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Abduction or Defection: The Case of Iran's Nuclear Scient

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In June 2009, Shahram Amiri, one of Iran's nuclear scientists disappeared in Saudi Arabia while on a Muslim pilgrimage. Soon thereafter Iran pointed the finger at the U.S. and accused it of kidnapping one of Iran's finest. Washington denied any knowledge of Amiri.

Until now.

Today, in an ABC exclusive, contrary to previous statements, the U.S. admitted that Amiri had "defected to the CIA" in what it termed as an "intelligence coup". Undoubtedly, the CIA has been involved in innumerable atrocious coups, tortures, assassinations, and kidnaps, but defects? The very outfit that has been assigned to assassinate American citizens thought to be cooperating with the enemy has been charged with soliciting 'enemy' defectors!

Given that Washington denied all knowledge of Amiri for months after his disappearance, the State Department ought to facilitate a meeting between him and the Iranian authorities to reassure all concerned parties that Amiri has indeed defected of his own free will. This was a practice that the Americans obliged even at the height of the Cold War. When a Soviet nuclear physicist by the name of Artem Vladimirovich Kulikov defected in 1985, he met with officials of the Soviet embassy at the State Department to reassure the Russians that he was not being held against his will. Failure to do this will give credibility to the alternative.

This would be more plausible given that in2009 Ynet news reported that with cooperation from the United States Israel has focused on eliminating key human assets involved in Iran's nuclear program. A few months later an Iranian physicist was killed in a bomb blast in Tehran. The eerie incidents bring back memories of the Iranian diplomat kidnapped and tortured by the CIA while serving in Iraq in 2007 - and denied.

Providing the Iranian authorities and more importantly, the American people and the international community evidence of Shahram Amiri's well-being and personal choice in 'defecting' to the CIA will, at a minimum, allow war promoters to take delight in parading around a live, complacent body who has "helped to confirm U.S. intelligence assessments about the Iranian nuclear program." Perhaps the thinking is that an imaginary "defector" can sing to the their tune and instill more fear in Americans against an imaginary enemy.

Soon, the enemy will be unveiled: the truth, or the truth denied us.

 

Soraya has lived and studied in-Iran, UK, France, and has obtained her Master's degree in Public Diplomacy from USC Annenberg and USC School for International Studies, Los Angeles.- She is an independent researcher, public speaker, radio (more...)
 
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He's probably dead. If not, he is being tortured r... by marko polo on Thursday, Apr 1, 2010 at 11:46:23 AM
Although at this point the issue of Mr. Shahram Am... by Abbas Sadeghian, Ph.D. on Thursday, Apr 1, 2010 at 11:55:12 AM
Excellent suggestion Soraya, as matter of fact his... by royalbanc@msn.com 121212 on Thursday, Apr 1, 2010 at 2:31:09 PM
Dear Royalbanc@msn.com121212I think we would both ... by Abbas Sadeghian, Ph.D. on Thursday, Apr 1, 2010 at 10:46:49 PM
Good point Soraya!!! This is the first time I hear... by Susan Nevens on Thursday, Apr 1, 2010 at 2:36:50 PM
Dear Susan Nevens:It is quite pleasant to see a yo... by Abbas Sadeghian, Ph.D. on Friday, Apr 2, 2010 at 1:06:19 AM
Dr. Sadeghian states: "...while we are trying to p... by Ari on Friday, Apr 2, 2010 at 8:33:50 AM
Dear AriI noticed that your education has been in ... by Abbas Sadeghian, Ph.D. on Friday, Apr 2, 2010 at 6:53:56 PM
Dear AriThe cause of the problems between Iran and... by Abbas Sadeghian, Ph.D. on Saturday, Apr 3, 2010 at 1:11:58 AM
Mr. Sadeghian,I am not certain how someone who cla... by Soraya on Friday, Apr 2, 2010 at 1:06:32 PM
My dear friend MS Soraya (do I have your permissio... by Abbas Sadeghian, Ph.D. on Friday, Apr 2, 2010 at 6:06:56 PM
Thank you Soraya for your little in perentheses co... by Susan Nevens on Friday, Apr 2, 2010 at 6:41:18 PM
The FBI through its counter-terrorism department d... by Susan Nevens on Friday, Apr 2, 2010 at 6:25:07 PM
Dear Ms SusanBefore I respond to your recent comme... by Abbas Sadeghian, Ph.D. on Friday, Apr 2, 2010 at 10:18:14 PM
Maybe the "Intelligence" agency will be able to te... by Soraya on Thursday, Apr 1, 2010 at 2:46:48 PM
Well at least we learned somthing - this was no in... by Ari on Thursday, Apr 1, 2010 at 10:50:48 PM
Abduction or defection? Both, but abduction first!... by syed mahdi on Friday, Apr 2, 2010 at 12:45:06 PM
Christopher Simpson's book on U.S.' space program ... by Soraya on Friday, Apr 2, 2010 at 8:40:27 PM
You brought up an excellent point Ms. Ulrich - pro... by Ari on Saturday, Apr 3, 2010 at 6:47:37 AM
Dear Ms SorayaSince You decided not to provide any... by Abbas Sadeghian, Ph.D. on Sunday, Apr 4, 2010 at 2:06:41 AM