mohandasgandhi:

Iran’s Revolutionary Court has sentenced an Iranian-American man to death for spying for the CIA, the student news agency quoted a judiciary official as saying, a move likely to aggravate U.S.-Iranian tension

 
“Amir Mirza Hekmati was sentenced to  death…for cooperating with the hostile country America and spying for  the CIA (Central Intelligence Agency),” ISNA news agency quoted  judiciary spokesman Gholamhossein Mohseni-Ejei on Monday as saying. 
“The court found him Corrupt on the Earth and Mohareb (one who wages war on God). Hekmati can appeal to the Supreme Court.”  
 Iran’s highest court must confirm all death sentences. When it will rule in Hekmati’s case was not known. 
Hekmati,  a 28-year-old of Iranian descent born in the southwestern U.S. state of  Arizona, was arrested in December and Iran’s Intelligence Ministry  accused him of receiving training at U.S. bases in neighboring Afghanistan and Iraq.  
 Iran’s  judiciary said Hekmati admitted to having links with the CIA but denied  any intention of harming Iran, which has had no relations with the  United States since its 1979 Islamic Revolution. Mutual antagonism has  reigned since. 
Hekmati’s family  said earlier this month in a statement that the former U.S. military  translator was visiting his grandmothers in Iran when he was arrested.   
“We  have struggled to provide Amir with an attorney in Iran. We have sought  to hire at least 10 different attorneys to no avail,” the family’s  statement said. It said Hekmati’s “only advocate in Iran was a  government-appointed lawyer who he met on the first day of his trial.” 
The  U.S. government has demanded Hekmati’s release, saying he has been  “falsely” accused. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said  last month that Iran had not permitted diplomats from the Swiss Embassy,  which represents American interests in Iran, to see him before or  during his trial. 
Hekmati graduated from a Michigan high school. His father Ali is a professor at a community college in Flint, Michigan.
 
Hekmati, whose trial ended on January 2, was  shown on Iranian state television in December saying he was a CIA  operative sent to infiltrate the Iranian intelligence ministry. 
Iran  also said on Monday it had broken up an alleged U.S.-linked spy network  that planned to “fuel unrest” ahead of the March parliamentary  election, the first nationwide vote since the country’s 2009 disputed  presidential vote. 
“The detained  spies were in contact with foreign countries through cyberspace,”  Intelligence Minister Haydar Moslehi was quoted by state television as  saying. He gave no information about the nationalities and the number of  those detained.
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mohandasgandhi:

Iran’s Revolutionary Court has sentenced an Iranian-American man to death for spying for the CIA, the student news agency quoted a judiciary official as saying, a move likely to aggravate U.S.-Iranian tension

“Amir Mirza Hekmati was sentenced to death…for cooperating with the hostile country America and spying for the CIA (Central Intelligence Agency),” ISNA news agency quoted judiciary spokesman Gholamhossein Mohseni-Ejei on Monday as saying. 

“The court found him Corrupt on the Earth and Mohareb (one who wages war on God). Hekmati can appeal to the Supreme Court.”  

Iran’s highest court must confirm all death sentences. When it will rule in Hekmati’s case was not known. 

Hekmati, a 28-year-old of Iranian descent born in the southwestern U.S. state of Arizona, was arrested in December and Iran’s Intelligence Ministry accused him of receiving training at U.S. bases in neighboring Afghanistan and Iraq.  

Iran’s judiciary said Hekmati admitted to having links with the CIA but denied any intention of harming Iran, which has had no relations with the United States since its 1979 Islamic Revolution. Mutual antagonism has reigned since. 

Hekmati’s family said earlier this month in a statement that the former U.S. military translator was visiting his grandmothers in Iran when he was arrested.   

“We have struggled to provide Amir with an attorney in Iran. We have sought to hire at least 10 different attorneys to no avail,” the family’s statement said. It said Hekmati’s “only advocate in Iran was a government-appointed lawyer who he met on the first day of his trial.” 

The U.S. government has demanded Hekmati’s release, saying he has been “falsely” accused. State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland said last month that Iran had not permitted diplomats from the Swiss Embassy, which represents American interests in Iran, to see him before or during his trial. 

Hekmati graduated from a Michigan high school. His father Ali is a professor at a community college in Flint, Michigan.

Hekmati, whose trial ended on January 2, was shown on Iranian state television in December saying he was a CIA operative sent to infiltrate the Iranian intelligence ministry. 

Iran also said on Monday it had broken up an alleged U.S.-linked spy network that planned to “fuel unrest” ahead of the March parliamentary election, the first nationwide vote since the country’s 2009 disputed presidential vote. 

“The detained spies were in contact with foreign countries through cyberspace,” Intelligence Minister Haydar Moslehi was quoted by state television as saying. He gave no information about the nationalities and the number of those detained.

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[Image courtesy of Hekmati family/Yahoo News]

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anticapitalist:

johnhuntsmanstandingonthings:

John Huntsman standing in front of a podium, while being the sane republican candidate.

>sane republican candidate

>implying republicans can be sane.

but yeah he’s the least bad.

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Egypt’s Brotherhood wins third of vote

enormouspockets:

i spent my saturday night making rick santorum’s neopet alter ego

oops

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Every year new groups organize to demand their ‘rights’, White people who organize and expect the same attention as other groups are quickly and viciously condemned as dangerous bigots. Hispanic, black, and Jewish caucuses can exist in the U.S. Congress, but not a white caucus, demonstrating the absurdity of this approach for achieving rights for everyone.

Ron Paul, in his book Freedom Under Siege


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In the end, what happens to me isn’t important. This is about the country — a country that has given so much to me, and that I want to give something in return, so that maybe, one day, long after I’m gone, my grandchildren can look me up on Google and find something, you know, different than what’s there now.

Andy Samberg, as RICK SANTORUM, on Saturday Night Live (via inothernews)

Hahaha! I should not have read this at the dinner table.

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We know that’s never going to happen, Frothy. :)

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