Wednesday, May 30, 2007

Justice for Jack Idema 30 May 2007

Please find below a must read article on the progress, or lack of, of Jack Idema's struggle with the US State Department and Washington. Rotty Puppy was kind enough to write this for your information. Please stop by his site and give him some encouragement. You may also join our blogroll. (Hint, hint. lol.)

US Special Forces soldier Jack Idema remains trapped in a legal-limbo of his own government's making, denied access to his own passport and, hence, the means to return home. While this situation continues to play out in the US courtroom of Judge Emmet G. Sullivan, however, the past week has seen some truly startling revelations coming out of Afghanistan itself.

[The following clips come from a Dubai-made movie about the Idema case, Shakur Shaitan. All the footage is used with permission from the attorneys, CTG, HaftShir Films and 5 Lions Films. Translations start scrolling at the bottom of the clips after a few seconds.]

Unlike MSM, it seems as though the journalists responsible for putting this film together have actually stirred themselves to investigate the question of Jack's innocence. In doing so, they spoke with some of the major Afghan players in the case. Here's Judge Noor, who is a Religious Judge in the NDS Appeals Court, Chief of all religious judges in the Afghan National Security Courts, and the Chief of Religious Affairs and Courts for the Second Makima. So, definitely no minor functionary:
Next up, we have Judge Noor's superior at the NDS appeals court, Judge Abed, who also insists that Jack Idema was never guilty of any crimes:
... And Judge Azizullah, who not only states that Jack was innocent, but points the finger of blame squarely at the US State Department:
Clearly bemused as to why the US would go to such extreme lengths to illegally-imprison their own countrymen, Judge Azizullah states:
The problem was not inside the Afghan government it was with the Americans. We really don't understand the truth. Why they put innocent men in prison.
In the strangest twist of all, however, the fourth Judge to talk about Idema's innocence is none other than Sidiq; the Afghan Supreme Court justice Jack's team arrested in 2004. At the time of his capture, Sidiq was found in possession of explosive detonators, Hezb-i-Islami membership cards and a letter of introduction from none other than Mullah Omar. Still, if Jack and his team had been torturing the men they arrested in 2004, Sidiq would surely take the opportunity to speak out about this. Instead, he does exactly the opposite:
Note to the US State Department in Afghanistan: Since even Jack's alleged 'victims' are now stating that that, "There was no torture, we never saw, not beating, not slapping, not even a pinch. NOTHING", now might be a good time to give Jack Idema his passport and allow him to return home.

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.

Finally, PLEASE NOTE: The SuperPatriots and Jack images on this site are used with WRITTEN COPYRIGHT PERMISSION and any use by any third party is subject to legal action by SuperPatriots.US.

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