38 people died on August 6th 2011 including 17 from Seal Team 6, when their helicopter was shot down in Afghanistan. Now some of the family members of the deceased are claiming the President and his administration are to blame. Doug Hamburger whose son Patrick was one of those killed.
“We’re very concerned that the administration had disclosed that the Navy SEALs had carried out a successful attack on bin Laden’s compound resulting in his death. And you know, never before in the history of our county (had) a sitting president released that type of information to the public, especially when he was talking about special forces. Their names and their missions had never been revealed before. And we really feel that this put our guys in an unnecessary risk.”
Karen Vaughn whose son Aaron died that night as well says “We absolutely know that they put a target on our son’s back. “This team was being sought after” for revenge". She went on to say that her son had called to warn her once the administration announced it was his team that killed Bin Laden. "His tone was extremely serious and he said, mom, you need to wipe your social media clean. Get rid of everything. Any reference of me or my buddies because there is chatter and all of our lives are possibly in danger, including yours".
But more than naming Seal Team 6 Karen claims the President is responsible for those deaths because of the rules of engagement. "These elite warriors can do anything they want to the Taliban, to al Qaeda if this administration -- if President Obama would just recognize the enemy, give them rules of engagement that favor them, instead of leveling the playing field for the enemy, and give them the equipment that is required to carry out their missions. And I mention those three things because those are other issues that we have found in searching and looking at what happened to Aaron and those warriors on that night, all three of those things were -- were reasons why this chopper was shot down. Why this largest loss in a single day in the 10-year war on terror was caused and also the largest loss in the history of naval special warfare. ...Our president is directly responsible for the rules of engagement".
The night her son died he was flying in what some have called an outdated helicopter. It was a CH-47 Chinook built in the 1960's and last retrofitted in 1985. She wants to know why they didn't have better equipment. But more than that.
"A 3 1/2-hour firefight under way and our chopper flew in with an AC-130 gunship in the air, two H-64s and they were not allowed to give any pre assault fire! When the chopper was shot down, neither the AC-130 or the two AH-64s were allowed to take out the savages who fired the RPGs because they were standing on a tower. And under the rules of engagement, they didn't know if there might be friendlies in the building. These rules of engagement are criminal for our warriors.I believe even allowing pre assault fire would have saved my sons life. But this President, our Commander In Chief has declared that pre assault fire damages our efforts to win the heart and minds of our enemy. In other words the heart and minds of our enemy are more valuable to our government than my sons blood".
Personally I don't know how much more danger a member of Seal Team 6 was in after the President bragged that they were responsible for killing Bin Laden. It would seem that the enemy would always put a high price on our most elite soldiers head. But this moms description of the Rules of Engagement makes me sick. It would be nice if the President of the United States set a policy of lets kill as many enemy combatants as possible. Let's do whatever our commanders in the area advise to keep our guys safe first. Then lets try to keep innocent civillians safe. But never value a foreign civillian over an American soldier!
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The AP reports that today that Lois Lerner who oversees the IRS division on tax exempt groups aplogized for specifically targeting conservative groups in the run up to the 2012 election.
Last February Congress received complaints from dozens of conservative Political Action Committee's that they were being unfairly targeted by the IRS. This was giving liberal PAC's an advantage. IRS Commissioner Douglas Shulman testified to Congress in March 2012 that the IRS was not targeting groups based on their political views. "There's absolutely no targeting. This is the kind of back and forth that happens to people" who apply for tax-exempt status".
But today in Lerner's apology she said about 75 conservative groups were wrongly targeted. "That was wrong. That was absolutely incorrect, it was insensitive and it was inappropriate". Lerner said she was shocked to find out a group of low level IRS agents in the Cincinnati bureau created their own policy that would call any group that had Tea Party in their name up for automatic review. "That's not how we go about selecting cases for further review. In some cases, groups were asked for their list of donors, which violates IRS policy".
Marcus Owens who held Lerner's job previously told the AP that he wasn't surprised the people in Cincinnati had the power to do that as "the agency has delegated a lot of it's authority due to the workload as of late".
Will there be heads rolling? Apparently not as Lerner says they have corrected the agents who made the mistake.