Extortion 17: Congress to revisit raid on helicopter that killed 38

By Bill Bartel
The Virginian-Pilot
© February 21, 2014

A congressional hearing set for next week will focus on the 2011 attack on a U.S. helicopter in Afghanistan that killed 38 people, including more than a dozen Navy SEALs based in Virginia Beach.

A subcommittee of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee is slated to hear testimony Thursday morning at a Capitol Hill hearing titled "Afghanistan: Honoring the Heroes of Extortion 17." A witness list was not available Thursday.

Extortion 17 refers to the call sign of the Chinook helicopter that crashed in Wardak province, southwest of Kabul, on Aug. 6, 2011, after being struck by a rocket-propelled grenade.


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Unless and until we have true conservatives in our congress we will NOT get answers to anything. Novemeber cannot come soon enough.

It's about time!

I have been wondering why this tragedy has been swept under the rug for quite some time. There was never any explanation as to why so many highly trained Seals & others had been doing there.

Kind of reminds me of Fast and Furious and Benghazi.....

Paul, who was the commander of the forces in Afghanistan at the time?   Was there ever a congressional investigation?

I remember that there were 22 Navy Seals killed, not 17.  There was supposed to be an investigation by Congressman Chaffetz. This happened over a year ago and we hear nothing on why such a large number of highly trained Seals & others were in the area.  Not sure who the commander was.

Paul, I tried to contact Chaffetz through his website and of course it block inquiries from out of his congressional district.  All I have is democrats in my district.

David, do what I do with out of district Congressmen, use a town and zip in their district.  They need to hear the flak.  You can phone his staff without being from his district, it is 202-225-775. The City of Provo, Utah's Zip is 84604.  Email the Democrats anyway as well.  Check this out!

House panel probing chopper crash that killed SEAL Team 6 ...

I believe the seal team knew to much and Obama set them up.  Biden set seal team 6 up by saying they were the ones that took bin laden out.

Russell, you look like the only one that really gets this.    If seal team 6 actually got OBL, he is alive and well probably 8 stories below the earth at Bethesda.....hard to even fathom that some believe this creep in the white house took him out !  Dead men tell no tales ---- same with Benghazi and the gun running!  Chris Stevens was meant to die !

I'm I wrong, but wasn't some of these troops part of Seal Team 6 that took part in the OBL raid? If that's the case they had to be silenced. I wonder if OBL was ever killed to start with. The Obama administration is good at cover scap up. This administration has killed our on troops for what? Lies after lies. Enough is enough how many more Americans will be killed by this President.

This is way past overdue and as Mary Triola points out below here with the present makeup of congress and what resides in our Whitehouse plus the expulsion of 200 or more High Ranking Military under this Administration. We will get nothing short of Bull crap and lies not the truth.




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House Democrats unveiled two articles of impeachment against President Donald Trump on Tuesday morning after an investigation that violated fundamental provisions of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights.

The investigation of the president began with the complaint of a so-called “whistleblower” who turned out to be a rogue Central Intelligence Agency employee, protected by a lawyer who had called for a “coup” against Trump in early 2017.

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Schiff began the “impeachment inquiry” in secret, behind the closed doors of the Sensitive Compartmentalized Information Facility (SCIF) in the basement of the U.S. Capitol, even though none of the testimony was deemed classified. Few members of Congress were allowed access. Schiff allowed selective bits of testimony to leak to friendly media, while withholding transcripts of testimony.

Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA), having allowed the secret process to unfold, legitimized it with a party-line vote authorizing the inquiry. The House resolution denied President Trump the procedural rights enjoyed by Presidents Richard Nixon and Bill Clinton, and denied the minority party the traditional right to object to witnesses called by the majority.

Rather than the House Judiciary Committee, which traditionally handles impeachment, Pelosi also deputized the House Intelligence Committee to conduct fact-finding; the Judiciary Committee was turned into a rubber stamp. Schiff held a few public hearings, but often failed to release transcripts containing exculpatory evidence until after they had passed.

In the course of the Intelligence Committee’s investigation, Schiff quietly spied on the telephone records of his Republican counterpart, Ranking Member Devin Nunes (R-CA). He also snooped on the phone records of a journalist, John Solomon; and on the phone records of former New York City mayor Rudy Giuliani, acting as President Trump’s personal lawyer.

Schiff’s eavesdropping violated both the First Amendment right to press freedom and the Sixth Amendment right to counsel. Yet he proceeded undeterred by constitutional rights, publishing the phone logs in his committee’s report without warning, confirmation, or explanation, alleging that Nunes and the others were part of a conspiracy to assist the president’s allegedly impeachable conduct. When Republicans on the Judiciary Committee asked the Intelligence Committee’s majority counsel, Daniel Goldman, to explain the phone logs, he refused to answer,

Ironically, Schiff had done exactly what Democrats accuse Trump of doing: abused his power to dig up dirt on political opponents, then obstructed a congressional investigation into his party’s and his committee’s misconduct.

Democrats’ articles of impeachment include one for the dubious charge of “abuse of power,” which is not mentioned in the Constitution; and one for “obstruction of Congress,” which in this case is an abuse of power in itself.

Alexander Hamilton, writing about impeachment in Federalist 65, warned that “there will always be the greatest danger that the decision will be regulated more by the comparative strength of parties, than by the real demonstrations of innocence or guilt.” Democrats have fulfilled Hamilton’s worst fears.

The Trump impeachment will soon replace the 1868 impeachment of President Andrew Johnson — which the House Judiciary Committee staff actually cited as a positive precedent — as the worst in American history.

In service of their “coup,” Democrats have trampled the Constitution and the Bill of Rights. The Republic has never been in greater danger.

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