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“Dear Mr. Keller: Thank you for continually contributing to the deaths of my fellow soldiers.”

Saturday, June 24, 2006  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt
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Milblogger Sgt T. F. Boggs has written the New York Times. He provided me a copy and permission to post his letter. It will be interesting to see if the New York Times prints it:

Mr. Keller,

What ceases to amaze me about your paper is the
lengths you are willing to go to make headlines and
sell papers. Who cares if those headlines help the
enemies of America, you guys are making money and that
is what it is all about in the end right?

Your recent decision to publish information about a
classified program intended to track the banking
transactions of possible terrorists is not only
detrimental to America but also to its fighting men
and women overseas. I know because I am a sergeant in
the army on my second tour to Iraq. As I am sure you
don’t know because you aren’t in Iraq, and I am sure
never will be, terrorism happens here everyday because
there are rich men out there willing to support the
everyday terrorist who plants bombs and shoots
soldiers just to make a living. Without money
terrorism in Iraq would die because there would no
longer be supplies for IED’s, no mortars or RPG’s, and
no motivation for people to abandon regular work in
hopes of striking it rich after killing a soldier.

Throughout your article you mention that ‘ the banking
program is a closely held secret’but the cat is out
of the bag now isn’t it. Terrorists the world over can
now change their practices because of your article.
For some reason I think that last sentence will bring
you guys pleasure. You have done something great in
your own eyes-you think you have hurt the current
administration while at the same time encouraging
‘freedom fighters’resisting the imperialism of the
United States. However, I foresee a backlash coming
your way. I wish I had a subscription to your paper so
I could cancel it as soon as possible. But alas, that
would prove a little tough right now since I am in
Iraq dealing with terrorists financed by the very men
you are helping.

Thank you for continually contributing to the deaths
of my fellow soldiers. You guys definitely provide a
valuable service with your paper. Why without you how
would terrorists stay one step ahead of us? I would
love to hear a response as to why you deemed revealing
this program a necessity, but that will probably come
as soon as the government decides to finally put you
guys behind bars where you belong.

Tim Boggs
www.boredsoldier.blogspot.com

UPDATE:

Powerline has a series of posts with crucial links to related material.

And Instapundit has the latest on the reaction to Kosputin’s nuttery re: The New Republic.

UPDATE 2:

The New York Times publishes an account of a classified briefing at the Pentagon.

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