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The Washington Times Picks Up Iran's Sham Election Story.

The Washington Times is on the ball on the Iranian election story:

In recent days, President Bush, Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and numerous members of Congress have denounced as invalid Iran's presidential election, in particular the fact that Tehran arbitrarily disqualified more than 1,000 of the 1,014 candidates who attempted to run. Unfortunately, thus far, Congress and the administration seem unaware of the fact that the regime has conducted the election in the United States, possibly in violation of U.S. law.

And WILLisms.com was also mentioned, along with other blogs:

On Friday, a clash occurred at one of the polling places, located at the Commerce Hotel in Los Angeles, between security guards working for the Iranian government and anti-regime activists. Aryo Pirouznia, coordinator for the Student Movement Coordination Committee for Democracy in Iran, tells us he was attacked, sprayed with pepper gas and sent to the hospital by the guards. In Tucson, Ariz., freelance journalist Robert Mayer visited a site at a local school for the visually impaired, where voting officials prepared to count the ballots, phone the results in to Tehran and mail the votes to the Pakistani Embassy in Washington. Mr. Mayer interviewed the poll monitor, a visiting scholar at the University of Arizona, who treated him to a bizarre lecture explaining how Saddam Hussein and Osama bin Laden are CIA agents. In Houston, Will Franklin, who blogs on the site WILLisms, posted photos showing how he was nearly arrested by the Houston Police Department when he attempted to write a story and take pictures of the polling place.

Thus far, no word on whether the Iranian regime plans to hold run-off elections at the same locations tomorrow morning. If so, I am there.

UPDATE: Apparently the Iranian regime cancelled the Tucson voting station following Robert Mayer's report. The Houston location will be open. I will see what I can find out, without actually going inside the hotel.

Posted by Will Franklin · 23 June 2005 05:28 PM


It is about time someone listened to you guys!... That is really bad when the Houston HPD is protecting a Terrorist Regime!... Thank you Washington Times for taking notice of what Robert Mayer and Will Franklin bravely endured!... In this world of Special Security Alerts, WHY were these young men not given the proper respect? We all must be aware of what is happening around us. If we can not trust the authorities to listen and investigate, What is in store for us next?...

Posted by: Zsa Zsa at June 23, 2005 07:01 PM

Will, ...Do you plan to call the " Ramadan Inn" I wonder if they will hang up on you? It would be interesting to see if HPD will be there to protect the Terrorists?>>>>>>>

Posted by: Zsa Zsa at June 23, 2005 09:59 PM

Will- Congratulations! You deserved to be mentioned. Your work was outstanding.

Posted by: Jim Hoft at June 23, 2005 10:38 PM

great Job Will.

Posted by: Lanceredstaterant at June 24, 2005 11:19 AM

Your work is outstanding! Great post! Keep it up!

Posted by: Bill at June 25, 2005 09:05 AM

HELLO! I can't believe any of the MSM were not interested enough to investigate!...Hello, we have some serious issues going on in our world, and the MSM is reporting about a SEA ROCK being sold on E-bay that looks like Cohnan O'Bryan and Jay Leno?!! It is no wonder people are fed up with the media! Way to go WILLisms.com and Robert Mayer! Thanks!

Posted by: Cindy T. at June 25, 2005 10:23 AM

Outside of the West (and sometimes, within the West), head-of-state elections are plagued with problems such as these. Similar controveries and allegations have arise in many nations, including those that are viewed as democratic. So this type of news is not unusual.

Posted by: Aakash at June 26, 2005 04:50 PM