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  • NIF : Hey, check it out - two posts in a row!
  • Jack Idema : Blogburst day, see below!

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  • InfoSec (repost) : Apply "unofficial" .WMF patch ... and "regsvr32 -u %windir%\system32\shimgvw.dll", atleast until Jan10
    ... "This vulnerability is so dangerous that you better install the unofficial patch now" ... AV & IDS evasion in place already!
    ... sidneote : I would fully expect a more serious exploit (worm) this weekend (Friday's are always "popular")
  • Israel : Ariel Sharon suffers "massive cerebral hemorrhage", may not make it through the night
  • Mining : Only 1 survivor in WVa ... and a terrible miscommunication led families to believe 12 had lived
  • Landslide: Indonesia, 200 feared dead
  • Need More : I don't have time for more blogging, go read Basil!! ... he's funnier than me anyway
    ... especially fine this evening - Holy Crap, Men cannot cheat, Koppel still creating reality, Bush blamed ... and more!

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  • Islamofascism : Iran also attempting to assemble a missile ... to deliver their "peaceful nuclear technology"?
    ... Flight 93 memorial still not so great ... "incoherent and nihilistic expanse"
  • Iraq : Official election results to be posted Jan10
  • SCOTUS : Alito gets ABA's highest rating
  • Computing : Intel chooses new logo ... gay
    ... Better performance through BIOS tweaks?
    ... How to make, find "secret" Win* user accounts ... netapi all up in your grill
    ... Dual-lens camera from Kodak
    ... Windows *and* Linux are both 25 year old clunkers?
    ... South Park turns to Apple for storage solution
    ... Your servers wants a 150GB Raptor ... enterprise class SATA
    ... End of Support for WinXPHome = Jan2007
  • Internet : GoogleTalk being sued, for $5B!
    ... AllPeers, to be the "kill Firefox app"? ... looks nice, sign up for the upcoming beta ... security nightmare?
    ... TorrentSearcher reworked
    ... Analyst tags Google with a target of $600/share ... no bias or self-interest or anything (ahem)
  • Gaming : Rumor - PS3 delayed until fall? ... that would be a gift to MS's XBOX360!
  • Left : Risen's 'State of War' "demonstrates an unfathomable and sad disregard for U.S. national security"
  • MSM : Baltimore Sun -Olesker ... due to plagiarism
  • UselessNations : Bolton pushing for reform ... fix the broken UNHRC
  • Air Travel : Multi-hour delay = lawsuit? ... WTF?
  • Space : "Plasma Thrusters" being tested ... "Helicon Double Layer Thruster (HDLT)" ... 1 trip to Mars, please!
  • Health : Estrogen key ingredient for "mascluine behavior" ... during brain development, that is
    ... Chilling therapy for heart attack victims
  • Globalization : Helping to end abusive nations? ... "you must integrate in the region beyond you"
  • Katrina : Next impact : puppy baby boom?
  • Nature : Did you know calendars "skipped forward" 11 days in 1752?
  • Pets : The sady day we know will eventually come ...
  • Misc : 117 "Dangerous Ideas" from scientific minds ... interesting
  • Physics : "Superlens" under development ... "optical device that would bend light the opposite direction"
  • Bloggers : Heidi, Wendy ... bow-chiki-bow-wow ... or something

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  • OOTS : #263 ... Oh yes, the regret Miko will feel (cough)

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  • Islamofascism :
    Thanks to your democratic laws we will invade you; thanks to our religious laws we will dominate you
    --thanks NEIN!

  • Genetics :
    If we could somehow breed the French and the Islamofascists, we could create radical terrorists too lazy to work OR fight. They could lay around all day smoking cheap cigarettes and eating camel cheese making smart ass remarks about how superior they are to the western world...
    --thanks Cracker!! ... in a coment to someone who doesn't grasp reality

  • Free Jack Idema Blogburst:

    One of the most galling aspects of the campaign to free U.S. Special Forces soldier Jack Idema and his compatriots, Brent Bennet and journalist Ed Caraballo, from their illegal detention in Afghanistan has been the attitude of big media toward the case.

    Over the past weeks, I've written a great deal about the failure of MSM and human rights groups to shine a spotlight on either the abuses Idema and his men have suffered, or the fact that he is being held illegally, following an appeal that overturned the original guilty verdict against him.

    Certainly, the fact that the media have failed to report Jack's conviction was overturned, or that the ex-judge he detained was, in fact, linked to senior terrorists, or that the witnesses who accused him of torturing them were proved to have lied -- Certainly, these are the most serious failures in big media's reporting of the case. But they're not the only errors MSM have made. See, if you do a search for 'Idema' over at the BBC, the $6b news organization returns a total of 16 hits, all which are filled with references to 'bounty hunters', 'vigilantes' and 'secret prisons'. Over at the Guardian it's the same, with another 16 stories, all concerned with Idema's arrest and trial. This is a pattern that you'll find repeated time and again across almost the whole of MSM. It's as if, prior to his arrest in July 2004, Jack Idema simply didn't exist.

    ... But why should this be surprising? After all, didn't Jack Idema first come to the media's attention after his arrest? Wasn't the trial in September 2004 the first time anyone outside of the secretive world of Special Ops had heard of him? Well, in a word, no:
    In the dusty courtyard outside, Jack, an American special adviser to the Afghan military, treated Afghan injuries, stitching a fresh bullet wound in one man's lower leg. Even without anesthesia the soldier was thankful for the treatment. As the Green Beret wiped the blood splatters from his face a dozen Afghan fighters looked on, they have never had this kind of support in 23 years of war.

    This passage, originally written for United Press International during Operation Anaconda, features an early sighting of Idema, hard at work with Northern Alliance troops as they fought the Taliban in 2001. Note that, at this time, the press weren't questioning Idema's credentials -- He's correctly identified as an 'American special adviser' and 'Green Beret'. Also bear in mind that most of the stories quoted from today have been quietly disappeared from their original locations -- Were it not for the fact that the SuperPatriots have maintained copies of the material, much of it wouldn't be easy to find on the internet today.

    A year later, and another UPI report on the near-capture of none other than Osama bin-Laden again places Jack Idema in the thick of the action:
    'I immediately suspected Bin Laden was one of them' says Jack, the American advisor to the Afghan Northern Alliance who was first informed about the location of the fugitives on December 18 while he was on a trip to Jalalabad. 'Only the top of Al Qaida would be protected and treated in that way.'

    And, from the same piece, Idema's position in the Northern Alliance is detailed:
    General Hazrat Ali and Commander Sami Ali worked with Jack for three years, calling him their greatest ally and friend against al-Qaida and the Taliban. It was those fiercely independent yet loyal troops that had followed Jack into the Kut Tangai mountains after approval from General Mohammed Fahim, Minister of Defense, in search of bin Laden. This was the last time Osama bin Laden was ever spotted.

    And again. This time around, UPI are reporting on Idema's involvement in the rescue of high-ranking Afghan officials from a terrorist attack:
    "Jack," as the special advisor to the Afghan military is known, managed to rescue the President of Afghanistan's Ariana Airlines, Robullah Amain, who had escaped from the mob and was surrounded in a terminal office. Along with seven Afghan commandos, Jack rescued Amain, Haji Timor the airport manager and five others and escorted them to safety. An ISAF spokesmen claimed that a small team of British soldiers supposedly helped to save the national airline executive from certain death. Ariana President Robullah Amain confirmed that in reality, it was an American Green Beret and his Afghan soldiers.

    And, finally, a report on the assistance Idema brought to victims of the Nahrin earthquake in 2002:
    Wearing a khaki-and-brown, U.S. flag patch on his shoulder, sporting a beard and carrying an assault rifle, Jack drove through Nahrin in a local van with a translator asking people if they needed help. He'd already bandaged more than 30 children by the afternoon and used up five boxes of field dressings - and quite a few happy-face bandages. Jack, who began visiting the village late last week, stopped in one tent Saturday to see a baby who was born while her mother, Sharifa, was buried under the rubble. Eight months pregnant when the Monday evening quake hit, Sharifa crouched for an hour on her hands and knees under the rubble to protect her newborn until they were rescued. Sharifa asked Jack, who also treated her back injury, to name the daughter: He chose "Suzzana," or "new beginning" in the Dari language [Suzzanaya Viktoria as her full name]. "I thought I was dead and I thought the child was dead for sure," the mother said as Jack tenderly examined the infant to check an eye infection he had treated the day before.

    So let's put all this together. Far from being a 'mysterious figure' (as the BBC called him at the time of his trial), Jack Idema is a man who was:
  • Well known to the media during the course of his work in Afghanistan.
  • Was repeatedly referred to as an 'American special advisor' and an 'advisor to the Northern Alliance' by the media who later denied all knowledge of him.
  • Was known to Generals in the Northern Alliance who described Idema as their 'greatest ally and friend against al-Qaida and the Taliban'.
  • Led the hunt for bin-Laden.
  • Led Afghan commandos in a rescue of senior Afghan officials.
  • Is a hero to the ordinary Afghans he rescued from their earthquake-devastated villages

  • So why, when the BBC are called on to write up a profile of Jack Idema, do they introduce him in the following way:
    Idema always claimed to be a defender of American values, a patriotic ex-special forces soldier working on the front-line of the US war on terror, with the full backing of the Pentagon. There are plenty of people who never believed him. Others say they did - and now regret it.

    And why do so many of the search results for 'Idema' only refer to material from the point of his 2004 arrest onwards?

    Well, Idema's arrest and trail made for a good news item; exactly the kind of thing the post-Abu Graihb media were looking for. Here, they had the story of a 'rogue' U.S. soldier 'torturing innocent' Afghans in a 'private jail'. To many left-wing journalists, this must have seemed like a gift from heaven.

    But here's the thing: if MSM had told the full story, the one detailing Jack's hunt bin-Laden, his service with the Northern Alliance during Operation Anaconda, his rescue of government officials, his bandaging injured Afghan children as they cheered his name -- If MSM had told that story, well, then, people mightn't have been so quick to swallow the line they were being fed about Idema hanging prisoners upside down in his (non-existent) basement.

    More to the point, people might be more willing to listen to those of us who are pleading for Jack Idema and his men to get a fair hearing today.

    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)
    6180 Kabul Place
    Dulles, VA 20189-6180
    US Ambassador Ronald Neuman
    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)
    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

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