I live in Northwest Indiana. On April 13th, 2005 a man by the name of Jeffery Ake was taken hostage in Iraq. He's from about 15 miles from where I
live. Never thought I'd hear something like this.
Ake, 47, of LaPorte, is president and CEO of Equipment Express in nearby Rolling Prairie, whose products include machines that fill water bottles.
Link to full article
Well, naturally I was in shock. I went and turned on CNN to see what they were saying about this. Nadaa. Zip. " Hmm, this is weird. Maybe MSNC,"
"Weird, nothing there either. Oh wait! theres a litttle thingy going across the bottom. It just said something about it. Ill wait it out. Theyll have
something about this."
Well after about 30 minutes of MJ coverage, they mentioned it. It was an in depth piece lasting about 15 seconds. Then that was it. If they ever
covered it after that, I must have missed, but since I sleep with the news on, I doubt it.
Our local papers covered it for a bit, but not much. Aprx one weeks worth. Im going to link to the articles. Please read them. Its more interesting
than you might expect.
Laporte in Shock. Dated April 14th (1 day
Ake's Fate Unclear. Dated April 15th. (2 days and
Interesting OP/ED piece from same
Now a week later, there is another article. It will be last one for 2 months. Please read. It leaves some foretelling clues in it, that we wont be
hearing to much come..
Still No Word on Ake
Speculation grew after the candlelight vigil set for Friday was canceled hours before it was to begin with no explanation.
"We have no further information to release regarding Jeffrey Ake, the LaPorte resident who is being held hostage in Iraq, nor do we know when any
further statement will be made."
Activity outside the family's Pine Lake home has picked up. People have been coming and going more freely than last week, when reporters and
photographers were camped on the lawn across the street. For the most part, the national media has left, with a few lone reporters and photographers
occasionally dropping by the house.
So one week. Thats what you get here. I guess he doesnt matter. Maybe its just to boring now. After Nick Berg, they all just blur into one. 7 days,
your stale, unless of course your a mutimillonare who has a fondess of little boys. At which point they wont rest untill you know the FULL story.
Well, honestly, I wrote this guy off as dead untill earlier in the week, I came across this:
Officials from two different federal agencies said Thursday that there was nothing new to report on the condition of Jeffrey Ake, the LaPorte man
taken hostage in Iraq two months ago, despite recent comments an Ake family member made to the media.
Jim Ake, Jeffrey's father, told a LaPorte freelance journalist on Wednesday that he had been told by "federal agents" that his son was alive.
Representatives of both the State Department and the FBI would not comment on the remarks because it was unclear where Jim Ake received his
Link to Full Article
Hmm, to me, either the dad is goin crazy, someones messin with him, or someone from our government really told him that. Its sounds like they are
denying it even though they dont actually say " We didnt tell his dad anything!"
In one of the articles it says that more than 200 people have been kidnapped there in the last year. 200!!!! How many get any media? How many can you
name RIGHT NOW! 2? 3?
Now ask yourself this.. Who is Scott Peterson's attorney? Who is Tom Messeruo? Jennifer Willbanks, anyone? Now name me 2 hostages...you can't!
Neither can I. This is whats wrong with our media.
Everything should be done to get hostages freed. If the Austrailians could, and the Jappanese could, why not us? How many Americans have been beheaded
because of our inability to efficently execute a rescue mission?
Why is there no coverage of this? Are these people meaningless? Do they hope that everyone will forget, and it will just go away? I dont get it. I
Well, I just wanted to let any of this guys family or friends know that he isnt forgotten, and is in mine and now I'm sure, alot more peoples
I cant wait untill this is all over with.
[edit on 26-6-2005 by spliff4020]