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Paranoia Runs Deep Among Iran Supporters ^ | June 21, 2019 | Ken Blackwell

Posted on 06/21/2019 5:04:43 AM PDT by Kaslin

There are several truisms about the Iranian regime. It is a deeply intolerant, religiously fanatical regime with a death grip on power through suppression and a corrupt system of bribes, payoffs and family connections.

Tony Soprano has nothing on the mullahs’ regime.

Like any insular group of Mafiosos, the mullahs ruling Tehran are a deeply paranoid bunch. They regularly suspect traitors in their midst and engage in periodic purges that would do Josef Stalin proud; right down to public hangings.

They also desperately manipulate—sometimes clumsily—social media and the Internet in general in a vain attempt to trash opponents and to stifle debate about their abysmal corruption and mismanagement.

Twitter announced last week that it was suspending thousands of accounts engaged in state-backed influence campaigns originating in Iran and Russia.

The action listed over 2,000 new accounts linked to Iran alone and comes on the heels of similar actions by other social media companies, such as Facebook, to remove fake profiles and accounts.

The new data archive created by Twitter includes three sets of accounts, totaling 4,779, from Iran. According to the company, all were associated with or directly backed by the Iranian government. But while the focus of this latest effort centers around supposed efforts by the Iranian regime to influence U.S. elections with an eye on the 2020 campaign, the more pedestrian—and ultimately more important for the mullahs—target has been the online character assassination of any dissenting voices outside of Iran.

One of the more notorious thorns in the Iranian regime’s side has been Heshmat Alavi, a pseudonym used by an Iranian investigative commentator who regularly contributes to media outlets such as Forbes, The Hill and the Daily Caller and has been a harsh critic of the treatment of the Iranian people by the regime. Heshmat Alavi has also been exposing the Iranian lobby that parrots Tehran’s narrative in the West.

He goes by his pen name because he simply doesn’t want to get rubbed out by agents of the Ministry of Intelligence and Security (MOIS). The MOIS has a dark record of assassinating Iranian dissidents. Most recently, its operatives were caught by European authorities while trying to bomb a mass gathering of Iranian dissidents outside of Paris. They were also caught while planning to explode a truck bomb at the main opposition’s Nowruz (Persian New Year) celebration in Albania. MOIS operatives have been arrested in Washington, DC for targeting opposition officials in Washington, D.C., as part of a capture/kill operation.

The most appalling attack came from an editorial by Murtaza Mohammad Hussain in The Intercept that even questioned Alavi’s existence as a person. Not surprisingly, pro-regime Iranian and American trolls jumped at the opportunity to question Alavi’s bonafides.

That constant barrage resulted in the temporary suspension of Alavi’s Twitter account before it was reinstated after a hailstorm of protest from human rights activists, journalists and bloggers. Alavi also presented his credentials to Twitter.

In the end, all those who prematurely jumped at the opportunity to silence Heshmat Alavi were deeply disappointed, discredited and disgraced.

The regime remains obsessed with stamping out any trace of dissension no matter where it resides. It relies heavily on fake social media networks and a chain of content generators steadily supplying outlets gullible enough to print their outlandish lies.

The proof of Iran’s nefarious efforts is plainly available for anyone to see in Twitter’s public datasets, as well as the smear campaigns such as the one perpetrated against Alavi.

The fact that the regime and its discredited lobbyists hysterically call for the closing of a single online account that is critical of the regime speaks volumes about their vulnerability and weakening position as well as the growing strength of dissenting voices.

Perhaps the regime and its shills know full well that the end of the theocracy’s 40-year rule is fast approaching.

TOPICS: Culture/Society; Editorial; Foreign Affairs; War on Terror
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1 posted on 06/21/2019 5:04:43 AM PDT by Kaslin
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To: Kaslin
It is a deeply intolerant, religiously fanatical regime with a death grip on power through suppression and a corrupt system of bribes, payoffs and family connections.

Not true!

All of that changed when Obama gave them $150 billion dollars and made a treaty with them to allow them to build nuclear weapons in a few years. They also stopped exporting and supporting terrorism. Diplomacy and money has a way of changing a regime's ways. /sarc
2 posted on 06/21/2019 5:15:15 AM PDT by adorno
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To: Kaslin

Jimmy Carter
The Gift that Keeps Giving

3 posted on 06/21/2019 5:16:41 AM PDT by HangnJudge
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To: Kaslin

I consider them a mafia style pyramid scheme.

4 posted on 06/21/2019 5:17:47 AM PDT by BBQToadRibs
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To: Kaslin

Where are their American heroes: Kerry and Soetoro? Any shuttle diplomacy with Democrats and NeverTrumpers to help sink Trump? Is the scimitar rattling if the Islamic Republic of Iran part of the engineered coup and a small part of the overall “insurance policy” of the Deep State acolites of Brennan and Soetoro? I sense the leftover Brennan Clowns are deeply involved in Iran.

5 posted on 06/21/2019 5:26:14 AM PDT by SERKIT ("Blazing Saddles" explains it all.......)
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The leaders of Iran should be killed. The military smashed.
the people of Iran rose before before being betrayed by the democrat party here and obama.

Iran has murdered many Americans. Time to kill their leadership and the military.

6 posted on 06/21/2019 6:14:33 AM PDT by minnesota_bound
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To: HangnJudge

You misspelled “British Petroleum”, or as it was known then, the Anglo-Iranian Oil Company.’%C3%A9tat

7 posted on 06/21/2019 6:25:58 AM PDT by thoughtomator (The Clinton Coup attempt was a worse attack on the USA than was 9/11)
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To: Kaslin
Death to Iran

A tender mercy of Obama sending Iran billions of US dollars is that he removed much of the paper money issued during his reign and therefore reminders of him.

8 posted on 06/21/2019 6:40:21 AM PDT by MrBambaLaMamba (Socialism is great, 300 million dead Socialists can't be wrong)
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To: MrBambaLaMamba

The people arent the problem, its the regime

80% of the population is very pro western

9 posted on 06/21/2019 7:12:05 AM PDT by Manuel OKelley
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To: Kaslin

Ken Blackwell has repeatedly supported writers & articles that are pro MEK/NCRI - whether he realizes it or not, I don’t know. Heshmat Alavi whether a real person or manufactured, is MEK and therefore no friend of the Iranian people. Murtaza Hussain is a bad person though his take on MEK is pretty accurate.
When it comes to MEK, the enemy of my enemy is not necessarily my friend, he may just be pro Iranian regime, in which case he is the enemy also.

10 posted on 06/21/2019 7:30:09 AM PDT by nuconvert ( Khomeini promised change too // Hail, Chairman O)
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