Skip to comments.Iran sentences American man to death in CIA case
Posted on 01/09/2012 10:47:41 AM PST by Hunton Peck
An Iranian court has convicted an American man of working for the CIA and sentenced him to death, state radio reported Monday, in a case adding to the accelerating tension between the United States and Iran.
Iran charges that as a former U.S. Marine, Amir Mirzaei Hekmati, received special training and served at U.S. military bases in Iraq and Afghanistan before heading to Iran for his alleged intelligence mission. The radio report did not say when the verdict was issued.
The 28-year-old former military translator was born in Arizona and graduated from high school in Michigan. His family is of Iranian origin. His father, a professor at a community college in Flint, Michigan, has said his son is not a CIA spy and was visiting his grandmothers in Iran when he was arrested.
Behnaz Hekmati, his mother, said in an email to The Associated Press that she and her husband, Ali, are "shocked and terrified" that their son has been sentenced to death. She said the verdict is "the result of a process that was neither transparent nor fair."
Under Iranian law, he has 20 days to appeal. Hekmati has a court-appointed lawyer who was identified only by his surname, Samadi, and there was no word about an appeal.
Gholam Hossein Mohseni Ejehei, spokesman for Iran's judiciary said if the verdict is appealed, it would go to Iran's Supreme Court, the official IRNA news agency reported.
Hekmati's trial took place as the U.S. announced new, tougher sanctions against Iran over its nuclear program, which Washington believes Tehran is using to develop a possible atomic weapons capability.
Iran, which says it only seeks nuclear reactors for energy and research, has sharply increased its threats and military posturing against stronger pressures, including the U.S. sanctions targeting Iran's Central Bank in attempts to...
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Iran, which says it only seeks nuclear reactors for energy and research, has sharply increased its threats and military posturing against stronger pressures...
This should tell us they are closer than ever to
having a weapon.
I believe there’s a very good chance that on the afternoon of 1/20/13 Barry’s replacement will be making some decisions that will be... changing this relationship with Iran quite a bit. Until then, I pray for the safety of this American and for our country.
This news story isn't really happening /sarc
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Did he really?!?
I pray for this Marines safety and hope for the best.
But I have to be objective. This is obviously a sharp individual very familiar with international tension and the relationship between US and Iran. What was he doing there again?
What passport did he use to get into the country? Iran allowed a US Marine to visit?
He may be one of those unmentioned heroes that we never want to hear anything about operating in a world that doesn’t exist.
I certainly do hope we have covert assets working for us in Iran. But I don’t want to know about it or hear about it for another 30 to 50 years.
I hope we get this guy back but anyone with any level of connection to our government or military that goes to Iran is making a serious blunder. They are just itching for any reason to kill an American “spy” to look like a victim of America.
I wouldn’t be surprised if he was there on a covert mission. But whether he was or not, the penalty of execution is not acceptable and clearly the Iranians are doing this in a desperate attempt to do anything they can to get back at the US.
Iranian sailors rescued recenty by an American warship have suddenly gone missing.
Look at the “hikers” that were detained as they were too close to the border. Look at the UK military inflatable boat that was captured by Iranian Republican Guards a few years ago which had GPS readings that showed it was in international waters. The Iranian government likes to take hostages and use them to make points with other countries.
It is time that other countries started to “play the game.” Iranian businessmen or Iranian military operating near or outside of the borders of Iran should be captured and shipped off to secure facilities around the world, if they are “deemed” to violate the rules/regulations/laws of other countries.
Iran needs to be banned from interacting with the civilized world until it changes how it acts. I realize that some view diplomacy and reasoning with despots and bringing them into a dialog with the world community. Iran's leaders have over and over again, been responsible for state sponsored terrorism beyond their borders and have no respect for world order or human rights.
I sincerely hope that a violent regime change happens in Iran, by the people of that country killing its leadership.
Send in Wesley Clark ... They like the *(unmentionable term).
Okay, Barack - what are you going to do about it?
Iran thinks it can keep on poking a hornets nest and never be stung. They are worse than stupid.
U.S. Marine. Taking a vacation to visit his grannies in Iran.
What could go wrong?
They are indeed savages guided by an immoral prophet and 'holy' writings that encourage behavior toward 'infidels' such as hostage-taking, rape, kidnapping for ransom, and looting, but maybe 'stupid' is too strong a word to use here.
Clearly they have taken the measure of the man in the White House, concluded that he is a fool and a weak and incompetent leader, and are acting accordingly.
Gosh. I wonder if he’s a Muslim! ; )
The article says that his family is of Iranian descent. He grew up in Michigan. He was in Iran to visit his grandmothers.
Those crazy Iranians.
It’s like deja vu all over again.
Hey Obama: Iranian Hostage - Day 1
Even I don’t believe that story.
That sounds plausible.
Has Barry made a phone call to the animals stating that if they do assasinate this Marine that it will be considered an act of war?
Killing a Marine would be a very, very stupid thing for the Iranians to do.
Yes, he did. It was in a debate.
No offense, Megan; but I pretty certain they’ve killed quite a few of them the past several years.
No offense, Megan; but I’m pretty certain they’ve killed quite a few of them the past several years.
On Iran getting a nuke, its a non-issue, its too late, the Taliban already have nukes via their puppet government in Pakistan, not sure how Iran getting their own is going to make that situation any worse.
All of this saber rattling about Iran’s nuke is just the military industrial complexes way off staving off big cuts to the defense budget.
Pakistan is a nuclear power and Taliban insurgents were within 60 miles of the capital and seizing control in 2009.
They had to back off because we were still a heavy presence in Iraq and Afghanistan and sent that degenerate Hillary Clinton over to tell the government to make pretend they were fighting back.
OBL was living in the Pakistani equivalent of West Point.
Pretty soon the charade will be over, and AlQueda will take direct control of all of the Pakistani nukes.
Iran is not going to do anything to challenge the US navy, its all propaganda
As far as the spy, Iran will execute him sure as shooting, and that muslim son of a whore in the WH won’t do a thing about it.
Well, we saw what are friendship and heroism cost us with an American in Iran being sentenced to death practically the next day.
When the Messiah and the candidate of Stormfront try to appease Iran, they will continue to get slapped in the face as was done with that death penalty!
Too bad the current pResident doesn't give a sh!t. What a pathetic excuse he is. Not ONE single mention by him or his minions on this.
I hope they all rot in hell.
These days, the Iranian’s are having an “accidental explosion” or “accidental refinery fire” about every 11 to 15 days and those are just the ones we hear of.
As the leader of a police state how do you galvanize what little support fanatical support you do have? Certainly, not by blaming the 60-70% of the citizens that dont support you. First rule of running a police state is dont acknowledge lack of support. Running a police state isnt rocket science.
The former U.S. Marine with dual citizenship was the best possible target for them from an internal propaganda standpoint.
The have a Christian and Jewish minority, if need be theyll target them next as saboteurs just for the propaganda value.
Note to self: never f***ing go to Iran.
I’m sure those particular fishermen and their families are grateful! But the totalitarian theocracy is not.
He was visiting his grandfather, who is Iranian. The USA had damned better get this guy back.
Right...WHAT IRAINIAN FISHING BOAT SURVIVORS??
This is interesting... A poster on the Ulsterman Report, Richard B. Dawkins, says:
URGENT! This incident about the Marine in Iran is a FALSE FLAG.
The actor playing the spy is actual Mark Ballas. He is a dancer and entertainer who danced with Bristol Palin for Dancing With the Stars. Sounds crazy but someone is trying to start a war. Here is the link so you see for yourself. Ballas was one of the demonstrators with the dancers at the Jefferson Memorial along with Code Pink. You know, the ones who were supposedly arrested for dancing. That was all staged also. Surely the government knew immediately that there was no Marine by the name of Amir-Mirzaei Hekmati. They have to be in on this. No Marine is ever called an ex-Marine. Once a Marine, always a Marine.
Go see for yourself. It is a jaw dropper. Ed Chiarini DallasGoldBug was the investigator and compared the biometrics for identification on this. Original source:
I understand the sentiments. I also did see where the article talks about his heritage and ancencestry in Iran.
I have heartfelt sympathy for this guy and his family. But this is not a couple of thrill seeking hikers in the mountains. This is a US Marine in the midst of the worst of times to be an American in Iran, let alone an American soldier.
All covert CIA operatives have copious cover stories. It comes with the territory. I have to be reasonable, objective and logical. Either this was very poor judgment for this marine to go visiting his grandparents or he was caught and that was his cover story.
If I were recruiting agents for the CIA, I would only dream of finding someone with the capable skills that was from Iran, knew the country and customs and spoke the language perfectly.
Again, you have to ask, why would an active marine take leave time to sneak into Iran to see his Grandparents. He certainly didn't go in uniform.
I do keep open the possibility that the guy did just use horrible judgment and was naive to the fact that an American marine in Iran was a high risk recipe for disaster.
Considering all the mysterious nuclear research site explosions in Iran in the past several months, I hope we are somehow helping covertly to disrupt their weaponization of nuclear material. I can't discount the possibility that this marine was somehow part of the covert team that I hope is active in Iran for us. If so, he will be one of the un-named heroes that never gets recognized for the sacrifices he makes for us.
I do pray for his safe return home and hope the president does something to facilitate that.
And this is the statement at Dawkins' website:
"The mission of the Richard Dawkins Foundation for Reason and Science is to support scientific education, critical thinking and evidence-based understanding of the natural world in the quest to overcome religious fundamentalism, superstition, intolerance and suffering."
No offense, I was wondering if your post was intended to be sarcastic.
I've had friends who've wanted to visit China but were unable because they were former US military (their visa requests were denied). Granted this was over 15 years ago, but based on entry requirements of many countries considered "less-than-friendly" to the United States, I agree with your reasoning and tend to lean more towards your second hypothesis.
No. My post was to convey information that might be of interest. Whether true or not, it is always a good idea to question anything we hear or read and if nothing else, the questions raised by Richard B. Dawkins' post are a good reminder.
I do not know Richard B. Dawkins; he is just an anonymous internet poster. Do you? How do you know the website you found is related to the poster I quoted? Did you go to the facebook link and read it?
I did follow your link, but could not find any reference to Richard B. Dawkins, so I googled "Ulsterman Report and Richard B. Dawkins" from a copy and paste of your text.
I'm not being antagonistic towards you, I just couldn't determine a cogent thread to follow. I thought you may be pointing out how rabidly atheist Dawkins is.
No, I don't personally know many of the millions of posters on the internet. I suspect that you may have confused Richard B. Dawson (at your link) with Richard B. Dawkins.
As for reviewing all information objectively, I wholeheartedly agree with you. Based on the information at the link, I don't believe there's substantial evidence that Ballas and Hekmati are one and the same.
I’ve been suspicious since I saw the ID card that shows the guy as “Marine reserve”. That would mean he’s still service-connected. And a proper ID card has the security background making it impossible to take a one-off picture of it. Then there’s the video of the “confession” ——that was not a Marine who had gone thru normal basic doing that. Correct me if I’m wrong but the Marine Corp oath pretty much rules out dual citizenship-——the whole story is double talk and mumbo-jumbo so at the moment I don’t see the problem. Let the ragheads keep talking until they say something that makes sense——holding breath 1 2 3 4 NOW!
Was it the Jewish name that blew his cover?
I dont’ know why we didn’t use Saddam to eliminate Iran and then from Iran, attack Iraq and take out Saddam. It would have eliminated two enemies and letting God get rid of Kim Jong Il would have made things quite perfect.