After a two year investigation, Matthew Cole of The Intercept has written a shocking exposé on the atrocities committed by SEAL Team 6, also known as “the President’s own,” and how the government lost control of this now rogue unit.
Officially known as the Naval Special Warfare Development Group, SEAL Team 6 is today the most celebrated of the U.S. military’s special mission units. But hidden behind the heroic narratives is a darker, more troubling story of “revenge ops,” unjustified killings, mutilations, and other atrocities — a pattern of criminal violence that emerged soon after the Afghan war began and was tolerated and covered up by the command’s leadership.
After the massacre and subsequent mutilation, a meeting was held to discuss battlefield ethics, and while the officer who committed the offence was ostracized, he wasn’t turned in. This, in essence, set an example that though it was spoken aloud that acts of misconduct such as mutilation is “not a part of the game,” these acts of extreme misconduct will be hidden not only from the public, but often the military itself.
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