Remember the American vigilante who set off for Afghanistan to slay Osama bin Laden with a dagger, pistol and sword? Well now there's another guy who's trying it with AK 74s, knives, hand grenades, pistols and night vision goggles... Allegedly. In an e-mail blast sent out today, the PR firm Anderson Group details a Rambo-like mission of one of its clients, an Iraq war vet, seeking to avenge the deaths of 9/11 victims on the 10th anniversary of the attack. The whole thing sounds sort of like a movie pitch.
But the mission is real, says spokeswoman Elizabeth Glenn, and she says her firm is spreading the word about this "patriotic" American because he's a "friend." Maybe it's just us, but a mission to infiltrate Osama bin Laden's hideout is something we'd want to keep quiet. Asked if the press release might, well, get their friend killed, Glenn said, "Well, that's why we took out his name. So, yes, that was a concern but we didn't divulge his identity." So why's the firm going to the trouble of promoting him? According to Glenn the terrorist slayer is video taping his exploits for a documentary, something the firm is "absolutely" interested in helping him get distributed widely. Until then, get a load of the press release:
Helping out a friend so I am reaching out to you with this timely news item; see below.
As we approach the 10th anniversary of 9/11, an Iraqi war veteran and former military sergeant, has just embarked on an expedition into Afghanistan to capture Osama Bin Laden. Motivated by the hefty monetary reward, the ever-patriotic former para-military professional is taking matters into his own hands by getting on a plane and entering Pakistan through the rocky terrain of Afghanistan. From here, he will travel through the mountains on his 2-man crusade to hunt for America’s most wanted criminal and bring justice to the world.
Upon his arrival in Afghanistan, he plans to stay at a hotel for three nights and from there, he and his cohort will stay in tents for the remainder of their mission. Armed with the necessary weapons such as AK 47’s, knives, hand grenades, pistols, night vision goggles, spy camera glasses and an up-armored vehicle, he plans to scour some of the most dangerous territories in the Middle East in his efforts to detain one of the FBI’s “Most Wanted.” With the help of another former Iraqi vet and a local anti-Al Qaeda guide, they will be led into areas in which they believe Bin Laden is currently hiding (according to inside tips from his Government intelligence connections within the US and Middle East.)
He has no intention of killing Bin Laden but he wants to capture him and bring him back to America so that he can collect the $27 million dollar reward.
Is this something that you would be interested in covering in some capacity? He will be not only armed but also equipped with hi-definition cameras so that he can capture the unseen territories of Afghanistan. He will be coming back with footage of the terrain and his experiences.
We have omitted his identity to ensure his safety while he is in the Middle East.
All the best,
Elizabeth Glenn & Alex Spieller
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