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Archives for May 2012

State Dept. Remains Two-Faced on MEK Terrorist Designation

TOWN HALL When there’s no good answer, people sometimes – actually often – try to obfuscate with false information. That surely was the case at the recent U.S. Court of Appeals hearing involving the terrorist designation of the People’s Mujahedin of Iran (PMOI/MEK). I was present during the hearing and was stunned with how the […]

Lawmakers probe State Department over Iranian dissidents

THE WASHINGTON TIMES Lawmakers have pressed a top State Department official on whether the Obama administration believes that a group of Iranian dissidents in an Iraqi camp has given up their weapons. Daniel Fried, special adviser to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on Camp Ashraf, where the dissidents are based, said the Defense Department […]

House Committee on Foreign Affairs Hearing: Status of the Processing of the Camp Ashraf Residents

Oversight and Investigations Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA) Status of the Processing of the Camp Ashraf Residents Date:  Wednesday, May 16, 2012 Time:  2:30 PM Location: Room 2200 of the Rayburn House Office Building Witnesses:  The Honorable Daniel Fried Special Advisor on Ashraf U.S. Department of State

The MEK Muddle

TH WEEKLY STANDARD  (THE BLOG) State Department officials have announced that Hillary Clinton is moving toward taking the Mujahedin e-Khalq, or MEK, off the list of foreign terrorist organizations. The secretary of state has already delayed her decision to review the MEK’s status for almost two years, even though congressional rules maintain the process should […]

US and UN must guarantee rights of Ashraf, Liberty residents

SCOOP.com High time for intervention of UN Secretary General and the US Secretary of State to guarantee the rights of Ashraf and Liberty residents The saga of Iraqi government’s mistreating Iranian dissidents in Iraq continues unabated. What is more puzzling and perplexing is the silence of the UN and the US as the main parties […]

Senior U.S. Military Commanders Who Served at Camp Ashraf Reject “Absurd” Allegations by State’s Lawyer against Camp’s Residents

WASHINGTON, May 10, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ — Allegations by the State Department lawyer on lack of access to, and suspicion of existence of weapons and ammunition at Camp Ashraf are absurd and insult the professionalism and integrity of U.S. troops who served at Camp Ashraf, senior U.S. military commanders say in a statement, a copy of which […]

State Department comes under criticism at D.C. Circuit hearing

THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL A federal appeals court in Washington appears poised to rule against the U.S. State Department in a dispute over the continued designation of a fringe Iranian resistance group as a foreign terrorist organization. The U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit has a number of options available to it, including […]

100 Members of Congress Urge Secretary Clinton to Delist Iran’s Main Opposition Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK)

THE WASHINGTON TIMES Sponsors of the Resolution include 22 Committee and Sub-Committee Chairs, 23 Committee and Sub-Committee Ranking Members Excerpts: Whereas the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI/MEK) seeks freedom, democracy, and human rights for the people of Iran;  Whereas tens of thousands of MEK members have been executed by the Iranian regime;  Whereas in […]

Terrorists or Fall Guys? The MEK puzzle.

THE WEEKLY STANDARD (Magazine) The Treasury Department has issued subpoenas to the speakers’ agencies of 11 prominent former U.S. officials, including a governor of Pennsylvania, a chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and director of Homeland Security, who have given speeches on behalf of the Mujahedin e-Khalq, or MEK. Treasury’s action is meant to […]

What is the right decision for Iranian dissidents?

UNITED PRESS INTERNATIONAL STOCKHOLM, Sweden, May 7 (UPI) — While the governments of Iraq and Iran grow closer and closer politically, several thousand Iranian dissidents in Iraq grow more fearful of their futures. And with good cause. Because the United States continues to stall in removing the terrorist designation from these dissidents — the People’s […]