White House PR vs. Seal Team 6, And An Ally Revealed *Open Thread*

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There have been so many scandals under this Administration from Benghazi to the IRS Mob, it is hard to keep up. Even when there are hearings on it, which there was on this issue just last Thursday. Unfortunately, it is not getting the air time, or the attention, it should given that a number of Americans died, including a number of Seal Team 6 members.

That would be the shooting down of the CH-47 in Afghanistan on August 6, 2011. From Jim Kouri:

[…] According to the Navy Seals, the incident entailed a military helicopter, the CH-47 Chinook being shot down when it was transporting an emergency response team to assist Army Rangers who were under a heavy-fire attack. The Chinook helicopter carried 38 troops including members of the much-honored Navy Seal Team 6, as well as eight Afghan soldiers.

As the Chinook closed in on the location of the surrounded Army Rangers, a hand-held surface-to-air missile blew the helicopter and its occupants out of the sky leaving no one left alive. The crash killed all 38 people on board including 25 American special operations personnel, five U.S. National Guard and Army Reserve crewmen, and eight Afghan soldiers. Even a U.S. military K9 died in the explosion and crash.

“It is considered the worst loss of U.S Military life in a single incident in the Afghanistan campaign, surpassing Operation Red Wings in 2005 (Note: during Operation Red Wings, on 28 June 2005, a Chinook helicopter carrying a U.S. Navy SEAL team was shot down by a RPG round as it attempted to extract U.S. troops on the ground),” claimed veteran columnist George Will. […] (Click here to read the rest.)

It was a horrific, massive blow to our Special Forces. And it has led to many, many questions which remain unanswered.

But it is what enabled this horrible event to occur that is the crux of the matter. That would be Loose Lips from Vice President Joe Biden and the White House specifically that allowed these Special Forces members to be a target for the Taliban in Afghanistan. It is a potential national security breach from the very top the likes of which we have never seen.

Recently, Karen and Billy Vaughn, the parents of Seal Team 6 member, Aaron Vaughn, spoke to Ginna Thomas of the Daily Caller. The video is powerful, and I urge you to watch it in its entirety, which you can DO HERE. During the course of that interview, the Vaughns made this claim:

[…] “On May 1, SEAL Team 6, as we know now unfortunately, killed Osama bin Laden. On May 2, Joe Biden, in an unprecedented act, no let’s just call it what it is, in a breach of national security, outed the SEALs as the ones who took down bin Laden. It had never been done.”

Karen explains that after the Vice President made his statement their son called home, very concerned about their safety.

“Within twenty four hours Aaron called home and said, ‘Mom, you need to wipe your social media clean. I mean, you need to get everything off of it.’ My son was never nervous. He was a fearless warrior. He was worried that day. Not for himself he was nervous for his loved ones, who couldn’t defend themselves.”

According to Karen, based on written testimony that the Vaughns now have in their possession, after the Biden made his statement, increased chatter from the Taliban showed they were devoting their efforts to downing a NATO chopper.

The Vaughns argue that administration officials, including Central Intelligence Agency Director Leon Panetta, was so keen to garner good publicity from the SEALs’ operations that operational security was jeopardized in favor of sympathetic coverage. This included revealing classified details including the names of the SEALs involved to Hollywood director Kathryn Bigelow to assist in the making of the movie “Zero Dark Thirty.” […] (Click here to read the rest.)

It is almost impossible to wrap one’s mind around the depths to which this Administration could sink simply in the name of good PR. From the Vice President to the CIA Director, Leon Panetta, to reveal this kind of classified information just to make the president LOOK good, is appalling.

But it looks as if these families are getting some assistance from an unlikely source: the recent book, Duty, by Robert Gates. Yes, it seems the former Secretary of Defense mentions this specific event in his book, and the role White House Aides played in releasing this classified information. From the Washington Times:

[…] Douglas Hamburger, whose son was killed in the Aug. 6, 2011, crash of Extortion 17, last week filed a statement with a House oversight subcommittee quoting Mr. Gates as telling White House aides he feared the Taliban would use military tactics contained in administration leaks to target Americans in Afghanistan.

He quoted a passage from Mr. Gates‘ memoir, “Duty,” in which the former defense chief wrote that he had a pledge from White House aides that they would not release details about the SEAL Team 6 raid that killed bin Laden. Mr. Gates said the aides broke their promise and began “pouring out” tactics and methods just hours later.

Three months after the May 2011 bin Laden raid, the CH-47D Chinook helicopter was shot down by a Taliban fighter with a rocket-propelled grenade standing on a tower about 100 yards from what was supposed to be a secret landing zone.

“Releasing their identity put a target on their backs, along with any support troops that went into battle with them,” Mr. Hamburger, father of Army Staff Sgt. Patrick D. Hamburger, 30, of Lincoln, Neb., said in the statement filed with the House Oversight and Government Reform subcommittee on national security. […]

It is hard to even begin to understand that White House Aides would reveal this kind of information so cavalierly for such incredibly superficial, political reasons. But that appears to be exactly what they did:

[…] On June 15, 2011, a month after the raid, White House communications aide Ben Rhodes wrote to Pentagon spokesman Douglas Wilson about a proposed movie: “We are trying to have visibility into the [bin Laden] projects, and this is likely the most high-profile one. Would like to have whoever the group is that’s going around in here at the WH to get a sense of what they’re doing/what cooperating they are seeking.

The movie, “Zero Dark Thirty,” chronicled the hunt for bin Laden and the raid that killed him, earning more than $138 million as one of the most-watched films of the year.[…] (Click here to read the rest.)

It is just staggering. And that this MAJOR National Security breach has been largely under-reported speaks volumes, and that the recent House hearing was nothing more than a “joke,” according to the parents of Aaron Vaughn in the video referenced above. Few people were even there. One Representative, Robert Brady from Oregon, is pushing on this issue, and I hope he is able to get the answers the families, and we, need.

Our Special Forces members deserve far better than this. We as a country deserve far better than this. It is time to get to the bottom of this tragic event, and hold people accountable.

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21 Responses to “White House PR vs. Seal Team 6, And An Ally Revealed *Open Thread*”

  1. helenk3 Says:

    nothing the backtrack bunch does would surprise me. be it intentional or not they harm the country every day they are in office. The long term consequences of having this bunch put in power will be enormous and long lasting

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      You said it, Helen. Nothing should surprise us, and the depths to which this group have sunk our nation, in such an incredibly short time, is just staggering. I fear you are right abt the long term consequences…

      • helenk3 Says:

        when this bunch is gone, the next group, hopefully they are pro-America is going to go through each dept like a fine tooth comb looking for nits. the backtrack bunch have pretty well infected every dept of government and done much damage

        • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

          They better. The way this group has acted, I would do exactly that – go through EVERYTHING. I wouldn’t trust them for nothing with nothing…

        • foxyladi14 Says:

          Everyone in every Dept. is suspect. 😡

  2. helenk3 Says:

    http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Journalism/2014/03/10/sharyl-attkisson-resigned-cbs

    I have preordered her book Stonewalled due out in Nov.

    • justine Says:

      Thanks, Helen3. I will preorder it, also.

      BTW, Ben Rodes’ brother is the president of CBS News. Why do you think he would want Attkisson to stop reporting on Benghazi?
      http://dailycaller.com/2013/05/11/top-obama-officials-brother-is-president-of-cbs-news-may-drop-reporter-over-benghazi-coverage/
      .

      • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

        Yes, that is absolutely true abt Rhodes. I wrote a post abt him a while back after learning that this failed fiction writer had been taken into the upper echelons of the Obama Administration. Check out his current title (as noted at Wikipedia): Assistant to the President and Deputy National Security Advisor for Strategic Communications and Speechwriting.

        How in the HELL this man ended up as the Deputy National Security Advisor is absolutely BEYOND me. Can you believe that?? He has NO formal experience in National Security measures at ALL.

        As you noted, justine, helps to have a brother who heads up CBS News. No doubt that’s why Attkisson has faced some of the issues she has. Thanks for mentioning that!

        Helen, thanks for the info abt the book!

  3. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    Speaking of CBS News, apparently Sharyl Attkisson, one of the few true investigative journalists left in the MSM has resigned from CBS due to their “liberal bias” : http://townhall.com/tipsheet/katiepavlich/2014/03/10/breaking-investigative-reporter-sharyl-attkisson-resigns-from-cbs-news-n1806639

    Had it not been for Attkisson, we likely would never have known abt “Fast and Furious” or Solyndra. She is also one of the VERY few MSM reporters who actually stayed on Benghazi.

    I wish her the best, and I hope this is not the last we have seen of her. From the account listed above, she is working on a book, but I hope some other network snaps her up!

  4. helenk3 Says:

    I had a young man ask my about Benghazi last night. He saw my bumper sticker. I reminded him what it was and how so many Americans have forgotten already. think I gave him something to think about.

    • Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

      Wow, great that he asked you, Helen, and good that you reminded him just what happened that fateful day…

  5. helenk3 Says:

    just because

    http://weaselzippers.us/178912-video-patriotism-is-alive-and-well-in-texas/

  6. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    Here is another “Just Because” a friend had at Facebook: http://www.theblaze.com/stories/2014/03/09/you-wont-regret-spending-a-few-moments-watching-this-breathtaking-time-lapse-of-mother-nature/?utm_source=facebook&utm_medium=story&utm_campaign=ShareButtons

  7. foxyladi14 Says:

    Miss Bossy herself wants to ban Bossy!!! 🙄

    http://weaselzippers.us/178915-mooch-ban-the-word-bossy/

  8. Rabble Rouser Reverend Amy Says:

    Holy smokes, this is HUGE. Sen. Diane Feinstein is accusing the CIA of hacking the computers for her committee: http://thehill.com/blogs/defcon-hill/operations/200448-brennan-cia-hacking-allegations-not-true

  9. foxyladi14 Says:

    I wouldn’t put nuthin past the CIA 😯

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