Extortion 17: A Bridge to Benghazi

extortion-17A lot of people believe Joe Biden is responsible for the deaths of the SEAL Team 6 members who killed Osama Bin Laden. On May 3, 2011, two days after that raid, Biden publicly identified them to the Atlantic Council, at the Ritz Carlton Hotel in Washington D.C. In a brazen, public act of treachery he said:

“Let me briefly acknowledge tonight’s distinguished honorees: Adm. Jim Stavridis is the real deal; he could tell you more about and understands the incredible, the phenomenal, the just almost unbelievable capacity of his Navy SEALS and what they did last — last Sunday.”

What Joe Biden did was a huge breach of trust that caused the death of some of our bravest American heroes. Unfortunately, he has not been held accountable. Why would he “out” SEAL Team 6 to the world, knowing that he was signing their death warrants? Was it on purpose or was it just one of his blunders? If it was only a “slip of the tongue”, then he actually must be as stupid as he appears in public, and he should be removed from office and face criminal charges. If it was for a more nefarious reason, he should be impeached, trialed, and imprisoned. Either way, like every other crime perpetrated in Washington D.C., he will get a pass on this.

In a May 10, 2013 interview on Fox News’ America Live with Megyn Kelly, the parents of murdered SEAL Team Six member Aaron Vaughn discussed their son’s anxiety following Biden’s disclosure, “As soon as Joe Biden announced that it was a SEAL Team who took out Bin Laden, within 24 hours, my son called me and I rarely heard him ever sound afraid in his adult life,” said Karen Vaughn.

She described his tone in that conversation as “extraordinarily serious.” “Mom, you need to wipe your social media clean. You need to get everything off of it now.” When she asked what was wrong, he explained: “Mom, there is chatter and your life is in danger. Our lives are in danger. So clean it up right now.”

It was unsettling. “The community was very unnerved by that unveiling. So yes, a target got put on their back, and it got put on the back of every group that would work with SEAL Team Six,” said Mrs. Vaughn.

On August 6, 2011, three months after Joe Biden betrayed SEAL Team 6, the Taliban shot down a helicopter carrying SEALS in Afghanistan under unusual circumstances. The families of our fallen heroes believe the government was negligent by putting such a large group of SEALS on one aircraft. Thirty seven people, including SEAL Team 6, National Guard, and Army Reserve, and seven Afghans were packed into an old 1960s era CH-47 troop carrier helicopter, which is bigger and more cumbersome than the chopper they normally used. This helicopter was designed to transport troops and equipment, not to go into battle, and had not been retrofitted since 1985.

They usually split special forces teams up onto two different aircraft. SEAL Team 6 trained and did all its special operations in the state-of-the-art MH-47 helicopter, but that fateful day they were all crammed into the old CH-47, that may as well have had a target on it. These families want to know why they were all put on the same helicopter rather than split up on two, and why they used the troop carrier instead of their usual helicopter.

Their questions have gone unanswered for nearly two years, and when the government speaks it lies. For example, there’s the question of, “Why they didn’t return fire?’ The Department Of Defense lied to Congressman Tom Rooney R-FL when he asked them this question. They told him, “The reason we didn’t return fire was because we didn’t know where the shots came from.”

Karen Vaughn reported that even in the pitch black, General Colt told the families they could see two men on the rooftop. “They call up the Afghan administration to find out at two o’clock in the morning what these guys are doing on the building.” They knew immediately that the shots had come from the top of a building.

After attending a 5 hour military briefing explaining the ‘lucky shot’, that took out Extortion 17, and what happened that day their son died, Billy and Karen Vaughn realized something wasn’t right, and started doing their own research. During this briefing the DOD gave them a CD containing documents relating to events surrounding the crash. They did exactly what the DOD did not expect them to do. They studied and poured over them so they could understand everything they could about what happened.

They discovered the government considered the mission they sent them on to be so dangerous that the decision whether or not to go had to be made by a Commander outside of the theater. To this day nobody knows who gave that order or why. When asked why the SEALS even went on the mission, some people told them it was necessary, and others said it wasn’t. Several Rangers and SEALS explained to the Vaughns, that for all of them to get on one chopper they must have had information that said they had to leave quickly without having time to get a second helicopter.

Once they started digging, they found out that SEAL Team 6 had no cover fire, and did not return fire because of the “Rules of Engagement”. They are not allowed to shoot back at the enemy when they are under attack. Rules of Engagement are “rules or directives to military forces (including individuals) that define the circumstances, conditions, degree, and manner in which force, or actions which might be construed as provocative.” American forces were not permitted to take out the attackers. The families were told new Rules of Engagement which dictated that we couldn’t shoot down any attacker even after being attacked because as one high-ranking admiral put it to Billy Vaughn, “We want to win their hearts and minds.” A lot of good American men and women have died under Barack Obama, because of his desire to “win the minds and hearts of the enemy”. The rules of engagement our troops are using are getting Americans killed.

The self professed Muslim, Barack Obama, allowed the funeral to be held in Kabul where a Muslim cleric recited a prayer over the bodies that supposedly confined them to eternal damnation as infidels. He may not have personally given the order for this to happen, but he has set the conditions and protocols that caused it.

This was the largest loss of life in a single day since the war in Afghanistan began. The 1250 page military report called it a lucky shot by the Taliban. The families of those murdered and military experts at a press conference held on May 9, 2013, this is a lie among a lot of other lies.

After the Vaughns started poking around into the buried facts, on January 4th, one of the highest ranking officers in the nation—Admiral William McRaven, commander at U.S. Special Operations Command—paid the Vaughns a visit telling them to keep their mouths shut. Karen Vaughn tells about this visit, “The most shocking thing we experienced is that he lied to us so continuously that if we had not studied our documentation and known the truth he would have made a mockery of everything our sons died to represent. It got to be actually embarrassing.”

Exactly what happened on August 6, 2011? What went wrong? Although the military could have easily used a drone to take out the Taliban positions before the operation started as they later told the families, they didn’t because there were possible “friendlies” among the Taliban. The United States wanted to “win the minds and hearts of the enemy.”

Billy Vaughn, spoke at the press conference and said:

“Aaron did not become a Navy SEAL Team 6 Gold Squad to win the hearts and minds of the Islamic jihadists. He became a Navy SEAL to fight for this republic and defeat the enemy!”

Karen Vaughn told us, on Conservative Nation Radio:

“This is not about politics. This is about men and women who bravely, fearlessly, volunteer to go serve our nation and then they’re served up to the enemy for our guise of political correctness. It’s not acceptable.”

Another thing that is not acceptable is that the military knew as early as May 11, 2011 that in the Tangeen Valley in Afghanistan, as many as 100 Taliban waited, ready to shoot down SEAL Team 6. Our leaders knew that the Taliban was planning on firing on a helicopter and they were gunning for our Navy SEALS. Although a fierce battle had been raging for several hours, and conventional protocol mandated that the CH-47 required at least one gunship escort, they suspended all normal rules of war. Because of the Rules of Engagement soldiers on accompanying aircraft couldn’t do anything and just watched in horror as Extortion 17 was destroyed.

There were seven Afghan men on board the CH-47 who slipped in at the last minute and replaced seven others who they removed. They never even changed the manifest. Were seven Afghan commandos loaded onto the CH-47 along with their American counterparts? It was as if someone knew they were going on a suicide mission and pulled them out. The official report didn’t address this nor did it mention it. It is suspected that the Afghans alerted the Taliban that the CH-47 was on its way. The Taliban had to have known the exact time and route used by the CH-47. When the Vaughn’s tried to find out who gave the order to remove the seven Afghans and replace them with the seven unnamed ones, nobody knew, though it was reported that it was an American officer.

They cremated all of the bodies without permission from the families. They said this was because the bodies were so badly burned in the crash. According to Charles Strange, father of Navy SEAL Michael Strange, this need to cremate everyone aboard is a lie. In fact, Taliban on the ground found the bodies of the crew. Did the Obama administration cremated everyone in order to cover up something?

They told the families the CH-47 black box was “lost” according to the military investigation, “washed away by an Afghan flood.” As most people know, aircraft black boxes don’t get lost. They are nearly indestructible and carry a tracking device that makes them easy to find.

When Conservative Nation Radio asked Billy and Karen Vaughn what it would take to protect our men and women in the armed forces, they responded with two things. First, they said we need a Congressional hearing on Extortion 17 to get the facts out.That is the only way the families will have peace, and the nation can be sure that our enemy won’t shoot another aircraft full of our bravest out of the sky to cover someone else’s crimes or lies.

Second, they said we need a Congressional hearing over all the Rule of Engagement for all our military. The Rules of Engagement come from the White House, and the only way to change those deadly rules is to get Congress involved.

Karen says, “We were recently told by a Special Forces operator that under the current ROE’s if the enemy fires on you, then runs back behind a rock, when he pops his head up from behind the rock you’re not allowed to engage him unless you can verify that he has not laid his gun down. In other words, you must be fired on twice now or your actions will be questioned by your government when you try to defend yourself or the lives of your teammates. You even run the risk of criminal charges.”

I don’t know about you, but I know most of us don’t send our children, husbands, and fathers, off to win the hearts and minds of people whose sole purpose in life is to kill us. Barack Obama has successfully demoralized almost every part of our nation. He is dismantling our military, piece by piece. We need new Rules of Engagement, and like Karen Vaughn said, “these come from the White House.” It’s time to fight for our military so they can once again fight for us.

Dr. Sharon Schuetz is Co-Editor of Lady-Patriots and a contributing author to The D.C. Clothesline.

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