Mark Owen: I think in the end, he taught a lot of people to do-- you know, martyr themselves and he masterminded the 9/11 attacks. But in the end, he wasn't even willing to roger up himself with a gun and put up a fight. So I think that speaks for itself.
Back on the second floor the SEALs were grabbing computers, disks, flash drives, videotapes, more priceless intelligence than they could carry.
Mark Owen: There was so much stuff in this house
Scott Pelley: The guys are just stuffing this stuff in garbage bags?
Mark Owen: We had carried bags with us. But we filled all these bags up. So you just find some-- you know, an old gym bag on target, dump out whatever's in it, and use that. You know, as we were running out, I look over at my buddy. He's got a bag of stuff in one hand, like, you know, Santa Claus running out of there. A bagful of goodies in one hand that he had collected and a computer terminal in the other.
The plan had been to be on the ground for 30 minutes. But now they were a few minutes late. It was after 1:30 a.m.
Mark Owen: Now things are starting to pick up outside. People have obviously woken up at this point. They're coming over to investigate what's going on.
They were the neighbors and they had a lot of questions for the SEALs standing guard outside the wall.
Mark Owen: So that's where things could get real dynamic for that team outside. Everybody wants to know what was going on inside. That team had way more responsibility than just about anybody else. 'Cause they were dealing with all the what-ifs outside.
What if the police showed up or the military?
Mark Owen: We were running out of time, we got to get going. There's neighbors approaching. The interpreter that was out here said, "Hey, there's a police operation going on here, go back to your homes." And they'd simply go back away.
Among the unfinished business was the crashed helicopter. It was a secret design, loaded with secret gear. They had to blow it up. A message was passed to their explosives expert -- called the E.O.D. man - "prep it to blow," they said. But the "it" in the message was a little vague.
Mark Owen: Well, the E.O.D. guy thinks he means prep the house to blow. So there we are in the middle of this. And he's like, "OK, roger that, prep it to blow." So he's running around the first floor of the house, setting his charges, getting ready to blow up the house. And somebody looks over at him is like, "Dude, dude, what are you doing?" He's like, "Ah, I'm prepping it to blow." He's like, "Not the house, the helicopter." Well, he hadn't got the word that there was a helicopter even down. He's like, "What helicopter?" He's like, "The one in the courtyard. Go take a look." So he runs outside, sees the helicopter, and then they proceed to rig it to blow.
It was past time to go. Two large helicopters called CH-47s, filled with reinforcements and fuel, had been standing by during the raid. The remaining Black Hawk would return for half the SEALs, a CH-47 would pick up the rest.
Mark Owen: The Black Hawk that's picking us up lands first. We run through the field, carrying the body in the body bag. Load the remaining Black Hawk, and then we slowly lift off and move away. While they're waiting for the 47 to come in the timer on the charges is ticking down.
Scott Pelley: The explosion on this helicopter is coming. How much time have they got?
Mark Owen: Not much left.
Scott Pelley: Minutes?