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-- navy seal team six became a household name after members of that elite unit took out Osama bin Laden in May have 2011.
But the same unit suffered tragedy just three months later.
When a helicopter carrying thirty American troops most of the members of seal team six.
Was blasted out of the sky -- Taliban forces in Afghanistan.
Among the American -- of the Americans killed sergeant Patrick hamburger of the Nebraska National Guard.
And Navy -- Michael strange and Aaron -- Their families say now.
Their deaths did not have to happen.
In an emotional news conference at the National Press Club in Washington yesterday.
They blame the -- -- administration.
For what they call serious missteps.
Reading to their son's deaths.
And they are pushing for a congressional investigation.
The US government.
And many high ranking military people.
-- more credit for the shoot down than the Taliban.
Building the esteem of the Afghans leveling of the playing field and failure by the Obama administration to name the enemy.
And threw accurately I didn't back the said its ideology.
Our warriors are up against has made and other wise primitive.
Why was there -- -- -- fire we were told us families because -- assault fire damages our efforts to win the hearts and minds of our enemy.
So in other words.
The hearts and minds of our enemy are more valuable to this government than my son's life.
We go to.
-- to -- the bodies.
And that role in this haggard down there rain.
President Obama comes up to me and he says mr.
strange she grabbed him by the shoulders.
Michael changed the way America lives.
I grabbed Mr.
President by the shoulders and I said I don't need to know about Macs that I need to know what happened.
While joining me now Karen and Billy -- parents -- Aaron -- Can Billy thank you so much for being here thank you for the service of your son in your family to our nation.
For the extraordinary sacrifices you've all made.
Let me start with you -- is Karen.
Why do you believe this is anything other than a tragic accident.
Megan thank you first for allowing us to come on and tell our story.
As we uncovered documentation that we were given actually by the military come from the investigation from the full investigation of the crash.
But the more we read through the documentation the more we realize they were serious issues in front of us.
We found out first of all that the men were flying on a CH 47.
They were not flying on aviation -- proper equipment the aviation they train went.
The MH forty sevens that they train with here in the United States with the 160 special special aviators.
We found that they flew into the tank -- river valley and escorted this was not standard protocol according to military test -- testimony.
In over 400 missions to commander said they had never done an operation like this another thing that we learned -- nobody could explain.
The importance of the mission why when you when you send up a quick reactionary forces is what the -- reaction was called that night when they flew and that should only be done when they're under very grave serious circumstances because.
According to military testimony when a battle is under way as was that night three and a half hours that it.
The entire valley was in a heightened state of alert.
Which means it's very dangerous to bring another crew in by chopper that's the most vulnerable position.
Lawyers will ever find themselves in is in a helicopter and so and then we get an antiquated helicopter team to -- an un escorted with no -- -- fire and that's just a few other.
And so do you believe then and it that -- that this was just an.
Incompetence by our by our military by our government or that this was something worse than incompetence -- in -- let me ask you that -- Okay I'll tell you -- at this time.
Our our military's.
Or is in the -- -- in the documents is called.
Relentless pursuit of the enemy.
And I'll tell you.
I don't know word came from but it makes about as much sense in what -- referred to it as the affordable.
Health care act Karen told you there was no -- assault fire we had -- weapons teams overhead.
They were allowed to fire that's -- -- watched they're their American Brothers of these lying even after they were shot down.
Because no one were the shots came from the RPG's were far from -- not far back I hear again because of the rules of engagement let me just say.
I know that there will be military -- Heard people -- -- come forward and tell you that the CH 47 is just fine.
You need to look at the information we have and we've talked to many retired generals.
Who have said to CH 47.
Is a good airframe for what it was designed to do it is not designed to go in in the middle of the dark.
As an assault machine and that's what they yeah.
-- -- -- it let me ask you this and I know you you too.
Have been forced to get intimately familiar with these terms and and you know these protocols but forgive me because I am not as familiar you are I'm trying to understand.
Whether you are alleging that.
That there was incompetence they use the wrong helicopter it was it necessary it wasn't handled well or whether you think this is something greater some sort of -- I know you said yesterday the press comes you feel they put a target on your sons back.
So help us understand where you're going with these allegations.
Let me let me answer the target on the back part is -- is Joseph Biden announced that it was a seal team he took out bin Laden.
Within 24 hours my son called me.
And I rarely heard him ever sound afraid in his in his adult life.
He said mom his tone was extraordinarily -- -- you need to watch for social media claim I mean you need to get everything off of it now on us and of course and I will.
And he said mom there's chatter and your life is endanger our lives are in danger so clean it up right now.
That that community.
Was -- very unnerved by that unveiling so yes the target got put on their back and it got put on the backs of every.
Every group that would work with seal team six from that point forward.
They actually confirmed.
Karzai's immediate remarks that it was seal team six which raises a lot of questions you -- -- you asked about suspicions.
There are a lot of questions we have -- we have a un answered.
And we don't want to get -- just conspiracy theories that there are some staggering.
Things that we've learned such ads.
The seven afghanis that were on the men -- that manifests that night were not the afghanis.
In other words we found out they were switched out at the very last minute in such a rush that.
The manifests couldn't be changed which is very.
Dangerous and very uncommon.
So you aren't you have a suspicion that perhaps there was some manipulation to get this particular helicopter because it was so been heavily.
Loaded with seal team six members who -- -- -- president acknowledged.
I were behind it is bin Laden raid.
Megan at that this town there were still on and a lot of thanks and we actually learn some more information about what Karen just told you there -- -- about that yesterday afternoon after the press conference.
Somebody came forward.
What -- what I would like to say about yes it's incompetence on the on the part of vice president Joseph Biden.
And I'll tell you what the media has let this man get away with saying -- -- -- uncle Joe's guests.
This is not a local -- and he's not some senile old grandfather.
The -- that they command.
Of the most powerful country in the world and he needs to take responsibility.
For the comments he makes and quit being given a pass.
And -- I'd like to say something else we don't -- -- in the military.
Our military men and women are risking they volunteer to go off and fight.
And then we want to save the military will want to say what's going on the rules of engagement.
Are leading to the unnecessary losses of our warriors and then we won't.
We want to call the American people because government is not correctness we've been working on this.
Ever since our son died and government is doing nothing.
They they sympathize with the enemy they sympathize with the ideology.
We need American men and women we made mothers and fathers to come forward.
Who may even have similar circumstances like this where they've lost warriors.
We we didn't Americans citizens are the ones who can change this and there is one thing that I would like.
I I -- I've got to go by yourself stated but I have I think you both so much this article you I did wanted to tell the audience quickly the Pentagon says that they share in the grief -- -- the families.
Who lost their loved ones this is a tragic loss during a difficult campaign.
And -- post their full statement on our website Karen -- all the best -- you.
Megan thank you thank would certainly make -- think you kind of let yourself.
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