Longtime President Donald Trump adviser Roger Stone reportedly compared his FBI arrest to that of raids that killed Osama bin Laden and nabbed notorious drug lord Joaquin “El Chapo” Guzman.
“To storm my house with greater force than was used to take down bin Laden or El Chapo or Pablo Escobar, to terrorize my wife and my dogs, is unconscionable,” Stone told reporters Monday, The Washington Post reported.
A Post analysis by Alex Horton begged to differ, noting:
- In the bin Laden raid, a team of Navy SEALs and one dog named Cairo raided the terror lord’s Abbottabad, Pakistan, compound at night in May 2011, shooting him as he tried to hide behind a woman and dumping his body into the Arabian Sea.
- In the “El Chapo” capture in the Mexican state of Sinaloa in January 2014, Mexican marines assaulted Guzmán’s safe house and knocked on several doors before firing into windows with M4 rifles. Five gunmen were killed, and several others were arrested. One marine was wounded. Guzmán was captured by police later after escaping the house through a tunnel.
- In the Stone raid last Friday, at least a dozen FBI agents from a tactical response team wielding M4 rifles and wearing body armor announced their presence at Stone’s Florida home, with one agent yelling “FBI!” and pounding a fist on the door, demanding: “Open the door.” No shots were fired and Stone was apprehended without incident.
Though prosecutors justified the show of force, some analysts voiced concern over the tactics of the Stone arrest, Horton noted.
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