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Iranian Alert - June 30, 2005 - Iran Leader Linked To '79 Embassy Crisis
Regime Change Iran ^ | 6.30.2005 | DoctorZin

Posted on 07/01/2005 12:25:56 AM PDT by DoctorZIn

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The Washington Times

Iran Leader Linked To '79 Embassy Crisis

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Joyce Howard Priceand David R. Sands, The Washington Times:
Americans held in the 1979 seizure of the U.S. Embassy in Iran said yesterday they clearly recall Iranian President-elect Mahmoud Ahmadinejad playing a central role in the takeover, interrogating captives and demanding harsher treatment for the hostages.

"As soon as I saw his picture in the paper, I knew that was the bastard," said retired Army Col. Charles Scott, 73, a former hostage who lives in Jonesboro, Ga.

"He was one of the top two or three leaders," Col. Scott said in a telephone interview. "The new president of Iran is a terrorist."

The new president's hard-line political views and his background as a student radical in the Iranian Revolution are well known.

But recollections of Mr. Ahmadinejad's direct and personal role in the embassy drama promises to complicate the already rocky relations between Iran's new president and the Bush administration.

Donald Sharer, a retired Navy captain who was for a time a cellmate of Col. Scott at the Evin prison in northern Tehran, remembered Mr. Ahmadinejad as "a hard-liner, a cruel individual."

"I know he was an interrogator," said Capt. Sharer, now 64 and living in Bedford, Iowa. He said he was personally questioned by Mr. Ahmadinejad on one occasion but does not recall the subject of the interrogation.

Col. Scott recalled an incident when Mr. Ahmadinejad berated a friendly Iranian guard who had allowed the two Americans to visit another U.S. hostage in a neighboring cell. Col. Scott, who understands Farsi, said Mr. Ahmadinejad told the guard, "You shouldn't let these pigs out of their cells."

Col. Scott said he responded by making a rude gesture to Mr. Ahmadinejad.

The man about to become Iran's sixth president since the revolution became "red-faced" and stormed out of the cell.

U.S. officials have condemned the voting procedures that led to Mr. Ahmadinejad's upset in a runoff win over moderate cleric Hashemi Rafsanjani on June 25.

Iran's hard-line Islamic rulers, who have long and close ties to the incoming president, barred all but a handful of the 1,000 candidates who sought to run in the election.

It has long been known that Mr. Ahmadinejad, then a 23-year-old engineering student at Tehran's Elm-o Sanaat University, played a critical role in planning the embassy takeover in November 1979.

An ardent supporter of Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, Mr. Ahmadinejad was a founding member of the Office for Strengthening Unity Between Universities and Theological Seminaries. The OSU, as it became known, was closely linked to Ayatollah Khomeini.

The OSU organized the storming of the U.S. Embassy compound in Tehran. Mr. Ahmadinejad backed the decision and reportedly proposed the student radicals should storm the Soviet Union's embassy as well.

Mo Jazayeri, executive editor of the London-based Iran Focus, a news service that features reporting critical of Iran's Islamic regime, said in a telephone interview that Mr. Ahmadinejad "played an important role as the main security chief" inside the embassy compound.

Iran Focus yesterday circulated a November 1979 Associated Press photo that it claimed showed a young Mr. Ahmadinejad beside a blindfolded American hostage. But neither the Associated Press nor The Washington Times could verify that the figure in the photo was the future Iranian leader.

Mr. Ahmadinejad's office has denied he helped storm the embassy and said the man in the photo is not the president-elect. But the office did not comment on whether Mr. Ahmadinejad had other duties during the 444-day hostage ordeal.

Another former hostage, Kevin Hermening of Mosinee, Wis., said he came into contact with Mr. Ahmadinejad right after the takeover.

"He was involved in interrogating me the day we were taken captive," recalled Mr. Hermening, who, at 20, was the youngest hostage.

Mr. Hermening, a Marine security guard at the Tehran embassy, said his interrogators were seeking the combinations for "safes and other things that were locked."

"There is absolutely no reason the United States should be trying to normalize relations with a man who seems intent on trying to force-feed the world with state-sponsored terrorism," Mr. Hermening said. ....

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1 posted on 07/01/2005 12:26:06 AM PDT by DoctorZIn
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2 posted on 07/01/2005 12:27:45 AM PDT by DoctorZIn (Until they are Free, "We shall all be Iranians!")
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To: DoctorZIn

If this guy is a terrorist that held Americans as hostages before, then he is a target of this war on terror and there is no other way around it.


3 posted on 07/01/2005 12:28:21 AM PDT by A CA Guy (God Bless America, God bless and keep safe our fighting men and women.)
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To: DoctorZIn

I'm sure Socialists such as Hillary Clinton, Nancy Pelosi, Ted Kennedy and Dick Durbin will condemn the former hostages accusations and defend the terrorist President. Once a terrorist always a terrorist.


4 posted on 07/01/2005 12:33:14 AM PDT by Man50D
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To: DoctorZIn

Here's hoping his term in office will be shortened considerably.


5 posted on 07/01/2005 12:36:06 AM PDT by WestVirginiaRebel (Carnac: A siren, a baby and a liberal. Answer: Name three things that whine.)
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To: DoctorZIn

Is it true that if this President-elect was behind the hostage taking, that many of the ruling elite will have a tougher time supporting him? I heard this on NPR.


6 posted on 07/01/2005 12:40:17 AM PDT by eagle11 (A tell-tale sign of dictatorship's demise is its sudden assault on a freedom-loving people...)
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To: DoctorZIn

What possible difference does it make? Even if it was the reincarnation of Ghandi who became the Iranian "president," the position is nothing more than a sham to keep the masses placated. Iran is a theocratic dictatorship, and if the "president" is a former hostage taker, or a friggin' saint, it makes no difference. It's well beyond time to take that bunch down, before they send us a nuclear calling card.


7 posted on 07/01/2005 12:41:12 AM PDT by jim35 (I'll bet Dasshole is Deeply Saddened now!!!)
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To: jim35
Iran is a theocratic dictatorship

I have a problem with this term. Just because somebody does something in the name of God doesn't mean they are directed or inspired by Him. I just hope that secularism hasn't led us down the slippery slope to Gomorrah.
8 posted on 07/01/2005 1:25:05 AM PDT by carumba
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To: jim35

It makes a difference how he's viewed by the rest of the world. It's much easier to gain support for our position if everyone knows the score.


9 posted on 07/01/2005 5:11:03 AM PDT by nuconvert (No More Axis of Evil by Christmas ! TLR) [there's a lot of bad people in the pistachio business])
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To: DoctorZIn
Thanks to Phil Dragoo, we now have these pictures of the Jihadist in charge of Iran.


10 posted on 07/01/2005 5:27:54 AM PDT by Grampa Dave (The MSM has been a WMD, Weapon of Mass Disinformation for the Rats for at least 5 decades.)
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To: DoctorZIn
Photos of Ahmadinejad

From GLOBALSECURITY....

A younger Ahmadinejad from a photo from Global security is in the photo above.

Ahmadinejad is the dude on the right with the dark turtle neck, not the guy in the red circle. The guy in the red circle apparently died years ago.

11 posted on 07/01/2005 5:32:54 AM PDT by Grampa Dave (The MSM has been a WMD, Weapon of Mass Disinformation for the Rats for at least 5 decades.)
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To: DoctorZIn

Two words - ROLL EAST!


12 posted on 07/01/2005 6:23:49 AM PDT by steveegg (We will stay in the fight until the fight is won! - President Bush)
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To: DoctorZIn

How did this guy win the election overwhelmingly? I thought the young people wanted change. I'm really confused about Iran now. We kept hearing about how they were ready to overthow the mullahs ... now ...


13 posted on 07/01/2005 6:27:27 AM PDT by BunnySlippers ( )
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To: Grampa Dave

"we now have these pictures of the Jihadist in charge of Iran."

I don't know if this is the same guy. But even if he isn't (perhaps, especially if he isn't), this is a nice PSYOP to remind the Iranians that we don't need the threat of WMD's or a 9/11-link to justify kicking their ass.


14 posted on 07/01/2005 6:45:36 AM PDT by Airborne1986 (Well, you can do what you want to us. But we're not going to sit here while you badmouth the U.S.A.)
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To: BunnySlippers

He won the election the same way Saddam always won. The threat of death to you or your loved ones can be a real motivation to vote.


15 posted on 07/01/2005 7:44:53 AM PDT by Reborn
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To: DoctorZIn; admin; All
First let me remind the MODS: PLEASE REINSTATE KHASHAYAR!!!

The election of this devil in Iran has just bought the Iranian people a death sentence. Time is running out now quickly. I would hope that some Iranian (or special ops) would be able to take this guy out. Perhaps he could meet with some unfortunate accident, but it would have to be soon, as in now.

16 posted on 07/01/2005 8:16:21 AM PDT by Reborn
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To: Reborn

Are you saying the election was rigged? It may well have been ... but I don't see anyone in the media saying so.


17 posted on 07/01/2005 9:01:08 AM PDT by BunnySlippers ( )
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To: WestVirginiaRebel
Here's hoping his term in office will be shortened considerably.

Like a JDAM, well a couple of them at least, targeted on the podium for his inauguration. That would definitely shorten his term, possibly to a negative value. :)

18 posted on 07/01/2005 10:02:17 AM PDT by El Gato
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To: DoctorZIn

Hoder is calling Americans Bastard and Lewd!

You might be interested to see what he says and may be print his BS on the blog!

http://hoder.com/weblog/

http://hoder.com


19 posted on 07/01/2005 7:31:52 PM PDT by F14 Pilot (Democracy is a process not a product)
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To: Reborn; Admin Moderator; Khashayar

BUMP

Hope his nice profile page is still there!


20 posted on 07/01/2005 7:37:26 PM PDT by F14 Pilot (Democracy is a process not a product)
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