Life And Death Fun And Games In Iran

Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani is free!

Iranian woman facing death ‘freed’

Photographs of an Iranian woman sentenced to death for adultery, Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, have been released, but without any official confirmation of a report that she has been freed.

The images, released on Thursday by the Iranian state-controlled Press TV, show Ashtiani while on home leave last week.

The International Committee Against Stoning (ICAS), a German-based campaign group, says the photographs suggest Ashtiani has been freed.

Patty Debonitas, a spokesperson for the committee, one of the main groups which campaigned on behalf of Ashtiani, hailed the reported release a “historic” victory in an interview with Al Jazeera on Thursday.

“It’s a historical success because the international outcry worked,” Debonitas said.

Um, no she’s not.

Iran state television denies reports of woman sentenced to stoning’s release

State television in Iran denied reports that a mother of two sentenced to death by stoning had been released.

Earlier rumours that Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani, whose case sparked a massive international outcry and calls from celebrities that she be released or her sentence commuted, would be freed prompted jubilation around the world.

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Early Friday local time, government-owned Press TV released a statement saying Ms. Ashtiani had been taken home to film a special in which she would confess to murdering her husband and show the scene of the crime for a TV special.

“Contrary to a vast publicity campaign by Western media that confessed murderer Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani has been released, a team of broadcast production team with the Iran-based Press TV has arranged with Iran’s judicial authorities to follow Ashtiani to her house to produce a visual recount of the crime at the murder scene,” the broadcaster wrote.

The “Iran Today” program, said it would broadcast its report on Ms. Ashtiani’s case Friday evening and over the weekend.

See also:
Iranian TV to air interview with woman sentenced to death by stoning
Fate Remains Unclear Of Iranian Woman Setenced To Stoning
Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani: a timeline from sentencing to ‘release’
Iran denies freeing woman sentenced to death
Ashtiani recounts murder on Press TV
Canadian advocates hail ‘astounding’ release of Iranian woman
Sakineh photos emerge in Iran without release confirmation
Hopes Grow For Iranian Stoning Woman
Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani ‘at home’ pictures trigger confusion over her fate
Iranian woman sentenced to death reported free after global outcry
No official reaction by Iran yet on release of death row woman
Iranians Must Get Stoned

Is or will Sakineh Mohammadi Ashtiani be free? Who knows? Knowing how cruel and diabolical the Iranian government is, I doubt it. It’s evil enough that the Iranian government sentenced a women to death by stoning, for adultery, but what kind of sadistic government forces the condemned to confess and reenact the crime, which may or may not be coerced, on State TV? What manner of barbaric voyeurism is that?

/I’d like to believe she’s free, she’s already been through tortuous, life threatening hell in an Iranian prison, but I won’t believe it until she appears on TV in a Western country

Why Does Obama Hate Jews?

Remember this?

So, Obama has no problem being photographed getting chummy with Hugo Chavez, one of the most anti-American, anti-Semitic socialist dictators in the world. And yet he treats Benjamin Netanyahu, the Prime Minister of Israel, one of America’s staunchest allies, like a disease, refusing to be photographed with him, hold a joint press conference, or even release a written public statement. What’s wrong with Barack Obama?

Binyamin Netanyahu humiliated after Barack Obama ‘dumped him for dinner’

For a head of government to visit the White House and not pose for photographers is rare. For a key ally to be left to his own devices while the President withdraws to have dinner in private was, until this week, unheard of. Yet that is how Binyamin Netanyahu was treated by President Obama on Tuesday night, according to Israeli reports on a trip viewed in Jerusalem as a humiliation.

After failing to extract a written promise of concessions on settlements, Mr Obama walked out of his meeting with Mr Netanyahu but invited him to stay at the White House, consult with advisers and “let me know if there is anything new”, a US congressman, who spoke to the Prime Minister, said.

“It was awful,” the congressman said. One Israeli newspaper called the meeting “a hazing in stages”, poisoned by such mistrust that the Israeli delegation eventually left rather than risk being eavesdropped on a White House telephone line. Another said that the Prime Minister had received “the treatment reserved for the President of Equatorial Guinea”.

Left to talk among themselves Mr Netanyahu and his aides retreated to the Roosevelt Room. He spent a further half-hour with Mr Obama and extended his stay for a day of emergency talks to try to restart peace negotiations. However, he left last night with no official statement from either side. He returned to Israel yesterday isolated after what Israeli media have called a White House ambush for which he is largely to blame.

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Barack Obama’s humiliation of Israel is a disgrace
Obama’s Disgraceful Conduct Toward Israel
VIDEO / Why wasn’t Obama photographed with Netanyahu?
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No Denying White House Animus Toward Israel
Netanyahu’s Humiliation
Obama, Netanyahu reportedly still at odds
Playing hardball with Netanyahu?
As U.S.-Israel rift continues, Netanyahu finds himself in a bind
Conflicting Demands Test Netanyahu
Can President Obama Be Trusted with Fate of America & Israel?
U.S.-Israel rift adds tension to AIPAC meeting

How can anyone explain Obama’s reprehensible behavior, treating the Israeli Prime Minister with utter contempt and barring any press coverage whatsoever, as opposed to gleefully glad handing the notoriously anti-Semitic Venezuelan dictator in front of the world’s cameras?

Don’t bother calling Obama, he won’t pick up the phone.

/apparently, he has no time and nothing but disdain for Jews and the Jewish State

Credit Where Credit Is Due

Taking time out from his relentless crusade to destroy capitalism, the U.S. economy, and America as we used to know it, Obama finally got one right today.

Obama Seeks to Block Release of Detainee Abuse Photos

President Barack Obama reversed course and is seeking to block release of photographs that show the abuse of prisoners in Iraq and Afghanistan by U.S. personnel.

“This is not a situation in which the Pentagon has concealed or sought to justify inappropriate action,” Obama said today at the White House. “Publication of these photos would not add any additional benefit to our understanding of what was carried out in the past by a small number of individuals.”

Instead, it might “inflame anti-American opinion and put our troops in greater danger,” he said.

A federal appeals court ordered the release in connection with a Freedom of Information Act suit. Last month, the Justice Department told a federal judge that the administration would not resist a court order to turn over 44 photographs sought by the American Civil Liberties Union in the suit.

The president told his legal team last week that he “did not feel comfortable with release of the photos,” White House press secretary Robert Gibbs said earlier.

Gibbs said that Obama concluded that Justice lawyers, during former President George W. Bush’s administration, didn’t make the strongest case against release of the pictures.

“The argument that the president seeks to make is one that hasn’t been made before,” Gibbs said. “I’m not going to get into blame for this or that,” he said, adding that the case was working through the court system before Obama took office.

Evidence

During the Bush administration, release of photographs of prisoner abuse by U.S. troops at the Abu Ghraib prison in Iraq caused an international uproar. The pictures at issue are part of potential evidence in cases that have been wrapped up since 2004, Gibbs said.

Obama said releasing the pictures may have a “chilling effect” on future investigations.

Defense Secretary Robert Gates said he recommended to Obama that the photos be withheld and that both General Ray Odierno, who commands U.S. forces in Iraq, and General David McKiernan, the U.S. commander in Afghanistan, objected to the release.

“Our commanders have expressed very serious reservations and their very great worry that release of these photographs would cost American lives,” Gates said when asked about the issue at a House Armed Services Committee hearing.

Durbin, Lieberman Comment

Democratic Senator Dick Durbin of Illinois, one of Obama’s closest allies in Congress, said the legal brief in the court cases initially “led him to believe” that releasing the photographs was “inevitable.”

“Now they seem to have some reservations about what the impact of those photos might have, particularly on the security of troops,” Durbin said.

Senators Joseph Lieberman, a Connecticut independent, and Lindsey Graham, a South Carolina Republican, supported Obama’s decision.

“It’s good for the troops to know that their commander-in- chief is going to bat for them and that is what he did today,” Graham said at the Capitol.

Lieberman said releasing the photos would have done more harm than good. When the Abu Ghraib photos were first released, “they were immediately put up on jihadist Web sites across the world and were used by al-Qaeda and other terrorist groups to recruit,” he said.

See also:
Obama seeks to block release of abuse photos
In reversal, Obama seeks to block abuse photos
Obama reverses course on alleged prison abuse photos
Obama sets up abuse-photos fight
Obama Moves to Block Release of Detainee Abuse Photos
Obama seeks to block release of abuse photos

Of course Obama had to be dragged kicking and screaming into changing his mind under intense pressure from his military commanders or else he he would have made this no-brainier decision in the first place. I mean, it’s obvious to any moron that doesn’t absolutely despise the U.S. military that releasing these photographs would do nothing besides incited and inflame our enemies, hand them a huge propaganda victory that they would exploit as a recruiting tool for years to come, and generally put U.S. troops worldwide in much greater danger.

/but hey, small victories, credit where credit is do, it was the correct decision, let’s just hope he follows through with opposing the release of the photographs in court