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  1. “In this case, arresting her was completely unwarranted and a constitutional violation. ”

    Since the case against Press TV remains sealed, I don’t see how you can say that the arrest is unwarranted, and I don’t see how Ms Hashemi’s constitutional rights were violated when she received due process, i.e. she appeared before a grand jury and was promptly released when her testimony concluded.
    She is now free to fly home to her adopted homeland and continue working for Press TV.

    Compare Ms Hashemi’s ordeal with that of Washington Post columnist Jason Rezaian, who spent 535 day in an Iranian prison after he was convicted of ‘espionage’ in a closed door trial.


    I don’t recall Press TV making a hew and cry over Jason Rezaian’s patently illegal conviction and imprisonment.

    Do you?

    1. @ Sho Time: I don’t know if you are American or not. But if you are you never took a course on the U.S. constitution and don’t understand what “due process” means. There was no due process in this case. She was arrested under an obscure provision of law that is dubious at best, especially when applied to U.S. citizens. She was arrested without cause. She was imprisoned without cause. She was held without cause. And the criminal case for which she testified is secret. This is a flagrant constitutional violation. I would hope she would sue the government.

      It is highly likely if PressTV and activists like me (and others who joined the cause) didn’t scream bloody murder she’d still be behind bars.

      BTW, since you brought up Jason Rezaian, who was treated brutally and shamefully by the Iranians, I don’t recall seeing any statement of solidarity by him for Hashemi. Why is that? You’d think having gone through the experience as a journalist he’d want to express solidarity with her and demand her release. But not a peep. Interesting, huh?

      Jason Rezaian is a red herring and you know it. Stick to the subject at hand and stop attempting to hijack and divert the discussion.

  2. The cowardice of the ACLU is galling, seeing as how they also not speak up for Ted Rall in his lawsuit with the “Los Angeles Times” (they fired him for making cartoons mocking the LAPD, then concocted an excuse to exonerate themselves) because the “Times” used “anti-SLAPP” laws as it’s defense, and the ACLU wont side against anti-SLAPP. Now Rall is on the hook for $300,000 from a media firm that is now owned by a multi-billionare (Dr. Patrick Soon-Shiong.)

    It’s great that Marzieh Hashemi was released after only three days, but it’s disgusting that she was picked up in the first place. What are we, Israel?

  3. [comment deleted: if I wanted to have a long debate about Ted Rall’s firing I’d have written a post about it. I didn’t. So let’s put Mr. Rall to bed and stay on-topic.]

  4. I am an American, and a law student as well, and we have been taught that due process is the legal requirement that the state must respect all legal rights that are owed to a person.

    With the authority of 18 U.S.C. § 3144, the United States government can seek a warrant from a judicial officer in order to arrest a material witness. This is old, settled law, and has been codified since the 1980’s.

    Ms Hashemi was detained and ordered to testify before a Grand Jury, which jury may or may not produce a sealed indictment. Sealed indictments are not so uncommon, in fact the DC Courts are full of them.

    Although Ms Hashemi was never charged with a crime, she had legal counsel from a court appointed lawyer. Once her testimony was completed, she was free and unfettered.

    This affair was a text book case in the exercise of due process. Please tell me what Constitutional guarantee was flaunted and I will ask my Con Law professors about it.


    1. @ Sho TIme: If you are a law student, you are a very bad one. Due process means giving citizens the right to know what they are accused of; that they not be arrested arbitrarily; that they be entitled to defend themselves; and that they cannot be deprived of liberty arbitrarily. ALl of these provisions were violated in this case. Not only is she a U.S. citizen, but a journalist. Her treatment violated freedom of the press provisions as well.

      The material witness statute is NOT “settled law.” There are literally hundreds of law review and media analyses which attack this outrageous statute. You’d know that if you were a halfway decent law student.

      Hashemi was arrested, not informed of any charges against her, imprisoned and abused in prison. Had protests against her treatment not raised public awareness and media attention her imprisonment could have continued indefinitely.

      Do not publish another comment in this thread. And stop pimping for Trump’s Justice Department. A seedy, shameful band of rogues under Sessions and now Whitaker, who himself is corrupt. If Robert Barr doesn’t get confirmed as attorney general, Trump would be looking for a sycophant just like you to run the place.

  5. [Comment deleted: when i tell a commenter not to comment further in a thread, it’s not a suggestion. You did not respect my request. Your next comment rule violation will lead to moderation.]

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