Tuesday, April 21, 2009

US-Iranian reporter jailed for allegedly spying

The US-Iranian reporter, Roxana Saberi, was sentenced to 8 years by the Iranian government for allegedly spying. Her rationalization for appealing the conviction and sentence is that she was allegedly tricked into confessing by the Iranian government:

The father of the dual national Saberi, who confirmed the verdict, also says that she was "tricked" into confessing.

My hypothesis of Iran's big trick is the standard operating procedure of any police department around the world. I suspect that the prosecutors told Saberi that if she signed a confession, then everything would be OK. Big trick. This trick doesn't fool crack head high school drop out drug dealers, even without advice from their state appointed counsel. Anyone who has watched ten minutes of an television cop show realizes that it's a stupid idea to sign a false confession.

I don't find it very edifying that a reporter is unable to see through government produced malarkey, especially in a case that directly impacts her own personal safety. If Saberi couldn't figure out that possibly the Iranian government doesn't have her best interests at heart, she probably didn't figure out that Iran probably doesn't have the US's general interest at heart, either. I extrapolate from this instance that Saberi was a naive, uncritical sounding board for Iranian government propaganda during her entire tenure.

I further infer from this PBS discussion, that Saberi's hippy liberal boss at NPR is either too lazy &/or too feckless to bother herself to write a letter on Saberi's behalf.


Obama's Justice Department wants the civil case put forward by US Embassy workers held hostage by Iran to be thrown out of court, possibly in a quid pro quo for Saberi's release, or possibly because he just likes kow-towing to America's enemies.

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