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Saturday, April 25, 2009

Jailed Reporter On Hunger Strike

Is she planning to be on a hunger strike for eight years?

U.S. Reporter Jailed in Iran on Fifth Day of Hunger Strike

TEHRAN, Iran — The father of an American journalist who has been convicted of spying in Iran says she has gone on a hunger strike to protest her imprisonment.

Reza Saberi has told the Associated Press that "she went on a hunger strike Tuesday to protest her imprisonment. Today is the fifth day."

He added Saturday that his daughter Roxana Saberi will remain on a hunger strike "until she is freed."

The 31-year-old dual American-Iranian citizen was sentenced to eight years in prison just days after she was tried behind closed doors earlier this month.

Saberi was arrested in late January and initially accused of working without press credentials. But earlier this month, an Iranian judge charged her with spying for the United States.

I honestly don't get the point of a hunger strike. What exactly does it accomplish, other than doing bodily harm to yourself? You're not hurting anyone else by starving yourself!!

Does she think that if she starves herself that she's going to garner sympathy and be freed?

Here's the deal. If her press credentials expired, she should have known that they needed to be renewed. If she didn't have press credentials to begin with, she should have known that she needed them in order to work as a reporter. She has been in Iran for six years. She's well aware of the laws of the country.

If she was actually spying which she's been accused and convicted of doing, what's the problem? We convict people for spying and jail them. Hell, most of those people are sentenced to a hell of a lot longer than 8 years. Try, oh I don't know, for LIFE!!

The question remains, did she receive a fair trial? We don't know!! She has the right to appeal, and that's how this should play out.

She will be allowed to appeal her conviction which is far more than I can say for what the United States does. At least she had a trial, fair or not!! They could have pulled a card from our deck and thrown her in a Gitmo-like environment, never to be charged, go to trial, or see the light of day again!! But Iran didn't do that!! Why? Because Iran is NOT the United States!! The United States doesn't care about the rule of law, be it our own or that of another country!!

The President doesn't get to stand up and think that he has a right to demand anything from another country. Clinton doesn't get to stand up and think that she can engage in a pissing match with Iran to see how much more shit this country can stir up.


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