Phi Beta Cons

The New Hostage Crisis

Scholar Haleh Esfandiari remains locked up in an Iranian prison, accused of spying for the United States and Israel:

Now Esfandiari sits in a small cell with no furniture, according to others who have been imprisoned in the solitary confinement of Ward 209. Detainees are given blankets to sleep on the floor. They must knock on the door to go to a common toilet down the hall. They are blindfolded whenever taken out of their cells or interrogated. Interrogations are usually at night, all night.

Here’s an online petition site: http://www.freehaleh.org/

John J. Miller, the national correspondent for National Review and host of its Great Books podcast, is the director of the Dow Journalism Program at Hillsdale College. He is the author of A Gift of Freedom: How the John M. Olin Foundation Changed America.