Remember those US citizens caught in Kabul holding people imprisoned, claiming that the prisoners were terrorists & Taliban?
A US citizen arrested in Kabul over an alleged freelance counter-terrorism operation says he was working with the knowledge of the US defence secretary.
Speaking before the start of his trial, Jonathan K Idema said he had been abandoned by the US government.
Mr Idema was arrested with two others Americans for allegedly running a private jail.
But the US State Department said they were mercenaries operating outside Washington's command.
Mr Idema claims to have helped prevent several attempted terrorist attacks and said he had regular e-mail, phone and fax contact with Defence Secretary Donald Rumsfeld's office and other senior Pentagon officials.
Among the charges he is expected to face in the trial, which is under way in a Kabul courtroom, is hostage taking.
Time to play name-that-quote: "If you are captured, the secretary will disavow all knowledge."