Issa, Gold Star Parents Pressing for Answers on Abbey Gate Bombing; One Family Says Bullet Was Found Inside Victim


Share post:

Screenshot 2023 08 07 at 2.56.44 PM

Parents of U.S. servicemembers killed in a suicide bombing nearly two years ago at the airport in Kabul, Afghanistan spoke at a town hall meeting Monday in California, held by Rep. Darrel Issa (R-CA). Their remarks were gut-wrenching and infuriating, but brought back into the public consciousness the price they pay every single day as, like Christy Shamblin said, they are unable to make any new memories with their children.

After the parents spoke, Issa closed the meeting “for today” and referenced some disturbing questions families have asked him to look into in the aftermath of the attack. As one mother said, they’ve waited two years for answers and shown patience and complied with requests by the Pentagon to let them complete their investigation in a systematic way, yet those questions have not been answered.

Issa said:

This brings to a close the statements for today of the families of the fallen. I said for today, because their story cannot end today. In 1792 George Washington empaneled the first Congressional investigation of a failed battle. It is not new for there to be military mistakes. It is not new. But it is, in fact, tradition that investigations don’t end until every question has been answered. Even though we spent a little over an hour here today with these families, we could have spent two or three or four hours and not heard all the questions they have.

Others have told us of things like a bullet found inside their loved one when in fact we were told it was a bomb, and they have evidence. Others have asked, “I got my son’s phone back, but the SIM card containing those pictures, those selfies, had been removed. Can I have it back?” There are many, many questions unspoken today that have been asked that we will get to the bottom of.

Why would the Pentagon need the SIM card from the phone of one of the victims? It’s understandable that they’d want access to any photos taken that day to see if there are clues, but they can access those without retaining the SIM card. There are numerous ways they can get access to those photos or even text messages and emails sent and received; there’s no reason to keep the SIM.

It would be quite problematic for the Pentagon if bullets were found inside the bodies of those killed. On February 4, 2022 General Kenneth F. McKenzie Jr., Commander, U.S. Central Command, and other officials held a briefing announcing the results of his investigation into the attack. During his introduction, McKenzie said:

At this point I want to acknowledge that the investigation differs from what we initially believed on the day of the attack. At the time, the best information we had in the immediate aftermath of the attack indicated that it was a complex attack by both a suicide bomber and ISIS-K gunmen.

We now know that the explosively fired ball bearings caused wounds that looked like gunshots, and when combined with a small number of warning shots, that led many to assume that a complex attack had occurred.

Brigadier General Lance Curtis, the lead investigator, said:

Today, we’re going to show you why this was not a complex attack. It was a single blast, and it did not have a follow-on attack. There were a series of crossing fires to the front of the servicemembers on the ground that created the illusion that there was a complex attack, but there absolutely was not. There were no gunshot wounds. We have universal agreement between the Armed Forces Medical Examiner’s Office, and also, the medical providers on the ground. There were absolutely no gunshot wounds.

So that’s the official line, and it’s likely that the Pentagon dismisses what Issa said by claiming that what the family thinks was a bullet is really a ball bearing. But given that the Pentagon report came out 18 months ago, meaning that Issa has undoubtedly read it, and knowing that Issa wouldn’t want to look ignorant by claiming a ball bearing in a dead servicemember is a bullet, it’s doubtful that Issa would make such an assertion publicly unless the family had good evidence that what was found was indeed a bullet.

View Issa’s remarks below.

Source link

Lisa Holden
Lisa Holden
Lisa Holden is a news writer for LinkDaddy News. She writes health, sport, tech, and more. Some of her favorite topics include the latest trends in fitness and wellness, the best ways to use technology to improve your life, and the latest developments in medical research.

Recent posts

Related articles

The Clean Energy Sham Exposed As An EV Battery Facility Requires Obscene Amounts of ‘Dirty’ Power

The green energy movement is one claimed to be the noble and ethical way forward for this...

WATCH: Jamaal Bowman Says He Doesn't Understand Why People Are Upset About Him Pulling That Fire Alarm

We've written a lot about Rep. Jamaal Bowman (D-NY) pulling the fire alarm as Democrats were trying to delay...

Irony Alert: Chicago Democrat Officials Rethink Whole 'Sanctuary' Thing, Decide It Costs Too Much

If I were asked to create a two-word catchphrase to describe the American Democrat Party, among my...

Gov. Kathy Hochul of New York, Immigration Hawk

It's been extremely interesting to watch a bunch of Democrats who have called Republicans "xenophobic" and "racist"...

Swalwell Defends Bowman Over Pulling Fire Alarm, Massie Finishes Him Off When 'Fang Fang' Comes Up

It was certainly a unique weekend. Not just with the question of whether there would be a...

Elon's Humorous Response to Biden's Effort to Attack Him And 'Misinformation' on X

Joe Biden emerged on Sunday after Congress managed to avert a government shutdown and acted like he...

Newsom’s ‘First Black Lesbian’ Senate Appointee Immediately Hit With Scandal, Cover-Up Underway

The recent death of former Sen. Dianne Feinstein left Gov. Gavin Newsom in a predicament. Would he...

BREAKING: California Governor Gavin Newsom Selects Feinstein Senate Replacement

In the wake of the death of Senator Dianne Feinstein of California, Governor Gavin Newsom has chosen...