Re "Prisoner of Tehran," Opinion, May 25
I sincerely hope that public recognition and response result in Haleh Esfandiari's release. As I read this article, I thought: Has this not been what the Bush administration has been doing with "persons of interest"? Especially with the tortuous story of her supposed part in the conspiracy to foment a "velvet" revolution, which could be the story of many of the people who have been detained by the U.S. under the guise of "protecting national security." At least at this point, Iran has not resorted to extraordinary rendition, although it probably doesn't have to under its laws.
Perhaps this is also a veiled message to the Bush administration. In addition to working for Esfandiari's release through diplomatic channels, I hope that our Congress restores some of the basic human rights that have been stripped away in this country.
INGRID G. SCOTT
Shaul Bakhash's article describes the arrest of Esfandiari and what might be meted out to her by the Iranian government. It's a shame that this can happen to anyone with a conscience speaking out against injustices. Doesn't it also remind one of what the U.S. is doing to terrorist suspects at Guantanamo Bay, where reports of torture to obtain confessions abound, and all of the detainees have been held for so many years without trial?