Bob McCarty’s Top Four ‘Extortion 17′ Stories of 2013

As a former Air Force public affairs officer and author of two books that involve military subject matter, I have an affinity for reporting on military-related topics and scandals.  One of those is an incident which resulted in the single-largest loss of life in Naval Special Warfare history.  Below are my Top Four “Extortion 17″ stories of 2013:

Extortion 17 Lives lost#4. Tragedy Ensues After AC-130 Gunship Crew Not Allowed to Engage Afghan ‘Squirters’ — I asked an extremely-serious question about the decision made by U.S. military officials involved in OPERATION LEFTY GROVE, the effort that cost 30 Americans, including 17 members of the U.S. Navy’s elite SEAL Team Six, their lives.

#3. Did Afghan Officials Play Deadly Role in Navy SEALs Helo Crash? — In this piece, I shared the reasons why I’m convinced untrustworthy officials at the highest levels of the Afghan government were responsible for the loss of Extortion 17.

Green Beret on Extortion 17#2.  BETRAYED: Compelling Book by Father of Fallen Navy SEAL — I shared details about the book into which Billy Vaughn poured a lot of blood, sweat and tears.

#1. EXTORTION 17: Former Army Green Beret Offers His Take on Deadly Navy SEALs Mission — A former Army Green Beret, shared his expert observations and raised some serious questions about the extremely-controversial mission.

SEE ALSO:  My latest piece on Extortion 17, SOURCE:  House Committee to Ignore ‘Smoking Gun’ Evidence Tied to SEAL TEAM SIX Deaths, published Monday.

If you enjoyed these stories and others I shared during 2013, you’ll love reading my books. Be sure to add Three Days In August and THE CLAPPER MEMO to your libraries today! Both are available in paperback and ebook versions at

Bob McCarty is the author of Three Days In August (Oct '11) and THE CLAPPER MEMO (May '13). To learn more about either book or to place an order, click on the graphic above.

Bob McCarty is the author of Three Days In August (Oct ’11) and THE CLAPPER MEMO (May ’13). To learn more about either book or to place an order, click on the graphic above.

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About BobMcCarty

A native of Enid, Oklahoma, Bob McCarty graduated from Oklahoma State University with a degree in journalism in 1984. During the next two decades, he served stints as an Air Force public affairs officer, a political campaign manager, a technology sales consultant and a public relations professional. Today, Bob spends most of his time researching topics, writing about them and publishing those writings. When he’s not writing online, he’s working as an author. Bob’s first published book, Three Days In August: A U.S. Army Special Forces Soldier’s Fight For Military Justice (October 2011), chronicles the life story and wrongful conviction of Sgt. 1st Class Kelly A. Stewart, a highly-decorated Green Beret combat veteran. In his second book, THE CLAPPER MEMO (May 2013), Bob connects the dots between a memo signed by James R. Clapper Jr. — the man now serving as our nation’s top intelligence official — and the deaths of dozens of Americans in Afghanistan at the hands of our so-called Afghan “allies” wearing the uniforms of their nation’s military, police and security forces. Bob is married, has three sons and lives in the St. Louis area. Bob is available for media and blogger interviews. Simply drop a comment here, leaving your name, organization, phone number, e-mail address and area of interest. He’ll try to respond as soon as possible.

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