2/01/2006

Half way there ...

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  • Thursday : My schedule is a bit hurting; maybe new NIF later ... sorry!
  • Friday : As you can see, there was no new NIF yesterday.
    ... AND GUEES WHAT? None today either, Schedule today might just be worse than yesterday's.
    ... AND, in fact, NIF will be adrift for a few days ... the usual limited blogation weekend rules are in effect
    ... AND I am going out of town (heading up to Boston) Mon-Wed for a class ... so good chance of no NIF
    ... I will make atleast a half-hearted effort to post some updates, in the meantime - anyone wanna guest-post?


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  • Texas : Bombs found in Texas ... about a week ago, ivestigation ongoing
  • SotU: Oil/energy sources, Education, Taxation, Social inSecurity, Iraq, Alito
    ... Transcript
  • Terri'ish : Ted Stith, Sr being starved/dehydrated ... 10 days so far; where is the press on this??
  • Economics : Another rate hike ... and one more expected ... damn!


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  • Islamofascism : A look inside "Hojjatie" in Iran, elsewhere ... "destruction of Anglo-Saxon civilization"
    ... More on Iran's nuclear aims
    ... UN Security Council permanent members united against Iran ... finally!
    ... "There is no crucial difference between Hamas and Fatah"
    ... Hamas aims @ taking over Egypt?
    ... "Palestine" bot to get expected $45M from Israel
  • Crawfordstock : Sheehan arrsted ... desperately seeking attention
  • Telecom : Mask your phone #, voice with "SpoofCard" ... neat! ... and possibly auto-hack cel vmail systems? *scary*
  • Computing : Surround Sound for your laptop ... or anything else with a USB port
    ... USB bracelet ... but 256MB is not enough
    ... NMAP4.0 released ... Win* .EXE
    ... Hack WinXP Home into WinXP Pro
    ... Goobuntu ... the fabled GoogleOS?
  • Internet : IE7beta2 rolls out
    ... Time for us to demand 45Mbps ... "The $200 Billion Broadband Scandal”"
    ... MSM to take aim @ GoogleNews?
    ... Mozilla releases SeaMonkey ...
  • Gaming : XBOX modless hack, in development
    ... WoW to get weather effects, better priests
  • Health : Contact-less thermometer
    ... Terrible policy prevents us from developing vaccines ... H5N1 to get an assist from medical malpractice lawsuits?
    ... Stem cells helping to fight Lupus ... non-embryonic!
    ... Thirst increases pain?
    ... Artificial gills! ... "LikeAFish", some remaining concerns but still neat!
    ... What causes chronic pain? ... more pain here
  • Space : Most stars are singles
    ... Back rto the moon, in 2017?
  • Clothing : Heated gloves ... rechargeable!


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  • OOTS : #275 ... snarl, trapped! ... more today!
  • Islamofascism : "It's in the Koran" ... not just funny
  • SotU : B5 summarizes the speech


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  • Free Jack Idema Blogburst:
    One of the biggest problems faced by U.S. Special Forces soldier Jack Idema and the his two compatriots, Brent Bennett and journalist Ed Caraballo is that mud sticks. We all know how this works: once a criminal accusation has been made, many people will feel there must have been some basis in fact for the charges. This is something, I think, that has worked against Jack Idema from the very start.

    At the time of his arrest on charges of kidnapping and torture in July 2004, we will remember, the issue of how the U.S. treated captive Islamopaths was coming under intense scrutiny in the wake of Abu Gharib. It's also fair to say that, in spite of all the evidence to the contrary, large sections of MSM and the left were pushing the idea that Lynndie England's antics were somehow sanctioned by U.S. authorities. In this context, the stories about Idema running a 'private' jail where prisoners were found hanging from the ceilings affected different people in different ways. But, crucially, no one wanted to hear the truth. Here's why:

    For MSM:
    • The Idema story provided an opportunity to further the American-troops-as-torturers line they'd been peddling since the Abu Gharib story broke
    • Since many MSM journalists (Fox News, Dan Rather) had worked with Idema or (CBS, the BBC) used intelligence material he'd provided, there was a desire to distance themselves from Task Force Sabre 7
    For leftists:
    • There was the narrative, sharpened by Abu Gharib, that U.S. soldiers routinely abuse prisoners. The accusations against Idema were something the left wanted to be true
    • For leftists, the idea that an American soldier could be a victim of 'oppressed' Muslims is anathema -- A U.S. soldier hanging Afghans from the ceiling, however, fits neatly into their accepted worldview, and no hard facts are required
    For conservatives:
    • Abu Gharib was a propaganda victory against the war effort, and the Idema story must have looked to many conservatives as yet another embarrassment in the making
    • The (entirely false) accusations that Idema was a fraud with an invented military record stung many conservative -- No one likes to feel they've been had
    This, then, explains why the Jack Idema story is something a great many people either refuse to touch or (in the case of leftists) actually regard as a victory.

    The problem, of course, is that absolutely none of the mud being thrown at Idema actually sticks to him.

    The campaign to free Jack has repeatedly proved that everything Idema claimed about his career in the U.S. military was true; we've shown that he was, indeed, working closely with the Northern Alliance; we've shown that his first trail was a travesty of justice.

    But. Still. Those allegations that Idema tortured prisoners remain. This is something we need to tackle head-on:
    Idema, Bennett, and Caraballo were found innocent of all charges and Appeals Court Acting Chief Judge Saheb Noor along with Appeals Court Judges Abdul Latif (011-93-70287222- speaks English) and Chief Religious Judge Mawlawi Azizullah stated on the record during the closed hearing that there had been absolutely no evidence of torture and that the original two bomb suspects that gave statements against the team were in fact terrorists and had committed perjury in the first court hearing in July 2004.

    These statements come from the Afghan appeals court which reviewed Jack, Brent and Ed's cases over a year ago. The court decided that the original trial was deeply flawed (to say the least), and that Idema and his men had no case to answer. (They remain in prison, illegally, at the insistence of the U.S. State Department.) What's clear, though, is that if there hadn't been such a rush to pre-judge Idema in the summer of 2004, most of the false allegations against him would have been disregarded. Here's why:
    • None of the terrorists brought in to accuse Idema of torture had any signs of injury
    • There was no evidence of torture in the safe-house Idema had been using to interrogate captured terrorists
    • It would not have even been physically possible to hang anyone from the ceiling of the house in question -- Afghan buildings are simply not robust enough to support a man's weight
    • Witnesses against Idema refused to swear on the Koran that their evidence was true -- They simply yelled accusations at Idema without being sworn-in
    • Many witnesses claimed Idema had held them in the basement of his safe-house, even though the building in question had no basement
    Then, of course, there's what Jack Idema himself has to say about the interrogation methods he employed:
    I want to answer one thing for your listeners. Did I ever torture anybody? The answer is hell no! I never tortured anybody. You know why? Because if you’re Lynndie England and you’ve put some guy on a leash– a Muslim guy naked on a leash, I can guarantee you neither he nor his friends will ever cooperate. But if you if you take that guy in and you just keep him up for 2 days talking to him, and you give him kabob and you give him miranda soda, and you convince him that he’s got a job with you, believe me he is going to change sides. This is absolute.

    The above quote comes from an interview Jack Idema gave last year. You can listen to the whole thing here. What's interesting about this, however, is that Idema simply doesn't come across as someone who engages in acts of petty sadism -- Not because he's a bleeding-heart liberal, but for the very good reason that, if it's actionable intelligence you're after, torture simply does not work.

    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.

    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)
    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

    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

    Finally, PLEASE NOTE: The SuperPatriots and Jack 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


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