Monday, March 20, 2006


DISCOURAGED FORWARD! Junior Cape Crusaders Worldwide and our new trusty-side kick Award Winning Journalist Ed Caraballo!

Here we go! Hey Jack wearing out your welcome? Lets see Jackbo is a good-soldier and Eddy Caraballo is a bad boy... Hey General the transcript we saw did not say that Caraballo was endanger! Hummm wonder who is on the old Jackbo payola? Maj. Gen. Shahmir Amirpoor? Looks like Jack is mad that Eddy got 360 and Jack got zippo.....

Hey Jack besides Moslim wanting his money we know some NY Chapter of the Hells Angels that want there's too...and they want a part of you too.......

Of course the reporter here is just about as stupid as they come. Good going Chicago Tribune! The article is a gas..... Guess old Jackbo did not want to see her. What Jackbo no Idema Contract signing? Hey Jack pllllllllllllleeeeeeeeease come home soon.... LOL!

Just a kind note.... SOJ ran an intersting take on our hero-boy.....Hey Thomas maybe you can find someone else's mother to pick on now.......

Afghan jailers want to unload gang of 3
Keping Americans safe called a `hassle
By Kim Barker Chicago Tribune March 18, 2006

PUL-ICHARKHI, Afghanistan -- For the men who run Afghanistan's biggest prison, the toughest challenge is not the occasional prison break, Al Qaeda and Taliban inmates or the recent riots. Instead, it's the three Americans.

"They are becoming a hassle for us these days," said Maj. Gen. Shahmir Amirpoor, commander of Pul-i-Charkhi prison, just outside the capital city of Kabul. "I think it's time for them to go back to their own country."

The three men--former soldiers Jonathan Keith "Jack" Idema and Brent Bennett and cameraman Edward Caraballo--were arrested in July 2004 on charges of running a private jail and torturing prisoners in their own war on terrorism. They said they were hunting terrorists in a U.S.-sanctioned operation but were convicted in a bizarre trial that seemed to overwhelm Afghanistan's fledgling legal system.

Since then the men have lived in the prison, a concrete-and-brick monstrosity scarred by bullets and rockets and filled with more than 2,000 inmates. The Americans live in much nicer surroundings than the other inmates and have enjoyed special privileges, such as mobile phones and computers.

"The government asked me what facilities we should give them," said Maulavi Muhammad Siddiq Moslim, who works in the Afghan Supreme Court and was held prisoner for 12 days at Idema's makeshift prison. "I told them, `The best.' We should give them the best facilities possible."

But a recent prison riot has highlighted their situation and prompted prison officials to crack down on their privileges. Afghan officials say they have asked the U.S. to take the men back home or allow them to be released early, even though they were convicted under Afghan law. The officials and guards say they are worried about the men's security and mental health, chiefly Caraballo's.

U.S. Embassy spokesman Lou Fintor said he is not allowed to comment on the men.
Prison officials described Idema--an ex-soldier who had undergone Special Forces training and was the group's ringleader--as quiet and obedient. "A good soldier," Amirpoor said.
But Caraballo, an Emmy Award-winning cameraman who said he was filming a documentary on the two others when they all were arrested, has been attacking prison guards and acting unstable, officials said.

Idema, Bennett and their Afghan translator share one wing of Cellblock 4, in plush surroundings by most prison standards, with Oriental carpets and hand-carved sofas. A Web site supporting the men and featuring pictures of them inside their "cell" quoted Idema as saying last year that he could drink alcohol and had "a laptop, a phone, private bedroom, private bathroom, two houseboys, one water boy, satellite TV with the Playboy Channel," along with other amenities.═
About 550 prisoners share the opposite wing, guards said. Caraballo, who has converted to Islam and now goes by the name Najib, split from the men and lives separately, in Cellblock 1.

Center stage during riots.

Almost three weeks ago, prisoners rioted and seized control of Cellblock 2 and tried to take over Cellblock 1. Many were said to be Al Qaeda and members of the Taliban. During the riot, Caraballo used his mobile phone to call reporters and say he was about to be beheaded. Meanwhile, the Web site supporting the men said it had received reports that Caraballo had joined the terrorists, maybe out of self-preservation, and was yelling the Arabic phrase for "God is great" with them. At another point, Caraballo was described as a hostage, a tool used by the terrorists.

Prison officials said he never was in danger.

"He pretended he was one of those guys," said Gen. Abdullah Azizi, who helps manage prisoners. "I don't know if he was mentally ill or what, or if he just wanted to show off. I tried to give him an opportunity to come out. I called his mobile phone and said, `Come out.' I said we'd take care of him and separate him from the others. He didn't come. He just hung up the phone."
The four-day riot left six people dead and dozens injured, officials said. Afterward, Amirpoor confiscated Caraballo's mobile phone and laptop and removed the satellite dish and mobile phone from Idema and Bennett. Amirpoor said he did not yet have permission from his bosses to search the men's rooms to see what else they might have.

Last week, Idema, 49, refused to comment on his imprisonment. Bennett walked out of their shared room to a locked gate and said neither wanted to talk. "I do apologize," he said, looking gaunt and wearing a Special Forces T-shirt.

`Good guys' run Web site'

Bennett, 29, said the men did not set up the Web site defending them but described the people running the site as "good guys." The site narrated the prison siege every couple of hours, occasionally including telephone reports from Idema. Caraballo, 44, also refused to talk. He is due to be released in July, Bennett in July 2007 and Idema in July 2009.

In the past year the Web site has been the only source about how the three men live. It also is crammed with information and links; here it is possible to read the Geneva Conventions, order "The Ballad of the Green Berets," see "the top 10 lie-slinging journalists" and peruse the men's various legal battles, sometimes in both English and Dari, one of Afghanistan's two national languages.

"A whirlwind is coming, and hell is coming with it," the Web site says, near a picture of Idema with his fists up and the title "Fighting Jack."

The men also thank people for various gifts, including tuna, ramen noodles, Gummi Bears, Slim Jims, blankets, gloves and Dinty Moore beef stew.

Moslim said he has visited Idema three times in his prison cell, where Idema has given him tea. Moslim said he asks Idema to repay about $13,000, to compensate for money, jewelry and possessions Moslim lost when the Americans raided his house and took him away with seven other men. But Moslim also believes the Americans were deceived about him and deserve to be released.

"I want them to have even better treatment," Moslim said. "I don't have anything against them in my heart. But Jack should pay me my money back first."

July 2009..... three years and counting.....LOL!

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