Wednesday, February 15, 2006

The Free Jack Idema Blogburst

Every time I write about the plight of illegally-imprisoned U.S. Special Forces soldier Jack Idema, I take pains to stress the fact that he's a highly professional soldier with a talent for rooting out and either capturing or killing the kind of people who would do us harm. Here's Jack, speaking in a radio interview he gave from Pulachake prison earlier this year:
I flew my guys in. We flew into Afghanistan, and we met with the Northern Alliance. And I said, you guys know you’re not going to get our support anymore, but I’m here to tell you you roll with me and we’ll get the guy. And so they did. I met with the top core commanders, which are the top 9 department of defense guys in Afghanistan, and we got carte blanche to do whatever I had to do because I had a history with these guys. 40 some days later I had Gulumsaki in custody. Gulumsaki gave up the rest of the terrorist bomb cell. Within 5 days after getting Gulumsaki, I had about 95% of the cell. I had the explosives, I had the plans to blow up Bagram –they were going to drive fuel trucks into the barracks at Bagram aiforce base and kill a couple thousand American soldiers. I had their bomb plans to kill Qanooni who was the main opponent to Karzai and the leader now since Massoud died to the Northern Alliance. And I had the plans to kill Marshal Fahim the minister of defense, and all the other guys that were the top allies with the United States. All but two in custody.
The real interest this passage holds, however, isn't so much in Jack's successful counter-terrorism operations, but the name of one of the men he saved.

I'm talking about Northern Alliance leader Yunis Qanooni, who became Afghanistan's Prime Minister after last year's elections. Qanooni's ascension to the upper ranks of Afghan politics will, it's to be hoped, have a major impact on the Idema case.

See, Qanooni is a true Afghan patriot and a fighter through and through. Unlike Karzai, whose interim government has worked hard to integrate 'ex'-Taliban crazies into the new Afghanistan (unsurprising, perhaps, since Karzai, himself, once supported the Taliban), PM Qanooni is Northern Alliance, and has spent his whole life fighting against the fanatics threatening to ruin his country. Put simply, Qanooni is the kind of ally that we need on our side in the WoT.

More to the point of this blogburst, though, he's a man who owes his life to Jack Idema. Judging by events in the Afghan Parliament this weekend, it looks as though this is a debt Qanooni intends to repay.

On Saturday, the following three people were hauled in front of ministers in order to answer for their actions:

  • NDS Chief Amrullah Saleh (FBI lackey and Head of NDS who arrested and tortured Jack and his men)
  • The Deputy of Ahmad Ali Jalali. Jalali was the Interior Minister/former journalist who ordered the arrest of Jack and his men at the direction of Ambassador Zalmay Khalilzad- both were enemies of Yunis Qanooni and Massoud’s United Front (Northern Alliance) and both were trying to keep Qanooni and the United Front (America’s greatest allies in the 2001/2002 war) from controlling Afghanistan. Smart enough to know his imminent demise, Jalali fled back to the United States last October. His spokesman, pro-Taliban journalist Lutfallah Mashal, fled to London.
  • General Wardaq, a Pashtun American citizen (like Jalali and Karzai) was next to be put on the stand. Wardaq, a former Soviet trained junior officer who fled Afghanistan and never held any type of command rank, lived in America and never fought once in any of the Afghan wars. He succeeded General Fahim as Minister of Defense after Karzai fired Fahim over his support of Jack. He too will answer far reaching allegations that are expected to not only bring about their firing, but probable criminal and treason charges at the hands of the new Mujahadeen controlled Northern Alliance Parliament.
This is good news, but something even better happened the following day:
In a surprise announcement, the new Parliament of Afghanistan announced the formation of 18 commissions which will investigate illegal and corrupts government acts, security failures of the Karzai government over the last 4 years. The FIRST Commission empanelled is the JUSTICE COMMISSION, which will investigate abuses of justice and terrorism. Amrullah Saleh, judges, and Ministers will explain their actions in various selected cases.
It doesn't take a great deal of thought to work out that one of the 'abuses of justice' Qanooni's Commission will be looking at will be that of Jack Idema's illegal imprisonment.

For the first time in months, it really is beginning to seem as though the good guys are close to winning this fight.

So, in the meantime, 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: – 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)
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
Deputy Undersecretary
of Defense for Intelligence
1800 Defense Pentagon – Room # 3E836
Washington, DC 20301
Ph: (703) 697-0170
Private Fax: (703) 697-9080

Stephen Cambone
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

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

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
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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