After repeatedly petitioning the Obama administration for answers and being ignored, the parents of fallen SEAL Team 6 members are finally being heard as Congress will launch an investigation of the helicopter crash that took the lives of their sons.
“We’re going to dive into this,” Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, chairman of the House Oversight and Government Reform subcommittee on National Security, told The Hill this week.
SEAL Team 6 is credited with executing the successful raid on the bin Laden compound in Pakistan, and family members are upset that President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden “unnecessarily” released the units identity after this raid, thus putting targets on their backs.
Two months after the bin Laden raid, the elite quick reaction force was called on to reinforce an engaged unit of Army Rangers when the CH-47 transporting them was shot down by the Taliban. The crash killed all 38 people on board, including 17 Navy SEALS and 5 Navy Special Operations support personnel.
The families have questioned much about the operation, known as “Extortion 17,” and think the U.S. government is “as much responsible for the deaths of their sons as is the Taliban.” Many feel SEAL Team 6 was set up and flew unsupported into a waiting ambush.
Chaffetz said he met with the families about a month ago in what he described as an “emotional” gathering and said they deserve answers: “That’s why you do an investigation. I want to be as factual as I can.”
Adding insult to injury, family members charge that U.S. military officials allowed an Imam to “desecrate” the bodies of the dead American soldiers at a memorial service in Afghanistan.
Some of the victims’ families are being represented by Freedom Watch, which is headed by Larry Klayman, The Hill noted.
“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?”
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