Four families of Navy SEAL Team 6 and special ops forces will be filing a suit in Washington, D.C federal court today over the death of their sons, whose helicopter was shot down by the Taliban on August 6, 2011 in Afghanistan. Among those who died in the crash were 16 Navy SEALs and 8 special ops servicemen, including the sons of the plaintiffs Charles Strange, Doug and Shaune Hamburger, Sidh Douangdara, and Billy and Karen Vaughn.
As alleged in the complain (embedded below), the disclosures of classified information by Vice President Biden and then newly sworn-in Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta that SEAL Team 6 was responsible for the killing of Osama Bin Laden, put a "target on the backs" of the now fallen heroes and their families. Predictably, the Taliban retaliated by blasting the helicopter out of the air and killing all on board.
Also named in the suit are the governments of Iran and Afghanistan and Afghan President Hamid Karzai, who is alleged to have tipped the Taliban off about the coordinates of the Extortion 17 operation enabling the helicopter to be blasted out of the sky carrying our nation's heroes. It has been widely reported that Iran pays a bounty of $1,000 to the Taliban for each American service person killed.
Larry Klayman, the founder of Freedom Watch and former U.S. Justice Department prosecutor, legally represents these plaintiff families and observed the following upon filing suit:
"It is hypocritical and outrageous that while the Obama Justice Department can criminally charge Edward Snowden for allegedly disclosing classified national security information and wage an international manhunt for his arrest, Biden and Panetta get off scot free for their callous, cynical, opportunistic illegal release of the identity of SEAL Team VI in the Bin Laden killing – allegedly orchestrated to boost President Obama's and Vice President Biden's reelection prospects in the months leading up to the 2012November 6 election. This underscores how the nation's 'leaders' in Washington are not held to the same standards as are other citizens. It therefore falls upon the families of Navy SEAL Team VI and special ops servicemen to seek justice in the civil courts, as Biden and Panetta are 'not above the law.' 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!"To punish Biden and Panetta for their alleged criminal acts, the complaint asks for over $200,000,000 dollars in damages. If successful, the damage award will be used to aid and support the surviving families of fallen heroes like the plaintiffs' sons.
I for one, will be rooting for their suit to succeed.
The full complaint is embedded below