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Iran Admits Torturing Detainees!

A characteristic of the totalitarian state is the need to present an image to the outside world of unity in thought among its inhabitants. In order to achieve the aura of complete support there is need to create an “enemy” in order to explain why a few dissidents do not agree with official versions of the truth. Iran’s police chief admitted that protestors who were arrested were tortured. According to General Ismail Ahmad Moghaddam. three policemen who beat prisoners have been placed in jail as punishment. However, he denied anyone died even though most human rights groups have identified at least three deaths while in prison.

A few days ago, Iran’s prosecutor-general, Dori-Najafbadi said “maybe there were cases of torture in the early days after the election, but we are willing to follow up any complaints or irregularities that have taken place.” Perhaps, he might begin by ending the charade of the current “trials” at which people are being compelled to confess to every and all crimes against the state of Iran. The best example of the madness of the “confessions” was from Clotilde Reiss, a French researcher who was working at Isfahan University. Mr. Reiss “confessed” to having provided information about the protests to the French embassy in Iran. Surely, torturers can come up with a better example than this on1

Republican Blasts Bush In Tehran Times

Paul Craig Roberts, Assistant Secretary of the Treasury under Ronald Reagan, sharply criticized President Bush in an article appearing in the Tehran Times. He accused Bush and British Prime Minister Gordon Brown of hypocrisy in decrying violence in Burma, but continuing unabated violence in Iraq and Afghanistan. “Indeed, Bush and Brown, as commanders in chief, are on a killing spree that makes the government of Burma look extremely restrained in comparison…. what is the difference between Bush and Brown on one hand, and the murderous Burmese government on the other?” Roberts notes Brown and Bush are always claiming they seek democracy and use that expression to justify killing innocent people while at least the thugs running Myanmar have never hidden their contempt for democracy and freedom.

Paul Roberts, a conservative Republican, is contemptuous of Bush for claiming debasing constitutional rights is the price Americans must pay for safety, and in so doing, “Bush has sunk the United States to a new low in human intelligence and morality.” It is rather remarkable that a conservative Reaganite must assume leadership in the fight against Bush’s violation of civil liberties. Imagine if a liberal wrote such an article that appeared in the anti-American Tehran Times