Berman: EXTORTION 17: The Mysterious Betrayal and Sacrifice of Seal Team 6

May 1, 2011 – Osama Bin Laden is killed. May 2, 2011 – Taliban threatens retaliation

May 3, 2011 – Vice-President Joe Biden exposes Seat Team 6 as Bin Laden’s assassins.

May 11, 2011 – US intelligence intercepts Taliban message revealing they are sending 100 men to the Tangi Valley in Afghanistan for the purpose of shooting down a US military helicopter.

August 6, 2011 – It the darkness of pre-dawn hours a mission was launched to provide support for US Army Rangers fighting Taliban forces in the Tangi Valley of Wardak Province, Afghanistan.

It turned out to be more of a human sacrifice than a military operation.

17 members of the famed Seal 6 team that killed Osama Bin Ladin are aboard a slow, Vietnam-era Chinook CH-47 helicopter with the call sign Extortion 17.

Despite the presence of an empty Chinook CH-47 with the call sign Extortion 16 set to fly with them to the target

Instead, they are crammed into Extortion 17 with 13 other American personnel, including the helicopter’s National Guard aircrew and an attack dog.

They are joined by 7 Afghan “commandos.”

It turned out the Afghans listed in the manifest were never there – in other words, they were swapped out for different Afghan troops.

And why weren’t they placed on a Chinook MH-47 which is modified for combat and to evade ground to air missiles like RPGs?

They were accompanied by Apache helicopters bristling with weapons, machine guns, and missiles, which were never used to protect them when they reached the landing site.


Prior to Extortion 17’s arrival, the 75th Ranger Regiment arrived and cleaned out a Taliban rat’s nest, killing 6 Taliban but unable to stop 2 Taliban from escaping.

Afterward military officials said the 2 Taliban disappeared into a grove of trees immediately – false, there were no grove trees, and every step was captured on camera by a C-10 gunship circling above the scene.

The crew on the gunship were denied permission to take out the two Taliban survivors by officers at the Joint Operations Center.

Retired Air Force Captain Joni Marquez who was on the C-10 has publicly stated, “ If we would’ve been allowed to engage that night, we would’ve taken out those two men immediately.”

Mysteriously the reason for assigning the C-10 to the scene was negated.


The C-10 crew monitored the 2 Taliban running over to their village where they gathered reinforcements.

The C-10 crew begged the Joint Operations Center to be allowed to fire upon but the Taliban mob heading straight to Extortion 17’s landing site.

Once again they were ordered to stand down.


The C-10 crew begged the Joint Operations Center to cancel the arrival of the Chinook, and once again they were denied.


Extortion 17 was due in 10 minutes from take-off but arrived 19 minutes later due to unexplained problems in the flight and the pilot’s strange inability to find the landing field.

Even stranger, Extortion 17 was supposed to call into the forward base three times, but after the first call, Extortion 17 went silent.

Instead of landing right away, Extortion 17 actually hovered over the site.

Had the AC-130 or the Apache attack helicopters flying with the Chinooks been allowed to attack, the Taliban insurgents would have been shredded, and Extortion 17 would have landed safely with everyone alive.

The official version is that the Taliban fired three RPGs at Extortion 17.

Two RPGs missed.
Then, in what is described as a one in a million shot, the third RPG hit Extortion 17’s rear rotor and sent it crashing and exploding in a ball of fire.

The odd thing is that the RPG-7 that allegedly took down Extortion 17 has a range of 150 to 170 meters and Extortion 17 was 220 meters away.

Around 3:47 AM, unknown forces arrive at the crash site, survey the wreckage and leave.

Military officials claimed that a flash flood washed away the helicopter’s black.

Several years later when that was debunked, they claimed there was no black box, a fact disputed by the Chinook CH-47’s builder, Boeing Aircraft.

For unknown reasons the bodies of the Afghan “commandos” were flown to the United States and cremated

Some of the Seal 6 dead were also cremated without their families permission.

Other bodies had autopsies where bullets were removed and disposed of by the coroner.

On February 27, 2014, a congressional hearing was finally held for an hour and a half. Led by Republican Jason Chaffetz, the hearing raised more questions than it answered.

And after that, both parties swept this bizarre execution of best warriors under the rug hoping no one will uncover the truth.

On this Memorial Day Eve, I pledge to do everything I can to bring the real facts to the public.

Consider this article an intro to the subject.

And in honor of the fallen here is a list of the magnificent soldiers we lost on that horrible day.

SGT Alexander J. Bennett SPC Spencer Duncan CWO Bryan J. Nichols CWO David R. Carter
SSG Patrick D. Hamburger TSgt John W. Brown

SSgt Andrew W. Harvey
TSgt Daniel L. Zerbe
PO1 (SEAL) Darrick C. Benson
CPO (SEAL) Brian R. Bill
PO1 (SEAL) Christopher G. Campbell
PO1 Jared W. Day
PO1 John Douangdara & Navy SEAL Dog “Bart” CPO (SEAL) John W. Faas
CPO (SEAL) Kevin A. Houston
Lt. Cmdr. (SEAL) Jonas B. Kelsall
MCPO (SEAL) Louis J. Langlais
CPO (SEAL) Matthew D. Mason
CPO (SEAL) Stephen M. Mills
CPO Nicholas H. Null
PO1 (SEAL) Jesse D. Pittman
SCPO (SEAL) Thomas A. Ratzlaff
CPO (SEAL) Robert J. Reeves

CPO (SEAL) Heath M. Robinson PO2 (SEAL) Nicholas P. Spehar PO1 Michael J. Strange
PO1 (SEAL) Jon T. Tumilson PO1 (SEAL) Aaron C. Vaughn SCPO Kraig M. Vickers

PO1 (SEAL) Jason R. Workman

God bless their souls and reward them for their goodness and may this blessing extend to service men and women who died to protect America and make it a better nation.

And may God bring healing to all of our wounded.