I hope the Pentagon doesn’t prosecute the Morning Sentinel for what it published on Sept. 5.

I refer to the article, “Pentagon says SEAL memoir has secret info.” The story states that the Pentagon might prosecute Matt Bissonnette, author of the book about the SEAL killing of Osama bin Laden, because he revealed information about SEAL operations.

As it turns out, the Sentinel has published information about the SEALS. First, the story says that roughly 8,000 troops serve under the command of Rear Adm. Sean Pybus. His boss, Admiral William McRaven is in charge of even more Special Operation troops.

Given that McRaven also commands two more service branches, it’s conceivable that more than 24,000 troops could be involved.

Then Pybus implies that the SEALS alone have completed many and intend to engage in many more secret operations.

After adding in the secret operations conducted by the Air Force, Army, CIA, NSA and God only knows how many clandestine agencies, how can the American people know to what extent we are engaged in such operations?

With all this secrecy going on, it is not a stretch of the imagination to see that the United States could be involved in several secret wars. Or in actions that could lead to war. The American people have a right to know if they are paying for a war.

I’m certain that if our government is paying for 24,000 troops, as well as their benefits and support systems, that these troops are not sitting around and playing checkers. They are actively engaged in performing acts of war. That is what they are trained to do.

Good luck to the Sentinel for revealing information about our secret operations. I, for one am grateful.

Peter Patrick Sirois