SEAL’s Dad: Warriors Not Allowed To Protect Themselves

Excerpted from WND

One man who lost his son when the Taliban in Afghanistan shot down a U.S. Chinook helicopter in 2011 that was carrying 22 Navy SEALS says he has high hopes that a review of the incident by Congress will provide answers for family members who have accused the Obama administration of putting political ends over the safety of their loves ones.

The helicopter was shot down just three months after Vice President Joe Biden revealed that SEAL Team 6 carried out the operation in Pakistan that killed terror leader Osama bin Laden in May 2011. Seventeen members of SEAL Team 6 were among the 38 killed in the Chinook incident.In an interview with WND today, Doug Hamburger, whose son, Patrick, was lost that day in August 2011, said: “It looks like people finally are realizing there was a big part of this story that has been missing. We don’t really know what those answers are going to be.”

His comments came after members of Congress said they would look into the controversy that has developed over the worst single-day loss of life for the U.S. in Afghanistan.

Rep. Jason Chaffetz, R-Utah, is among those demanding answers.

Hamburger said he believes the nation’s rules of engagement for military operations overseas need to be reevaluated.

He told WND the federal government provided only partial information about what happened to the service members. When family members started asking additional questions, they were told to drop it.

He said he believes American soldiers are sent into harm’s way, then ordered not to take reasonable precautions.

“We’re not allowing our warriors to protect themselves and take care of their missions,” he told WND. “My son, Patrick, trained with his Army aviation unit for two years – they always preached safety. It was all about safety, making sure they could get Special Forces into battle and out of battle. But you go over there, and the rules of engagement throw out safety. That’s the tragedy.”Hamburger is part of a lawsuit brought by Freedom Watch’s Larry Klayman. Other plaintiffs are Charles Strange and Sidh Douangdara.Defendants in the case are Biden and Defense Secretary Leon Panetta, who are accused of disclosing classified information about the team’s success in Pakistan and putting a “target on the backs” of the SEALs and their families. Keep Reading

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