Apolitical Deconstruction

The title of this blog refers to my journey of self-transformation from someone loathe to publicly express his personal opinions on political matters to...well, keep reading and see!

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Telephone Privacy and Torture

Dear Senator,

I would like to communicate my thoughts regarding two current legislative matters.

First, I would like to urge you to support the new FISA bill that the House of Representatives is working on. I believe that it is very important that every individual American, as well as every American business, should be held accountable for any violation of the law. This principle is fundamental to the continuation of our democracy. In keeping with this belief, I am absolutely against giving telecommunication corporations immunity for their blatant violations of personal privacy laws and any other laws that they may have broken. I hope you will agree with me that it is critical to uphold the laws of our country and bring to justice those who have broken them.

Second, I am very concerned by the President Bush's veto last week of the 2008 Intelligence Authorization Act. I do not believe that torture in any form should be used against prisoners or detainees. America needs to rebuild its image in the world as a bastion of freedom and human rights. We can not do this if we continue to violate those rights that our Constitution was designed to guarantee. I feel very strongly that all U.S. government agencies, including the CIA, should be held to the standards specified in the Army Field Manual on Interrogations. Once again, I hope that you will agree with me on this issue.

Thank you for your time and attention to my concerns.



Anonymous Anonymous said...


My name is Arman Nafisi-Movaghar and I am currently doing an undergraduate honors research study for the Department of Communication at the University of Washington on blogs by Iranians living outside of Iran. I am interested in seeing how Iranians in the diaspora are using their blogs and specifically if they are promoting democratic values on their blogs. To help answer this question, I created a survey for Iranian bloggers living outside of Iran to complete. Since you are an Iranian living outside of Iran who maintains a blog, I would like to invite you to take my survey. The purpose of the following paragraphs is to give you the information you will need to help you decide whether or not to participate in the survey. Please read this information carefully.

To see how Iranians in the diaspora are using their blogs and specifically if they are promoting democratic values on their blogs.

My survey asks a few demographic questions regarding age, gender, and education level. In addition, my survey also will ask for your opinion about democracy and whether you think blogs can be used to promote democracy in Iran. The survey is short and will only take 15-20 minutes to complete. You are also free to skip any question on my survey that you don’t want to answer.

This survey is anonymous. Thus, your responses are not linked to your name. In addition, the survey answers will be confidential and will not be seen by anyone else.

Expected Benefits:
To understand if and/or how Iranians in the diaspora are using blogs to communicate with Iranians inside Iran. I also hope to discover if Iranians are using their blogs to promote democratic changes in Iran. If you would like to see the results of the survey at the conclusion of my study, feel free to contact me and I will email them to you.

Arman Nafisi-Movaghar

To take the survey, click the link below or copy and paste the URL into the address bar of your web browser.


4/21/2008 10:48 PM  
Blogger Arman said...


4/22/2008 4:07 AM  
Anonymous Dr O2 said...

well David it has been evident that I am too busy lately n don get to post much but I am here to have my say ;)
Amid all the speculations and fuss abt the state of economy and how it is dangerous, I still think there is a mutual understanding worldwide upon a coopporation in every aspect to recover globaly. The world needs US economy and they will also contribute whatever needed to put things back right. I am optimystic abt the whole thing with or withoutthe bailout :)

11/27/2008 5:09 AM  
Anonymous Dr O2 said...

btw here is my bilingual blog as well.


11/27/2008 5:10 AM  

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