At last, the families of the fallen Navy SEAL Team 6 members, killed in the Extortion 17 op, are moving toward the justice they seek for the deaths of their sons. In federal court today in Washington D.C., a suit was filed (Case No. 13-cv-974) on behalf of the families of Navy SEALs DEVGRU Team VI, and Special Ops Forces, killed on 6 August, 2011 in Afghanistan. The helicopter carrying 38 men and one US Military Working Dog, was shot down by Taliban Jihadists in the Tangi River Valley, killing all on board. Among the dead were 17 Navy SEALs; members of the elite DEVGRU Team VI, known as the group who successfully led the mission which killed Osama bin Laden. The incident marked the largest loss of life in America’s 11 years of military operations in Afghanistan.
As we reported on June 14th, Vice President Joe Biden, and then Secretary of Defense and former CIA Director Leon Panetta, disclosed classified information which identified not only the Navy SEALs, but also specifically SEAL Team 6, as the heroic warriors who conducted the mission which eliminated Osama bin Laden on May 1st, 2011. Upon disclosing this classified information, the SEAL Team 6 men were identified through military intel as having a target placed on their backs, and one on their families’ backs, by the Taliban, who sought revenge for bin Laden’s death. As we reported previously, not only was it irresponsibly revealed that Navy SEALs were the elite unit who killed bin Laden, but also the specific unit of SEALs was named. This not only named the men involved, thus putting the target on their backs, but also those of their family members. A unit consists of 15 to 17 men. To reveal which unit was involved, was a devastating blow, causing extreme, imminent danger, and concern, to each of the men, and their families. Predictably, revenge was carried out, when the Extortion 17 helicopter was blown out of the sky under suspicious circumstances, and all 38 men on board were killed.
Also joined in the suit is the Islamic Republic of Iran, the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and Islamic leader, Afghan President Hamid Karzai. Karzai is alleged to have tipped the Taliban off about the Extortion 17 operation and its coordinates, resulting in the Chinook helicopter being blown out of the sky. Reportedly, Iran pays a bounty of $1,000 for each American serviceperson killed, to the Taliban. In the Extortion 17 blast, there were 17 Navy SEALs, as well as other Special Ops servicemen. All 30 were killed, along with one K-9 Military Working Dog; a Belgian Malinois named Bart. Seven Afghani commandos on board also perished.
The plaintiff families of the fallen are being represented by Larry Klayman, the founder of Judicial Watch and now Freedom Watch, and former U.S. Justice Department prosecutor. Klayman stated upon filing suit:
“It is hypocritical and outrageous that while the Obama Justice Department can criminally charge Edward Snowden for allegedly disclosing classified national security information and wage an international manhunt for his arrest, Biden and Panetta get off scot free for their callous, cynical, opportunistic illegal release of the identity of SEAL Team VI in the Bin Laden killing — allegedly orchestrated to boost President Obama’s and Vice President Biden’s reelection prospects in the months leading up to the 2012 November 6 election. This underscores how the nation’s ‘leaders’ in Washington are not held to the same standards as are other citizens. It therefore falls upon the families of Navy SEAL Team VI and special ops servicemen to seek justice in the civil courts, as Biden and Panetta are ‘not above the law.’ The hard reality is that Biden and Panetta are alive ‘feasting’ on their ‘political notoriety,’ power, and wealth, while the brave heroes who gave their lives for our nation’s security are dead, thanks to them!”
The complaint asks for over $200,000,000 dollars in damages for the crimes committed by Biden and Panetta. If successful, the damage award will be used to aid and support the surviving families of fallen heroes like the plaintiffs’ sons.
Earlier it was reported that the families named in the suit are Sidh Douangdara, Doug and Shaune Hamburger, Charles Strange, and Billy and Karen Vaughn. They are the parents of Navy SEALs Michael Strange, John Douangdara, Aaron Vaughn, and Army Staff Sgt. Patrick Hamburger, who also died in the crash. However, Billy and Karen Vaughn are actually not part of this lawsuit, as Karen Vaughn just revealed to me this evening. Vaughn stated that there are “Several points in this particular suit that Billy and I are not comfortable with.” She continued: “We chose to remove ourselves from the suit.”
Justice must be carried out for the families of these men. Although today marks a step forward, criminal charges of High Crimes should be brought against Biden and Panetta. Never before had classified information of this nature been so carelessly leaked by the government. The truth is, no one needed to know who killed bin Laden. The news that he was eliminated was large enough, and yet, it appears clear that Biden, and Panetta, chose to risk the lives of our brave warriors, in order to seek political gain for the Obama administration. The families would like to see a Congressional Investigation into Extortion 17, and hopefully charges brought against all responsible for putting their sons in imminent danger, which led to their deaths. Let us hope that day comes, soon.
Originally published June 28, 2013 by Uncle Sam’s Misguided Children with permission from author.
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