February 17, 2014. Afghanistan. When Jack Ruby assassinated Lee Harvey Oswald as he was held by government officials in the days after JFK’s murder, most saw it for what it was - the ringmasters of the President’s killing now murdering their own hitman to keep him from ever exposing the truth, or a loyal follower of a martyr seeking vengence. In 2011, a similar series of events happened when the killers of Osama bin Laden - Seal Team 6 - were themselves set up and slaughtered just 3 months after carrying out that famous secret mission.
The 30 fallen US soldiers, including Seal Team 6, from Extortion 17. Image courtesy of Charles Strange, father of one of the late heroes.
When Seal Team 6 killed Osama bin Laden in a May 2011 midnight raid in Pakistan, the news was met with joy by Americans. But many soon believed something fishy was going on when the Obama administration confirmed there was no body. Instead, officials tried to suggest bin Laden was cremated within 24 hours of death in accordance with Islamic tradition and immediately buried at sea. They insisted there was no time to fly his corpse anywhere for DNA verification, burial or even a press conference and photo op. Instead, authorities insisted a DNA check was done on-scene and it confirmed the identity of the dead man as Osama bin Laden.
Extortion 17 - the fatal mission
On August 6, 2011 - just three months after the assassination of Osama bin Laden - the same Seal Team that carried out that high-profile targeted killing were themselves killed in a mission surrounded with questionable actions, mistakes, and even the disappearance of the bodies once again. And again, US officials announced that the American soldiers killed had to be immediately cremated.
“I want to know why so many US servicemen, especially SEALs, were assembled on one aircraft,” says the father of Sith Douangdara, one of the 30 fallen US soldiers that day, “I want to know why the black box of the helicopter has not been found. I want to know many things.” The father of another soldier killed on that mission, Patrick Hamburger, also wants to know why the military sent the troops into enemy fire in a slow-moving, unarmed cargo chopper instead of the usual combat transports which include stealthy fast-moving and missile-evading Blackhawks and Pathfinders.
Another father of a fallen US soldier on that fateful mission, the father of Aaron Vaughn, is so convinced the largest loss of American life in the entire Afghanistan War was a set up and inside job, he wrote a book titled, ‘Betrayed, The Shocking True Story of Extortion 17 as told by a Navy SEAL’s Father.’ In it, the angry and heartbroken father details all the questionable aspects of the mission and subsequent controversy. One of the most vocal of the parents of the 30 fallen US soldiers from Extortion 17 is the father of Michael Strange who has assembled a list of questions and irregularities surrounding the death of his son.
“Hello, I am the Gold Star father of Michael Strange KIA 8-6-2011 along with 29 other men,” Charles Strange wrote to us here at Whiteout Press recently, “We were supposed to start our investigation in Oct, then Feb, now the end of the month. We need to get the word out. Can you help? This was the biggest loss of life EVER in the history of America - 22 Special Op's (SEAL Team 6). We must expose who let this happen. Please google Extortion 17.”
Unanswered questions and red flags
Between all the grief-stricken parents of the 30 fallen US soldiers, there are a bevy of unanswered questions, and even some accusations of treason, infiltration and a plain, unadulterated set up. Just some of the questions the parents have are:
From the parents of the fallen US soldiers of Extortion 17
“My thought is they were being set up by the Afghanistan military,” Mr. Hamburger, the father of one of the 30 fallen US soldiers told the Washington Times recently, “I really have a feeling that is why the Afghans were switched at the last minute. That is why they were not on the manifest. I think that our military discovered that and did not want to disclose that truth to the families. I don’t know that for sure, but you just add everything up that wasn’t right with the mission that night, it really worries you.”
Charles Strange, the father of fallen US soldier Michael Strange and the gentleman who first reached out to us here at Whiteout Press, sums up his questions, outrage and heartache writing:
‘I started out as a Dad wanting answers for my Son’s death. As it turned out I have become a Voice for ALL 30 men aboard Extortion 17. For the past 27 months, my wife and I have made it our quest to get answers to these questions. Through a lot of research, phone calls, and good old fashioned footwork, we have captured the attention of some prominent members of Congress, the Senate, Politicians and the Military who know that EVERYTHING about this Mission was definitely compromised. WE DEMAND ANSWERS as to why The National Secrets Act was violated and such Treasonous Acts were allowed by our Highest Government Officials and the Highest Echelon of our Military and NO ONE is being held accountable for this! We as Americans and Gold Star Parents of Fallen Heroes want justice. The Warriors upon Extortion 17 DESERVE to have the TRUTH be told and for justice to be served. They earned that much…don’t you think?’
For more information, visit Extortion17.com.
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