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Thursday, April 27, 2006

Caribbean Sea (April 25, 2006) - An F/A-18F Super Hornet assigned to the "Red Rippers" of Fighter Attack Squadron Eleven (VFA-11) conducts a high-speed fly by during an Air Power demonstration aboard the Nimitz-class aircraft carrier USS George Washington (CVN 73). George Washington Carrier Strike Group is currently participating in Partnership of the Americas, a maritime training and readiness deployment of the U.S. Naval Forces with Caribbean and Latin American countries in support of the U.S. Southern Command (SOUTHCOM) objectives for enhanced maritime security. U.S. Navy photo by Photographer's Mate Airman Apprentice Jennifer Apsey

An Open Letter To Terrorists

Adapted from a letter written by a Naval Aviator
I Am Coming!

Dear Terrorists,

I am an Army Intelligence Analyst. I was born and raised in a series of small Army towns. I was raised in a middle class home and taught my values by my mother and father.

My Dad was an Infantry Officer and Army helicopter pilot in Vietnam. We were not an overly religious family but attended church most Sundays. It was a nice small Methodist Church. I have a step-brother and step-sister. I was the first in many generations to be an enlisted man in the Army. You see, Army service is a tradition in my family, even my Grandmother was an Army officer in the Medical Corps. My Grandfather killed Nazis in Europe in WWII and my Father killed NVA and Vietcong in Vietnam. You are less of a challenge than those two groups, but I will get to that.

I have been an Army Intelligence Analyst for quite a few years. For me being an analyst was never a lifelong dream or a "calling," it just happened. I wanted to be a pilot like my Father but my eyesight let me down. I needed a job and I liked the challenge. I continue to do it today because I feel it is important to give back to a nation which has given so much to me. I do it because, although I will never be rich, my family will be comfortable.

I do it because many of my friends took the easy road.

My government has spent millions to train me to operate these multi-million dollar analytical weapons platforms. With these platforms I will eventually find you, wherever you are.

I like baseball but think the players make too much money. I am in awe of firemen and policemen and what they do each day for my community, and like teachers, they just don't get paid enough.

I respect my elders and always use sir or ma'am when addressing a stranger. I'm not sure about kids these days but I think that's normal for every generation.

I tell you all this because when they come for you, I want you to know that I sent them. I won't be hiding behind a woman or a child. I won't be disguised or pretending to be something I am not. I will be in front of a computer terminal, looking at a link chart I have built that tells me who you are, who you love and hate, what your weak points are, and most importantly where you are hiding. I will be wearing standard US issue battle dress uniform, and I am ready to meet you on any battlefield if it should come to that, because I am fit to fight. I wish we could meet up close in a small room where I could wrap my hands around your throat and slowly squeeze the life out of you, but unfortunately, you're hiding in a hole in the ground, so we will have to do this a different way.

I want you to know also that I am very good at what I do. I can put a SF team at your door or cave entrance at the exact moment that they need to be there. I fight day and night, so you may never rest easy. I am not eager to die for my country but I am willing to sacrifice my life to protect it from animals like you.

I will do everything in my power to ensure no civilians are hurt as I aim the most deadly weapon system known to man, the American Soldier, at your black heart.

My countrymen are a forgiving bunch. Many are already forgetting what you did on Sept 11th. But I will not forget!!

I am coming! I hope you know me a little bit better, see you soon...


Jason S.
A U.S. Army Intelligence Professional

RUMSFELD VISITS IRAQ — Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld walks the grounds at former Forward Operating Base Honor, Baghdad, April 26, 2006, with Iraqi Col. Mohammad Wasif (left), 5th Brigade, 6th Iraqi Army Divison commander, and U.S. Army Maj. Gen. J.D. Thurman (right), Multinational Division-Baghdad commander. Multinational Force-Iraq photo.

News Headlines - Thursday, April 27, 2006

Fox News
Gunmen Slay Iraq VP's Sister, Guard - Three Dead in Convoy Attack
Developer to Begin Work on WTC Replacement Towers
Senate Oil Probe
Senate GOP Seeks Taxpayer Rebate Checks; Dems want 60-day gas tax holiday
Rove Testifies to Grand Jury in CIA Leak Case
Israeli Airstrike Critically Injures Two Palestinians
Missing Student's Body Found in Pa. Landfill
Communist Rebels Declare Cease-Fire in Nepal
Woman Sues Employer After 'Motivational' Spanking
World Religious Leaders Hold Interfaith Summit
50 Indian Reservations to Use Air Ambulances
Stocks to Watch: Microsoft
House Passes Intel Bill
Puerto Rico: Cash-Strapped Gov't Near Shutdown
Denver School Bus Hits House; Students Injured
Video: Duke Accuser Having Doubts About Court?
Duke Counselors Swamped
Small Business Page
Cybersecurity Center

Reuters: Top News
Four Iraqi policemen killed in attacks
Blast kills 2 Italian soldiers, 1 Romanian in Iraq
New wave of bloodshed in Iraq
Japan stocks gain
Dow Chemical posts lower first-quarter profit
Daimler Q1 profit rises, Mercedes narrows loss
Raytheon profit up on arms sales
Aviva says Q1 sales up 20 pct, beats forecasts
Microsoft, European Commission face antitrust questions
Spain's Antena 3 Q1 net profit up 42 pct
Fidelity National profit falls 76 pct
Hercules quarter profit rises on sales boost
Akamai profit tops views
Skechers 1st-quarter profit jumps
Amkor turns to profit, ups forecasts, stock rises
Allure, risks of foreign stocks
China unbending on Iran, but unlikely to block at UN
Palestinian militant killed in missile strike
Nepal rebels pledge truce; government to reciprocate
World Trade Center rebuild clears last hurdle
AstraZeneca strikes drug deals with Abraxis
Healing plants found in Borneo forest: WWF
China launches research satellite into orbit
Early hi-def DVD buyers like what they see
Microsoft plans to buy video game ad firm: paper
Germany headed for demographic disaster?
French exception: Experts ponder high birth rate
Study shows secret to gas-free beans
Build your own Iraqi police squad for a little cash
Vaccine is first treatment for Ebola-like virus
Aspirin can prevent deafness in antibiotic use

AP World News
Nepal Rebels Declare 3-Month Cease-Fire
Rice, Rumsfeld Encouraged by Iraqi Leader
Calif. Woman Spanked at Work Sues for $1.2M
Angelina Jolie Tops Most Beautiful List
Arrest Warrant Sought for Hyundai Chairman
Bryant, Lakers Beat Suns to Tie Series
MediaNews Buys 4 Papers From McClatchy
EU Lawmakers Allege Numerous CIA Flights
Pistons Beat Bucks, Finally Win a Game 2
Songbirds May Be Able to Learn Grammar
Texans Narrow Choices to Bush or Williams
Egypt Bombings Linked to Earlier Attacks
School Bus Carrying 24 Crashes Into House
Home-Ice Tonic Help Flyers Top Sabres
Golden Venture Passengers Still Drifting

CENTCOM: News Releases

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