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Freedom Agenda Underway in Iran

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 Many writers on OEN have suggested U.S. involvement. Can it be proven? 

After listening to the Rob Kall Radio Show on Wednesday of last week, I could no longer just follow the tweets coming out of Iran and express concern for human rights violations and the suppression of journalism in Iran.

I could not continue to just cheerlead the uprisings without further connecting the dots that Paul Craig Roberts and Abbas Sadeghian began to connect for me. 

I spent the last week collecting information on organizations and people that could be behind what the world is witnessing in Iran. 

During the Bush Administration, there was an increase in organizations dedicated to the promotion of democracy and an increase in government funding for the promotion of democracy in Iran. 

I do not know if the CIA is involved in what is going on in Iran, but hopefully, this series of articles I am publishing over the next week will show that this situation could be happening with or without the CIA. Organizations have been openly advocating and dreaming of a moment like this in Iran. 

For the people of Iran who are now suffering under a crackdown by the Iranian regime...

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Is the U.S. Meddling in the Affairs of Iran? 

Obama has publicly gone above and beyond to make it seem like the U.S. is not involved and has no current intentions to intervene in the aftermath of Iran's election. His initial response to the unrest in Iran was silence similar to the silence the world witnessed in the weeks before his inauguration when Israel was bombing Gaza. 

In a recent press conference, Obama responded to a question from Major Garrett, a Senior White House Correspondent for Fox News. Garrett asked Obama why it had taken him so long to express that he was appalled and outraged.

...In your opening remarks, sir, you were -- you said about Iran that you were appalled and outraged. What took you so long to say those words?

THE PRESIDENT: I don't think that's accurate. Track what I've been saying. Right after the election, I said that we had profound concerns about the nature of the election, but that it was not up to us to determine what the outcome was. As soon as violence broke out -- in fact, in anticipation of potential violence -- we were very clear in saying that violence was unacceptable, that that was not how governments operate with respect to their people.

So we've been entirely consistent, Major, in terms of how we've approached this. My role has been to say the United States is not going to be a foil for the Iranian government to try to blame what's happening on the streets of Tehran on the CIA or on the White House; that this is an issue that is led by and given voice to the frustrations of the Iranian people. And so we've been very consistent the first day, and we're going to continue to be consistent in saying this is not an issue about the United States; this is about an issue of the Iranian people.

More than a week after the election, Obama continues to assert that, "The US respects the sovereignty of the Islamic Republic of Iran and is not interfering in its affairs."

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