Wednesday, May 10, 2006
Free Jack Idema
Ed Caraballo was released on April 30th from Pulacharke prison and walked out of the gates, wasting no time as he was escorted to the airport for home. We join his family to celebrate his freedom after two years of his unbelievable, horrible ordeal. In the case of Ed Caraballo, who Peter Bergen described as a 'blameless journalist' in this situation, it is important to note that not only did the American government leave this award winning journalist out in the cold, but so did his journalist peers.
The battle continues, as Ed appeared in court protesting the long wait to have their Habeas Corpus heard, and leaving most sentient Americans to ponder these circumstances: terrorists with plenty of pro bono assistance, Americans fighting the WOT barely any.
Because as Zacharious Moussaoi took advantage of the system for over two years, was declared 'guilty' and decided he wanted to do it again (he asked for a new trial), and as Sami Al-Arian was slapped with a meager 4-year sentence for his raising funds in the US for Palestinian Jihad…Lawyers offer their assistance gladly to jihadists, (who aren't even citizens in many cases), taking advantage of a system that was originally intended for American citizens only…while completely ignoring our own citizens.
If you can imagine a terrorist gets his habeas corpus heard within 30 days, and in the case of Jack Idema and his men, the file was 'lost', and it wasn't heard for over 9 months.
Brent Bennett and Zorro Banderas who are still at Pulacharke can't even get someone to represent them like a terrorist can. That says volumes to me about where we are as a nation.
These are the sad facts today, ladies and gentlemen.
Ted Kavanau accompanied John Tiffany to Washington, D.C., where the three-ring circus was held. This is what he had to say:
Along with Ed Caraballo and his brother Richard, I accompanied Idema attorney John Tiffany, who brought this case to the Federal Court in Washington, DC …. Among things that Tiffany later said to the AP reporter…none of which was quoted in the AP story below…was that a multitude of American lawyers had rushed to do pro bono defense for the Al Qaeda and Taliban prisoners captured and incarcerated in Guantanamo, but no one when asked by the Judge, would volunteer to defend an American(s) and an Afghani working with Idema, who had proof of innocence, and were incarcerated in Afghanistan.
Indeed, it is a sorry state of affairs when we can depend on lawyers to defend the Jihadists who are out to destroy our way of life, don't recognize America law but in contrast recognize Sharia law only as the ruling law of this land, and who are working toward the horrifying goal of raising the flag of their moongod over the Whitehouse.
In the meantime, we have Parliament fighting over the continued incarceration of Brent Bennett and Jack Idema, as Jack turned down Karzai's offer of 'amnesty'.
It should be noted that if there are no Afghan charges, there can be no charges in the American courts, so stated the US Consul Sandra Ingram.
There is a clear possibility that the reason for the delay in this interim period since Ed Caraballo's release, that Parliament will publicly announce their innocence and exhoneration. If this happens, as we hope it will, the American leftist lawyers will not be able to deliver on their threat:
….they will remain in prison and rot if we have our way. Or we can just try the bastard here in the US.
We should demand a CONGRESSIONAL INVESTIGATION, because as we've noted innumerable times in the past, Jack Idema and his men were found innocent in a trial de novo and at that point at least four of the Afghans who were with them were released. At that time, the court not only declared them 'innocent', but also ordered their release.
Why on earth would the American government stand in the way of due process? Why would they stand in the way of the Afghans reversing a decision made by a Court presided over by the Taliban which discounted Afghan law entirely? This is something many of us would like to know.
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.
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