Was Navy Seal Team 6 Set Up For Sacrifice?

“Before there was Benghazi, there was Extortion 17.”  These are the chilling opening words spoken by Billy Vaughn, the broken-hearted father of Navy SEAL Aaron Vaughn.  Aaron was one of 17 Navy SEALs, almost 30 American servicemen in total, killed when their antiquated Chinook helicopter was shot down during a raging battle in Afghanistan on August 6, 2011.  To have lost their sons in war is tragic enough; but as they discovered the very dubious circumstances surrounding the operation and the subsequent deception and cover-up by the military under the Obama administration, a truly gut-wrenching and highly suspicious picture emerged.  Several families of the fallen, military experts, elected representatives, and concerned others held a press conference at the National Press Club in Washington D.C. on May 9th, 2013.

Larry Klayman, founder of Judicial Watch and Freedom Watch, calls Extortion 17 “perhaps the biggest disaster since 9-11 as far as Naval and Special Ops operations.”  Before the dust had even settled on the operation that killed Osama bin Laden, President Obama and Vice President Biden revealed the classified identities of SEAL Team 6 and other servicemen; and as a result, these men “literally had targets on their backs.”  Three months later, these men and others were sent in on archaic outdated equipment without support and ambushed.

“We demand to know who sent our sons into hostile territory where evidence proves a shoot-down attempt had been in full force for weeks, in less than adequate, antiquated airframes documented to be in very poor condition,” declares Karen Vaughn, Aaron’s mother. “We also demand to know who made the call to mix conventional aircraft and forces with Special Warfare Operations.”

Charles Strange, father of fallen Navy SEAL Michael Strange, says, “Michael knew what he was getting into.  Michael knew what he was fighting for.  Michael knew that someday he might have to give the ultimate sacrifice.  But not like this.  To put my son and the most elite SEAL team in the world in a Chinook helicopter over an active battle that’s going on for three and a half hours?  Unacceptable! Somebody has to answer for this.”

Here are the heart-wrenching details of the labyrinth that is Extortion 17:

  • The servicemen were put in a slow helicopter that is never used for combat operations, built in the early 1960s and last retrofitted in 1985, with no answer as to who made that decision.
  • The helicopters they would normally have used and that they had trained with their entire careers were not available because under Obama, the pace of Special Operations aviation climbed from an average of 56 per month in 2009 to a break-neck 334 per month in 2011.
  • The mission was considered to be so dangerous that the decision had to be made from a commander out of theater.  Yet still it is not known, even after an investigation that yielded a 1200 page report, what commander made the call or why.
  • The Tangeen Valley in Afghanistan was known to be a hotbed of insurgent forces, and U.S. Intelligence knew that there were one hundred or more enemy forces gathering there that night intending to shoot down American forces.  As early as May 11, they knew that SEAL Team 6 was going to be targeted, but did not share this information with the appropriate people.
  • The flight manifest was changed at the last minute, removing seven Afghani security force members who had been slated to fly.  In fact, there is still some uncertainty as to who was on the flight.
  • The men were flown in unescorted and dropped into a battle that had already been going on for over three hours, without any suppressive fire support.
  • 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,” Charles Strange explains.  “You know what they told them?  ‘They’re hanging crops.’” At 2am on a rooftop?
  • The Chinook was shot down by Afghanis who were waiting for it in the perfect position and at the perfect time to strike when the aircraft was its most vulnerable, during landing.
  • “Perhaps the most disturbing piece of evidence that Billy and I came across in our search for truth was uncovering the fact that the Afghan National Army, the Afghan National Police, and the Afghan Security Ministry have been and still are involved in the planning of every single stage of every single Special Operation that takes place in that country.  And yes, these plans include flight routes and landing zones,” says Karen Vaughn.
  • The “eye-in-the-sky” predator feed over the area was turned off.  It took the military ten minutes to figure out which aircraft had been shot down.
  • American forces were not permitted to take out the attackers.  The families were told that new Rules of Engagement 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.”  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.”
  • To add desecration to injury, the standard ramp ceremony at Bagram Air Base was presided over by an imam who gave a prayer damning the fallen to hell before their remains were sent home.  No priest, pastor, or rabbi gave any prayer or said any words.  Klayman says, “The funeral that was held in Kabul where you couldn’t even mention the name of our lord and savior Jesus Christ, but yet a Muslim cleric gets up and damns these fallen heroes to hell as infidels.  Unbelievable that our military brass would allow this to happen!”  And whereas it is standard practice that all parents of the fallen are given a transcript from the military of that ceremony, the families of Extortion 17 were not.
  • In classified meetings, elected officials were lied to about Extortion 17 by top military brass.  The families were lied to by these and other military officials.  “When we were first visited by one of the highest level admirals in our nation [Admiral William McCraven] on January 4th…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.”
  • The families were told that the chopper’s “black box” was “blown away in the flood” and was supposedly never recovered.  A flood? “In Afghanistan?” Charles Strange asks, exasperated.
  • “They told me my son had to be cremated, everybody had to be cremated,” Charles says, weeping.  “I called the commander: ‘Why did you cremate my son?  My son didn’t want to be cremated!  I’ve got pictures of him.  When I asked for the autopsy report from Dover they sent me a disc with pictures.  He’s sitting there fighting! ‘Everybody was burned beyond recognition.’  No, everybody wasn’t burned beyond recognition!  Another lie!”
  • No Afghani officials were involved in the investigation of the shoot-down, even though they are involved in the planning of every mission and were consulted during the mission.
  • When asked how they assessed the crash, our military revealed that all sorts of support materialized.  They told the families, “We had 30 planes to assess the crash.  We had Black Hawks, we had Pathfinders, we had 140 men go in.”  Yet there had been no air or other support for the men as they flew in.

“As we searched we became tragically aware that perhaps the cruelest, most deceitful acts of this administration have been perpetrated against the very ones fighting and dying to protect and defend it,” Karen says. 

Charles recalls the day Obama greeted the families at Dover where the remains of the fallen were brought home.  “He went to give me a hug and I whispered in his ear, ‘Mr. President, is there going to be a congressional inquiry?’ And Mr. President whispered in my ear, he said, ‘Mr. Strange, we’re gonna look into this very, very, very deep.’  Well, I haven’t heard nothing.”  It is now nearly two years since Extortion 17.

Watch the video of the press conference below, and please share it with others. Each unanswered question, each deception that was revealed, and each reckless – if not outright sinister – decision that was uncovered is a stab in the heart for these families.  They deserve answers.

But more, we should take each as a stab to our own hearts and demand those answers as if these sons were our very own.  Indeed, they are America’s brave sons.  If Benghazi and Extortion 17 are any indication, our servicemen today face just as much treachery from the Obama administration and our military under his command as from America’s enemies on the battlefields in faraway countries.  In Benghazi, our personnel’s pleas for support while under attack went deliberately unheeded; and then the truth was and continues to be covered up.  In Extortion 17, our servicemen were sent into a battle not to win, but to be deliberately sacrificed to our enemies.  These words of Karen’s should serve as a dire warning: “The hearts and minds of the enemy are more important to this government than my son’s blood.”

Doug Hamburger, father of fallen SEAL Patrick Hamburger, says, “It’s a shame that we have to ask for a congressional investigation to find out answers…We’re pleading with the American people to put the pressure on your congressmen and senators to make sure that that investigation does get started up and we do get some answers as to what was going on – not so much that we can do anything for our families or our boys.  But we want to make sure that our military is taken care of in the future.  We love our military…We want to make sure that their sons and daughters are protected and allowed to fight at the top of their abilities.”

These are more than just scandals; they are high treason.  Nothing like Benghazi or Extortion 17 has happened in America’s history, military or otherwise; but we’re seeing that atrocities like these are common for the Obama administration.  Treachery doesn’t begin to cover it.  This is a betrayal of the highest order.  It is a betrayal of our brave servicemen who gave everything for America, the very men who killed Osama bin Laden.  It is a betrayal of America’s sons and daughters fighting for her today, and of their families who raised these heroic warriors and who now survive them as parents should never survive their children.

In the words of Billy Vaughn, “We must change the hearts and minds of the leaders in Washington and the high-ups in the military, or we must see that they are removed.  Those responsible must be brought to justice.”


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  1. Yes, a secret deal was made to sacrifice these men in exchange for Bin Laden. This is extremely treasonous of our leaders and does not bode well for an American nation that prides itself in patriotism.

    We have traitors in our midst! We put them in and the enemy is US! By our careless attitude, our selfishness, our willingness to believe a lie, it is after all easier to believe a lie and carry on then to behold the truth and be stopped in our tracks!

    Enjoy your big-screen TV, perhaps you will see how you will die one day in full size!

    • Edwardkoziol says:

      Bim everyday that this igger stays in office secret deals will be made.All deals are done so that he will look good but when something goes wrong he says I knew nothing about it.People should be getting tired of himacting like a moron of course t doesn't take much to make look like nutbag.

  2. Sure they were. It dose not take a rocket scientist to figure that one out Obama did it to satisfy the Muslims for the death of OBL.

  3. Dan Stewart says:

    Personally, I think Osama died years before he was supposedly killed. The seal team was killed so they could not talk. Why else was the poor guy playing Osama buried at sea before anyone could check the true identity. This c*mmie m*slim ill*gal pos potus will do or say anything to anyone. I read his half sister has died of unexplained causes. Shades of the third reich. Anyone in his way, or he sees as a threat will mysteriously be gone.

  4. Sic Semper Tyrannis says:

    They were killed by the CIA to cover up the fact that they all knew it wasn't UBL they killed in the mission. The evil US governmment could not let the SEALs come forward to tell the truth to the American People because Obama's election was coming up and this lie was going to be his bragging rights, and it was cover after he had released his joke of a Birth Certificate to try to shut the media up. This government is a horribly evil deceptive liar. They lied about 9/11 in order that you fools would continue to believe the Muslims are your enemies, so that you would welcome sending off your sons and daughters to their slaughter based on nothing but a horrible lie. Stop and consider this fact for one second of your time if you truly love your sons and daughters who have joined the military out of ignorance: THE GREATEST PROPONENTS OF 911 TRUTH ARE EX-VETERANS LIKE MYSELF ALONG WITH COUNTLESS ENGINEERS, ARCHITECTS, PILOTS, BUILDING INSPECTORS, LAWYERS, AND SCIENTISTS.

    • Sic Semper Tyrannis says:

      The Twin Towers were taken down by Nuclear Demolition. There is overwhelming proof of this from the USGS ( The US Geological Survey) which has determined that Tritium levels in WTC sewer water samples were 60 TIMES HIGHER THAN NORMAL!!! In addition, levels of Barium, Strontium, Lithium, Uranium, and Yttrium were all through the roof!!! Here is documented proof below. The man who originally blew the whistle on nuclear demolition is Dimitri Khalezov, a Russian military nuclear explosions expert. The evil US Government has already killed his close associate, andthey are trying to kill him at this very moment as he writes a tell-all book. He is hiding out inThailand right now.

      • Seeks_the_truth says:

        To believe your whacko conspiracy theory one must ignore the large jumbo jets that were SEEN flying into the towers.
        Since you wish to claim it was a 'nuclear demolition', where was the nuclear material found to originate from? You DO know that after ALL nuclear explosions you can trace where the material came from don't you? Seems you lack this information.
        Without this information, the other material you claim was found can be explained by the material of a jumbo jet and a 40+ year old building.
        The sad part of this all is our government is corrupt.

        • Sic Semper Tyrannis says:

          Did you even read anything??? Do you dare to dispute the USGS Tritium levels??? Do you think I just pulled this info out of my hindside??? You can't handle the truth. You are an insult to the truth.

          • Seeks_the_truth says:

            Yep, I looked at the conspiracy theory and found it all bull.

          • Sic Semper Tyrannis says:

            Hey, do you even comprehend that TRITIUM LEVELS cannot be 60 times background levels without a nuclear event???

        • Sic Semper Tyrannis says:

          27 meters below the surface level according to Dimitri Khalezov IF YOU WATCHED THE VIDEOS, WHICH APPARENTLY YOU DID NOT!!!.

          • Seeks_the_truth says:

            And so, where was it found the nuclear material came from?

          • Sic Semper Tyrannis says:

            It was required by the City of New York as a prerequisite for construction of the Towers. Nuclear demolition was an accepted form of demolition when the Towers were constructed. They have the same setup in the Sears Tower in Chicago by the way because the City of Chicago required it as well. The Russians were shocked to find this out during Carter's SALT treaty talks with Brezhnev in the 70's when this information was learned by the Russians.

        • Sic Semper Tyrannis says:

          To believe the US Government's whacko conspiracy theory/fairy tale requires one to believe in Santa Claus, the Easter Bunny, and the Tooth Fairy; to suspend one's cognitive faculties in a continual lapse of reason somewhere perhaps in Alice's Wonderland or the Twilight Zone; and to believe that the natural laws of Physics, Chemistry, Science, and Gravity can easily be defied if the US Government's Department of FairyTales says so.

          • Seeks_the_truth says:

            So to believe that it was a nuclear demolition instead of the ACTUAL jumbo jets that the world see fly into the World Trade centers is the only acceptable 'truth' to you.
            Got it. Believe your lies instead of my own eyes.

          • Sic Semper Tyrannis says:

            WTC7 was not "hit" with any planes??? Did fires take it down, too??? It's never happened in the history of MANKIND that steel structures have been taken down by fires.
            The kerosene fuel from the planes burned out in approximately 20 minutes. So, how do you explain the ground at Ground Zero remaining at extremely high temperatures for 3 months after the disaster??? Come on, I need a good fairytale and bedtime story…

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    • Seeks_the_truth says:

      While you may believe muslims are your friend, the rest of America KNOWS they are our enemy.
      America KNOWS it was muslims that flew airplanes into the twin towers that killed our friends and family not some 'unknown demolition'.
      Those of us who lost people we love in the towers can't and won't ignore the fact that it was planes that took them down flew by muslims.
      Those of us that fought against those who attacked us know the truth and don't buy into your 'conspiracy theories'. Good thing 'veterans' like you are just a few.
      I put people like you in the same column as Hanoi jane fonda. All that's left is for people like you to call people like me 'baby killers'.

      • Sic Semper Tyrannis says:

        Many of these Muslims have been proven to not only be ALIVE today, but were also CIA paid assets. I do not pretend to support Islam whatsoever as I am a devout Christian, but I do not advocate murder of innocent Muslims as our government does, which is morally evil. There is nothing remotely Christian about supporting the bogus "Global War on Terror" when it has all benn based on an easily provable LIE of immensely evil proportions designed to send our boys off to be slaughtered and maimed on Israel and Saudi Arabia's behalf in order to surround and invade Iran.

        • Seeks_the_truth says:

          You continue with your love for muslims. I'll keep treating them like the dogs they are.

      • Sic Semper Tyrannis says:

        Hey, witless, truth-seeking? wonder that you are, do you have any idea what temperature steel melts at as opposed to the temperature at which kerosene (airplane fuel) burns??? I'll give you a hint: THEY ARE NOWEHER EVEN CLOSE TO EACH OTHER – NOT EVEN REMOTELY CLOSE! Are you aware that NEVER IN THE HISTORY OF MANKIND have any steel structures been takn down by fires??? It is utterly impossible. Are you aware that 2/3rds of the mass of the two Twin Towers is now unaccounted for??? Do you know about the Principle of Conservation of Mass??? Then, how does 2/3rds of a building's mass just get up and walk away??? I'll clue you in, witless wonder: 2/3rds of the mass was vaporized by extremely hot temperatures caused by nuclear demolition.

        • Seeks_the_truth says:

          Yep. I looked into how a jumbo jet loaded with aviation fuel can burn hot enough and long enough to weaken, twist and bend steel.
          And so again. If this was a nuclear detonation, you would be able to identify where the nuclear material came from.
          What is your answer for this obvious question?

      • Sic Semper Tyrannis says:

        How do you explain the fact that firemen's boots were melting and having to be replaced constantly at Ground Zero due to the inordinately high ground temperatures for 3 SOLID MONTHS???!!! How do you explain that when the FBI investigators showed up at Ground Zero they were wearing NUCLEAR RADIATION SUITS while the firemen were being exposed to immense radiation levels, which have led to countless cancers, even blood cell cancers??? GET A CLUE! WTFUP! Quit worshipping this EVIL government. You have made patriotism your God instead of Almighty God, but ONLY THE TRUTH WILL EVER SET YOU FREE!!!

        • Seeks_the_truth says:

          So what is the origination of the nuclear material that was used in this 'supposed' nuclear demolition?

      • Sic Semper Tyrannis says:

        Don't you find it AWFULLY STRANGELY PECULIAR that they began referring to the bottom of the Twin Towers as "GROUND ZERO", a term referring to the ground level of a NUCLEAR EXPLOSION!!!
        That was an INSIDE JOKE the propaganda media used on the American Sheeple.

        • Seeks_the_truth says:

          Nope not at all peculiar. Ground zero is a standard term used to mark origination. Just as patient zero is used to describe the first patient found with the virus of a plague.
          Only ones who believe otherwise are conspiracy theorists who refuse to accept the facts.

          • Sic Semper Tyrannis says:

            If you were to observe dictionaries before 9/11 that haven't since been scrubbed, you would find that the only definition of 'Ground Zero' was in relation to nuclear detonation.

      • Sic Semper Tyrannis says:

        Do you support American drones killing and maiming thousands of innocent Muslims and even a 16-year-old American citizen guilty of absolutely nothing as he was eating his dinner in his home??? Do you just shrug it off like Bush and Obama did as "collateral damage"??? 9/11 was organized by Michael Harari, a Mossad Chief who confessed his involvement to Dimitri Khalezov as he was celebrating it over breakfast in Thailand. Michael Harari is something of a hero/celebrity in Israel; he is about as famous as Moshe Dayan. The whole operation was designed to enter American blood into a Middle East war on behalf of Israel and Saudi Arabia for the sole purpose of surrounding and invading Iran, their common enemy. Much of the payoffs for the 9/11 operation were conducted through Bernie Madoff's ponzi scheme. That's why, to this day, you can't even get the transcripts of his trial because they are a "national security" risk, and we all know what that means: THE US GOVERNMENT IS TRYING TO HIDE THEIR CULPABILITY!!!

        • Sic Semper Tyrannis says:

          Think about it!!! WHY ON EARTH would the US government have any concerns over "national security" when it comes to the trial of a man convicted of a Ponzi scheme??? It's UNPRECEDENTED!!!

          • Seeks_the_truth says:

            You claim this was a nuclear demolition. In ALL nuclear reactions, the material used is traceable to origination.
            What is the origination of the alleged nuclear material you claim they used?

        • Seeks_the_truth says:

          "Do you support American drones killing and maiming thousands of innocent Muslims and even a 16-year-old American citizen guilty of absolutely nothing as he was eating his dinner in his home???"

          Yep. Sure do.

          • Sic Semper Tyrannis says:

            Do you also consider yourself a Christian, too??? Do you think Christ would support such murder???

      • Sic Semper Tyrannis says:

        No, I call fools like you TRAITORS for following FAIRYTALES that have led to the slaughter of not only many innocent foreigners but our OWN TROOPS!!!

  5. He lied and Seal team 6 died! He needs to face charges for dereliction of duty! Among about 100 other reasons!!

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