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Q&A: How SEALs got name

How SEALs got name

In the name Navy SEALs, what is SEAL an acronym for?

The Navy's Sea, Air and Land Forces are commonly known as the SEALs, according to the Navy's website.

There are eight Navy SEALs team, headquartered in either Coronado, Calif., or Little Creek, Va.. Each consists of six platoons, and each platoon has 16 members — two officers, a chief and 13 enlisted men.

Dialysis need called 'rumor'

Did our Navy SEALs discover a dialysis machine at the fortified compound? Back when we thought the chief al-Qaida leader was hiding out in the caves of Afghanistan, I recall a Pakistani military official saying to us that he expects us to have a good chance of apprehending Osama bin Laden because he had a kidney dysfunction and needed to have access to his own kidney dialysis machine at all times.

ABC News reported that video inside the compound did not show any dialysis equipment evidence.

Mary Anne Weaver, author of Pakistan: Deep Inside the World's Most Frightening State, also told ABC News: "Despite the fact that we have all been hearing about his kidney problems and the need for dialysis, according to the intelligence people I've talked to in Washington, there was no evidence of a dialysis machine in the compound where he was found."

Then-Pakistan President Gen. Pervez Musharraf told CNN in 2002 that bin Laden took two dialysis machines into Afghanistan, but U.S. officials said there was no evidence that he required kidney dialysis and called it a "recurrent rumor."

Corps might decide water rights

Is there any update on the water situation with Georgia, Alabama and Florida? What is the deadline for an agreement?

Senior U.S. District Judge Paul Magnuson has set a July 2012 deadline for a water-sharing agreement between Georgia, Alabama and Florida. Otherwise, he ruled, metro Atlanta would be allowed to take only the same amount of water it received in the mid 1970s, when the population was less than a third of its current size.

But the 11th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, which is reviewing Georgia's appeal of that order, is set to rule at any point. The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported in March that during oral arguments, three judges appeared inclined to vacate the looming July 2012 deadline and settle the issue by sending the case back to the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to determine how much water from Lake Lanier can be used to meet the needs of metro Atlanta residents.

In the meantime, governors from the three states are trying to reach a negotiated settlement.

Q&A: How SEALs got name 05/16/11 [Last modified: Monday, May 16, 2011 10:46pm]
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