By Reza Ghaffari
A fashionable Iranian political prisoner tells his tale from the time of his arrest to his eventual get away a decade later
Dr. Reza Ghaffari was once a professor on the college of Tehran till his 1981 arrest for suspicion of being a member of a banned socialist workforce. This account of his stories via 10 years of torture and as a witness to—and close to sufferer of—prison massacres deals exceptional perception into the torturous therapy of political prisoners who oppose the Iranian regime. not anything written in English or in Persian has so comprehensively and movingly portrayed legal stipulations and the power of these anguish them—not basically a listing of atrocities, it's also a story of triumph for integrity and the human spirit within the face of the maximum degradation. In 1999 the Iranian specialists got here trying to find Dr. Ghaffari in London and he was once moved to a "safe house" through MI6 the place he stayed for with regards to a yr. After 9-11, the terrorist hazard point within the united kingdom was once raised and Dr. Ghaffari was once allowed again to his kin with larger surveillance on his condominium. The years of torture have taken their toll on his overall healthiness yet he has refused to be intimidated and is as made up our minds as ever that his tale can be advised. The fatwah imposed opposed to writer Salman Rushdie for writing The Satanic Verses scared many publishers into refusing to print this ebook, A country of worry, in English
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When the level of training got to the point where I was the student in front of the two tables of people, it was the same, only on a much more intense level. I discovered that place of intention within me, a place that would allow me to accomplish things and persist through the many roadblocks that life and other people could put in front of me. Just as with the first student I worked with, when I reached that point, not one person at either table could put up any resistance and the book practically floated from one table to the other.
That’s a long time, or at least this entire lifetime for sure. Do I really want to only do this for the rest of my life? As I thought this over, I remembered a briefing another member of the command team had given only last week; Hubbard had a plan to Clear the planet within five years. “Clearing the planet” was a rallying cry for Scientologists throughout the world, the end result being a complete achievement of the aims of Scientology. The expectation and goal was that within five years, everyone would be a Scientologist.