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Iran sentences American man to death in CIA case
Associated Press ^ | Jan 9, 2012, 10:18 AM EST | NASSER KARIMI

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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1 posted on 01/09/2012 10:47:43 AM PST by Hunton Peck
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To: Hunton Peck

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.


2 posted on 01/09/2012 10:52:14 AM PST by tet68 ( " We would not die in that man's company, that fears his fellowship to die with us...." Henry V.)
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To: Hunton Peck

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.


3 posted on 01/09/2012 10:54:26 AM PST by Made In The USA (This post may be recorded for quality purposes.)
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To: Hunton Peck
But, but... Rep. Ron Paul said that if we rescued the Iranians from the pirates as we did, Iran will love us.

This news story isn't really happening /sarc

4 posted on 01/09/2012 10:55:51 AM PST by Stepan12
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5 posted on 01/09/2012 11:00:35 AM PST by grellis (I am Jill's overwhelming sense of disgust.)
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To: Stepan12
But, but... Rep. Ron Paul said that if we rescued the Iranians from the pirates as we did, Iran will love us.

Did he really?!?

6 posted on 01/09/2012 11:15:30 AM PST by houeto
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To: Hunton Peck

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.


7 posted on 01/09/2012 11:24:09 AM PST by Tenacious 1
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To: Hunton Peck

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.


8 posted on 01/09/2012 11:39:44 AM PST by CodeToad (Islam needs to be banned in the US and treated as a criminal enterprise.)
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To: Tenacious 1

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.


9 posted on 01/09/2012 11:41:02 AM PST by maquiladora
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To: Hunton Peck
And in a related story:

Iranian sailors rescued recenty by an American warship have suddenly gone missing.

10 posted on 01/09/2012 11:43:49 AM PST by USNA74
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To: Hunton Peck
My heart goes out to the young man's family. Iran's government has little respect for human life or the suffering of individuals.

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.

11 posted on 01/09/2012 11:51:29 AM PST by Robert357 (D.Rather "Hoist with his own petard!" www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1223916/posts)
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To: Hunton Peck

Send in Wesley Clark ... They like the *(unmentionable term).


12 posted on 01/09/2012 12:11:27 PM PST by OldNavyVet
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To: Hunton Peck

Okay, Barack - what are you going to do about it?


13 posted on 01/09/2012 12:18:52 PM PST by GreenHornet
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To: Hunton Peck

Iran thinks it can keep on poking a hornets nest and never be stung. They are worse than stupid.


14 posted on 01/09/2012 12:19:42 PM PST by JPG (Matters at which the foolish laugh and at whose consequences the prudent weep.)
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To: Hunton Peck

15 posted on 01/09/2012 12:20:55 PM PST by sunny48
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To: Hunton Peck

U.S. Marine. Taking a vacation to visit his grannies in Iran.

What could go wrong?


16 posted on 01/09/2012 12:37:17 PM PST by South Hawthorne (In Memory of my dear Friend Henry Lee II)
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To: JPG
Iran thinks it can keep on poking a hornets nest and never be stung. They are worse than stupid.

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.

17 posted on 01/09/2012 12:48:19 PM PST by The Electrician ("Government is the only enterprise in the world which expands in size when its failures increase.")
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Gosh. I wonder if he’s a Muslim! ; )


18 posted on 01/09/2012 12:55:06 PM PST by sand lake bar (You have not converted a man because you have silenced him.)
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To: Tenacious 1

The article says that his family is of Iranian descent. He grew up in Michigan. He was in Iran to visit his grandmothers.


19 posted on 01/09/2012 1:38:34 PM PST by Purrcival (Herman Cain 2012 (*sigh*))
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To: Hunton Peck

Those crazy Iranians.


20 posted on 01/09/2012 1:43:09 PM PST by b4its2late (Only two things are infinite, the universe and human stupidity, and I am not sure about the former.)
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To: Hunton Peck

It’s like deja vu all over again.

Hey Obama: Iranian Hostage - Day 1


21 posted on 01/09/2012 1:47:56 PM PST by rhombus
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To: Purrcival

Even I don’t believe that story.


22 posted on 01/09/2012 1:49:13 PM PST by AppyPappy (If you really want to annoy someone, point out something obvious that they are trying hard to ignore)
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To: Purrcival
He was in Iran to visit his grandmothers.

That sounds plausible.

23 posted on 01/09/2012 2:15:13 PM PST by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: Hunton Peck

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?


24 posted on 01/09/2012 2:51:07 PM PST by GrandJediMasterYoda (Illegal aliens do not belong in the USA. Deport Obama.)
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To: Hunton Peck

Killing a Marine would be a very, very stupid thing for the Iranians to do.


25 posted on 01/09/2012 3:21:22 PM PST by MeganC (No way in Hell am I voting for Mitt Romney. Not now, not ever. Deal with it.)
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To: houeto

Yes, he did. It was in a debate.


26 posted on 01/09/2012 4:08:55 PM PST by KansasGirl
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To: MeganC

No offense, Megan; but I pretty certain they’ve killed quite a few of them the past several years.


27 posted on 01/09/2012 4:20:10 PM PST by Segovia
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To: MeganC

No offense, Megan; but I’m pretty certain they’ve killed quite a few of them the past several years.


28 posted on 01/09/2012 4:21:07 PM PST by Segovia
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To: Hunton Peck; ex-Texan
The Tehran Islamic dictatorship was hatched taking innocent victims as hostage and nothing has changed.

Iran's air force

29 posted on 01/09/2012 4:44:52 PM PST by M. Espinola (Freedom is never 'free'.)
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To: tet68

On Iran getting a nuke, it’s a non-issue, it’s 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.


30 posted on 01/09/2012 4:48:57 PM PST by Rome2000 (OBAMA IS A COMMUNIST CRYPTO-MUSLIM)
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To: houeto
Did you hear the debate Sunday morning? Rep. Paul said we should do what we did with the pirates in rescuing the Iranians so as to make friends with Iran.

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!

31 posted on 01/09/2012 6:41:39 PM PST by Stepan12
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Thanks grellis.


32 posted on 01/09/2012 7:11:11 PM PST by SunkenCiv (Merry Christmas, Happy New Year! May 2013 be even Happier!)
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To: Tenacious 1
I pray for this Marines safety and hope for the best.

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.

33 posted on 01/09/2012 8:05:30 PM PST by unixfox (Abolish Slavery, Repeal The 16th Amendment!)
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To: Hunton Peck

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 don’t support you. First rule of running a police state is don’t acknowledge lack of support. Running a police state isn’t 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 they’ll target them next as saboteurs just for the propaganda value.


34 posted on 01/09/2012 8:37:57 PM PST by Fitzy_888 ("ownership society")
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To: Hunton Peck

Note to self: never f***ing go to Iran.


35 posted on 01/09/2012 8:42:01 PM PST by xjcsa (Ridiculing the ridiculous since the day I was born.)
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To: M. Espinola
Nothing has changed with American politics either - - LOL !
36 posted on 01/09/2012 9:55:40 PM PST by ex-Texan (Ecclesiastes 5:10 - 20)
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To: houeto

I’m sure those particular fishermen and their families are grateful! But the totalitarian theocracy is not.


37 posted on 01/10/2012 5:26:49 AM PST by reg45 (I'm not angry that Lincoln freed the slaves. I'm angry that Franklin Roosevelt bought them back.)
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To: Tenacious 1

He was visiting his grandfather, who is Iranian. The USA had damned better get this guy back.


38 posted on 01/10/2012 6:01:09 AM PST by juliej
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To: USNA74

Right...WHAT IRAINIAN FISHING BOAT SURVIVORS??


39 posted on 01/10/2012 6:13:25 AM PST by halfright ("Peace is that brief glorious moment in history when everybody stands around reloading". -TJefferson)
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To: Hunton Peck

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:

https://www.facebook.com/#!/photo.php?fbid=3114536107204&set=a.1749941673196.97306.1378478661&type=1&theater


40 posted on 01/10/2012 6:43:26 AM PST by Auntie Mame (Fear not tomorrow. God is already there.)
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To: juliej; Purrcival
He was visiting his grandfather, who is Iranian. The USA had damned better get this guy back.

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.

41 posted on 01/10/2012 6:49:55 AM PST by Tenacious 1
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To: Auntie Mame
This is interesting... A poster on the Ulsterman Report, Richard B. Dawkins, says...

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."

http://richarddawkins.net/

No offense, I was wondering if your post was intended to be sarcastic.

42 posted on 01/10/2012 9:31:28 AM PST by Toadman (To piss off a conservative, tell a lie. To piss off a liberal, tell the truth.)
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To: Tenacious 1
I'm wondering where he obtained his tourist Visa to gain entry into Iran. There is no Iranian embassy in the US and he'd have answer personal background questions.

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.

43 posted on 01/10/2012 9:40:31 AM PST by Toadman (To piss off a conservative, tell a lie. To piss off a liberal, tell the truth.)
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To: Toadman
I was wondering if your post was intended to be sarcastic.

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?

44 posted on 01/10/2012 10:33:28 AM PST by Auntie Mame (Fear not tomorrow. God is already there.)
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To: Auntie Mame
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.

45 posted on 01/10/2012 12:10:56 PM PST by Toadman (To piss off a conservative, tell a lie. To piss off a liberal, tell the truth.)
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To: Auntie Mame

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!


46 posted on 01/10/2012 12:15:06 PM PST by cherokee1 (skip the names---just kick the buttz)
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To: maquiladora
I wouldn’t be surprised if he was there on a covert mission.

If he was there on a covert mission, we wouldn't know his real name, where he was from, any military service, etc.

Lot of fishy things about this story. Not buying that he was an operative for us.
47 posted on 01/10/2012 4:20:51 PM PST by af_vet_rr
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To: Hunton Peck

Was it the Jewish name that blew his cover?


48 posted on 01/10/2012 6:20:05 PM PST by Eleutheria5 (Diplomacy is war by other means.)
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To: maquiladora

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.


49 posted on 01/10/2012 6:41:19 PM PST by Niuhuru (The Internet is the digital AIDS; adapting and successfully destroying the MSM host.)
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