Slain SEAL's Father Demands Investigation Into His Son's Death
- Author: Jack Replman Mar 01, 2017,
Mar 01, 2017, 0:22
"The government owes my son an investigation".
The father of Navy SEAL William "Ryan" Owens did not want to meet President Donald Trump when his son's body was returned to the U.S. In an interview with the Miami Herald, Bill Owens said his "conscience" wouldn't let him greet the president, who'd approved the raid in Yemen that led to Owens' death less than a week into the Trump presidency.
Now that Owens is a Gold Star parent, he told the paper he felt reservations about the Trump Administration's decision to launch the mission, which the new president launched nearly immediately after taking office. "Now, all of a sudden we had to make this grand display?'".
Owens' father, Bill, told the Miami Herald in a recent interview that he did not want to meet Trump when the president attended Owens' dignified transfer at Dover Air Force Base in DE on February 1.
As is always the case, the details matter, and we don't yet have a sense of what kind of investigation the White House might support, but I believe this was the first time anyone on Team Trump even opened the door this far. According to the report, the only example of intelligence provided by the military was "an old bomb-making video that was of no current value".
"I haven't had the chance to speak with him directly about that, but I would imagine that he would be supportive of that", White House deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said on ABC's "This Week" television program.
"When asked for his response to Owens's criticism, Spicer, a Naval officer himself, struck a somber tone".
"Why?" Bill Owens said.
"We gathered an unbelievable amount of intelligence that will prevent the potential deaths or attacks on American soil,"Spicer has said".
Spicer also noted on Tuesday that the Department of Defense is already conducting a review of the matter, which is "standard operating procedure" when a USA service member is killed.
But Owens told the chaplain he didn't want to see the commander-in-chief.
Trump made flew to Dover Air Force base in DE to pay his respects to Chief Special Warfare Operator William "Ryan" Owens, who was killed during a raid in Yemen.
Fourteen militants were killed in the raid along with at least 25 civilians, nine of them children, including the 8-year-old daughter of USA -born al Qaeda cleric Anwar al-Awlaki, who was killed in a 2011 US drone attack, the Bureau of Investigative Journalism reported.