Call Sign Extortion 17: The Shoot-Down of SEAL Team Six

Call Sign Extortion 17: The Shoot-Down of SEAL Team Six

by Don Brown

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ISBN-13: 9781493009497
Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc.
Publication date: 02/01/2018
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 304
Sales rank: 314,097
Product dimensions: 5.60(w) x 8.70(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

Don Brown, a former United States Navy JAG officer stationed at the Pentagon, and former Special Assistant United States Attorney, is the author of ten military and legal novels, including the nationally bestselling novels TREASON and MALACCA CONSPIRACY. A graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, the Campbell University School of Law, and holding a certificate of International Law from the U.S. Naval War College, Don served as an administrative law attorney at the Pentagon on the staff of the Navy Judge Advocate General, where he drafted legal memoranda for the Secretary of the Navy and drafted legal opinion papers for the Secretary. Rising to the rank of Lieutenant Commander in the Navy JAG Corps, in addition to having authored the popular Navy Justice Series and Pacific Rim Series, Don has also been published in the prestigious Navy Law Review. He lives and practices law in Charlotte, North Carolina.

Table of Contents

Prologue vi

Chapter 1 Forward Operating Base "Shank" 1

Chapter 2 Aboard Extortion 17 7

Chapter 3 Base Shank 12

Chapter 4 SEALs Called to Action 15

Chapter 5 Ninety-Seven Days from Quintessential Glory to Unexplained Disaster 27

Chapter 6 Background on the Colt Report 37

Chapter 7 The Colt Report: A General Overview 40

Chapter 8 The Colt Report 101: Points to Keep in Mind in Examining Evidence 44

Chapter 9 The Pink Elephant Escapes 47

Chapter 10 CENTCOM Handcuffs Colt's Investigation 54

Chapter 11 The Seven Missing Afghans Discovered by Happen chance 67

Chapter 12 "Green-on-Blue" Violence: "Friendly" Afghans Killing Americans 73

Chapter 13 An Ambassador's Blunt Warnings 79

Chapter 14 A Forced Suicide Mission 82

Chapter 15 Extortion 17 Pilots: Underequipped and Untrained for Special Ops 87

Chapter 16 The Deadly Record of CH-47D in Afghanistan 96

Chapter 17 Task Force Commander Concerns: Conventional Aviation with Special Forces 112

Chapter 18 Pre-Flight Intelligence: Taliban Targeting US Helicopters 115

Chapter 19 Chaos in the Air: The Lost Minutes 118

Chapter 20 The Chopper's Last Call 124

Chapter 21 The Odd Request for a "Sparkle" 126

Chapter 22 The Final Seconds: Who Is "Them"? 130

Chapter 23 Extortion 17's Bizarre Behavior 133

Chapter 24 The "Two-Minute Burn" and the "One-Minute Call" That Wasn't 135

Chapter 25 Was Bryan Nichols Trying to Tell Us Something? 141

Chapter 26 A Three-Minute Burn? The Chopper in the Spotlight? 144

Chapter 27 Fallen Angel: The Final Seconds of Extortion 17 146

Chapter 28 Taliban Access to NVGs and Other Weapons 155

Chapter 29 A Point-Blank Shot: Clues from Exhibit 60 158

Chapter 30 Testimony of Apache Pilots and Pitch-Black Conditions 172

Chapter 31 Extortion 17 and the Earlier Ranger Mission 178

Chapter 32 The Rules of Engagement: Groundwork for the Death of Thirty Americans 184

Chapter 33 Enemy "Squirters" on the Ground Prior to Shoot-Down 187

Chapter 34 Hypocrisies and Inconsistencies in the Rules of Engagement 191

Chapter 35 Indefensible Inconsistency: Pathfinders Get Pre-Assault Fire but SEALs Don't 195

Chapter 36 The Disappearing Black Box: Further Evidence of Inconsistencies and Cover-Up 198

Chapter 37 Disconnect: The Pathfinders vs. the Task Force 213

Chapter 38 The Black Box Absent from the Executive Summary 215

Chapter 39 The Crash Site: Before the Pathfinders' Arrival 217

Chapter 40 The Mystery Unit First on the Ground 219

Chapter 41 The Executive Summary: Whitewashing the Real Chronology 221

Chapter 42 The Little Creek Briefing and Other Reports: More Questions on the Box 222

Chapter 43 February 27, 2014: The Congressional Hearing 225

Chapter 44 The Military's Changed Tune: "There Was No Black Box" 228

Chapter 45 Black Box Black Magic: The "Analog" Ruse 233

Chapter 46 Chaffetz on Fox: The Pink Elephant Lives 236

Chapter 47 Cremation and the Destruction of DNA Evidence 241

Chapter 48 British Press Reports: The Taliban Knew 248

Chapter 49 Afghan President Karzai: First to Announce the Shoot-Down 251

Chapter 50 NATO Special Operations Forces Kill President Karzai's Cousin 254

Chapter 51 Karzai and the Taliban Playing Footsie for Years 256

Chapter 52 Another Dirty Secret: Afghans on Every American Mission 259

Chapter 53 Shocking Discovery: Bullets in the Bodies 265

Chapter 54 Autopsies Versus "No Identifiable Remains" 277

Chapter 55 All Signs Point to a Cover-Up 280

Chapter 56 Final Thoughts 286

Index 289

About the Author 296

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Call Sign Extortion 17: The Shoot-Down of SEAL Team Six 3 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
Pachyderm8 More than 1 year ago
The author’s misidentification of the flight crew as “Air National Guard”, his reference to the Co-pilot / Gunner in the Apache Gunship as a “Flight Officer” is an indication of sloppy research that calls into question his conclusions. While there are many unanswered questions regarding this incident the insinuations of a conspiracy behind every bush and a cover-up under every rock indicate an agenda beyond a search for the truth.
VicG More than 1 year ago
Don Brown in his new book, “Call Sign Extortion 17″ published by Lyons Press gives us The Shoot-Down of SEAL Team Six. From the back cover: On August 6, 2011—three months after members of Navy SEAL Team Six killed Osama Bin Laden—Taliban forces took down a United States helicopter, call sign “Extortion 17.” The attack killed the Air National guard crew, seven unidentified members of the Afghan military, and seventeen members of Navy SEAL Team Six—warrior brothers from the same Team had killed Osama Bin Laden just ninety days prior. Don Brown, a former U.S. Navy JAG officer stationed at the Pentagon and a former Special Assistant United States Attorney, re-creates the wartime action, tells the life stories of the elite warriors our nation lost on that day, and tears apart the official military explanation of the incident contained in the infamous Colt Report, which reveals either gross incompetence or a massive cover-up. Were the seven Afghan soldiers aboard that helicopter really undercover Taliban who either maneuvered the chopper within easy range of being shot down or sabotaged it from within? Were the SEALS sacrificed on the altar of political correctness and deliberately flown into a known Taliban hot zone? Through a serious examination of the evidence, and the lack thereof, Brown tackles the issues of the case as only an experienced military prosecutor can. Marine General James Mattis ordered Army Brigadier General Jeffrey Colt to conduct an investigation of the shoot-down. That investigation resulted in a 1,250 page report. What is extraordinary is that this report did not report everything, was inaccurate and some of the information was misleading. Don Brown got his hands on this top-secret report and did an investigation of his own. That is when the questions began. Why were there different Afghan soldiers on board the helicopter that were not on the flight manifest? Why did they fly a combat mission with a non-combat copter that was used in the Vietnam War? Why were the whole team on board one helicopter? Question after question were raised and not answered in this huge report. The possibility is that the Taliban had advanced notice from an inside source about this mission and were prepared. Don Brown is a highly skilled investigative attorney and he brought all his experience to the table in his investigation. The findings in this book will offend you, will shock you and will really make you angry. Those men that died were Americans. We are Americans. And we expect better from those that are in charge than cover-up and betrayal. Here is what I recommend: eat dinner early, go to the bathroom, make your popcorn and turn off all your phones. You are not going to want to be disturbed while you are reading and you will want to finish the book before you go to bed. All I can say is that you will be riveted as you flip pages as fast as you can read. You will not be disappointed. I think everyone should read this book. I recommend this book with enthusiasm. If you missed the interview for “The Malacca Conspiracy”, a different series from Don Brown, and would like to listen to it and/or interviews with other authors and professionals please go to Kingdom Highlights where they are available On Demand. Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this book free from Lyons Press. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Co