An Iranian Basiji Thug Tells All

A member of the Basiji militia in Iran agreed to an interview with a reporter from The Jerusaem Post,  and let fly some shocking details about how things are done in the Iranian regime.:

The interview took place by telephone, and on condition of anonymity. It was arranged by a reliable source whose identity can also not be revealed.

Founded by Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini in 1979 as a “people’s militia,” the volunteer Basiji force is subordinate to the Iranian Revolutionary Guards and intensely loyal to Khomeini’s successor, Khamenei.

The Basiji member, who is married with children, spoke soon after his release by the Iranian authorities from detention. He had been held for the “crime” of having set free two Iranian teenagers – a 13-year-old boy and a 15-year-old girl – who had been arrested during the disturbances that have followed the disputed June presidential elections.

“There have been many other police and members of the security forces arrested because they have shown leniency toward the protesters out on the streets, or released them from custody without consulting our superiors,” he said.

// He pinned the blame for much of the most ruthless violence employed by the Iranian security apparatus against opposition protesters on what he called “imported security forces” – recruits, as young as 14 and 15, he said, who have been brought from small villages into the bigger cities where the protests have been centered.

“Fourteen and 15-year old boys are given so much power, which I am sorry to say they have abused,” he said. “These kids do anything they please – forcing people to empty out their wallets, taking whatever they want from stores without paying, and touching young women inappropriately. The girls are so frightened that they remain quiet and let them do what they want.”

These youngsters, and other “plainclothes vigilantes,” were committing most of the crimes in the names of the regime, he said.

Asked about his own role in the brutal crackdowns on the protesters, whether he had been beaten demonstrators and whether he regretted his actions, he answered evasively.

“I did not attack any of the rioters – and even if I had, it is my duty to follow orders,” he began. “I don’t have any regrets,” he went on, “except for when I worked as a prison guard during my adolescence.”

Explaining how he had come to join the volunteer Basiji forces, he said his mother had taken him to them.

When he was 16, “my mother took me to a Basiji station and begged them to take me under their wing because I had no one and nothing foreseeable in my future. My father was martyred during the war in Iraq and she did not want me to get hooked on drugs and become a street thug. I had no choice,” he said.

He said he had been a highly regarded member of the force, and had so “impressed my superiors” that, at 18, “I was given the ‘honor’ to temporarily marry young girls before they were sentenced to death.”

In the Islamic Republic it is illegal to execute a young woman, regardless of her crime, if she is a virgin, he explained. Therefore a “wedding” ceremony is conducted the night before the execution: The young girl is forced to have sexual intercourse with a prison guard – essentially raped by her “husband.”

“I regret that, even though the marriages were legal,” he said.

Why the regret, if the marriages were “legal?”

“Because,” he went on, “I could tell that the girls were more afraid of their ‘wedding’ night than of the execution that awaited them in the morning. And they would always fight back, so we would have to put sleeping pills in their food. By morning the girls would have an empty expression; it seemed like they were ready or wanted to die.

“I remember hearing them cry and scream after [the rape] was over,” he said. “I will never forget how this one girl clawed at her own face and neck with her finger nails afterwards. She had deep scratches all over her.”

Returning to the events of the last few weeks, and his decision to set free the two teenage detainees, he said he “honestly” did not know why he had released them, a decision that led to his own arrest, “but I think it was because they were so young. They looked like children and I knew what would happen to them if they weren’t released.”

Yes he did. Many have been hanged, already, and “married” before they were hanged, no doubt. This is the Iran, Obama wants to negotiate with.

Obama couldn’t give the protesters even a tiny bit of encouragement, beyond condemning (under duress) the horrific brutality of the Basiji, after watching it go on for two weeks? He didn’t want to meddle in the “robust debate,” because  he wanted to be able to negotiate with the illegitimate fiends leading this God forsaken nation?

Would President Bush have behaved that way? Would a President McCain have? Would either of them have invited representatives of this evil regime to a 4th of July BBQ?

Meanwhile, the Iranian people continue to protest, get their heads beaten in, get arrested, get raped, and get hung, and we hear not a peep from the Obama administration.

And with Ahmadinejad’s inauguration day looming, the Iranian protesters are losing hope.

MORE:

Here’s an good round-up of the Iranian revolution day 36.

And a  photo montage/video from Iran:

Thanks to Mosa.

Hat tip: Hot Air headlines

Previously:

Neda Was A Christian?

34 More People Hanged In Iran, Many Of Them Dissidents

Iran’s Adventures in Legitimacy

Iran Hanging Mousavi Supporters, Now?

The Violent Crackdown In Iran Continues

Another MJ/Iran Protest Anthem

Senior Cleric Calls For Harsh Retribution For Dissent In Iran

Women Of Iran Lead The Resistance

Unimaginable Horror

Ahmadinejad Disappointed In Obama

A Nine Year Old Girl Is Shot By Basij

Neda’s Family Expelled From Their Home

Video: Hysterical Iranian Woman Describes Horrors of Iran Massacre On CNN

WH Now Reconsidering 4th of July Invitations To Iran (UPDATED)

The Crackdown In Iran Accelerates (UPDATED)

McCotter’s Floor Speech On Iran

Who Is Hossein Mousavi Part II

Compare And Contrast: Obama On Iran To Reagan On Poland

An Iranian Protester Pleads For US/World Intervention

The Lionesses Of Iran

Neda

Who Is Hossain Mousavi?

Video: What Is Going On In Iran

Yes, President Bush Was A Meddler

Iran’s Nuclear Program Is Not Peaceful

Video: The Iranian Uprising In Pictures

Flight 93 Memorial Blogburst #64: Iranian Election Edition

Video: Rep. Mike Pence’s Statement On Iran Election

This Won’t End Well…

Who Does Ahmadinejad Remind You Of?

Post Election Unrest In Iran

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Costa Rican President Oscar Arias Proposes Reinstating Zelaya

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The Washington Post reports: The Costa Rican President Oscar Arias, chief negotiator in the Honduran crisis talks proposed reinstating ousted President Manuel Zelaya, but with many conditions:

Many of the proposals made by Costa Rican President Oscar Arias at U.S.-backed talks have already been rejected by one side or the other in the dispute over Honduras’ June 28 military-backed coup, which has become a key test for democracy in Latin America and for U.S. diplomacy in the region.

“These agreements must be adopted as soon as possible because each day that goes by increases the weight on the shoulders of an innocent people,” said the Costa Rican president in a statement distributed to reporters.

Arias, who won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1987 for helping end Central America’s wars, said that under his seven-point plan Zelaya would return to Honduras’ presidency but cede control of the armed forces to an electoral court a month before elections, which would be moved forward a month to late October. The unity government would include representatives of Honduras’ main political parties.

Other points of the plan are an amnesty for all political crimes committed before and after the coup, and that Zelaya agree to not hold a referendum on retooling the constitution – the proposal the sparked the coup. An international commission would monitor compliance with the accord.

There was no immediate reaction to the proposals from representatives of either Zelaya or the interim government of Roberto Micheletti.

Here’s a video essay of the official chronology of events leading to Zelaya’s ouster.

UPDATE:

Proposal REJECTED:

The interim government of Honduras rejected a proposal to reinstate ousted President Manuel Zelaya on a day of crucial talks to resolve the leadership crisis. Negotiations began Saturday following an ultimatum from Zelaya that appeared to leave little room for compromise.

They don’t want the S.O.B back, period.

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Babalu reports:

A Spanish Catalan newspaper is reporting that Honduran authorities have seized computers found in the Presidential Palace belonging to deposed president Mel Zelaya. Taking a page right out of the leftist dictator’s handbook, these computers, according to the news report, contained the official and certified results of the illegal constitutional referendum Zelaya wanted to conduct that never took place. The results of this fraudulent vote was tilted heavily in Zelaya’s favor, ensuring he could go ahead and illegally change the constitution so he could remain in power for as long as he wanted to. ACORN, I’m sure, is taking notes.

This is the man that the OAS, the UN, and the Obama State Department want the Honduran people to reinstall as their leader.

MORE:

The Communist Party USA is mobilizing members on Zelaya’s behalf. Here’s The People’s Weekly, paraphrasing Obama’s words when he stated the obvious fact that Zelaya was”Democratically elected” after the crisis erupted:

The situation in Honduras may be coming to a head, as today is what may be the last mediation session in Costa Rica. The people on the streets of Honduras are staying strong and mobilized in support of the return of president Zelaya.

One of the tactics which should be supported here in the US is a House of Representatives Resolution, H Res 630, calling for president Zelaya’s return. It can be read on the Thomas/Library of Congress website, at http://thomas.loc.gov. (just type in the information into the website search engine).

Everybody should be calling, faxing and writing their Congresspersons to ask them to co-sponsor and support these resolutions, which are being promoted by numerous progressive organizations including School of the Americas Watch, Latin American Working Group and others. The resolution has 21 cosponsors so far; it needs many more very quickly to have any impact. The right wing has also introduced a resolution applauding the coup.

Below is a copy of a letter I sent to my two Senators, Jim Webb and Mark Warner, asking them to sponsor a companion resolution to H Res 630 in the Senate.

Dear Senator Webb:

I am concerned about the situation in the Republic of Honduras, where, on June 28, the military overthrew the legally elected president, Manuel Zelaya.

Unlike the practice of previous administrations, President Obama took a correct stand by recognizing the illegitimacy of the coup, and calling for President Zelaya’s return to office.

But meanwhile, we are getting reports of serious human rights violations within Honduras, while the de-facto regime installed by the coup has shown itself intransigent against demands from the OAS, the UN General Assembly and others that they return to the constitutional order. They have put out a lot of false stories and have even sent a delegation to Capitol Hill to try and get the support of your colleagues for their illegal ultra-right regime. And although I salute President Obama’s clear statement on the Honduras issue, it is also clear that the U.S. Department of Defense is continuing to support the Honduran armed forces, and various kinds of aid are going to Honduras which can only help the coup regime.

Some of your colleagues in the House have introduced a resolution, H Res 630, that I believe expresses a very correct position toward the situation in Honduras. It calls, among other things, for a cutoff of military and other non-humanitarian aid to the coup regime headed by Roberto Micheletti until the latter steps down and President Zelaya is returned to office.

As a Virginia voter and taxpayer, I would like to ask you to introduce a similar resolution in the Senate, or to support such a resolution if another of your colleagues should introduce it.

We know he was elected legally, numbskulls. It’s everything he did and was trying to do afterwards that was the problem.

Previously:

“Final Battle” In Honduras This Weekend?

Report: Sunday’s Violence In Honduras Orchestrated By Chavez

Obama Lies By Omission On Honduras

Clinton To Meet With Zelaya In Washington This Week

Honduran Military Removes Despot From Power

Obama “Stands With Democracy”, Defends Leftist Despot/Thug/Drug Trafficker

Honduran Military Ordered To Turn Back Zelaya’s jet

“Final Battle” In Honduras This Weekend?

The Latest on the Honduras crisis, via Fausta:

Mel Zelaya was giving press conferences late last night, much to the delight of the media who I’m sure loved having to be there as opposed to elsewhere:Ousted Honduras leader gives talks until midnight

An ultimatum from ousted Honduran President Manuel Zelaya left little room for compromise in U.S.-backed talks Saturday aimed at resolving a crisis that has become the latest test for democracy in Latin America. Zelaya, who was forced into exile in a June 28 military coup, gave negotiators meeting in Costa Rica until midnight to restore him to office, threatening to return to Honduras in secret and attempt to retake power on his own if no agreement is reached. He indicated he would reject any power-sharing agreement, a proposal to be discussed at the talks.

“If at that time, there is no resolution to that end, I will consider the negotiations in Costa Rica a failure,” Zelaya said at a news conference Friday night at the Honduran embassy in Nicaragua. “I am going back to Honduras, but I am not going to give you the date, hour or place, or say if I’m going to enter through land, air or sea.”

He did not say what steps he would subsequently take.

Via Ace:

A top aide to Manuel Zelaya says the ousted president will set up government headquarters inside Honduras, from which he will lead the “final battle” against coup leaders.

Patricia Rodas, foreign minister of Zelaya’s toppled government, says Zelaya is en route to Honduras but she did not provide details as to where he plans to set up the alternative seat of government. Zelaya himself will announce it when he deems appropriate.

Rodas spoke Thursday after arriving in the Bolivian capital of La Paz aboard the plane of leftist Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez. Chavez is an ally of both Chavez and left-leaning Bolivian President Evo Morales.

Yesterday, Zelaya supporters were blocking roads into Tegucigalpa. I’ve seen it commented on Honduran blogs and forums, repeatedly, that Zelaya’s supporters get paid to demonstrate on his behalf.

Honduran blogger, Geraldo Paredes said:

Zelaya just announced his intentions of comming to Honduras to start a civil war,  he wants to come here, most surely on a drug trafficking plane, and start his own puppet government in one of our provinces. Its outrageous!!!!!

How can a thousand people who block streets manipulate a country, please take a look  at the size of their manifestations, they are not huge by any numbers, is just a handful of people who are getting paid to create chaos.

Honduras is NOT on its knees, Honduras is standing, but an angry bunch agitated by Zelaya’s pseudo heroic declarations are trying to stir chaos, they are being supported by Venezuelan agitators.

Things could get ugly pretty quickly over there. Keep an eye on Honduras, this week end.

See also this PJTV SPECIAL REPORT: Despite the Views of the Political Elite, Democracy Prevails in Honduras.

MORE:

Honduran interim government sacks 16 diplomats

The Honduran interim Foreign Ministry on Friday sacked 16 diplomats amid an ongoing political crisis in the Central American country. In a statement, the foreign ministry accused these diplomats of engaging in malpractice and embezzlement of state wealth and said will probe into the case together with the judiciary.

Local media reported that all the sacked diplomats have expressed their support for ousted President Manuel Zelaya.

See also Accuracy in Media:

Honduras Can Be Saved from Communism: Interview with Head of Pro-Freedom Alliance in Latin America

Live news feed from Honduras, here.

You can watch the Communists supporting Zelaya at this live news feed: TeleRed.

UPDATE:

intimaralem85 on Twitter:

300 Zelaya backers with machetes in a violent battle against 10,000 peaceful anti-Zelaya protesters in Tocoa, Colon.

Unsubstantiated, obviously.

(…hearing nothing more about that one – almost certainly disinformation).

Another tweet from Twisraeru:

Mel Zelaya ya esta en catracholandia, Manuel Zelaya en Honduras repito en Honduras

Mel Zelaya already in catracholandia, Manuel Zelaya in Honduras in Honduras again

Again, unsubstantiated information.

Previously:

Report: Sunday’s Violence In Honduras Orchestrated By Chavez

Obama Lies By Omission On Honduras

Clinton To Meet With Zelaya In Washington This Week

Honduran Military Removes Despot From Power

Obama “Stands With Democracy”, Defends Leftist Despot/Thug/Drug Trafficker

Honduran Military Ordered To Turn Back Zelaya’s jet