by Arash Norouzi | The Mossadegh Project
Retired Army Colonel Chuck Scott, a 31 year veteran of the U.S. military, was Chief of the Defense Liason office at
the American embassy in Tehran, supplying arms sales and military assistance to the Shah's regime.
On November 4, 1979, ("the most terrorizing day of my entire life") the embassy was seized by revolutionaries after the United States refused to hand over the Shah to stand trial for his crimes. Scott recounts enduring torture, solitarily confinement and lousy food during the 444 day long ordeal, much of which he calls "sheer hell".
When Mahmoud Ahmadinejad became President in 2005, Col. Scott adamantly claimed that he recognized him as one of his former captors in Tehran (his claims have never been substantiated).
Col. Chuck Scott addressed the roots of the hostage ordeal in the 1999 ABC-TV special The Evolution of Revolution, part of The Century series hosted by Peter Jennings.
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