May 13 2010
The Iranian regime is notorious for cracking down on dissent inside Iran. Now Mahmoud Ahmadenijad and the mullahs are targeting dissidents in other countries — including those in the United States.
(GRAPHIC Photos below of Iranian dissidents are from the Channel One TV website)
Shahram Homayoun fled Iran for the United States 19 years ago. He was a marked man in his native country, because of his support for democracy and human rights. Now the regime has finally caught up with Homayoun: not in Tehran, but in Los Angeles. “They have managed to keep me here, and it seems like there is nothing the U.S. government can do,”(thanks to an executive order issued by Barack Obama)Homayoun told CBN News in an exclusive interview.
Homayoun owns a satellite television network in L.A. called Channel One TV. He broadcasts pro-democracy programming into Iran on a daily basis.
VIDEO from the Channel One website:
Now Iranian officials want to silence him — permanently. A prosecutor in the Iranian city of Shiraz recently issued anarrest warrant against Homayoun on charges of terrorism. Homayoun explained that he has never called for violence or terrorism of any kind against the Iranian government. Yet Homayoun is now a wanted man, unable to leave the U.S. for fear of arrest.
INTERPOL helps facilitate cooperation and information sharing among law enforcement agencies across the world. It is funded in part by U.S. taxpayer dollars and is headquartered in Lyon, France.
“They have no police authority here in the U.S.,” said Timothy Williams, the director of INTERPOL’s U.S. branch in Washington, D.C. “They can’t come here and make arrests. But critics fear a recent move by the Obama administration could give INTERPOL free reign inside America and lead to the targeting of more U.S. residents like Homayoun.
President Obama issued a highly controversial executive order late last year that grants INTERPOL the ability to operate on U.S. soil (as never before allowed) without the usual restraints that apply to domestic law enforcement agencies, like the FBI. That means the international organization is not subject to the Freedom of Information Act. Its staff and offices at the Department of Justice cannot be searched, and its files cannot be seized.
The Iranian regime alerted INTERPOL, the global law enforcement organization, about Homayoun. The organization then issued what’s known as a “Red Notice” against him. The Red Notice alerted all 188 INTERPOL member countries that Homayoun was wanted for terrorism.
Homayoun told CBN News that the terrorist charge has made his life extremely difficult. “I received a notice from my bank in California letting me know about the INTERPOL arrest warrant,” he explained. “After a few days, they closed my account. This was after 10 years that I had an account with this bank. I wanted to open an account at another local bank, and they turned me down as well because I was on the INTERPOL list of terrorists. My wife was also turned down when she tried to open an account.”
Homayoun said he can’t believe the irony of it all. He spends his days on TV speaking out against terrorism committed by the Iranian regime, which funds groups like Hezbollah and Hamas. Now that very regime is accusing him of acts of terror in order to silence him — and INTERPOL seems to be playing right along.
“You have a terrorist regime in Iran — they whack their own dissidents inside the country. They’ve murdered over 200 opposition people outside the country. And now they’re using the international police organization to go after those same dissidents,” Iran expert Ken Timmerman said. CBN NEWS