I am Matt Zeller and I am trying to save my Afghan interpreter's life from the Taliban. AMA!
My bio: My name is Matt Zeller and I am a US Army Afghan War veteran, a fellow at the Truman National Security Project, and author of Watches Without Time (Just World Books, 2012). I am trying to save my Afghan interpreter, Janis', life. We served together in Ghazni, Afghanistan in 2008. He saved my life in a firefight. Afghan and Iraqi interpreters are promised that if they give the United States military one year of "faithful and valuable service", they and their immediate families will receive Special Immigrant Visas to come to the United States. The state department issued him his visa on 8 SEP 2013, only to revoke it for no reason on 21 SEP 2013. The US government took years to review his information and after all that time they felt that he was good to go for a visa. And yet, suddenly, in the last two weeks, a magic piece of information caused a revocation of his visa.
[EDIT] My interpreter Janis is online right now if you would like to ask him some questions I will relay them and his answers.
[EDIT] Ok folks I am heading out now. Thanks for all your support. I will let you know if there is any movement on Janis' visa. Please contact your members of Congress -- only through YOUR action can we fix this.
[EDIT] By popular demand I'll continue to answer your questions as you send them in. So feel free to post and I'll do my best to answer them within a day.
Here's how you can help apply pressure in the right places.
Please sign my petitions for Janis: