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    Re: Report: Iran Sentences U.S. Man to Death for Alleged Spying

    He is innocent for sure but Iran wants that little bargaining chip in the face sanctions etc.

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    Re: Report: Iran Sentences U.S. Man to Death for Alleged Spying

    Quote Originally Posted by RDS View Post
    He is innocent for sure but Iran wants that little bargaining chip in the face sanctions etc.
    We can't possibly know that. He sounds like an ideal candidate for undercover ops: ex-military, fluent Farsi and Arabic speaker, legit reason for being there; but at the same time I wouldn't believe the Iranian regime if they told me that guns go bang. Who knows?
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    Re: Report: Iran Sentences U.S. Man to Death for Alleged Spying

    Quote Originally Posted by donsutherland1 View Post
    This is an unfortunate incident. It was also wholly avoidable. Mr. Hekmati should never have been in Iran. The State Department has been warning for years about travel to Iran. A current warning is posted: Iran. Mr. Hekmati chose to ignore the warnings. He did so even as any rational person would understand that an American's traveling in Iran could be problematic and one with a military background would face even higher odds of being apprehended or worse.

    Hopefully, the U.S. and other countries can press Iran to avoid an "execution" at a minimum and hopefully he will be released early. In addition, even if Mr. Hekmati is ultimately released, he should be publicly rebuked for having ignored the travel warnings. Unfortunately, because some people deliberately ignore the travel warnings, it might be helpful for there to be a public face to the warnings. Maybe, if some of those individuals saw that ignoring the warnings can have real consequences, they would take a more prudent course.
    You have failed to acknowledge the possibility that he might be a spy. He fits the profile of a person you would seek as an agent in Iran. Language, descent, relatives, all good cover. There is no way one can believe what either the US or Iran says when spying is involved. We, as a Nation, certainly are diligently working at developing informational sources in Iran and this guy is a natural. I also don't think he was just arrested out of the blue. I would like to read the details of the Iranian version of events. I don't think that it is patriotic to jump to someone's defense without facts. That would be idiotic.

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    Re: Report: Iran Sentences U.S. Man to Death for Alleged Spying

    Quote Originally Posted by Your Star View Post
    This is very sad, and we should do everything we can to stop this execution.
    Why? If I walk into a dog fighting ring clothed only in raw steak, should I get any special treatment when the dogs tear me to pieces? Why ANY American would be going to Iran is beyond me. Why a former US Marine would be doing it is even further beyond my comprehension. I held the members of the USMC in much higher esteem than to make a stupid decision like that.

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    Re: Report: Iran Sentences U.S. Man to Death for Alleged Spying

    Quote Originally Posted by Tigger View Post
    Why ANY American would be going to Iran is beyond me. Why a former US Marine would be doing it is even further beyond my comprehension.
    Unless he was on a mission for the CIA?
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    Re: Report: Iran Sentences U.S. Man to Death for Alleged Spying

    Quote Originally Posted by Andalublue View Post
    Unless he was on a mission for the CIA?
    If he is indeed a spy, then he's getting the punishment he deserves for the crime he has committed.

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    Re: Report: Iran Sentences U.S. Man to Death for Alleged Spying

    Well: when they uncovered our ring of spies - they didn't report anything . . . they executed them at the speed of light. Why would this guy go through a trial to be convicted?
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    Re: Report: Iran Sentences U.S. Man to Death for Alleged Spying

    Quote Originally Posted by Aunt Spiker View Post
    Well: when they uncovered our ring of spies - they didn't report anything . . . they executed them at the speed of light. Why would this guy go through a trial to be convicted?
    To make a public example out of. Maybe they want something from us.
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    Re: Report: Iran Sentences U.S. Man to Death for Alleged Spying

    Quote Originally Posted by Andalublue View Post
    It is, of course, too early to know whether this guy was, as his US family claims, on a family visit, or if, as the Iranian courts claim and he 'confesses' to doing, he was on a mission on behalf of the CIA.
    We don't know if the alleged confession was extracted by coercion e.g., inhuman treatment, even torture. Iran has well-documented abuses of human rights (Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, etc.), so such coercion cannot be discounted.

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    Re: Report: Iran Sentences U.S. Man to Death for Alleged Spying

    Quote Originally Posted by Aunt Spiker View Post
    Why would this guy go through a trial to be convicted?
    As a tool for the Iranians to use in their attempts to play games with the US and Europe.

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