Thursday, July 08, 2004
War on Terrorism Update
From the Seattle Post-Intelligencer:
KABUL, Afghanistan -- Three Americans arrested in Afghanistan were on a self-appointed counterterrorism mission that included holding eight inmates in a private jail, a senior official said Thursday.This is pretty crazy, but it definitely fits in with the Bush administration's approach to fighting terrorism. In fact, probably the best quote fromt he article is this:
U.S. officials identified one of the men detained Monday in a raid in Kabul as Jonathan K. Idema, a purported former Green Beret who claims to have links with Afghan militia forces.
The American military has warned that Idema had been posing as a U.S. military or government employee.
Interior Minister Ali Ahmad Jalali said the three men had, along with four Afghans also arrested Monday, "formed a group and pretended they were fighting terrorism."Formed a group and pretended they were fighting terrorism, eh? I'm sorry, but I can't help but think of the Bush administration when I read that. Also, what do you think are the odds that Idema is going to be held as an "unlawful combatant"? Although really, at least Idema wasn't ripping off the Pentagon for millions of dollars like some of these mercenary companies.