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The betrayal of Navy SEAL Team 6

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Who betrayed Navy SEAL Team 6? 2

Since August 2011, the one question is particularly active within U.S. Special Operations community; what really happened to Navy SEAL Team 6? So far, there were numerous theories what happened on that day, which is the worst battlefield calamity in U.S. Navy SEALs history.

On August 6, 2011, Taliban fighter shot down from the sky a Chinook helicopter with 38 persons on board, including 22 members of elite U.S. Navy SEAL Team 6. They were deployed to action in the Tangi River Valley of Afghanistan when a chopper (call sign Extortion 17) suddenly was shot down. 22 U.S. Navy SEALs, 9 U.S. military personnel and seven Afghan soldiers were killed on that day.

A year ago, before they were killed, members of U.S. Navy SEAL Team 6 had attained international prominence for one particular reason: They were responsible for the Operation Neptune Spear which resulted with the death of world’s most wanted terrorist, Al-Qaida founder, Osama bin Laden. Since then, there are claims that American heroes were betrayed by their own government. According to online reports, only a few days after the bin Laden operation, Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. — in a pathetic attempt to spike the football and gloat — publicly revealed their central role in the raid.

For ordinary people, that was seen as praise for what they did, but for professionals, it meant that his revelations put a giant target on the backs of every Navy SEAL Team 6 member. A top secret unit for cover operations, whose mission is to operate in the murky shadows, was exposed as the group that eliminated al Qaeda’s chief mastermind. Mr. Biden’s reckless actions — followed by President Obama’s own words acknowledging the secret unit’s operation — jeopardized their safety. All kind of scum bags bent on revenge and began an intense manhunt. It’s the situation when situation changes and the hunters became hunted.

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Upon hearing of Biden’s disclosure, Navy SEAL members were shocked. Many of them immediately contacted family members, warning them to eradicate all personal information from social-media sites. Aaron Vaughn, one of the SEALs eventually killed in the ambush, told his mother, Karen Vaughn, to delete every reference to SEAL Team 6 from her Facebook and Twitter accounts.

“I never heard Aaron this concerned and worried in his entire life,” Mrs. Vaughn said in an interview. “He called me and said, ‘Mom, you and Dad have to take everything down. Biden has just put a huge target on everybody.’”

Tragically, it looks like Aaron Vaughn was right. He probably was aware that this could become a serious security threat to team members. The cheap political points were taken on their occasion, and a highly sensitive covert operation was compromised and at the end, it cost dozens on U.S. lives.

A radio commentator on WRKO AM-680 in Boston, Jeffrey T. Kuhner, wrote for Washington times about potentially bigger scandal than Benghazi, Libya, claiming that the administration — along with the top military brass — are desperately trying to cover up what took place on August 6, 2011 when Navy SEALs were on its way to that fateful raid.

Further, he wrote about the possibility that Taliban were waiting for the Chinook helicopter as it approached its landing site. That means that there was possibility that someone tipped off that the SEALs were coming; the helicopter was attacked from three sides in a coordinated ambush. The U.S. military claimed that the helicopter was blown to pieces by a shoulder-fired missile, in which everyone on board was burned beyond recognition. Hence, senior military officials ordered the American bodies cremated without the prior approval of their family members.

Many open questions are still present that need to be answered:

  • Why was the Chinook’s black box never found?
  • Why was the Chinook not given aerial backup, which is standard military procedure when special forces are deployed?
  • Why were the seven Afghan soldiers who boarded the Chinook at the last minute different from those on the flight manifest?
  • Why were U.S. troops deployed into battle in a Chinook jalopy made in the 1960s and ordered not to fire back at Taliban snipers?

Many things were strange, from these open questions to the strict rules of engagement, but however, families still demanding answers what happened to their beloved ones. Brave warriors honorably served their country and they deserve to rest in peace. Justice demands it.

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42 Comments

  1. Critical

    Aug 10, 2015 at 4:45 pm

    For the record, the image above with the Chinook is not SEALS. That is B/2-22 10th Mtn Div during Operation Mountain Resolve.

  2. Patrick Kraemer

    Oct 28, 2015 at 3:44 pm

    Rules of engagement—Vietnam all over again.

  3. Matt M Matthew

    Oct 29, 2015 at 12:32 pm

    Biden does have a big mouth and if nobody is watching him, stupid is as stupid does. To tie Team 6 to this farce is a sham and pure bullshit. They think because most of us were born at night, it must of been last night. Bin Laden died in late 2001. that is why he was used as the patsy and for the record, he had absolutely nothing else to do with the collapse of the Twin Towers. I am a retired Industrial Crane Operator and never has “a flying friggen beer can” ever collapsed a concrete and steel reinforced building. There is some hidden agenda here and most of us know it. Biden knew it as well and his slip of the tongue was not so much accidental. A lot of really good men died unnecessarily here and the truth needs to be rooted out. Bin Laden died of advanced kidney disease and complications from Marfans disease as the official report reads. Marfan syndrome is an inherited disease that affects the body’s connective tissue, which provides the strength, support, and elasticity to tendons, cartilage, heart valves, blood vessels In the care of US doctors I might add. The Bin Laden family and the Bush family are the best of friends, each have spent numerous times at each others houses in Texas and in Saudi Arabia.In fact, they were the only people allowed to fly the day following 09/11 doing 3 hops last one leaving out of Florida on 09/12/2012. We are just not that damn stupid. We owe it to those that were lost, and the families here to bring closure to this tragic event. The only reason for cremating would be because they were not burned to a crisp, and died of gunshot wounds as they were totally set up to make a traitorous President look good in the eye’s of a waking country. I guarantee my words are 100% more true than this article and we must not let justice slip by before these traitors are free. They must be held accountable and strung up in a public setting, sending a message to all that would try and carry on as usual here. Enough is enough, it stops here!

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How Special Forces soldiers are trained to handle combat

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Special Forces soldiers undergo a selection procedure which eliminates mentally weak soldiers from further participation while their later training is aimed at bolstering the mental fitness and durability of the candidates who have successfully passed the selection.

Boot camps and selection courses are designed to wipe out the mentally weak candidates, not the physically inept soldiers. Everybody can obtain physical fitness through training, therefore most military boot camps, as tough and physically demanding they are, don’t focus primarily on the physical.

All of the running and obstacle courses serve a different purpose: They tire the soldier out. Exhaustion and the constant pressure not to fail the many physical fitness requirements exert psychological pressure on the candidates. Add to this sleep deprivation, lack of food, a constant insecurity if you made it and what’s going on, nightly alarms and a lot of screaming: The army tries to find your breaking point.

US Special Forces Group and ANA Commando during Operation Enduring Freedom

Some military organizations go even further. The French Foreign Legion regards it as their mission to first completely break the recruit and then build him up according to the Legion’s own requirements.

From the moment the candidate didn’t break and made it through the selection course, the military starts using a completely different approach. Now everything is done to further build up and bolster the soldier’s mental strength.

And like in boot camp and selection courses, the military chooses an indirect approach. None of their methods aims directly at improving the soldier’s mental strength, but all of them combined will exactly achieve this goal.

Group spirit: Every Special Forces member knows that they are part of a very small elite. This thought bolsters their ego: Believing in yourself is the basis for mental strength.

Trust: Constant training and deployments with your unit let you form bonds. In Special Forces units nobody “pulls rank.” What’s in your head, who you are and your abilities are more important than your pay grade. When you know that you can trust the guys around you and your commanding officers as well, it’s less likely that you’ll freak out in combat.

Training: Learning and acquiring all sorts of special skills strengthens the soldier’s confidence in his own capabilities. Soldiers who have confidence in their abilities are more resilient and are less likely to panic.

Peer pressure: For a professional soldier there is nothing worse than to be deemed “mentally not resilient” by his comrades or leaders. If you lose your nerves in a combat situation you better request a transfer to another unit. This attitude is a part of life in every Special Forces unit around the world.

Even if you don’t feel cool at all in a combat situation, you will have to fake it. Then your buddies think you are the man, which will also make them more calm (Trust), while at the same time their approval will bolster your ego (Group spirit).

End result: Everybody is cool and levelheaded and continues the mission.

Some people say that combat experience also contributes to improve mental strength, but this is only partially true. I’ve been in combat with guys who lost their calm during a fight and became a burden to us. Usually, we would give them another chance to prove their combat worth as it was their first time. The next time we came under fire, none of them showed any improvement.

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Combat experience won’t give you mental strength if you haven’t had it the first time. On the other hand, if you are already a resilient person, a new combat situation might make you even tougher—up to a certain point.

There is a breaking point for every combat soldier and too much pressure, regardless if applied in training or experienced on the battlefield, might destroy all confidence and leave a mental wreck behind. Therefore, military leaders have to be very careful when it comes to assessing the mental strength of their soldiers.

In training that means that sometimes you have to “row back” when it becomes obvious that the candidates are mentally on the edge, while in combat it means to closely monitor the mental “reserves” of your unit and relieve troops before any harm is done.

Answer from Roland Bartetzko, former German Army paratrooper, Croatian Defense Council, Kosovo Liberation Army. The answer was originally published on Quora.

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How do the U.S. Navy SEALs and the British SAS differ?

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All the time the people asking about the difference between U.S. Navy SEALs and British Special Air Service (SAS). In a first manner, people think that they are very similar but that is not true. In fact, US Navy SEALs could be easier compared to British Special Boat Service (SBS) while the Delta would be more appropriate to compare with SAS.

But if you still want to read about the difference between Navy SEAL’s and SAS then it is much less than is being played upon here. The Naval aspect (i.e. boats, scuba) or comparison to SAS is primarily semantics and a tiny part of what SEALs do. 90% of SEAL training is directly correlatable to SAS training.

The Navy SEAL’s participate in every role the SAS participate in for the UK and the reverse is true with the small exception of waterborne exercises which is probably less than 10% of all SEAL activity. Being able to insert undetected via SDV is simply an extra methodology for getting to the target that SAS are unlikely to share. Navy SEALs just spent a decade in Afghanistan and scuba obviously wasn’t a part of it.

The one real difference that I have seen is that SAS has been used more extensively inside the UK. Only Red Cell (a small detachment of SEAL Team Six before it was DevGru) was given the operational leeway to train for action on US soil. In the United States of America, Delta might be the only unit with legal authority to act on US soil. The SAS saw a lot of action in northern Ireland during the 70’s and 80’s which under similar circumstances might have been handled by the FBI for the US.

Navy SEALs come from the water warfare doctrine trained to carry out special operations in, around, and over water.

SAS comes from the doctrine of Direct Action Paramilitary Assaults. That being said. SAS were trained to carry out assaults on enemy’s HVTs, AAWs, compounds and strategic outposts.

US Navy SEALs first stepped on the spotlight in Vietnam era (war) and they were at the time an Unconventional warfare unit tasked to acquire Intel and strike OPFOR key targets.

Analyzing all these data, my personal conclusion, looking at the bigger picture, would be that the only difference between them is the type of training. The way they train. And the mindset & Way of doing “things”.

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