The Obama administration spiked the football in the assassination of Osama bin Laden for political expediency.
On May 3 2011, at an event in Washington, Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. did the unthinkable. He publicly revealed the identity of the special-operations unit responsible for bin Laden’s killing.
His reckless action put at risk the lives of every member of SEAL Team 6. The Taliban and other jihadists eager to avenge bin Laden now knew which unit to target. Stunned and shocked, SEAL members immediately realized they were going to be hunted by al Qaeda sympathizers.
The parents of Aaron Vaughn, a member of SEAL Team Six who was killed in Afghanistan in 2011, three months after Osama was killed, said that the entire team was put in danger because the Obama administration leaked the name of the unit that killed Osama bin Laden.
His mother said SEALs want to remain private. That was the practice.
Her son called her shortly before his death and warned her:
“Aaron called me and said, ‘Mom, you need to wipe your social media clean of any reference to me or any of my buddies. Just disconnect completely,’”
Karen Vaughn said her son warned her after Vice President Biden publicly identified the SEALs on May 3, 2011 — two days after the raid. “He [Aaron] actually said to me, ‘Mom, there’s chatter, and all of our lives could be in danger, including yours’ … then I realized all of those families, you know, you’re talking about a community of around three hundred families who were all of a sudden made targets by this administration.”
Her son was killed in the catastrophic crash of Extortion 17 on August 6, 2011. It was the worst loss of life in the history of the Navy SEALs but played down and mostly ignored by the administration and the media.
A number of the SEALs’ family members were left without answers. Rep. Chaffetz finally held a hearing but failed to secure answers. There was no evidence Biden’s comments were directly related to the crash. However, witnesses on the ground were never interviewed and the investigation was held long after the crash.
Many felt a target was put on the back of the SEALs.
The killing of Osama bin Laden had been hyped for political purposes and the crash of Extortion 17 so soon after the crash left people wondering if their deaths were a direct result of Biden’s leak.
The details of the investigation were kept secret.