Two birds have been arrested on espionage charges in Natanz, Iran. They are suspected of working for enemies of IRI. One of them was arrested near a golab (rose water) factory all the way in Kashan, according to the report in the Telegraph. How do you think these pigeons were interrogated? Do you think they have fessed up already? Were they cooperative? Or did they have to be tortured to confess? Will there be TV confessions of the two treasonous pigeons soon? (Can you just imagine it? "Kaftar Hay-e Khianatkaar, emshab dar shabakeh-2-e-Sima.")
What is their punishment, do you think? Will they go to Evin? Is there a special ward there for traitor (vatan foroosh) pigeons? Will they receive the death penalty? What is the edaam procedure for birds? Will they face a BB Gun squad? How old were these pigeons at the time of arrest, anyway? Should SCE be contacted about their cases? What should the petition to free them say: "Your Excellency, Mr. Shahroudi, Please let go of the rose water loving pigeons?"
All of this may sound funny to us until they catch "the owners" and "the trainers" of these birds, whom I am willing to bet are not birds, mind you. It's all really sad after that. Except that years from now, there might be the potential to make a movie about those guys, too, this one could be called "Parandeh-baz-e-Natanz." We'll have to ask Darius Kadivar whether this is viable.
Here's the report from The Telegraph. And here's the story:
Iran arrests pigeons 'spying' on nuclear site
Iranian security forces have arrested two suspected 'spy pigeons' near the Natanz nuclear facility.
One of the pigeons was caught near a rose water production plant in the city of Kashan in Isfahan province, the Etemad Melli newspaper reported. It said that some metal rings and "invisible" strings were attached to the bird, suggesting that it might have been somehow communicating what it had seen with the equipment it was carrying
"Early this month, a black pigeon was caught bearing a blue-coated metal ring, with invisible strings," a source told the newspaper.
The source gave no further description of the pigeons, nor what their fate might be.
Natanz is home to Iran's heavily-bunkered underground uranium enrichment plant, which is also not far from Kashan.
The activity at Iran's controversial uranium enrichment facility is the focus ofIran's five-year standoff with the West, which fears it aims to develop nuclear weapons. The Tehran government insists its programme is intended to generatepower for civilian use only.
Last year,Iran issued a formal protest over the use of espionage by the United States toproduce a key intelligence report on the country's controversial nuclear programme.
It is also highly suspicious of Israel, whose extensive intelligence activities are not known to include the use of pigeons.
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