James Clapper I'm NOT as educated in Iran as Michael Rubin from AEI BUT I have my opinion on Iran is Valid & it looks like an education person from RAND agrees with me... How cool is that. Maybe Michael Rubin & I Agree - It Could Be That We Don't Speak the Same Language?

Iranian Person Communicated to Sharyn ....Over 6 Months Ago Said That Sanctions are Working. GOP Needs to Calm Down-Hagel is One of US.

In Fact Hagel (a Republican) & Kerry Might Be Able to Help Israel By Creating Peace.

Is The Problem That Their Gonna Be the Ones to "Do It"... Get Over It... The GOP Got Credit for Ending Communism.

If the RNC Embraces Hagel Then We Get Part of the Credit. Lets Build a Better World - Using the Internet.

YES!!! an Iranian person reached out to me - All they did was communicate a message.

The Old Guard in Tehran fears the Threat of an Iranian "Internal Battle of Control" ... They Also Blamed Israel.   Bovat Told The Person "You Know I Support Israel"... They Said They Knew.... They Wanted Me to Have Their Opinion. Many in Iran are Tired of the Fighting & Want Their Country Respected Globally.  

"The Iranian People Want to Be Able to Travel to Disneyworld."
 The Internet Has Shown Them Places They Now Dream About.   As American We Need to Harness the Desire of the Iranian people that want Democracy -  Lets provide the people with iPhones and with Aggressive Sanctions 
"If we can figure out how to 'wi-fi' Tehran with a wireless system that is NOT used by the Iranian National Guard  then Peace could happen.. it's ALL about communicating that a better world exist."  
Already the newest generation wants to be peaceful members of the global community.  It's the "old" hard line "Khomeini-ist" that are taking their aggressions out on the people that will eventually make them insist on "change" .... 

Off topic:  What's the deal with Mitch McConnell?  Is he just playing to the "base" it's STUPID. Hagel is a REPUBLICAN. Is the GOP stuck in the Cold War.... or are they having a Civil War either way it's no way to succeed. The county needs 2 HEALTHY political parties if a 3rd party becomes dominant then "political shifts" will be much more frequent that hurts global stability.

One more thing.... the Iranian I met with told me that "after" the Lockerbie crash people in Tehran "hoarded food" they were waiting to be "spanked" by America.   When their "crazy cousin" in Libya took the blame they were surprised.  

Below is from a NYT opinion - the author from RAND.  It's a think tank that is respected by the DOD.
Alireza Nader is a senior policy analyst at the nonprofit, nonpartisan RAND Corporation.
The U.S. Senate will decide Hagel’s fate, of course. But it’s worth understanding how the Hagel nomination looks to the Iranian leadership.
The Iranian regime is hardly cheering Hagel on, despite what some of his critics say. Yes, Hagel sounds cautious about a U.S. bombing campaign against Iran’s nuclear facilities, but such a campaign isn’t what keeps the Iranian supreme leader, Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, up at night. An American strike would spur the Iranian public to rally around the flag and buck up a wobbling, wheezing theocracy — and an Israeli strike would do so in spades.
The Iranian leadership’s real worry is not American planes but Iranian protesters. Their deepest anxieties revolve around a Persian version of Tahrir Square, a replay of the 2009 Green uprising that wasn’t ended by the regime’s violent repression. Strange as it may sound, the Islamic Republic is a lot more frightened of the imprisoned Iranian human rights activist Nasrin Sotoudeh than it is of Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.

But the Iranian regime believes that the true threat to its grip on power is not a military conflict but the mounting effect of sanctions and the specter of internal turmoil. Iran’s oil minister recently admitted that his country’s oil revenues plummeted by 45 percent over the past year. Ordinary Iranians have seen their life savings decimated by the devaluation of the national currency. And Iran’s June 2013 presidential election could trigger renewed political infighting and popular unrest.

Tech | Iran's New 3G Mobile Network: Another Step to Curb Freedoms?   08 Nov 2011 03:353 Comments

Popularization of smartphones enhances ability of regime to "track and control." But is that the motivation behind the new mobile network?By PAYAM FARAMARZI

As promised by Iran's Ministry of Telecommunications and Information Technology on October 19, the country's recently authorized third mobile operator, Tamin Telecom, has begun distributing SIM cards for a new national 3G mobile network to the public. In a country where the regime has gone to great lengths to restrict the free flow of information and citizens' access to the World Wide Web and the outside world in general, this move has come as a surprise to media watchers. Some skeptics believe that aside from providing good service to customers, there might be an ulterior motive behind this project -- undermining the security and privacy of Iranian citizens.

Tamin Telecom's infrastructure utilizes the third generation (3G) of standards for mobile phones. This generation of mobile phone network differs from previous ones in that it makes possible application services such as mobile Internet, mobile TV, and video calls over the network. It does not take much of an imagination to fathom the many applications of this technology. An underlying effect of all the advancements is great improvement in the ease and speed of access to alternative sources of information and news -- something the Iranian regime has been trying to curb for many years.

At first glance it might seem that there has been a sudden change of heart by the regime. After all, the two cellular networks already in place provide the necessary simple wireless telephony services, which would mean the only purpose behind the new 3G network is to provide the additional "application services." A deeper look, however, indicates that quite to the contrary, the network is intended only to further serve the interests of the Iranian regime in its drive to keep tab on the dissidents.

The most important fact about this project is that while the provider is independent of the state, it is still bound by Iranian regulation to cater to the regime's demands in times of crisis. The privately owned MTN-Irancell, which was operating a 2G network during the 2009 postelection protests, had to cut off service much like the state-owned Hamrahe-Aval. By the same token, all the Internet traffic over the network has to be routed through the same gateways used for other forms of Internet connectivity and hence can be blocked and filtered on the new operator. The new network thus provides easier and quicker access only to content approved by the regime and nothing more, and is therefore no threat to the "electronic curtain."

Read more: http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/tehranbureau/2011/11/debate-irans-new-3g-mobile-network-another-step-to-curb-freedoms.html#ixzz2K8QGibFJ