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CIA Spy Conviction Gives Iran Chance To Boost Relations


By Sherwood Ross

 

Iran has a creative opportunity to slow the cycle of deteriorating relations with the U.S. by reconsidering the death sentence of a former Marine it just convicted as a CIA spy.

Amir Hekmati, 28, received special training and served at U.S. military bases in Iraq and Afghanistan before entering Iran for his alleged intelligence mission, Al-Jazeera wire service reports.

The  former military translator was born in Arizona to a family of Iranian origin and graduated from high school in Michigan, where his father, Ali, is a community college professor in Flint.

According to Al-Jazeera, a branch of the Tehran Revolutionary Court convicted Hekmati of “working with a hostile country, belonging to the CIA” (and) “trying to accuse Iran of involvement in terrorism.” The court found him to be “a fighter against God,” and one who “spreads
corruption.”

Hekmati’s father insists his son is innocent of spying charges and was employed by a U.S. military contractor in Qatar that did work for the Marines. He said Amir was only in Iran to visit his grandmother.
That may be the case but it is also a matter of record, as journalist Seymour Hersh has reported, the U.S. has “boots on the ground” in Iran.

In the last three years, the UK “Daily Mail”reports, “Iran has suffered a series of setbacks in a covert war led by the U.S. and Israel. These include the assassinations of its nuclear scientists, explosions at missile and industrial facilities and a computer virus that sabotaged uranium enrichment plants.”

Only last month the Iranian military put on public display a U.S. Sentinel Lockheed Martin drone RQ-170 spy plane it downed near the Afghan border that had apparently violated Iranian air space.

Although duly convicted in a court of law having the authority to impose the death penalty, Hekmati’s execution would feed a covert cycle of terror and disruption instigated by the U.S.

(It should be remembered the CIA, with the approval of President Eisenhower, overthrew by force and violence the elected government of Iran in 1953 to install a dictator favorable to western oil firm
interests. This was at a time when Iran had no nuclear development underway, unmistakably revealing the true U.S. interest in Iran to be control of that nation’s oil production.)

Sparing Hekmati’s life would be an act of grace on the part of Iran in accord with the inspired teachings of the world’s great religions. It would be visible proof that Iran adheres to a higher standard than the Central Intelligence Agency, notorious for its indiscriminate drone killings and assassinations. It would also provide an opportunity for restorative justice—allowing Hekmati to get to know the common humanity of the people of Iran while working off his debt to Iran in a constructive way.

Sherwood Ross

Sherwood Ross is an award-winning reporter. He served in the U.S Air Force where he contributed to his base newspaper.

He later worked for The Miami Herald and Chicago Daily News.He contributed a weekly column on working for a major wire service.

He is also an editorial and book publicist.He currently resides in Florida.

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4 Responses to "CIA Spy Conviction Gives Iran Chance To Boost Relations"

  1. Trowbridge Ford  January 11, 2012 at 12:57 am

    More likely Holder would have paid Michael Townley to kill me, provided the money came from the award one of his victims was ordered to receive, and the nice Attorney General keeps preventing her from getting while Townley, with a new identity, is living somewhere comfortably in the States.

    As for anyone in their right mind turning the other cheek when it comes to American spying and its atrocities, just think of the earthquakes and assassinations it has carried out in Iran.

    And for sparing anyone who saves it worse trouble, just think of how it has treated Rick Ames, Jonathan Pollard, Robert Hanssen et al. – the spies who prevented the West from losing the Cold War when it planned to win it with a non-nuclear conclusion, triggered by the assassination of troublemaker Olof Palme.

    The only trouble with the plan was that it did not know about 82 nuclear-armed SS-23 missiles that the Soviets had, and once the shooting started, they would have triggered a nuclear war which would have annihilated us all.

    And what was the spies’ reward for saving us all – life in prison without a chance of parole.`And they would have been executed if Washington had not had to try them – what would have exposed the lunatics.

    Amerca is a low-security mental hospital which doesn’t know up from down.

    And what does VT constantly go on about, their, especially Pollard’s, alleged treason.

    Without them, there would be no VT, and almost everything else.

  2. The Rahnameh  January 10, 2012 at 12:41 pm

    I love VT because you have enough of a brain trust to write scenarios like this that I think of to myself at times. I thought this was an opportunity as well. I think Iran will take it unless there is a prevailing circumstance (like they have good reason to believe our President’s word means nothing because they know the US is run by Bankers). They are not stupid.

  3. Trowbridge Ford  January 10, 2012 at 12:18 pm

    Just another example of Iran-bashing despite claims to contrary.

    The USA has been going flat out to undermine the regime in Tehran, and to kill its most important officials, especially scientists working in its nuclear programs.

    So they caught this guy, apparently red-handed, and guess what, all Washington’s supporters can come up with is that he is completely innocent!

    When Atttorney General Eric Holder – the official who has gone to the greatest lengths of protect Michael Townley from paying court settlements for his assassinations even in the nation’s capital for the Chilean Nazis – made out that the Iranians were plotting to kill the meaningless Saudi ambassador to Washington, I deliberately went to the Iranian embassy here in Stockholm to explain what a bloody dusche bag Holder is.

    The embassy is actually out in the boondocks here in Lidingö, and its officials could have kidnapped me if they thought that I was an American agent provocateur or could be used in some kind of meaningful exchange without anyone knowing better if they were desperate to set-up Americans.

    But they did nothing of the sort after recording my complaints of Washington, and providing material to back it up – what they send back with a note of thanks, and a holiday greetings card.

    The attempt by Washington apologists to make out that the Iranian regime is run by a desperate group of madmen is just American propaganda.

  4. Ken Smith  January 10, 2012 at 11:46 am

    Yeah, and after you finish this story, you can begin the one about Santa clause. You think that Iran is going to let this guy go? Really? Well, I think that if brains were water, Iran’s head would be a desert. Is it true that there are spies in Iran? yes, Are they Americans? Yes, and they are Israeli, and Turkish, and Iraqi, and a whole host of countries spies are there. Why? Because they are trying to make a nuclear bomb.

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