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

    http://www.foxnews.com/world/2012/01...lleged-spying/

    An Iranian court has convicted an American man of working for the CIA and sentenced him to death, state radio reported Monday, in a case adding to the accelerating tension between the United States and Iran.
    Iran charges that as a former U.S. Marine, Amir Mirzaei Hekmati received special training and served at U.S. military bases in Iraq and Afghanistan before heading to Iran for his alleged intelligence mission. The radio report did not say when the verdict was issued. Under Iranian law, he has 20 days to appeal.

    The 28-year-old former military translator was born in Arizona and graduated from a high school in Michigan. His family is of Iranian origin. His father, a professor at a community college in Flint, Michigan, has said his son is not a CIA spy and was visiting his grandmothers in Iran when he was arrested.

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

    I don't know why, but this story put me in mind of the Rosenbergs.
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    Re: Report: Iran Sentences U.S. Man to Death for Alleged Spying

    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.

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

    This is very sad, and we should do everything we can to stop this execution.
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    Re: Report: Iran Sentences U.S. Man to Death for Alleged Spying

    As backwards as things are in this strange new world, this fellas decision to travel into Iran might have earned him the right to be held without trial at a US approved detention facility.
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    Re: Report: Iran Sentences U.S. Man to Death for Alleged Spying

    While this is sad, this guy either ignored or understood the risk in travelling to Iran. There is a reason the State Department puts these travel warnings out. On the top of my list of places to go, Iran is not one of them.

    When will people (especially Americans) realize to not travel to (or near the border or) these hostile countries?

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

    Iran is only doing what any country should do if it catches a spy. I am not to sure if this man is or isn't a spy. I realize that some regular people are stupid enough to deliberatly travel to a country that is hostile to Americans.But he isn't the first American to be in Iran tried and sentenced on spying charges,so I have to wonder if Iran's claims are true. If the man is executed maybe this will be a wake up call to Americans wanting to travel to countries hostile to Americans. There is a reason why there are travel warnings and other **** on countries hostile to Americans.
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    Re: Report: Iran Sentences U.S. Man to Death for Alleged Spying

    I'm not sure if this man is or isn't a spy. There are conflicting reports being reported. The Australian Media outlets are reporting that Hekmati was shown on Iranian state television mid-December saying in fluent Farsi and English that he was a CIA operative sent to infiltrate the Iranian intelligence ministry which wasn't mentioned in the Fox report.

    Iran sentences US man to death for spying - ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)
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    Re: Report: Iran Sentences U.S. Man to Death for Alleged Spying

    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. One can be sceptical of both claims. If he were working on behalf of the CIA, his family surely would not have been aware of it. On the other hand 'confessions' extracted under torture of whatever form, are surely not worth the tape they're recorded on. Whichever is the case, the Iranian regime will certainly be looking to use it as a bargaining chip. If they have real evidence of spying activities they'll attempt to extract a greater benefit from it. Whatever the case, the guy is in a very unenviable situation.
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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.
    Iran have executed 40 people already since January 1st. What part of "they don't mess around" don't people understand? If this man is a spy he won't be getting any special treatment. If he is not then i hope for his sake the US will use all available diplomatic efforts to try and secure his release.
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