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Iran Shows Video Of US Scholars ‘Confessing’

From the terrorist mouthpiece, Al Jazeera:

Iran airs US scholars ‘confessing’

Iran’s state-run television is running video clips of two detained Iranian-American academics, the first video of them since they were arrested for alleged crimes against national security this year.

The images of scholars Haleh Esfandiari and Kian Tajbakhsh confessing to spying and acting against Iran are part of a promotional trailer for a forthcoming programme this week.

The two were detained separately in May while visiting Iran and were accused of being involved in efforts to carry out a US-backed “velvet revolution” there.

Both have been charged with espionage and endangering national security…

In the clip aired on Monday, Esfandiari, an academic at the US-based Woodrow Wilson International Centre for Scholars, said she was “an element” in Georgia’s velvet revolution.

“One of my missions was to identify speech-makers…,” she said in the clip, apparently part of a confession.

Esfandiari, who was wearing in a black headscarf, added: “In the name of dialogue, in the name of women’s rights, in the name of democracy.” …

Tajbakhsh, a consultant with the Open Society Institute founded by billionaire investor George Soros, said in the video that his foundation “might have been targeting Islam”.

He was shown holding notes and saying “[The role] of the Soros centre after the collapse of communism was to focus on the Islamic world”.

Iran TV said the full programme In the Name of Democracywould be broadcast on Wednesday and Thursday evenings.

The station has in the past broadcast what it said were confessions of dissidents serving jail sentences for alleged attempts to undermine Iran…

Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Iran’s supreme leader, has warned of a US-backed “velvet revolution” using intellectuals and others to bring about “regime change”.

Two other Iranian-Americans have been charged with security-related issues. One of them has been freed on bail.

Ramin Jahanbeglou, an Iranian-Canadian writer detained for four months last year for endangering state security, was also shown in Monday’s promotional clip saying: “I had ties with American political institutes.” …

Boy, the Iranians are good at getting people to confess.” Look at how well they did with the British Naval personnel they snatched.

He was shown holding notes and saying “[The role] of the Soros centre after the collapse of communism was to focus on the Islamic world”.

Of course this is preposterous.

Though I wouldn’t put it past Soros to have arranged things so that it looked like the US was spying on Iran.

He will do anything to help our country’s enemies.

This article was posted by Steve on Tuesday, July 17th, 2007. Comments are currently closed.

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