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Federal Officials Concerned For Navy SEALs Safety

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It's been two weeks since Navy SEAL Team 6 killed Osama bin Laden, and now there are worries Al-Qaeda may be plotting revenge by targeting them and their families.

For nearly a decade, the crosshairs of the United States were on Osama Bin Laden.

For nearly a decade, the crosshairs of the United States were on Osama Bin Laden.

But since the elite Navy SEAL Team 6 killed the man codenamed "Pacer" - for the way he paced across his compound - Defense Secretary Robert Gates fears the crosshairs have shifted from Bin Laden to the SEALs themselves.

"When I met with the team last Thursday, they expressed a concern about that, and particularly with respect to their families," says Gates.

Don Mann is a former member of Team 6. He says in Virginia Beach, the team's home, there are very real fears that the enemy will take the battle to their homes ... making the SEALs - and their families - targets.

"The families are alone about 300 days a year," says Mann. "The SEALs have always been a target, and now I believe the families are going to be targeted by these Islamic extremists."

[In Virginia Beach] a favorite pastime is SEAL spotting ... with locals wondering if they could be sitting at the bar next to the SEAL who fired that shot that ended Osama Bin Laden's reign of terror.

"God bless the man who took the shot," says veteran Carl Browning. "He's going to live with that for the rest of his life."

But defense officials fear it's not just locals who are looking.

At the Pentagon, where the team is so secret its name is not acknowledged, the frustration is hard to miss.

Defense Secretary Gates, "In the Situation Room, we all agreed that we would not release any operational details from the effort to take out bin Laden. That all fell apart on Monday -- the next day.

Authorities say the Pentagon is now considering extraordinary measures to keep their most elite warriors safe.

Navy SEALs have been protecting the United States since World War II.

Now that they've returned home, what members of SEAL Team 6 are protecting most ... are their identities.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

For nearly a decade, the crosshairs of the United States were on Osama Bin Laden.

 

For nearly a decade, the crosshairs of the United States were on Osama Bin Laden.

 

For nearly a decade, the crosshairs of the United States were on Osama Bin Laden.

 

For nearly a decade, the crosshairs of the United States were on Osama Bin Laden.

 

For nearly a decade, the crosshairs of the United States were on Osama Bin Laden.

 

For nearly a decade, the crosshairs of the United States were on Osama Bin Laden.

 

For nearly a decade, the crosshairs of the United States were on Osama Bin Laden.

 

For nearly a decade, the crosshairs of the United States were on Osama Bin Laden.

 

For nearly a decade, the crosshairs of the United States were on Osama Bin Laden.

 

For nearly a decade, the crosshairs of the United States were on Osama Bin Laden.

 

For nearly a decade, the crosshairs of the United States were on Osama Bin Laden.

 

For nearly a decade, the crosshairs of the United States were on Osama Bin Laden.

 

For nearly a decade, the crosshairs of the United States were on Osama Bin Laden.

 

For nearly a decade, the crosshairs of the United States were on Osama Bin Laden.

 

For nearly a decade, the crosshairs of the United States were on Osama Bin Laden.

 

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