So because of a cold war campaign by the Empire the regime of the Islamic Republic of Iran (IRI) which doesn’t need much of an excuse to get overtly oppressive is going into full scare mode and the fear of arrest among many is growing. Such is the human cost of the Empire’s games of supremacy and the demagoguery of Ahmadinejad. First Naj at Neo Resistance–
why would it (IRI) be arresting American-Iranian scholars with no track record of aggression toward IRI, or no neo-conservative related controversy tied to their name?
Omid Me’marian answers, and because I agree with his points, I translate excerpts [I left out a couple of paragraphs of rhetorics]:
These individuals, although live abroad, but are considered the national pride of the Iranian diaspora. And now, they are confined under various charges laid on them by the security officials. The dug up evidences on these individuals do not reflect the journalistic genius of the “toopkhaneh” paper [ I think this refers to Keyhan?], rather the availability of the documents to the public. However, the evidence are read with paranoia and are twisted with disinformation. And this shows how empty handed the accusers, and how innocent the accused are. Because, considering the web sites of these individuals, and their publications reveal that the false accusations against them resemble inventions.
[…] such usual spreading of lies aims to both frighten the Iranian diaspora whose heart beats for Iran, and also to send a warning message to those who might aim to use such individuals towards their own [political] goals, unaware that with such “accidental” or ‘false” arrests, they are shooting themselves in the foot. [here the author is pointing the finger to the hardliner papers that are putting wood in the fire.]
This is not the first time that the [right-wing] security-organizational-journalistic ring undertakes such projects. Similar instances have occurred several times in the past years and it is possible to predict the outcome. I expect that as I am writing these notes, some of the wisemen of the conservative camp are scolding their hardliners for such impulsive actions; while on the other hand the hardliners are promising the prisoners that they will be free to go if they make a little confession.
Therefore, the stories of arrets, charges of espionage, leaking the interrogations in the headlines of the hardline papers, censorship of the news, refusal to allow access to legal counsel, perpetual lying, fear mongering in sectors of the society and throwing in names that are the objective of the future “intelligence-project”, forced confessions and then release without court appearance [remember the British soldiers?] but with a hefty bail, is an old and repeated story, without any intelligence or humanitarian outcome.
Any Iranian citizen likes the intelligence officers to be among the elite. Both qualified and smart, and capable of providing safety and security with minimal expense and maximum cooperation of the citizens, which will lead to trust and satisfaction. But in the most optimistic assessments, the intelligence officers have raised so many false flags that one wonders why they are occupying such posts [makes me think of the CIA and the FBI and Saddam’s WMD!]. The picture that these people project of Iran resembles the anti-human right picture that the American war-mongers portray of Iran.
Naj’s conclusion (and I hope she is right) is this-
In addition to being a fear-mongering device, this is a smoke-screen because Monday is a sensitive day. Some in Iran, like many in Washington, do not want Iran to sit at a table with the US! Thus, it is important for the government to appear tough on America’s possible intervention in internal affairs of Iran. Of course, the Americans are not making it easy for these people, by publicly calling for “destabilizing action inside Iran”.
Nonetheless, everyone will be freed unharmed!
This is just an excerpt, go to the Neo Resistance for the full post. Then over to View From Iran and Esther post a heart rending entry-
Keivan is on the phone with a friend: “The Iranian government needs no excuse to arrest people. They say that the money from foreign governments is bringing activists into danger. But the truth is that they do not need an excuse to close down ngos and arrest activists.”
Well… it is a distressing time in Iran. The past few months have been the worst time for me in Iran. It was the first time in our almost four years there that we saw life in Iran the way that people outside the country sometimes imagine it: as repressive and oppressive. The night before we left for vacation we had kebab in a teahouse north of Tehran. When we left, we ran into a huge roadblock manned by fresh-faced religious police who all looked about 16 years old. They stopped every car looking for alcohol and infringements on morality. People we know have been arrested. Others have heard rumors of their own impending arrest. (These people are not even activists!)
Again there is more so please go to View From Iran to read the full post, part of the Blogapalooza is to get people to read these blogs and explore their links and blogroll. Alternatively, you could just be spoon fed whatever our govts want you to hear, whatever huh?
Jadi at inside Iran finishes with a slightly happier post of some small resistance-
In Iran there is a semi-secret-police group called HERASAT. Literally it means “guarding/protection” and its logical function should be protecting (guarding) the entrances of the organizations, universities, offices and … (kind of doorkeeper).This “HERASAT” – in the recent decade – has morphed from a doorkeeper to a secret police.
They are scary, “big” people who can order the head of the university to throw out a student, they can introduce you to the secret police and the intelligence services, they can ask anybody to go to their office to be asked questions, they can arrest “bad hijab” people and they even can investigate and regulate professors interviews and travels!As you can imagine, this people are becoming more and more powerful and “important”. Nowadays they have their own office in all the universities and many many compaies. They check you in the Airport in Theaters and practically everywhere.
Oh.. Let me return back to the story! These people also have an office in our university and in the previous week protests against all the problem our government is making for us, they confronted students a lot and even attacked to the students and broke the windows and……a student had attached a Sign to this HERASATs office. It reads “HERASATs office is closed by students because of committing VIOLENCE”.