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Pages From Judicial Watch Bin Laden Movie DOD Production 87 – 99

Pages From Judicial Watch Bin Laden Movie DOD Production 87 – 99

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Mehal, Robert CDR aso
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Wednesday, July 13, 2011 3:09
Mehal, Robert CDR aso
Sarah Zukowski
Re: Meeting with Vickers July problem all
------Original Message------
From: Mehal, Robert CDR OSD
To: User
Cc: Sarah Zukowski
Subject: Meeting with Vickers July
Sent: Jul13, 2011 :37
Mark, there any possibility sliding our meeting Friday p.m. start time? know that late, but the Boss has just
been called out the building for 5:00-5:30 mtg over DC. could back the building for p.m. meeting, but
wanted see what your availability would before propose him. problem out the office all next week travel.
Resp,
Bob
Commander Bob Mehal
Public Affairs Officer
Defense Press Operations
1400 Defense Pentagon (Rm 2D961)
Washington, 20301-1400
(703) 697-4162
Sent via BlackBerry ATT
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----~ (b)(6) you need any other details such DOB, SSN, etc for them? Also, are there any specific directions where they
should enter the complex/building? They will coming from the Agency Langley that makes difference. Thanks again, Sarah
>:. +---Original Message----> F.rom: Mehal, Robert CDR OSD [mailto:Robert.Mehal@osd.mill Sent: Wednesday, July 13,2011 1:41 l!o: Sarah Zukowski qc: Redding, Gregory OSD S~bject: RE: Mark Boal and Kathryn Bigelow 7/15 Meeting Pentagon Sarah, Please pass along the Car info: Year, Make and Model, and State and Plate number. Names visitors and driver and should able clear them the River Entrance. Hit reply all and will ensure Redding takes care it. Commander Bob Mehal Public Affairs Officer Defense Press Operations 1400 Defense Pentagon (Rm 20961) Washington, 20301-1400 (703) 697-4162 -----Original Message----> From: Sarah Zukowski [mailto:szukowski@gloverparkgroup.com]
tsent: Wednesday, July 13, 10:25 To: Mehal, Robert CDR OSD Subject: Mark Boal and Kathryn Bigelow 7/15 Meeting Pentagon Robert, coordinating arrangements for Mark Boal and Kathryn Bigelows meetings this Friday, July 15th the Agency and the
Pentagon and Mark said you are the person has been touch with regarding his meetings the latter. Given your correspondence with Mark, are you the appropriate person give their security clearance information to? also
have the information for the car and driver that will bringing them the Pentagon and assume need provide that well.
Please let know who should send these details your earliest convenience. Thanks advance, Robert, and look forward hearing from you soon. All the best, Sarah Sarah Zukowski Mehal, Robert CDR eso From:
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Tuesday, July 19, 2011 10:40
Mehal, Robert CDR OSD
Re: Follow
Bob,
Thanks. Ill give you shout this afternoon.
Mark
------Original Message-----From: Mehal, Robert CDR OSD
To: User
Subject: RE: Follow
Sent: Jul 19,2011 10:05
Mark, have yet been able link with our contact. Lets see can try and schedule something the next time
you are going town.
Resp,
Bob
CDR Bob Mehal
OASD(PA)
703-697-4162
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Sent: Monday,
To: Mehal, Robert CDR OSD
Subject: Re: Follow
Thanks, Bob.
------Original Message-----, From: Mehal, Robert CDR OSD
To: User
Subject: Re: Follow
Sent: Jul 16,2011 5:54
Mark, Will get the info from Vickers and engage Monday.
RlBob
Sent from BlackBerry Wireless Device
----- Original Message ----From: Mark Boal [mailto:markJ(b)(6)
Sent: Saturday, July 16,2011 041-:-:...,SOrnpM.....,..------J
To: Mehal, Robert CDR OSD
Subject: Follow
Bob,
Thanks again for your work the meeting yesterday. recap, D.C. through Tuesday, and
i~r;:(b-7)7: (6:-:-)---~as any availab;l;ty that span, that would great and
find time his convenience.
....
.-. Please feel free pass along contact information.
Thanks again
Best
Mark
Sent from iPhone
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CDR Bob Mehal have additional operational details, comments operational details, make this time. orders the President, small U.S. team assaulted secure compound
affluent suburb Islamabad capture kill Osama bin Laden. The raid was
conducted with U.S. military personnel assaulting two helicopters. The team
methodically cleared the compound, moving from room room operation
lasting nearly minutes. They were engaged firefight throughout the
operation, and Osama bin Laden was killed the assaulting force. addition the bin Laden family, two other families resided the compound: one
family the first floor the bin Laden building, and one family second
building.
One team began the operation the first floor ofthe bin Laden house and worked
their way the third floor. second team cleared the separate building. the first floor bin Ladens building, two Qaeda couriers were killed, along
with woman who was killed crossfire. Bin Laden and his family were found
the second and third floor the building. There was concern that bin Laden would
oppose the capture operation operation rather, and, indeed, did resist. the room with bin Laden, woman bin Ladens woman, rather, bin Ladens
wife, rushed the U.S. assaulter and was shot the leg but not killed. Bin Laden was
then shot and killed. was not armed.
Following the firefight, the noncombatants were moved safe location the
damaged helicopter was detonated. The team departed the scene via helicopter the
USS Carl Vinson the North Arabian Sea.
Aboard the USS Carl Vinson, the burial bin Laden was done conformance with
Islamic precepts and practices. The deceaseds body was washed and then placed white sheet. The body was placed weighted bag; military officer read
prepared religious remarks, which were translated into Arabic native speaker.
After the words were complete, the body was placed prepared flat board, tipped
up, and the deceased body eased into the sea.
10/3/2011 9:40
Narrative Events
Osama Bin Laden Compound Abbottabad, Pakistan orders the President, small U.S. team assaulted secure compound affluent
suburb Islamabad capture kill Osama bin Laden.
The raid was conducted with U.S. military personnel assaulting two helicopters. The team
methodically cleared the compound moving from room room operation lasting nearly minutes. They were engaged firefight throughout the operation and Osama Bin Laden
was killed the assaulting force. addition the bin Laden family, two other families resided the compound: one family
the first floor the bin Laden building and one family second bUilding. One team began
the operation the first floor the bin Laden house and worked their way the third floor; second team cleared the separate building. the first floor bin Ladens bUilding, two Qaeda couriers were killed along with woman
who was killed cross-fire. Bin Laden and his family were found the second and third floor the building. There was concern that bin Laden would oppose the capture operation and
indeed resisted. the room with bin Laden, women bin Ladens wife rushed the U.S. assaulter and was
shot the leg but not killed. Bin Laden was then shot and killed. [he was not armed]
Following the firefight, the non-combatants were moved safe location the damaged
helicopter was detonated.
The team departed the scene via helicopter the USS Carl Vinson the North Arabian Sea.
Aboard the USS Carl Vinson, the burial bin Laden was done conformance with Islamist
precepts and practices. The deceaseds body was washed and then placed white sheet. The
body was placed weighted bag; military officer read prepared religious remarks, which
were translated into Arabic native speaker. After the words were complete, the body was
placed prepared flat board, tipped up, and the deceased body eased into the sea.
-----Original Message----From: Ferguson, Thomas CIV, OSD OUSDI
Sent: Wednesday, June 15,20112:33
To: Long Letitia NGA-D USA CIV; Rowland Lloyd NGA-DD USA CIV; Burgess Jr., LTG Ronald
L.; david.shedd@dia.mil; Bruce.Carlson@nro.mil; Sapp, Betty, Ms. NRO; Kbalex2@nsa.gov; Inglis, John
Cc: Vickers, Michael HON OSD OUSDI; Gentile, Philip COL OSD OUSDI; Mehal, Robert CDR OSD
PA; Smith, Heidi CIV, OSD OUSDI
Subject: Recent Media Leaks
All,
While are past the initial media blitz that followed the successfu_peration, are now seeing
increase detailed requests conjunction with books, documentaries, and film projects. These requests are
being sent directly the CSAs and are being sent simultaneously multiple agencies. behalf Secretary
Gates and Dr. Vickers, request that you decline any direct requests for information regarding the UBL
operation, current previous operations, any other operational issues related activities.
Recently there have also been number sensitive items appearing the press, which quite troubling.
need your assistance stopping such information from appearing the news. Even the simplest
comments, taken out context accumulation information, can extremely damaging OPSEC.
The guidance from the Secretary Gates and Dr. Vickers has been very clear--such unauthorized releases are
unacceptable.
Therefore, ask before you engage with the news media, publishing the entertainment industry, please
ensure that all engagements/information requests are thoroughly coordinated with the Department Defense
Public Affairs Office. The OSD Public Affairs Officer for OUSD(I) CDR Bob Mehal (703-697-4162
robert.mehal@osd.mil). also request that you remind your respective workforces and senior leadership
appropriate media engagement policies.
Tom Ferguson
PDUSD(I)
Wilson, Douglas HON OSD
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UBL Film
doug las.wilson@osd.mil
Need your guidance: Mark Boal, the Oscar-winning screenplay writer for Hurt Locker,
teaming again with Hurt Locker director Kathryn Bigelow (the first woman win Academy
Award for film direction) The Hunt for UBL. Both Boal and Bigelow are well-known
both Geoff and me. Both Geoff and highly respect both them. (FYI, Bigelow actively
assisting Hollywood Joining Forces and other military family issues.) Gates shares
that admiration for their previous film efforts.
Boal has been working with and with CIA (via George Little) for initial context briefings 000 this have been provided Mike Vickers, and CIA relevant officials with the
full knowledge and full approval/support Director Panetta. know that Jamie keeping informal list press and film requests this topic.
and Bigelow are pretty far along their research, and will soon engaging with the
Pentagons film liaison (who works for me).
Our overall engagement with Boal and Bigelow
progresses, Mike Vickers and (and sure
parameters, particular those for Boal and
link phone sometime the next couple
know your thoughts.
Boal date has been pretty general. But this
George well) would welcome guidance regarding
Bigelow. recommendation would for
weeks with you and with John Brennan. Let
Thanks,
Doug
DoD:
This film project only the script development phase, and DoD providing assistance with script
research, which something commonly for established filmmakers. Until there script
review, and request for equipment other DoD support, there formal agreement for DoD support.
When people working articles, books, documentaries movies that involve the Department
Defense request assistance, our best accommodate them make sure the facts are correct. not discuss classified information.
CIA: part our public outreach, this Agency like others our government has over the years engaged
with writers, documentary filmmakers, movie and producers, and others the entertainment industry.
Our goal accurate portrayal the men and women the CIA, their vital mission, and the
commitment public service that defines them.
WH:
These claims are ridiculous. When people working articles, books, documentaries movies that
involve the President ask speak administration officials, our best accommodate them
make sure the facts are correct. Thats hardly novel approach the media. not discuss classified
information. hope that face continued threat from terrorism, the House Committee
Homeland Security would have more important topics discuss.
EXCERPTS FROM: THE WHITE HOUSE PRESS BRIEFING
For Immediate Release, August 10,2011, 12:46 P.M. EDT PRESS SECRETARY JAY CARNEY OBL RAID MOVIE: Peter King, the congressman, calling for investigation based report Maureen
Dowds column today saying that Sony Pictures moviemakers doing the OBL raid movie have
been given top-level access the most clarified classified mission history from
administration thats tried throw more people jail for leaking classified administration than
the Bush administration. think Mr. King less involved, less concerned about the last part.
But whats your response that report both Kings interest and also the inherent criticism that
Maureen Dowd -MR. CARNEY: Well, have response that. First all, the claims are ridiculous.
When people, including you, this room are working articles, books, documentaries
movies that involve the President, ask speak administration officials, our best
accommodate them make sure the facts are correct. That hardly novel approach the
media. not discuss classified information. And would hope that face continued
threat from terrorism, the House Committee Homeland Security would have more important
topics discuss than movie.
The information that this White House has provided about that mission has been focused the Presidents role there difference the information that weve given anybody
who working this topic from what gave those you this room who worked
the days and weeks after the raid itself. fact, the most specific information weve given from
this White House about the actual raid read you from !his podium. its simply false.
Parker, Fatima
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Friday, July 08, 2011 :05
Lapan, David COL OSD PA; Martin, Jeremy COL OSD
James, Darryn CAPT OSD PA; Turner, James OSD PA; Parker, Tamara LTC OSD PA;
Gregory, James LTC OSD PA; Robbins, Elizabeth LLTC OSD
FW: UBL Movie
Col Lapan, FYI/SA. Boal and Bigelow are scheduled meet with DepCIA the 15th and
trying get them Vickers schedule will work include Phil that meeting
well.
Col Martin, Please feel free forward Wilson your discretion has personally
been involved with this project.
Vr/Bob
CDR Bob Mehal
OASD(PA)
703-697-4162
Bin Laden: The Movie

Boston Review team highly trained special forces-Navy Seals willing die for their country-had
helicoptered deep into Pakistan and entered Bin Ladens secret compound late-night
surprise attack. firefight with Bin Ladens armed bodyguards followed, ...
Bin Laden: The Movie
The director The Hurt Locker takes the 9/11 mastermind Alan Stone Jonathan Olley
Summit Entertainment The first account Osama Bin Ladens death was like the screenplay for John Wayne movie. team highly trained special forces-Navy Seals willing die for
their country-had helicoptered deep into Pakistan and entered Bin Ladens secret compound late-night surprise attack. firefight with Bin Ladens armed bodyguards followed,
which amazingly none the Seals were injured killed. The stronghold was secured. When
the Seals reached Bin Ladens living quarters, the armed leader Qaeda tried use one his wives human shield, sharp-shooting Seal aimed high and blew away the top
his head.
Old-fashioned justice was served, not the law the books, but the law the Western
frontier that has long been cinemas stock and trade. The villain dies with gun his
hand, and the hero the white hat, honest and honorable, overcomes impossible odds. The
familiar narrative sent people out into the streets waving American flags triumph and
chanting, ((U.S.A., U.S.A., Americans reportedly first did when our ragtag hockey team
upset Soviet professionals the 1980 Winter Olympics. This the version Bin Ladens
death that most Americans wanted hear, having waited for decade after 9/11 get the
guy who did it. the days that followed, learned that this story was far from the truth, which emerged
more slowly and disjointedly. The raid had not been flawless: one the high-tech choppers
had gone down for unexplained reasons and had destroyed; the Seals faced almost
armed resistance; Bin Laden himself was not armed, nor did use his wife shield; and
two Seals shot him close range, one bullet hitting him the head, the other the
chest. Many the Muslim world thought died martyr.
Which version the story will take its place popular history? doubt Hollywood will
have something say about that. Only days after Bin Ladens corpse slid into the Arabian
Sea, Hollywood director, Kathryn Bigelow, announced that screenplay was underway and the
first actor had been cast. fact Bigelow and writer Mark Boal had already been working
screenplay dealing with the search for Bin Laden. Now they had ending.
Bigelow and Boal have collaborated before-on the screenplay and co-producers The Hurt
Locker, which earned Bigelow Oscar for direction, the first ever won woman.
emotionally charged Oscar night, Bigelow took Best Picture from her former husband and
collaborator James Cameron, whose blockbuster Avatar was favored. Bigelow had tried
blockbuster herself, the confusingly titled K-19: The Widowmaker (2882), based true
story about Soviet atomic submarine that nearly exploded 1961. When the subs cooling
system was compromised, Soviet officers faced impossible dilemma: risk deadly radiation
allow nuclear explosion that would surely lead the third world war. Bigelow had $188
million budget, first-rate cast, and interesting idea: ordinary, even politically
placed, officers with all the petty interests self-serving human beings would unexpectedly the right thing and save the world. According the Web site Box Office Mojo, the film
lost about $35 million theaters. few years later, while her ex-husband was making one the most expensive movies Hollywood history, Bigelow looked for low-budget project.
Only days after Bin Ladens. corpse slid into the Arabian Sea, Kathryn Bigelow announced that screenplay was underway.
She found Boal, journalist who had worked for Playboy and written about the Iraq War. That
tragic, senseless slaughter Iraqis and the sacrifice young American lives grinds
under the Petraeus military strategy that asks our troops bribe their way into the good
graces people whose lives have ruined. this were the plot for Hollywood movie,
one would believe it.
American movie audiences have little interest films based the Iraq War. But they
care deeply about the soldiers who have fought there. And Boals reporting focused the
plight our soldiers, not the progress our war. His first screenplay seems have been
based the work other reporters who tracked down series ghastly murders committed soldiers returned from Iraq. lhe message that film, the Valley Elah (2887), was
that the horror Iraq was turning our soldiers-our children-into monsters. Boal carefully
stayed away from the psychiatric jargon post-traumatic stress disorder, instead focusing how the war was destroying the humanity our soldiers: they had become lost souls,
price too high even the name god and country. The film was succes destime mostly
because Tommy Lee Joness performance the father veteran murdered other
soldiers. important antiwar film.
When Boal connected with Bigelow, was working screenplay about his experience
journalist embedded with bomb-defusing squad Baghdad 2884. Bigelow-who resists the
stereotypes about female directors saving from the male gaze and the chromosomes
preoccupation with violence-was interested. Her fascination with violence emerged film
school Columbia, where her student project seems almost prophetic: fifteen-minute
sequence two men (one apparently Gary Busey) beating each other, while the soundtrack
two semioticians theorize about the endless appetite for violence films. not clear
whether Bigelow, whose background avant-garde conceptual art, wanted make point
about violence whether the film was kind conceptual art with images and sounds
approaching the same subject via different tracks-the thing itself and the discourse about
it. Bigelow moved Hollywood and made films that she characterizes pushing the