Kidnapped British servicewoman Faye Turney was forced to cover her head
with an Islamic hijab in the first video released by Iran since she and
14 comrades were seized last week.
(...) Pictures showing some of the 15 sailors and Marines - apparently
well and eating a meal - provided brief reassurance for their worried
But the video footage on state TV of Tehran parading its
captives inflamed the worsening crisis - and led to demands for
decisive action from the Foreign Office.
Despite world-wide pressure to act, however, Foreign Secretary
Margaret Beckett went no further than to say she was 'very concerned'
about any indication that the captives had suffered pressure or
Mrs Turney, 25-year-old mother of a girl aged three, was
singled out by the cameras in the first glimpse of the hostages since
they were seized by Iran's Revolutionary Guards six days ago. Tehran
had earlier claimed it was ready to release the sea survival expert
'very soon', but she showed clear signs of strain.
Words she was forced to write and speak for Tehran TV, apparently
confessing that the Britons had 'trespassed' into Iranian waters, spoke
of being well treated by her 'compassionate' captors.
But the harrowing footage of Mrs Turney, whose husband Adam
and daughter Molly wait anxiously at their family home in Plymouth,
told a different story.
Gone was the fresh-faced, enthusiastic young sailor filmed by
the BBC on HMS Cornwall only hours before the British forces were
captured at the mouth of the Shatt-al-Arab waterway.
She was evidently traumatised - at one point seen nervously
sucking on a cigarette - in footage which the Foreign Office described
as 'completely unacceptable' and British diplomats said was a clear
breach of the Geneva Convention.
In the broadcast Mrs Turney, filmed in front of brightly-coloured
curtains, is heard saying: 'My name is Leading Seaman Faye Turney. I
come from England. I serve on Foxtrot Nine Nine. I have been in the
Navy nine years. I live in England.
'I was arrested on Friday March 23. Obviously we trespassed into their waters.
'They were very friendly and very hospitable, very thoughtful, good people.
'They explained to us why we had been arrested. There was no aggression, no hurt, no harm. They were very, very compassionate.' Obviously scripted.
Iran is now insisting that the UK admit fault over the incident in order for the hostages to be released.
Foreign Minister Manouchehr
Mottaki's announcement came on a day of escalating tensions,
highlighted by an Iranian video of the detained Britons that showed the
only woman captive saying her group had "trespassed" in Iranian waters.
Britain angrily denounced the video as unacceptable and froze most
dealings with the mideast nation.
"First they have to admit
that they have made a mistake. Admitting the mistake will facilitate a
solution to the problem," Mottaki told The Associated Press in an
interview in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia "But unfortunately the British have not admitted their mistake."
Mottaki also backed off a prediction that the female sailor, Faye Turney, could be freed Wednesday or Thursday, but said Tehran agreed to allow British officials to meet with service personnel.
One can only hope that Iran's latest publicity stunt will backfire against them here in the West, but in Iran, it's a clear psyops victory for Ahmadinejad.
Officials said about 100 people were involved in the melee at
Gare du Nord, one of Paris' most important transport hubs. Officers and
police dogs fired tear gas and charged at groups of marauding youths,
some of them wearing hoods and swinging metal bars.
The youths responded by throwing trash cans and other objects
at the officers. A group of youths smashed the windows of a sporting
goods store and looted boxes of shoes. Others attacked automatic drink
dispensers and set fire to an information booth.
The French Muslims haven't had much press in the US lately, but the Jihad against their own countrymen hasn't let up much according to this article.
Zidou (one of the commuters) said the violence had echoes of the riots in 2005. "They never
finished," he said. "It slowed down a bit, but it was never over."
Another commuter, Guy Elkoun, said: "There's always a feeling
of insecurity in this train station ... I knew this could happen
Tony Blair is starting to talk tough. Now given the proper amount of time to examine the facts, Blair claims his government can prove the sailors were in Iraqi, not Iranian waters. But even before the facts were in, it's easy to see that the UK would have nothing to gain by entering Iranian waters.
Conversely, Iran's claim that this is an espionage case is laughable. Spy's don't travel in rubber boats in groups of fifteen while in uniform. Then there's history, Iran has made a habit of gathering hostages, just ask Jimmy Carter how the last year of his term went. Ahmadinejad himself was one of the hostage takers, and his effect on American politics must have left quite an impression on him. This isn't a terrorist act in the mind of Ahmadinejad, it's just politics.
Iran has a lot to gain by abducting the sailors, and nothing to
lose. If the hostages are held for an extended period, Ahmadinejad is
the great hero, standing tall against the Western Crusaders. If
Ahmadinejad turns over the hostages quickly, they can take the posture of the forgiving, mature nation overlooking the transgressions of a reckless UK. You get the picture.
The only way Blair can snatch victory from Iran at this point is to make an Entebbe-type raid, rescuing the hostages.
But Ahmadinejah knows this full well and won't be giving up the location of the hostages anytime soon, and Blair knows what happened to Carter when he tried to rescue hostages.
In the meantime, it's sanctions, sanctions, sanctions, while the West continues it's fruitless attempt to implement law upon the lawless.
"The report by the Homeland Security Department's inspector general found that the effectiveness of teams assigned to find the fugitives was hampered by "insufficient detention capacity, limitations of an immigration database and inadequate working space.
Department's inspector general found that the effectiveness of teams
assigned to find the fugitives was hampered by "insufficient detention
capacity, limitations of an immigration database and inadequate working
Even though more than $204 million was allocated for 52 fugitive
operations teams since 2003, a backlog of 623,292 cases existed as of
August of 2006, the report said.
The number of illegal immigrants in the United States has been
estimated at between 11.5 million and 12 million. About 5.4 percent of
them are believed to be "fugitive aliens," those who have failed to
leave the country after being ordered out.
According to the article, after 9/11 special teams were assigned the task of rounding up alien fugitives without the added burden of other duties. It seems that we've added bureaucracy without increasing results.
After the attacks, an Absconder Apprehension Initiative was created
within the Justice Department to find, apprehend and deport such
immigrants. When the Homeland Security Department was created in March
2003, it assumed responsibility.
Be fore you console yourself by saying "we haven't suffered a major attack since 9/11", consider this, al-Qaeda took eight years between WTC attacks. Leaving me to wonder this, over the next few years, will we still be chasing alien fugitive numbers this large?
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Say a prayer for him folks, it could've been any of us.
Dhimmi Watch: Sheik Yer'mami, operator of the Winds of Jihad
site, who has often commented on Robert Spencer's Jihad Watch, has had his identity and location
revealed -- opening him to risk of being killed by jihadists -- by
reporter Gavin King, who is no doubt convinced that Sheik has nothing
to worry about anyway, since it's a religion of peace.