投稿日：2008-03-20 ThuPlease read Introduction through Chapter 2 first.
“Dear President, and my Dad and Grandpa, please rescue us. The kidnappers are telling us if you wouldn’t start withdrawing the troops immediately, they would kill us one by one. I am with Kevin, John and Fernando. They are all good Americans. The U.S. government has a duty to rescue us. John and Fernando are serving in the military. They had no choice but to come here and fight for us because of the poverty. We want to survive. We don’t need the military here. Rather than spending so much money for the war, the government should spend more for the education and the poverty of our country. Please withdraw troops from Iraq. End the war and think about our own problems back home.”
Loretta spoke to the video camera She thought she did what she had to do, and she and other 3 guys would be rescued. She knew her father and grand father wouldn’t let her die. Her family Boltons has strong influence on Washington politics. Boltons was one of biggest contributors for White House. President Bush knew them very well. Her family was invited to White House receptions on several occasions.
The Iraqi kidnappers uploaded the video on their site and inform the sites Arabic broadcasters and American major broadcasting companies such as ABC, NBC, CBS and HOX. Her speech video was aired nationwide. Her family and all of Americans watched that. Loretta’s father, mother and grand father were all in panic. Not because their daughter’s life was in danger but because she seemed corporative with “the Iraqi terrorists.” That angered the whole nation, people said “Spoiled child now turns out to be anarchist. Shameless girl!”
Several hours later after the video was released, White House press secretary made a speech. “The United States would not negotiate with the terrorists. We would not change the policy therefore would not withdraw the troops from Iraq. The troops are stationed in Iraq to fight against such mean-spirited terrorists who use our civilian lives to achieve their evil deeds. We would not give ways to terrorists. God Bless America!”
The White House response was released on the web and Arabic TV channels. The kidnappers watched that. So did the 4 American hostages. Loretta was surprised. Things went opposite of what she expected. John and Fernando were not because they knew they wouldn’t be saved because they were G.I.s so the government could use or dispose their lives anytime they wanted.
The leader of the kidnappers, Kashim shouted to them,
“We will have to kill you. We can’t let you alive. We are going to have to show your people how we brutally kill you.”
The 4 suddenly felt panic. The time has come. They had no way to get out of the situation. How will they save themselves, they started to think right away.
“Hey, wait a minute. I have a good idea,” said Kevin to Kashim.
“What are you going to do?”
“Well, I know how to destroy the military computer system that can make the whole U.S. army in Iraq dysfunctional. I distribute computer system for the military. I can access to the military’s mainframe system from your computer and control it. Then Iraq will be free.”
Kevin desperately spoke to him. Kashim knew who Kevin was. So Kashim believed Kevin’s story.
“OK. Do it. That is the last chance for your survival. If it wouldn’t work, you all will be dead right away.”
Kevin started punching on the computer keyboard Kashim provided. One personal home-use computer was good enough to do what he wanted. Kevin knew the password to access to the mainframe in the U.S. military base.
He got into it and kept punching on the keyboard. Finally the display showed mainframe menu. Kashim saw it behind Kevin's back.
“Now I will panic them” said Kevin and punched on several codes. Suddenly the display screen showed disfigured image of the menu screen which they just saw several seconds ago.
“Here we go, I did it. A few hours later, things would change. The military stations and vehicles would lose connections each other. They would no longer communicate each other. Electricity would go down. The base cannot control the air. No way to check entries and exits. No security cameras and systems works. It would take so many days to recover. Almost impossible to recover so that they have to leave here.” said Kevin smiling at Kashim. Kashim smiled back. He believed Kevin’s words.
However, Kevin did the tricks. He pretended to crack the system but that was a fake display for the hackers. While deceiving Kashim, Kevin secretly sent codes to the military base, “S.O.S. the location is ##.###.###”
Go on to Chapter 4.
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