File - In this Tuesday, Sept, 17, 2013 file photo, Iranians surf the Internet at a cafe in Tehran, Iran. (AP Photo/Ebrahim Noroozi, File)
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Guns drawn, Iranian intelligence agents rushed into the apartment of a Washington Post reporter and his journalist wife in Tehran.That raid demonstrated how much of a threat Iran's theocratic government sees in the internet.Iran's government, overseen by Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, violently suppressed the demonstrations.Even before the 2009 protests, Iran blocked access to YouTube. Some in Iran began using virtual private networks, or VPNs, which allow users to bypass government censorship.Similarly, it seized control of the Facebook and email accounts of Iranian-American dual national Siamak Namazi, who remains detained in Iran along with his 81-year-old father Baquer.Then Iran moved to target the internet itself. The idea of Iran setting up its own "halal," or "permissible," internet first came in 2011 . Hard-liners have suggested removing Iran entirely from the internet and creating its own at home.
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