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Review :: International
CIA spook caught in Afghanistan?
07 Jul 2004
Afghan troops jave detained a man identified as Jonathan K. Idema -- the subject of a United States military press center warning. Two years ago, J. Keith Idema, an American civilian adviser to the Afghan United Front, was interviewed on CBS' "60 Minutes"
Afghans Seize 4 Men Claiming to Be With U.S. Special Forces
Carlotta Gall
NYT, July 8, 2004

... Four men claiming to be Americans and posing as Special Forces commandos were arrested Monday by Afghan security agents in a raid on a house here, NATO and Afghan officials said Wednesday. At least eight men being held prisoner in the house and four Afghan interpreters were also detained, the officials said.

The four foreign men had sometimes posed as American soldiers and sometimes as peacekeepers for the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force in Kabul, an Afghan police officer said ...

... One of the men detained, identified as Jonathan K. Idema, was known to the military and had apparently been under surveillance. He was the subject of a media advisory by the United States military press center several days ago, which warned that he was an imposter pretending to be a member of the American military.

"U.S. citizen Jonathan K. Idema has allegedly represented himself as an American government and/or military official,'' the e-mail notice said. "The public should be aware that Idema does not represent the American government and we do not employ him." A military spokesman, Maj. Jon Siepmann, denied all knowledge of the arrests, but another American official said Mr. Idema was among those arrested ...

... "At least two are saying they are Americans and they give different names each time,'' Commander Henderson said. "There are two other foreigners but it is not clear if they are Americans." he said. The police also found four Kalashnikov rifles and some clothes with blood on them, he said ...

Al Qaida may have tried to kill Clinton
Martin Arostegui
UPI, February 6, 2002

... "The documents clearly list how presidential protective details are structured, what they do and what vulnerabilities to look for," said J. KEITH IDEMA, an American civilian adviser to the Afghan United Front, also known as the Northern Alliance, one of the members of the Afghan Interim Administration. IDEMA has analyzed captured al Qaida records, including graphic terrorist training video tapes recently aired on CBS' "60 Minutes" television program.

"Al Qaida studied the strong points and weak points of Secret Service protection, concluding that streets and open areas are the best locations for a presidential assassination," added the former member of the U.S. Army's elite special forces. An al Qaida assassination manual includes a study of U.S. presidential protection.

"Bodyguards always watch the crowd around the principal, instead of watching him," said one passage that concluded a relaxed, open setting would be the ideal environment for an attack. Another part of the text analyzes the sequence of vehicles in presidential motorcades, noting the heavily armed reaction teams go behind the presidential limousine.

"The terrorists could decide to take out the reaction team's vehicle first in order to isolate the president's car," IDEMA said.

High-level assassinations using mock-ups of city streets and golf courses were among the operations most frequently practiced at the Shomali camp, which was discovered virtually intact following the collapse of the Taliban regime. The 4-square-mile compound, where al Qaida's most hardened teams trained in urban guerrilla tactics borrowed from Israeli, British and American special forces, was never hit by U.S. airstrikes because satellite intelligence apparently failed to identify it.

IDEMA observed al Qaida did not train with sniper rifles or silenced weapons, preferring the shock effect of an ambush using heavy-duty weapons, like rocket launchers and machine guns. Their preference for spectacular assaults was demonstrated Sept. 11 when the terrorist network crashed hijacked airliners into the New York World Trade Center and the Pentagon ...

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"illegal jail allegedly run by the Americans"
08 Jul 2004
... A spokesman for international peacekeepers says only that he's "aware" of Afghan media reports that police also discovered an illegal jail allegedly run by the Americans, as well as guns and ammunition.

The U-S Embassy identifies one of the men as Jonathan Idema. But the military is distancing itself from him in a statement that says the man "does not represent the American government and we do not employ him."

He's believed to be a former Green Beret who supplied tapes of an alleged al-Qaida training camp to western T-V networks in the wake of the war against the Taliban in late 2001...

Author: 7KPLC
Idema was a Fox News analyst
08 Jul 2004

May 30, 2003

Former Green Beret and current Fox New analyst Jack Idema is suing Fox for stealing an exclusive videotape of an Afghani terrorist training camp to which Idema held the copyright.

Idema gave Fox some clips with the understanding that they would not reproduce it nor broadcast it until an agreement was finalized. Fox has been showing the clips regularly ever since.

Idema had planned on using the profits to provide humanitarian aid to Afghanistan. I hope he wins a billion from those thieves.
Arrested Americans Abused Prisoners
08 Jul 2004

AP July 08, 2004

. . . Interior Minister Ali Ahmad Jalali said three Americans and four Afghans were arrested Monday, having "formed a group and pretended they were fighting terrorism," Another Afghan security official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said intelligence and police officials found that the counter-terror group had captured eight Afghan prisoners. They were "hanging upside down" by their feet and reports showed that the prisoners were beaten.

An Afghan police official said the Americans appeared to be behind the detention of a Kabul man about three weeks ago. "They went to a house and took a person called Abdul Latif," said the official. "His wife told us she assumed the foreigners were from ISAF" - the NATO-led International Security Assistance Force that patrols the capital

Jalali described the group as "rebels" with no "legal link" to any Afghan or other authorities. Still, the intelligence official said the three foreigners were wearing uniforms that appeared to be from the U.S. military and were armed with assault rifles. Idema, described in media reports as an ex-special forces soldier in his 40s, cropped up in Afghanistan in late 2001 when U.S. and allied Afghan forces routed the Taliban . . .
"Plausible Deniability"
08 Jul 2004
Well you know what I think this all means? After Abu Gharib, the Pentagon needed a clandestine prison wherein inhumane interrogations could continue but with plausible deniability as to being its sponsor. So the big-brass contacted an old friend and asked him to run an officially unoffcial operation out of a small house in Kabul.
"Special Ops" Jack Idema
08 Jul 2004
Saturday, March 15, 2003

The Iraqi Connection

On a recent MSNBC talk show, journalist Mike Barnicle interviewed two players in the current war on terrorism. One was Special Ops and Green Beret Jack Idema. Along with former Green Beret, author Robin Moore, they wrote an excellent chronicle of the war in Afghanistan called "The Hunt for Bin Laden." The other interviewee was former CIA Director James Woolsey.

BARNICLE: Jack [Idema], on the ground in Afghanistan, for the months that you were there, fighting alongside the Northern Alliance, picking up all sorts of intelligence, engaged in all sorts of firefights, did you ever come across any link that you could establish, in your own mind, between Iraq and the al-Qaeda terrorist network? IDEMA: Oh, absolutely. That was like such common knowledge, it was unbelievable, not only common knowledge for us, but common knowledge for the Afghan intelligence agencies.

There was one thing that was clear – that our friends, like Pakistan, were not our friends, that they were helping al-Qaeda, but even more importantly, that our enemies were clearly helping al-Qaeda: Iranian weapons, Iranian documents, Iraqi weapons, Iraqi documents, Iraqi false passports, Iraqi money, letters and contacts and information, computer programs and computers that would link them to Iraq and to the Iraqi intelligence agencies.

From a soldier of fortune web site
09 Jul 2004

By: Jim McClain
Date/Time: 5/6/2004 5:16:16 PM
Anyone in-country or at home know of a Keith Idema, supposed counter-terr expert, trainer, and SF grad? He is targeting vets and humanitarian orgs who seem to be questioning his bonafides. He has a support group that gives him intel on real world ops as well as news contacts for photo ops. I, and several other Desert One vets, were identified as being 'wannabes' on one of his friends internet sites with the result that we have received hate mail/calls/email. Our only desire is to ask this person where he gets his facts. We were told he was on the "MC130 that blew up due to a CIA time bomb, and not the helo impact", but we did not see him on our plane as we were there nor do we remember the 'bomb' being on the cargo manifest. Our inquiries so far have resulted in an attorney threatening to sue us for questioning his authenticity. Any ideas or info would be appreciated as we are just poor church mice retired Air Commandos on disability. Thanks. Jim "Banzai" McClain..we go home now.

By: Sam Stapleton
Date/Time: 5/18/2004 4:18:17 AM
To: Jim McClain
Sorry for the intrusion on your list. I'm a humanitarian ops working in Afghanistan and am also trying to find out who this Keith Idema is, but so far not succeeding. I came across your post online. Journalists are asking me who this is - saying he is in Afghanistan (or was) trying to find him. Some folks I know at Bagram told me to stay away from the guy. I don't know. . . .