On May 13, when leading Democrats in the US Congress were attempting to force president Bush to accept time-lines for troop withdrawals in Iraq, Iranian jihadists were hauling in and arresting American citizens, apparently without permitting them the same rights under American law that U.S. Sen. Chris Dodd would have afforded to Kalid Shiek Mohammad .
Kalid Shiek Mohammad, the architect of the bombing of the U.S. Cole in the Clinton administration, the organizer of 9/11 and the beheader of American journalist Daniel Pearl, among other accomplishments, was waterboarded and spent some time in the non-combatant camp at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, an ordeal from which he emerged with all his digits and his head intact.
Now running for president on the Cindy Sheehan ticket, Dodd said in a speech before Council on Foreign Relations last October that such as Kalid Shiek Mohammad should be afforded the same rights as American citizens.
It was during this speech, just prior to his presidential bid, that Dodd announced he had crafted legislation that “will make the military commission process one that protects national security while upholding our international credibility—by, among other things, insisting that suspected terrorists will be treated consistent with norms of our national law.”
Among Americans arrested in Iran’s spy sweep were Haleh Esfandiari, the grandmotherly director of the Middle East Program at the Washington-based Woodrow Wilson Center for Scholars, Parnaz Azima, a journalist who works at the U.S.-funded Radio Farda, and Kian Tajbakhsh, an urban planning consultant who also has worked for the World Bank.
According to news reports, Tajbakhsh is associated with George Soros' Open Society Institute. The enemy of President George Bush and neo-cons everywhere, Soros is the multi-billion dollar sugar daddy who has funded such forward looking progressive entities as MoveOn.org and sundry other anti-neocon adepts, hardly groups that would sponsor Bush spies in Iran.
Never-the-less, the Amadinajad regime arrested the lot of them on charges that they were spying for The Great Satan.
Not without its own resources – Soros once almost bankrupted the Bank of England in an attempt to rig stock prices from which he benefited – Open Society spokeswoman Laura Silber said she was "dismayed at the charges" against Tajbakhsh, an "internationally respected scholar."
Speaking with the associated Press by phone, Silber said, “"The charges are completely without merit. We are very concerned for Dr. Tajkbakhsh's safety and urge the Iranian authorities to release him immediately."
Thus far, protests from progressives has been muted, possibly part of a yet unannounced progressive plan to overthrow the Bush regime in what Amadinajad might call “a soft revolution.”