Iranian lawmaker Hossein Sobhaninia says the names of the critics of US President Barack Obama end up on the “kill list” of the US government. “Violation of human rights has become a normal practice in the Western countries especially the United States and the names of the critics of [US President Barack] Obama are put on the kill list,” Sobhaninia noted on Wednesday.
The Iranian lawmaker further stated that those who censure the US and Israeli authorities can never be safe from harm and those who claim to be advocating human rights do not tolerate any criticism.Referring to the recent death of the American Internet whiz kid and blogger Aaron Swartz, Sobhaninia added that the US president’s order for an inquiry into the incident is only aimed at deceiving the public opinion. Swartz, who was an outspoken critic of Obama’s policies, was found dead in his apartment in Brooklyn, New York City, on January 11. Brooklyn’s chief medical examiner ruled the death a ‘suicide by hanging’, but no further details were available about the mysterious death. Swartz was critical of Obama’s “kill list,” a list of individuals who are suspected of terrorism by the US and are listed for targeted killing after final approval by the US president himself. He was also critical of the monopoly of information by corporate cartels and believed that information should be shared and available for the benefit of the society. The lawmaker pointed out that the West aggrandizes human rights issues in other countries, but keeps silent about the death of a blogger who has been living in the so-called cradle of democracy and freedom. TNP/SS