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Gov. Palin links to Hill article about probe of crash in Afghanistan that killed members of Seal Team 6

Posted by Dr. Fay on July 24, 2013

Posted on Governor Palin’s Facebook page today:

Sarah Palin · 3,555,688 like this

9 hours ago ·

The Hill: “Congress to probe lethal crash that killed SEAL Team 6 members”

She shared a link to this article:

Congress to probe lethal crash that killed SEAL Team 6  members

By Bob Cusack  – 07/24/13 05:00 AM ET

Congress has launched an investigation of the helicopter crash that killed 30  Americans in Afghanistan, including members of the Navy’s elite SEAL Team 6  unit, The Hill has learned. [WATCH  VIDEO]

The victims’ families say the Pentagon hasn’t provided answers to their many  questions about the deadly attack, which took place on Aug. 6, 2011, three  months after Osama bin Laden was killed in Pakistan by Team 6 forces.

Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Utah), chairman of the House Oversight and Government  Reform subcommittee on National Security, told The Hill, “We’re going to dive  into this.”

Chaffetz said he met with the victims’ families about a month ago in what he  described as an “emotional” gathering. He is poised to send questions to the  Pentagon and may hold hearings on the matter.

Charlie Strange, whose son Michael was among those killed, said he asked  President Obama two years ago at Dover Air Force Base to fully investigate. The  death toll in the crash was the largest of any single incident for the U.S.  military during the Afghanistan war.

Obama praised Michael’s service to Strange, who responded, “I don’t need to  know about my son. I need to know what happened to my son.”

The president promised he would investigate, Strange said, but he never heard  back from the White House. The Pentagon, meanwhile, has provided him and others  with incomplete and contradictory information, he said.

Administration leaks that emerged after the bin Laden raid prompted members  of Team 6 to worry about their safety.

For example, Michael Strange told his father he was working on a will before  he returned to Afghanistan in the summer of 2011, his father said.

[…]

Yet, Strange says insurgents were boasting on the Internet they had taken out Team 6 shortly after the helicopter crashed.

Shortly before the CH-47 Chinook helicopter took off on a rescue mission (operation Extortion 17), seven Afghan commandos who were on the passenger list were replaced by other Afghan military officials.

It remains unclear why the manifest was incorrect, raising red flags among the victims’ families. They have noted that their sons didn’t trust Afghan soldiers. One was quoted as saying, “They are loyal to the highest bidder.”

In the transcript related to the Pentagon’s probe, a Defense official confirmed that all seven names of the Afghan soldiers were incorrect.

The official said, “I cannot talk to the back story of why…” before being interrupted by another Department of Defense employee.

The Chinook was shot down by Afghan militants, and all 38 on board perished.  Among the dead were 30 Americans, including 22 Navy SEALS, seven Afghan soldiers and one Afghan translator. Their bodies were later recovered, but the helicopter’s black box was not. Pentagon officials have said that it could not be recovered, citing a flash flood that happened soon after the assault.

[…]

The Utah congressman said the families deserve answers: “That’s why you do an investigation. I want to be as factual as I can.”

Two soldiers from Chaffetz’s district were killed in the attack.

Strange said he has visited Capitol Hill to discuss the issue with several members, including his own congressman, Rep. Mike Fitzpatrick (R-Pa.).

He has also met with Chaffetz and Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa (R-Calif.).

Some of the victims’ families are being represented by Freedom Watch, which is headed by Larry Klayman.

“This is a scandal even greater than Benghazi,” Klayman said. “There we lost four valued American lives; here we sacrificed 30 American soldiers. The big question is were these brave Americans sold out by the Afghani government as payment to the Taliban for the death of bin Laden?”

Klayman, Strange and others have questioned why so many special ops were on one aircraft that they claim was not equipped for such a dangerous mission. They also want to know why members of Team 6 weren’t looked after just months after the bin Laden operation.

Strange said, “There was no eye in the sky tracking [the Chinook]. Why not?”

Klayman said, “The tragedy of Extortion 17 is a tragedy for all Americans. When we do not protect our brave fighting men and women, we put their lives in harm’s way…”

It is unclear how many of the 22 SEALS who died that summer were part of the bin Laden operation in Pakistan. One source said there were at least a couple who were involved in both.

Chaffetz says he is looking into how the Pentagon handled the situation post-attack.

During a ceremony at Bagram Air Base for the 38 killed, the deceased Afghan soldiers were loaded onto planes with the bodies of the U.S. forces. An imam spoke an Islamic prayer that included language on U.S. soldiers burning in hell.

The families later used translators to find out what the imam had said.

Chaffetz called those series of events “inappropriate.”

“My son Michael died,” Strange said. “I want to know, who made these calls?”

He is confident Chaffetz, Fitzpatrick and Issa will find out: “I know they are going to get answers.”

A Pentagon spokesman declined to answer detailed questions but said “the operational planning and execution of this mission was consistent with previous missions” and “was thoroughly investigated … we share in the grief of all of the families who lost their loved ones. The loss of 38 U.S. and Afghan military personnel was a tragic loss during a difficult campaign.”

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2 Responses to “Gov. Palin links to Hill article about probe of crash in Afghanistan that killed members of Seal Team 6”

  1. Very sad. Once again our resources are sold out. This administration is worse than the Carter administration and its Illinois Politics at the core. Why is it we dont get answers on the IRS scandal, Bengazzi, Fast and Furious, and the list goes on and on. Its very sad as an American to see this type of crap go on. Until their are better numbers in the Senate and we have RINO’s in Washington, these scandals will continue.

  2. skosper said

    May I express my deepest sympathy to the loved ones lost in the 2011 incident. I sure hope an independent investigation will soon take place…the soldiers’ family and friends deserve answers.

    One has to question the heartless response to this saddening loss of our brave US soldiers. The lack of leadership from our Commander in Chief is very disheartening and extremely upsetting. I can only imagine the disenchantment of our military now serving under the command of this serving President.

    May we all pray for our brave military’s safety, both here and abroad. May we take the time to thank our self-sacrificing serving men and women. They daily risk their all in upholding and ensuring our personal freedoms.

    Sent from my iPad

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