As of now, many news outlets, including alternative news outlets, have declared the Iranian elections to be a fraud; however, Paul Craig Roberts, Esam Al-Amin, and the reluctant Jack Z. Bratich over at CounterPunch have been raising some red flags that should have all of us thinking about the fallout of the recent election. Here’s some of the facts that have been overlooked, ignored, or distorted in regards to the election:
1.) Mousavi did declare that he won when the elections would have normally ended; however, this was a close election due to the enthusiasm that Ahmedinajad (yes Ahmadinejad) and Mousavi drummed up this year. There was a huge turnout and so, as a result, the election officials kept the polls open for another four hours to allow every registered voter to vote. So, in other words, Mousavi prematurely declared himself the winner.
2.) There is evidence that the CIA has been planning “a propaganda and disinformation campaign intended to destabilize, and eventually topple, the rule of the mullahs” since 2007. The situation in Iran bears a resemblance to similar “revolutions” and false protests the CIA has created such as the protests in Georgia and the Ukraine.
3.) According to pre-election polls, it was actually Ahmadinejad and not Mousavi who was predicted to be the winner. The most accurate pre-election poll by far was actually conducted by the Center for Public Opinion and their predictions almost entirely correct. See Esam Al-Amin’s report below for more details.
4.) Neocon Kenneth Timmerman wrote the day before the election that “there’s talk of a ‘Green Revolution’ in Tehran.” How could he, or anyone else for that matter, know that unless it was orchestrated? Timmerman is also the head of the neocon Foundation for Democracy which (supposedly) was created “to promote democracy and internationally-recognized standards of human rights in Tehran.”
5.) Timmerman also added the National Endowment for Democracy has spent millions of dollars promoting “color revolutions.” As of yet, many outlets have had yet to pick up on this sinister fact.
6.) Roberts also brings up the fact that election fraud actually has no purpose whatsoever in Iran since a select group of ruling mullahs decide who will be put on the ballot. Therefore, if they don’t like the candidate, they simply won’t put him on the ballot. This fact casts further suspicion on Mousavi’s and his allies’ claims of fraud.
7.) Many people aren’t aware of this, but the CIA has, in fact, funded violent terrorist organizations in Iran. Any of these organizations could be responsible for the burning buses and other violent acts committed during the protests. The Revolutionary Guard was originally sent out because of said violent acts, but the entire situation only worsened as a result.
8.) Bratich also reveals that State Dept. advisor Jared Cohen contacted the co-founder of Twitter to request that the site postpone a scheduled maintenance downtime to allow demonstrators to send Tweets uninterrupted during a “critical moment” in the protests. Twitter complied. These startling facts should lead every citizen to question the idea of social media running solely on “people power.”
9.) In addition to the last fact, he also reveals that Cohen’s access shouldn’t be surprising given the fact that he is the press contact for the Alliance of Youth Movements. This group brought together media corporations, Obama consultants, social network entrepreneurs, and youth groups (all of which are strange bedfellows when you think about it) under the auspices of the State Dept. From this, they produced a Field Guide and How-to videos on how to build “powerful grassroots movements.” The result is what Bratich has called “GMGO’s” or “Genetically Modified Grassroots Organizations.” The media produced by this group also has strict guidelines outlined in its How-To videos on how the “activists” should operate and which groups to model them after. See Bratich’s report below.
10.) There is, in fact, absolutely no proof that the Iranian elections were stolen; however, this has not stopped many news outlets across the political spectrum from behaving as though this were true. Add to this the fact that many “rumor bombs” (as Bratich and media scholar Jayson Harsin call them) are flying around cyberspace and the truth of the matter becomes even more difficult to find.
All of the above facts have not been reported elsewhere, which is shocking given the gravity of the current situation. Currently, many media outlets are busy demonizing Iran by adopting the “black and white” or “good vs. evil” perspective and not bothering to look at these facts. They have also bought into the propaganda that has been circulated about Khomeini and others, such as the “Supreme Leader” line. (No such title exists in Iran.) They are also making it so much easier for the Obama administration to abandon the promise of engaging in diplomacy with Iran and go for more hawkish approaches instead. Some of the above facts also demonstrate how the Internet itself is changing and show that the political and economic elites are learning how to use the grassroots potential of the internet toward their own ends. We must all heed these warnings and not be so quick to jump to conclusions when it comes to the Iranian elections. This situation also calls for further investigation and calls for us all to go the extra mile to learn about Iran, its people, its institutions, and its history (including the hidden history behind the CIA’s involvement with the Shah of Iran) to gain a better understanding of what’s going on in that country and to avoid repeating the mistake our country made the last time the CIA overthrew a democratically-elected official in Iran.
1.) Paul Craig Roberts- “The U.S. Recipe for Regime Change in Iran”
2.) Paul Craig Roberts- “Are the Iranian Protests Another US Orchestrated ‘Color Revolution?’ ”
3.) Jack Z. Bratich- “The Fog Machine”
4.) Esam Al-Amin- “What Actually Happened in the Iranian Presidential Election? A Hard Look at the Numbers”