In case you didn't know, Jack Idema is the main person
involved in the Afghanistan prison scandal. By that, I mean he was running one out of a house and was arrested after holding eight prisoners for some
time. Now, what I want to know is why this conspiracy has been overlooked by the media and others. If he is a fraud, then fine. The problem is, most
of what he says is apparently true.
First, we have this...
The Mysterious Case of Jack Idema: Was the Former Green Beret a Bounty Hunter for the
US in Afghanistan?
Two weeks ago an Afghan court convicted two former U.S. soldiers and an Emmy Award-winning journalist and sentenced them to 8-10 years in
prison for torturing Afghan prisoners in an illegal, private jail. Their U.S. attorneys are accusing the Afghan court system of conducting a sham
trial. At the trial the attorneys attempted to introduce video evidence that indicates one of the defendants, Jonathan "Jack" Idema had close ties
to the Pentagon and made personal calls to the office of Gen. William "Jerry" Boykin, who has a history of leading special operations. But the
Afghan judge refused to play the video.
And his profile from the BBC News...
Profile: Jonathan 'Jack' Idema
Jonathan Keith "Jack" Idema, who has been jailed for 10 years in Afghanistan, was known in the country as a mysterious figure, often seen
clad in combat gear and dark glasses, and armed to the eyeballs.
Idema always claimed to be a defender of American values, a patriotic ex-special forces soldier working on the front-line of the US war on terror,
with the full backing of the Pentagon.
There are plenty of people who never believed him. Others say they did - and now regret it.
Idema is a former Green Beret who served in the 10th Special Forces Group for three years active duty and was honorably discharged. He then served in
the another six years in the reserves. Idema and another then founded the Counterr Group (website www.counterr.org is now gone) out of New York state
which train law-enforcement groups on tactics, armed encounters, and terrorism prevention. During this time he traveled to Lithuania to train
authorities and returned with detailed Intel regarding the Russian Mafia selling stolen Soviet Nuclear Arms material to terrorist groups. Actual
knowledge, not fantasy.
The FBI investigated Idema at one point and convicted him of multiple counts of fraud. He always maintained it was a set up and not long after his
conviction, the FBI agent the supposedly supervised the case - Earl Pitts - was found to be a Russian Spy.
Immediately after 911, Idema traveled to Afghanistan and set up shop during the same time US Special forces were arriving. He looked just like them,
acted just like them, and in general...just fit right in to the community of "operators". According to some, Idema presented himself as a special
representative from the Pentagon. Since there was no way to verify this, he was unchallenged in his movements and actions.
So he was there in Afghanistan and was the one who found captured video tapes showing Al Qaeda training operations, most of which made the airwaves on
Private Afghan torture jail trial- US approved or Idema's fantasy?
The trial against Jonathan Keith Idema, also known as "Jack" Idema, has begun in Afghanistan.
The American is accused of operating a freelance anti-terrorist organization and prison in Afghanistan. However, "Jack" Idema claims that he can
prove that Afghan and US authorities were aware of his work.
Although American authorities deny any connection with Idema, they have admitted to taking one prisoner from him. The Afghan prisoner was believed to
be a high level Taliban operative, but the US were unable to prove this claim and released him.
Even NATO were conned into believing that he was working with the blessing of US authorities and helped him on one occasion.
Now, Idema made the rounds through the media doing various things and then eventually made his way back to Afghanistan hot on the trail of Bin Laden
himself. He assembled a team calling themselves Task Force Saber-7. Within a matter of weeks they captured someone Idema stated was a top Taliban
official and turned him over to US soldiers. Then the team captured a man named Ghulam Sakhi, a supposed explosives man for Al Qaeda. They took Sakhi
to the makeshift prison home and interrogated him using "aggressive" techniques, but still within the 20 sanctioned methods by the Pentagon,
according to Idema and others. The plan was that the terrorists would use taxis to bomb an airbase. Soon Sakhi gave up a taxi driver which, once found
and by the team and a search made revealed a detonator and traces of explosives. They continued the interrogations which led to other associates, one
of which was an Afghan Supreme Court Judge and his two brothers.
The size of the prisoner group grew to eight, but Idema still claims he didn't know the person who ordered the base bombing plot. He knew that Afghan
and US authorities knew about his operation, but in the week before his arrest wanted posters of him had hit the streets. He apparently called Lt.
General Boykin's office and threatened to go public. He was told that a mistake was made and not to go to the media. Then the whole operation was
busted and Idema and team was arrested.
All eight prisoners claimed various abuses and the FBI took computers, videotapes, and all documents for study. During the trial Idema would claim
that the US "supported" his operation, yet authorities claimed he was a freelance bounty hunter gone rogue. All evidence from the prosecution was
testimony by the men detained by Idema's team. Then a US Military spokesman did admit that Idema "showed up with a person of interest" and that
they had taken custody, but earlier in the case...they claimed no knowledge or support. Idema had also claimed the FBI had taken all his evidence
about the plot even though they have no jurisdiction in Afghanistan. Some videotape evidence was eventually shown to the court which show Idema
working in cooperation with various groups such as Afghan NDS, the Defense Ministry, and ISAF bomb experts who located explosives where Idema showed
them they would.
Finally, the tape showed something bigger. A phone call Idema was on that was being recorded. A voice stating to him "We passed on all your
information to the J-2 staff (Pentagon Intelligence) here and to the DIA. And we were trying to protect our boss from getting associated with it
because he does not need any scrutiny right now by the press. So we are trying to put a firewall between your efforts and him because we did not want
to connect anything there. And there is no need to do that."
Despite the evidence, Idema and others were convicted and sentenced to 10 years in an Afghanistan prison and he still refuses to name a single US
contact he may have had. Idema believes the FBI gave him up, one of his suspects had legal connections, and the Abu Ghraib prison scandal was all over
the news. The evidence seems to definitely point to a conspiracy located at some very high levels of the US Intelligence community.
What do you think? Conspiracy or Crazy?
Additional Reference material:
Maxim magazine December 2004 - by Laura Winter
Outsourcing War Crimes
Dispatch From Afghanistan
The War On Terror Makes The World Safe For Barbarism
US Worked With Torture Suspect
Report: US admits contact with Idema
The Case of Keith Idema
[edit on 10-12-2004 by ZeddicusZulZorander]