Sunday, October 30, 2005

The Strange Saga of Jack Idema

Cao of Cao's Blog has been following the case of former Green Beret Jack Idema and two other Americans who were convicted of torturing Afghans in a private jail on September 15, 2004.

Idema claims he had support and authority from the highest levels of the U.S. Government, which included the CIA and the Pentagon, for the behind-the-scenes counter terrorism operations he was conducting in Afghanistan but was abandoned by both when he refused to turn over his sources and information to the FBI. He had made a promise to his sources not to do so, and felt that critical information vital to the success of his mission would be compromised as a result.

Cao points out there is ample evidence to show that Idema's conviction and subsequent imprisonment are the result of the U.S. Government frame up. They used his special ops and counter-terrorism expertise to support their covert operations, but when the time came for government self -protection, he became expendable and was painted as a mercenary with no ties whatsoever to the U.S. Government.

It's a story that, sadly, I knew little about before Cao contacted me today. I have read the information at Cao's Blog, and I agree that something is fishy about the whole thing. If it is true that Idema was "hung out to dry" by the very government he was hired to work for solely to save face and protect certain individuals in the highest positions within our government, then it should not be ignored or allowed to stand without a fight.

Read the rundown here and make up your own mind.

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