Dangers to Dissidents
Dangers to Dissidents by Senator Rand Paul – TownHall
TDC Note – I have never believed Khashoggi to be a “journalist”. I have said both publicly and privately that he is a CIA operative. When was the last time the death of a journalist became an international incident? He may not be a CIA operative but he is something more than a journalist – the journalist title is nothing but cover.
The brutal murder of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi has opened a window into the world of the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and reminded us that there are many places in the world where disagreeing with your government is a death sentence.
I break with the administration on their response to this killing for many reasons. If Saudi Arabia is not held accountable for the barbaric murder of Khashoggi, what will it mean for the fate of other dissidents held in Saudi Arabia and elsewhere who are being held without trial? What message does it send to kingdoms and dictatorships around the region and the world that America considers its defense sales paramount to its stand for human rights?
What will it mean for Ali al-Nimr, the nephew of Nimr al-Nimr, the Shia sheik executed by the Saudis in 2016?
Ali al-Nimr was sentenced to death in Saudi Arabia after being arrested for attending a pro-democracy rally when he was 17. Imagine this — your teenage son or daughter in the place of this boy.
Ali al-Nimr was tortured, denied necessary access to his lawyer, and had a closed “trial.” It has been reported that his confession to false charges was coerced, and he now faces crucifixion and beheading. His mother has written of the damage done to her son by the beatings she could clearly see had taken place in prison, saying Ali “didn’t need to tell me what had happened because his face, hands, feet and body spoke on his behalf.”