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Watch: The King of Stolen Valor

Watch: The King of Stolen Valor

Oki’s Weird Stories finally made a documentary that’s relevant to us. The youtube channel has produced documentaries such as Thierry Hill cult, The Secret Space Program conspiracy theory, and the “gay frogs” rabbit hole. Jonathan “Jack” Idema’s was heavily influenced by Soldier of Fortune Magazine. Idema accredited the magazine for having become a green beret. We here strive to be the opposite of fetishized toxic masculinity like Soldier of Fortune.

Jack Idema was convicted by the Afghanistan government of torture and false imprisonment when he was granted amnesty he refused to leave prison. The American government distanced itself from Idema in the wake of Abu Grav. What Oki’s documentaries do well is uncover the anthropological significance of the cult of personality surrounding a story. Oki’s most successful documentaries revolve around cults and this one reveals a micro religion that commodifies the military industrial complex as an reverberation of a performative crusader mentality spinning into spectacle.

Idema died in 2012, Bacalar, Quintana Roo, Mexico his occupation was vigilante but Oki’s documentary suggests he was more of a swindler in collusion with an offset of the military industrial complex — having had a relationship with Soldier of Fortune Magazine’s leadership. Idema was responsible for Hoax Al Qaeda Training footage played across major news platforms. His influence on the War on Terror cannot be understated.

A large part of the documentary is devoted to interviews with Idema’s girlfriend: Penni Allesi who claims he knowingly gave her HIV. In the documentary she also claim false imprisonment and battery. Idema had many supporters who circulated revenge porn to her family after she left him. Irony being Ms. Allesi started out as one of these supporters who contacted him while he was imprisoned for war crimes. Oki’s documentary unveils the fog of war the way few others can.

About karololesiak

Karol Olesiak is a poet, writer, and activist. He is a graduate of Eugene Lang Liberal Arts College at The New School and an MFA student at The University of San Francisco. As a Navy sailor, he commissioned the USS Ronald Reagan, navigated the straits of Magellan, and served in the Persian Gulf. In 2011 Karol headlined The Bowery Poetry Club in New York. That same year he became a staunch supporter of The Occupy Wall Street Movement and became entrenched in the Occupy network of affinity groups. Karol was one of the founders of www.soldiersforthecause.org. He became an antiwar activist in 2010 and has written many political essays. He has been translated into Spanish. Karol's poetry has been incorporated into cinematography and sound art.

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