Senators Write to Obama to Demand Release of Americans Held in Iran

By  //  March 10, 2015

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Marco Rubio

U.S. Senator Marco Rubio (FL-R)

Washington, D.C. U.S. Senators Marco Rubio (R-FL) and Mark Kirk (R-IL) today led a group of 19 Republican senators in urging the Obama Administration to demand the unconditional release of American citizens unjustly imprisoned in Iran.

In a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry, the senators highlighted the cases of three American citizens who are languishing in Iranian jails, in addition to former FBI Agent Robert Levinson, a Floridian who disappeared eight years ago today in Iranian territory while on a business trip. Levinson is one of the longest held American citizens in history. The senators urged Secretary Kerry to discuss these cases in his communications with Iran and demand their unconditional release.

“It is unacceptable that as the United States engages with Iran, human rights violations at the hands of Iranian officials go unchecked and Americans languish in Iranian jail cells,” the senators wrote. “We urge you to discuss these imprisoned Americans and demand their unconditional release as you engage in discussion with Iranian officials.”

“The Iranian government, which is unjustly punishing Mr. Rezaian, Pastor Abedini, and Mr. Hekmati and refusing to assist the search for Mr. Levinson, must be held accountable for its actions,” the senators added. “Once again, Iran’s government is showing they will spare no means to stifle dissent and use innocent Americans as political pawns.”

Joining Rubio and Kirk were Senators Tom Cotton (R-AR), Mike Crapo (R-ID), James Risch (R-ID), David Vitter (R-LA), Mike Lee (R-UT), Roy Blunt (R-MO), Orrin Hatch (R-UT), Bill Cassidy (R-LA), John Boozman (R-AR), Kelly Ayotte (R-NH), Pat Roberts (R-KS), Chuck Grassley (R-IA), James Lankford (R-OK), Susan Collins (R-ME), Ben Sasse (R-NE), Deb Fischer (R-NE), and Johnny Isakson (R-GA).



The Obama Administration’s simple acknowledgements of the plight of 4 American hostages’ in Iran is not enough! It will not bring them home. They have been wrongly held now in unimaginably dire conditions. GITMO prisoners as I say often have it far better!  This issue will not be resolved unless the President of the United States and his Secretary of State John Kerry make some hard-nosed forceful demands. That’s what the ME region respects…not “Shake my hand, please?” Without a new approach, these 4 Americans will continue to languish in dangerous Iranian prisons.

We are pleased by the increased attention that the 4 American hostages have been getting in recent months, on social media platforms like Twitter and Facebook as well as TV, radio and print news interviews with the 4 families and elected officials in Washington, DC.  This ‘media surge ‘must be maintained until the Obama Administration acts to obtain the releases of all 4 men and they are returned to their families.

Please continue to support these men – stay informed – pray as you are led – get involved! Each man has a unique ‘story’ that is posted elsewhere on this website. There are many interesting facts about the men and links to their families’ Facebook and Twitter accounts. The four are at risk of further declining health and cannot, should not, be held against their will another month, much less another year in Iran! adds its voice to encourage Americans to call, write, text, email, tweet or visit their Congressman and Senators to: Demand that the Obama Administration take more urgent steps immediately to ‘Free All 4 Americans’ who are held hostages and pawns in Iran today!

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Thanks for your concern regarding the 4 Americans held hostage in Iran and their families. News about U.S. and Iranian relations and other related middle-east developments are also posted on this website on a regular basis.


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