Whitewashing Abuse

NIAC passes along a conveniently-timed story coming out of Iran:

Fars News reported today that seven to ten policemen involved in the Kahrizak prison abuse cases have been arrested. Police Chief Brigadier General Ismail Ahmadi Moqaddam announced the arrests, but also argued that the magnitude of human rights violations were “exaggerated and magnified in the media.” The timing of the arrests and General Moqaddam’s statement seem to be timed to take the sting out of any accusations of human rights abuses during the upcoming negotiations...It should not be allowed to blunt a confrontation over its human rights abuses by arresting low-level participants in the post-election government abuse scandal.