Iran is wary of Iranian-Americans in Iran. They are well aware of the CIA's history of using fronts. Right now, Iran is holding Haleh Esfandiari and Kian Tajbakhsh. They have accused them of being Iranian national-security risks or worse. Esfandiari is with the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars' Middle East program. She's the director. Tajbakhsh is an urban planning consultant with the Open Society Institute, a George Soros institute.
Now, Iran is making a huge error by holding Esfandiari in solitary confinement and by denying her access to her family, lawyers, and international organizations such as the Red Cross, Amnesty International, Human Rights Watch, and the like.
Also, Iran hasn't provided the public with the alleged evidence against her.
These actions play right into the hands of those who say that Iran is hypocritical and not to be trusted. It is hypocritical and does demonstrate unworthiness.
Parnaz Azima, a journalist, and Ali Shakeri, a founding board member of the University of California, Irvine, Center for Citizen Peacebuilding, are also facing similar charges.
The Iranian Intelligence Ministry says Esfandiari has been working for a "soft revolution" (bloodless revolution) in Iran.
It is a sign of unworthiness that Iran cannot withstand free speech and association by those who seek a bloodless revolution. The Iranian Muslims dictating to the government of Iran fear that the people will choose others to lead the nation. The clerics don't have faith in their own words and deeds to hold the people and rightly so.
The positions of those clerics are in error. Sharia is error. It is coercion. It is rejected by God. It is not the best and highest law. It falls woefully short of the New Commandment (enhanced Golden Rule; enhanced Second Great Commandment) of the real prophet of God, Jesus Christ. It came from one, Mohammed, who called Jesus a real prophet yet then rejected that real prophet's New Commandment and rather regressed to the dark spirit of vengeance and worldly empire building. It is inherently illogical, undeniably hypocritical.