Wednesday, September 15, 2004

My Own Private Afghanistan 

Courtesy of our valued colleague Rorschach at No Capital: In a ruling that will come as a blow to entrepreneurs everywhere, three Americans, including convicted con man and former Fox News analyst Jonathan Keith Idema, were sentenced to ten years of hard time for running a privately-owned-and-operated prison-cum-torture chamber in Afghanistan:
They had denied the charges and insisted they were in Afghanistan with U.S. and Afghan government sanction to help track down al Qaeda and Taliban extremists.

"I apologize that we tried to save these people," Idema told reporters immediately after the verdict.

"We should have let the Taliban murder every ... one of them," he said bitterly . . . .

Idema has insisted since his arrest that he was operating for the U.S. government on anti-terror activities, claiming to have been in contact with officials working for Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld.

He said he was gathering intelligence in the hunt for bin Laden and other al Qaeda officials, blamed for the Sept. 11, 2001 attacks on the United States and believed to be hiding somewhere along the Afghan-Pakistan border.

The Pentagon has denied that.

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