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U.S. Sailors Humiliated by Iran Around Signing of “Nuclear Deal” Surrendered Sensitive American Military Information

As we previously reported, last January when Obama was bending over to let Iran bully him into the “nuclear deal” (which Iran has not only violated multiple times since, but never even actually signed), ten U.S. Navy sailors brought international humiliation onto the Great Satan America when their boat was seized in the Persian Gulf by Iran

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A U.S. Navy report on June 30 revealed that not only did the female sailor involved cover her head with the hijab at gunpoint (above), some of the crew divulged “sensitive information” including their vessel’s capabilities and the “presence mission” to demonstrate American Gulf dominance they were undertaking.

“It is clear that some, if not all, crew members provided at least some information to interrogators beyond name, rank, service number and date of birth,” the report said.

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While the names of the sailors were redacted, the task force commander of the boat was Captain Kyle Moses. He was relieved of command. Eric Rasch, commander of the squadron, was fired in May. Administrative action was recommended on six Navy personnel.

The two-vessel operation to Bahrain from Kuwait was blamed on “poor planning, leaders who did not properly consider risks, and complacency, a lack of oversight and low morale.” [CNN]

“Our actions on that day in January and this incident did not live up to our expectations of our Navy,” Chief of Naval Operations Admiral John Richardson said. “Big incidents like this are always the result of the accumulation of a number of small problems.”

The 250-nautical-mile trip was the longest ever attempted by the two crews, and ordered on short notice. The risks were “severely underestimated,” according to the task force commander.

“[Task force commander] lacked a questioning attitude, failed to promote a culture of safety, and disregarded appropriate backup from his staff and subordinate commands,” the report said.

The boats accidentally went through Saudi Arabian waters, and failed to “zoom in” on their map, so the crew did not realize they were near Farsi Island.

About that time, a faulty engine was discovered, and IRGC (Army of the Guardians of the Islamic Revolution) scrambled four of their boats to hold the U.S. boats at gunpoint. The Americans did not “put on protective gear or man their weapons,” according to CNN, in hopes of “de-escalating the situation,” although U.S. military personnel are obligated to defend their units under the rules of engagement.

“I didn’t want to start a war with Iran,” one of the boat captains told investigators. “My thought at the end of the day was that no one had to die for a misunderstanding.”

The Iranians pulled out their iPhones and filmed the U.S. sailors while they forced them to strip their body armor and kneel. Over the next 24 hours the soldiers were detained and interrogated at Farsi Island.

So the Iranians could film anti-Great Satan propaganda, the soldiers feigned eating calmly and read an Iranian-composed apology.

 Unbeknownst to them, the U.S. government already had negotiated their unconditional release. [CNN]

The Navy report “faulted the IRGC for violating international norms.” [CNN] The American flag on the boat was replaced with the IRGC banner, and both boats were “ransacked.”

Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei awarded medals to IRGC commanders, and Iranian media broadcast videos of the detainees.

“The Navy investigation confirms what has been obvious from the beginning: that Iran’s obstruction, boarding, and seizure of sovereign U.S. Navy vessels at gunpoint and the detention, interrogation, and recording of 10 American sailors were flagrant violations of international law,” war hawk Senator John McCain (R-AZ) said.

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Reuters gave some additional information with the quiet release of the damning Navy report just before American Independence Day celebrations kicked off.

“This incident was the result of failed leadership at multiple levels from the tactical to the operational,” investigators wrote in the detailed, partially redacted, report.
The report found the crews were poorly prepared, their boats not properly maintained, communication almost entirely lacking, and their conduct after being captured by the Iranians wasn’t up to military standards.
“The boat crews could visually see Farsi Island, but were not concerned as they were unaware that it was Iranian or that they were in Iranian waters,” the report said.
“The culture … (was) characterized by informality. They conducted no patrol briefings, and missions were supported by no formal mission analysis, standard planning factors, risk assessment, or overwatch,” investigators wrote.
One of the female sailors accounted for the report’s only good point, when (apparently after she covered her hair for the Iranians) she showed presence of mind and fighting spirit when she attempted to activate” at tracking beacon at some point during the incident.
While being filmed for Iranian propaganda, a crew member disobeyed a direct order from their commander.
Asked by their captors how it was possible a boat like theirs could have traveled such a distance, one sailor replied, “Yeah, I wish you could tell my people that because we told them these boats don’t do that” — a statement investigators said was inappropriate.
The report at least did not complete the pre-incident Obama emasculation of our armed forces on a national stage, and maintained, “Americans didn’t violate international law, while the Iranians did.” [Reuters]
“Essentially, there was no time given for the team to think through the task before executing. The collective team felt a sense of urgency for a mission that had previously been rescheduled and had no required accomplishment date,” the report said.
The report also found that the crew was never familiarized with the region, and didn’t know about weather, geography or potentially hostile threats.
In addition, before going out to sea, there’s supposed to be a written patrol briefing. But personnel couldn’t recall seeing that, the report said, and the investigation couldn’t find it and questioned if it had existed.
Also, the Navy boats were “undermanned,” with insufficient crew to both operate the vessels and man the weapons.
“The investigation found a lack of leadership, a disregard for risk management processes and proper mission planning standards,” Navy Vice Adm. John Aquilino, deputy chief of operations, said at the news conference.
The report said that mission leaders showed “blatant disregard for the genuine concern of sailors,” not listening to their concerns or empowering them.
Not empowering them or listening to their concerns. It’s like an undergraduate campus over here!
Thanks to our sources:
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http://www.cnn.com/2016/06/30/politics/iran-navy-capture-investigation-report/;http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-iran-sailors-idUSKCN0ZG1YO