Lawrence A. Franklin
Dr. Lawrence A. Franklin is an Irish-Catholic father of five children who lives with his wife of 39 years in West Virginia. Franklin is the former USAF Reserve Colonel Military Attaché to the U.S. Embassy in Israel. He also was the Iran Desk Officer in the Office of the Secretary of the Defense under Donald Rumsfeld. Franklin's doctorate is in Asian Studies. His primary foreign language is Persian Farsi. During the Cold War, Dr. Franklin served as the Defense Intelligence Agency's Senior Political-Military Analyst in support of the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He has executed missions in Afghanistan, Pakistan, Uzbekistan and is well-traveled throughout the Middle East with many tours of duty in Israel.
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Saeed Shirzad a 27-year-old children's rights activist, was arrested in Tabriz, Iran on June 2, 2014. Shirzad was charged with "taking part in human rights activities and collaborating with Ahmed Shaheed, UN Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in Iran." After more than 14 months in prison, he was given a trial, but his lawyer was not allowed to attend or to access his file. He was sentenced to five years in prison. Saeed was kept solitary confinement in Evin Prison and later transferred to Rajai Shahr prison, where he was subjected to physical and psychological torture.