Cyberwar guide for Iran elections


135 Responses to “Cyberwar guide for Iran elections”

  1. Anonymous says:

    I think it’s interesting that the first posters were (a) thinking the CIA was involved, and (b) talking about the Mossad.

    How about taking a non-paranoid, non-hysterical POV? Hey, folks, freedom’s cooking in Iran! Not the American kind: a Mousavi Iran would be more a variation on flavor than a whole ‘nuther food in terms of politics. But we, the global we, should encourage legitimate elections. (When it’s a totalitarian state, that’s their deal, but if they SAY it’s “free,” hold ‘em to it!)

    Let’s support voices of freedom everywhere, even if we don’t agree with their government. Because it’s THEIR government, not ours, to make free.

  2. GuidoDavid says:

    Hey, people, we could use some proof of wacky claims, if you don’t mind.

  3. Anonymous says:



  4. pimousse says:

    French translation (please feel free to make into post):

    Yishay dit: “L’enfer est pavé de bonnes intentions” (Y compris la mienne). Apprenez comment aider les manifestants pas le gouvernement d’Iran.

    Le but de ce guide est de vous aider a participer de maniere constructive aux protestations contre les élections iranienes sur Twitter.

    1. Ne rendez PAS publiques les addresses IP des proxys sur Twitter, and surtout pas en utilisant le tag #iranelection. Les forces de l’ordre suivent ce tag et dès le moment qu’ils identifient l’addresse IP d’un proxy ils le bloqueront d’Iran. Si vous creez des nouveaux proxis pour les bloggers Iraniens, envoyez un DM (message direct) à @stopAhmadi ou @iran09 et ils les distribueront discrètement aux bloggers d’Iran.

    2. Les Hashtags: les deux seuls hashtags légitimes utilisés pars les bloggers d’Iran sont #iranelection et #gr88, les autres idées ont le risque de diluer la conversation.

    3. Soyez attentifs au contenu! (lit: gardez votre filtre a merde en place) Les forces de l’ordre ont créé des comptes twitter pour disseminer des informations fausses en prétendant d’être des manifestants Iraniens. S’il vous plait ne re-tweetez pas sans réfléchir, essayez de confirmer l’information avec des sources sûres auparavant. Les sources legitimes ne sont pas difficiles à trouver et à suivre.

    4. Aidez a masquer les bloggers: changez vos options de twitter pour que votre position soit Tehran et que votre creneau horaire soit GMT+3.30. Les forces de l’ordre cherchent les bloggers en utilisant leur position et creneau horaire. Si nous devenons tous Iraniens cela sera plus difficile pour eux.

    5. Ne les révélez pas! Si vous trouvez une source vraie, ne rendez pas leur nom or leur position publiques, s’il vous plaît. [edit/add: Un autre site suggeste aussi de traduire ou de rephraser les tweets pour que les originaux soient difficiles a trouver en faisant une recherche mot-par-mot]. Rependez les informations de maniere discrete a travers vos propres reseaux mais ne les signalez pas aux forces de l’ordre. Des gens meurent ici, rééllement, s’il vous plait prenez cela en compte….

  5. Xopher says:

    My point exactly, GuidoDavid. Anonymous 77 is apparently under the impression that the US is the world’s largest democracy/republic. Not the case, of course.

  6. MrJM says:

    @8: “I’d be happy to lend some support to reformists, as long as they don’t need it. No propping up anyone without the home support to stand on their own.”

    Yes. While the Iranian state has guns, chemical weapons and control of media, the pro-vote opposition has sticks, flags and Twitter.

    Certainly the pro-vote side would triumph if their cause was just.


    – MrJM

  7. Anonymous says:

    I am an American first but I am a supporter of all those who wish to be free as we are. Whether in Iran, North Korea, Iraq or Tibet; I hope that someday all will rise and defeat their opressors; living in their countries free forever. I say rise! It is time. Now is the time to send a message throughout the world; No more will we exist under their boots! Now is the time to live free in the sun!

    Freedom fighter!

  8. Anonymous says:

    add 6) Don’t spam #iranelection or #gr88 with curious questions or support. It’s meant to be a channel for spreading important messages among irani twitterers, and to get the message out.
    Use other channels for irrelevant messages.

  9. failix says:

    Very, very, primitive anti-americanism… how about you rephrase your trolling without making the assumption that everybody is a right-wing conservative, a neo-con, a liberal, or an American for that matter?

  10. Spug says:

    I thought the Tehran time zone was GMT+4:30 during the summer?

  11. GuidoDavid says:

    Don’t be such a spoiler! Maybe in the Dickian (As in Philip Kindred Dick) Reality he lives, things happen that way…

    And I am not talking only about him in this thread. I like to think that considerations about what actually happens to people are more useful than speculations on CIA.

    BTW, has anybody here read ORA:CLE?

  12. Anonymous says:

    Google cache for that orginial link, please mirror & ReTweet

  13. Anonymous says:

    I think there are a lot of people here in America wishing the Iranian people the best of luck in their struggle against tyranny. I certainly am. I know our nations don’t get along especially well, but that is the fault of poor leadership and not of the people subjugated beneath it.

    I hope you are able to oust Ahmadinejad and establish a truly free democracy.

    Good luck.

  14. Anonymous says:

    keep on going! i’ll pray for you!!!

  15. Anonymous says:

    Original POST:
    “#iranelection cyberwar guide for beginners
    Posted at June 16, 2009

    The purpose of this guide is to help you participate constructively in the Iranian election protests through twitter.

    1. Do NOT publicise proxy IP’s over twitter, and especially not using the #iranelection hashtag. Security forces are monitoring this hashtag, and the moment they identify a proxy IP they will block it in Iran. If you are creating new proxies for the Iranian bloggers, DM them to @stopAhmadi or @iran09 and they will distributed them discretely to bloggers in Iran.
    2. Hashtags, the only two legitimate hashtags being used by bloggers in Iran are #iranelection and #gr88, other hashtag ideas run the risk of diluting the conversation.
    3. Keep you bull$hit filter up! Security forces are now setting up twitter accounts to spread disinformation by posing as Iranian protesters. Please don’t retweet impetuosly, try to confirm information with reliable sources before retweeting. The legitimate sources are not hard to find and follow.
    4. Help cover the bloggers: change your twitter settings so that your location is TEHRAN and your time zone is GMT +3.30. Security forces are hunting for bloggers using location and timezone searches. If we all become ‘Iranians’ it becomes much harder to find them.
    5. Don’t blow their cover! If you discover a genuine source, please don’t publicise their name or location on a website. These bloggers are in REAL danger. Spread the word discretely through your own networks but don’t signpost them to the security forces. People are dying there, for real, please keep that in mind.
    6. Denial of Service attacks. If you don’t know what you are doing, stay out of this game. Only target those sites the legitimate Iranian bloggers are designating. Be aware that these attacks can have detrimental effects to the network the protesters are relying on. Keep monitoring their traffic to note when you should turn the taps on or off.
    7. Do spread the (legitimate) word, it works! When the bloggers asked for twitter maintenance to be postponed using the #nomaintenance tag, it had the desired effect. As long as we spread good information, provide moral support to the protesters, and take our lead from the legitimate bloggers, we can make a constructive contribution.

    Please remember that this is about the future of the Iranian people, while it might be exciting to get caught up in the flow of participating in a new meme, do not lose sight of what this is really about.”

  16. Anonymous says:

    what patriot wants foreign boots on their soil?

    Perhaps a non-xenophobic, internationalist patriot?

  17. Zayd says:

    What rule is more tyrannical than the hegemonic U.S. empire? Honestly. Here in Lebanon, we just had our joke of an election. The popular vote went to the opposition parties, which happens to include Hezbollah. The parliamentary vote, based on cantonized or gerrymandered districts (just like that bastion of non-democracy, the U.S.A.), went to the so-called “pro-Western” ruling coalition. As has been pointed out in the Arab press, the pro-Western coalition includes a bunch of al-Qaeda supporters, Sunni fundamentalists, as well as the Phalangist fascists who were inspired by 1938 Germany. On election day, former ambassador J. Feltman went on television to basically threaten the Lebanese population with an absence of further U.S. funding if they didn’t vote “correctly”.

    That, combined with the Saudi money (the Saudi press is crowing that they spent more than Obama did) that flew in expatriates in order to lock down the election gives us our current situation. The opposition, unsupported by “the West”, is not allowed to demonstrate in the streets, and receives no support in the Western media or from Western governments.

    See also: Hamas’s win in Palestine.

    So now you have Iran and a populist president with huge support outside of your weird mediated online realm running against what you are referring to as the “opposition” candidate who has been painted as the savior of Iran by the Western media anxious to have the country nuked for the sake of Israeli apartheid’s continuance as well as by the local bourgeois comprador class who pleads with you for your “cyber support”. As is being reported in newspapers whose languages you don’t understand, the so-called opposition candidate used to be the prime minister in a much more brutal regime.

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  18. jav says:

    Is it true that if you change your twitter location to TEHRAN, your account will become useless?

  19. MMTH says:

    ZAYD: it’s nice to see someone who GETS IT. Don’t give up on telling the truth.. maybe there are a few more out there who have ears to hear it.

  20. Anonymous says:

    I will not say anything except that I hope whoever supports freedom more wins. A lot of elections these days seem to be choosing from bad or worse. At least, that’s how I saw it here in the USA. Ultimately, I chose the person who I saw as more progressive, in hopes that actual change might come about.

    Beyond that, I only wish for the safety and lives of the young Iranians. Whatever the outcome, may you all be safe. I think that’s what anyone here would want.

  21. Anonymous says:

    what patriot wants foreign boots on their soil??

    maybe the american revolutionaries who would never have overthrown the british w/out french assistance…

  22. souldawg says:

    It seems like many people there are figuring out how to circumvent the media/internet blocks that the government is throwing up there. Just saw this video linked to by Steve Grove on the youtube blog on how to circumvent an internet proxy:

    Let’s hope more people in Iran see this video and continue to get their voices heard.

  23. GuidoDavid says:

    It is always the same story. The moment somebody under a govt. that trashes the US is upset and claims his or her govt. is hideous (no matter if that person trashes or not the US policy) somebody will come and say something about the CIA. it is like genuine and honest dissent cannot exist…

  24. MMTH says:

    Whether or not the results are correct is not necessarily relevant.
    - If the supreme religious council has to approve candidates,
    - If the full force of the government is used to promote a single candidate,
    - If the government engages in direct repression of its opponents,
    - If Ahmadinejad’s opponents’ constituencies have been driven underground or out of the country by fear of prison, torture and death,
    — It’s not a free and fair election.

    interestingly enough this is a near perfect description of the U.S.A….

    supreme religious council… is that along the same lines of the Privately owned, elite approved Republicrat machine?

    Direct repression of opponents and full force support of approved candidate… well since the FCC sold the media and all “news” sources are now owned by the same few elite who also have a vested interest in who will be “elected”…

    as for the deadly force and threats against any who refuse to sit down and shut up…. Apparently you’ve never heard of economic hitmen, homegrown terrorists, and enemy combatants…

    I don’t claim to know whether Ahmadinejad is a good or bad man, or good or bad ruler.. but I can say that I believe without a doubt that the only reason that this is in question now by the westernized world is because he disobeyed some sort of orders and has refused to buckle under pressure and bribery…

    This would be phase 3 of the plan to spread “democracy”… take him down one way or another.. if the “civil unrest” fails you can rest assured that he will be “assasinated” or else will meet with some unfortunate “accident”…

  25. hubbit says:

    Changing your Twitter timezone has absolutely NO EFFECT. I wish people would stop retweeting this because it is useless and, in fact, counterproductive since it distracts people from other, more productive means of showing solidarity.

    ALL Tweets are timestamped with US Pacific Time, just as all Twitter maintenance is announced in US Pacific Time. Your Twitter timezone setting (which is not visible to anyone else), merely transposes the difference between Twitter’s Pacific Time and the local time zone you tell it, so that Twitter can present archived tweets in your local time.

    Example. I live in Chicago and my Twitter timezone is US Central. If I’m logged in to Twitter and go back past 24 hours in anyone’s timeline, I will see a specific time and date stamp on that tweet. If I log out, that same tweet is now timestamped two hours earlier, in US Pacific.

    You can easily try this for yourself. Go to any user’s page and find tweets older than 24 hours, and which thus have a time/date stamp. Note the time. Log out, refresh the page. You now see it in US Central because Twitter is no longer transposing that to your “local” time.

  26. GuidoDavid says:


    What are you talking about?
    Of course they have. Everybody knows Obama is not a citizen of the US, therefore, he can only be a Reptilian Overlord, which makes sense because he never loses his temper, he is cold as a… reptile.

    Some posts ago, some guy was blaming Obama, therefore, they have blamed our Reptilian Obamalord. And you are a moderator here? Tsk, tsk. Pay attention!

  27. IWood says:

    Per @Zayd–my Syrian wine merchant is also a supporter of Ahmadi-Nejad. Not a strong supporter (I got the impression that he wasn’t necessarily a fan of Iranians in general), and certainly without any academic revolutionary verbiage. But simply because Ahmadi-Nejad has a reputation as a “man of the people.” My Syrian friend dismissed Mousavi as being supported “only by the students.”

    Now, given that Iran’s median age is 26.4 years, that is potentially a huge swath of support. But it did remind me that just as I could not in good conscience simply dismiss the roughly 50% of the U.S. population who voted for Bush–twice–neither can I ignore the distinct possibility that a large percentage of the Iranian population also supports Ahmadi-Nejad.

    Iran is not just Tehran.

    We are moved by the fact that the established order is resorting to truncheons in the streets, as we should be. But what did the ’68 Democratic Convention look like to the rest of the world? What did Selma look like? Kent State? How did observers sort those messes out?

    I’ve given my support to “the opposition.” But my conversation this afternoon reminded me that I don’t really know what’s going on there.

    That said: instinctively, I will always be on the side of the people at the receiving end of the state boot. It’s a fine line to tread. Even in the Information Age, knowledge has limits. What the booted want in actuality may have little to do with what I think is right or proper, except insofar as that’s what they want.

    One thing I do know, however, is that the office of the President is not where the power lies in Iran. If changes is going to come, it will come from the result of any maneuverings for the position of Supreme Leader. It could be Grand Ayatollah Montazeri. It could be Ayatollah Rafsanjani.

    Or, the status quo could be maintained, and Grand Ayatollah Khāmene’i could remain in power, with either Mousavi or Ahmadi-Nejad as President.

    We’ll see. Right now, I don’t know, and neither, I would think, does anyone else.

  28. Anonymous says:

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    I’ve been recruiting translation assistance via these two blog posts: and at Some people have been posting their translations there in the comments area. If you can take any further translations you see of your own work into your own blog then that would certainly help save me a little trouble (of having to post them myself!) as well as letting you keep all the traffic resulting from your own written work :-)

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  29. Anonymous says:

    “I mean, it’s a simple task. Name all of the countries that have a democratically elected government due to American intervention”

    Well, Western Europe after WWII and arguable Eastern Europe after 1989.

    This is not to say US should invade Iran; this would be immensely stupid.

    It is however to say that americans are not monsters, even though they get it wrong a lot. That is why more iranians move to US than the other way around. It is called voting with your feet.

  30. Anonymous says:

    “what patriot wants foreign boots on their soil?”

    Washington certainly wanted Lafayette and Comte Rochambeau.

  31. cameronreilly says:

    If we accept that Iranian security forces are using Twitter to spread disinformation, how do we know the CIA aren’t Twittering as angry protesters in Tehran to manufacture the consent of the American people for another invasion of an oil-rich middle eastern country?

  32. Anonymous says:

    Great Job, continue on doing this work. I’m not iranian, and i’m watching from outside, but i think it will increase your chance of ruling out the old president if you continue on giving info about what’s going on…

  33. Anonymous says:


    Send @ProtesterHelp and/or @austinheap your DMs.
    Or email them: ProtesterHelp @ gmail. Both are American tweeters helping the Iranians. They distribute the proxies among the trusted sources.

    As for the issue at hand: I am supporting this revolution because I am against the oppressive methods chosen by the Iranian government. One does not simply shut down all communication lines for no apparent reason. If nothing fishy is going on, why go through all of this?

  34. Anonymous says:

    People, a lot of observers and media outlets see Mousavi as a dictator: Not like Ahmadinejad is great or anything. It’s like deciding between eating poo and barf.

  35. hubbit says:

    Oops. Last paragraph in #29 should have read “You now see it in US Pacific”.

  36. Anonymous says:

    can’ believe the number of idiotic america/israel hating CIA/MOSSAD conspiracy wack jobs trying to take advantage of this to spread their viral mental illness. go away troubled children!


  37. Anonymous says:

    holy shiite, Batman. I dont think the CIA is smart enough (yet) to truly use
    Twitter to subterfuge. they would only screw this up

  38. Takuan says:

    interesting, so the assorted patriots here singing the praises of foreign troops under arms in their homeland also supported the Red Army on their own soil as “liberators”?

  39. Zayd says:

    I never claimed to be an expert on Iran because I live in Lebanon, and I’ll take your insult (what happened to polite?) as a compliment. I’m saying that I don’t live in your filtered mediated world and that you don’t see or know one-thousandth of what is going on here, or in Iran, or in Guatamala, or in Oakland, for that matter. I am an “expert” of sorts on American “foreign policy” in the region, especially the bunker-buster kind that your tax dollars paid to have dropped–among many other places–about 1/2 mile from my house during the summer of 2006 from Israeli war jets for 33 days straight.

    Unlike American capitalists who have no need for history and indeed wish to eradicate it, Iranians remember very well when the CIA overthrew their democratically elected socialist president Mossadegh in 1953 during Operation Ajax (look it up). My family lived in Iran during the time of the Shah–put in power by the U.S. government–who, like the rest of the tinpot dictators in this part of the world, are all held in power by U.S. support. Compared to the Shah, the current government is Shangri-La. I mean, this is history, not revolutionary anything at all.

    I could very easily put together a bunch of emailing or twittering Western-educated or English-speaking elitist Iranians looking to have the monarchy re-established in the country….and so what? Would you support them? Would you support a communist or socialist secular opposition in Iran? What about Iraqi union workers? Egyptian socialists working with the Muslim Brotherhood? In this way, this region has a broader political spectrum than the United States. If you wouldn’t support them, why not? And if not, please stop then using the word “democracy” in your discourse.

    I mean, it’s a simple task. Name all of the countries that have a democratically elected government due to American intervention (skewing elections, funding unrest, overthrowing governments, assassinating presidents, bombing countries back to the stone age). Now name all of the countries that have a totalitarian government as a direct result of American intervention (ditto). There’s no comparison I’m afraid. This is history.

    You want your American-led “revolution” (otherwise known as neo-liberal predatory capitalism)? Come fight. Come do the dirty work yourselves. This Nintendo remove from reality prevents you from really getting into the blood and guts of it….

    • Antinous / Moderator says:

      Compared to the Shah, the current government is Shangri-La.

      Really? A repressive, religious regime that regularly executes people for “crimes” like adultery and being gay is Shangri-La? A country where you can be arrested by the morality police for having a “Western-style” haircut or not wearing a chador is Shangri-La? You seem to be an apologist, if not an astroturfer, for religious fascism. And you seem unable to make a comment without filling it with straw man invective about how nobody online is allowed to have an opinion if they own a computer or have ever played a video game. Which is ironic, given that you’re using the same privileges as the rest of us to hurl your invective.

  40. Zayd says:

    Of course. My apologies. When you don’t agree with content, go after form. Let me rephrase. You are supporting a comprador class of a plutocratic aspirant to the presidency of Iran. You wish to deny the population of the country its right to choose a president. Monthly Review Online has a documentation of polls showing this to be the will of the Iranian people. The Washington Post is actually positing that this is in fact the case. Perhaps your wish is to support an elitist government. Which is of course your right. But please don’t couch it behind terms such as “democracy” and the like.

    PS: As for American “revolutionaries”, please go look up Shay’s Rebellion.

    • Antinous / Moderator says:


      I’d be interested to hear why you, being in Lebanon, are any more of an expert on Iran than someone living in the US would be an expert on Guatemala. Your rhetoric seems to be text book ‘revolutionarese’.

  41. Anonymous says:

    Who is Hanyeh Yousefian whose been arrested?

  42. Anonymous says:

    CameronReilly — It’s a good question. Maybe too good a question? How do I know you’re not a Mossad plant sent here to ask that very question?

    This is the internet, look at everything with a degree to skepticism.

  43. Anonymous says:


    The CIA might very well be involved. Therefore, let’s all bury our heads in the sand and refuse to stand with the suffering masses of Iran because of our misplaced hatred for our own country. I am of course, being completely sarcastic. If you don’t stand for something, you stand for nothing!

  44. Aaron says:

    #1: And if we accept that, how do we know that you’re not somebody from the Iranian SF infiltrating BB to spread distrust against the protesters? ^_^

    The paranoia game, endless fun for the whole family.

    (Or maybe I’m CIA guy trying to make people dismiss your truths as groundless conspiracy theories. Or maybe ….)

  45. Anonymous says:

    According to several date/time websites, Iran observes daylight savings. Which means it’s GMT + 4:30 in Tehran, even if changing your time zone does have an effect.

    Also I’ve seen repeat mention of Iran blocking tweets with #Iranelection. Not sure if that’s true, but the Iranian twitterers are using it, so it seems probably false.

  46. Ugly Canuck says:

    US makes no secret of funding Iranian “dissidents”: there are many in the West who wish great violence to Iran – perhaps the US/Israel will attack the Iranian ‘government”, not the Iranians themselves: just like Iraq.

    And as Musaveni was PM of Iran throughout the 1980s, one wonders just how “pro-West” he is: but that hardly matters to those who just want to sow chaos and confusion to their enemies….

    Funny how the media does not need “embedding” on this particular story.

  47. Anonymous says:

    is it true that retweeting with usernames puts them in danger?

  48. Anonymous says:

    “Let Iran be Iran”

    means it’s their show to run — win, lose, or compromise. We do not, anywhere in the world, wear the mantle of liberators; we are the provider of puppet masters, economic and military advisors, and trainers of secret police. As the old saying goes, We don’t want to own the cow, we just want to milk it.

    Americans are seemingly the only people in the world who don’t know this. Buddy66

    YES! Absolutely! This is the clearest response to the confused cyber/Twitter …thing

  49. Anonymous says:

    The CIA might very well be involved. Therefore, let’s all bury our heads in the sand and refuse to stand with the suffering masses of Iran because of our misplaced hatred for our own country. I am of course, being completely sarcastic. If you don’t stand for something, you stand for nothing! anonymous

    Do you speak about “suffering masses” such as in Iraq and Afghanistan which you “helped” also???

  50. Anonymous says:

    #29 is right. The timecode doesn’t matter; ISP does. It’s easy to separate the wheat from the chaff when you’re looking for specific numbers. Unless you’re so concerned about privacy that you scramble or pay enough that your ISP is routed to somewhere untraceable, it’s pretty fucking simple to gauge who is posting from Iran and who isn’t. Changing nationality to ‘Iranian’ and changing your picture to a green image is all you can via Twitter (apart from spreading info). A wall of green Iranians internationally sends a message, but pretending to be posting from Iran is neither helpful nor democratic. Iran has the most promising grassroots progressive movement in the Arab Mid-East. If we Westerners interfere, we jeopardise them.

  51. MB says:

    Lots of skepticism recommended. And I hope no one creates any false heroes out of this. Mousavi is not a good guy (and neither is Ahmadinejad). Heck, in the post above, the @StopAhmadi guy was trying to coordinate DDOS attacks for half of Sunday.

    Having the same aims doesn’t mean you have shared reasons.

  52. Anonymous says:

    Instructions on how to set up proxy servers if you’re technical.

  53. Ugly Canuck says:

    From the media commentary I’m hearing, there are expat Iranians who will demand Western support for the “repressed Democrats” about to start violent action: it looks like the CIA has decided on the “Internal violent revolution with outside support” card: there are those now claiming that the Iranian Government has no legitimacy at all amongst the Iranians themselves: calling this a “youth revolution”, of those (naive) kids who did not experience SAVAK’s tender mercies.
    These expats smell of CIA/MOSSAD support….no new elections? Then wait for a call for violent governmental overthrow….just watch.

  54. failix says:

    “what patriot wants foreign boots on their soil?”

    What do you think can patriotism possibly look like to the people of Iran right now, with a fascist government? Nationalism. Fuck patriotism.

  55. GuidoDavid says:

    “Unlike American…”
    “You want your American-led”…

    We do really need a meme calling for these cases. It is worse even in these cases where people claims to come from other places and they still insist in pretending everybody in the Internet is American and therefore has not any right to talk at all.

  56. Aussietiger says:

    There seems to be a big assumption here that the result is fake. I am a military officer currently serving with the UN in Sudan, Africa. One benefit of being here is having multiple news sources with different perspectives. A western journalist (ie American) working for a middle eastern network did some polling in Iran three weeks before the election. His results? A 2-1 majority in favor of Ahmedinajad, even in Moussavi’s home province. So it may just be a case of the reformists getting all the press, but the silent majority speaking at the ballot box. However, because the Ahmedinajad side didn’t get feted by the press in the last couple of weeks before the election, the media both in Iran and abroad created a false impression of a groundswell of public support, and most western observers expected an Obama like sweeping of the polls. Maybe, just maybe, the results are correct and we’ll have to deal with Iran the way it is.

    • Antinous / Moderator says:

      Whether or not the results are correct is not necessarily relevant.
      - If the supreme religious council has to approve candidates,
      - If the full force of the government is used to promote a single candidate,
      - If the government engages in direct repression of its opponents,
      - If Ahmadinejad’s opponents’ constituencies have been driven underground or out of the country by fear of prison, torture and death,
      — It’s not a free and fair election.

  57. Ugly Canuck says:

    Any sattelite fotos of this “2.5 million” crowd in Tehran that they are discussing in the Western media?

  58. svenwiesner says:

    German translation (please feel free to make into post):

    1. Publiziere KEINE Proxy IP’s auf Twitter, vor allem nicht zusammen mit dem Hashtag #iranelection. Die Sicherheitskräfte überwachen Tweets mit diesem Hashtag, wenn Sie Proxy IP’s finden werden diese sofort für den Iran gsperrt und somit nutzlos. Wenn Du neue Proxy IP’s für iranische Blogger zur Verfügung stellen willst, dann sende sie per Direct Message direkt an @stopAhmadi oder @iran09. Diese leiten sie dann an Blogger im Iran weiter.

    2. Hashtags, die einzigen beiden gültigen Hashtags die genutzt werden sind #iranelection und #gr88, Beiträge mit anderen Hashtags laufen Gefahr nicht gesehen zu werden!

    3. Haltet die Augen offen! Sicherheitskräfte erstellen derzeit Twitter Accounts um falsche Informationen zu streuen, auch indem sie vorgeben iranische Protestler zu sein. Bitte retweete nicht impulsiv, versuche neue Informationen mit legitimen Quellen und Twitter-Accounts abzugleichen bevor Du sie retweetest. Diese sind recht leicht zu finden.

    4. Hilf Blogger zu schützen: Ändere Deinen Twitter Account, Deine Location in TEHRAN und Deine Zeitzone in GMT +3.30. Sicherheitskräfte suchen nach Bloggern mit diesen Angaben. Wenn wir alle vorgeben “IranerInnen” zu sein machen wir es ihnen viel schwerer.

    5. Bring sie nicht in Gefahr! Wenn Du eine verlässliche Quelle (Iranischen Blogger) findest publiziere auf keinem Fall den Usernamen. Die Blogger sind in GROSSER GEFAHR. Verbreite die Informationen stattdessen diskret in Deinem eigenen Netzwerk aber teile sie nicht öffentlich (und somit den Sicherheitskräften) mit. Menschen sterben dort, wirklich, behalte das im Hinterkopf…

  59. Anonymous says:

    I’m a professional writer in America. I’ve been covering the protests. I wrote this article for people that want to do something to help.

  60. Takuan says:

    so under the Bush Interregnum it was the duty of the free world to invade America by force and depose the criminal dictators at gunpoint?

  61. Anonymous says:

    I’ve met many Iranians in Chicago. They are politically informed in ways that should make most Americans ashamed. To claim that the CIA is “fanning the flames” is not silly or stupid, its the type of thing they’ve done over and over again since their inception. The same goes for the UK and Israel. However, Iranians culturally speaking, have politics on the mind, they are mistrustful of the US/UK for obvious reasons, and the have lived with soviet-style secret police for their entire lives. If they are marching to change their government, it’s because THEY really want to. These are Iranians in the streets, they’re not stupid or ignorant, they knew exactly what would happen – beatings, shootings, terror, phone taps, detention, torture, etc. I just hope the subhumans in Khamenei’s government allow their consciences to awaken, before all the strongest protesters are dead. I hope that things change for the Iranian people, and I hope their hearts do not soften when it comes time to punish those responsible for the horror.

  62. Takuan says:

    there is every possibility that the democratic majority of Iranians are assholes that support that moronic thug, Amad-etcetera. A thin majority ( I hope), but look how stupid Americans were in electing Bush twice, Canadians in Harper, the French in Sarkozy, the British every damned time it seems.

    I really don’t know. I do know the only chance at any purity or truth is if they fight it out themselves.

  63. Remix says:

    I am currenty running a proxy that can be used for use by the Iranians and have the ability to set up a few more. Please let me know who I should give the information too. I am jumping on an airplane but I will check back shortly.

  64. Anonymous says:

    Seriously? The CIA must have orchestrated it ALL! That’s it! Just US money pumping all of these people into the streets…

    Look for yourselves, the above argument obviously violates the bllsht censor. Is it too hard to believe that people really want their country back?

    I strongly doubt they want “foreign boots” on their soil anymore than the next person. But what form of stupidity do you want to stand on to ignore that noone wants local military dictating to you how to run your life.

  65. buddy66 says:

    Iran has the most promising grassroots progressive movement in the Arab Mid-East.

    Iranians aren’t Arabs.

    But they have long memories. It is unlikely they look upon the USA with little more than suspicion and disfavor. “Let Iran be Iran” means it’s their show to run — win, lose, or compromise. We do not, anywhere in the world, wear the mantle of liberators; we are the provider of puppet masters, economic and military advisors, and trainers of secret police. As the old saying goes, We don’t want to own the cow, we just want to milk it.

    Americans are seemingly the only people in the world who don’t know this.

  66. Takuan says:

    “IT IS always a temptation to an armed and agile nation,
    To call upon a neighbour and to say:
    “We invaded you last night – we are quite prepared to fight,
    Unless you pay us cash to go away.”

    And that is called asking for Dane-geld,
    And the people who ask it explain
    That you’ve only to pay ’em the Dane-geld
    And then you’ll get rid of the Dane!

    It is always a temptation to a rich and lazy nation,
    To puff and look important and to say:
    “Though we know we should defeat you, we have not the time to meet you.
    We will therefore pay you cash to go away.”

    And that is called paying the Dane-geld;
    But we’ve proved it again and again,
    That if once you have paid him the Dane-geld
    You never get rid of the Dane.

    It is wrong to put temptation in the path of any nation,
    For fear they should succumb and go astray,
    So when you are requested to pay up or be molested,
    You will find it better policy to say:

    “We never pay any one Dane-geld,
    No matter how trifling the cost,
    For the end of that game is oppression and shame,
    And the nation that plays it is lost!”

  67. Moriarty says:

    I’d be happy to lend some support to reformists, as long as they don’t need it. No propping up anyone without the home support to stand on their own.

    Oh, and I think it’s safe to say that there are numerous parties actively trying to manipulate perceptions. The CIA hasn’t turned down an opportunity like this yet. But skepticism /= pessimism.

  68. Anonymous says:

    Thanks for this guide and blah blah… I am a noname from Iran, at the moment it seams that everything is finished, but be sure that in a near day (or at least not too far day) everything will be again with us, and be sure that the monarchs can not bare the national and international requests, also be sure that we, Irnaians, always look for the help or at least the worried look of people from every point of the world, it make us certain that we are right…

    Bests, and to the better days…

  69. Anonymous says:

    media outlets here in the US and abroad are wary of #4 on the list here. Without a legitimate time zone and location stamp, they will be unlikely to publish any information because they cannot confirm it’s legitimacy.

    best way to be in solidarity with Iranians, in my opinion, is to keep talking about it, pressure the media to cover it, and pressure our own elected officials to push for a fair and transparent election process.

    in this situation, a foreign invasion or other insertion of influence would be inappropriate and counter-productive. Already the Iranian regime is painting this movement as the work of foreigners. We need to allow the Iranians to win back their own country from the dictatorial regime their under. Otherwise, this movement and (if successful) the new government it brings about will never be respected as legitimate.

  70. Anonymous says:

    Ugly Canuck — Even those who refused to vote or were not supporters of Ahmadinejad or Mousavi say the 2 week run up to the election saw a blossoming of free expression in Iran’s major cities.

    This is one of the things people don’t want to lose.

  71. caillean says:

    Posted screenshot and full text of Esk Reinikainen’s article at:

    If someone else wants to do a proper mirror, I’ve got the original page saved.

  72. Anonymous says:

    Takuan, this desire to make everything about the bad old USA is making you cheerlead totalitarians.

  73. Anonymous says:

    what patriot wants foreign boots on their soil?

    I think you are confusing patriotism and xenophobia. Quite telling.

  74. Anonymous says:

    It is important that all Iranians have freedom of speech. We don’t know who is behind any Twitter name, but nobody should be silenced because of their views or words.

  75. Anonymous says:

    Thank you :)

    ~ Rachel

  76. rhenee says:

    Pardon me, I hope there is an updated version of this guide somewhere. I have just read this article
    which describes how the Iranian authorities are using a choke point to censor and otherwise disrupt and investigate internet traffic.
    Am no techie at all, but are we promoting congestion to get past this? And what about all that noise, like those frequently RT’ed messages giving urls of first aid; assuming our friends get to receive such tweets, how are they to access those sites we point to them when their web has ground to a halt thanks to the authorities?
    The tweets should be the message, then, and not point to sites? How about a first aid kit of 140-char instructions for people to send, like off the shelf?
    Finally, Thanks, this past week this guide gave people a feeling that they could help.

  77. Ugly Canuck says:

    To paraphrase St. Reagan:
    Let Iran be Iran.
    In general, IMHO people ought to keep a closer eye upon their own local leaders, first and foremost. I’ve always found it darkly amusing, the coming & going of which particular Nations the Americans consider to be “newsworthy”: and why they sat they care, when they do say they care.
    But when the US aid money is spent, it seems always to be on weapons, and intrumentalities of control…
    And foreign distractions can be so useful, when domestic affairs are tangled and fraught! No race, creed or color bars the taking of that particular course of action.

    On another note, I see that in Canada, the major parties have agreed to replace elections with polls about whether or not people “want elections”….

    • Antinous / Moderator says:

      Let Iran be Iran.

      I’m sorry. Did I miss someone suggesting invasion?

      You have a problem with the eyes of the world being directed to a regime that hangs people simply for being gay? Re-sort your priorities, Canuck, because you just became an apologist for right-wing, fundamentalist murderers.

  78. Peter Brauer says:

    I wrote up some further info to help people understand the cyberwar.

  79. Anonymous says:

    Let stick together. This time we can force them to hear our voices.
    post any practical information you have.
    Also post any possible regime forces tags so others know who to stay away from.

    Be safe.

  80. Anonymous says:

    add 7) Wait at least 30 seconds before retweeting to #iranelection or #gr88, to see if someone else has already posted the same message.

    Yesterday the channels were good sources of information, but they’re really flooded with superfluous information now…

  81. Anonymous says:

    To everyone saying the united states is somehow causing all of this, and the CIA has some “master plan” for the region has to take their head out of the sand and face the facts. This is a democratic revolution. Its not a power ploy.
    Show your support for the iranians. Buy time cards, twitter the information. Help spread the word. Wear green, petition you senators, governors, and the president to support iran. This isn’t some side show on the news before the real news. These are REAL people fighting and dieing for something that everyone in america takes for granted. Be an activist be a voice.

  82. Anonymous says:

    I’ve got bandwidth I can contribute for proxy servers if thats helpful. I’m good with servers/computers, etc but I’ve never really messed with this kind of proxy. Can someone point me in the right direction?

  83. Takuan says:

    Canada’s done, they had their chance and blew it.

  84. failix says:

    Oh right, Bush the “dictator”.

  85. Anonymous says:

    Spend a while setting up a proxy server, only to spend an hour or so trying to DM messages to @stopAhmadi and @iran09, but can’t because they don’t follow me on Twitter. Any suggestions?

  86. Anonymous says:

    Hoping for this to be read!!!

    Please be advised that I have been contacted (3x) through facebook if I was iranian and if I was responsible for the “become and iranian” project by complete strangers. I have posted parts of the above story on many places.

    In addition, a friend of mine was contacted with the request if she was iranian and if they could meet up.

    I have no special knowledge of computers, but mine has been really slow for two days now. Maybe you could write a piece on how hackers try to find your identity…

  87. Anonymous says:

    If religious fundamentalists took over my country and the only way to get them out was to get “foreign boots” on my soil, you bet I’d want that.

    Patriotism is public relations.

  88. Anonymous says:

    I am far away from Iran and their life now…I don’t know who is who in Iran political process.
    You need to have a far election, where all vote are counting, so you can have a leader. Of course, political force need to accept the result is everything is right.
    One more time, it’s painful for me to feel bad about other citisen with less democratic posibility than I have.
    Keep going and take care all!
    /G from Sweden

  89. Anonymous says:

    Looks like someone beat me to the punch:

    Nice in depth tut.

  90. ewsteen says:

    is there a list of cell phone numbers for the Iranian leadership, president, ministry of information available anywhere?

  91. Anonymous says:

    “What rule is more tyrannical than the hegemonic U.S. empire?”

    Er…pretty much everything.

  92. Anonymous says:

    #1: I know these reports are true because I emailed someone directly who is in Tehran (and I’m keeping my comment anonymous to keep the Iranian government from finding out who I am, and in turn, who that person might be.)

  93. Anonymous says:

    what if we all change to GMT +3:30 Tehran and clever Iranian tweeters change to GMT -7 and they are all outed as a result?!!!

    Is there any evidence that the location and GMT offset are in the SMS message rather than just a time stamp from the server that accepts the message for publication?

  94. Anonymous says:

    Look Democracy has always been something to fight for. The right to speak your mind without the threat of punishment and hate. You both can quibble about how both Presidents handle things.
    Until the book opens and you find out what it really the story at the time you hold office you have nothing to complain about because you can complain and no secret police will take you off the streets. The people of Iran want a voice and we need to be that voice the voice that can’t be killed that can’t be killed. God Bless Americal and God Bless Iran.

  95. Anonymous says:

    awesome job keep the good work ; and thank you for helping them; may god bless you;

  96. Anonymous says:

    #49 (undergroundnation).

    That guide is bogus.
    What the people in Iran need right now is a channel for communicating. They have no mobile phones and hardly no internet (only low bandwidth access). Their only source for spreading relevant messages between them is twitter.
    Flooding with bogus might confuse the government a bit for sure, but it sure as hell will confuse the people aswell. Noone in the middle of the action with low-speed internet is gonna get any information this way…

  97. Anonymous says:

    ” how do we know the CIA aren’t Twittering as angry protesters in Tehran to manufacture the consent of the American people for another invasion of an oil-rich middle eastern country?”

    Have you SEEN the protests and bloody put-downs by govt goons all over the country? Foreign journalists detained, forbidden to cover demos, thrown out of the country? Are they all involved in this supposed CIA plan? Are the videos faked? There’s enough evidence that it’s real and anyway the CIA aren’t THAT good.

  98. Anonymous says:

    “what patriot wants foreign boots on their soil?”

    Oh, sweet ignorance…

    Most “patriots” want foreign aid when they’re revolting. The US had French support during the Revolutionary War, for instance. Revolting people are always the underdog, and usually need foreign support to succeed. The rioting Iranians know that because they are educated.

  99. Anonymous says:

    #52 bogus?

    seems to me that the usefulness of twitter will continue to spiral downwards, there already a flood of conflicting information.

    On the bright side, people in the loop will continue to communicate with one another as they have, its unlikely that they will search out new users, and have to manage this flood of information. Why not hide these loops to anyone who isn’t in the know, protesters will increasingly communicate via word of mouth anyhow.

  100. MB says:

    @7 – I’m sort of shocked by the lack of information in that entry. I’d have thought it would be a battleground. In any event, I’ll leave it to those who have direct knowledge.

  101. kappuru says:

    I’ve set up a blog detailing first aid for chemical burns / tear gas, as well as up to the minute news. I’m in contact with someone in Iran and have also setup a proxy, email me for contact if you need the address. Be prepared to prove that you are not a basiji spy.

  102. Anonymous says:


  103. Anonymous says:


    Description: a user’s time zone

    Examples: Central Time (US & Canada) (Default), Sydney

    Looks like you can get a users time zone through the API. And I guess it has more effect and takes less time than praying. :)

  104. teufelsdroch says:


    I wanted to present an argument that terrorism stems from a class of highly educated, but unemployable, young males—but, thx, case closed.

    OK so the region has open media now. Who wants to make a wager with me?

    Even money: the availability of information will make true democracy possible, and wacky conspiracy theories will be left behind.

    Even money: Wacky conspiracy theories stem from an attempt to reconcile the Middle East’s failure to succeed in the modern world, with their pride. New Media will only help this bad information gain hold.

  105. Anonymous says:

    Looks to me like the younger people in the city centers are sick of what they perceive to be an out of touch older regime. Also that poorer people who have less access to a wider array of media outlets buy into the older regime’s rhetoric.

    I think there is probably a wide social division in the country between the cities and rural/poorer areas which current government finds difficult to address. Perhaps the split is more 50-50 but the older conservative government does not want to give public recognition to the reformers so they have falsified the election results. Whatever the immediate outcome it is clearly the beginning of the end for them as the reformers are so young and make up so much of the population. The regime should be careful or they will become victim to a new revolution…that is the usual way of historical cycles.

  106. Wandalstouring says:

    Our method for hiding Iranians doesn’t work very well. I could easily distinguish most of them from supporters because they don’t use the web to publish comments and don’t announce that they changed their timezone.
    Any suggestions to improve on this?

    #88 is right that we really don’t know what’s going on, but the message that not only Mussawi questions the result makes me wonder. However, in my opinion, it’s an inalienable right of humans to protest peacefully against whatever.

  107. Anonymous says:

    @7 Mousavi was in power when thousands of political prisoners were killed in 1988. He didn’t resign. He didn’t object. Grand Ayatollah Montazeri did, and that’s why he never become the Supreme Leader.

  108. papa3257 says:

    I am amused by the paranoid comments about this uprising being a CIA plot or pretext for another US invasion…the reality is that the underclass are repressed and are searching for what many take for granted,life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness; freedom from fear, freedom from brutality, freedom of thought. The overclass are thugs who want to control and decide what’s best for the ignorant masses.

    Stay tuned for an awakening giant in Iran – the people.

  109. Takuan says:

    except in the UK.

  110. Anonymous says:

    Remember a Government needs people to govern. If everyone stopped working and stayed at home for a week, they would wonder why, but they could do nothing about it. If everyone packed up and left the city, all on the same day, and went camping for a week or two, there would be no one to govern and they would wonder why, but they could do nothing about it. There are many peaceful ways to protest if people will just join together and do it, then there wouldn’t be people getting hurt.

  111. Anonymous says:

    Isn’t it nice to see that the Bush administration finally influenced a democratic election in the Middle East?

    I mean… if a dude can rig an election in the world’s biggest democracy (er… republic) than why can’t they do it in Iran?

    If I didn’t think twitter was for the birds, I’d definitely help contribute.

    Great idea anyway, BB.

  112. Anonymous says:

    I know a lot of iranian ‘expats’ as they’re called above: really exiled, asylum seekers in other countries after suffering jail and torture in Iran because of being politically active. Really lots of them. And no one has anything to do, not the least sympathy, with US interests or of any other kind than fighting for freedom of expression and a life worth living for their family and people, without fear, censorship and repression

  113. Anonymous says:

    @30, you can search by location, though, so I suppose that might do some good, maybe. The timezone setting is irrelevant, as you say.

  114. Anonymous says:

    what patriot wants foreign boots on their soil?

    You mean besides the German, French, Dutch, Austrian, Hungarian and Polish Jews in concentration camps, the Dutch, French, and Polish under German occupation, and the Iraqis under tyrannical rule by Saddam Hussein?

    Surely that was asked in jest. All peoples under tyrannical rule pray for the day when those who live in free societies don their “boots” to help them live free from oppression.

  115. Sphere1952 says:

    Ugly Canuck (or stooge): “Any sattelite fotos of this “2.5 million” crowd in Tehran that they are discussing in the Western media?”

    Who cares? You have a couple billion watching this now, and we are pissed.

  116. Anonymous says:

    Thank you very much for valuable information. I in IT myself, but I was searching for some reliable source about DDos and proxy.

    Do you think a TOR network also can help people in IRAN?

  117. failix says:

    @Ugly Canuck:

    “I’m hearing, there are expat Iranians who will demand Western support for the “repressed Democrats” about to start violent action”

    If you want to insinuate that this is only propaganda to allow the U.S to attack Iran you are truly disgusting.

    I have Iranian friends (they live in Europe, but still have family in Iran), believe me there ARE many young, oppressed democrats in Iran. No sane person wants to be living like this. In their position, I’d want any democratic nation to help me overthrow my government.

  118. Anonymous says:

    #55 (flood of info -> word of mouth)

    Word of mouth isn’t enough. Not when you want to warn about the basiji raiding houses for satellite dishes for example.

  119. Anonymous says:

    im standing on side for support like the strong stand up of you and everyone helping in a none violet way

  120. Xopher says:

    Anonymous 77: I didn’t know that the Bush Administration had rigged an election in India. Do tell.

  121. Anonymous says:

    For real news, google “iran election -western media -CIA”

  122. Takuan says:

    what patriot wants foreign boots on their soil?

  123. web_tasarimi says:

    And if we accept that, how do we know that you’re not somebody from the Iranian SF infiltrating BB to spread distrust against the protesters

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