TIMELINE of U.S. & IRAN PRISONER SWAPS 2007-2013
2014: NONE – 2015: NONE YET!
As the timeline graph below indicates, there have been recent prisoner exchanges between Iran and U.S. from 2010-2013. They took place despite numerous denials and claims to the contrary that the U.S. had no direct lines of communication with Iran. Therefore, by extension they were not able to intervene diplomatically on behalf of the current American citizens held in Iran. Persons making these claims to the media and hostages’ families included: John Kerry, President Obama, several White House and State Department spokespersons, U.S. Senators and Congressmen which shall go nameless.
Prisoner swaps resumed in 2011 and picked up steam in 2012 and the first half of 2013! One has to ask, are we that terrible at negotiating or is Iran that good? It seems the latter. While Iran desperately needs access to an estimated 100 billion in U.S. dollars, why can’t the U.S. get a better deal? Are we hoodwinked? Did we really exchange three young innocent American hikers for four convicted Iranian criminals? One of the Iranians released, in fact the last one in April 2013, was a high level nuclear scientist in Iran. Like the other three Iranians before him, he was released in the middle of the night and flown directly to Oman. The next day he was welcomed home as a hero in Tehran!
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# of Days 4 Americans Imprisoned in Iran
The July 20 2014, November 24 2014 and June 30 2015 deadlines for a nuclear agreement with Iran were allowed to pass by. There were no consequences for Iran. They have not been required to make any goodwill gestures, such as releasing the American prisoners they hold on wrongful charges. It should have been an easy ask by the US even before the talks began. However, the nuke talks were simply extended time after time and Iran is $12.6 Billion dollars richer!
Iran receives $700,000,000 per month just to TALK!
And America gets NOTHING again!
Today four Americans will endure another 24-hours in hellish conditions in Iran. These men are held against their wills as hostages and have no direct contact with their U.S. family members. All are U.S. Citizens with distinguished backgrounds. All of them entered Iran legally.
The Americans unjustly held in Iran today are:
1. Jason Rezaian a correspondent with the Washington Post. He is an American citizen who disappeared, along with his reporter wife ‘Yegi’ on July 22, 2014. His family and employer did not know his whereabouts for about a week, similar to how Saeed and Amir were snatched. They were both “detained” in Evin prison and placed in solitary confinement. Thankfully Yegi was released on bail and remained in Iran to help with her husbands legal matters. Jason is an experienced reporter who knows the rules and understands Iran. He thought. He is accused of subverting the Islamic State, which he and the Washington Post vigorously protest. The State Department has called for his immediate release. To read more about Jason Rezaian and Yegi click on the tab above.
2. Saeed Abedini a Christian Pastor who converted from Islam, was in Iran to establish an approved orphanage project. He has a wife and 2 young children who languish back home in the U.S. without him. After two months of ‘house arrest’ *(about 60 days of house arrest are included in the number of days above), he was arrested without any further notice. His ‘crime’ was displaying his Christian concern for the people of Iran. He was charged, convicted and sentenced to 8 years as a “threat to Iran’s national security!”
After President Obama’s 15-minute telephone call in September, 2013 with Iran’s new ‘moderate’ President Hassan Rouhani, Saeed was transferred to an even worse prison and suffers even more. His health has deteriorated, receives insufficient care and has lost considerable weight. We know because Iranian family members are occasionally able to visit him. To read more about Saeed Abedini click on the tab above.
3. Amir Hekmati a former U.S. Marine who, after serving 4-years in uniform, was a language and cultural liaison to the U.S. Military in the middle east. He was born and raised in the U.S. and had never visited Iran before. It was his parents’ homeland and he was there to visit two elderly Grandmothers and other family members. He was in Iran about two weeks before he was taken. At first his family was not informed of his whereabouts, but Amir was able to make a cell phone call. Still, however, authorities denied having him.
Amir was quickly tried and convicted in what a U.N. body called a sham trial. He was sentenced to death as a spy! The Iran Supreme court overruled and ordered a new trial. That was two years ago. No new trial has ever been scheduled! See more by clicking on the Amir Hekmati tab above.
4. Robert ‘Bob’ Levinson is a retired FBI/DEA agent with over 33 years of honorable service. For over 6 1/2 years the U.S. Government, (including the CIA, FBI, POTUS, Senators and Congressmen, knowingly told an untrue story that Bob was on a ‘business trip’ acting as an independent investigator looking into corporate smuggling cases. This is actually something he did after retiring. However, some sharp investigative reporters and a few government employees, namely within the CIA and FBI and White House, knew differently.
After what was billed as an ‘Historic Nuclear Agreement’ (it was actually an agreement to talk) with Iran in November 2013, no further details about Mr. Levinson were revealed. Two writers from the Associated Press and Washington Post got the go-ahead from their editors to release a detailed article that was voluntarily held back at the U.S. government’s request for 3 years! (Link to the article here: http://wp.me/p49SUn-5R)
With the Bob Levinson case growing cold, the government stuck to the ‘official line’ (lie) about him. They even convinced the family, at first, that Bob had no working relationship with the CIA at the time. The two writers exposed a major internal CIA scandal due to their mishandling of Bob Levinson’s involvement with the CIA. To make it worse, it was all dealt with quietly away from the public eye in closed-door Congressional hearings.
Robert Levinson is one of America’s own who served the country well more than 33 years. Unfortunately, as of November 26, 2013 he set the unwanted record of being held hostage longer than any other U.S. citizen: 2,455 days to be exact! Ironically, this was one day after the ‘historic Iran deal’ was signed by John Kerry in Paris. To read more about Robert Levinson, click on the tab above.
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!
FreeAllThree.com 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!
If you don’t know your Congressional representatives’ names and contact info: an easy-to-use ‘interactive map’ is on the ALCJ.org website. Or follow this link for How to Get Involved with ideas you can use: http://wp.me/P49SUn-oY
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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