Thursday, May 25, 2006

Free Jack Idema Blogburst 24/5/06

I am currently reading the latest installment in the excellent Flashman series, Flashman On The March, which deals with the Abyssinian War, when the British mounted a seemingly doomed expedition against "Emperor" Theodore who had taken several diplomats captive. In the foreword George Macdonald Fraser writes the following:
For Flashman's story is about a British army sent out in a good and honest cause by a government who knew what honour meant. It was not sent without initial follies and hesitations in high places, or until every hope of peaceful issue was gone. It went with the fear of disaster hanging over it, but with the British public in no doubt that it was right. It served no politician's vanity or interest. It went without messianic rhetoric. There were no false excuses, no deceits, no cover-ups or lies, just a decent resolve to do a government's first duty: to protect its people, whatever the cost.

I would say that Thatcher's intervention in the Falklands was a expedition undertaken in a similar style—the Falkland islanders certainly thought that it was right—but it is the stark contrast of the above motivations with the way that the US authorities have treated Jack Idema, Brent Bennett and Ed Caraballo that I really wanted to highlight. Whether they were in Afganistan with or without the US's blessing, whether they were operating as part of the army or as the freelancers that many allege them to be; these things are irrelevent. The government should protect its people and, whichever way you cut it, the US government has signally failed in that duty.

Anyway, apologies, but I am a day late with this blogburst, so let's get on with it.

Ed Caraballo, who Peter Bergen named a ‘blameless journalists’ in this case, was released at the end of April, but today, Jack Idema and Brent Bennett are still at Pulacharke struggling to survive.

Jack Idema and Brent Bennett refused the offer of “amnesty” that was given them; “amnesty” that is given to terrorists for such crimes as rape and murder. “Amnesty” is something that Jack and Brent would never consider accepting, because they committed no crime.

They were declared innocent in front of Parliament last weekend; which is big news. Yet not a word from the international press, which continues to maintain Jack had a ‘private prison’ and ‘tortured innocent Afghans’. Interestingly, some of the original reports that came out claiming that his victims were held upside down in the basement of the house (there was no basement) have been modified, as some of these lies were so patently false they could be easily dismissed as propaganda:
Actually, Cao, you might be the first person to be able to wade through the bullshit and publish the facts. They were terrorists, they got caught, Idema caught them, and then they lied. Like, here’s a good one: the terrorists were supposed to be hanging upside down in a basement. Problem was there was no basement in the house, I know, I sent a team there to photograph it. Nor has ONE piece of evidence ever been shown against them- Just anonymous sources who have all either dissapeared or been identified, and now fired.

Good job, keep it up, and never let them see you sweat.

Comment by Command Sergeant Major Donald

There was a time that the American government would do something about Americans who would find themselves in an uncomfortable position in another country with no help. Tragically, it seems as though that time has passed, and the people the courts are favoring are the terrorists who want to destroy us and our way of life. Where is the outrage the American people should be displaying on behalf of these Americans?? Is it because this story doesn’t touch their comfortable lives? It would seem so.
Now, Jack and Brent have only the Afghans to rely upon for their safety; the American government, the Embassy and journalists seem determined to keep them there, in spite of the Afghans’ desire to release them.

Ellen Barker reported that in somewhat of a disingenuous manner.

According Kim Barker of the Chicago Tribune, the biggest challenge isn’t the Taliban or Al Qaeda who are imprisoned at Pulacharke; instead the biggest challenge the Afghans face is the three Americans.

That’s a pretty ridiculous statement, wouldn’t you say? Al Qaeda isn’t the challenge, no, even the Taliban aren’t a challenge–no, the challenge for the Afghans at Pulacharke is the three Americans!

As I see it, the challenge for the Afghans is to get the American government to listen to their calls for the Americans’ release. The Afghans themselves want to release these men; yet the American government and journalists are completely silent on this fact…and when they DO recognize it, they do it with the usual spin about how these men are ‘criminals’ ‘bounty hunters’ and ‘rogues’.

But a closer look at this case brings a more frightening picture into focus.

There is a chance that the FBI will attempt to bring some sort of charges against them upon their return to the United States to save face and prevent Idema and his men from giving testimony before closed-door Senate Hearings.

So what can we do? Well, anyone reading this with their own blog can sign up for the weekly Free Jack Idema Blogburst by emailing Cao or Rottweiler Puppy for details. I'd urge everyone to do this, as we're still terribly short on takers. If you want to know more about the story, Cao's Blog has a large section devoted to Jack Idema. There's also a timeline here, and, of course, a huge amount of information is available over at SuperPatriots, without whose work none of us would have learned about Jack's story.

You can also contact the following people and make your feelings known:

Secret US EMBASSY Fax: ˆ 301-560-5729 (Local US Fax: Goes RIGHT TO Ambassador)
c/o US Ambassador Ronald Neuman
6180 Kabul Place
Dulles, VA 20189-6180

US Consul Russell Brown ˆ 011-93-70201908 (Fired)

US Consul Addie Harchik- 011-93-70201908 (denied them water and mail at Thanksgiving)

US Embassy Translator Wahid ˆ new ˆ 011-93-70201902

US Embassy Translator Bashir Mommanˆ 011-93-70201923

US Consul (friend of Jack's Now fired) Dawn Schrepelˆ 011-93-70201908

Embassy of Afghanistan (Good guys, Northern Alliance)
2341 Wyoming Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20008
Ph: 202-483-6410, Fax: no. 202-483-6488

Ambassador Massoud Khalili (wounded with Massoud)
Islamic State of Afghanistan
Embassy of Afghanistan
New Delhi, India

H.E. Said Tayeb JAWAD (Afghan Ambassador- powerful in US)
Embassy of Afghanistan in Washington
2341 Wyoming Avenue, N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20008
Tel: (+1-202) 483 6414
Fax: (+1-202) 483 9523

Mr. Jahed Hamrah, Consul General (pro-Taliban)
CONSULATE GENERAL OF
AFGHANISTAN IN NEW YORK
360 Lexington Avenue,
11th Floor New York,
New, York, NY 10017
Tel.: (+1-212) 972 2276 or 972 2277
Fax: (+1-212) 972 9046

Honorable Donald H. Rumsfeld
Secretary of Defense
1000 Defense Pentagon ˆ Room # 3E880
Washington, DC 20301-1000
Ph: (703) 692-7100
Fax: (703) 697-9080

Lt General William Boykin
Deputy Undersecretary
of Defense for Intelligence
1800 Defense Pentagon ˆ Room # 3E836
Washington, DC 20301
Ph: (703) 697-0170
Private Fax: (703) 697-9080

Stephen Cambone
Principle Deputy Secretary for Intelligence
1800 Defense Pentagon ˆ Room # 3E
Washington, DC 20310-0100

General Peter J. Shoomaker
Chief of Staff, Department of the Army
200 Army Pentagon ˆ Room # 3E528
Washington, DC 20310-0200
Ph: (703) 695-2077 / Fax: (703) 614-5268

The Honorable John D. Negroponte
Director National Intelligence
New Executive Office Building
725 17th Street, N.W., Room 4203
Washington, DC 20503

The Committee
On Homeland Security
U.S. House of Representatives
Washington, DC 20515

Chairman Peter Hoekstra
Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence
H-405, U.S. Capitol
Washington, DC 20515-6415;
Office: (202) 225-4121 / Fax: (202) 225-1991
Toll Free: (877) 858-9040

M. Cherif BASSIOUNI
Independent Expert of the Commission on Human Rights
On the Situation of Human Rights in Afghanistan
Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
UNOG-OHCHR
CH-1211 Geneva 10
Ph: +41(0)22 917 97 27 Fax: +41(0)22 917 90 18
Email

Senator Steven Saland (Jack's Rep and Neighbor)
9 Jonathan Lane
Poughkeepsie, NY 12603

Senator Elizabeth Dole (Jack's Rep)
United States Senate
310 New Bern Avenue, Suite 122
Raleigh, NC 27601
Ph: 919.856.4630
Fax: 919.856.4053

Senator Elizabeth Dole (Jack's Rep)
United States Senate
555 Dirksen Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
Ph: 202.224.6342
Fax: 202.224.1100

Senator Richard Burr (of Interest)
United States Senate
217 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
Phone: (202) 224-3154 / Fax: (202) 228-2981

Senator Bill Nelson (in the fight on Jack's Side)
United States Senate
Hart Senate Office Building
Room 716
Washington, DC 20510
Phone: 202-224-5274 / Fax: 202-228-2183
FL Fax 407-872-7165

Senator Dianne Feinstein (Bennett's Representative)
United States Senate
Hart Office Building, Room 331
Washington, D.C. 20510
(202) 224-3841

Representative Mike McIntyre (Jack's Representative)
United States Congress
2437 Rayburn House Office Building
Washington, DC 20515
Phone: (202) 225-2731 / Fax (202) 225-5773

Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (reference Captain Bennett- CA citizen)
State Capitol Building
Sacramento, CA 95814
Phone: 916-445-2841 / Fax: 916-445-4633

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