By Daniel Bates PUBLISHED:13:18 EST, 3 September 2012| UPDATED:16:40 EST, 3 September 2012
Several Navy SEALs have been pulled off active duty and are ‘on the bench’ to deal with the fallout from the controversial book about the killing of Osama bin Laden.
An expert and former SEAL has claimed that ‘No Easy Day’ has caused such a storm among military leaders they have moved men away from combat posts.
Brandon Webb also said that the entire command of SEAL Team Six, which carried out the raid, has also likely been told to temporarily stand down.
Worrying: Several Navy SEALs have been pulled off active duty and are ¿on the bench¿ to deal with the fallout from the controversial book about the killing of Osama bin Laden
The claims are the most serious consequence yet of the decision by Matt Bissonnette to publish his first hand account of the mission to kill the Al Qaeda leader – as they could have a grave impact on national security.
Were a conflict to break out, having men from such an elite unit sitting around doing nothing could impair the nation’s ability to fight back.
Webb’s analysis appears in an e-book published by his website Sofrep.com, which is for former and serving Special Operations team members and those involved in its culture.
He writes: ‘The sad part is that SEAL teams in general will see a decrease in operational activity and ‘choice’ missions.
‘We are already aware of several operators at SEAL Team Six who have been pulled from regular deployment cycles in order to deal with the aftermath of No Easy Day’.
Speaking to MailOnline, Webb added: ‘These are guys that should be deployed in combat that are now sitting, waiting for the fallout from this book.
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‘They are just sitting there on the bench. This will affect the way that the SEALs plan operations.
‘In our opinion the whole command will be on the bench as well because the consequences of this are so serious’.
An expert and former SEAL has claimed that ¿No Easy Day¿ has caused such a storm among military leaders they have moved men away from combat posts
In Webb’s analysis, Bissonnette’s book is a ‘PR stunt’ that should have been cleared with the Department of Defence before hand and was put out now to make as much money as possible.
He claims that classified material is bound to leak out as Bissonnette is no expert at what should be kept private.
Publication also put not only him in danger but his relatives and neighbours, especially as Islamists have already vowed to kill him.
Other factors at play are the Navy’s ‘unhealthy relationship with Hollywood’ which encourages people to sell out rather than respect the code of silence that existed for years.
Webb questions how Bissonnette, who writes under the pseudonym Mark Owen, did not think it would become political given that it is being released before November’s election.
He writes: ‘No one can seriously think that this book will not be seen as a political statement as America gears up for a presidential election.
‘Mark Bissonnette’s intentions, we believe, were noble but shortsighted.
‘His desire to keep the book becoming political is impossible when the text is politically charged’.
Ultimately however, Webb lays the blame for the whole debacle at the door of Bissonnette’s commanders who should have shown him more respect for wanting to quit the Navy after 14 years of hard service.
Webb writes that Bissonnette was asked to leave his beloved Red Squadron once he had the temerity to raise the issue of retiring – but was soon ‘ostracized’ and sent back home to Virginia.
Webb says: ‘What do you do when you find yourself pissed off at your former employer, out of a job and in need of a paycheque?
‘You start cashing in your chips.’
He also quotes a former SEAL who says: ‘Mark (Bissonnette) is a legend. He’s the operator’s operator.
‘He’s a leader and a perfectionist. He’s the quiet professional, completely dedicated to God and country.
‘Which is why it makes what he’s done so devastating’.
Webb was a sniper with the SEALs who went on to become its sniper instructor.
He has written two books, The 21st Century Sniper: A Complete Practical Guide and The Red Circle which detailed the gruelling training sessions SEALs have to go through.
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