Wednesday, September 06, 2006
Free Jack Idema Blogburst 9/6/2006Finally, it seems as though the story of illegally-imprisoned U.S. Special Forces soldiers Jack Idema and Brent Bennett is starting to attract the kind of media attention it deserves.
Indeed, over the past week, we've had the announcement of a film, Disavowed, that focuses on Jack Idema, a wealth of intelligence footage of Jack arresting and interrogating Taliban detainees, and the internet debut of a British documentary which includes an interview with Idema. Let's take a look some of these:
First up then, is the documentary, Guns For Hire, by Sam Kiley. Although it focuses on the work of mercenaries in Afghanistan, from 35 minutes in you can see an interview with Jack and some of his comrades in the Northern Alliance. It's actually worth watching the whole thing, however, as the film paints a clear picture of what life is actually like for the guys who work in Afghanistan.
Another point worth making is the obvious difference between Jack Idema and the mercenaries interviewed at the start of the film. Sure, these are all brave, decent men doing a difficult and dangerous job. But. By their own admission, they're in Afghanistan for the excitement and the pay -- Contrast this attitude with Jack's insistance that he is definitely not a hired gun, and that he has never been in the pay of a foreign power. So that's one thing. Another is the obvious respect Idema has for his comrades in the Northern Alliance. This is something we've stressed time and time again -- That the NA are our greatest allies in Afghanistan, and that if we're serious about defeating the head-hackers, this relationship needs to be cultivated.
Here's the clip:
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Next up, we have a trailer for the upcoming film, Disavowed. Out around October this year, the film will tell Jack and Brent's stories, detailing how they were set-up and betrayed.
This next clip shows Jack Idema interrogating Malikyar, a terrorist with links to Osama Bin Laden and Gulbideen Hekmatyar. Malikyar was part of a plot, foiled by Jack's team, to drive explosive-laden trucks into Bagram airbase, murdering hundreds of U.S. troops. This attack was to have been carried out alongside the assassinations of the Afghan Prime Minister, Minister of Defence, and key Ambassadors. The terrorists hoped that carnage on this scale would spark a civil war.
And, lastly, there's this clip, which is just a lot of fun:
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.
Finally, PLEASE NOTE: The SuperPatriots and Jack's images on this site are used with WRITTEN COPYRIGHT PERMISSION and any use by any third party is subject to legal action by SuperPatriots.US.
The Free Jack Idema Blogroll:
The Pink Flamingo Bar & Grill, The Lone Voice, Kender's Musings, Irate Nate, The Devil's Kitchen, Cao's Blog, Big Dog's Weblog, Theodore's World, NIF, Rottweiler Puppy, Making Headlines, Right For Scotland, Freedom Folks, The City Troll, Sacramento Boxing, Causes of Interest, Concatenation of Events, Hyscience, Stuck On Stupid, The Daily Blogster and You Don't Know Jack.
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