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Farmer by genetics, Lawyer by training, currently "vacationing" in Iraq and advising the Iraqi government on border security issues. Before moving to Baghdad, I served in the White House as Deputy Counsel for the Homeland Security Council. I can be reached at opusxryanathotmaildotcom.

Tuesday, February 22, 2005

Blogging in Iran

Sometimes I wonder about whether or not my blogging could ever have detrimental career consequences. ("Detrimental" being a loaded word; what are they gonna do, fire me and send me home to my warm bed where terrorists don't shoot at me?) But it's nothing compared to the risks of blogging in Iran:

"Iran is becoming an increasingly dangerous place to keep an online diary.

Web logs have become a popular forum for dissent. And the Iranian government has responded by arresting dozens of bloggers.

Some of those detained are reportedly being held in solitary confinement and tortured."


One website has asked fellow bloggers to dedicate today "FREE MOJTABA AND ARASH DAY". So now I have.