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Missing a Father in Iran
Washington Post ^ | June 22, 2008 | Daniel Levinson

Posted on 06/21/2008 6:28:05 PM PDT by nuconvert

Missing a Father in Iran

Daniel Levinson

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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TOPICS: Editorial; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: 2007; 200703; 20070308; 20070309; boblevinson; cigarettes; cigarettesmuggling; dubai; iran; kishisland; levinson; missing; robertlevinson; smuggling; uae

1 posted on 06/21/2008 6:28:06 PM PDT by nuconvert
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To: nuconvert

BTTT


2 posted on 06/21/2008 6:29:22 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar (Who would the terrorists vote for?)
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To: Jet Jaguar

As for your tag line, see mine >>>


3 posted on 06/21/2008 6:32:14 PM PDT by nuconvert (Obama - Preferred by 4 out of 5 Dictators & Terrorists)
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To: nuconvert

Bump.


4 posted on 06/21/2008 6:37:45 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar (Who would the terrorists vote for?)
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To: nuconvert
Our family cannot understand why the fact that an American citizen is still missing in Iran is not a bigger issue.

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.

5 posted on 06/21/2008 6:38:31 PM PDT by C210N (The television has mounted the most serious assault on Republicanism since Das Kapital.)
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To: nuconvert
Our family cannot understand why the fact that an American citizen is still missing in Iran is not a bigger issue.

More important things for the righteous media to cover...


6 posted on 06/21/2008 7:11:39 PM PDT by NewLand (Veteran of Operation Chaos)
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To: nuconvert

After all this time, if the Iranian government hasn’t made hay of this incident, or no one has asked for some form of ransom … he is most probably dead and gone, unfortunately. ;-(


7 posted on 06/21/2008 7:13:31 PM PDT by doc1019 (I was taught to respect my elders, but it's getting harder to find one.)
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"... was investigating cigarette smuggling ... on behalf of several large companies ..."
- - -
I'm curious...
what "large company" would be concerned about cigarette smuggling, and why?
Concerned about theft, yes, but smuggling?
In the U.S. the only "large company" worried about smuggling
is the imperial government because they lose tax money.
But other than them, who would care?
Oh, unless maybe it was a competitor's brand that was being smuggled
and by-passing taxes and selling on the street cheaper,
then I guess maybe they would care.
Maybe I just answered my own question.
8 posted on 06/21/2008 7:15:55 PM PDT by Repeal The 17th
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To: nuconvert

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.


9 posted on 06/21/2008 7:33:15 PM PDT by Zhang Fei
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To: Repeal The 17th

what does smuggling fund in those parts of the world? ;)


10 posted on 06/21/2008 7:43:42 PM PDT by Operation_Shock_N_Awe (I'd rather be a conservative nut job than a liberal with no nuts and no job)
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To: Zhang Fei

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...


11 posted on 06/22/2008 8:33:18 AM PDT by LittleBillyInfidel (''Undocumented nukes want to do the job that American nukes won't do.'')
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To: Repeal The 17th

British American Tobacco.


12 posted on 01/09/2013 9:52:52 PM PST by piasa (Attitude adjustments offered here free of charge)
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