On August 6, Taliban “rebels” in Afghanistan shot down a U.S. military Chinook helicopter. All 30 Americans on board were killed.
Among them were 22 members of the Navy SEAL Team Six who, on May 2, 2011, had assassinated purportedly Osama bin Laden in his secret compound in Abbotabad, Pakistan. News of Osama’s death instantly boosted Obama’s flagging poll numbers.
The Navy SEAL is the elite of our military’s elite corps. The SEALs have the respect and admiration of even fighter pilots, who themselves are elite Top Guns.
SEAL Team Six is the informal name of the United States Naval Special Warfare Development Group (NSWDG), commonly known as DEVGRU — one of the United States’ four secretive counter-terrorism and Special Mission Units.
According to Wikipedia, “The vast majority of information about DEVGRU is highly classified, and details of its activities are not commented on by either the White House or the Department of Defense.” The Navy SEAL is scrupulous in keeping confidential both its operations as well as the identities of SEAL members. So it is curious, to say the least, that the Obama White House is actively helping Hollywood with a movie on Team 6’s takedown of Osama, which undoubtedly will be in every multiplex cinema in America just in time for the 2012 presidential election.
The crash of that Chinook helicopter is being met with skepticism, and for good reason. For examples, see here and here.
Now, longtime D.C. investigative reporter Wayne Madsen, himself a former U.S. Navy officer, is weighing in. Here’s an excerpt from his exclusive-to-subscribers Wayne Madsen Report (WMR), “Obama welcomes home SEAL Team bodies after the SEALS became a ‘problem’,” August 10-11, 2011:
WMR has learned from Navy SEAL Team 2 sources that the Chinook was flying under prescribed normal transit altitudes, which made it vulnerable to an attack from a rocket-propelled grenade (RPG). SEAL Team 2 is based in Little Creek and Dam, Neck, Virginia, where many of the dead SEAL Team 6 members were also based. The sources claim that many SEALs believe the SEAL Team 6 members were sacrificed for political reasons because they “knew too much” about the Abbotabad raid. Moreover, SEAL Team 2 members believe their comrades were eliminated by CIA assets operating in the area in an effort to eliminate witnesses to the actual events that occurred in Abbotabad. The bitterness of SEAL team personnel over what happened with the Chinook is intense since an entire unit of their friends was almost completely wiped out.