A House of Representatives committee heard testimony regarding a military special operations mission in 2011, code named “Extortion 17” by the personnel involved in the classified operation during the seemingly unending Taliban insurgency in Afghanistan. That covert, special ops plan ended in heartbreaking tragedy for the heroes aboard a Chinook who were all killed and their brokenhearted family members back home.
The House Oversight & Government Reform Committee members dubbed the long-anticipated hearing “Afghanistan: Honoring the Heroes of Extortion 17.” The list of officials called to give testimony about the tragic event included Gary Reid, principal deputy assistant secretary of Defense for Special Operations and Low Intensity Warfare; Col. John Devillier, the commanding officer of Air Force Mortuary Affairs at the Pentagon; Cmdr. Aaron Brodsky, director Navy Casualty Services; and other military and civilian Defense Department officials.
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 Guardsmen and the Army Reserve helicopter crewmen, including eight Afghan soldiers. Even a U.S. military K9 hero 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.
One development that angered family members of those killed during Extortion 17 was the decision to not have them make statements to the House panel, but instead allow them to write statements about the impact of Extortion 17 on their lives.
“Given the extremely diverse expectations between families, we have tried our best to treat all interests equally. After much consideration, it was determined that the only way to ensure that each family’s personal equities and unique interests were addressed fairly was to have a set standard regarding the input of all families, regardless of their point of view or their ability to attend the hearing in person,” stated Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah.
Besides being denied the opportunity to make public statements, family members claimed nothing said during the hearing contradicted their strong suspicions that the Taliban terrorists were tipped off that SEAL Team 6 members were in the Chinook. They also claimed that Seal Team, members were targeted as revenge for killing terrorist icon Osama bin Laden, whom the Seals located and killed only months before the Extortion 17 mission.
Some of the dead Seals’ family members are angry with Vice President Joe Biden for his public boasts about Seal Team 6 killing bin Laden. They believe he and President Barack Obama kicked security to the roadside in order to score political points for Obama’s reelection campaign.
Some of the questions still need to be answered by the Obama administration and the Pentagon, according to former Justice Department attorney and public-interest lawyer Larry Klayman.
Klayman said that some questions that still must be addressed are:
“Why the “black box” of the helicopter was never found because of an alleged flash flood?
“Why seven Afghan commandos were substituted out within thirty minutes of the take-off and why the seven Afghans’ identities who replaced the original Afghans are undisclosed?
“Whether the Afghan commandos onboard compromised the crew of Extortion 17 as part of yet another example of Taliban infiltration and a green-on-blue attack?
“Whether the Afghan President Karzai “sold” the coordinates of Extortion 17 to the Taliban to get something in exchange?”
U.S. House of Representatives Democratic leaders Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Chairman of the Intelligence Committee Adam Schiff are counting on Americans being as dishonest as Congress’ leftist lawmakers or of being too stupid or ignorant to understand the Democrats’ and news media’s use of Kafkaesque tactics, a number of police commanders told the Conservative Base..
However, they didn’t count on having top legal experts such as Andrew McCarthy — who prosecuted the Blind Sheikh and other Islamic terrorists responsible for a bombing in the garage of the World Trade Center in 1993 — and Fox News Channel talk show host Mark Levin, who served as the chief of staff in President Ronald Reagan’s Justice Department. Levin, in addition to his top-rated TV and radio shows, is the founder and CEO of the Landmark Legal Foundation.
McCarthy, the former federal prosecutor in New York City is one of many attorneys and police criminal investigators who see the world of surrealist writer Franz Kafka materializing in the United States at the hands of the Democrats and their news propaganda-spewing partners in the media.
For those unfamiliar with the term Kafkaesque, it is a reference to the Czech/German author of the early 1900’s, Franz Kafka, who wrote the classic book “The Trial.”
The word describes a situation where the individual being arrested, interrogated, tried and imprisoned is sane and cannot find out what crime he was supposed to have committed. The sane prisoner struggles against an illogical and insane bureaucracy and authority. All of the characters appear to know what the book’s hero perpetrated but they refuse to tell him the charges against the hapless prisoner.
“Take the Kafkaesque scenario and add a hardy spoonful of the Orwellian nightmare contained in 1984, written by George Orwell and you have a glimpse of the nation’s capital in the hands of an out-of-control bureaucracy,” said former police commander and commissioner of corrections, Lyle Zavillawitz.
Andrew McCarthy told Brian Kilmeade on “Fox & Friends” that the latest attempt by liberal lawmakers and media personalities to change their accusations against President Donald Trump aren’t bearing the desired fruit.