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Netlore Archive: Viral image purports to show a battle-ready team of Navy SEALs, fully armed and wearing skull masks.

Photo by "Nerdpride AKA Crazychildren"

Description: Viral Image
Circulating since: May 2011
Status: Fake / Mislabeled (see details below)


Text example #1:
Email contributed by Jerry T., May 23, 2011:

Subject: Photo ~ SEAL Team

Want to see what a U.S. Navy SEAL Team looks like in their business suits?

I wish we could have seen the expression on Bin Laden's face when he saw these guys coming through the door:


Text example #2:
As posted online, May 28, 2011:

This is what the Navy Seal team looked like when they went in to get Bin Laden.

A couple of things to notice: 50 caliber sniper on the right. Knee, knuckle and forearm protection.

Various plastic/wire ties.

Absolute identity denial to protect their families.

Free choice of footwear.

Fourth from the right has three artillery simulators and CS gas grenades on his belly. Here is the 'shock and awe' guy.

Group Photo of Seal Team Six, . . . . . . .

and you can imagine the look on Bin Laden's face when these guys came through the door? {and put his wife in front of him...}


Analysis: This image was posted hither and yon in mid-2011 along with the claim that it depicts Navy SEAL Team 6, the outfit that raided Osama bin Laden's compound in Pakistan and killed the elusive al-Qaeda leader on May 2, 2011.

But that's not Navy SEAL Team 6 you see depicted above, nor, in fact, are you looking at real Navy SEALs at all. They're 12-inch-tall (1:6) action figures customized and photographed in 2009 by a Malaysian blogger and action figure enthusiast who calls himself "Nerdpride aka Crazychildren." He has acknowledged creating the tableau.

A larger version of the image reveals suspect details such as ill-tailored uniforms composed of some unnatural-looking fabric and what is clearly a plastic forearm sported by the figure furthest to the right.

See also: Was Mr. Rogers a Navy SEAL?


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