Extortion 17 was the call sign for the Chinook helicopter that was shot down in Afghanistan on August 6, 2011. It was piloted by a National Guardsman and carrying members of Seal Team 6 along with others. Special operations soldiers such as the Seals are rarely if ever flown in Chinooks much less ones piloted by the National Guard. This was only a few months following the alleged Bin Laden killing. There are many holes in this story and the families of the fallen deserve answers. There is a Congressional hearing scheduled to start Feb 27, 2014 and hopefully some of the facts will come to light.