‘EXTORTION 17′ Cloaked in Secrecy

Here and at BobMcCarty.com, I’ve published more than a dozen pieces I’ve written about “Extortion 17,” an incident that took place Aug. 6, 2011, and represents the single-largest loss of life in U.S. Naval Special Warfare history.  While the name of the incident refers to the call sign of the CH-47 “Chinook” helicopter involved, nearly everything else about the nighttime incident is shrouded in secrecy.

The images above are those of the men lost while serving their country in Afghanistan about a CH-47 "Chinook" helicopter -- call sign "Extortion 17" -- Aug. 6, 2011.

The images above are those of the men lost while serving their country in Afghanistan about a CH-47 “Chinook” helicopter — call sign “Extortion 17″ — Aug. 6, 2011.

Tragically, the Extortion 17 mission resulted in the deaths of 30 Americans, including five Army aircrew members and three Air Force personnel and 22 Navy personnel.

Seventeen of the Navy casualties were members of SEAL Team Six, the same elite warriors who, only months earlier, had their cover blown when Vice President Joe Biden identified their unit as being responsible for the raid on Osama bin Laden at his hideout in Pakistan.

The first evidence of a lack of transparency surrounding this incident can be found in the U.S. Central Command news article/news release issued Oct. 13, 2011.

Screen shot 2013-12-18 at 7.13.26 PMApart from the fact that it delivered news about the investigation team finding no evidence of wrongdoing by U.S. or Afghan forces and concluding that the mission was planned and executed appropriately, the article/release featured the following transparency-killing messages at its end:

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A congressional hearing is set to take place in January.  Between now and then, I’ll share more news about what one might realistically expect during that hearing.  My reports will be based upon what I know from having read 1,300 heavily-redacted pages of the crash investigation report put together by officials at CENTCOM and upon what others have told me…stay tuned!

Bob McCarty is the author of Three Days In August and THE CLAPPER MEMO. To learn more about either book or to place an order, click on the graphic above.

Bob McCarty is the author of Three Days In August and THE CLAPPER MEMO. To learn more about either book or to place an order, click on the graphic above.

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