Wednesday, December 28, 2005

Free Jack Idema Blogburst

Although we're getting a little now, Christmas in Britain passed without so much as a dusting of snow. Not so in Afghanistan, as we can see from this photograph, taken from inside the Pulacharke prison compound. The mountains, in particular, give a nice, Christmassy feel to the scene, as do the three or four inches of white stuff covering the ground.

In fact, the only things that really spoil this vista are the watchtowers, the prison bars and the knowledge that, behind them, are three American patriots -- Special Forces soldier Jack Idema, his right-hand man, Brent Bennet, and journalist Ed Caraballo.

Jack, Brent and Ed were originally sentenced to a decade in prison after a chaotic show trail in September 2004. Their judges were members of the Taliban regime who'd crept back into the new Afghan government.

More worrying, perhaps, the bearded crazies were assisted by groups within the FBI and U.S. State Department, who disappeared evidence and collaborated with the men who tortured Jack, Brent and Ed. Since the trail, there have been numerous assassination attempts mounted against Idema and his men by the Taliban and al-Qaeda scumbags they are being held with.

Most disturbing of all, however, is the fact that all three men were declared innocent after a retrial almost exactly a year ago. Now, granted, there are bound to be some differences between our legal systems and the one in Afghanistan, but we're pretty sure one thing they do have in common is the notion that locking up completely innocent people isn't acceptable ...

... So why are Jack and his men still incarcerated? For answers, we need to look at the way the War On Terror is actually playing out in Afghanistan, and to understand the extent to which many of the players in the FBI and U.S. State Department have edged away from killing and capturing Islamofascists, and back toward policies of appeasement and (false) stability. This has meant, at least for the State Department and the Karzai government, that men like Jack Idema became something of an inconvenience, hunting, arresting and killing the very terrorists they were foolishly attempting to broker deals with. In an effort to push their flawed agendas, then, sections of the U.S. government have seen to it that Idema and his men stay behind bars.

In essence, this means that Jack Idema is a political prisoner, who, bizarrely, is being held by America in order to prevent him hunting down and killing the very people who masterminded 9/11.

And, yes, you really do need to read that, last sentence over several times in order for its full implications to sink in. Four years after that terrible, September day, instead of bringing the sword of justice to the bearded crazies responsible for 3000 murders, we're bringing injustice to the men whose mission it is to hunt down the bin Ladens of this world and make them pay for what they did.

And, make no mistake, this is exactly what Jack Idema intends to do. Here he is, in an interview he gave a couple of months ago, laying down the principles upon which the WOT should be fought:

Americans now are saying let's have this peace and appeasement and all of this -- listen. Remember about this? People forget about the fact that people were diving out windows on 9/11 to avoid being burned to death. This is a war. War is a war of attrition -- that means you kill the enemy. You don't make peace with them, you don't make nice with them, you don't take 'em in for a steak dinner- you kill 'em. And believe me–these people deserve to die. They are the worst terrorists on the face of the earth. Look what they did on 9/11 and that is only one small part of what they want to do to us.


[You can hear the whole thing here.]

In the meantime, and while the head-hackers tuck into those steak dinners courtesy of the State Department, Jack Idema and his men are subjected to the petty malice of U.S. Consul Adrienne Harchick. Adrienne (or 'Addie' to the friends she doesn't deserve to have) has denied Jack and his men access to clean drinking water, refused to allow them to send hand-made gifts to their families back home, and even went so far as to seize 21 Christmas packages sent to Jack, Brent and Ed via regular Afghan post. Adrienne's lame excuse for this, last, piece of spite was that Christmas gifts 'violate the Muslim religion'. (This, even though Jack's many Muslim friends in the Northern Alliance have offered to deliver the presents to him themselves.)

But. This intolerable situation might, finally, be coming to an end. Last week, the Northern Alliance-backed Yunis Qanooni took the reigns of power in the Afghan Parliament, and, unlike the appeasing weasel Karzai, intends to prosecute the war against terrorists hard. We must also hope that Qanooni resolves to release Jack and his men so they can help in this endeavour.

Because here's the thing: someone like Jack Idema is doing no good looking at the Afghan mountains through the bars of a prison cell. He needs to be in those mountains, finishing the fight al-Qaeda started with us back in September, 2001.



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9 comments:

Andrew Field said...

Really, DK, don't let yourself be a mouthpiece for such a scandalously one-sided piece of trash.

A brief scan of Wikipedia gives more than a hint that this gentleman is by no means the flag-waving all-american hero he appears to be.

"During the 1990s, Idema owned and operated a paintball supply store in Fayetteville, which gradually merged with a paramilitary equipment store. In January 1994, Idema was arrested and charged with 58 counts of wire fraud, as well as conspiracy and impersonation of an officer; these charges were mainly related to fund-raising activities for his store. He afterwards spent an unknown length of time in the federal penitentiary."

or how about,

"However, it is precisely because of his high profile and openness with the media that it is unlikely that Idema was officially connected with any branch of the military; covert operatives go to great lengths to avoid public appearances and media contacts. It is more likely, though, that Idema was operating in Afghanistan via independent financial backing, seeking the $25 million USD bounty posted on bin Laden."

And as for the claim that "Jack, Brent and Ed were originally sentenced to a decade in prison after a chaotic show trail in September 2004"... what information is there to prove this was a 'show trial'?

And what was the trial for? I see that is missed out in the catcalls of 'sham' - "Idema, Edward Caraballo and Brent Bennett were charged with torture, kidnapping and running a private jail."

Now, once again - you know I'm not claiming Wikipedia as the sole purveyor of objective fact. All I'm asking for is a little less of the 'bearded crazies' and 'american patriots' language thats straight out of any mediocre John Wayne number.

We, the people who enjoy reading what you have to say, deserve better; and you, the man who does the writing, is capable of more.

Anonymous said...

oh c'mon tricky dick, I would say that Wikipedia isn't by any stretch of the imagination the go-to-source of all truth telling. bwahahahaha! It's hilarious that someone would quote from Wikipedia and use that as the only evidence that Jack deserves to stay in prison. You conveniently forgot to mention that it was a trial conducted by the TALIBAN, there was a new trial, and they were completely exonerated and declared innocent one full year ago.

Just a few glances at pages such as these refute any juvenile notion that this man is anything less than an incredible former special forces soldier, and Green Beret of the highest calibre!

how about this one.

Or perhaps this

And if that's not enough, how about his long history with the SAS and pictures of him with Paddy Baker?

Surely he didn't fool Paddy Baker into trusting Idema with his life in the photograph where Idema's pictured connecting him to the Stabo Extraction Harness. After all...Idema designed it.

This is one of the most devastating miscarriages of justice of our time--where people are willing to defend the rights of terrorists such as this guy, but not defend an American citizen who was pursuing the terrorists and hunting Bin Laden as our president said our nation was committed to doing.

Where are the scars on the hands of the hooded terrorist from the alleged electrical burns he accused the Americans of giving him? Instead, the truth comes out in Die Presse in Germany. Haj Ali al Qaisi (the famous hooded terrorist from Abu Ghraib) lives in Jordan and heads a group called the “Organization of Victims of US Occupation Prisons.” He claims to to have nightmares and panic attacks, and claims that his hand still hurts from the “torture” that the photo illustrates. boo-hoo for him! Cry me a river.

Die Presse quotes an Iraqi named Ali al Zahid, currently living in Vienna and Munich, who says “Haj Ali was a secret service henchman. During his time as local governor, 38 persons were executed. Another 17 are still missing.” Al Zahid claims that he and his entire family were maltreated for several months in one of Saddam’s prisons.

According to Die Presse, al Zahid cites the case of a 17-year-old from al-Madifai, who was murdered by the regime in 1998. Al Zayid us quoted as stating, “I spoke with the victim’s mother. She told me that her son had been taken away by Haj Ali and secret service agents. Twenty-eight days after the arrest, Haj Ali personally dropped off the 17-year-old’s blood-soaked shirt with the words, ‘He cried like a girl.’ “

Depicting Idema as a criminal and defending a horrible, CRUEL, HEARTLESS terrorist like Haj Ali certainly gives a person pause.

In the words of Eric Campbell at ABC Australia...

In war zones, particularly Afghanistan, the people you deal with and from whom you glean information are very often mass murderers, rapists, thieves and charlatans who also happen to generals, ministers and governors. On that scale, dealing with someone convicted of business fraud in the US eight years earlier was not something to be unduly shocked by.

And if you could prove to me that Idema did anything like Haj Ali did- in his long career with the military in any of the countries where he's trained foreign armies, I'd like to know about it. Then you WOULD be coming up with something.

Until then, why don't you take a good look at those links and the vast amount of information located there.

(And that doesn't even begin to address what I've got over at my place in terms of testimonials of special forces operatives who are active in Afghanistan, Iraq and Kuwait who have known the guy for years and vouch for him.)

Devil's Kitchen said...

TJ,

I have been following the blogburst for few weeks now, and the reason that I allowed Rottie Pup to cross-post is that I believe that there may be something in the story.

You will note that I did not write this, Rottie did. There is only so long that I can write about the same old things, and the purpose of inviting Rottie, Bookdrunk and The G-Gnome onto this blog was to get an occasional cross-section of opinion.

Believe me, if I feel that what is being pursued is inaccurate or wrong, then I shall withdraw my support for the blogburst. In the meantime, I would be far happier if this matter was properly investigated by someone other than the Afghan justice system. Apart from anything else, if a major appeasement were not going on, why would the US not insist that Idema was tried in his own country as international law allows?

DK

Rottweiler Puppy said...

"Really, DK, don't let yourself be a mouthpiece for such a scandalously one-sided piece of trash."

Hey, DK, dontcha just feel like a right moron NOW? Why, it's a good thing there's nice moonbats like tinyjudas around to put you straight.

"A brief scan of Wikipedia gives more than a hint that this gentleman is by no means the flag-waving all-american hero he appears to be."

Well, Idema got his Green Beret age eighteen, completed Special Forces training a year later, and the Green Beret equivalent of the Navy SEAL course at age twenty. He became a Special Forces instructor at age 25. He taught counter-terrorism courses to special forces all over the world, including hostage-rescue and close-quarter battle to the SAS. Paddy Baker (heard of him? No. No reason you would have done -- He's a soldier, and to the best of my knowledge never had fabulously blonde hair or attended art school) described Idema as the 'finest Green Beret he'd ever met'. Now, granted, Jack Idema's probably never bared his soul in blank verse, but in the 1990's he did produce the first hard-evidence (before a Congressional hearing) that former Soviet nukes were being sold on the black market. Having retired from active service, two weeks after 9/11, Idema was back on the duty roster, teaching the Northern Alliance how to take out Taliban scumbags with rocket launchers. (You remember that time, don't you tj? It was the one-month period between your copy of the Guardian telling you Afghanistan was the next Vietnam and when the BBC's John Simpson liberated Kabul.)

"During the 1990s, Idema owned and operated a paintball supply store in Fayetteville, which gradually merged with a paramilitary equipment store. In January 1994, Idema was arrested and charged with 58 counts of wire fraud, as well as conspiracy and impersonation of an officer; these charges were mainly related to fund-raising activities for his store. He afterwards spent an unknown length of time in the federal penitentiary."

It was four years. The wire fraud stuff is complex. Go here for a full explanation: http://caosblog.com/2521 ... Though just why a conviction for white collar crime (even if you choose to overlook the fact that Idema later sued the government over his conviction and they settled out of court) should have any bearing on his ability to capture and kill Islamofascists is anyone's guess. Over here in the real world (that's the place with people who pay taxes to keep the art schools running), we don't expect our soldiers to be perfect, just deadly.

"or how about,
"However, it is precisely because of his high profile and openness with the media that it is unlikely that Idema was officially connected with any branch of the military; covert operatives go to great lengths to avoid public appearances and media contacts."

Who said Jack Idema was involved in a covert operation? He was working openly for the Northern Alliance hunting terrorists.

"It is more likely, though, that Idema was operating in Afghanistan via independent financial backing, seeking the $25 million USD bounty posted on bin Laden.""

No. Idema was working for the Northern Alliance at the behest of the U.S. Government. Maybe over in moonbatville it's considered acceptable to mutter darkly about 'independent financial backing', but over here we generally consider it useful to have at least some hard evidence before making outrageous claims like that. (And, yes, that also applies if you're doing it by proxy.)

"And as for the claim that "Jack, Brent and Ed were originally sentenced to a decade in prison after a chaotic show trail in September 2004"... what information is there to prove this was a 'show trial'?"

Well, even the BBC weren't impressed with goings on, and bearing in mind how far backwards they'll bend over to appease any lunatic in a beard ranting about Jihad, that ought to at least place some doubts in your mind:
http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/south_asia/3660962.stm

"And what was the trial for? I see that is missed out in the catcalls of 'sham' - "Idema, Edward Caraballo and Brent Bennett were charged with torture, kidnapping and running a private jail.""

... Yet absolutely no evidence was produced to support any of these claims. Indeed, some 'witnesses' at the original trial talked about seeing Islamofascists caged in the basement of Idema's house -- One problem. There was no basement in the building. See, this sort of thing (along with Idema being able to prove that the ex-judge he'd arrested (the 'kidnapping' charge) was, in fact, holding meetings with top figures in al-Q resulted in the convictions being overturned ... All of which you'd know if you'd actually bothered to click on any of the links in the original post. Though, obviously, being a leftist, you expect someone else to do all the work for you. That way, you have more time for the important stuff. Like poetry.

"Now, once again - you know I'm not claiming Wikipedia as the sole purveyor of objective fact. All I'm asking for is a little less of the 'bearded crazies' and 'american patriots' language thats straight out of any mediocre John Wayne number."

Well, tj, I think that people who get their jollies sawing off human heads and self-detonating are, indeed, crazies. Likewise, I tend to regard the men and women who stand in harm's way to stop them as patriotic. Funny, that.

"We, the people who enjoy reading what you have to say, deserve better; and you, the man who does the writing, is capable of more."

Oh dear. What a little creep you are, tj. In future, if you want to pick a fight, pick one with me. Don't go whining to DK -- He's a grownup (when you start paying tax, you'll figure out what that means), and if he didn't like my stuff, he wouldn't have invited me to post here.

Anonymous said...

Bravo!

Anonymous said...

TJ, your whole rant seems to be against the facts. You use a source that is written by little twits who have as much knowledge of history as the Clinton revisionists.

The idea that Jack is not the real deal becuase of some legal trouble (which was addressed by RP) is ridiculous. You moonbats still worship the ground that Bill Clinton walks on even though he had real legal problems. The point is, anyone can be in trouble with the law and still be a good person. So to make an argument like that is short-sighted and quite stupid.

Now, when little moonbat trolls come around, the rest of us have to spend a great deal of time reading information for them and telling them what it means. It would be helpful if you would sit down and read a few things (Cao has tons of good stuff as do the SuperPatriots) and then form a cogent argument. I realize it is tough clicking the mouse when you have one hand on a paint brush and the other holding your NEA stipend for starving artists, but please try to focus.

Turn off Al Franken and quit visiting Kos and FOCUS. I am sure that even you can succeed if you try.

Limp wristed pansies should not pick fights with anyone, especially dogs. Pretty soon you end up getting bitten in the arse....

Andrew Field said...

Well, lets clarify a few things.

First off, I must make a flat out appology. Too used to everything on DK's site being posted by him, I failed to note that this was Rottie's post. As I was in the process of heading back up to Edinburgh post-christmas I was only scanning briefly, hence also the reason why I only nipped over to Wikipedia (and also the BBC) to check some facts (I know terrible of me, christ imagine quite how you'd all be shitting yourselves if I'd dare quote the Guardian). So, as I said, sorry to the pair of you. If I had checked the post would have been directed to Rottie.

Secondly, I know it must be in paroxisms of self-satisfaction to throw together some pithy sentance about art-schools and paintbrushes, and you can sit back in your chair and look at how clever you've been and maybe touch yourself a bit, but really... is it necessary?

I enjoy reading DK. Rottie, I enjoy perusing what you have to say as well. I enjoy it precisely because I disagree with such a lot, and it prompts me to seek more information. Given more time I will peruse what Superpatriots et al. have to say.

Is it then, so necessary to leap into boring and predicatable sideswipes?

Rottweiler Puppy said...

Well, then. Never let it be said that I'm anything other than a *polite* ravening attack-dog of the VRWC.

Sideswipes: No. It isn't usually necessary to engage in them, and (as you'd know if you ever read a comment section over at RP), I almost never attack commenters first. However. I assumed (and, to be fair, I had no reason not to) that you'd acknowledged the post was one of mine, and were alternately sucking up to DK and attacking me. Hence, your opening-line:

"Really, DK, don't let yourself be a mouthpiece for such a scandalously one-sided piece of trash."

takes on a rather different meaning, don't you agree?

But, look. Let's let bygones be bygones. Anyone who's decent enough to make an apology goes up several thousand miles in my estimations. Indeed, you go up so far that I'll even offer one of my own: Sorry, tj, that I took sideswipes at your hair, poetry, lifestyle, etc. (DISCLAIMER: objectionable and offensive to all decent people though these may be.)

Um ... Anyway. I think we understand each other now, yes?

then let's move on to Jack Idema.

As I see it, he is, indeed, an all-American hero. As you see it, perhaps, he's a mouthy, hyper-violent twat who really ought to be forced to take inclusiveness-training. Well, fine. I don't expect the two of us to agree on very much of anything, let alone the role of the military in the WOT. But. One of the things I've often said about the Idema case is that the very leftists who complain most bitterly about splashed-Korans, waterboarding, Harry Potter readings and G.I. Jane lap-dances, have been totally silent about Idema, who has suffered the kind of real (or, as you'd probably say, real-er) torture described here http://caosblog.com/2538:

During the following days and nights Idema was tortured with boiling water, starvation, threats of death, and assault with various implements (such as wire cables and rubber whips), resulting in broken ribs, a separated sternum, torn rotator cuffs, hemorrhaged eyes, multiple concussions, lacerations, contusions, and bruises. Although the U.S. Embassy later had medical reports indicating the extent of the torture, Sandra Ingram, Assistant U.S. Consul DOS Kabul, ordered the reports rewritten to tone down the extent of the injuries.

Now that's not right, by either your standards or whatever you think of mine.

Why, then, aren't the usual suspects on the left kicking up a fuss about this? Answer: because Idema's a U.S. soldier, and, therefore, uninteresting to L3.

Ordinarily, I wouldn't mention any of this ... Only, since you use the 'a'-word, I'm thinking that maybe, just maybe, you belong to one of that rarest of breeds -- A leftist who actually means it when he spouts off about opposing torture and the violation of human rights.

Andrew Field said...

I'd have to say you are absolutely spot on.

We are not, I think, going to agree on Jack Idema pre-incarceration (mouthy ultra-violent twat sums it up nicely I think, as does bearded crazy...) but as you said that comes down solely to subjective opinion and no amount of fact throwing is going to convince either of us of anything else.

But as you rightly said if I want to hold to any real ideals of liberalism then regardless of who you are you deserve fair treatment. In other words, you deserve more than being tortured with boiling fucking hot water.

And I think you have hit upon a very solid criticism of the left, that kind of selective memory/blinkered view that shouts from the rooftops over the killing of Tookie Williams while sitting back smugly while others who don't necessarily share your outlook suffer gross injustice. DK has often called me (and others) up before about damning injustice in the US when much graver crimes are seemingly accepted elsewhere by some repusive cry to cultural relativism.

I think my conclusion would be that in the frankly shambolic state the world is in right now there is enough injustice for everyone and that tearing down someone's character while he rots in some hell hole prison is not likely to achieve anything.

However I still believe that setting him up as some kind of archetype of the american patriot is slightly problematic. And that is what I objected to in the piece.

And your reply is much appreciated, and indeed I can see how the suggestion that you were a 'one sided piece of trash' might rub you up the wrong way. As I said, this was in no way intended.

And on one final note... actually, as a student of history and Literature, I'm pretty sure that DK wields a paintbrush (albeit an electronic one) far more often than I do... and doesn't he do it well.

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