The same day an American citizen was killed by the United States in Iraq and a second American citizen was brutally killed by a foreign government in Yemen. For reasons I can’t understand, both of these people had just tweeted on their morning news, that they had been kidnapped. For a second there, I thought they had been abducted for ransom. Then I realized that there was no ransom in sight.
So, I went back to my account. Here’s what I posted next.
I posted this after I arrived at around 5:30 p.m. The body had been found shortly after midnight. It’s not every day that you hear anything that I posted on Facebook, let alone that it was published on an American news source. But I was very shocked. That was the first time I could really comprehend the significance of what I’d written. I wanted to find out what I’d done and why. Here’s my transcript. “What’s most amazing about it, there’s literally hundreds of people who say in this kind of situation there’s no reason to be alarmed.” “It doesn’t really make a whole lot of difference.”
“You don’t know what the consequences are in terms of the death of a citizen of a foreign power.” “You would have to be insane, right?” “Like, I’m not saying that any of these actions mean anything, but it’s a weird thing. Very unusual thing for people to do. “I was told that in this type of situation you have to try to keep your head down.” “I’m not gonna say anything else because this has gone around a lot.” “That’s pretty much the gist of it. I just want to talk about it because I’m so curious as to what was going through my mind there.” “It’s just a very, you know, strange thing to do.” “I didn’t know anything about it.” “I didn’t have anything in my head at the time.” “I didn’t know if you guys are out there. I mean like, if there’s something I should be following news about.” “I don’t know what I did and I don’t think anybody at the White House or FBI ever did anything about it.” “If you see me in a year from now I’m definitely going to be worried about what I did.” “I don’t think I’d think anything on Facebook or anything at all.” “I think some good will happen from this. I don’t know what, you know, so far.”
Then later, about an hour later on the same day the second American was killed: “So, I was just wondering,” I said, “do things like this happen that often, to have them happen so frequently. “I just don’t get it. I don’t really understand why that would happen, to have such terrible things happen to two fellow citizens, a real American and a real American.” “I’ll be more cautious but not completely out of the woods for a while.” “I have no idea what’s going on here. If I knew, but I don’t think I do, if I knew that things like this could happen, it would probably get an even wider response.” “So I’m just wondering what are some possible scenarios.” “I’ve seen plenty of things happen in this type of situation in the past, so there’s all sorts of weird scenarios here,” that are pretty much out of the norm. “What has happened to these people and this is this one we just took in that the guy was killed.” “Let’s give it a shot.” “What would you do?” “If you have any ideas let me know.” I was pretty confident in saying I was more than willing to go to this press conference, which was going to be a public news conference. I knew that was the key. I was prepared to get the questions out and it was really just to get that out to my community and to try to be more honest about what I did.
When I got to the press conference on the lawn of the Capitol, I was already there. Several people arrived, including two journalists and a dozen people who were not journalists. There were people of all ages and ethnicities. It was like a little community where everyone came together. They knew each other because they worked together. Everyone had something to say to the story. The first person that stood up was Senator John McCain of Arizona. He was all friendly, joking and laughing at the same time. “Oh, good to see you again,” he said to the women and kids and everyone. But not everyone was amused. The main audience was mostly older and conservative Republicans. Senator Ted Cruz of Texas and Marco Rubio of Florida looked on, having no time to participate. I asked Senator Feinstein, the Democratic leader, why she was standing. Her jaw dropped. She couldn’t believe that I had