This morning, I shared details of the SEAL Team Six families’ news conference that took place at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., at 10 a.m. Eastern today. Now, I offer video from the event (below):
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During a morning news conference today at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., U.S. Navy SEAL Team Six family members said a flawed vetting process is partly to blame for the deaths of their loved ones in Afghanistan. In my just-released nonfiction book, THE CLAPPER MEMO, I reached the same conclusion based on four years of in-depth investigation.
Though I was unable to attend today’s news conference in person, the NPC web page for the event contained an outline of seven items family members said they would reveal while highlighting “the government’s culpability in the deaths of their sons in a fatal helicopter crash in Afghanistan following the successful raid on Osama Bin Laden’s compound.” One of those items appears below and is particularly relevant:
#6. How Afghani forces accompanying the Navy SEAL Team VI servicemen on the helicopter were not properly vetted and how they possibly disclosed classified information to the Taliban about the mission, resulting in the shoot down of the helicopter.
In THE CLAPPER MEMO, I not only expose major flaws in the eight-step vetting process currently being used to vet Afghans before they are allowed to don their uniforms and work alongside Americans assigned to train and mentor them, but I trace the problem back almost ten years to the issuance of the first of three Department of Defense memos. All three memos deemed the polygraph the only credibility assessment technology approved for use by agency employees (i.e., military and intelligence personnel). One was issued by James R. Clapper Jr., now our nation’s top intelligence official.
At 10 a.m. Eastern Thursday, Navy SEAL Team VI Families are holding a news conference at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. According to the NPC web page for the event, the families will reveal the government’s culpability in the deaths of their sons in a fatal helicopter crash in Afghanistan following the successful raid on Osama Bin Laden’s compound. Taking place a day after the House Benghazi Hearings, this could be the proverbial “nail in the coffin” of the Obama Administration.
Below is the text of the news advisory on the NPC webpage:
(Washington, D.C.). Three families of Navy SEAL Team VI special forces servicemen, along with one family of an Army National Guardsman, will appear at a press conference on May 9, 2013, to disclose never before revealed information about how and why their sons along with 26 others died in a fatal helicopter crash in Afghanistan on August 6, 2011, just a few months after the successful raid on the compound of Osama Bin Laden that resulted in the master terrorist’s death.
Accompanying the families of these dead Navy SEAL Team VI special operations servicemen will be retired military experts verifying their accounts of how and why the government is as much responsible for the deaths of their sons as is the Taliban.
The areas of inquiry at the press conference will include but not be limited to:
1. How President Obama and Vice President Biden, having disclosed on May 4, 2011, that Navy Seal Team VI carried out the successful raid on Bin Laden’s compound resulting in the master terrorist’s death, put a retaliatory target on the backs of the fallen heroes.
2. How and why high-level military officials sent these Navy SEAL Team VI heroes into battle without special operations aviation and proper air support.
3. How and why middle-level military brass carries out too many ill-prepared missions to boost their standing with top-level military brass and the Commander-in-Chief in order that they can be promoted.
4. How the military restricts special operations servicemen and others from engaging in timely return fire when fired upon by the Taliban and other terrorist groups and interests, thus jeopardizing the servicemen’s lives.
5. How and why the denial of requested pre-assault fire may have contributed to the shoot down of the Navy SEAL Team VI helicopter and the death of these special operations servicemen.
6. How Afghani forces accompanying the Navy SEAL Team VI servicemen on the helicopter were not properly vetted and how they possibly disclosed classified information to the Taliban about the mission, resulting in the shoot down of the helicopter.
7. How military brass, while prohibiting any mention of a Judeo-Christian God, invited a Muslim cleric to the funeral for the fallen Navy SEAL Team VI heroes who disparaged in Arabic the memory of these servicemen by damning them as infidels to Allah. A video of the Muslim cleric’s “prayer” will be shown with a certified translation.
“This press conference takes on special significance given that our government has over the last twelve years since September 11th committed brave American servicemen to wars in Iraq and Afghanistan that, in large part as a result of politics, were poorly conceived of and implemented, resulting in the deaths of thousands and the maiming of tens of thousands of our brave heroes. To make matters even worse, America has effectively lost these wars,” stated Larry Klayman, legal counsel for the families.
Billy and Karen Vaughn slammed President Barack Obama and the Rules of Engagement put in place on his watch as being largely to blame for the death of their son, Special Operations Chief Aaron Carson Vaughn, a member of U.S. Navy SEAL Team Six who died along with 29 others on Aug. 6, 2011, after their helicopter, call sign “Extortion 17,” was shot down in Afghanistan.
“It would be fair to say we became tragically aware that perhaps the cruelest, most-deceitful acts of this Administration have been perpetrated against the very ones who fight to defend and protect it,” said Karen Vaughn, speaking recently before a distinguished audience of combat veterans and elected officials in St. Augustine, Fla.
The fallen SEAL’s mother would go on to describe President Obama’s Rules of Engagement in Afghanistan the night her son died as “criminal” and blame Vice President Joe Biden for placing targets on the backs of members of SEAL Team Six via his comments about the unit being responsible for the death of Osama Bin Laden May 2, 2011.
After his wife spoke, Billy Vaughn recalled how a three-star admiral told grieving family members — parents and spouses of the fallen warriors — that their decision-making was based on wanting to win “the hearts and minds” of the enemy rather than defeat him.
“Aaron did not join the SEAL Challenge Program after September 11, 2001, to win their hearts and minds,” the father explained. “He joined, and was trained, to defeat the enemy.
“America’s enemies throughout the world must know that America is strong and that we will lead,” he continued. “For there to be peace as much as is humanly possible, America’s enemies must know that their is resolve among our leadership.
“We must let our warriors use the force that is necessary to defeat the enemy and allow as many of them as possible to return home safely to those that love them,” he said before concluding, “America needs a commander-in-chief who has our military’s back, and that is not President Barack Obama.”
Vote wisely, folks.
To learn more about the Vaughns and the organization they founded in the wake of their son’s death, visit http://ForOurSon.us.