I would love it if the whole world could see what it is like in a US Federal prison and witness the truth with their own eyes: innocent Iranian woman imprisoned in US.
November 2, 2010 - In a phone interview an innocent Iranian woman - mother of two - who has been illegally imprisoned by US authorities since 2007 explained her predicament to Iran's Press TV, today. Her crime according to US officials is that she was formerly married to a man who allegedly tried to ship eight night-vision gurgles to Iran.
The shipping of now obsolete night-vision gurgles constituted a crime by US authorities as they struggle to maintain their hold on power in an ever growing plutocracy against the will of Americans at home.
Shahrzad Mir-Qolikhani, has spent the last three years in some filthy prisons designed only for most notorious of criminals.
While held in a Miami prison, Shahrzad did manage to speak with Press TV in the following interview:
(Press TV) - Shahrzad Mir-Qolikhan was arrested in the US in December 2007. Her ex-husband, Mahmoud Seif, had allegedly tried to export night-vision goggles to Iran from Austria. She was sentenced to five years in prison by a Florida federal court in his absence.
Mir-Qolikhan told Press TV via telephone from inside prison on Monday that she was duped into visiting the US by American authorities, who then tried to "make her a spy" and use her to find the whereabouts of her ex-husband.
The following is the transcript of Press TV's interview with Shahrzad Mir-Qolikhan, who was arrested in the US in 2007 on charges that her ex-husband, Mahmoud Seif, had allegedly tried to export night-vision goggles to Iran from Austria.
Press TV: Can you tell us about your condition in prison?
Mir-Qolikhan: Awful. It's awful. I would love it if the whole world could see what it is like in a US Federal prison and witness the truth with their own eyes. In America, especially in the Federal prison system is, you know, like everything else America does they just make a good and nice image on the surface, but once you get inside and witness everything from the inside I would call it a garbage can; I don't even call it a prison.
There are two factors here if they want to compare America's Federal prison with Iran's Federal prison. The first factor is that right now in the 21st century this 'new' country America thinks Iran is a third world country, so by common sense no one would expect to have good conditions in Iranian prisons or to have good facilities in an Iranian prison. Secondly, Iran's government never said that "oh we are the best and there is human rights in our prison we have this and that." No! They (they Iranian government) say this is the way it is.
Press TV: In which prison are you being kept and how long have you been in prison?
Mir-Qolikhan: I arrived in America 19 December 2007 and I was arrested at Miami airport and I was taken to FPC (Federal Prison Camp) Miami, which is a very horrible place and they have the most evil people. I've been in prison here for three years. I call it a 'made-in-America case' because the whole case is falsified by the American regime. We are just pawns for these people. Since the beginning, I was there before my trial for 18 months and kept in a building where for all that time I had no sunshine at all. They put me in heavy chains like a slave to take me to the court hearing.
Even then they took me with other inmates through under ground tunnels so we won't see the sunshine. Then during my trial they put me in a county jail. Federal prison I'm telling you is just like a garbage can and I say this with no hesitation. The state prison also was like a toilet tank. During my trial they put me in the state prison. I was mistreated horribly by all the correctional officers and more especially at the higher level i.e. the lieutenants, captains and warden; they are my worst enemy in this prison. After I was sentenced, a few months later, they transferred me to this facility a Federal correction institution in Danbury.
Comparing here to FPC Miami the conditions here are a little bit better; however, at the end of the day, I'm in the garbage can.
Press TV: There is some American detainees in Iran and recently Iran released Sara Shourd. We've heard that your conditions have turned worse after the release of Sara Shourd. Can you tell us what happened to you?
Mir-Qolikhan: Well there was a plan in place all along. The American evil regime wanted to get hold of my ex-husband so they thought OK we are going to invite her here to America, capture her, imprison her in prison and then make her a spy and get her to turn in her ex-husband for a favor against Iran, right?. They got to the point where they can't do anything more. But now, after Sarah got out, and they know I'm not going to remain silent and my family are going to protect and stand up for me there (Iran); after that they wanted to get to know about the letters I was sending to Iran to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. During the last 3 or 4 months I switched and started to write lots of letters to President Ahmadinejad and inform him about a lot of facts asking him to stand up for the truth and protect me and file a case suit in the International court of justice because there is no justice in America.
After Sara got out, the media in America and internationally also, but the media is going to say what the (American) government wants and they are not letting anybody tell the truth. Their censorship applies everywhere and they use the phrase of 'for national security purposes'. After Sarah arrived back they wanted to have access to all my legal papers and investigate what is going on. My children have visited Sara. She came out (to America) and brought a letter from my children, which I never got or heard anything about it. I don't know anything about it I don't know whether she talked to President Obama or not.
Then last Saturday out of the blue they came and put me in hand cuffs and they took me to the SHU (Special Housing Units) where the most horrible and dangerous of criminals are kept. They did this, I knew from the beginning, so that they then could have access to all my legal paper work and letters to President Ahmadinejad. They kept me there for six days and when I came out I realized that all my assumptions were absolutely true. I went and collected my legal documents from the lieutenant. They having possession of my legal documents are totally illegal by their own laws. I'm sure they made their copies and are trying to find a way to destroy me. I'm a live witness talking about these facts publicly and they have to try to disconnect me from the world so that no one will hear me. And they do not like it. They have to destroy me; They have to disconnect me with all the world so that nobody would hear me and they continue with all their evil deeds to stay as a supreme power that they want to be.
Press TV: Basically, when Sarah Shourd got back to America, all the American news agencies interviewed her, asking about how she was treated in Iran.
Mir-Qolikhan: Did you see the way that she talked in the programs [and] the way she talked with fear? I have a message for Sarah Shourd. I have a message to say that: Listen, lady, your condition in Iran was much better than me. I would rather be in a cell with its size like a grave instead of living in an atmosphere that I should witness by my own eyes lesbians' nasty works together. I should live in an environment that the next person to me has HIV and AIDS. I should eat with all these people. I am living in a place with all the disease that you might ever think. I believe she had very good conditions there.
First of all is that Sarah had violated the laws of Iran. I had not committed any crime. They had crossed the borders of Iran illegally. But for me, the United States government invited me for governmental business to America. They purchased ticket for me. They got me on the devil land of America from the airport. They put me in handcuffs, they took me to the prison and they started to torture me in every possible way, especially mentally. They horribly tortured [me] mentally, to become a spy and work for them to turn in my ex-husband.
My point for America is: Excuse me! You are the supreme power in the world. You have your spies all around the world and you are ruling the world, supposedly. You want my ex-husband, go and get him. How wicked you are that you use a 29-year-old single mom to get an Iranian man! Shame on you.
But for Sarah, they were having fun. Supposedly, they were camping. I have a question from the United States government. If I supposedly was camping in Canada and mistakenly crossed the border from Canada to America, what were they going to charge me with? What were the charges against me that they were going to bring?
The first thing they were going to say was that she is related to some terrorist groups. Then she is a spy from Iran. They build up stories.
Press TV: Don't you have any concerns that you are talking to us from prison and broadcasting your comments may cause problems for you?
Mir-Qolikhan: Yes. But I just want the whole world to hear the truth and let them know that [regardless of what] the American regime says, I am right here in prison and I am calling willingly and knowingly and I want the world [to] witness the truth about America. I do not care anymore what they are going to do to me, because the water in the oceans is not enough to for me to be the ink of the pan that I write what they have done to me. I want the truth to come out and I want Press TV to keep calling me to inform you of everything and let all these politicians deal with me.
Sharhrzad Mir-Qolikhani and her ex-husband Mahmoud Seif.
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