A reminder of what may await those arrested:

Fatemeh Haghighatjoo, a former reformist member of the Iranian Parliament, who is currently based outside of the country, told IPS that political and human rights activists are being arrested for two main reasons. "First they are being arrested because they are viewed as the main organisers of these protests. With their arrests, security officials hope that the protests will die down," said Haghighatjoo.

"The other reason for their arrests is to pressure them into admitting that they have been acting as agents of foreign powers intent on overthrowing the Islamic government," she added. Indeed, in recent days, some analysts have also speculated that those detained may be coerced into confessing – in front of a camera – that they have acted as foreign agents, working to overthrow the Iranian system.

And how will the pro-torture neoons complain about this coercion? Will they call it torture? Will the New York Times and NPR? Or will they continue to parrot the verbiage of the government, as they did at home?

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