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Iran Charges Detained American Reporter With Espionage

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posted on Apr, 8 2009 @ 07:46 AM
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Iran Charges Detained American Reporter With Espionage


www.foxnews.com

Developing: Iran charged detained American journalist Roxana Saberi Wednesday with espionage, according to a Reuters report based on Iranian media.
(visit the link for the full news article)

Here is some information on here apparently she was detained in late Jan.

Roxana Saberi
American journalist Roxana Saberi was arrested and detained in Iran in late January 2009 according to her father, Reza Saberi. Saberi moved to Iran sometime around 2003 and was reportedly writing a book about the country at the time of her arrest. She is a former Miss North Dakota and has worked as a journalist for FOX News, the BBC and NPR.1


[edit on 8-4-2009 by xoxo stacie]




posted on Apr, 8 2009 @ 07:46 AM
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This is breaking right now and I will add more news as it comes in.
In the meantime has anyone else noticed that the stories of "American" kournalist's being held for one reason or another is on the rise? I 'm finding it very odd that they are all being accused of things like espionage and the like. They are supposed to be reporters. Many of them have credentials and have been in the business for sometime. I don't think it is a matter of some covert operation due to this fact.

www.foxnews.com
(visit the link for the full news article)



posted on Apr, 8 2009 @ 07:48 AM
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Do you think she was in cahoots with the spy pigeons that they arrested last year?
news.softpedia.com...


Security forces from Iran have recently captured and arrested two dangerous pigeons that posed a huge threat to the Iranian national security by spying on one of the many nuclear facilities of the country.



posted on Apr, 8 2009 @ 07:50 AM
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Originally posted by Karlhungis
Do you think she was in cahoots with the spy pigeons that they arrested last year?
news.softpedia.com...


Security forces from Iran have recently captured and arrested two dangerous pigeons that posed a huge threat to the Iranian national security by spying on one of the many nuclear facilities of the country.


I am leaning FAR away from that...
She is a former Miss North Dakota and has worked as a journalist for FOX News, the BBC and NPR.1

I used to be a model you don't get that far up the scale unless you have been in it for years on end.

[edit on 8-4-2009 by xoxo stacie]

Hrmm some one got set up...
On February 10, 2009, Saberi called her parents and said she had been arrested on January 31, 2009. She didn't elaborate but said she would be released in two or three days. Her father told FOX News that Saberi told him "she had bought a bottle of wine and the person that sold it had reported it and then they came and arrested her." She told him not to tell anyone about the incident. As of March 1, 2009, Saberi had still not been heard from.

[edit on 8-4-2009 by xoxo stacie]



posted on Apr, 8 2009 @ 07:52 AM
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Guantanamo

We really have no reason to say anything to these countries when our people get held. Thank Bushies for supporting this one; we of course have no leverage whatsoever with any of these Countries and like the NK incident, will have to use the Swedes to do our Negotiations.



posted on Apr, 8 2009 @ 08:00 AM
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Fears increase for missing journalist Roxana Saberi

Found an article from March 3rd
www.timesonline.co.uk...

Fears increase for missing journalist Roxana Saberi

Iran accused a detained American journalist of engaging in illegal activities yesterday after her worried family spoke out about her arrest in Tehran a month ago.

Roxana Saberi, 31, who had reported previously from Tehran for the BBC, called her father in the United States on February 10 to tell him that she had been arrested for buying a bottle of wine.

“She called from an unknown place and said she’s been kept in detention,” Reza Saberi said. “She said that she had bought a bottle of wine and the person that sold it had reported it and then they came and arrested her.” Buying or selling alcohol is a crime in the Islamic republic.

Ms Saberi said that she had already been held for ten days and called back moments later to warn her family not to raise any alarm because she was to be released in two more days.

NOT GOOD>



posted on Apr, 8 2009 @ 08:27 AM
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The thing I want to know is what is our Government doing about this matter? Generally they do not make trades or anything but with the recent tensions between us and Iran, who knows. Are there any pictures of her for this thread?

What on earth are they going to do with her? Imprisonment? Or death?



posted on Apr, 8 2009 @ 08:41 AM
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Originally posted by antar
The thing I want to know is what is our Government doing about this matter? Generally they do not make trades or anything but with the recent tensions between us and Iran, who knows. Are there any pictures of her for this thread?

What on earth are they going to do with her? Imprisonment? Or death?


Knowing the way our government has been acting twords Iran lately? NOTHING

My bet is this is a publicity stunt by Iran to gain some bargaining power with us, and Obama, I don't' think they would do anything rash, because if they do there will be an outpouring of "BOMB IRAN" and NUKE IRAN from the general populous that would IMO force the administrations hand and Iran would cease to exist.

Although this could be a setup by our own government to do just that.. and if so it's a very sad though tthat we would play with innocent lives in that manner.



posted on Apr, 8 2009 @ 08:47 AM
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She was in the top ten finalist's for the miss america pagent shouldn't be hard to find one. She is actually very pretty..
One thing I found was that she had written a few articles some time ago about Iranian christians and how they feel persecuted etc. Not a good idea over their when things are so tense. At the time of her arrest she was writting a book about iran and the people so perhaps they didn't like what she had written?
A woman over there is considered half as worthy as a man and it doesn't afford them much rights in any arena.
A story attached to one about this back in march also stated that 10 women journalists have been held over there with one in 2003 have died from multiple blows to the head AFTER she had been taken to jail. No one was held accountable for it, to this day.



posted on Apr, 8 2009 @ 08:59 AM
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Originally posted by xoxo stacie
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She was in the top ten finalist's for the miss america pagent shouldn't be hard to find one. She is actually very pretty..


I fail to see how her beauty queen status has any bearing on the story.
Ugly or pretty does not concern me,people's freedom does.



posted on Apr, 8 2009 @ 09:04 AM
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A woman over there is considered half as worthy as a man and it doesn't afford them much rights in any arena.


I know. I just can't understand what goes through the head of a person like this. You are really taking your life in your own hands. I feel terrible for her and her family.



posted on Apr, 8 2009 @ 09:12 AM
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Wouldn't that charge in Iran be an automatic death sentence? That could be a major diplomatic incident.



posted on Apr, 8 2009 @ 09:24 AM
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She had asked if there where any pictures of her available, I was pointing out that she had been in the Miss America pagent that way she could google her and find the pictures I had.
Being the woman has a masters degree among other's I really don't think she is just another pretty face! But even a masters can't save a woman in a country that considers them to be less valuble than DIRT!



posted on Apr, 8 2009 @ 09:28 AM
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I don't see how. I was looking into some of the articles through google and yahoo and there was another female reporter arrested in 2003. She had died from multiple blows to the head AFTER being taken to jail. No one has ever been charged for it either. Now if that didn't get anyone off their butts this won't.

The other thing I have been noticing is the massive reports coming in about "Americans" being kidnapped arrested etc all over the place. I just hope someone flexes some political muscle soon because it is getting really bad. (I have seen no less than 3 reports a day for the last week.) I am sure if you guys google it you will find them too.



posted on Apr, 8 2009 @ 10:09 AM
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I 'm finding it very odd that they are all being accused of things like espionage and the like. They are supposed to be reporters.


CIA agents routinely disguise themselves as journalists overseas:


A controversial loophole permitting CIA officers in extraordinary circumstances to recruit American journalists as agents or use news-gathering organizations as cover also allows the agency to waive a similar 19-year-old ban on employing clerics or missionaries for clandestine work overseas, according to intelligence officials.

www.highbeam.com...


The august, make-no-waves Council on Foreign Relations made waves when its task force recommended that the CIA be allowed to recruit U.S. journalists. Little did the authors know then that the CIA already had such authority,

www.highbeam.com...


CIA Director John Deutsch last week astonished and angered reporters, editors and publishers alike with the casual admission, in front of a high school audience, that his spies sometimes pose as journalists - a practice everyone thought had been banned decades ago.

www.highbeam.com...

This is nothing new. Nor is it beyond Washington to sneak "reporters" into Iran to collect new Intel, the Iran-Iraq/Iran-Afghanistan border is very porous and presents a variety of opportunities for the deployment of clandestine forces into Iran.

In Iran, the number of foreign based media organisations operating there are astounding.

From the BBC, to Tehran Times, Press TV, Gooya, IranDokht (Iranian Women's Press Corps) and a host of other foreign-based, English-language services have many reporters and journalists active within the Islamic Republic.

It's the perfect cover for people who want to travel extensively around Iran and interview people and collect data without raising suspicion.

Just what the Doctor ordered for the CIA.

[edit on 8/4/09 by The Godfather of Conspira]



posted on Apr, 8 2009 @ 10:14 AM
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I was thinking along those lines. It seems all the antagonists in the world are pulling something to see how the new potus acts. Everyone is dipping their toes in the water.



posted on Apr, 8 2009 @ 10:19 AM
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What on earth are they going to do with her? Imprisonment? Or death?


Considering the fact Iran seized 15 British Royal Navy personnel in 2007 and held them for 12 days without a peep or an incident and released them all safe and sound, even though they were territorially found in Iranian waters and subject to their courts of law....

I wouldn't blow this out of proportion.

The British sailors said they were treated well, fed and only questioned about their specific purpose for being in the Persian Gulf:


"They were very friendly and very hospitable, very thoughtful, nice people. They explained to us why we've been arrested, there was no harm, no aggression."

The rest of the group were shown sitting down eating a meal.

www.guardian.co.uk...

Despite the garbage you hear in the media, Iran is nowhere as suicidal to commit a clear act of war by killing detained foreign citizens.

[edit on 8/4/09 by The Godfather of Conspira]



posted on Apr, 8 2009 @ 10:27 AM
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Yea, but when they were freed they said they were force to say that...shoot I would too...



posted on Apr, 8 2009 @ 01:27 PM
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Originally posted by amfirst
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Yea, but when they were freed they said they were force to say that...shoot I would too...


Just a question. They got tortured? It's a very important question

2nd line.



posted on Apr, 9 2009 @ 01:42 AM
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They got tortured? It's a very important question


There's nothing to indicate that.

The sailors would have said something by now after their release and trust me, considering how much of a stink the International community kicks up when Iran buys tungsten, or calls the Israeli regime despicable, or considers buying Russian SAMs.... let alone torturing British nationals...

They would have milked that fat cow for all it's worth. It would have been a duty opportunity for unbridled military action on Iran, which a lot of conservative circles are calling for.

If there was even a hint or a rumour that British sailors had been tortured in Iran, it would have made the headlines so fast your head would spin.

Iran is nowhere near that stupid or suicidal. Despite what you're fed from the MSM.



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