July 12, 2007

Gee, Who do You Pull For?

The good news, of course, is that either way, someone detestable is going to lose:

A U.S. citizen once convicted of running a private jail in Afghanistan for terror suspects and torturing them has sued The Associated Press, alleging it engaged in defamation, libel and slander.

Jack Idema, a former Green Beret from Fayetteville, N.C., filed the lawsuit Tuesday in U.S. District Court in Manhattan seeking at least $110,000 and other unspecified damages.

Idema, who listed a current address in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., was convicted of charges including torture and operating a private jail and was sentenced to 10 years in prison in Afghanistan in September He was later pardoned by Afghanistan President Hamid Karzai and left that country in June.

In his lawsuit, Idema accused the AP of ignoring truths about his work in Afghanistan to generate a "hot salient and torrid story of abuse in Afghanistan" to compete with a CBS story about allegations of torture at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq.

He also accused the AP of reneging on promises not to publish photographs and videotaped images provided by Idema or his lawyers unless it obtained publishing rights from his licensing agent, Polaris Images.

Dave Tomlin, AP associate general counsel, said: "The whole lawsuit is nonsense. The claims that reflect on the integrity and professionalism of AP staff are especially outrageous."

That last line, by Tomlin...

It made me laugh.

Posted by Confederate Yankee at July 12, 2007 01:02 PM

I am glad to hear that Idema is now back in the USA and as for the integrity and professionalism of the AP well we will finally have evidence in a courtroom of how silly that notion is.

Posted by: Jaded at July 12, 2007 02:49 PM

Idema is my favorite vigilante whackjob ever. Karzai probably pardoned him to get him out of pul-e-charki prison, because a couple years ago a massive riot was sparked when a few inmates tried to kill him.

Hopefully this lawsuit goes better than his one before, when he tried to sue stephen spielberg for making a movie about him (Peacemaker) and not giving him credit.

Posted by: paully at July 12, 2007 05:44 PM