In a previous article, I pointed out that testimony concerning the downing of SEAL Team Six aboard Extortion 17 revealed that there were seven Afghans on board, who still, to this day, remain unidentified. I followed that up by pointing out that the mission of Extortion 17 was delayed by more than four minutes from its original landing time and thus, it is theorized that these Afghans could have engaged in a Green on Blue attack against Americans. However, it is the fact that the Afghan bodies were flown back to the states and presumed to be cremated along with US soldiers’ bodies. It is with that understanding that I think there is a glaring indication of a cover-up of the downing of Extortion 17 in order to suppress evidence of a Green on Blue attack, a possible trade off with the Taliban for the alleged death of Osama bin Laden.
Consider that in testimony, it was also pointed out that the Afghan government was given eyes on all of America’s Special Operations and even technically has the authority to squash those missions, though they have never used it that we know of.
Second, consider that both Vice President Joe Biden and former Central Intelligence Agency Director and former Defense Secretary Leon Panetta revealed that it was the Navy SEALs who allegedly took out Osama bin Laden, and on top of that revealed that it was members of SEAL Team Six involved in the operation. Three months later SEAL Team Six was taken out on Extortion 17 by the Taliban.
Third, the seven Afghans, minus the Afghan interpreter, on board Extortion 17 were not the Afghans listed on the manifest. Those particular Afghans were alive and well. These men have never been identified and the status of their bodies is completely unknown.
However, many of the bodies of the SEALs were apparently cremated following the shoot down. Why? According to Don Brown, a former Navy JAG officer and author of the book Callsign Extortion 17: The Shoot-Down of SEAL Team Six, “The military claims none of the remains are identifiable.”
However, Brown went on to point out that “…testimony in the Colt Report, autopsies, and the report from the local coroner clearly contradict that claim.”
That isn’t all.
Charles Strange, whose Navy SEAL son Michael was aboard Extortion 17, said that he obtained a copy of his son’s autopsy report along with photographs of his body, which showed no sign of fire damage.
“There’s nothing wrong with the body except for his ankle, but they claimed everybody was burned beyond recognition, yet there he was lying there whole and intact,” Strange said. “His hair and arms weren’t burned, and there was no sign of smoke in his lungs. When I called the command up and asked them about this, they seem shocked that I had the photo. They told me ‘we’ll get back to you,’ but they never did.”
“Why did they cremate my boy? We are Christians and do not believe in cremation; there was no reason for them to do that,” Strange said.
We also have the claim of Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-UT), whose dog and pony show congressional hearing failed to even ask about the status of either the Americans’ bodies or the Afghans’. Chaffetz claimed, “The body I saw didn’t need to be cremated.”
Take into account also that the Afghans’ bodies were flown back to the states with our fallen American soldiers.
Brown, in recounting this odd move writes, “Think of the oddity of bringing foreign soldiers back to the United States to have their bodies disposed of here. It would seem that the Afghans, if they were up to something honorable, would be entitled to a burial with honors in Kabul or an Afghan military cemetery somewhere in Afghanistan.”
“Think of how odd it would be if, on the beaches at Normandy, the bodies of the fallen British and Canadian soldiers had been scooped up by the United States and brought back to the United States for disposal, rather than being left with the military authorities for a dignified treatment and burial in their own countries,” Brown mused. “Such treatment would have been an arrogant slap in the face to America’s British and Canadian allies.”
So, why would the US be handling the Afghan bodies, and were they cremated? Some may ask, why is this relevant? Lt. Commander Don Brown has an answer.
“If the bodies were cremated, DNA evidence was destroyed,” Brown writes. “If DNA evidence was destroyed, it becomes impossible to identify the unidentified Afghans. Thus, if the unidentified Afghans were Taliban infiltrators or sympathizers, their identities will probably never be known because of the military’s decision to cremate. If, in fact, this aircraft was infiltrated, and possibly even sabotaged by Taliban sympathizers who drew weapons while the aircraft was in flight, or possibly communicated with Taliban attackers on the ground, then cremating the bodies might be a way to keep that information from the public. Could this explain why the bodies of the Afghans, strangely, were brought back to the United States?”
I think it could be. And, we know it wasn’t just Afghans who were unidentified by a grave marker in Arlington.
Immediately following a press release by four families, who revealed government culpability in the deaths of those who died on Extortion 17, I reported that a Muslim cleric was invited to speak at a ramp ceremony before the bodies were flown back to the states. According to several reports that consulted several Arabic translators, the imam damned the fallen SEALS to Hell as infidels.
If cremation was provided for American soldiers, such as Michael Strange and others (some of which had bullets in their bodies), along with the Afghans, is it really farfetched that there is a cover up going on with Extortion 17? I think not.