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Saaed Mortazavi To Oversee Iran protesters questioning

Saaed Mortazavi has been empowered to interrogate leaders of Iran’s governmental opposition. Mortazavi is responsible for helping keep a stranglehold on media news in Iran.
The government’s use of Mortazavi, also known as “Butcher of the press” and “torturer of Tehran,” is sending warning alarms to human rights watchers. Mortazavi has been the prosecutor of Iran since 2003.

Mortazavi was behind Roxana Saberi’s arrest earlier this year. His name is also linked to the arrest, torture, rape and death of Canadian photographer Zahra Kazemi.

Times Online reports:

Reporters without Borders concurs: “It was Mortazavi who was chiefly responsible for Canadian-Iranian press photographer Zahra Kazemi’s death.”

Mortazavi has been behind the closure of 100 newspapers in Iran. He is also reponsible for bloggers and journalists being arrested and in some cases killed.

Raw Story reports:
[quote“I have no doubt that these protesters will be treated just as brutally as Ms. Kazemi, maybe worse,” said Shahram Azam, a doctor who, in 2005, testified to a Canadian court that Kazemi had been tortured.

Protesters who are being detained by Iran after the recent election could be face to face with Saaed Mortazavi.

Cafe Sentido.com reports:

“The leading role of Saeed Mortazavi in the crackdown in Tehran should set off alarm bells for anyone familiar with his record,” said Sarah Leah Whitson, the Middle East and North Africa director of Human Rights Watch.

Mortazavi has been a central figure in Iran’s crackdown on dissenters. He has seen to the arrest of aides to the top opposition figures.

Mortazavi is said to have a history of detaining women for “immodest” clothing.

It is said that the government’s use of Mortazavi shows that they will be ruthless to crush the uprising in Tehran.

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Iran demands Soltan’s family remove mourning banners

The family of Neda Soltan has been ordered by the authorities in Tehran to remove mourning banners in an effort to prevent the slain teenager from becoming a national martyr.
Soltan was killed while protesting and a video of her apparent murder was uploaded to the Internet.After her death, Soltan’s family placed banners outside their home in Tehran.

Now, the government has asked the family to remove the banner and they’ve also forbidden them from holding a memorial in a mosque, according to Raw Story.

It appears the government is trying to prevent the nation from making Soltan a symbol of the protests in Tehran after a bullet to her heart ended her short life. Neda was with her father when she was shot en route to a demonstration.

New reports say the slain woman was 26. For those in Iran’s government, the woman’s death has become a struggle and local media have not reported it.

While authorities have been able to force the family to hide evidence of the woman’s death, posters bearing Soltan’s face are appearing everywhere in Tehran.

The Times Online quotes Soltan’s friendHamid Panahi:

“We were stuck in traffic and we got out and stood to watch and, without her throwing a rock or anything, they shot her,” he said. “It was just one bullet.”

Panahi said that Soltan’s last words were, “I’m burning! I’m burning!”

Soltanwas planning a career in tourism after obtaining a degree in Islamic philosophy from Azad University in Tehran.

She was laid to rest on Sunday at Behesht Zahra cemetery. The ceremony was quiet after orders were laid out for the family not to sing her praises loudly or to mourn her loss.

The LA Times also quoted Panahi as saying he taught Soltan about music. He said that she was a brave woman passionate about life. She was willing to take a risk for her beliefs, knowing that going to the protest could end her life.

“She couldn’t stand the injustice of it all,” Panahi said. “All she wanted was the proper vote of the people to be counted. “For pursuing her goals, she didn’t use rocks or clubs,” he said. “She wanted to show with her presence that ‘I’m here. I also voted. And my vote wasn’t counted.’ It was a very peaceful act of protest, without any violence.”


CIA involvement with the 1953 Iran coup affects the future

Iran and the US have a long history when it comes to politics. On June 4, 2009 President Obama admitted the CIA was involved in the 1953 Iranian coup. The past is very important when it comes to current conditions with the Middle Eastern nation.
As far back as 1953, the CIA has been playing in the background of the Middle Eastern nation working on overthrowing the government. The overthrowing of Iran’s government was the first for the CIA.

The puppet masters made sure their were tentacles well placed within the money pits of oil. They laid out who would be the prime minister’s replacement and used propaganda within local media to achieve their objectives.

The wheels had been set in motion in 1953 when Iran’s Parliament voted to nationalize the oil industry. Britain was the first to place sanctions in place as Dr. Mohammed Mosadegh was elected prime minister.

Mosadegh refused to cave in to demands.

At the time, the Americans decided to study the situation, as it was feared the Soviets would be in power in Iran.

Those tentacles were able to work well when in March 1953 a general from the Iranian army approached the American Embassy about helping out an army-led coup.

Within a month the Iran fund was as $1 million to be used in any way to take Mosadegh out of power.

The New York Times reports:

“A shah-General Zahedi combination, supported by C.I.A. local assets and financial backing, would have a good chance of overthrowing Mosadegh,” officials wrote, “particularly if this combination should be able to get the largest mobs in the streets and if a sizable portion of the Tehran garrison refused to carry out Mosadegh’s orders.”

By May 1953, the CIA sent Dr. Wilber to Cyprus to make the initial coup plans. The meeting between Wilber and Norman Darbyshire, chief of the Iran branch of British intelligence left both sides not trusting the other nor that of the ability of General Zahedi to be able to pull of the coup.

Regardless of the doubts the CIA’s Tehran station started a gray propaganda strike passing out anti-Mosadegh cartoons in the streets and working the local press with negative articles.

The plot was in motion even though the final approval had yet to come from President Eisenhower and the Shah was reluctant as a warrior.

The British met in June with the American intelligence officials putting the last touches on the strategy. Soon Kermit Roosevel was on the scene in Tehran to direct the proceedings.

The Shah proved to be a problem from the start. While the CIA had directed him to stand fast and allow the agency to work behind the scenes stirring up unrest and getting General Zahedi appointed as prime minister.

On July 11 Eisenhower signed off on the plan. Early in August the pressure was stepped up by the CIA. Operatives from Iran pretended to be Communists issued threats to Muslims leaders. At least one prominent Muslim was also bombed by CIA agents in the guise of Communist.

On August 4 the results of a referendum was rigged to be in Mosadegh’s favor. The New York Times reported on the same days that the prime minister had won with 99.9 percent of the vote.

The New York Times reports:

“On Aug. 3rd,” the secret history says, “Roosevelt had a long and inconclusive session with the Shah,” who “stated that he was not an adventurer, and hence, could not take the chances of one. “Roosevelt pointed out that there was no other way by which the government could be changed and the test was now between Mosadegh and his force and the Shah and the army, which was still with him, but which would soon slip away.”

On August 13, the Shah signed decrees saying that he would support an army based coup backing General Zahedi. The stage was set.

On August 15, 1953 the coup began in Iran. It failed within hours because of loose lips. Tehran radio was the first to announce that a failed coup against the government had been attempted.

“Headquarters spent a day featured by depression and despair,” the history states, adding, “The message sent to Tehran on the night of Aug. 18 said that ‘the operation has been tried and failed,’ and that ‘in the absence of strong recommendations to the contrary operations against Mosadegh should be discontinued.'”

On August 19, the coup did take place. As the Moscow radio was telling of the American failure in Iran the reality was the Mosadegh government was in tatters.

“It was a day that should never have ended,” the C.I.A.’s secret history said, describing Aug. 19, 1953. “For it carried with it such a sense of excitement, of satisfaction and of jubilation that it is doubtful whether any other can come up to it.”

Obama’s admission that the CIA was involved in the coup was the first time a sitting U.S. president owned up to the involvement.

AFP reported:

“For many years, Iran has defined itself in part by its opposition to my country, and there is in fact a tumultuous history between us,” the US president said.

“Since the Islamic revolution, Iran has played a role in acts of hostage-taking and violence against US troops and civilians. This history is well known.

“Rather than remain trapped in the past, I’ve made it clear to Iran’s leaders and people that my country is prepared to move forward. The question now is not what Iran is against, but rather what future it wants to build.”

Because of the past, the United States has to tread carefully when it comes to current conditions in Iran. Any movements that could point to CIA involvement could prove to be disastrous for future foreign policy in the Middle East.


Roxana Saberi Freed from Iranian Prison

Journalist Roxana Saberi was freed from a Tehran jail on Monday, according to her father. Reza Saberi says his Iranian-American daughter’s sentence was reduced.
A lawyer in Iran representing Saberi has confirmed that on Sunday a deal was imminent after a five-hour closed-door appeals hearing. Now free, the young woman will be allowed to leave the country immediately.

The Telegraph reports:

“The verdict of the previous court has been quashed,” lawyer Saleh Nikbakht said. “Her punishment has been changed to a suspended two-year sentence and she will be out of prison.”

On April 13 Saberi was convicted and sentenced to eight years of jail for “cooperating with a hostile state.” Her trial lasted only one day and was the cause of outrage globally.

The Iranian court has now reduced her term to a suspended two-year sentence on the condition that she is banned from reporting from Iran for the next five years.

NPR President and CEO Vivian Schiller said the network was “overjoyed” at the news of Saberi’s impending release.

“We are … grateful to everyone who has shared in our efforts to gain her release,” Schiller said Monday. “Roxana is an established and respected professional journalist and we look forward to her return to her craft.”

Ms. Saberi has worked for US National Public Radio, the BBC and Fox News.’