Free Jack Idema Blogburst
(via Cao's Blog)
Jack and his men were charged with:
“Entering the Country Illegally”
“Making an illegal Arrest without a Warrant”
“Detaining prisoners in a private Facility”
Did anyone notice that? Compare the REAL charges with what the MSM was saying. Wow…I just did a google search for “News” and put in the search terms “Jack Idema” and NOTHING CAME UP. Suffice is to say if I could bring up some articles about Jack (which have mysteriously disappeared in the google news area), I would be quoting articles that portray him as an insane, sadistic, renegade ex-Green Beret who led his own private army inside Afghanistan rounding up innocent Afghans and beating them and hanging them upside down in his own private jail in Kabul. Ok, all I really need to do is go over to Kathryn Cramer’s leftist equivalent of the National Enquirer…but no thanks.
So all the articles which the science fiction freaks have spun, and the MSM has promulgated, and the blogs have re-printed about Jack being a “rogue” and a “bounty hunter” and being ‘convicted of “torturing innocent afghans”, “hanging them upside down in the basement” of their ‘private prison’ is a bunch of unmitigated propaganda and smear.
On the first count of “Entering the Country Illegally”: Jack and his men were declared “not guilty” of this charge in the trial de novo, when the video of Jack was played in court showing him being greeted by top Afghan officials including the Chief of the National Police and Karzai’s brother, and filling out forms at the VIP/Diplomat gate at the Kabul airport.
On the second count of “Making an Illegal Arrest without a Warrant”, the Director of the Afghan National Security Council approved those arrests and sent an NSC detachment with Jack and his men to help secure the arrests.
On the third count of “detaining prisoners in a private facility”, this one makes me laugh out loud. There were over 40 safehouses like the one Jack had all over Kabul, where terrorists were being questioned before they were handed over to Bagram AFB. What happened to all the rest? This charge was also dismissed by the Appeals Court, because the evidence showed it was an official office and not a private facility.
The MSM, in fact, knew the information they were putting out on this case was flagrant and blatant lies; yet they continued to perpetrate the fraud. There were many reasons for this; the Abu Ghraib incident had the American government, the DOD, the DOJ and all the rest, trying desperately to do ‘damage control’. Sadly, the horrifying result of this was leaving Jack Idema and Brent Bennett completely hung out to dry, with no American government support, left to face the completely false and fabricated charges of ‘torture and abuse’ which didn’t even remotely resemble the original charges.
This is absolutely disgraceful; because in the light of day, the truth of what happened in the case of Jack Idema, Brent Bennett and Ed Caraballo in Afghanistan is that they captured terrorists who were plotting to murder Yanus Qanooni and several other big wigs in the Northern Alliance; our former allies in the 2001-2002 war, in much the same way as they killed Massoud.
I suppose where the outrage came from, and why this became such a big issue in Afghanistan, was that Jack’s efforts after capturing Ghulumsaki off the bus and questioning him, turned up an entire terrorist cell which included a Supreme Court Judge, Judge Sidiq. In the trial de novo, pictures were shown of Judge Sidiq meeting with one of the world’s top terrorists, Gulbideen Hekmatyar, along with one of Sidiq’s brothers, Malikyar, the original terrorist Task Force Saber/7 was hunting.
Hekmatyar is best remembered for his bloody siege on Kabul and killing more than 20,000 civilians, women, and children with Russian Katucha rockets and tank shells. According to Peter Bergen, one of the world’s foremost authorities on terrorists, and author of HOLY WAR, INC based on his meeting with Osama bin Laden, Hekmatyar is an “ultra-Islamic Taliban” who once “slaughtered 36 men under the Command of Ahmad Shah Massoud… in July 1989,” and later killed “thousands of civilians in Kabul…” from 1992 onward (quoted from page 76, Holy War, Inc., by Peter Bergen).
Let’s go back to what actually occurred back in 2004 before their arrest. Jack and his men first captured first Ghulamsaki, the terrorist the FBI knew about, and subsequently captured 95% of the entire al-Qaida and Hezb-i-Islami terrorist operation cell behind the murderous terrorist plan. In four different operations and raids, they captured terrorists, explosives, detonators, and vehicles that were to be used in the terrorist plot.
This plot involved the assassination of the Afghan President, Minister of Defense, Minister of Education, two ambassadors, and the leaders of Massoud’s Jamiat Party. Had any of them been successful it would have resulted in certain civil war and the deaths of untold Afghan and American lives.
Jack and his men, a full two years later, now find themselves imprisoned with Al Qaeda and Taliban terrorists at a horrible place; the infamous Pulacharke prison, while the terrorists who were detained, have been set free.
These terrorists, who were working directly for Osama bin Laden and Gulbideen Hekmatyar, both on America’s Most Wanted list at the time, claimed they were tortured and abused; and claimed Jack and his men smashed their heads in bloody bags, cut off fingers, poured boiling water on them, hung them upside down and dipped them in boiling water, repeatedly burned them with cigarettes, beat them day and night, and refused to feed them.
Yet when the Afghan intelligence agency took custody of them, and two American FBI agents interviewed them, only a few days after all this supposed “heinous torture” occurred, only one of the terrorists had any mark or injury whatsoever; Serajan’s “torture” wounds amounted to two small cuts on the front of both his ankles. These incredibly minor abrasions were self-inflicted when Serajan attempted to break the plastic flex-cuffs securing his feet during the transport from the terrorists safe-house rented for him with money directly from Osama bin Laden, and later while he was sitting alone in an interrogation room.
Almost all of this was confirmed by the two FBI agents who interviewed Jack, his men, and the terrorists. But even stranger is the fact that this particular FBI is now “classified”.
But to bring this home to Americans, think about this: Four fuel tankers driving into Bagram Air Base (fuel tankers are constantly daily arriving at Bagram) laden with gas and explosives as they passed through the gates. The explosives would never be discovered as the terrorists were using a combination of plastic explosives and incendiary explosives which American bomb dogs could not detect.
The result would have been flaming bodies of hundreds of American soldiers in a scene that would have dwarfed the Beirut Marine barracks bombing and brought back the vision of burning victims plunging to their deaths on 9/11.
President Bush said, in September 2001, that all Americans were now soldiers, in the war on terror. He called upon each of us to do whatever we could to stop terror and save American lives. Jack and his men have done that, and at considerable personal sacrifice; something which a Kathryn Cramer has absolutely no sympathy for.
Together with a few brave Americans and Afghan soldiers who fought with Jack during the liberation of Afghanistan, Jack and his men stopped the terror attacks before they occurred. That is something Americans have wanted for years. Pre-emptive action before innocent lives are lost that produced RESULTS, not FBI forensic investigations after the attack.
In doing so they proved what Thomas Kean [Chairman] of the 9/11 Commission said, “it takes most importantly imagination to interdict terrorists and their plots.”
Although they saved the lives of hundreds of Americans, and according to the brother of Afghan Minister Yunis Qanooni, “millions of Afghans in what would have been a bloody civil war,” throughout the activities of their group, code-named Task Force Saber/7, they were in constant communication with the Pentagon, and had repeatedly requested assistance and the transfer of prisoners to U.S. military custody.
They were constantly told by Pentagon officials that things were being put in place to “protect and support” them. They were constantly told that Task Force 180 and Task Force 176 (180’s successors) would contact them to arrange transferring custody of the terrorists. Had it not been for the July 4th holiday, they still believe this probably would have occurred prior to their arrest on July 6, 2004.
However, during that time, someone at TF180 put out false and fabricated “wanted posters” saying Jack was wanted by the FBI. The FBI claims that the poster was a fraud, but never arrested or even questioned the person that authored this bogus poster.
With both remote-controlled bomb factories located, and armed with the photos and locations of the lead terrorist running the terror plot for bin Laden and Hekmatyar, Jack and his men were then forced to deal with the problem of this poster and the information in it, instead of arresting the remaining terrorists.
During this time they were working closely with Afghan Interim Government officials at the highest levels, including, but not limited to; Yunis Qanooni and his brother Chief of Security; Generals Atta, Lodeen, Gulhaider, Wassiq, Dauod, Hazrat Ali all Corps Commanders, and others; Amniat intelligence officers, area police chiefs, and a prominent Afghan ambassador.
In one instance, where Afghan women had to be dealt with, they requested, and were provided with, a female national police detective to speak to the women. This was the only interaction we ever had with Afghan women, and Afghan law was followed to the letter.
Having to deal with the “wanted poster” situation, they sought the Pentagon’s counsel, which stated “it was an overzealous captain” and “we are trying to resolve it.” They then notified the Afghan ambassador who they were working with (he was also a target of the terrorists, and bin Laden’s al-Qaida had severely wounded him during the September 9th, 2001 suicide bombing that killed Commander Ahmad Shah Massoud). They also requested phone meetings with Amrullah, Chief of NDS, and with President Hamid Karzai. Both of these meetings were to be scheduled the day after their arrest. However, three days before their arrest, they met with Marshall Fahim, the Minister of Defense, briefing him on the entire operation, and requested three things; 1) a meeting with General Dauod (MOD intelligence Chief); 2) transfer to MOD custody of the terrorists– if the U.S. did not arrange transfer in 72 hours; and 3) assistance with Bagram Air Base.
Marshall Fahim was shown the poster and he asked if he could discuss it with Ambassador Khalilzad that next afternoon at the Friday July 4th celebration at the U.S. embassy. They agreed and left the poster with him.
On Saturday, and Sunday July 3-4, 2004, they repeatedly sent emails to the Pentagon and the U.S. Navy Captain Frank at the U.S. Embassy requesting assistance. Captain Frank, we were told, was to be our liaison at the Embassy. Prior to this we contacted the Canadian government, both at the embassy in Kabul and in Canada, where our U.S. office reached out for Canada’s JTF6. We began discussions with the Canadians because by this time they learned that two of the detained terrorists had organized and led the killing of Lance Corporal Jaime Murphy on January 27th, 2004, during which Murphy’s ISAF jeep had been attacked on Darlaman Road in Kabul by a suicide bomber.
They learned, however, from one of the terrorists that it had not been a suicide bombing. The bomb’s detonator had malfunctioned, setting off the explosion as the terrorist threw the explosive onto Murphy’s jeep.
Our interest was in confirming; 1) that the Canadians would take custody, and 2) that the Canadians would prosecute if they were given enough evidence.
Here is another example of a government’s failing in terms of supporting its soldiers.
Jack also discussed this with General Attiquallah Lodeen, 3rd Corps Commander in Logar, through his staff. General Lodeen was in Dubai at the time and they felt it was important to get his opinion because the same terrorists had engineered both prior attempts to blow up General Lodeen’s car. The map of one of the assassination attempts was found in one of the terrorist’s personal notebooks. General Lodeen’s son brought back the message that they could turn that particular terrorist over to the Canadians.
Unfortunately, the Canadian government did not feel like prosecuting Jaime Murphy’s killers was a top priority, and did not notify Jack and his men of this decision prior to their arrest.
Two questions will probably arise; first, How did they find the terrorists? Second, How did they get them to cooperate?
First, they had what western government agencies lack in Afghanistan and in regards to al-Qaida– HUMINT, or human intelligence. This is Jack’s specialty. He personally had sources from during the war that were still working with him but would not work with U.S. Agencies, because they knew that many of the interpreters at the embassy, Kabul Compound, and Bagram Air Base were compromised by the Taliban and al-Qaida. In fact, Jack’s intelligence was so good that they knew in advance that the first terrorist they captured would be carrying a Red Cross message from his brother, an al-Qaida operative currently in GITMO, Cuba. It was in his pocket when they captured him. U.S. intel and the FBI only dream of information that accurate.
Second, they knew so much about the terrorists before they captured them that during the interrogation it was easy to manipulate and trick them into believing they had already captured their Network and that their terrorist comrades were already cooperating. Jack kept them awake with 24 hours of non-stop questioning, played loud Rock and Roll music and offered to let them work for us if they would turn over on the others. All those who they questioned turned on each other. When one didn’t, we did not beat him, we simple confronted him with two that were cooperating and he quickly decided to join the same team.
Once they told them a little they gave them non-stop Miranda soda and restaurant kabob and promises of a new job working against terrorism.
In Jack’s own words:
The soldiers in Iraq that claim their abuse of prisoners was ordered by MI (Military Intelligence) are liars. You only have a few days at most to get actionable intelligence. Let a terrorist sit in a cell and you lose the initiative to find the others. Beat the terrorists and he admits to anything or nothing. Again you lose. Humiliate the terrorist and he hates you and feeds you lies.
The Afghan NDS (intelligence agency) and FBI, have the videotapes of the interrogations. These videos prove Jack and his men are completely innocent of the charges of torture. However, both agencies refused to allow their attorneys or anyone on Jack’s side to view the tapes or play them in court. These tapes prove that these terrorists were on the verge of assassinations and fire bombing Bagram Air Base with a plot that rivaled any terror attacks in recent history, and might have even approached the levels of terror reached on 9/11 had the fuel tankers reached the military housing areas at Bagram Air Base.
Four of Jack’s Team were declared innocent of all charges by the Afghan Second Court, which granted a trial de novo (a new trial) and three of Jack’s men were ordered to be released immediately by the Appeals Court after hearing evidence from Afghan government police officers and learning that the FBI was present during torture sessions and seized evidence in the case for the second time.
During the hearing, Sherzai Ahmadi, one of Idema’s men, testified that he was beaten and drugged by NDS agents and “foreigners” at which time he woke up with purple ink on his thumb, indicating he had signed a statement. Ahmadi told the Court that he thought it was a dream. Ahmadi says he was given three blue tablets, believed to be Valium, for his torture injuries, then rendered incapable of resisting his fingerprint on a false statement.
Major Ezmerai, Idema’s close protection officer, testified that he was electrocuted, and showed the court the electrical burns on his palms, which were still present five months later. Even after repeated electrocution, Major Ezmerai, a Ministry of Defence employee and 15 year veteran of the Panshir Army and Northern Alliance, refused to sign any statement against his American co-defendants. Idema claims that the torture of his men occurred in the presence of American FBI agents and with the knowledge of the “highest levels of the FBI in Washington.”
Members of Idema’s team, including Major Ezmerai Amin, a commissioned officer in the Afghan Ministry of Defence were ordered released, as was Sohail Shohabi, a translator, and Sherzai Ahmadi, a house worker.
Lieutenant Wahid Rasuli, who the group refers to as “Zorro,” and is also a Ministry of Defence employee, refused to be released without Idema and the rest of the team, requesting the judges allow him to stay in prison with the Jack Idema and the two other Americans until the trials were completed. Rasuli told the judges, “in this group there is only one thing I have learned above all else, leave no man behind. I request to stay.” The judges granted his request. The Release Order frees the other three men with time served, which was apparently drafted with the idea of preventing future litigation for false imprisonment.
Attorney John Tiffany, who represented Jack Idema, the team’s leader, said, “the first trial was a sham. No prosecution witness gave testimony under oath, no cross-examination or questions of any kind were allowed, no defense witnesses were allowed, there was no discovery, and poor often completely erroneous, sometimes non-existent translation of the trial. The three Americans barely knew what was happening, and neither did their lawyers.”
The first trial was held from August to September of 2004. In July their torture immediately commenced at Saderat extreme interrogation facility. These men were severely injured. Caraballo’s foot was like a football, he had been the victim of Falaqua. Idema had both shoulders torn out–(torn rotator cuffs), a broken sternum, detached retinas in both eyes, 5 broken ribs, etc. So–they needed enough time to go by in order for the injuries they’d sustained to heal. Of course, the Taliban didn’t wanted their injuries to be apparent to either the Red Cross or the media that was present. I don’t know why, the American Consul Sandra Ingram had made sure that the medical reports were rewritten to soften the reports.
The verdict from the taliban judges in the first trial was ‘guilty’ in September. 10 years for Idema and Bennett, 8 years for Ed Caraballo. In spite of the second trial exonerating them in the second trial, they are still being held at Pulacharke prison at the behest of the American government, and they are considered “political prisoners”.
They have repeatedly been declared innocent of all charges since December of 2004.
On February 11, 2005, M. Cherif BASSIOUNI, the Independent Expert of the Commission on Human Rights On the Situation of Human Rights in Afghanistan, issued an initial United Nations report on the Afghan court and justice system.
Drafted for the UN’s Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights, the report was called a scathing indictment by the Afghan news services. However, it is not new news, or unexpected news. Everyone knows the Afghan justice system is simply broken. Run by judges with no formal education in law, and administered by people without a high school education, former Taliban officials and al-Qaida linked terrorists, have made their way back into Karzai’s government in a variety of areas, most importantly the legal arena. As a result, terrorists are going free every day to kill again. In the past 12 months more than 900 al-Qaida and Taliban fighters captured in 2001 and 2002 who’s defeat was paid for with the blood of American Special Forces and Special Operations troops, have been released by former Taliban Karzai officials. This is old news.
What is new, is the United Nation’s blistering attack on one specific judge, Abdul Baset Bakhtyari. In fact, the report was so damning that Bakhtyari, who relishes publicity, called a Press Conference in Kabul to denounce the United Nations’ report. The “former” Taliban Judge has been specifically accused of ignoring the law, taking bribes from terrorists, and running the National Security Court as though it was still the era of the Taliban.
The UN Report also slammed the NDS (National Security Court) for directly engaging in and authorizing torture, refusing to allow access to prisoners by the UN, and running a house of horrors. Interestingly enough, NDS is run by an American citizen, who holds secret dual citizenship, and is funded by the American FBI, NOT the CIA. Through this secret court and the secret SADERAT interrogation facility, the FBI is able to “render” subjects. Rendering is the removal of a suspect from US custody to foreign custody where they can be tortured by proxies of an American agency. While the CIA and Special Forces recently have been accused of this, the evidence shows that “rendering” has only been done to high-level foreign al-Qaida threats deemed to be an immediate and serious threat to US security interests and with immediate potential to inflict casualties on US citizens through imminent acts of terror. On the other hand, the FBI has engaged in rendering, through the Afghan NDS, and with the assistance of US Citizen Hamid Karzai (he did not give up his US Citizenship when he assumed the elected presidency, and secretly remains a US citizen with a special waiver from the US State Department).
So what can we do? Well, anyone reading this with their own blog, and who believes the WoT still needs fighting, 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: – 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 – 011-93-70201908 (Fired)
US Consul Addie Harchik- 011-93-70201908 (denied them water and mail at Thanksgiving)
US Embassy Translator Wahid – new – 011-93-70201902
US Embassy Translator Bashir Momman– 011-93-70201923
US Consul (friend of Jack’s Now fired) Dawn Schrepel– 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 – Room # 3E880
Washington, DC 20301-1000
Ph: (703) 692-7100
Fax: (703) 697-9080
Lt General William Boykin
of Defense for Intelligence
1800 Defense Pentagon – Room # 3E836
Washington, DC 20301
Ph: (703) 697-0170
Private Fax: (703) 697-9080
Principle Deputy Secretary for Intelligence
1800 Defense Pentagon – Room # 3E
Washington, DC 20310-0100
General Peter J. Shoomaker
Chief of Staff, Department of the Army
200 Army Pentagon – 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
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
CH-1211 Geneva 10
Ph: +41(0)22 917 97 27 Fax: +41(0)22 917 90 18
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
Senator Elizabeth Dole (Jack’s Rep)
United States Senate
555 Dirksen Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
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
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
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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