Apparently, the Department of Defense has run out of email addresses. In the flyer distributed throughout Baghdad announcing a reward for information on missing soldiers, tipsters are urged to send email to a yahoo.com email address(firstname.lastname@example.org). The military has apparently been using this address for some time, as it is mentioned in an article on the Fort Drum website from January 2005.
One wonders about the genesis of this. Presumably concerns of professionalism and security were pushed aside in favor of expedience; this is likely the electronic equivalent of troops armoring their own vehicles.
We hope and pray for the safe and quick return of Sgt. Anthony J. Schober, 23, of Reno, Nev.; Spc. Alex R. Jimenez, 25, of Lawrence, Mass.; Pfc. Joseph J. Anzack Jr., 20, of Torrance, Calif.; and Pvt. Byron W. Fouty, 19, of Waterford, Mich. We just hope that bureaucracy and process are not impeding their rescue.