Senator Mark Kirk (R-IL), Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Rep. Robert Dold (R-IL) and Rep. Theodore Deutch (D-FL) deserve to hear your gratitude after proposing a bill to support the Iranian opposition and sanction any company selling items used in suppressing dissent to the Iranian regime, such as batons, water cannons, sniper rifles, Internet filtering technology and communications monitoring equipment.
It also creates a “special representative on human rights and democracy in Iran,” reauthorizes the Iran Freedom and Support Act and requires a “comprehensive strategy to promote Internet freedom in Iran.”
Senator Kirk gets it. He said, “We need to apply the lessons of the Cold War to the 21st century threat posed by the Iranian regime.” He also announced the creation of the Iranian Dissident Awareness Program so lawmakers can “advocate on behalf of individual Iranian dissidents.”
“Our goal is to put faces with names – to tell the stories of the persecuted, the dissidents, the political prisoners,” Senator Kirk said. “In the darkest days of Soviet human rights abuse, the odds looked long but the dignity of individuals and cause of liberty prevailed. We should bring this same resolve to our dealings with Iran.”
This is the type of leadership we need!