Tuesday, January 05, 2010

Iranian Mullahs Continue With Threats; Ahmadinejad's Website Hacked?

The New York Times reports that Mahmoud Ahmadinejad's website was apparently hacked by people sympathetic to the opposition.
Although the Web site appears to be down now, Mr. Heap wrote that people trying to access it last night were redirected to this page, which contains the following message:
Dear God, In 2009 you took my favorite singer - Michael Jackson, my favorite actress - Farrah Fawcett, my favorite actor - Patrick Swayze, my favorite voice - Neda. Please, please, don’t forget my favorite politician - Ahmadinejad and my favorite dictator - Khamenei in the year 2010. Thank you.
Someone apparently hacked Ahmadinejad's website and sent a redirect to that page. It's now down possibly because of traffic overload, or because the Iranians are trying to figure out the hack.

The regime continues menacing the Iranian people and branding those who oppose the regime to be nothing less than traitors and terrorists. The regime continues to warn that those responsible for the demonstrations will be executed.
"After Ashura, anyone who takes part in riots will be considered as 'mohareb' (waging war on God) and an opponent of national security," Najjar said, according to the official IRNA news agency.

Despite such warnings, the opposition has shown no inclination to back down and street protests have continued sporadically in the six months since the vote.

Thousands of protesters were arrested after the election. Most have since been released but more than 80 reformists have received jail terms of up to 15 years. Five people have been sentenced to death but none has been executed so far.
More than 300 have been incarcerated by the regime since protests resumed during the Shi'ite observance of Ashura in December. The regime also has announced that those who use the Internet to post what it calls "false information" about the regime will be arrested.

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