Wednesday Free Jack (And His Men) Blogburst

The following is this week’s Free jack blogburst. It is distressing that countries around the world are worried about alleged secret prisons where the CIA tortures prisoners and yet, they dismiss the plight of Jack Idema, Brent Bennett, and Ed Caraballo who are in a prison and are being tortured. Where is the indignation on the part of Germany, the UK, and the rest of Europe at the treatment these men have suffered? Where are our elected officials and why do we allow the FBI, who was complicit in the entire episode, to go unchallenged on this? America, we need to stand strong and demand accountability. But first we need to get these men freed.

Lights, Camera, Action….
This past week, there was a lot of buzz out there about Condi responding to the charges that the Washington Post first alleged that the CIA may have maintained secret prisons in Eastern Europe, culminating in a formal request by the European Union for an explanation.

This charge of the American government conducting something which is called “rendition” is applicable in the Idema case, and I don’t see anyone raising any hell over it but me and my blogburst buddies.

Jack Idema was tortured by Afghans who were serving as proxies for the FBI–in a land where there is no law.

Now Afghanistan has laws, nobody abides by them. Karzai has signed agreements in order to receive the tremendous funds he’s getting to “rebuild” Afghanistan.

The question still remains–why is our government leaving Jack Idema, Brent Bennett and Ed Caraballo hanging out to dry?

The Jack Idema case is the best one I can think of –of proof of exactly what the State Department is being charged with–“rendition”. Only the tragedy of it is–these aren’t terrorists without a country or a uniform–these are Americans who were proudly fighting the war on terror and looking to find Bin Laden.

Irish Foreign Minister Dermot Ahern reportedly said after a Washington meeting with Rice that she expected U.S. allies to take it on trust that the U.S. does not allow abuses of prisoners.

We already know that it DOES–and apparently they don’t care if they’re AMERICAN PRISONERS who were dutifully and patriotically fighting the war on terror.

Now it’s all well and good for the European public, secret prisons in themselves — and not simply the question of whether any abuses may have occurred in them — is a red line. But while Secretary Rice may be out to convince her European colleagues that they’re better off letting well enough alone on the issue, now that it’s being discussed in the public square, turning a blind eye may no longer be possible.

And in the case of Jack Idema, it’s not even a “secret” prison–it’s a well-known horrible place where thousands have died–Pol-e-charke prison. And let’s not forget the even more horrible place– Saderat–where they were horribly starved, beaten and tortured.

It’s time to turn up the heat on all our elected representatives, because this absolutely should not stand. How on earth can someone remain in detention–remain in prison–after they’ve been declared innocent by the country where they’re being held? This whole affair is so convoluted it’s beyond description.

Contact your representatives and ask them why Idema is being held at Pulacharke when he’s been declared innocent by the Afghans since at least December of last year.

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

Website: http://www.embassyofafghanistan.org/

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)

CONSULATE GENERAL OF

AFGHANISTAN IN NEW YORK
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

M. Cherif BASSIOUNI

Independent Expert of the Commission on Human Rights
On the Situation of Human Rights in Afghanistan
Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights
UNOG-OHCHR
CH-1211 Geneva 10

Ph: +41(0)22 917 97 27 Fax: +41(0)22 917 90 18

Email: jwillems@ohchr.org www.ohchr.org

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

We should make it clear that we know what has gone on here and that it’s an outrage and all men from TF Sabre/7 should be released, exonerated, their names cleared. And we should be also pushing for a Congressional investigation as to who was involved, the how and the why. Nobody fighting in Afghanistan or Iraq should EVER have to worry about being hung out to dry like this by a government that is employing stalinist tactics and turning its back on all the freedoms and rights that have been provided and guaranteed us by our founding documents and the blood of our forefathers, many of whom are laying at Arlington cemetery–as well as old standards which all men in uniform think they have as safeguards such as the Geneva Conventions. Are we to apply the Geneva Conventions to terrorists to whom these safeguards don’t apply and ignore them for our men in uniform for whom they were written???

If so, we’re setting ourselves up for FAILURE in this TERROR WAR.

To join this mission read the below portion from Cao and follow her instructions.

This is the “Free Jack” campaign.

To join the campaign, email me and tell me you want to join the Free Jack Idema blogburst. You will be added to the blogroll and I’ll send you the html code to put up for that week in case you’re pressed for time and can’t put something together…or you can write your own.

We will be blogging on this every Wednesday until he and his team are released, and when they are, we’ll be blogging about a congressional hearing.

I will maintain an email list, and will email you the post of the week along with a picture (if there is one for that week) to host at your blog.

Join the fight. No American should ever have to worry about ending up in this predicament ever again. But first, we must make sure they get home safely and in one piece.

Fidelis ad urnam.

Cao.
Seconded by the Big Dog

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