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Iranian Alert -- DAY 41 -- LIVE THREAD PING LIST
The Iranian Student Movement Up To The Minute Reports ^ | 7.20.2003 | DoctorZin

Posted on 07/20/2003 12:02:52 AM PDT by DoctorZIn

The regime is working hard to keep the news about the protest movment in Iran from being reported.

From jamming satellite broadcasts, to prohibiting news reporters from covering any demonstrations to shutting down all cell phones and even hiring foreign security to control the population, the regime is doing everything in its power to keep the popular movement from expressing its demand for an end of the regime.

These efforts by the regime, while successful in the short term, do not resolve the fundamental reasons why this regime is crumbling from within.

Iran is a country ready for a regime change. If you follow this thread you will witness, I believe, the transformation of a nation. This daily thread provides a central place where those interested in the events in Iran can find the best news and commentary.

Please continue to join us here, post your news stories and comments to this thread.

Thanks for all the help.

DoctorZin


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1 posted on 07/20/2003 12:02:52 AM PDT by DoctorZIn
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Join Us at the Iranian Alert -- DAY 41 -- LIVE THREAD PING LIST

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"If you want on or off this Iran ping list, Freepmail me”

2 posted on 07/20/2003 12:03:40 AM PDT by DoctorZIn (IranAzad... Until they are free, we shall all be Iranians!)
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Will CNN Never Learn?

Repeating their Iraqi mistakes in Iran.

7.20.2003

It appears CNN is once again in the business of burying news stories when their reports might embarrass their host country. If it were not for a student from Iran I might not have heard of this report. Fortunately the world of the Internet makes it increasingly difficult for stories to remain hidden from the public. The story I am referring to was published on gooya.com and while written in Farsi is available on the net. I contacted CNN for a response but they chose not to.

http://news.gooya.com/2003/07/18/1807-ff-01.php

Gooya.com is reporting that an Iranian student, Hamid, provided CNN with video of the attack on the student dormitories by the regime. The student was arrested by the regime and taken to the same prison, Evin where the Canadian/Iranian photojournalist Zahra Kazemi was tortured. Kazemi eventually died allegedly under the hands of the regime official Saeed Mortezavi, Tehran's Chief Prosecutor. The story of her murder has been international news for the past week.

But unlike Kazemi whose photos of the Evin prison remain in the hands of the regime, Hamid was successful in getting his footage to CNN. According to this report CNN is refusing to air the student’s footage, claiming it would endanger his life. But since they refused to air the footage the story has not received international attention and his life is now in grave danger.

It was reported that as the regime’s enforcers arrived to arrest him Hamid, he ate additional footage to keep it from the regime. They report that this young man was then taken to Evin prison where the same official responsible for the death of Kazemi ordered immediate surgery in the prison to retrieve the footage in his stomach. Since that time, due to infections caused by the surgery they were forced to move him to a hospital where it is reported he has four different infections.

Apparently CNN has not yet learned it lesson about protecting tortuous regimes. Just a few months ago CNN admitted that it sat on a variety of news stories in Iraq that would have exposed the nature of the Iraqi regime (New York Times, Editorial | April 11, 2003, Friday The News We Kept To Ourselves, by CNN producer Eason Jordan).

http://query.nytimes.com/gst/abstract.html?res=FA0C16FD3C5F0C728DDDAD0894DB404482

In both cases they use the same excuse that they are protecting the lives of their sources of information.

In reality, the only thing keeping the regime from killing this brave Iranian is international awareness of his situation. The regime needs to maintain the illusion of respect for human rights to provide the Europeans and Japan with an excuse for further economic ties. If CNN were to broadcast this report and attribute it to him it would provide him with the notoriety needed to keep him from being one more unnamed student executed by the regime. It is time for CNN to stop protecting this regime in order to maintain its office in Tehran. When journalists sell out their ethics for rating it destroys the value of a free press to protect the innocent from corrupt governments.

I hope CNN will reconsider its position on this story. It may save a life and perhaps redeem the soul of that network.

DoctorZIn
3 posted on 07/20/2003 12:10:23 AM PDT by DoctorZIn (IranAzad... Until they are free, we shall all be Iranians!)
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To: DoctorZIn
Doc,
Do we have to send e-mails and requests to the Medias?
We have to draw the world's attention to this case.
4 posted on 07/20/2003 12:18:22 AM PDT by F14 Pilot
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To: DoctorZIn
I wrote the editorial above because no one is reporting this story. If you can help get this story out it may save a life.

Thank you in advance for your help.

DoctorZin
5 posted on 07/20/2003 12:19:54 AM PDT by DoctorZIn (IranAzad... Until they are free, we shall all be Iranians!)
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To: F14 Pilot
Yes, please contact the media and alert them of this story.

Here are a few sources you can contact and please email if any of the information needs updating or correcting:

E-mail major media:

editor@washingtontimes.com;
letters@washingtontimes.com;
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Comments@foxnews.com;
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Hannity@foxnews.com;
Colmes@foxnews.com;
Oreilly@foxnews.com;
Warstories@foxnews.com;
Cavuto@foxnews.com;
info@ap.org
feedback@ap.org
editor@reuters.com
newsonline@bbc.co.uk
newseditor@independent.co.uk
news@sky.com
memri@memri.org (Arab)
editor@nytimes.com
letters@nypost.com
webnews@washpost.com
general@washtimes.com
abcsuggestions-l@list2.starwave.com
netaudr@abc.com
http://www.c-span.org/about/contact.asp
viewer@c-span.org
cnn.onair@cnn.com
letters@MSNBC.com
nightly@nbc.com
Today@NBC.com
space@voa.gov
CBS News...go to the "feedback" button at bottom of page

PRINT MEDIA

Associated Press
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Chicago Tribune
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Fax: (312) 222-2598

The Guardian (UK)
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The Independent (UK)
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Jewish Telegraphic Agency
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Phone: (212) 643-1890
Fax: (212) 643-8498

Jewish Week (New York)
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Phone: (212) 921-7822
Fax: (212) 921-8420
Gary Rosenblatt, Publisher

Los Angeles Times
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Times Mirror Square
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Phone: (213) 237-5000
Fax: (213) 237-4712
Jerusalem correspondents: Tracy Wilkinson, Mary Curtius

Miami Herald
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Phone: (305) 350-2111

New York Times
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Newsweek
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Reuters
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Time Magazine
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Fax: (212) 522-9153
Jerusalem bureau chief: Matt Rees

The Times (London)
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USA Today
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Fax: (703) 247-3108

U.S. News and World Report
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Fax: (202) 955-2049

Wall Street Journal
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Phone: (212) 416-2327
Fax: (212) 416-2653

Washington Post
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foreign@washpost.com

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Phone: (202) 334-6000, (202) 334-7512
Fax: (202) 334-7502


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Israel Correspondent: Gillian Findlay
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BBC - British Broadcasting
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info@bbc.co.uk http://www.bbc.co.uk/info/pcu01b/index.shtml

CBC - Canadian Broadcasting
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newsworld@toronto.cbc.ca

CBC Audience Relations
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CBS News
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News Desk:
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Managing Editor: Chris Hume
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Fax: 212) 245-7560
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CNN
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gerald.levin@twi.com
community@cnn.com
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1 CNN Center
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Phone: (404) 827-1500, (404) 827-1519
Fax: (404) 827-1593, (404) 827-1784

Fox News
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Speakout@foxnews.com
Viewerservices@foxnews.com
foxnewsnow@foxnews.com
specialreport@foxnews.com(Brit Hume)

1211 Avenue of the Americas
New York, NY 10036
Phone: (212) 301-3000, (212) 301-5226, (212) 301-3164
Fax: (212) 301-4224

MSNBC
www.msnbc.com
world@msnbc.com

One MSNBC Plaza
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Phone: (201) 583-5000
Fax: (201) 583-5453
Ombudsman: Dan.Fisher@msnbc.com

NBC News
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Phone: (212) 664-5900
Fax: (212) 664-2914

NPR - National Public Radio
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Ombudsman: Jeffrey Dvorkin ombudsman@npr.org

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Phone: (202) 414-2000
Fax: (202) 414-3324

PBS - Public Broadcasting
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viewer@pbs.org

PO BOX 50880
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Phone: (800) 356-2626


PUBLIC OFFICIALS

UNITED NATIONS

Kofi Annan - UN Secretary General
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Terje Rod Larsen - Personal Representative of the Secretary General to the United Nations in Palestine
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Mary Robinson - UN High Commissioner for Human Rights
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UN Refugees Relief Agency
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President George W. Bush
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The White House
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Phone: (202) 456-1414
Fax: (202) 456-2883

Vice President Dick Cheney
vice.president@whitehouse.gov

Office of the Vice President
Old Executive Office Building
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Phone: (202) 456-2326
Fax: (202) 456-7044

U.S. Secretary of State Colin Powell
secretary@state.gov

Department of State
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Washington, DC 20520
Phone: (202) 647-5291, (202) 736-4461


U.S. Secretary of Defense
The Pentagon
Washington, DC 20301
Phone: (703) 695-5261

U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations
799 United Nations Plaza
New York, NY 10017
Phone: (212) 415-4050
Fax: (212) 415-4443

U.S. Ambassador to Israel
Phone: (972) 3-510-8083


Your U.S. Senator
Find e-mail address at http://www.senate.gov
United States Senate
Washington, DC 20510
Phone: (202) 224-3121
6 posted on 07/20/2003 1:08:06 AM PDT by DoctorZIn (IranAzad... Until they are free, we shall all be Iranians!)
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To: Ernest_at_the_Beach; Pan_Yans Wife; fat city; freedom44; Tamsey; Grampa Dave; PhiKapMom; ...
Another great article by Amir Taheri...

This time about Iraq.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/949328/posts

"If you want on or off this Iran ping list, Freepmail me”
7 posted on 07/20/2003 1:56:16 AM PDT by DoctorZIn (IranAzad... Until they are free, we shall all be Iranians!)
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To: DoctorZIn

Any one sent any letter or e-mail to sleepy Medias?????
Let's focus on that poor boy tonight.
8 posted on 07/20/2003 2:34:48 AM PDT by F14 Pilot
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To: DoctorZIn; dixiechick2000; Enemy Of The State; Travis McGee; kattracks; rontorr; nuconvert; ...
When you talk about going to Iran people have images of hanging out in leafy gardens and traditional tea houses or encountering crowds of angry men shouting "Death to America".

But I spent many of my evenings with my three-year-old child in burger joints like Mac Mashallas - an Iranian imitation of McDonald's - the fast-food icon of the "Great Satan".

American-style restaurants have rapidly spread throughout Tehran in the past year or two.

They are popular haunts for young people who now have access to western culture in a way that is unprecedented since the Islamic Revolution.

The ketchup may not be Heinz and the Coca-Cola is certainly not the real thing but these are places where you can feel you might be anywhere in the world - almost.

That is if it was not for the neon sign saying respect Islamic moral values, the head-scarved waitresses and the portraits of Iran's spiritual leaders that seem strangely out of place in the world of Happy Meals and Ronald McDonald.

Cutting edge

The differences are shrinking in a country that once talked about building a Chinese-style wall around itself to protect its values from outside corruption.

Disney has penetrated this market like every other - at amusement arcades they sell Mr Potato Head and Buzz Lightyear from the Toy Story films.
While children play on flight simulator video games which say US State Department, I wonder who they think the enemy is being bombed out of existence on the screen.

It is only the mothers who look a bit like something from another planet - some in diaphanous headscarves and chic coats - others shrouded in seemingly endless layers of black clothing despite the searing summer heat.

But the teenage girls in outdoor cafes and fast food restaurants are pushing the boundaries like never before.

Short white trousers to mid-calf with no socks, pointy, fashion-victim, high-heeled shoes and skin-tight overcoats that only reach to the knees.

That is with long dyed blonde hair that is only nominally covered with a half see-through white or pink headscarf.

The effect is fairly electric - especially when combined with huge quantities of make-up. It certainly has nothing to do with being modest and demure and everything to do with being a rebel.

These girls are among 45 million people who are today under the age of 30 - the massive force responsible for the winds of change currently blowing over Iran - a country of 65 million.

And it is these young Iranians who have been taking to the streets recently to protest against what they see as the lack of freedom.

Open to outside influences, they now have a taste of what they are missing and they are hungry for more.

Pushing for change

The frustration is huge - one young mother told me she was thinking of taking her two children out to anti-government protests and just leaving a note for her husband to find when he came back from work.

He had warned her not to go - asking who would look after the kids if something happened to her. She was propelled not by recklessness but by a desire for a better future for her daughters.

For the slightly older generation in their 30s who remember the pre-reform years, there is an attitude of awe and envy.

They talk about having had to go to weddings in ankle-length black cloaks with no make-up or nail polish in case they were stopped at a checkpoint and scrutinised.

One woman who grew up during the first years of the revolution described going to England and not knowing who the Hollywood star Richard Gere was - to the shock and horror of her new friends.

Those were the days of isolation - now satellite television, smuggled videos and the internet mean that young Iranians can watch the latest films and keep up with western fashions.

In a country where - if you are a woman - you have to cover even your ankles to enter a government office, you can still watch Fashion TV or sex channels among many hundreds of stations you can receive if you have an illegal satellite dish - something that is now common.

Explaining the paradox

There are so many contradictions that make life in Iran difficult to explain - especially to a three-year-old whose favourite word is why.

"Mummy, you look ugilee," said my son when I wore the obligatory headscarf and overcoat.

But being at a phase where he mimics everything I do he of course wanted to wear a headscarf too and be equally "ugilee".

There were tears if he did not have a cloth tied on his head too when we went out.

He attracted such extraordinary looks of either amusement or horror being a boy wearing a scarf that I finally coaxed him into removing it on the grounds that he would seriously offend people.

"Why?" was a question I found hard to answer in simple terms - not wishing to introduce ideas about men lusting after women's ankles to my toddler.
I just said it was the rule and then my child complained Iran had too many rules.

I could not help but wonder if he had accidentally strayed into the realm of political comment.

Young Iranians are now trying to change the rules, and the question is whether the system will bend to accommodate them.

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http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/programmes/from_our_own_correspondent/3077935.stm

9 posted on 07/20/2003 2:53:20 AM PDT by F14 Pilot
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Pentagon Team on Iran Comes Under Fire
By MARC PERELMAN
FORWARD STAFF

A small Pentagon planning office under fire for its alleged manipulation of intelligence on Iraq is also dealing with other countries in the Persian Gulf, including Iran, raising concerns among critics about the shaping of Bush administration policy in this sensitive region.

Defense Department spokesmen acknowledge that a small, four-member team is working on Iran policy within the Pentagon's so-called Office of Special Plans. Critics contend that the office has been distorting intelligence on Iraqi weapons of mass destruction and links to Al Qaeda in order to strengthen the case for war.

A senior Pentagon official told the Forward that the office is "a pure policy-planning shop" and was not engaged in reviewing — much less distorting — intelligence.

The furor over the office and its role has emerged as a flashpoint in the larger administration debate over Iran policy, which pits moderates in the State Department against hawks in the Pentagon.

The administration is currently reviewing its policy toward Iran amid a flurry of accusations that Tehran is aggressively pursuing a military nuclear program, meddling in neighboring Iraq and harboring Al Qaeda operatives.

Neoconservatives inside and outside the administration have been urging an active effort to promote regime change in Tehran. Reports of possible covert operations have surfaced in recent weeks.

Several intelligence sources and Iran policy watchers told the Forward that the Office of Special Plans was a key factor in the push for a policy of Iranian regime change.

"They are running their own intelligence operation, including covert action, and are using contractors outside the government to do some of the leg work," said a former top CIA official. "Their area of work has been concentrated on Iraq, which is why the intelligence on WMD was so bad, but they have a much broader portfolio. The office is undergoing some scrutiny from inside the government given its poor track record and the lack of 'sanity checking' their products with the intelligence community. A lot of material they produce is not shared with CIA, not coordinated, and finds its way into public policy statements by the likes of Rumsfeld and Cheney."

A senior Pentagon official strongly denied the allegations, however.

"The Office of Special Plans is a pure policy planning shop and it is not dealing with intelligence," the official told the Forward, stressing that the office was not pushing a hard line on Iran, nor was it conducting any covert operations.

In a news briefing on Wednesday, Douglas Feith, the undersecretary of defense for policy and a prominent neoconservative, rejected allegations that the Pentagon had in any way distorted intelligence information about Iraq.

The Office of Special Plans was first described by journalist Seymour Hersh in a recent New Yorker article. Hersh claimed that it had emerged as a rival to both the CIA and the Pentagon's own Defense Intelligence Agency as a main source providing intelligence on Iraq to President Bush.

The senior Pentagon official said such press reports were "utterly false and a complete fabrication."

The Defense Department has three distinct policy-planning divisions, the official said: one on South Asia, one on the Middle East and one dealing with the Northern Gulf. The latter was renamed "special plans" in October 2002 and had its personnel expanded because it had to deal with an upcoming war against Iraq as well as other issues like terrorism, the official said.

The three policy planning divisions are supervised by the deputy undersecretary of defense for special plans and Near Eastern and South Asian affairs, William Luti.

The senior official argued that the press was confusing the office with a now-disbanded two-person team set up 18 months ago by Feith to review intelligence on terrorist networks and Iraq.

One member of the Iran team, several sources said, is Michael Rubin, an expert who is on the record as favoring regime change in Iran. The other three members are veteran Pentagon Iran hands, some of whom do not share Rubin's views, said a source with close ties to the administration's Iran policymakers.

The source said the office was very active in seeking out advice on Iran and was much more up-to-date on issues than the State Department's Iran desk officers.

"They are interviewing a lot of people, they are gathering intelligence and willing to support pro-democracy people," the source said. "They want simple stuff like funding satellite TV and radio into Iran and want the U.S. government to send a signal to Iranians that if there is an uprising the U.S. will support them. That is all at the moment."

Several sources said the State Department was seeking to improve contacts with Tehran and was skeptical of the neoconservative assessment that the regime was on the verge of collapse.

Gregg Sullivan, a spokesman for the State Department's Near East bureau, declined to comment on the issue.

A clear illustration of the debate is the shifting attitude of the government toward the Mujaheddin el Khalk, or MEK, an opposition group based in Iraq and supported for years by Saddam Hussein that is listed as a terrorist organization by the State Department. After initially bombing MEK bases in Iraq, the American military proceeded to negotiate a cease-fire, before eventually deciding to disarm the group.

Even now, however, some hawks are pressing the administration to engage the group and possibly use it as a proxy against the Tehran regime.

"The Office of Special Plans has been willing to reach out to the MEK and use them as a surrogate to pressure Iran," said Larry Johnson, a former CIA and State Department official who has been among those alleging pressure on analysts by Pentagon hawks to skew intelligence on Iraq.

The senior Defense Department official strongly denied the allegations, contending that the Office of Special Plans had in fact advocated cracking down on the MEK. He said the ensuing policy confusion was due to other government agencies.

State officials also question the clout and democratic credentials of exiled opposition figures like Reza Pahlavi, the son of the late shah who has emerged as an advocate of Iranian secular democracy and a darling of neoconservatives.

The source close to Iran policymakers added that the Pentagon was very much in favor of regime change in Iran and enjoyed the support of the vice president's office. He said advocates were hoping to convince the president over the objections of the State Department.

Perhaps reflecting the fierceness of the debate, a major White House policy meeting on Iran was postponed last week and will only be held after the president returns from his trip to Europe and the Middle East.

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http://www.forward.com/issues/2003/03.06.06/news6.html
10 posted on 07/20/2003 2:59:05 AM PDT by F14 Pilot
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We have to pay attention that, " Mortezavi" is not in a position to beat or order himself.
He has strong back up and support among hard-liners and he got orders from them.
He is not a human but the person or the team which order these cruel actions.
11 posted on 07/20/2003 5:18:16 AM PDT by F14 Pilot
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To: DoctorZIn
CNN is going to hear about this!
So is FOX, MSNBC,Washington Times, Canadian Broadcasting, and don't forget the BLOGS. They can spread news very quickly and some get a lot of attention from Washington types and the media. If someone has a list of some of the more popular blogs and can post them that would be great.
Seamole seems to be familiar with a number of them, if I'm not mistaken.
12 posted on 07/20/2003 8:03:18 AM PDT by nuconvert
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To: seamole
Hey seamole, are you there?
13 posted on 07/20/2003 8:04:12 AM PDT by nuconvert
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To: nuconvert

www.blogspot.com
Most weblogs are registered there.
2nd you can search as weblogs+news+politics in Google or Yahoo!
This way, you can find a list of weblogs.
I will try mine to give a list later.
Remember, most weblogs are filtered in Iran.
14 posted on 07/20/2003 8:26:57 AM PDT by F14 Pilot
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To: DoctorZIn
Iran's Khamenei inaugurates new ballistic missile capable of striking Israel
Al Bawaba, the Middle East Gateway July 20 2003


Posted on 07/20/2003 9:52 AM CDT by knighthawk


Iran's supreme leader on Sunday inaugurated a new ballistic missile that brings Israel within range of the Islamic republic, praising the event as a key moment in the defense of the Palestinian cause.

"Today our people and our armed forces are ready to defend their goals anywhere," Ayatollah Ali Khamenei told a ceremony for the elite Revolutionary Guards carried on state television.

"This divine force has answered all threats, and we are witnessing today that this divine force is now doing the same for the Lebanese and the Palestinian people," he added in the ceremony to bring the Shihab-3 missile into service.

Television pictures showed Khamenei flanked by officers and other clerics, at least 1,000 troops in ceremonial dress, and three of the Shihab-3 rockets on what seemed to be mobile launchers.

The report said the Revolutionary Guards, who have their own air force, were also given some new but unidentified attack and transport helicopters as well as an undisclosed number of Russian-built Sukhoi-25 jets, according to AFP.

Yahya Rahim-Safavi, the head of the Revolutionary Guards, said in his speech during the ceremony in Tehran that his force was now "ready to defend Iran against any threat".

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/949379/posts


15 posted on 07/20/2003 8:33:50 AM PDT by Valin (America is a vast conspiracy to make you happy.)
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A lot of material they produce is not shared with CIA,

Or anyone else. Of course the same can be said about the CIA, FBI, NRO, NSA..etc. And herein lies(sp) a major problem with the anti-terrorism bureaucracy.
16 posted on 07/20/2003 8:44:06 AM PDT by Valin (America is a vast conspiracy to make you happy.)
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To: Valin
Did you pay attention to the story of that Student?
17 posted on 07/20/2003 8:51:33 AM PDT by F14 Pilot
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Did you pay attention to the story of that Student?

? Could you point it out to me. Thanks.
18 posted on 07/20/2003 9:01:12 AM PDT by Valin (America is a vast conspiracy to make you happy.)
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To: F14 Pilot
And these idiots wonder why we were hit on 9-11. First the complain that we didn't pay attention to intelligence we had but couldn't prove, and now they complain because we are paying attention to intelligence we have. Which one do they want?

Intelligence is NEVER absolute.

19 posted on 07/20/2003 9:08:51 AM PDT by McGavin999
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Thanks.
I'll look to see if some specifically accept hot news tips without having to sign up. This type is the fastest to get info out on.
20 posted on 07/20/2003 9:58:57 AM PDT by nuconvert
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This just in...

It appears that some Iranian websites are preparing to carry my editorial on CNN and the Iranian Student Hamid.

We need the US media to also cover this story.

DoctorZin

21 posted on 07/20/2003 11:01:25 AM PDT by DoctorZIn (IranAzad... Until they are free, we shall all be Iranians!)
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"IRAN WON'T TELL US WHO KILLED KAZEMI" BY AMIR TAHERI

NATIONAL POST
July 18, 2003
Who killed Zahra Kazemi? This is the question that Iran's President Muhammad Khatami is challenged to answer within the next week or so.

Zahra Kazemi was a 54-year old Canadian photographer of Iranian origin who disappeared in Tehran on June 23 while taking pictures of protestors in front of the Evin Prison where thousands of prisoners of conscience are held often without trial.

We now know that Ms. Kazemi arrived in Tehran in early June and was "tailed" by secret service agents from the first minute. When news of Kazemi's disappearance spread late last month, the authorities feigned ignorance and even tried one of their usual tricks of implying she had been involved in an illicit sexual escapade.

The regime was forced to abandon that line after more than a dozen witnesses came forward to attest that government agents had abducted Ms. Kazemi in broad daylight. A few days later, the Interior Ministry announced Ms. Kazemi's death, claiming, "internal bleeding" as its cause.

That claim provoked a chorus of denunciation even from elements of the regime itself. President Khatami ordered an investigation by the ministers of the interior, health, and security. The preliminary results of the investigation shows that the Canadian journalist died under torture and as a result of being repeatedly hit on the head with a blunt object.

"We know that Ms. Kazemi's death was not natural," says Muhammad-Ali Abtahi, an assistant to Khatami for media affairs. "She died of a brain hemorrhage caused by beating."

Abtahi tried to circumvent the real question: Who killed Kazemi? He claimed that no "serious hypothesis" could be formed at present. The Health Minister, Massoud Pezeshkian, went even further in trying to cover up the murder by rejecting Canada's demand to allow a Canadian medical team to carry out a post-mortem.

Ms. Kazemi is not the first journalist to be murdered by the Khomeinist regime. Between 1998 and 1999 a total of 18 journalists "disappeared" in various parts of Iran. Their dead bodies were eventually found and Khatami ordered a number of investigations into the circumstances of their death. But none of the cases were elucidated or brought to justice.

The Khomeinist regime started its life in 1979 by murdering journalists. In that year the Khomeinists executed the director of the country's principal news agency along with the publisher of a popular magazine, a prominent television commentator and the correspondent of the British Daily Telegraph in Tehran.

In the two decades that followed, the Khomeinists murdered 42 other journalists, disguising the deaths of some of them as accidents or even suicides. Rahman Hatefi, a Communist writer and editor, had his veins opened, and left to bleed to death in his cell in Evin. The murder was presented as suicide. The murder of Saeedi Sirjani, a nationalist writer, was presented as a fatal heart attack.

In some cases the victims were murdered in their homes, the whole thing being presented as crimes by burglars. Some of the victims had their throats slit and their heads cut off in the medieval punishment reserved for "enemies of Islam."

Tehran sources claim that the murders are carried out by hit squads operating on behalf of the Ministry for Intelligence and Security. Lebanese and other Arab Shiite militants, who were brought to Iran in the thousands after the Khomeinists seized power in 1979, mainly form these squads.

What is surprising in the Kazemi case is the ambiguous stance adopted by Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chrétien. Ottawa seems to be under the illusion that the enquiry ordered by Khatami may discover the truth and bring the murderers to book. This will certainly not happen if only because Khatami has no power to arrest and punish the assassins who are ultimately controlled by the "Supreme Guide" Ali Khamenei.

Canada should demand an independent enquiry under a Canadian lawyer and with the participation of Western lawyers and criminologists. Otherwise we shall never know who murdered Zahra Kazemi.

Amir Taheri is an Iranian; journalist and author; of 10 books on; the Middle East and Islam.; amirtaheri@benadorassociates.com.

© Copyright 2003 National Post

http://www.benadorassociates.com/article/476

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22 posted on 07/20/2003 11:03:55 AM PDT by DoctorZIn (IranAzad... Until they are free, we shall all be Iranians!)
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Thanks !

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23 posted on 07/20/2003 11:21:24 AM PDT by Ernest_at_the_Beach (Recall Gray Davis and then start on the other Democrats)
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I continue to get reports such as the one on Hamid but they are all in Farsi.

If anyone reads Farsi and can translate these articles for me it would help us greatly to get these stories out.

Please email me privately if this is something you could help me with.

DoctorZin

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24 posted on 07/20/2003 11:37:59 AM PDT by DoctorZIn (IranAzad... Until they are free, we shall all be Iranians!)
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To: DoctorZIn
Wish I could help Doc, but I can't. Still, I hope someone steps forward. It's important to get all the news we can get.
25 posted on 07/20/2003 11:53:58 AM PDT by McGavin999
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To: DoctorZIn
I must take the time to thank you for pinging me to the Iranian threads. The Ayotallahs (eye - ot- Allahs) have much to answer for. They have abused Iran as their personal "pocket book" and playground. They can resist, they can struggle to hold power. But for naught...they will lose. They have tried to hide behind God. Bad mistake. I wonder if God will be as "generous" in handing out judgement to them as they were to the people of Iran.
26 posted on 07/20/2003 12:14:40 PM PDT by Madcelt (T minus 2 hrs till the trail - - see ya later.( keep pinging everything will be archived for me!)
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My editorial was just posted on an Iranian website, Iran va Jahan.

http://iranvajahan.net/cgi-bin/news_en.pl?l=en&y=2003&m=07&d=20&a=5

Others are expressing interest in similar versions of it.

Now if we can find a US site to do so also.

DoctorZin
27 posted on 07/20/2003 12:53:28 PM PDT by DoctorZIn (IranAzad... Until they are free, we shall all be Iranians!)
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To: DoctorZIn
That's great. I've been emailing for hours. Hope it's helping.
28 posted on 07/20/2003 12:55:24 PM PDT by nuconvert
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To: DoctorZIn
Being Sunday it poses a bit of a problem. But I'll keep emailing...
29 posted on 07/20/2003 1:00:06 PM PDT by nuconvert
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Could you post the translation w/ your editorial on the forum so other people on FR could see it? Maybe you could ask for suggestions in your comment?
30 posted on 07/20/2003 1:03:56 PM PDT by nuconvert
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To: nuconvert
My story is in English.
Perhaps you are seeing the farsi website.
31 posted on 07/20/2003 1:22:20 PM PDT by DoctorZIn (IranAzad... Until they are free, we shall all be Iranians!)
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I posted your English translation here..http://pub116.ezboard.com/ftimezone39828frm1.showMessageRange?topicID=1802.topic&start=301&stop=320 I've been doing a running post of the most significant parts of this thread there from Day 1.
32 posted on 07/20/2003 1:26:44 PM PDT by the Real fifi
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Thanks,

The article was posted in English on the English portion of their website:

http://www.iranvajahan.net/english/

I hope this helps as well.

DoctorZIn
33 posted on 07/20/2003 1:35:50 PM PDT by DoctorZIn (IranAzad... Until they are free, we shall all be Iranians!)
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No, I've been emailing the English story. Coast to coast. Newspapers, Tv, blogs, websites, colleges.
Suppose we'll have to wait until tomorrow though to see if anyone picks it up. Also sent to UK.
34 posted on 07/20/2003 2:46:10 PM PDT by nuconvert
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To: DoctorZIn
If anyone reads Farsi and can translate these articles for me it would help us greatly to get these stories out.

I don't, but here's a bttt
Thank you for the ping
35 posted on 07/20/2003 2:55:12 PM PDT by firewalk
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First the complain that we didn't pay attention to intelligence we had but couldn't prove, and now they complain because we are paying attention to intelligence we have. Which one do they want?


I'd like to recomend "Terrorist Hunter" by Anonymous (aka Rita Katz, director of the Site Institute)
http://www.siteinstitute.org/

or
The Terrorist Hunter Speaks: An amazing story of an Iraqi Jew at the heart of dismantling terrorism
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/936368/posts
36 posted on 07/20/2003 3:03:35 PM PDT by Valin (America is a vast conspiracy to make you happy.)
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Thanks for the ping
37 posted on 07/20/2003 3:06:45 PM PDT by firewalk
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OFFICIAL REPORT ON Ms. KAZEMI’S DEATH NOT CONVINCING

By Safa Haeri

PARIS 20 July (IPS) As a five-member investigation committee confirmed Sunday that the Iranian-born Canadian photojournalist Zahra Kazemi died from physical attack, it was learnt that her mother has agreed that the body should be buried in Canada, as demanded by her grandson, Stephen Hachemi.

"In a document signed at the Canadian Embassy in Tehran with the presence of the Canadian ambassador, Mrs. Ezzat Kazemi, the mother of Zahra Kazemi has officially transferred all her rights to her grandson for transferring the body to Canada to rest near her son, thus removing all objections from the Iranian government for the action", Dr. Karim Lahiji, a lawyer for Stephen Hachemi told Iran Press Service.

So far, the Iranian authorities had rejected the demand on the basis that the slain photographer was an Iranian citizen in the one hand and that her mother wanted she be buried near her.

Meanwhile, in a report submitted to President Mohammad Khatami and released by the official news agency IRNA, ministers of Culture and Islamic Guidance, Information (Intelligence), Interior, Justice and Health concluded that the 54 years-old Kazemi died of brain haemorrhage caused by a break in her skull.

They confirmed that the public Prosecutor of Tehran and the Islamic Revolution tribunals (the notorious Judge Sa’id Mortazavi), believed to have hit Ms. Kazemi on her head, had been present "at times" at the interrogations, but failed to name any of the interrogators.

According to the report, the victim had been detained several days at the office of the Prosecutor, the Intelligence Unit of the Law Enforcement Forces and the Intelligence Ministry before being transferred to hospital, where she died on 10 July.

Thought the report says that the three organs which hold her have all confirmed that she behaved "aggressively and provocatively at all stages" of the interrogations, answering never "clearly" the questions, but it do not say why she "screamed" when, in Evin Prison, she heard the voice of one of the interrogator?

The report also make no mention of the reason for her arrest, made by agents of the public prosecutor near Evin Prison, but say that the area she was taking picture was clearly marked as prohibited for photography.

But according to various informed sources, Mr. Mortazavi had ordered the arrest, charging Ms. Kazemi with espionage.

Ms. Kazemi was arrested while taking photo from Evin prison compound where families of those arrested during the past month’s students-led popular anti-regime protests were staging demonstration on June 23.

Better known as "The Butcher of the press" for having placed behind bars more than 20 journalists and shut down hundred publications in the past two years, Judge Mortazavi had been promoted recently by the leader of the regime, Ayatollah Ali Khameneh'i to the post of public Prosecutor.

The report says that the fatal blow to the head of Ms. Kazemi took place three days after the arrest and probably 24 hours before, not making clear that on that time, she had been at the prosecutor’s office or at the hands of the LEF.

However, the report calls for the identification and interrogation of all those who, on that period, had been in contact with the photographer.

"All together, she spent 21 hours at the prosecutor’s office, 26 hours at the Intelligence Unit of the LEF and another 26 hours at the Intelligence Ministry", the report states, adding that once arrested and taken to Evin, she had "blackened" the films by taking them out of her camera.

Experts who read the report say it is "far from convincing" and added that the general undertone is to show that not only the photographer was guilty of misconduct, breach of the laws, but her provocative and aggressive attitude during interrogations might have led to some violence by the interrogators.

"The death of a foreign journalist is not a trivial matter. Mortazavi has to answer for his deeds. Mortazavi is not fit to be a judge", Mr. Mohsen Armin, an outspoken lawmaker told the Majles on Sunday.

"An investigation that merely states the cause of death is not enough", he told the embattled Khatami.

President Khatami had formed the four minister investigative committee, joined latter by the Health Minister, under mounting international and domestic pressures, vowing he would not compromise in confronting those responsible.

The death of Ms. Kazemi created an international outrage, with many international and Iranian human rights and press organization urging the Iranian authorities to promptly identify all those who ordered the arrest of Ms. Kazemi as well as all those who carried the interrogations and tortures.

"We know that Mortazavi is not a man to commit those illegalities if not having protection from more powerful men", Mr. Armin said in an indirect reference to Mr. Khameneh’i, as the direct responsible for the Islamic Judiciary.

Armin, who is both the Deputy Speaker and vice-Chairman of the Majles’ Security and Foreign Affairs Committee also blasted the Judiciary for allegedly killing the Canadian-Iranian photographer, saying heads should roll in the hard line bastion if the Islamic republic's reputation is to be restored.

Mr. Armin singled out Mr. Mortazavi as "the very man at the center of all recent crackdowns, illegal arrest of students, scholars, journalists and intellectuals, including the death of Ms. Kazemi".

"She was arrested and was hit and beaten. She had a brain hemorrhage because her skull was broken", Armin said, adding: "Instead of respecting the dignity of journalists and the reputation of the Islamic republic by punishing those who beat her, Mortazavi ordered her to stay in detention" -- despite recommendations to the contrary from the intelligence service, he alleged.

He said that Mortazavi had accused Ms. Kazemi of being a spy and then tried to cover up the killing, referring to the fact that the authorities had first said that the photographer died on brain stroke.

Informed sources revealed to Iran Press Service that Mortazavi had summoned the Guidance Ministry’s General Director in charge of the foreign press to state that Ms. Kazemi died of brain stroke and also told the official news agency IRNA to put out a similar statement.

Defending Judge Mortazavi, pro-conservative newspapers claimed Sunday that Ms. Kazemi had a precedence of brain stroke.

"Evidence shows the reformists' propaganda machine has begun its project aimed at removing Mortazavi" wrote Mr. Amir Mohebian, an editor of the pro-conservative daily "Resalat". "Mortazavi is the only Judge that stands to enemies of the regime", said a students group controlled by hard liners.

"Mortazavi ordered a story put out that she simply died of a brain stroke and ordered the family to urgently bury her", Armin told deputies in a barrage of criticism levelled against the judge over the Kazemi case and the recent jailing of a number of pro-reform journalists and pro-democracy students who were involved in a recent wave of anti-regime protests.

"If we stay silent and do nothing about this it will eventually lead to serial killings", Armin said, referring to a string of murders of prominent politicians and intellectuals at the end of November 1998.

Defying Ayatollah Khameneh’i, who had said at the time that the murders were to work of "foreign hands", President Khatami ordered the formation of an investigation committee that concluded that high-ranking agents of the Intelligence Ministry, then led by Hojjatoleslam Dorri Najafabadi, had carried out the assassinations.

Mrs. Elaheh Koula’i, another reformist MM and member of the National Security and Foreign Affairs Committee also condemned the "undignified attack on and beating up of Zahra Kazemi".

She said the killing was part of what has become "an atmosphere of censorship in the press and the halting of all criticism".

Majlis Speaker Mehdi Karroubi, a close ally of Khatami, Karroubi said the Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) had decided in its Saturday meeting to forward the report on the Kazemi’s issue to Judiciary Chief Ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi Shahroudi, the man who is both the boss and protector of Judge Mortazavi.

"The Judiciary chief will accordingly appoint a competent judge to immediately study the case, and report the results as soon as possible", he told journalists.

But most Iranian observers doubt that the case of Ms. Kazemi would go any further than that of the Serial Murders. ENDS JOURNALIST DIES 20703

http://www.iran-press-service.com/
38 posted on 07/20/2003 5:23:03 PM PDT by DoctorZIn (IranAzad... Until they are free, we shall all be Iranians!)
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Tense situation among military forces stationned in Esfahan

SMCCDI (Information Service)
Jul 20, 2003

The existing tension has increased in Esfahan and especially among the military forces, stationned in this city. More special troops have been transferred to the city in order to avoid a revolt of the population and the militaries.

This increase of the tension follows the arrest of the head of Ayatollah Jalaledin Taheri's offices, by members of the Intelligence Division of the Pasdaran Corp., and the confiscation of most of the documents and letters received by the dissident cleric. Several members of the local Bassidj force who were protecting Taheri's Office Manager were arrested as well during the rush attack as they tried to defend the offices premises and his home.

These forces were already disarmed since the beginning of this month and following the issuance of another strong letter, by Taheri, in support of the students and those seeking Freedom.

Taheri had defied, already and last year, in an unprecedented letter, the rule of the Supreme leader and condemned the existing conditions in Iran. In this first letter, he resigned publicly from his function of representing the Supreme Leader in this rebellious city.

The transferred members of the Special forces have been stationned in the casernes of the local militia and regular army and have been given the charge of controlling the city and its military forces.

It's to note that several demonstrators have been killed and hundreds injured in this city during the last 2 years.

http://www.daneshjoo.org/generalnews/article/publish/article_1264.shtml

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39 posted on 07/20/2003 5:28:26 PM PDT by DoctorZIn (IranAzad... Until they are free, we shall all be Iranians!)
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So Iran is technically occupied by a foreign army?
40 posted on 07/20/2003 5:47:28 PM PDT by McGavin999
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To: McGavin999
yes. Arab.
41 posted on 07/20/2003 5:50:16 PM PDT by DoctorZIn (IranAzad... Until they are free, we shall all be Iranians!)
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Reformists blast hardliners for killing of Kazemi

World News
Jul 20, 2003

TEHRAN - Iranian reformist MPs Sunday blasted the judiciary for allegedly killing a Canadian-Iranian photographer, saying heads should roll in the hardline bastion to restore the image of the Islamic republic.

In a parliamentary debate over the death of 54-year-old Zahra Kazemi carried live on state radio, one outspoken reformer also pointed the finger at Tehran's puritanical public prosecutor Saeed Mortazavi for failing to prevent her death.

"She was arrested and was hit and beaten. She had a brain haemorrhage because her skull was broken," said Mohsen Armin, a reformist deputy and senior member of the Majlis committee on foreign affairs and national security.

"Instead of respecting the dignity of journalists and the reputation of the Islamic republic by punishing those who beat her, Mortazavi ordered her to stay in detention" -- despite recommendations to the contrary from the intelligence service, he alleged.

Kazemi, 54, was arrested on June 23 for taking photographs of protestors outside Evin prison in northern Tehran, who were demanding the release of relatives locked up during last month's wave of anti-regime protests.

She was transferred three days later to Baghiatollah Azam hospital, which is run by the hardline Revolutionary Guards, where she died.

Armin said that Mortazavi accused her of being a spy and then tried to cover up the killing.

The judge at the heart of the allegations is a bete noire for reformers for closing down of scores of reformist newspapers and jailing journalists when he was head of Tehran's press court.

Mortazavi "ordered a story put out that she simply died of a brain haemorrhage, and ordered the family to urgently bury her," Armin told deputies in a barrage of criticism levelled against the judge over the Kazemi case and the recent jailing of a number of pro-reform journalists and pro-democracy students.

"The death of a foreign journalist is not a trivial matter. Mortazavi has to answer for his deeds. Mortazavi is not fit to be a judge," he said, telling embattled pro-reform President Mohammad Khatami that an investigation that merely states the cause of death "is not enough".

"If we stay silent and do nothing about this it will eventually lead to serial killings," he said, referring to the serial killings of dissidents in 1999 that were eventually blamed on "rogue" intelligence agents.

"This has taken the country to a new crisis and has irreversibly tarnished the country's image."

Elaheh Koulaiee, another reformist MP and national security committee member also condemned the "undignified attack on and beating up of Zahra Kazemi".

She said the killing was part of what has become "an atmosphere of censorship in the press and the halting of all criticism".

Majlis speaker Mehdi Karubi, a close ally of Khatami, voiced his "deep sorrow" over Kazemi's death, and announced that the head of the judiciary would appoint an "experienced judge" to follow up the case "and restore the reputation of the regime."

http://www.daneshjoo.org/generalnews/article/publish/article_1265.shtml
42 posted on 07/20/2003 7:44:58 PM PDT by DoctorZIn (IranAzad... Until they are free, we shall all be Iranians!)
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"...carried live on state radio" "She had a brain haemorrhage because her skull was broken," said Mohsen Armin,..."

Does he have political ambitions?
43 posted on 07/20/2003 8:18:40 PM PDT by nuconvert
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To: DoctorZIn
Freedom44 posted the article under News/Activism Editorial not long ago
44 posted on 07/20/2003 9:12:54 PM PDT by nuconvert
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Late night bump!

Thanks for all of your posts today!
45 posted on 07/20/2003 10:14:22 PM PDT by dixiechick2000 ("Even if you're on the right track, you'll get run over if you just sit there." --Will Rogers)
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To: DoctorZIn
Just checking in briefly -- happened to see a news item a few minutes ago about the Cuban jamming. They made it sound like it just started. Fox news, I think??
46 posted on 07/20/2003 10:29:53 PM PDT by Eala
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OFFICIAL REPORT ON Ms. KAZEMI’S DEATH NOT CONVINCING

By Safa Haeri

PARIS 20 July (IPS) As a five-member investigation committee confirmed Sunday that the Iranian-born Canadian photojournalist Zahra Kazemi died from physical attack, it was learnt that her mother has agreed that the body should be buried in Canada, as demanded by her grandson, Stephen Hachemi.

"In a document signed at the Canadian Embassy in Tehran with the presence of the Canadian ambassador, Mrs. Ezzat Kazemi, the mother of Zahra Kazemi has officially transferred all her rights to her grandson for transferring the body to Canada to rest near her son, thus removing all objections from the Iranian government for the action", Dr. Karim Lahiji, a lawyer for Stephen Hachemi told Iran Press Service.

So far, the Iranian authorities had rejected the demand on the basis that the slain photographer was an Iranian citizen in the one hand and that her mother wanted she be buried near her.

Meanwhile, in a report submitted to President Mohammad Khatami and released by the official news agency IRNA, ministers of Culture and Islamic Guidance, Information (Intelligence), Interior, Justice and Health concluded that the 54 years-old Kazemi died of brain haemorrhage caused by a break in her skull.

They confirmed that the public Prosecutor of Tehran and the Islamic Revolution tribunals (the notorious Judge Sa’id Mortazavi), believed to have hit Ms. Kazemi on her head, had been present "at times" at the interrogations, but failed to name any of the interrogators.

According to the report, the victim had been detained several days at the office of the Prosecutor, the Intelligence Unit of the Law Enforcement Forces and the Intelligence Ministry before being transferred to hospital, where she died on 10 July.

Thought the report says that the three organs which hold her have all confirmed that she behaved "aggressively and provocatively at all stages" of the interrogations, answering never "clearly" the questions, but it do not say why she "screamed" when, in Evin Prison, she heard the voice of one of the interrogator?

The report also make no mention of the reason for her arrest, made by agents of the public prosecutor near Evin Prison, but say that the area she was taking picture was clearly marked as prohibited for photography.

But according to various informed sources, Mr. Mortazavi had ordered the arrest, charging Ms. Kazemi with espionage.

Ms. Kazemi was arrested while taking photo from Evin prison compound where families of those arrested during the past month’s students-led popular anti-regime protests were staging demonstration on June 23.

Better known as "The Butcher of the press" for having placed behind bars more than 20 journalists and shut down hundred publications in the past two years, Judge Mortazavi had been promoted recently by the leader of the regime, Ayatollah Ali Khameneh'i to the post of public Prosecutor.

The report says that the fatal blow to the head of Ms. Kazemi took place three days after the arrest and probably 24 hours before, not making clear that on that time, she had been at the prosecutor’s office or at the hands of the LEF.

However, the report calls for the identification and interrogation of all those who, on that period, had been in contact with the photographer.

"All together, she spent 21 hours at the prosecutor’s office, 26 hours at the Intelligence Unit of the LEF and another 26 hours at the Intelligence Ministry", the report states, adding that once arrested and taken to Evin, she had "blackened" the films by taking them out of her camera.

Experts who read the report say it is "far from convincing" and added that the general undertone is to show that not only the photographer was guilty of misconduct, breach of the laws, but her provocative and aggressive attitude during interrogations might have led to some violence by the interrogators.

"The death of a foreign journalist is not a trivial matter. Mortazavi has to answer for his deeds. Mortazavi is not fit to be a judge", Mr. Mohsen Armin, an outspoken lawmaker told the Majles on Sunday.

"An investigation that merely states the cause of death is not enough", he told the embattled Khatami.

President Khatami had formed the four minister investigative committee, joined latter by the Health Minister, under mounting international and domestic pressures, vowing he would not compromise in confronting those responsible.

The death of Ms. Kazemi created an international outrage, with many international and Iranian human rights and press organization urging the Iranian authorities to promptly identify all those who ordered the arrest of Ms. Kazemi as well as all those who carried the interrogations and tortures.

"We know that Mortazavi is not a man to commit those illegalities if not having protection from more powerful men", Mr. Armin said in an indirect reference to Mr. Khameneh’i, as the direct responsible for the Islamic Judiciary.

Armin, who is both the Deputy Speaker and vice-Chairman of the Majles’ Security and Foreign Affairs Committee also blasted the Judiciary for allegedly killing the Canadian-Iranian photographer, saying heads should roll in the hard line bastion if the Islamic republic's reputation is to be restored.

Mr. Armin singled out Mr. Mortazavi as "the very man at the center of all recent crackdowns, illegal arrest of students, scholars, journalists and intellectuals, including the death of Ms. Kazemi".

"She was arrested and was hit and beaten. She had a brain hemorrhage because her skull was broken", Armin said, adding: "Instead of respecting the dignity of journalists and the reputation of the Islamic republic by punishing those who beat her, Mortazavi ordered her to stay in detention" -- despite recommendations to the contrary from the intelligence service, he alleged.

He said that Mortazavi had accused Ms. Kazemi of being a spy and then tried to cover up the killing, referring to the fact that the authorities had first said that the photographer died on brain stroke.

Informed sources revealed to Iran Press Service that Mortazavi had summoned the Guidance Ministry’s General Director in charge of the foreign press to state that Ms. Kazemi died of brain stroke and also told the official news agency IRNA to put out a similar statement.

Defending Judge Mortazavi, pro-conservative newspapers claimed Sunday that Ms. Kazemi had a precedence of brain stroke.

"Evidence shows the reformists' propaganda machine has begun its project aimed at removing Mortazavi" wrote Mr. Amir Mohebian, an editor of the pro-conservative daily "Resalat". "Mortazavi is the only Judge that stands to enemies of the regime", said a students group controlled by hard liners.

"Mortazavi ordered a story put out that she simply died of a brain stroke and ordered the family to urgently bury her", Armin told deputies in a barrage of criticism levelled against the judge over the Kazemi case and the recent jailing of a number of pro-reform journalists and pro-democracy students who were involved in a recent wave of anti-regime protests.

"If we stay silent and do nothing about this it will eventually lead to serial killings", Armin said, referring to a string of murders of prominent politicians and intellectuals at the end of November 1998.

Defying Ayatollah Khameneh’i, who had said at the time that the murders were to work of "foreign hands", President Khatami ordered the formation of an investigation committee that concluded that high-ranking agents of the Intelligence Ministry, then led by Hojjatoleslam Dorri Najafabadi, had carried out the assassinations.

Mrs. Elaheh Koula’i, another reformist MM and member of the National Security and Foreign Affairs Committee also condemned the "undignified attack on and beating up of Zahra Kazemi".

She said the killing was part of what has become "an atmosphere of censorship in the press and the halting of all criticism".

Majlis Speaker Mehdi Karroubi, a close ally of Khatami, Karroubi said the Supreme National Security Council (SNSC) had decided in its Saturday meeting to forward the report on the Kazemi’s issue to Judiciary Chief Ayatollah Mahmoud Hashemi Shahroudi, the man who is both the boss and protector of Judge Mortazavi.

"The Judiciary chief will accordingly appoint a competent judge to immediately study the case, and report the results as soon as possible", he told journalists.

But most Iranian observers doubt that the case of Ms. Kazemi would go any further than that of the Serial Murders.

http://www.iran-press-service.com/articles_2003/Jul-2003/journalist_dies_20703.htm

* The officials declared the report a few hours ago and they admitted that the head of Ms.Kazemi was beaten.
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47 posted on 07/20/2003 11:12:49 PM PDT by F14 Pilot
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the arrest of the head of Ayatollah Jalaledin Taheri's offices, by members of the Intelligence Division of the Pasdaran Corp.,

What is Pasdaran Corporation and why do they have an intel division?
48 posted on 07/20/2003 11:34:32 PM PDT by AdmSmith
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...the Pasdaran Corp...

My understanding is this is an elite military body that works directly for the Supreme leader Khamenei.
49 posted on 07/20/2003 11:56:30 PM PDT by DoctorZIn (IranAzad... Until they are free, we shall all be Iranians!)
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50 posted on 07/21/2003 12:21:16 AM PDT by DoctorZIn (IranAzad... Until they are free, we shall all be Iranians!)
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