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Amnesty International: Iran must halt execution of web programmer

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posted on Feb, 17 2012 @ 08:28 AM
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Amnesty International - Iran Must Halt Execution of Web Programmer


Iran must not execute a web programmer sentenced to death after one of his web programs was used to post pornographic images without his knowledge, Amnesty International said today, as the Iranian authorities continue their crackdown on bloggers and other users of the internet.

Iran's Supreme Court confirmed the death sentence for Saeed Malekpour, 35, on Tuesday on charges of "insulting and desecrating Islam". He could now be executed at any time. The Supreme Court's decision comes as the Iranian government is stepping up its targeting of internet users in a crackdown on freedom of expression ahead of the Iranian parliamentary elections in March.

"By confirming Saeed Malekpour's death sentence after an unfair trial, the Iranian authorities are sending a message to Iranians not to freely express their views, or even to help others to do so, including on the internet," said Ann Harrison, Amnesty International's interim Deputy Director for the Middle East and North Africa.


This fella is a permanent resident of Canada. While he was while visiting his family in Iran, he was arrested, put in prison (including solitary confinement) for a year .. tortured .. and sentenced to death

According to the article, many internet workers, bloggers and other media workers are being targeted by the totalitarian Iranian government. They are arrested on different charges - such as 'apostacy from Islam' or 'spy' charges and many are put to death. Many are Iranian. Others hold duel citizenship. (such as with Canada).

With Iranian apologetics so high here it's good to remember the truth - this is a totalitarian government that does NOT allow freedom of the internet, freedom of blogs, freedom of religion ... and it has no problem with putting people in jail on trumped up fake charges. Sure, Iran can run it's country any way it wants. But we have freedom of information here and its a GOOD thing to tell the truth about the situation in Iran. That being - it has NO MEDIA FREEDOM.




posted on Feb, 17 2012 @ 08:34 AM
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Ok, and? This makes it ok to bomb them and their families? Does this piece of info dehumanize the whole country enough for us to send in the drones?

What about Manning and the vicious crackdown by corporate police on ows? What about the corrupt war on drugs effectively making the US world's leading incarcerator of its own people? Who should bomb US for this then?

I understand posting the article, but that last bit of stirring the crap was totally uncalled for.

What is your agenda?

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posted on Feb, 17 2012 @ 08:34 AM
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so....Iran publicly admits to making "trouble makers" "disappear" and look like monsters? would you prefer your gov't take you away in the middle of the night, without anyone knowing, and detaining you "indefinitely", at some camp in God only knows what corner of the planet, never to be seen or heard from again, because you might be a terrorizer? you MUST be a proud american...


while it's horrible that Iran is doing this...who the hell are we to tell them they are wrong for it? our president assassinates citizens and calls it protection of his country. sounds like the kettle calling the pot black, if you ask me...



posted on Feb, 17 2012 @ 08:37 AM
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Originally posted by Snoopy1978
Ok, and? This makes it ok to bomb them and their families? Does this piece of info dehumanize the whole country enough for us to send in the drones?

What about Manning and the vicious crackdown by corporate police on ows? What about the corrupt war on drugs effectively making the US world's leading incarcerator of its own people? Who should bomb US for this then?

I understand posting the article, but that last bit of stirring the crap was totally uncalled for.

What is your agenda?

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When did we start bombing Iran?
I was out getting coffee so I might have missed that memo.



posted on Feb, 17 2012 @ 08:40 AM
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That's a horrible situation, no doubt. The CANADIAN Government should try to get something done for this poor guy.

I hope rationality wins out in this case, but I'm seriously doubting it will.



posted on Feb, 17 2012 @ 08:41 AM
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Agenda .... Telling the truth. That's it.
The truth is innocent people are being put in prison and sentenced to death.
The amazing thing is that people like you don't want the truth to be known.
You all immediately jump to the absurd .. 'oh it's a bomb iran thread' :shk:
Truth is truth. Ya'll should learn to deal with the truth. It's just that simple.

Originally posted by ICEKOHLD
while it's horrible that Iran is doing this...who the hell are we to tell them they are wrong for it?

You have GOT to be kidding.

I guess you would have preferred that the world 'shut up' about apartheid as well, eh?
We should all just ignore the fact that this innocent man from Canada is going to be executed?
Yeah .. okay .. you do that. I'm not going to.


Iran can run itself any way it wants. That being said, so can we.
We can use our freedom of the internet and freedom of speech (while we still have it).
We can dig our heads out of the sand and discuss the TRUTH.
The TRUTH .... not some politicall correct Iranian apologetics that seems to be so popular here.
The TRUTH ... innocent people are being killed on trumped up charges in Iranian prisons.
We may not be able to save them .. but that doesn't mean we can't be aware of that fact.



posted on Feb, 17 2012 @ 08:46 AM
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With Iranian apologetics so high here


so if we don't want another useless war, we are apologists huh.....pfft whatever ........dinosaur.


besides, we all know that is terrible, we are not insane. The thing is, the USA has its own crack down on the internet doesn't it. Here, if you are labeled a "terrorist" by any dumbass you go to secret places you never come from. There you either die or die slowly in a tortured and depraved existence.

glass house........

I think the reason they are cracking down on the internet there is because the revolt last time was coordinated by internet activists on the ground using mobile devices. The regime is constantly under pressure by the democratic youth movement . They know this like their counterparts in our countries do. That's why they want to take away our tools. What they don't know is that it is inevitable. Pandora´s box has been opened.



posted on Feb, 17 2012 @ 08:51 AM
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Originally posted by casenately

I think the reason they are cracking down on the internet there is because the revolt last time was coordinated by internet activists on the ground using mobile devices. The regime is constantly under pressure by the democratic youth movement . They know this like their counterparts in our countries do. That's why they want to take away our tools. What they don't know is that it is inevitable. Pandora´s box has been opened.

So shouldn't we be supporting them, instead of cowering in fear of another *gasp* war?



posted on Feb, 17 2012 @ 08:53 AM
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Originally posted by casenately


With Iranian apologetics so high here

so if we don't want another useless war, we are apologists huh.....pfft whatever ........dinosaur.


I see you have your head stuffed in the sand. How's it taste? :shk: You immediately jump to this being a 'go to war with Iran' thread simply because the truth is being discussed. The truth that the Iranian government has trumped up charges on this man from Canada and he's going to be put to death.

Telling the truth doesn't equate to going to war.

pffft whatever .... excellent example of misplaced political correctness.



posted on Feb, 17 2012 @ 08:53 AM
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The guy committed a crime, he gets punished. I totaly agree, good thread.



posted on Feb, 17 2012 @ 08:55 AM
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yes, when they win. If they don't, we must wait. It is not our business unless our business is theirs as well.

Do you want the UN telling our country what it can and can't do?

You want to set a precedent for china in 30 years?


If they succede and ask us then yes....if not, stay out of civil wars....


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posted on Feb, 17 2012 @ 08:57 AM
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Originally posted by FlyersFan
reply to post by Snoopy1978
 

Agenda .... Telling the truth. That's it.
The truth is innocent people are being put in prison and sentenced to death.
The amazing thing is that people like you don't want the truth to be known.
You all immediately jump to the absurd .. 'oh it's a bomb iran thread' :shk:
Truth is truth. Ya'll should learn to deal with the truth. It's just that simple.

Originally posted by ICEKOHLD
while it's horrible that Iran is doing this...who the hell are we to tell them they are wrong for it?

You have GOT to be kidding.

I guess you would have preferred that the world 'shut up' about apartheid as well, eh?
We should all just ignore the fact that this innocent man from Canada is going to be executed?
Yeah .. okay .. you do that. I'm not going to.


Iran can run itself any way it wants. That being said, so can we.
We can use our freedom of the internet and freedom of speech (while we still have it).
We can dig our heads out of the sand and discuss the TRUTH.
The TRUTH .... not some politicall correct Iranian apologetics that seems to be so popular here.
The TRUTH ... innocent people are being killed on trumped up charges in Iranian prisons.
We may not be able to save them .. but that doesn't mean we can't be aware of that fact.



I assume you are american, as i remember you highly defending the country in another thread. If you are, look at your own country and the same practices it carries out in these regards towards censorship and capital punishment.

Capital punishment and internet censorship are bad, both Iran and the US are as bad as each other when it comes to these two, Iran does it openly, while the US does it under the guise of the film and music industry.

However, because Iran's law is written that pornography is considered a bad practice, it does not justify the right for someone to claim "they are a bad country" while hinting towards the recent dislike of Iran coming from the US of A's media.

Troy Davis, Bradley Manning, SOPA, PIPA.
That's all i really need to say.

Pot calling the kettle black if this argument is in defence of the USA's view on Iran.



posted on Feb, 17 2012 @ 08:57 AM
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Originally posted by Ixtab
The guy committed a crime, he gets punished. I totaly agree, good thread.

No he didn't. That's the point. He did NOT commit a crime. He's been sentenced to death over something he didn't do. Trumped up charges that he commited 'apostasy against Islam'. It's just more of the government of Iran falsely accusing people and executing them because they have a skill that is a potential danger to their totalitarian government.

But of course .. as you've shown from your posts today ... you don't want to hear the truth of that. :shk:



posted on Feb, 17 2012 @ 08:57 AM
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sure, like I said that's terrible.....

but where is the outrage for our own citizens in our countries under BS charges being put in prison?

That I am much more worried about. It makes this a dictatorship in the making.
It is not about taste. It sucks, but there are worse things at home right now. ALOT WORSE.

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posted on Feb, 17 2012 @ 09:03 AM
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Originally posted by InsideYourMind
look at your own country and the same practices it carries out in these regards towards censorship and capital punishment.

You are going to have to prove that statement. Show me how the US government will falsely accuse a programmer of pornography and then put him to death because of it. Iranian execution stats - don't forget .. this doesn't include those that are killed in jails and while being tortured. This is just the number officially executed.

It's true that America has capital punishment ... but it's not widely used like it is in Iran .... and it certainly isn't killing people for 'apostasy to allah' and it isn't hanging homosexuals in the public square simply because they are homosexual.


, because Iran's law is written that pornography is considered a bad practice, .

Read the article. He didn't participate in any manner in pornography.
The charges were false. He's being put to death on false charges.
The Iranian government is afraid of his skills so they want him dead.



posted on Feb, 17 2012 @ 09:04 AM
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but where is the outrage for our own citizens in our countries under BS charges being put in prison?


The outrage is there. From time to time, an unjustly convicted person will even be released. It's hard to do that after a prisoner has been executed, though.



posted on Feb, 17 2012 @ 09:04 AM
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Originally posted by casenately
reply to post by beezzer
 


yes, when they win. If they don't, we must wait. It is not our business unless our business is theirs as well.

Do you want the UN telling our country what it can and can't do?

You want to set a precedent for china in 30 years?


If they succede and ask us then yes....if not, stay out of civil wars....


edit on 17-2-2012 by casenately because: (no reason given)

It's not our business until Iran starts attacking and planning on deaths on American soil-. . . . oh, hey, they've already done that!.

But lets give them one more chance, right?

Don't worry yourself, our commander in chief ins't going to attack Iran.
He likes them.



posted on Feb, 17 2012 @ 09:05 AM
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I dont know what sort of lawless society you envisage, but I like to maintain an adequate sense of order. Even if people havent committed crimes they should still be punished. Just like in Guantanamo, innocent people locked away indefinitely, possibly facing execution. Sounds good to me. And im glad Iran are finaly taking a leaf out of Americas book concerning Freedom.

No double standards here, AT ALL, nope nope nope. Just good old fashion Freedom Justice, with just a sprinkling of Democracy for good measure I think!.



posted on Feb, 17 2012 @ 09:07 AM
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I dont know what sort of lawless society you envisage, but I like to maintain an adequate sense of order. Even if people havent committed crimes they should still be punished.


For once, I believe you.



posted on Feb, 17 2012 @ 09:10 AM
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"insulting and desecrating islam" religion should never have so much power in todays world.
i hope something is done about his case.



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