Exclusive Interview With Extortion 17 SEAL’s Father – What Led To The “Worst Loss Of Life In The Afghan War”

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Before there was Benghazi, there was Extortion 17, which was the Chinook helicopter that was  shot down by the Taliban.  All 38 people aboard, including 17 Navy SEALs and  seven Afghan National Army commandos, were killed.  Among the dead was Navy  SEAL  Aaron Vaughn.  In an exclusive interview with Freedom Outpost, Aaron’s  father,  Billy Vaughn told us what he knows and about his new book due out this  month, Betrayed:  Exposing the High Cost of the War on Terror, and the corruption and  incompetence behind what took place that led to his son’s and others deaths.  

Mr. Vaughn told me that he and his wife have dropped out of the lawsuit that  we reported on back in May when the story about the Muslim  cleric in Afghanistan prayed and condemned six Navy SEAL team members to Hell,  saying that the lawsuit was “too broad” and was not in their best interests.  

However, Vaughn did say that they were very much involved in the  investigation that has been announced by Congressman Jason Chaffetz (R-UT)  recently, following a visit that he and his wife took to Washington, D.C to  meet  with Chaffetz and Congressman Darrell Issa (R-CA) a little over a month  and a  half ago.

When asked about the objective of their involvement with Congress, Vaughn  said that “it’s going to be a pretty high goal, but Vice President Joe Biden  committed a breach of national security when he outed the SEALS.  We want to  see  him held accountable and if need be, we want to see him punished.”

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30 brave Americans killed on August 6, 2011 aboard  Extortion 17

Vaughn also said that in addition to Biden being held accountable, he wants  to see former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta held accountable for his national  security breach, when he outed the Navy SEALS back on June 24, 2011.

“And then,” he continued, “we have a lot of questions that need answers.”    Among those questions they want answers to is the identity of the seven Afghans  who were onboard. Vaughn said that the names on the manifest were not the names  of those who were actually aboard.

Mr. Vaughn said that it would be necessary information to know why these  Afghans were swapped.  In his conversations with others in the military and on  the investigative team, they had not been made aware of the changes.

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Petty Officer 1st Class SEAL Aaron Vaughn was killed  August 6, 2011 on board Extortion 17

The Vaughns also want to know why  the rules of engagement continue to keep America’s troops from  engaging  like they did the night his son’s helicopter was shot down.  


“When the chopper went in…. a declared ‘hot area’…three and a half hour  firefight had already been going on” Vaughn said. “No pre-assault fire was laid  down by the air weapons team in the air because of the rules of engagement.   Their quote, their testimony was ‘It’s almost impossible to get cleared for  pre-assault fire.’”

“So this chopper went into that ‘hot zone’ just like it was landing at a  Wal-Mart parking lot,” Vaughn added.

Mr. Vaughn then told me the chilling words that we don’t even want to think  about when he said, “We suspect that the mission was compromised.”

What evidence is to that effect?  According to Vaughn, there is written  testimony that says that the “Afghans were moving toward the landing area, the  insertion area, for the SEALs, before the SEALs ever got there.”  This  indicates  they were aware of what was going on and also indicates that  Extortion 17 did  not have a secretive approach.

Vaughn said that his son’s team as well as others have to work with a group  called the OCG (Operational Coordination Group), which is made up of Afghanis,  who are involved in all the intelligence that the Special Ops do and are  involved in the planning and even carrying out of missions.  The frightening  thing about working with the OCG is that Vaughn says “they are not properly  vetted.”

The military has confirmed that Pakistanis have infiltrated the OCG, which obviously result in compromised and deadly situation for America’s soldiers to be operating under. I’ll add that it also reflects on the commander-in-chief to be using foreigners in assisting our Special Ops forces, which gives them information on how we operate and also makes them vulnerable to lethal attacks.

“This OCG group actually has the authority to squash a mission that our  military needs to have performed, if they want to,” Vaughn said.  “So in  theory,  we’ve placed our men under the authority of the government of the  Islamic  Republic of Afghanistan.  It’s treacherous and it’s treasonous for our  government and this administration to allow this to go on.”

Vaughn went on to elaborate on the particular mission the night that  Extortion 17 was shot down.  “The night that Aaron was killed, those men were  flying with general purposes aviation.  Both, general purposes and special  operations, I believe, are equally important to our national security, but they  have different duties and at that time they were being placed together, to  fight together, for the first time in the Afghan theater.”

There was no training outside the theater before they got there and all at  once they were brought into the battle together and it ends with both groups,  general purpose group and special operations, getting killed.

Plaque remembering the fallen of Extortion 17

Plaque remembering the fallen of Extortion  17

Mr. Vaughn went on to say that the general purpose operations don’t  even use the same equipment as Special Forces.  The do not use “assault-style”   equipment and Vaughn said that the helicopter they were using was just one  example of that.  


Vaughn communicated some personal thoughts about others he would like to see  held accountable, but I agreed not to print those in the article, due to the  steps that need to be taken to achieve the goals already set forward.

He did point out just how our military is being demoralized in Afghanistan.   Citing Special Operations numbers in Afghanistan, Vaughn told Freedom Outpost  that in 2009 we were conducting 56 special operations missions per month.  By  2010, the number of special operations being conducted jumped to more than  triple to 186 mission per month.  From August 2010 until July 2011, a month  before Extortion 17 was shot down, the average of Special Forces missions being  conducted in Afghanistan skyrocketed to an average of 335 mission!

“While the number of Special Operations strike forces were increased to  accommodate those missions,” Vaughn said, indicating that his information was  obtained from the military, “the number of Special Operations aviation was not  and is not being increased because it is not available.” 

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The Book that seeks to uncover what was behind the  scenes of Extortion 17.  Available mid-August 2013 – Betrayed: Exposing the  High  Cost of the War on Terror


As a result, Vaughn says “We have forced our special operators and our  general purpose aviation into very compromising situations by placing them  together and having to do these missions together.  It limits the special  operators in what they are able to do and what they have been trained to do and  endangers their live.  Obviously, it endangers the lives of the general purpose  forces, who were never trained to fly special operations missions.”

The Vaughns long-range goal is not only to find out exactly what transpired  around their son’s death, but also to get what Vaughn calls “ridiculous, if not  criminal” rules of engagement changed to be more in favor of our warriors and  less in favor of the enemy that they are trying to neutralize.

Billy Vaughn and his wife Karen began finding out disturbing information  about the crash and what was going on by October 2011.  By the end of that  month  they were already reaching out to Congressmen to help get to the bottom  of what  happened with Extortion 17.  At that time, most of the Congressmen  didn’t  respond to him.  However, he did tell me that he received a response  from former  congressmen Allen West, Tom Rooney (R-FL) and Stephen Fincher  (R-TN).  Since  that time, they have had communications with various  congressmen.

Vaughn eventually spoke with retired Army Major General Paul Vallely about  what he was uncovering and they teamed together to produce a book that will be  out this month titled Betrayed: Exposing the High Cost of the War on  Terror with a foreword written by Lt. General Jerry Boykin.  If you  would like to order the book, go to SpecialOpsBetrayed.com.

Read more: http://freedomoutpost.com/2013/08/exclusive-interview-extortion-17-seals-father-gives-insight-to-what-led-to-the-worst-loss-of-life-in-the-afghan-war/#ixzz2b8XZNg4Q Read more at http://freedomoutpost.com/2013/08/exclusive-interview-extortion-17-seals-father-gives-insight-to-what-led-to-the-worst-loss-of-life-in-the-afghan-war/#3C6T0gcdvU1BIAY3.99

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