A scheduled screening of a controversial new documentary in Canada has reportedly caused threats of violence, protests, and even a request from the Iranian embassy for its cancellation.
The Free Thinking Film Society of Ottawa, which shows films with a “healthy and patriotic respect for Western culture and traditions,” had planned on showing Iranium to an audience at the Canadian National Archives on Tuesday evening followed by a special appearance by Middle East expert Clare Lopez, who appears in the film. Iranium addresses the dangers posed by a nuclear Iran and is scheduled to premier on February 8. However, the Iranian embassy sent an official request to cancel the screening over the weekend, and the Archives received numerous complaints and threats.
The Archives also received two suspicious letters Tuesday afternoon connected to the event, prompting officials to shut down the entire building. A hazardous materials team responded to the incident, and concluded that the letters were safe. Officials determined that complaints and threats accompanying the Iranian request posed too serious a security threat, and the National Archives decided to cancel the event.
“I’m outraged that in the capital of Canada the Iranians have been able to shut down a movie,” said the film society’s president, Fred Litwin. “Bad enough in Tehran, but in Ottawa?”
The Iranian embassy has not responded to attempts to contact them.
“That the mere prospect that this film, which is a factual review of the threat to international stability from the Iranian regime’s nuclear weapons program, should prompt such a fearful response from Tehran, I think, is testimony to the vulnerable status of the mullahs’ regime,” Ms. Lopez told The US Report. “That regime knows it is going to be held to account by its own people, whose aspirations for liberty will not be denied.”
Canada’s Heritage Minister James Moore and Immigration Minister Jason Kenney both voiced their disapproval of the decision to cancel the event, and Mr. Moore ordered the event to go ahead, albeit with appropriate security measures.
“Canada does not accept attempts from the Iranian Embassy to dictate what films will, and will not be shown in Canada,” a statement from Mr. Moore’s office read.
Lopez applauded the minister’s decision and says she will attend the event when it is rescheduled.
Update 19 Jan, 2011 @ 14:19 – Canada’s Heritage Minister has ordered the Library & Archives Canada to proceed with the screening.
I just finished screening the upcoming documentary Iranium. This excellent film exposes what politicians and the media are afraid to tell us: that Iran has apocalyptic intentions and a focus on destroying the United States and Israel. Historically, nations have always denied their development of a nuclear weapons program, but Iranium shows Iran’s leaders proudly announcing to their people that they (1) are developing nuclear weapons, (2) nothing can stop them, and (3) they plan on using them. Iran tells American media an entirely different – and much more pleasant – story, and unless you stay on top of geopolitics or watch this video, you won’t hear about the imminent threat Iran poses to the West – and Americans in particular.
Iranium has already generated controversy as a screening at the Canadian National Archives was shut down Monday following a cancellation request from the Iranian Embassy. On Tuesday, Canadian officials received threats of violence and protest, and a hazardous materials unit investigated two suspicious packages related to the incident.
Viewers will be able to watch Iranium free online on February 8, 2011. You can register at the website or buy the DVD.
Reza Khalili would know, he was a member of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard Corps. It is interesting to see that Islamic end times prophecy mirrors that of Christians – just from the other side. John Bernard has more at Let Them Fight.
A powerful computer virus is attacking Iran’s nuclear program, and evidence indicates a targeted cyber attack from a national intelligence agency.
The Stuxnet worm targets German-manufactured Siemens software systems found in automated industrial systems like those in Iran’s Bushehr nuclear reactor. Since Stuxnet’s discovery in June, information technology analysts have now had time to study the worm, determining that due to its advanced nature and ability to exploit security vulnerabilities and using stolen security certificates, the worm may have been created by a national intelligence agency.
According to Mahmoud Jafari, the project manager at Bushehr, Stuxnet has not affected the site’s main computers, but has attacked several personal computers. Iran’s semi-official IRNA news agency and other media have reported the worm has infected some 30,000 computers.
Jafari stated that Bushehr’s October launch date will not be affected. The plant has experienced numerous delays, and Iran has not yet offered an explanation why they have pushed back their recent Sept. 2 deadline. Sources for the Israeli Debkafile news service estimate that some 3,000 centrifuges at the Natanz facility have stalled.
Another IRNA report states that the extent of the attack is unclear, and that it could take two or three months to repair the infected systems. However, the damage could increase as two or three newer versions of the worm are now spreading.
According to Fox News, Pentagon Spokesman Col. David Lapan said the Department of Defense can “neither confirm nor deny” whether it is behind the attack.
Stuxnet has also affected computers in India, Indonesia, and Pakistan, but the majority of attacks have been against Iranian systems.