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Wednesday, July 21, 2004

Jumping on the bandwagon?
Remember Jonathan Idema, the US ex-Special Ops guy who was running a private jail in Kabul? Well, the BBC is reporting that he is claiming that he "has evidence to prove he was working for the Pentagon." He claims to have "helped prevent several attempted terrorist attacks" and said he "had regular e-mail, phone and fax contact with Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld's office and other senior Pentagon officials."

As much as this would drive the nail further into Rumsfeld's (already rather damaged) coffin, I cannot believe that Rumsfeld would be as brain-dead as to have personal contact with any undercover "black-ops" personnel and further, one would think that they would be operating under greater secrecy that a residential house in Kabul. I'm sure there are plenty of more remote places in Afghanistan to hide detainees. This will undoubtedly be one of the few reports to offer any semblance of credibility to his claims, as it is clearly a case of an over exuberant bounty-hunter that has gone too far...