Skip to comments.Pentagon to Release Names of Service Members Killed in Chinook Crash
Posted on 08/10/2011 11:42:43 AM PDT by Nachum
After a delay of more than two days, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta has "decided to follow the law" and release the names, ranks, hometowns and units of those killed in the Aug. 6 Chinook helicopter crash in Afghanistan, Pentagon spokesman Col. Dave Lapan said Wednesday. The names will be released in the next 24 hours. Panetta "never intended not to release the names," Lapan said, explaining that a delay in their release was the result of a request from military commanders in the Special Operations community who wanted to review the policy of releasing names "because of possible (security) implications
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Goodie. Let’s make their families targets too.
Many of the families have already been on the news. I know they are all proud of their SEALs but it probably isn’t a good idea. Makes me think of the Nelson DeMille novel, The Lion’s Game. Not good.
Panetta “never intended not to release the names,” Lapan said, explaining that a delay in their release was the result of a request from military commanders in the Special Operations community who wanted to review the policy of releasing names “because of possible (security) implications
Panetta always intended to release the names.
Security implications be damned.
Request to be added to list, pls...
we can't trust the military anymore either......they are paycheck and rank motivated and whatever it takes, they'll do...
Isn’t it curious that this radical adminstration decides to “follow the law” in some cases and “waive the law” in others
Why, you would think the entire “law” was their own subjective toy store, and they got to pick the winners and losers based on, say, maybe scoring political points with one constituency or another
Did “Leon” ever lobby to change the law and identify CIA agents killed in line of duty? Since their identity is kept secret to protect their agency and their families and contacts...
Is this for the purpose of providing gloating rights and pin-ups for jihadis? I can understand wanting Bin Laden’s killers to get their due respect from the American public, but I question the wisdom. Moreover, as Karl Rove noted yesterday, this administration was foolish to immediately announce the death of Bin Laden so soon after his elimination, likely missing an opportunity to exploit some of the information gathered in the raid before it was widely known to be compromised. They further erred by providing the world with the idenity of Seal Team Six - ensuring their targeting and a PR victory for the enemy in the event of a successful attack or accident.
secuity implications indeed
attempted Iranian hit on wife of US Navy Captain of USS Vincennes
And back then, these guys were amateurs compared to the terrorist networks now in existence
Why not just have the Franklin Mint make collector’s plates to sell in the Middle East, to recoup the cost of the lost helicopter? /s
I think this puts every family member in jeopardy.
This is foolish at best & treasonous at worst.
The law? Since when has it become LAW? Panetta is a progressive Clintonite but I always thought he had a little class.
WHO leaked the names to the media already?
I predicted something like this *sigh*Poison Photo-Drop .. decision to release photographs .. will imperil nation .. its defenders.
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null and void to Sergeant Tim
Before he is done I fully expect him to release the names, addresses and phone numbers of anyone anywhere in the world who has ever provided any information to agency workers.
The damage to US intel will last multiple generations.
not only did they serve our boys up for retribution, now they want to release the info so their families will be attacked??
WTF is that about? since when is this SOP??
if anything happens to those families, the admin will be held responsible for needlessly and recklessly endangering them
Next, we will black out the names of our police force, just in case the populace is outraged by their actions.
I don’t think this is a good idea.
Their families could become targets
Not only is this an act of treason but the act is an attempt to discourage future enlistment of Special Ops, if they think their names and family will be revealed and betrayed by their own country. Leon Panetta is a domestic enemy of the USA and is in a rank waaay to high.
Interesting that we will give the enemy these names but wouldn’t release a photo of Bin Laden so we wouldn’t offend them.
Very surprised the photo hasn’t leaked by now anyway. Figured Biden would put it on his July 4th part invites or something.
“I think this puts every family member in jeopardy.”
And thus could also compromise the safety of other members of the unit.
You're kidding, right? There are ALL sorts of protections for the local police force. Just try visiting one as a census taker for a real education.
These aren't regular soldiers doing a 2 year hitch in a regular division; these are highly specialized troops who participate in unconventional warfare. To expose their families is insane. By all means let's give them the same protection we give the local police.
“....the admin will be held responsible for needlessly and recklessly endangering them....”
You’re joking, aren’t you? Since when has this administration been held responsible for ANYTHING?
according to my congress critters office, bill young, the families have released the information ... and young’s office has nothing more to say about it (except to get very insistent on having your full name & address... which i haven’t willfully given in years)
is anyone able to confirm that the families willfully advertised the information? were they informed how dangerous releasing such information would be?
how about the news agencies?
seriously, the last thing our operatives should have to worry about while in the field should be their families... let along retribution for actions committed on behalf of the US govt
They should have a private discussion with Ollie North. I’d like to get his take on the subject.
Panetta and Obama don’t give a red rats ass about the families of these heroes.
Compare this to the Valerie-Plame-Blame-Game story. We have now ACTUALLY put some people at risk.
i’m sorry, did you think i meant by lawyers?
If your gonna only protect a few, you need to protect everyone. While only let one group have a understanding that their names wont be released, while the common soldier has their names released.
It is a horrible domino effect. Because of a law congress passed in 2004 all dead soldiers names from three named wars are to be released. (I am going to GUESS the democrats did this as part of the demonizing of Bush promoting him as WAR POTUS hiding the deaths-Any half brained bonehead should have put a spec Ops clause in this congressional law)
So since the MSM know this law they reported and went local to the families. I can’t find this 2004 law online any where online so the above is all speculation. But whoever did not add a special forces clause should be fired/resign.
so if you’re on a high profile mission, you can expect all your personal details to be given to the enemy
wives? kids? brothers & sisters? mom & dad?
all on the chopping block to appease the ROP
wtf is this all about?!
would you continue following orders knowing your family will be served up if the enemy demands it? of course, if you didn’t follow orders they would probably STILL be served up.
i’m failing to find the difference between the current admin and enemies in the camp openly passing info to their counterparts overseas
the members of specops teams are more ... personal ... then other branches. very small units striking high priority targets easily deemed of value to the enemy
‘celebrating’ the members of the teams is insane... especially considering the nutbags in the ROP
hell, the press will blur the faces of police CIs and undercover agents. they would never consider posting all the information regarding the officers families.
i tried reaching out to one paper so far, to see why they felt the need to push the personal details. no answer from 2 lines. i’ll keep pushing... i’ll be fascinated to know the logic behind this
I made the same comment to my husband the other day, and told him about the same novel which I read years ago. It's hard for me to believe that it was published after 9/11!
Might as well make up a list of their friends and their families as well.
LEO's and their families tend associate with other LEO's and their families. Construction workers associate with other construction workers. Marines and their families with other Marine Corps families. I would venture a guess that Navy Seals associate with other Seals and their families as well.
Who do LEO's go to when investigating a crime? Friends, family and neighbors. Want to gather intelligence on Special Opps units or any US military units? You don't go to the front gate at Fort Campbell and ask for the information officer. You collect bits and pieces of information about individuals.
Loose lips do sink ships and get our troops killed.
another interesting tidbit
the helicopter was shot down on the 6th
on the 7th, hometown papers were reporting of the deaths of those on the helicopter along with enough personal information to locate family members
i spoke with one editor so far. she said she believed the information was handed to them by the govt.
within 24 hours of the event???
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Hitler overtook the regular military echelon and demolished it in large part.
Tyrants must eliminate threats, especially those who would be the most lethal.
Pentagon-level echelon = politics. Many now are toadies. The same cannot be said for men in the field, including 1,000s of men and women. 0bama is trying to oust the opposition and put in ‘his’ cadres.