Amir Hekmati has filed a complaint against the Iranian government, seeking damages for more than four years of imprisonment.
Hopes for his release were dashed on Saturday -- at least for now.
Orwell's Thought Police are functioning today in Iran. I know this because my cousin, Shahriar Cyrus, a husband, father of a young son and accomplished painter, was arrested last week in Iran in a similar fashion. Eleven representatives of Iran's Ministry of Intelligence came for him. His crime -- like that of hundreds of others -- was his belief.
As a director Jon Stewart's persona is a far cry from that of the television host. Instead of treating Bahari's story as a comic strip or subject of satire (in the way Argo partially did in its tale of a notorious escape from Iran), Stewart tackles his subject with deadly seriousness.
“I was in solitary confinement for 107 days,” he said. “I think solitary confinement is the worst kind of psychological torture