http://www.latimes.com/news/nationworld/world/la-fg-iran-journalist19-2009apr19,0,7501122.story Don't get me wrong... I find it fairly unlikely that she is a spy. But this does raise a general concern about the humanitarian issues related to closed trials in general. Were she actually a spy, the condemnations and accusations from American politicians would be expected to be no different, wouldn't they? They wouldn't generally say, "Okay, sure you caught us. " .... At the same time, there is at least a small element of hypocrisy in that we have not fully closed off and made right our practices related to suspension of due process for "non-enemy combatants," offshore CIA "prisons" and torture facilities, holding individuals at Guantanamo and other places without allowing them to communicate with lawyers (and, I think, sometimes even blocking international aid agencies from contacting with them), and ultimately also holding our own largely closed trials in which evidence is not made available to the international community for review. In essence, we had been doing, around the same time as Saberi was arrested, things which were only perhaps somewhat less brazen versions of the same unreasonable practices Iran used in this case. It seems that, out of our own behavior in the past decade in particular, but out of Iran's behavior recently as well, there needs to be a formal method of oversight in these matters. At the very least, one could perhaps envision some international, disinterested party reviewing the cases against these individuals to see what quality of evidence existed. Probably, against Ms. Saberi, there is very little evidence, and she most likely is not involved in the things she is accused of having done (aside from buying alcohol and perhaps her press credential violations). But the same can be said of at least some individuals recently held in violation of domestic and international law by our own US government. So my feeling on the topic... something ought to be done, but it ought not be a muscle play by the West against Iran. Rather, it should be a call for an increase in sense and reason in prosecuting anti-government crimes undertaken by not only Iran but also the United States and others. The first chip we should certainly put on the table is completely and formally denounce our use of the "enemy non-combatant" type of classification.