Biden, Panetta sued for $200 million by SEAL Team VI, special ops families

June 28, 2013 by Tom Tillison
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Family members of some Navy SEAL Team VI members killed when their helicopter was shot down in Afghanistan in 2011 have filed suit in federal court against Vice PresidentJoe Biden and Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, seeking more than $200 million in damages.

The complaint charges that disclosures of classified information by Biden and Panetta that the elite unit was responsible for the killing of Osama bin Laden placed a “target on the backs” of the now fallen heroes, as reported by the Wall Street Journal.

The Islamic Republic of Iran, the Islamic Republic of Afghanistan and Afghan President Hamid Karzai were also named in the suit. Karzai is alleged to have tipped the Taliban off about the coordinates of the helicopter carrying SEAL Team VI.

As for Iran, it has been widely reported that Iran pays a bounty of $1,000 to the Taliban for each American service person killed, the Journal noted.

It was on August 6, 2011, two months after the bin Laden raid, that the elite quick reaction force was called on to reinforce an engaged Army Rangers unit. The CH-47 Chinook helicopter transporting them was shot down by the Taliban, killing all 38 people on board, including 17 Navy SEALs and 5 Navy Special Ops support personnel.

The families have questioned much about the operation, known as “Extortion 17,” and think the U.S. government is “as much responsible for the deaths of their sons as is the Taliban.” Many feel SEAL Team VI was set up and flew unsupported into a waiting ambush.

Adding insult to injury, family members charge that U.S. military officials allowed an Imam to “desecrate” the bodies of the dead American soldiers at a memorial service in Afghanistan.

Larry Klayman, the founder of Judicial Watch and now Freedom Watch, and former U.S. Justice Department prosecutor, legally represents these plaintiff families stated, in part, upon filing the lawsuit:

“The hard reality is that Biden and Panetta are alive ‘feasting’ on their ‘political notoriety,’ power, and wealth, while the brave heroes who gave their lives for our nation’s security are dead, thanks to them!”