From the website of http://www.republicaninthearts.blogspot.com, blogging friend, Incognito, encourages everyone wishing to support blogging freedom in Iran to check out a movement generated by a group of Iranian bloggers. The goal is to publicize the plight of jailed students in Iran. The action today was begun by Arash Kamangir, an Iranian student in Canada.
"August 5th, 2007 is the 101st anniversary of the Iranian constitutional revolution. But Iranian people still struggle for democracy and student activists are still sent to jails. Several student activists spend this year's anniversary in jails. In support and memory of our fellow activists, who some of them are bloggers as well, a group of Iranian bloggers will change their blog title on August the 5th to "August the 5th: The day of support for jailed Iranian students." We invite you, even as a non-Iranian blogger, to participate in this cause."
Human Rights Watch claims the students have been tortured and abused. There is also the charge that the students have been forced to confess to trumped up charges. Some claim to have been targeted for participating in the student protests against Ahmadinejad.
It seems to me that when those inclined to bellow that we Americans are losing our 'rights' and freedoms at the hands of this current U.S. administration, though there is no evidence of any such claims from any legal challenges, would be wise to look at countries truly taking away personal freedoms from its citizens.
Here's a little nugget of info about authorities in South Carolina thwarting a possible terrorist attack: yesterday in Berkeley County a van with Florida tags was stopped by police on a routine traffic stop. This happened near Goose Creek, north of Charleston. Goose Creek is the home of the naval Weapons Station and the U.S. Naval Consolidated Brig, a military prison holding enemy combatants. The van was driven by two men of Middle Eastern descent. Explosives were found in the van. The highway, Highway 1-76 was closed for more than 5 hours. Early this morning, as we all slept, technicians exploded an item. The men were detained pending a charge of unlawful possession of an explosive device.
Middle Eastern men in a van with an explosive device, heading towards the Weapons Station and Brig? Let's see how well this is publicized. Let's see how long it takes CAIR and their supporters to scream discrimination.