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Mon Nov 19, 2012, 02:08 PM

Iranian Blogger Tortured To Death In Prison

Source: MEMRI (Middle East Media Research Institute)

Iranian Blogger Who Told Supreme Leader Khamenei 'Your Judicial System... Is Nothing But A Slaughterhouse' Tortured To Death In Prison

After posting on his blog an open letter to Iranian Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei accusing him of operating a murder industry against the Iranian people in the name of Islam, Iranian blogger Sattar Beheshti, 35, was told by Iranian authorities that he had crossed the line. He was arrested, and 10 days later, on November 6, 2012, it was reported that he had died in prison under torture.

As the news of Beheshti's death broke, and following international criticism of the Iranian regime, the regime was forced to announce that it was investigating the matter. On November 13, 2012, Majlis National Security Committee member Mohammad Hassan Asfari stated that Beheshti had died of "cardiac arrest" but acknowledged that "several bruises" had been found on his body and that these were being investigated by "forensic experts." Majlis member Hamid Rasaei, on the other hand, denied that Beheshti had been killed by the security forces, and said that this claim was a conspiracy meant to lay the blame on the regime in order to spark unrest among the public that would lead to an uprising against the regime, and to prevent the security forces from acting against outlaws.



Read more: http://www.memri.org/report/en/0/0/0/0/0/0/6819.htm

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Reply Iranian Blogger Tortured To Death In Prison (Original post)
FleetwoodMac Nov 2012 OP
DonCoquixote Nov 2012 #1
FleetwoodMac Nov 2012 #2
subject Nov 2012 #12
Mosby Nov 2012 #3
sabrina 1 Nov 2012 #4
OnyxCollie Nov 2012 #5
unreadierLizard Nov 2012 #6
kenfrequed Nov 2012 #7
Wind Dancer Nov 2012 #9
sabrina 1 Nov 2012 #16
apocalypsehow Nov 2012 #8
sabrina 1 Nov 2012 #17
Judi Lynn Nov 2012 #11
tabasco Nov 2012 #13
sabrina 1 Nov 2012 #20
bluedigger Nov 2012 #10
riderinthestorm Nov 2012 #14
Ash_F Nov 2012 #15
calilib1966los Nov 2012 #18
hrmjustin Nov 2012 #19
Judi Lynn Nov 2012 #21

Response to FleetwoodMac (Original post)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 02:11 PM

1. People do not need to be pro israel

To know Iran sucks equally as bad.

A pox on all the children of Abraham, as their God is fond of killing.

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Response to DonCoquixote (Reply #1)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 02:58 PM

2. And more than that...

... I think events such as these forces us to reevaluate where we stand in the world, not only from a strategic perspective, but perhaps more importantly, a moral one.

Notwithstanding the humanity of the matter, we are, through multiple American administrations from Eisenhower to Reagan, partly responsible for the state of Iran today.

In our urgency to secure a Cold War ally, we made numerous errors in judgement. From the CIA-organized coup d'etat of a legitimate Iranian government, to the transfer of nuclear technology, to turning a blind eye towards the transgressions of the dictatorial Shah of Iran, to the delivery of over 70 shipments of biological weapons to Iraq to assist then in their war against Iran - these are just several of the larger decisions that have fostered such blinding hatred against us in Iran, and thus, fueling the rise and sustained dominance of the radical, insane, bloodthirsty clerics there.

It's a complex problem, which will demand an equally complex solution, but I honestly don't know how we can fix this.

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Response to FleetwoodMac (Reply #2)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 07:44 PM

12. it's

some sort of political syndrome

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Response to FleetwoodMac (Original post)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 02:59 PM

3. Iran executed 81 people LAST WEEK

Last edited Mon Nov 19, 2012, 07:47 PM - Edit history (1)

Its horrible how they treat their prisoners.

Hopefully someday the use of the death penalty will end.

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Response to Mosby (Reply #3)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 03:19 PM

4. Has there been any investigation of those who were tortured to death

in US Controlled detention centers?

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bagram_torture_and_prisoner_abuse

If this starts a trend of holding all torturers accountable, then it is a good thing. But if only some torturers are held accountable, or investigated, then the motives behind behind the sudden outrage in this case, are questionable.

We eg, are no longer in any position to be the moral arbiter of these matters. Not until the policy of 'moving forward' from war crimes remains in place.

Hopefully those pointing the finger, and rightfully so, at Iran for this criminal death, will now demand justice for all such crimes, no matter who is responsible.

And maybe, in reference to your comment, we can get rid of the death penalty here. Texas Gov Perry has signed the death warrants of hundreds of prisoners since he was elected. And we all George Bush's record.

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Response to sabrina 1 (Reply #4)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 04:02 PM

5. +1 nt

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Response to sabrina 1 (Reply #4)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 04:10 PM

6. It seems like you enjoy deflecting

the crimes of dictator and theocratic nations just to pick on the United States.

"Iran tortures blogger to death in prison"

"If we're addressing torture let's address the US Imperialist Capitalist Kingdom Lies about torture"

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Response to unreadierLizard (Reply #6)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 04:12 PM

7. Hmm

Well, I dunno... I think all torturers and the regimes that authorized them should be held accountable.

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Response to kenfrequed (Reply #7)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 04:17 PM

9. Seems like common sense to me! n/t

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Response to unreadierLizard (Reply #6)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 08:45 PM

16. Who is doing the deflection here? Is this about the horrors of torture

which we Democrats have been trying to get accountability for for over a decade now, or is this simply Political, using this one case as the War Machine used other cases to start yet another war with lots more torture?

One of the many, over one hundred that they were able to document, not to mention rape and sodomy of women and children, innocent people tortured to death in US custody.



Dilawar (born c. 1979 December 10, 2002), also known as Dilawar of Yakubi, was an Afghan taxi driver who was tortured to death by US army soldiers at the Bagram Collection Point, a US military detention center in Afghanistan.

I'm not interested in WHERE torture occurs I am interested in the fact that it occurs ANYWHERE. I have been a member of anti-torture organizations for a decade now trying to get some justice for the victims of torture.

NO MORE WARS and do NOT use torture victims to start any more wars, that would be reprehensible and merely a cynical way of yet again ignoring the horrendous crimes that have yet to see any kind of accountability.

You have no right to accuse me of deflecting from torture. I have done the exact opposite I will continue to draw attention to it whenever the opportunity arises.

Why would YOU want to deflect from people being reminded of the fact that nothing has been done about torture worldwide and until WE do something about our country we have ZERO Moral Authority to point fingers elsewhere.

That is just one more tragedy about our own descent into that evil world. We cannot help anyone else and here you are objecting to anyone even mentioning it. Shhhhhh, let's move forward! Disgraceful!

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Response to sabrina 1 (Reply #4)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 04:15 PM

8. The subject of the OP is not "US Controlled detention centers," but what happened in Iran.

I guess you misread the OP title, and ignored the content in the article itself. Give it another go - perhaps, like, actually read the OP this time - and then come back with an appropriate comment to the OP itself.

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Response to apocalypsehow (Reply #8)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 09:02 PM

17. Torture was what I saw as the subject of the OP. Torture is a horrific

crime. Do we limit outrage over horrific crimes only to places we have an interest in maybe starting a war with?

I hope people are not using a victim of torture in order to cause enough outrage that another horrific war can get started, which you can be sure will spread torture even further.

Maybe I'm getting deja vu all over again. I remember all the 'Saddam's Torture Chamber' outrage used to get support for that criminal war and apparently with no concern whatsoever for the victims of torture, in fact, we outdid Saddam considering we tortured women and children also.

So I guess I'm leery of these 'look what a horrible dictator this is don't you agree we need to go start a war there in order to stop the torture' routine.

Maybe if we had actually stopped torture, or murder or rape, or all the horrors Iraqis didn't face until we reigned terror down on them killing untold numbers of them, I wouldn't be so suspicious of these kinds of articles directed at a particular country.

It's not as if Torture is not a worldwide problem, one we lost our ability to condemn long ago. So why single out this one tragic situation unless the goal is to talk about TORTURE, rather that IRAN??

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Response to sabrina 1 (Reply #4)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 04:21 PM

11. Thank you, sabrina. n/t

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Response to sabrina 1 (Reply #4)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 08:01 PM

13. Oh for fuck's sake

Start a new thread, don't troll this one.

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Response to tabasco (Reply #13)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 09:10 PM

20. Torture bothers me, no matter where it occurs. Why on earth should I have

to start another thread when it was raised in this one?

You appear to be very upset. I am too, have been for more than a decade about how our Wars, which btw, were sold to the American just like this! Get them outraged over Saddam's Torture Chambers enough to get them to support a horrific, brutal war.

Is that what this is about? Clearly we do NOT care about torture since not one victim has been allowed to even a file a lawsuit in any of our Civil Courts. So why the sudden outrage? Could they possibly be reusing the old tactic they use to get the Iraq Wars going? And what is the US going to do about torture if they succeed in starting the next war on their list??

I don't understand your response, either you care about torture or you don't. And recent history shows us that 'Saddam's Torture Chambers' never closed down, we ran them even more efficiently and in doing so have lost the right to use victims of torture as a cynical ploy to get support to start any more wars.

And I will continue to speak out against torture, against the fact that the US refuses to prosecute its own torturers, that these kinds of articles remind me of how we got to Iraq, pretending to care about Torture only to make it worse for the Iraqi people.

Just ignore my posts, because when torture is the subject you will not like what I have to say about it, unless you agree that we have to keep demanding accountability for the brutal criminals who perpetrated this crime against so many people over the past decade.

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Response to FleetwoodMac (Original post)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 04:20 PM

10. Well, that's pretty ironic, eh?

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Response to FleetwoodMac (Original post)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 08:04 PM

14. I'm reccing so this hateful story gets more views... nt

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Response to FleetwoodMac (Original post)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 08:10 PM

15. Saddened but not shocked. At least the interrogators were arrested.

Which is more than what we do in the US.

More here
http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2012/nov/12/iran-prosecutor-confirms-blogger-death

PS - For those crying about posters "deflecting". Sometimes looking at other countries' abuses provides the perspective for needed introspection.

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Response to FleetwoodMac (Original post)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 09:07 PM

18. horrible story

 

may he rest in peace

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Response to calilib1966los (Reply #18)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 09:08 PM

19. Yes indeed. Welcome to DU my friend.

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Response to FleetwoodMac (Original post)

Mon Nov 19, 2012, 10:02 PM

21. One of the U.S.'s South American torturers, Dan Mitrione, was well known long ago:

33. URUGUAY 1964 to 1970

Torture -- as American as apple pie

"The precise pain, in the precise place, in the precise amount, for the desired effect."{1}
The words of an instructor in the art of torture. The words of Dan Mitrione, the head of the Office of Public Safety (OPS) mission in Montevideo.

~snip~
Dan Mitrione had built a soundproofed room in the cellar of his house in Montevideo. In this room he assembled selected Uruguayan police officers to observe a demonstration of torture techniques. Another observer was Manuel Hevia Cosculluela, a Cuban who was with the CIA and worked with Mitrione. Hevia later wrote that the course began with a description of the human anatomy and nervous system ...

Soon things turned unpleasant. As subjects for the first testing they took beggars, known in Uruguay as bichicomes, from the outskirts of Montevideo, as well as a woman apparently from the frontier area with Brazil. There was no interrogation, only a demonstration of the effects of different voltages on the different parts of the human body, as well as demonstrating the use of a drug which induces vomiting -- I don't know why or what for -- and another chemical substance. The four of them died.{16}

~snip~
"When you get what you want, and I always get it," Mitrione continued, "it may be good to prolong the session a little to apply another softening-up. Not to extract information now, but only as a political measure, to create a healthy fear of meddling in subversive activities."
The American pointed out that upon receiving a subject the first thing is to determine his physical state, his degree of resistance, by means of a medical examination. "A premature death means a failure by the technician ... It's important to know in advance if we can permit ourselves the luxury of the subject's death."{18}

More:
http://killinghope.org/bblum6/uruguay.htm



Dan Mitrione

There's more to read on this U.S. employee, for anyone who does a simple search for his name. He applied himself with gusto, in South America, trying to stamp out people the hard way who protested the vicious right-wing US-backed fascists terrorizing them and their loved ones.

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