence, which may be taken as evil, to eliminate the perpetrator of so much more violence. Throughout the article, with just a few excerpts as compared to the enti re book, Owen, knowingly or not, establishes himself the leading authority on wh at truly happened. He claims the moral high ground justifying the actions taken, illuminates what really happened, and alienates Bin Laden further from the Amer ican people. Not bad for a Navy SEAL. Works Cited Boyle, . "Osama bin Laden was killed by bullet to the brain before SEALs arrived : book." NY Daily News [New York City] 29 8 2012, n. pag. Web. 11 Nov. 2012. Owen, Mark, and Kevin Maurer. No Easy Day: The Autobiography of a Navy Seal : th e Firsthand Account of the Mission That Killed Osama Bin Laden. New York, N.Y: D utton, 2012. Print. How to detect Propaganda (Institute for Propaganda Analysis), 756-761 AKA document 1 Word Police, the (Kakutani), 761-766) AKA document 2 Non-violent language (North York Women Teachers Association), 766-67 AKA document 3