Michael Ledeen renders a summary of atrocious acts of violence in Iran against those who seek freedom. Even the mullahs are starting to get disgusted enough to close the Kahrizak prison.
The Torturers and the Secretary
And, according to reliable sources, the morgues still have a stockpiles of about 400 corpses. Each day three to four corpses are released to relatives.
The release of the cadavers follows a singularly macabre procedure…
After signing the papers the relative can receive the corpse. Upon receipt of the corpse of the [mainly young] man or woman, the real cause of death–brutal torture–becomes obvious. They see their loved one totally beaten up, nails pulled out, evidence of rape, bodies covered with so many burns that it is difficult to recognize the dead person, and the like.
Despite the secrecy pledge, these horrendous details are now emerging and even members of the usually very loyal part of the clergy are now disgusted and upset…
Meanwhile Karroubi himself has left Tehran for his native Lorestan, where he can count on the protection of his people.
Iranian Prosecutor-General Ayatollah Qorban Ali Dori Najafabadi acknowledged that some detainees have been tortured in prison, saying: “Mistakes have led to some unfortunate and indefensible incidents, and those involved will have to be punished.” This includes many reported incidents at Kahrizak prison, where prisoners were killed, and which has since been closed on Khamenei’s orders…
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The treatment of prisoners reminds me of Emmett Till, who was so horribly beaten and killed by the Ku Klux Klan.
It is a bad sign for the Grand Ayatollah Khamenei that Karroubi heads back to home ground in the mountains of Lorestan, west of Tehran. I wonder whether it will be easier or tougher to keep Karroubi isolated, incommunicado there on his home ground.
We continue to wait for the US Marines to sweep up Osama bin Laden in their Helmand operations or push him across the border into the Sistan and Baluchistan province of Iran.
We continue to wait for Yazd to wake up and walk toward freedom.
We continue to wait for effective leadership to emerge for freedom in Iran. Neither electrician, playwright nor good sergeant Schweik, but maybe someone a young computerist fiddling with his iPod and a USB cable this very day, exploiting RSS on the iTunes Store.
Confectionery in Yazd (YouTube)