Iran’s ‘Angel of Freedom’ Neda Soltan Vowed to Protest Against Injustice

Iran’s ‘Angel of Freedom’ Neda Soltan Vowed to Protest Against Injustice

Tuesday , June 23, 2009

 

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Relatives and friends of Neda Soltan, the 26-year-old protester who’s become an international symbol of Iranian resistance, wanted her to be remembered for her love of music and passion for travel.

“She was a person full of joy,” the Los Angeles Times quotes her music teacher and close friend Hamid Panahi, who was among mourners at her family home. “She was a beam of light. I’m so sorry. I was so hopeful for this woman.”

Details continue to emerge Tuesday about the murdered protester nickamed “Angel of Freedom,” after graphic videos of her apparent murder at a Tehran protest hit the Internet.

Images of Soltan’s bloody death on Saturday have galvanized the country and many insist on speaking out about this young woman and who she was, despite authorities banning anyone from mourning her.

Neda was reportedly gunned down during protests in the capital city. Videos posted on YouTube, Facebook and Twitter show her bleeding from the nose and mouth as a crowd tries unsuccessfully to stanch the flow and save her life.

The video also shows a moving clip of a man identified as Panahi cradling her head and yelling out, “Neda, don’t be afraid. Neda, stay with me. Neda stay with me!”

Click here for photos. (WARNING: Graphic)

The second of three children, Soltan studied Islamic philosophy at a branch of Tehran’s Azad University before deciding to take private classes to become a tour guide, hoping to ultimately lead Iranians on trips abroad, the L.A. Times reported.

She was reportedly passionate about traveling and had gone with friends to Dubai, Turkey and Thailand. The young Iranian was also an accomplished singer who was taking piano lessons, according to Panahi.

Soltan was not a hardcore activist, but had started attending the mass protests because she felt deeply outraged by the election results.

“She couldn’t stand the injustice of it all,” Panahi told the L.A. Times.

A close friend of Soltan, who the L.A. Times identified only as “Golshad,” said Neda’s parents had asked her not to go to the protest, fearing it was too dangerous.

“I told her, ‘Neda, don’t go,’” the Times quotes Golshad. “She said, ‘Don’t worry. It’s just one bullet and it’s over.’”

Friends say Soltan, Panahi and two others were stuck in traffic on their way to the demonstration sometime after 6:30 p.m.

When they stepped out of the car to get some air, Panahi heard a crack and then realized Soltan was on the ground.

“We were stuck in traffic and we got out and stood to watch, and without her throwing a rock or anything they shot her,” the Times quoted Panahi. “It was just one bullet.”

“I’m burning, I’m burning!” Panahi recalls Soltan’s final words.

Doctors, fellow protesters and medical staff at Shariati Hospital made heroic efforts to rush Soltan to surgery and save her, but she was reportedly dead by the time she arrived at the emergency room.

Mehdi Khalaji, a senior fellow at the Washington Institute for Near Eastern Affairs, told FOXNews.com that Neda has become “one of the pillars of this movement now,” and the bloody images of her dying in the street are its “main icons and symbols.”

Her family scheduled a memorial service to be held in a mosque in northern Tehran, but the government forbade ceremony. She was buried quietly at Tehran’s Behesht Zahra cemetery on Sunday with only her family present, says Soona Samsami, executive director of the Women’s Freedom Forum, who has been relaying information about protests inside Iran to international media.

All mosques were given a direct order from the government barring them from holding any memorial services for Neda, and her family was threatened with grave consequences if anyone gathered to mourn her, said Samsami.

Soltan’s loved ones were outraged by the authorities’ order not to eulogize her.

“They were threatened that if people wanted to gather there the family would be charged and punished,” Samsami told FOXnews.com.

Much of the attention and blame for Neda’s apparent murder is now being focused on Iran’s leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, whose threatening speech Friday preceded the violent protests Saturday at which apparently Neda lost her life. Khamenei is now the prime target for protesters’ outrage, Khalaji said.

“For the first time since the election it seems that people are including in their slogans ‘Down with Khamenei,’ and ‘Death to Khamenei,’” he told FOXNews.com.

Iranian authorities have vehemently denied that police used lethal force to quell protests. They suggest loyalists to the exiled, outlawed opposition group Mujahedin Khalq may be responsible for the killing, the L.A. Times reported.

Her fiancé, Caspian Makan, said in an interview with BBC Persian that she had not supported any candidate in the allegedly fraudulent elections. Neda wanted “freedom for all,” he said.

Click here to read more on this story from the Los Angeles Times.

Click here to read more on this story from the New York Post.

FOX News’ Melissa Tabatabai contributed to this report.

CAIR and the FBI

CAIR and the FBI
By: Jamie Glazov
Tuesday, June 23, 2009

 


Is the Bureau providing “cover” for the notorious Muslim “civil rights” group?

Frontpage Interview’s guest today is Dave Gaubatz, the first U.S. civilian (1811) Federal

Agent deployed to Iraq in 2003. He is the owner of DG Counter-terrorism Publishing. He is currently conducting a 50 State Counter-terrorism Research Tour (CTRT). He can be contacted at davegaubatz@gmail.com. 

 

FP: Dave Gaubatz, welcome back to Frontpage Interview.

 

Just recently, Representative Frank Wolf stated he does not believe the FBI has completely answered his questions in regards to their relationship with CAIR.

 

In terms of the evidence you have gathered, is the FBI intentionally misleading not only Rep. Wolf, but the American public, and if so, why?

 

Gaubatz: Yes Jamie, FBI officials are intentionally misleading Rep. Wolf and I have first-hand evidence of this.

 

I will go one step further and state that the FBI and U.S. State Department have had very close and inappropriate relationships with CAIR and continue to maintain a “tight relationship.”

 

FP: What do you mean exactly?

 

Gaubatz: What I mean is that there are some FBI Agents who are Muslim and conduct off duty time with CAIR, Dar Al Hijrah, and ADAMS Center leaders. The relationships should remain professional, but based on evidence I have seen the relationship has crossed the line. CAIR refers to their FBI contacts as “Friends.” In addition, non-Muslim FBI Agents have crossed the line as well into more of a friendship than a professional relationship.

 

Again this is based on documentation between the FBI and CAIR that I have personally reviewed.

 

In regards to why the FBI will not answer Rep. Wolf’s entire question is because the FBI would be forced to lie if they answered completely. Some may be called to later testify to Congress and would be required to swear under oath.  Senior FBI officials know the relationship with CAIR has not been severed and the relationship between CAIR and the FBI continues, although more discreetly.

 

FP: How could Rep. Wolf obtain more specific information on the FBI’s relationship with CAIR?

 

Gaubatz: First of all, FBI officials should be keeping nothing from Rep. Wolf. Again they only do so because they do not want the public to know how close they were with CAIR’s senior leadership. If they had nothing to hide they would answer completely.  Rep. Wolf has been coordinating with the FBI HQ office in DC.  He should go directly to the Washington FBI Field Office (WFO). Agents from this office are the primary personnel who have conducted ‘liaison’ for many years with CAIR.  

 

The FBI HQ personnel are protecting personnel from the WFO and all documentation of their visits to CAIR National will be in this office. In addition there have been personnel from the WFO who have had many contacts with CAIR leadership that were not documented. These were informal meetings FBI personnel had not only with CAIR, but Islamic leaders from Dar al Hijrah (Falls Church)  and leaders from the ‘All Dulles Area Muslim Society’ (ADAMS).

 

Rep. Wolf is on the right track and he should understand CAIR, Dar Al Hijrah, and ADAMS are one in the same. These organizations have regular contact at the senior level and share intelligence. The leadership is predominately Sunni (Pure Muslim). Rep. Wolf mentioned Tawfik Hamid. Hamid is stepping forward with valuable intelligence on CAIR and he knows what I am referring to about when I say ‘Pure Muslim’. To define it for readers who do not understand it equates as sharing the same ideology as Islamic terrorist groups. The Islamic Ummah (Nation) under Sharia law is the primary objective and our FBI should have never had formal relations with any organization having ties with terrorists. By doing so it has provided ‘cover’ for CAIR and has allowed CAIR to use their close relationship with the FBI as justification to local, county, and state law enforcement agencies CAIR and mosques who support them are legitimate.

 

FP: Can you provide some more insight please?

 

Gaubatz: The FBI as with most large law enforcement departments have officers who are Muslim and naturally have strong ties to their respective mosques.  How many FBI agents in the Washington DC Field Office (WFO) and at the FBI HQ office are worshippers at Dar Al Hijrah or the ‘All Dulles Area Muslim Society’ (ADAMS)? Both Dar al Hijrah and the ADAMS center support CAIR. The prior volatile statements made by Rev. Jeremiah Wright are trivial in relation to the violent ideology being taught at both of these large Islamic Centers. If an agent goes to either of the mosques he/she knows what is being taught, and therefore condones the ideology. Unless you are President Obama, one can’t attend either of these Islamic Centers without understanding the ideology being taught. FBI agents or any other Law Enforcement officer can’t adhere to following the laws of a ‘man made government’ and the laws under Sharia at the same time. They contradict one another and a ‘Pure Muslim’ follows Sharia law first, and others lastly.

 

FP: So what should Rep. Wolf ask the FBI WFO?

 

Gaubatz: He should ask the following:

 

[1] Does this mean you no longer meet with any Islamic organization affiliated with CAIR?

 

[2] Does the FBI still meet with Islamic leaders/scholars in Virginia such as the ADAMS Center and Dar Al Hijrah?

 

[3] Do Muslim FBI Agents have informal meetings with CAIR executives?

 

[4] Does the FBI utilize officers from the JTTF to meet with CAIR and other Islamic leaders associated with CAIR to maintain liaison.

 

[5] Has the FBI discussed ‘behind the scenes’ and documented any professional work by an American citizen and counter-terrorism professional (Steve Emerson) with former CAIR attorney Shama Farooq or any of the following people: Seyed Rizwan Mowlana, Denyse Sabagh, or Mohammed Majid? Note: The FBI and all federal agencies are allowed to collect very limited intelligence on U.S. citizens. If the FBI personnel were documenting intelligence on a U.S. person (Mr. Emerson) and maintaining files on him, this is not only unethical, but illegal.

 

[6] Would the FBI be willing to explain to the American public the primary duties of Agents Michael A. Mason, Rouda Feghali, and Michael J. Anderson? Will they provide the public all documents/notes pertaining to any meeting they have had with AMSAC, CAIR, Dar Al Hijrah, or Adams Center leaders?

 

FP: What other important information should Rep. Wolfe obtain?

 

Gaubatz: He should obtain:

 

[1] The last ten FBI WFO notes of their meetings conducted under the name of Arab, Muslim and Sikh Advisory Council (AMSAC) meetings.

 

[2] The FBI notes of the 22 Feb 2005, 12 July 2005, and 16 Nov 2005, AMSAC meetings? Note: CAIR is a member and they took their own notes.

 

[3] Will the FBI provide the total number of terrorism investigations they have opened that resulted in a conviction based on information CAIR has provided, and also the number of allegations by CAIR pertaining to ‘hate crimes’.  Note: I can inform your  readers that CAIR has not provided any intelligence resulting in a conviction of any Muslim for any terrorism related offenses.  On the other hand, CAIR repeatedly reports alleged ‘hate crimes’ against U.S. persons and U.S. companies.

 

CAIR ‘uses’ the FBI for their own benefit, and not to protect America. CAIR and their affiliates use the FBI to promote their cultural/diversity training and to have ‘friends’ across America who they can contact anytime when the situation suits their goals.  The more ‘hate crimes’ (even if they are known to be false) CAIR reports to the FBI, the more money they will get from donors.

 

FP: You previously mentioned the U.S. State Department has a very close and un-professional relationship with CAIR. Can you explain?

 

Gaubatz: The U.S. State Department should also discontinue their relationship with CAIR. There are several State Department officials who visit CAIR National on a regular basis? Why? There are no legitimate reasons why State Department officials should be using taxpayer’s money to visit executives of a terrorist supporting organization. Many of these meetings are conducted at the CAIR National office.

 

I would add that if CAIR has nothing to hide they should turn over all of their meeting notes with the FBI and U.S. State Department officials. There will be a time in the not too distant future that many U.S. government personnel will have very tough questions asked of them.  I commend Rep. Wolf for his outstanding speech that has put not only the FBI, but CAIR on the ‘hot seat’.

 

FP: If Congress were to hold hearings on the relationship between the FBI, U.S. State Department, and CAIR, would you be willing to swear under oath your evidence on the above information?

 

Gaubatz: Yes, if the hearings were open to the public.

 

FP: Thanks Dave Gaubatz.

 

Gaubatz: Thank you Jamie. I want to add that we have thousands of well intentioned law enforcement officers in the FBI, but many have become unwitting victims of CAIR. Never underestimate the enemy and yes CAIR does represent the enemy.


Jamie Glazov is Frontpage Magazine’s editor. He holds a Ph.D. in History with a specialty in Russian, U.S. and Canadian foreign policy. He is the author of Canadian Policy Toward Khrushchev’s Soviet Union and is the co-editor (with David Horowitz) of The Hate America Left. He edited and wrote the

Fannie, Freddie asked to relax condo loan rules:

Fannie, Freddie asked to relax condo loan rules: report

Mon Jun 22, 2009 10:48am EDT

(Reuters) – Two U.S. Democratic lawmakers want Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to relax recently tightened standards for mortgages on new condominiums, saying they could threaten the viability of some developments and slow the housing-market recovery, the Wall Street Journal said.

In March, Fannie Mae (FNM.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz)(FNM.P: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) said it would no longer guarantee mortgages on condos in buildings where fewer than 70 percent of the units have been sold, up from 51 percent, the paper said. Freddie Mac (FRE.P: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz)(FRE.N: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) is due to implement similar policies next month, the paper said.

In a letter to the CEO’s of both companies, Representatives Barney Frank, the chairman of the House Financial Services Committee, and Anthony Weiner warned that a 70 percent sales threshold “may be too onerous” and could lead condo buyers to shun new developments, according to the paper.

The legislators asked the companies to “make appropriate adjustments” to their underwriting standards for condos, the paper added.

In an interview with the paper, Weiner said the rules have “had a real chill on the ability to get these condos sold,” at a time when prices of condos have fallen enough to attract potential buyers.

In addition to the 70 percent sales threshold, Fannie Mae will also not purchase mortgages in buildings where 15 percent of owners are delinquent on condo association dues or where one owner has more than 10 percent of units, as the firm sees these as signals that a building could run into financial trouble, the paper added.

Both Fannie and Freddie are preparing a response to the lawmakers, according to the paper.

Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac could not be immediately reached for comment by Reuters.

(Reporting by Chakradhar Adusumilli in Bangalore; editing by Simon Jessop)

NKorea threatens US; world anticipates missile

NKorea threatens US; world anticipates missile

By HYUNG-JIN KIM, Associated Press Writer Hyung-jin Kim, Associated Press Writer Wed Jun 24, 8:51 am ET

SEOUL, South Korea – North Korea threatened Wednesday to wipe the United States off the map as Washington and its allies watched for signs the regime will launch a series of missiles in the coming days.

Off China’s coast, a U.S. destroyer was tailing a North Korean ship suspected of transporting illicit weapons to Myanmar in what could be the first test of U.N. sanctions passed to punish the nation for an underground nuclear test last month.

The Kang Nam left the North Korean port of Nampo a week ago with the USS John S. McCain close behind. The ship, accused of transporting banned goods in the past, is believed bound for Myanmar, according to South Korean and U.S. officials.

The new U.N. Security Council resolution requires member states to seek permission to inspect suspicious cargo. North Korea has said it would consider interception a declaration of war and on Wednesday accused the U.S. of seeking to provoke another Korean War.

“If the U.S. imperialists start another war, the army and people of Korea will … wipe out the aggressors on the globe once and for all,” the official Korean Central News Agency said.

The warning came on the eve of the 59th anniversary of the start of the three-year Korean War, which ended in a truce in 1953, not a peace treaty, leaving the peninsula in state of war.

The U.S. has 28,500 troops in South Korea to protect against an outbreak of hostilities.

Tensions have been high since North Korea launched a long-range rocket in April and then conducted its second underground atomic test on May 25.

Reacting to U.N. condemnation of that test, North Korea walked away from nuclear disarmament talks and warned it would fire a long-range missile.

North Korea has banned ships from the waters off its east coast starting Thursday through July 10 for military exercises, Japan’s Coast Guard said.

South Korea’s Yonhap news agency reported Wednesday that the North may fire a Scud missile with a range of up to 310 miles (500 kilometers) or a short-range ground-to-ship missile with a range of 100 miles (160 kilometers) during the no-sail period.

A senior South Korean government official said the no-sail ban is believed connected to North Korean plans to fire short- or mid-range missiles. He spoke on condition of anonymity, citing department policy.

U.S. defense and counterproliferation officials in Washington said they also expected the North to launch short- to medium-range missiles. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive intelligence.

South Korea will expedite the introduction of high-tech unmanned aerial surveillance systems and “bunker-buster” bombs in response to North Korea’s provocations, the Chosun Ilbo newspaper said, citing unidentified ruling party members.

Meanwhile, a flurry of diplomatic efforts were under way to try getting North Korea to return to disarmament talks.

Russia‘s top nuclear envoy, Alexei Borodavkin, said after meeting with his South Korean counterpart that Moscow is open to other formats for discussion since Pyongyang has pulled out of formal six-nation negotiations.

In Beijing, top U.S. and Chinese defense officials also discussed North Korea. U.S. Defense Undersecretary Michele Flournoy was heading next to Tokyo and Seoul for talks.

South Korea has proposed high-level “consultations” to discuss North Korea with the U.S., Russia, China and Japan.

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Associated Press writers Jae-soon Chang in Seoul; Pauline Jelinek, Pamela Hess and Lolita Baldor in Washington and Min Lee in Hong Kong contributed to this report.

By HYUNG-JIN KIM, Associated Press Writer Hyung-jin Kim, Associated Press Writer Wed Jun 24, 8:51 am ET

SEOUL, South Korea – North Korea threatened Wednesday to wipe the United States off the map as Washington and its allies watched for signs the regime will launch a series of missiles in the coming days.

Off China’s coast, a U.S. destroyer was tailing a North Korean ship suspected of transporting illicit weapons to Myanmar in what could be the first test of U.N. sanctions passed to punish the nation for an underground nuclear test last month.

The Kang Nam left the North Korean port of Nampo a week ago with the USS John S. McCain close behind. The ship, accused of transporting banned goods in the past, is believed bound for Myanmar, according to South Korean and U.S. officials.

The new U.N. Security Council resolution requires member states to seek permission to inspect suspicious cargo. North Korea has said it would consider interception a declaration of war and on Wednesday accused the U.S. of seeking to provoke another Korean War.

“If the U.S. imperialists start another war, the army and people of Korea will … wipe out the aggressors on the globe once and for all,” the official Korean Central News Agency said.

The warning came on the eve of the 59th anniversary of the start of the three-year Korean War, which ended in a truce in 1953, not a peace treaty, leaving the peninsula in state of war.

The U.S. has 28,500 troops in South Korea to protect against an outbreak of hostilities.

Tensions have been high since North Korea launched a long-range rocket in April and then conducted its second underground atomic test on May 25.

Reacting to U.N. condemnation of that test, North Korea walked away from nuclear disarmament talks and warned it would fire a long-range missile.

North Korea has banned ships from the waters off its east coast starting Thursday through July 10 for military exercises, Japan’s Coast Guard said.

South Korea’s Yonhap news agency reported Wednesday that the North may fire a Scud missile with a range of up to 310 miles (500 kilometers) or a short-range ground-to-ship missile with a range of 100 miles (160 kilometers) during the no-sail period.

A senior South Korean government official said the no-sail ban is believed connected to North Korean plans to fire short- or mid-range missiles. He spoke on condition of anonymity, citing department policy.

U.S. defense and counterproliferation officials in Washington said they also expected the North to launch short- to medium-range missiles. The officials spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss sensitive intelligence.

South Korea will expedite the introduction of high-tech unmanned aerial surveillance systems and “bunker-buster” bombs in response to North Korea’s provocations, the Chosun Ilbo newspaper said, citing unidentified ruling party members.

Meanwhile, a flurry of diplomatic efforts were under way to try getting North Korea to return to disarmament talks.

Russia‘s top nuclear envoy, Alexei Borodavkin, said after meeting with his South Korean counterpart that Moscow is open to other formats for discussion since Pyongyang has pulled out of formal six-nation negotiations.

In Beijing, top U.S. and Chinese defense officials also discussed North Korea. U.S. Defense Undersecretary Michele Flournoy was heading next to Tokyo and Seoul for talks.

South Korea has proposed high-level “consultations” to discuss North Korea with the U.S., Russia, China and Japan.

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Associated Press writers Jae-soon Chang in Seoul; Pauline Jelinek, Pamela Hess and Lolita Baldor in Washington and Min Lee in Hong Kong contributed to this report.

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