WE ARE NOT TALKING ABOUT THE FOUR EXISTING PANICS. THIS IS A NEW PANIC.
We're not talking about the panic over the currency, the panic over an oil boycott, the panic over a potential conflict in the Gulf or the panic over a likely Ahmadinejad victory in the upcoming elections should reformers stay home (as most will). Note that Janatti is now threatening to vet out candidates who have spent too much money and it's obvious who he means.
THE AUDIO TAPE SUGGESTS A HUMDINGER
From Enduring America:
"The pro-Ahmadinejad Raha Press claims it has audio tapes of a meeting of hardliners who fear that the President will publish the 140,000 documents exposing wrongdoing among Iran's top officials. The site adds that the hardliners want to push the Supreme Leader to dismiss Ahmadinejad."
Wouldn't you love to hear it? Who does the talking? What do they have to say about targeting specific individuals imprisoned, raped or killed? Who is splitting up stolen money? Is this how Ahmadinejad plans to deter the Guardian Council from excessive vetting (see Janatti's threat above) or the regime from arrests? How would the Iranian people react if these documents get out? What can regime censors do to contain the damage?
You can bet Ahmadinejad has made lots of copies. Whether this stuff gets released before the regime's fall (which it could trigger by encouraging defections) or afterwards (great for trial evidence), it sounds explosive. Maybe this explains why Ahmadinejad's brother-in-law remains untouched and why Mahmoud is confident he won't be vetted out by the Guardian Council in the next presidential elections. Smart move!
Here's a link to the Raha Press
THE NEXT BEST NEWS ITEM: New rules for Internet Cafes Reflect Regime Fears of its People
Golnaz Esfandiari updates on new measures by Iran's cyber-police to monitor and restrict use of the Web in Internet cafes. The personal information of visitors, including name, father's name, national ID number, and telephone number, will be registered. Cafe owners must keep the personal and contact information of the users and a record of their browsing history for six months.
The cafes must also install closed-circuit cameras and keep video recordings for six months. Installation of circumvention tools allowing access to banned websites is illegal.
The cafes have 15 days to implement the restrictions, announced on 3 January. (From EA)
THIRD BEST NEWS ITEM: Rial starts dropping again
After authorities shut down currency websites on Wednesday, in an attempt to impose a "proper" rate of 14000.
The rial opened at 15920:1 this morning, but demand for dollars soon moved the rate to 16200:1.
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