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Iranian Student Activist Shot to Death in Texas
Yahoo/ABC ^ | 1/18/12 | CHRISTINA NG

Posted on 01/18/2012 1:42:00 PM PST by EBH

A Texas medical student well-known in her community as an Iranian activist was mysteriously shot and killed in her car, just yards from her home. Gelareh Bagherzadeh, 30, was driving through her Houston townhouse complex around midnight on Monday when she was shot dead through her car window.

"When officers arrived, they found a vehicle had run into a garage door at that location with the engine running and tires spinning on the pavement. Ms. Bagherzadeh was found slumped over in the driver's seat," the Houston Police Department said in a statement.

Authorities said nothing appeared to have been stolen from her car. Her cell phone and purse were found inside.

"Homicide investigators responded to the scene and were told by witnesses that several gunshots were heard, a crash and then tires squealing," the statement said.

Police told ABC News' Houston affiliate KTRK that the last person to speak to Bagherzadeh was her close friend and ex-boyfriend who was on the phone with her when she was shot.

"[The boyfriend] heard a loud thud. He doesn't recall hearing any gunshots, but a loud thud and then a screeching noise," Richard Bolton of the Houston Police Department Homicide unit told KTRK.

Bagherzadeh was of Iranian descent and was outspoken in promoting Iranian women's rights and criticizing the Iranian government, according to interviews she had done with the Houston Chronicle

(Excerpt) Read more at news.yahoo.com ...


TOPICS: Extended News; Foreign Affairs; Government
KEYWORDS: iran; murder; spy

1 posted on 01/18/2012 1:42:06 PM PST by EBH
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To: EBH

What will the Obama administration call this one?

A “driving mishap?”


2 posted on 01/18/2012 1:44:31 PM PST by Steely Tom (Obama goes on long after the thrill of Obama is gone)
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To: EBH

“...was outspoken in promoting Iranian women’s rights and criticizing the Iranian government..”

Wow, the mullahs have tentacles.


3 posted on 01/18/2012 1:45:30 PM PST by Rennes Templar
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To: Steely Tom
Obviously a suicide!!
4 posted on 01/18/2012 1:47:16 PM PST by Licensed-To-Carry (Hey Obama! All you have done is awaken a sleeping giant and filled us with a terrible resolve!!)
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To: Steely Tom

This indicates that the Iranians have kicked it up a notch. This is not good and we have a President who can’t deal with it. Just like the Bin Laden operation he won’t have to. It will be taken care of by others on the inside. Pray they are competent.


5 posted on 01/18/2012 1:48:44 PM PST by Peter from Rutland
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To: Licensed-To-Carry

Yup, shot herself while driving...hmmm.

that or a stray bullet from some right wing hunter shooting squirrels in the apt complex, no doubt.

and those Amish have hunting rifles too!

Janet napolitano, please pick up the white courtesy phone!


6 posted on 01/18/2012 1:51:02 PM PST by Recovering Ex-hippie (Rick Perry 2012)
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To: Peter from Rutland
This indicates that the Iranians have kicked it up a notch.

The Iranians or the Obamnians?

7 posted on 01/18/2012 1:51:02 PM PST by Drill Thrawl (The damage is too extensive. Burn it down and start over.)
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To: Peter from Rutland

An Iranian lawmaker claimed Wednesday that President Barack Obama called for direct talks with Iran in a secret letter to the Islamic Republic’s supreme leader that also warned Tehran against closing the strategic Strait of Hormuz.

Obama administration officials denied there was such a letter.

Iran has threatened to close the waterway, the route for about one-sixth of the global oil flow, because of new U.S. sanctions over its nuclear program.

Conservative lawmaker Ali Motahari revealed the content of the letter days after the Obama administration said it was warning Iran through public and private channels against any action that threatens the flow of oil from the Persian Gulf.

“In the letter, Obama called for direct talks with Iran,” the semiofficial Fars news agency quoted Motahari as saying Wednesday. “The letter also said that closing the Strait of Hormuz is (Washington’s) red line.”

“The first part of the letter contains threats and the second part contains an offer for dialogue,” he added.

http://news.yahoo.com/iranian-lawmaker-obama-proposed-talks-us-denies-181749632.html


8 posted on 01/18/2012 1:52:42 PM PST by EBH (God Humbles Nations, Leaders, and Peoples before He uses them for His Purpose)
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To: EBH
"[The boyfriend] heard a loud thud. He doesn't recall hearing any gunshots, but a loud thud and then a screeching noise,"

Did the screech sound like "Allahu Akbar?"

9 posted on 01/18/2012 1:54:08 PM PST by Tex-Con-Man (T. Coddington Van Voorhees VII 2012 - "Together, I Shall Ride You To Victory")
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To: Drill Thrawl

The Iranians or the Obamnians?... Is there really a difference?


10 posted on 01/18/2012 1:54:22 PM PST by momincombatboots (Back to West by G-d Virginia.)
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To: EBH

Obama will blackwash this also.


11 posted on 01/18/2012 1:54:22 PM PST by boomop1 (term limits is the only way to save this country.)
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To: Drill Thrawl
The Iranians or the Obamnians?

Is there a discernible difference?

12 posted on 01/18/2012 1:56:01 PM PST by null and void (Day 1093 of America's ObamaVacation from reality [Heroes aren't made, Frank, they're cornered...])
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To: EBH
Two thing stood out to me here.

"[The boyfriend] heard a loud thud. He doesn't recall hearing any gunshots, but a loud thud and then a screeching noise," Richard Bolton of the Houston Police Department Homicide unit told KTRK.

Wouldn't most people state this like, "The boyfriend stated he didn't hear something sounding like a gunshot..."  He doesn't recall?  That sounded rather clumsey to me.  If you heard a gunshot, you would recall.  You wouldn't forget it.

"It's not believed that she was targeted because of her ethnicity or because she was an activist," Houston Police Department spokesman Victor Senties told ABCNews.com.

Well, believe it nor not, both those are still on the table you idiots.

Either this is terrible reporting, or the police are rather out of their element on this one.  Perhaps both.



13 posted on 01/18/2012 2:04:28 PM PST by DoughtyOne (This administration is Barawkward... yes lets try everything that failed in the 20th Century. NOT!)
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To: EBH

I wonder how this will play out? A hit via the mad mullahs who may have employed the cartel? (Rhet.)


14 posted on 01/18/2012 2:07:16 PM PST by Bringbackthedraft ( WHO YOU ELECT IS NOT AS IMPORTANT AS WHO THEY APPOINT!)
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To: Bringbackthedraft

Do not discount the family or extended family and the concept of honor...


15 posted on 01/18/2012 2:09:17 PM PST by EBH (God Humbles Nations, Leaders, and Peoples before He uses them for His Purpose)
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To: EBH

Muslims are evil!


16 posted on 01/18/2012 2:10:08 PM PST by TNoldman (AN AMERICAN FOR A MUSLIM/BHO FREE AMERICA.)
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To: null and void; momincombatboots
Is there a discernible difference?

Hmmm let's see.

Foreigner - check.
Hate America - check.
Pathological Liar - check.
Central Command economy - check.
Unstable hatred based religion - check.

Other than aborthion (0 luvs him some dead babies) I can't think of one.

17 posted on 01/18/2012 2:10:16 PM PST by Drill Thrawl (The damage is too extensive. Burn it down and start over.)
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To: DoughtyOne
The way it is phrased and oddly bracketed, one might consider she was a muslim woman living with a male.

It may not have anything to do with her activism, but rather with something called family honor?

18 posted on 01/18/2012 2:11:37 PM PST by EBH (God Humbles Nations, Leaders, and Peoples before He uses them for His Purpose)
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To: Drill Thrawl

I think there’s a difference - an obvious one.

The Iranians know how to use a gun.


19 posted on 01/18/2012 2:15:50 PM PST by Izzy Dunne (Hello, I'm a TAGLINE virus. Please help me spread by copying me into YOUR tag line.)
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To: EBH

That answers my question!


20 posted on 01/18/2012 2:16:43 PM PST by Peter from Rutland
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To: EBH

In fairness, the Iranian nuclear science community has had many such ‘accidents’ in recent months so if the Iranians are behind this then they’re not doing anything that hasn’t already been done to them. That said, let’s stop pussyfooting around and have the USAF do some urban renewal in Tehran, Qom, and etc.


21 posted on 01/18/2012 2:17:25 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: Rennes Templar
Wow, the mullahs have tentacles. Yes, right in our front yard, figuratively speaking. Enough PC, America, wake up!
22 posted on 01/18/2012 2:18:39 PM PST by ArmyTeach (Our liberties we prize and our rights we will maintain ... USS Iowa BB 61)
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To: EBH

payback for the nuc scientist, no doubt about it. Now about that porous border, Nappy ...


23 posted on 01/18/2012 2:20:36 PM PST by NonValueAdded (Limbaugh: Tim Tebow miracle: "He had atheists praying to God that he would lose.")
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To: DoughtyOne

Good thing the Houston kops were not around for the MLK assassination...

“We don’t believe Dr. King was targeted because of his race or because he was an activist.”


24 posted on 01/18/2012 2:21:03 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: EBH
"Police told ABC News' Houston affiliate KTRK that the last person to speak to Bagherzadeh was her close friend and ex-boyfriend who was on the phone with her when she was shot."

I didn't see where it was mentioned she was living with a guy. This guy was a former boyfriend. It's also interesting that the report doesn't mention him calling the police.

I think the bracketed part was bracketed because he was no longer the boyfriend. The used the term loosely.

25 posted on 01/18/2012 2:21:12 PM PST by DoughtyOne (This administration is Barawkward... yes lets try everything that failed in the 20th Century. NOT!)
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To: MeganC

Ouch!


26 posted on 01/18/2012 2:24:37 PM PST by DoughtyOne (This administration is Barawkward... yes lets try everything that failed in the 20th Century. NOT!)
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To: EBH

They’re here, aren’t they?

And,

The little man with cheeks of tan

is seeking reelection.


27 posted on 01/18/2012 2:24:51 PM PST by RobinOfKingston (The instinct toward liberalism is located in the part of the brain called the rectal lobe.)
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To: EBH

Eric Holder will have it ruled a suicide before the week is over.


28 posted on 01/18/2012 2:34:35 PM PST by Blood of Tyrants (Never believe anything in politics until it has been officially denied.)
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To: Steely Tom
"What will the Obama administration call this one?"

The White House is going to send DNC Chair Debbie Whatasham Schultz out to call it Tea Party inspired violence. And then announce more "enforcement" operations like Fast and Furious - to make sure the guns don't get into the wrong hands (i.e. American hands).

29 posted on 01/18/2012 2:44:29 PM PST by drpix
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To: EBH
Bagherzadeh was of Iranian descent and was outspoken in promoting Iranian women's rights and criticizing the Iranian government...

An honor killing, of course! She was driving a car, it was midnight and she was not accompanied by a male relative. Daddy would never stand for that!

30 posted on 01/18/2012 3:15:13 PM PST by JimRed (Excising a cancer before it kills us waters the Tree of Liberty! TERM LIMITS, NOW AND FOREVER!)
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To: EBH
""It's not believed that she was targeted because of her ethnicity or because she was an activist," Houston Police Department spokesman Victor Senties told ABCNews.com.

Police don't currently believe her death was related to her activism, but the death is mysterious. Bagherzadeh's cell phone and purse were still inside.

What is it with Law Enforcement (local, state and fed) with their "knee-jerk" reactions and conclusions that they ALL and ALWAYS come out with statements like this...even while the victims are still warm.

Is there a National "Political Correct" Handbook for Law Enforcement which makes this their default talking points?

Shameful.

31 posted on 01/18/2012 3:19:58 PM PST by Conservative Vermont Vet (l)
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