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His Fate, Sealed

When the U.S. Navy SEALs — the SEa, Air and Land special forces — killed Osama bin Laden, it was immediately big news around the world. In Germany, news network N24 put up a logo of SEAL Team 6, which had credit for the operation, while presenter Mick Locher described the raid. Unfortunately, the logo shown was for the “Maquis Special Operations — SEALS Team VI”, not the U.S. Navy SEALs Team 6. The Maquis is a fictional rebel group in the 24th century “Star Trek” universe, named for World War II French Resistance fighters; the logo was created by a Star Trek fan club, and Team 6 members are Klingons. “They don’t have the skull in their emblem for nothing,” Locher said of the logo. He didn’t seem to notice the weapon in the logo is a phaser, that the skull was extra large (because it’s a Klingon’s), or that the skull’s eye patch is attached with bolts. (RC/Sydney [Australia] Morning News) ...Give him a break. Real SEALs often have oversized heads, could well have bolted-on parts, and might carry space-age weapons!
Author’s Note: The sci-fi and real seals are illustrated on my blog, as well as some discussion on this and the next story. See
Original Publication Date: 29 May 2011
This story is in True’s book collections, in Volume 17.
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