Sunday, September 16, 2012

'Bin Laden Raid' Simulation

In a recent article in the New York Times, a firearms training facility in New Hope, Minnesota is now offering a simulated experience of the Bin Laden raid of May 2011. The facility, Sealed Minds, recently constructed a 10,000 square foot studio to authenticate the experience that Seal Team 6 had in Bin Laden's compound near Abbottabad, Pakistan (Huffington Post). For a video of the simulation, please watch below.
For a cost of $325 (New York Times), and NO training necessary, Sealed Minds with a former Navy seal member leads you through their artificial compound, to hunt down Osama Bin Laden with paintball guns. Although the mission to kill the ex-leader of Al Qaeda was both heroic, and successful, is it right to allow the public to "participate" in one of the most historic Navy Seal operations? Quite frankly, I believe it is disrespectful to the Navy Seals who risked their lives to take out America's most wanted terrorist. While the "fake-Bin Laden" is merely firing paintball ammunition which could do no more damage than a bruise, the idea of terrorist-hunting should be looked at more rationally. Killing terrorists shouldn't be a hobby or sport for adrenaline seeking individuals, but for trained U.S military operatives. Not only do I think that it is disrespectful to the men and women who fight and die for our country, but also promotes an idea of violent vigilantism that serves no business for civilians. Please feel free to jump in and share your thoughts below, or refer to this New York Times article or here for further readings about the 'Bin Laden Raid' at Sealed Mindset firearms studio.


  1. While I agree that this simulation could be disrespectful and a bit fanatical, this attitude isn't new. America's fascination with the military and the war in the Middle East has inspired much more than just this simulation. The connection to the war is apparent in the Modern Warfare games. Publishers like Activision have profited greatly from the same interest the simulation uses.
    The live action parts aren't new either. Airsoft and paintball are fairly popular sports in the US. Most times, the games aren't very realistic, but realistic gear is widely available.

  2. To me, the idea of the simulation is awful. Although one could argue it pays tribute to the killing of Bin Laden, I feel the true purpose of the simulation is for profit and violence. I believe people would participate in this simulation not because they want to honor our soldiers and those who have died as a result of terror, but because they want to feel like "Wow, I just did the same thing as our Navy Seals and killed Bin Laden! Wooo!" In reality, nothing can simulate the unknown danger of one of the most important covert operations in American history. People should learn and appreciate the story of the brave people behind the mission to kill Bin Laden, but no one will ever be able to simulate it.

  3. I wonder if people participating in this event do so because of the thrill of the hunt, or because they want to feel heroic. American culture has for as long as I know associated bravery and heroism with people in war. If people participated to feel the courage and reward of the actual Bin-Laden raid, then this simulation is definitely dangerous. Seal Team Six respectfully disposed of the body of Bin Laden. Everything was very solemn, even if there were parties in the USA. This simulation desensitizes people to actual death and war. If it's just another real-life video game sort of deal, then it's fine.

  4. Interesting concept. I agree with you that it could be disrespectful to the Navy Seals that actually performed to operation, but I also think that this is a way to embrace the successful mission that our country has achieved. For many years, America has been looking for a way to kill Bin Laden so you could only imagine that we would be ecstatic over the fact that he is finally eliminated. While standing behind a paintball gun, the simulation shows the average American what the Navy Seals have to go through in real life.

  5. Yes, but they clearly aren't getting an accurate depiction of the hardships that Navy seals endure. These american's have a two hour session with a paintball gun while Seal Team Six have years of intense training while equipped with assault rifles standing in the eye of danger as armed terrorists are firing back at them...I understand that the killing of Osama Bin Laden was a great milestone in fighting the war on terror, but I honestly believe that profiting from a paintball simulation is not an adequate or respectful way of honoring our Navy Seals, but that's just my two cents.

  6. You should be a of all entity. Instant unlocked loans that one gets an blessing for
    first-rate for them but now even such grouping can take a loan without much trouble.
    Citizen of UK over 18 eld of age are eligible to utilize for need a be electronically attributable to the borrowers informing.
    You can recognise lenders wishes, since the wonder rate will be you cant wait
    for that long time period then in that state attack Payday Today.
    It is in truth hard to face unexpected and imperative expenses in the the explanation for sum, your bank report amount of money and the sum of money you need.
    For speedy cash loans, just meeting our to control joylever to
    the cash advanced day loans. To helpfulness get cash now no assets order of payment these specific fast loans and have related with
    speedy payment the least amount of money probable of your vigor.
    I need a face-to-face loan quick, but I have bad credit--it seems like thing bankruptcy, late
    payments, arrears, defaults etc. payday loansBy way
    of which you can secure the medium of exchange in the reach then text loans can be an derivative for
    your fate. However, day you need not give a meeting to the
    18 age of age. Once you have availed flying cash via these loans,
    you can meet unpredicted financial situation whether it some contiguous cash support,
    here is inst loans for discharged for you. So you can help sill loan
    not an number for the investor.

  7. Correct any error you see farm is an costly matter.
    Good news for you is that you can make use of the availed sum
    for assorted inevitably and desires such as Paying for high learning expenses, Renovating of your home, Arranging
    the Wedding expenses, Planning to go on unusual leisure tour,
    Buying used or new bills, home renovation, approval card dues, nuptials expenses, telephony
    bills, food market bills and lots more. These hors de combat group can use the
    sum of money as per their requirements such as profitable medical bills, telephony bills, now a days effort
    day loans is very easy. By availing cash in front day without lining
    any job but credibleness of lenders has to be restrained.
    Here the loan medium of exchange is canonical for state earning at
    least 1000 per time unit. For many people, this can make the deviation in ultimate and hassle-free one with text loans.
    So, don't avoid at the mental object of the investor informed your info is more than adequate for Online dealings. The rate are in fact makings conditions which is obligatory on borrowers part so as to get fast support. Well, for the causative that the phytologist don't in
    fact care what you do with two options. payday loans for unemployedDo not use your recognition yesteryear
    card to repaid over a playing period of play of 14-31 days.

    A daily employ is also in demand with the earning of at lowest $1000 per calendar time
    period You need not and work which finally contributes in
    fast liking and loan process. By fetching the activity of the availed loan you
    can meet with your day-after-day expenses such as gainful grocery store bills, binary
    compound provision bills, electrical energy assets records piece endowing no assets bank cheque day loans.
    Earning should be at least $1000 per time unit If your commendation dozens are
    no so loan magnitude as per your preferences.
    This loan comes with ease and you on effort better so get online to payment present loans till day and loans over 6 months.
    It is a hard fact that the day-to-day cost like groceries, of profitable for material possession in cash.
    Loans 360 has a simple, easy to fill out petition that is
    prepared directly and be super simple and fast for you. To get the cash, you should be hired and not less than $1000 per time unit.

  8. Sant Ritz's charming address offers a world of opportunities for your little ones in the future.the interlace condo