Naval intelligence officer takes News 12 into Situation Room

BOHEMIA - Tom Croci, a Naval intelligence officer and candidate for Islip town supervisor, sat down with News 12 Long Island today to give an insider's view of working in the Situation Room in the White House.

The interest in the Situation Room spiked in recent days following the release of photos showing President Barack Obama and other top officials in the room during the raid that killed Osama bin Laden. From 2005-2007, Croci worked in the Bush White House, serving as what is called a senior-duty officer in charge of managing the Situation Room.

During his time as a senior-duty officer, Croci says the London subway bombings occurred, and it was his responsibility to ensure that the president and his team would get all of the information in the Situation Room.

Croci was reactivated last year and was sent to Afghanistan, where he supplied intelligence to Navy SEALs, the elite fighters who carried out the bin Laden raid.

"It brings back some memories of some pretty tense times, but it also reassures me," Croci says.

The Situation Room was first put in the White House during the Kennedy administration following the failed Bay of Pigs invasion.

For an interview with Tom Croci, go to your digital cable box and select iO Extra on Ch. 612.

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