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Rep. Perry grills John Kerry over Iran contacts, past shady foreign meetings

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Rep. Scott Perry (R-PA) questioned John Kerry directly in a hearing Wednesday over reports that then secretary of state revealed covert Israeli operations to Iran’s foreign minister. The House Foreign Affairs committee gathered to discuss climate change. Because Kerry is currently serving as the presidential convoy for climate, he was invited to the hearing for questioning.

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Perry took advantage of the moment to discuss the controversial reports. Allegedly, Kerry told Iran’s Mohammed Javad Zarif about over 200 covert operations on Iranian targets in Syria. The Pennsylvania representative reminded Kerry that Iran is a major enemy, killing more Americans in recent history than any other nation state. He asked Kerry directly if he provide information to foreign minister Zarif.

“On no occasion ever,” Kerry responded.

“So Mr. Zarif is a liar?” Perry followed up.

“Mr. Zarif may be confused,” Kerry said.

On the other hand, Kerry defended himself, saying he had never known about any covert Israel operations. “The first time I ever heard the number 200 was when I read the article.”

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Yet, Perry said during the hearing, there is still reason for suspicion. He reminded the committee that Kerry visited shady characters in Nicaragua. “People are right to be skeptical,” Perry said.

Kerry claimed all his trips while he was secretary of state were officially sanctioned. But, Perry interrupted, Daniel Ortega, the President of Nicaragua is a dictator.

“Damn right!” Kerry said, just before Rep. Perry’s time was up.

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Kerry was not placed under oath prior to the hearing.

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Facebook, Instagram Employees ‘Censor or Delete’ Protests against Iran

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Former and current Facebook and Instagram employees are shedding light onto the “fact checkers” that are censoring vital content such as protests against Iran. “According to a report by BBC Persian, these employees admitted that at all levels of the company, the Iran regime’s influence has infiltrated, leaving biased and pro-regime content monitors to restrict, censor or delete posts about the current protests in Iran” reports The Foreign Desk.

Similar to censorship at the companies in the United States and elsewhere, the behavior is its own political movement. “The actions by these Iranian employees to remove images of the demonstrations in Iran and associated hashtags helps reinforce the Islamic Republic’s argument that the protests are not so widespread.”

According to one of the former employees who had his identity hidden for security purposes, told the BBC Persian in an interview from Germany, that the workers travel back and forth between Europe and Iran. “About 90 percent” of the decision making on censorship is done by these “fact checkers.”

“These are individuals who single-handedly take posts down. According to the source, employees are not allowed to have their personal cellular devices with them at their workstations, so these individuals go to the break room to report a post from their personal phones and then come back to their workstations and address the ‘complaint’ they just created.”

 

The Foreign Desk adds:

In 2019 TELUS International became the third-party company contracted with Instagram and Facebook to become their fact checkers and address complaints from users reporting posts for violent, hateful, or threatening material. 

A second source, a former TELUS employee, said approximately 400-500 Iranians work at the company in Germany, a country that is known to have diplomatic and bilateral relations with the Islamic Republic. 

The Islamic Republic has learned from the Green Revolution of 2009 to infiltrate Western social media outlets and their parent companies to control the narrative and prevent the international community from siding with anti-regime demonstrators.

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