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supernova Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 09:43 AM
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Faces of 'Jack' Idema: black ops ace, nut case
Yesterday's News and Observer. Here's one answer to "who" in the Afghan prisoner scandal.


Faces of 'Jack' Idema: black ops ace, nut case



By SARAH AVERY AND BILL KRUEGER, Staff Writers

Almost a decade ago, Jonathan Keith Idema sat in an Eastern North Carolina prison cell, blaming his legal woes on a vendetta by FBI agents angry that he refused to name Soviet spies who tipped him off to a nuclear smuggling operation in Lithuania.

Now the Fayetteville resident sits in custody in Afghanistan, accused of running a vigilante anti-terrorist operation in which he rounded up innocent Afghans, held them in a makeshift jail and abused them.

His defense? He was a good American doing his duty, only to be set up by the FBI as revenge for that Lithuanian spy caper.

In the world of Keith Idema, treachery, intrigue and drama are routine.


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http://www.newsobserver.com/news/story/1439026p-7563028...

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the Kelly Gang Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 10:12 AM
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1. fairly incompetent spy..maybe he was CIA !
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supernova Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 10:13 AM
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2. I can't decide
whether he's an incompetent spy or just plain incompetent. :shrug:
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supernova Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 01:36 PM
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3. Kick
for the afternoon crowd.

:kick:
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Ms. Clio Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 02:41 PM
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4. "War on terror"=old-fashioned American vigilantism on a global scale
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shraby Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 03:00 PM
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5. Google his name
He worked for the gov't at the Waco event.
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Ms. Clio Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Mon Jul-19-04 03:22 PM
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6. Curiouser and curiouser
I found this at the Daily Kos:

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2004/7/9/6346/62231

In some Zeligesque twist of stranger-than-fiction truth, Idema has made headlines over the years as:

the subject of Dan Rather interview about fighting al Qaeda,
a manufacturer of military and paintball (yes, you read that right -- PAINTBALL) vests,
the primary source for the book Hunt for bin Laden,
expert on weapons smuggling out of the former USSR,
documentary filmmaker who made a film about Soviet nuclear smuggling, KGB double agents in the FBI and CIA, and "how one US Army Green Beret went to prison for trying to expose it,"
man who found "al Qaeda's videotapes on how to massacre schoolchildren",
very man who got Geraldo River in trouble for revealing the locations of sniper-hunting US troops in the mountains of Afghanistan, and
the guy who Stephen Spielberg over rights to the movie The Peacemaker

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