Writ of Habeas Corpus Urgently Needed to Clarify Case of Abducted Iranian Nuclear Scientist

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Webster G. Tarpley, Ph.D.
Russia Today
June 8, 2010

On the eve of the UN Security Council vote on new economic warfare measures against Iran backed by the Obama regime, dueling videos have appeared on the Internet concerning the fate of the missing and presumably abducted Iranian nuclear scientist Shahram Amiri. In one tape, a person purporting to be Amiri claims to be a prisoner of the CIA in Tucson, Arizona and calls on human rights organizations to assist him. This is what should occur. Human Rights Watch, the American Civil Liberties Union, or some other organization whose legal resources are funded for precisely this purpose, should procure an affidavit from Amiri’s wife to the effect that he is being held illegally inside the United States, and then go into federal court for the purpose of requesting a writ of habeas corpus in this case. Then Amiri might be able to tell his own story. This would be the easiest way of determining which of the two Amiri videos – the one that implies yet another illegal CIA rendition (with kidnapping, drugging, and torture, on the infamous Milan imam model) with the help of Saudi Arabia, or the one that assures its viewers that Amiri is free and doing just fine – represents the truth. At the same time, we would also be learning whether habeas corpus still exists in political cases under the Obama regime. In any case, the fact that “Amiri” is an original source for the US charges of an Iranian nuclear enrichment plant near Qom is a reminder of how dubious and unreliable the US allegations about an Iranian nuclear weapons program actually are. It is very unwise for Russia and China to lend any support whatsoever to this fourth round of sanctions, no matter how diluted they may appear. Instead, Obama’s sanctions resolution should be vetoed. This resolution will be widely ignored, as the negative votes of Turkey and Brazil indicate.

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