On the opening day of his trial in Kabul, Jonathan 'Jack' Idema, a retired Special Forces soldier, says his actions were condoned and co-ordinated with the Pentagon and Donald Rumsfeld:
"The American authorities absolutely condoned what we did; they supported what we did. We have extensive evidence of that. We're prepared to show e-mails and correspondence and tape-recorded conversations... We were in contact directly with Donald Rumsfeld's office."
Idema and two others were running a vigilante operation in Afghanistan. Police who arrested them found 8 Agfhani prisoners, some hanging by their feet. It is likely Idema and his colleagues were chasing the USA's $25 million bounty posted for Osama Bin Laden.
The UK Telegraph has the story.