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After the raid that took out a sound a lot in 2011 the formerly secret seal team six became well known.
For that heroic mission sadly just three months later.
Helicopter carrying seventeen seal members and thirteen other American troops was taken down in Afghanistan killing everyone on board.
Fast -- members asking administration.
And many high ranking military people.
-- more credit.
For the shoot down than the Taliban because -- -- 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 blood.
Karen and Billy -- parents of seal team six member Aaron -- who was killed in that 2011 mission.
And joining me now good morning and good to see you and I know that yesterday Karen must have been so tough for you on Mother's Day in my heart goes out about the -- Thank you thank you very much for allowing us being here thank you for allowing this bigger -- thank you you're welcome I know that you have many unanswered questions.
And on top of losing your son I can't imagine that pain -- -- -- not -- answers.
As to why.
Must be almost impossible to get cure your day.
It if I had to ask you -- the top three questions are that you want answers from from our government what -- -- the.
Well who -- Gretchen there were seven Afghan seven Afghan commandos on the chopper.
With the military report shows that were military report states the names.
Were different on the manifest in other words the man who died in the chopper crash were not the ones.
That we're supposed to be on there why we want to know why they were changed at the last moment.
But some commander he's yet to be named.
They were changed too late.
For them to be added to the manifest which never happens.
I understand -- you have questions about rules of engagement and how it affects -- Gretchen that night win when Aaron in the 29 other Americans died.
They came into that zone.
With no pre assault -- let me explain what that means in every cop maybe that you've seen in your entire life what is the policeman scream as he goes into the hot zone -- screens cover me right.
They weren't allowed that benefit and I wanna know why they say that they say in our documentation that -- -- fire you can get it it's a one in A million chance of be an authorized for -- thought fire.
Well we asked why they told us it's because it damages the efforts to win the hearts and minds of the afghanis.
And you know what that's just not acceptable if we're gonna going to war we need to let our warriors fight -- we need to bring them back home.
It is not acceptable to sacrifice their lives I -- also we were told along those same things liberal think basement I'm sorry.
We were told by people in the field.
That you have to basically be shot -- twice in many instances before you're allowed to return fire from this is insanity we don't deserve this as a parent but I also understand that you're questioning why they were going on this mission at all right.
We can't find out why I was so urgent even in the 12150 pages we have people who were in -- so they don't know want this mission was fun -- And -- one man testifies.
That seen in over 400 missions we'd never done one like this.
So so do you both think that there is something bigger here I mean are you.
Are you suggesting.
That this mission was was done for a reason because so many people on this helicopter -- from Houston.
I won't suggest that but we do need answers.
Giants -- and last night we had a team six race really tired call call us talk to us who knew Aaron and the other guys and I reckon admiral had told us that your son who scored off.
-- -- boy and his buddies with the teammates with the way we're operating over there last night this guest said.
Many times would pass each other on the second deck -- the shooters would be talking back and forth to each other and say we know we're gonna die in a helicopter crashed because.
Of the helicopter -- read reviews in the National Guard helicopters not special operations.
And he said we know damn well what's gonna happen we talk to each other about it all the time.
And he also said that we know that one day we're gonna have a suicide bomber.
Crawl on a chopper with us and we've talked to the higher ups about it and when we talk to them about it they say we're just being.
Illogical it's not gonna happen and he said because they don't understand the enemy.
-- this is this is because of this ideology of working these forces together and -- Navy SEALs have no business working with the Afghani forces are training and that's not their job our son.
Trained for years before he was allowed to go on his first deployment as did all those others and by the time he reached tier one navy seal team six.
He should not be over there on training missions Gretchen where he's where he's being compromised by what could potentially be the enemy because we know.
That all of these agencies are compromised -- it's very possible that something dastardly went on that night and we want an elephant did.
And if -- did we want to know why they're allowing this to continue to go on why our young men and women are being slaughtered.
By people that we call our friends.
Now Karen and Billy Don I know you have so many unanswered questions and we all hope that you can.
Get those answers and get some -- -- you -- thanks so much thank you.
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