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Posted on 06/21/2008 6:28:05 PM PDT by nuconvert
Missing a Father in Iran
June 22, 2008
It has been 471 days since my father, Robert "Bob" Levinson, went missing in Iran -- more than the 444 days that 52 American diplomats were held hostage after they were seized in Iran in 1979.
These past 15 months have brought my mother, four sisters, two brothers and me nothing but grief and sadness. We are no closer to finding answers than we were when our father disappeared March 9, 2007, on Kish Island, Iran. He was on a private business trip, and I emphasize "private" because, although he worked for the FBI years ago, he has been retired for more than a decade.
When he disappeared, my father was investigating cigarette smuggling -- a known problem in that region -- on behalf of several large companies. The last man known to have seen him claims to have been detained by security officials on Kish Island and says he believes the same thing happened to my father. A few weeks after his disappearance, a news article by Press TV -- an Iranian government-sanctioned media outlet -- reported that my dad was "in the hands of Iranian security forces." No other details were provided.
Since this report more than a year ago, the Iranian government has said it has no information about my father.
My dad disappeared two weeks before 15 members of the British navy were detained in Iran. Also detained last year were four Iranian American citizens. These stories received a great deal of media coverage, and all the people involved have been released. More than a year later, my father's story has been all but forgotten. Our family cannot understand why the fact that an American citizen is still missing in Iran is not a bigger issue.
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If "bigger issue" is defined as the lame stream media, those appeasers won't say anything to antagonize their friends in Tehran. Its gotta help to have news stories like this, even in the WashPost (Thank you, Wash Post), or whomever will publish it. And forward this news to our reps/senators/candidates.
More important things for the righteous media to cover...
After all this time, if the Iranian government hasnt made hay of this incident, or no one has asked for some form of ransom he is most probably dead and gone, unfortunately. ;-(
Sending an American Jew to Iran to investigate cigarette smuggling during a major diplomatic standoff over nuclear weapons - given the Iranian record of hostage-taking - is really, really stupid. His employers should have known better. He should have known better.
what does smuggling fund in those parts of the world? ;)
You took the words right out of my PDA. I agree 100pct. Hell, before I went to Bolivia in the 90s (unmarried/no kids), I researched the political climate and made the simple determination of my risk! This man had a large family and went anyway???? for what, again???? Surely, he didn’t travel well over a mile for simply a Camel...
British American Tobacco.