The father of a SEAL Team 6 member who died in a helicopter crash says the Obama administration lied to him and the other families about the details surrounding the deaths of members of the squad that killed Taliban leader Osama bin Laden.
Billy Vaughn, father of Navy SEAL Aaron Vaughn, who was among 30 who died in 2011 when their Chinook helicopter was shot down in Afghanistan, told J.D. Hayworth on "America's Forum" on Newsmax TV Wednesday that what the families were initially told about why the helicopter was shot down later turned out to be a lie.
"When the chopper was shot down, we learned many disturbing things," Vaughn explained.
"We learned that when the shots were fired, when the chopper was down, we did not take out the men who fired the [Rocket Propelled Grenades] because of the rules of engagement," he said. "That's what we were told three times in that debriefing."
However, Rep. Thomas Rooney of Florida, who was Vaughn's congressman at the time, heard a different story when he attended "a classified, high-level military briefing."
"He was told in the debriefing that they did not take them out because of the rules of engagement," but because "they didn't know where the shots came from."
Billy Vaughn said he knew at that point that "what we'd been told" was a lie.
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