Wednesday, May 24, 2006

Free Jack Idema Blogburst 5/24/2006

If you've been keeping up with the Jack Idema case, you will know that Ed Caraballo was released in April. Ed is a journalist, but I doubt if we will be reading any of his trials and tribulations that he's gone through since he was arrested with Jack and the others. Don't hold your breath...

The offer of amnesty was turned by Jack Idema and Brent Bennett. Amnesty, by it's own inherint meaning, leaves one to conclude the charges to be true. This is not true, therefore they had no choice but to dismiss the offer.

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 used to be a time, not so long ago, that the United States would go after every Veteran left behind. Just look at the efforts for WWII, the Korean War, and the Viet Nam War Vets. We are still looking for them.

Unfortunately, it seems our courts during this war favor the terrorists and don't give a damn about our own men. Am I the only one who is outraged? What is the matter? Doesn't it bother you that a couple of your fellow citizens are being held in prison for a crime they have already been absolved of committing? Do you not realize we are at war?

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.

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.

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’.

This is shameful, and now 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.

We must encourage the Senate to take action and open a congressional investigation as to what happened here and who was responsible.

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.

The Free Jack Idema Blogroll:
Acts of Aggression, Big Dog's Weblog, Cao's blog, Causes of Interest, concatenation of events, Devil's Kitchen, Freedom Folks, Irate Nate, Kender's Musings, Making Headlines, NIF, Red Hot Cuppa Politics, Right For Scotland, Rottweiler Puppy, Sacramento Boxing, Stuck on Stupid, The City Troll, The Lone Voice, The Pink Flamingo Bar & Grill, and Theodore's World.

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