March 28, 2017

Iran group gets U.S. backers

THE NATIONAL LAW JOURNAL Coalition urging State Department to take dissidents off terror list For nearly 20 months, the legal status of a dissident Iranian group has remained in limbo, mired in a U.S. State Department review of the association's official designation as a foreign terrorist organization. A federal appeals court in Washington directed the agency in July 2010 to take another look at the People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran, saying the government violated the group's rights during an earlier assessment. But the agency,  almost two years later, still hasn't made a decision. Frustrated by the government's protracted silence, lawyers for the People's Mojahedin, or … [Read more...]

U.S. turns its back on camp

THECOLUMBIADAILY TRIBUNE Iranian dissidents not terrorists but face abuse in Iraq. No presidential administration wants a crisis in an election year, yet 2012 finds the Obama administration careening headlong into a major showdown with Iran. Tehran just announced it has started enriching uranium at an underground site in Ferdow, near Qom, an ominous sign of nuclear weapons production. After threatening to close the Strait of Hormuz and choke off the world's supply of oil, Tehran announced yet another military maneuver is planned for the Persian Gulf. And, among other provocations, a former U.S. Marine of Iranian descent was sentenced to execution on espionage charges. The United … [Read more...]

Clinton Under Pressure

THE WASHINGTON TIMES Members of the House Foreign Affairs Committee this week pressed Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton on her failure to remove the Iranian resistance from the U.S. list of terrorist groups. They warned that the lives of more than 3,000 dissidents living in a camp in Iraq are in danger because of the State Department’s refusal to take them off the list. The Iraqi government has even used the list as an excuse to attack the unarmed dissidents, one committee member said. Rep. Ted Poe told Mrs. Clinton that Iraqi Prime Minister Nouri al-Maliki last year cited the U.S. terrorist designation as a reason to refuse to allow a congressional delegation to visit the … [Read more...]

Why The US Needs To Rescue 3,000 Iranians Trapped In Iraq

BUSINESS INSIDER More than 3,000 innocent civilians, to whom the United States solemnly pledged protection, are now at risk of being killed by Iranian agents, following the withdrawal of US military personnel from Iraq.  It’s a potentially tragic situation whose ending is far from certain.  Moreover, the cascading violence in Iraq has turned this situation into an emergency.   These civilians are Iranian dissidents, many of whose family members and colleagues were murdered by the Iranian government.  They belong to an organization called MEK, which the United States—for entirely political reasons—designated a terrorist organization, despite the fact that there is no evidence that any of … [Read more...]

Former US Officials Urge Formation of Commission of Inquiry About Conditions at Camp Liberty

PRNEWSWIRE WASHINGTON, Feb. 26, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani called for the formation of a commission of inquiry, consisting of a group of prominent former US politicians and law enforcement officials, to visit Camp Liberty, Iraq, where some 400 Iranian dissidents are living, after they were relocated from Camp Ashraf, their home of 25 years. "I would suggest that we ask ...the House of Representatives to pass a resolution that would appoint a commission...that would immediately go to Iraq and examine Camp Liberty, and report back within...two or three days what they see," Giuliani said. "Is Camp Liberty really a suitable place? Should it be … [Read more...]

Alan Dershowitz: Camp Liberty, a fraud involving threats to human life

“This is a scandal.  This is a fraud; a fraud not involving money, but a fraud involving threats to human life. What we need immediately is a commission of inquiry to determine how this fraud was perpetrated. Who certified, who approved that hell hole, that garbage dump?  Who said that it met United Nation's standards?” Text of speech by Prof. Alan Dershowitz in a symposium in Washington D.C. on February 25, 2012: That incredible video must be seen by every American, by every government official and by everyone who cares about human rights.  It is evidence, evidence of an unfolding scandal and an unfolding humanitarian crisis. I look at our brilliant panel and I wonder what Rudy … [Read more...]

Saving more than 3,000 lives — Only the US can do it

GLOBAL POST Thousands of Iranian dissidents in Iraq are in danger. The US must keep its promise to protect them. More than 3,000 former combatants, who fought Iran's regime, and to whom the United States solemnly pledged protection, are now at risk of being killed by Iranian agents following the withdrawal of US military personnel from Iraq. It's a potentially tragic situation whose ending is far from certain. Moreover, the cascading violence in Iraq has turned this situation into an emergency. These civilians are Iranian dissidents, many of whose family members and colleagues were murdered by the Iranian government. They belong to an organization called MEK, which the United … [Read more...]

Camp “Liberty”: A Cruel Hoax?

THE HUFFINGTON POST In 1932, the eminent theologian Reinhold Niebuhr wrote "Moral Man and Immoral Society" warning of the tendency of institutions to lose their sense of humanity. How better to explain today's actions of the US State Department in toying with the lives and hopes of over 3000 Iranian dissidents being "voluntarily" relocated from Camp Ashraf , a small city 40 miles north of Baghdad, where they have lived for the last 25 years? From there they are being moved to a small isolated section of Camp Liberty, an abandoned American base, looted by the Iraqis, with no basic amenities and under the watchful eyes of Iraqi police who have viciously attacked them before. In the State … [Read more...]

Bipartisan Group of U.S. Leaders Calls on State Department to Remove Iranian Dissidents From Terror List, Urges UN to Protect Them

PRNewswire NEW YORK, Feb. 14, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ -- A bipartisan group of former U.S. political and military leaders is calling for the U.S. State Department to remove a prominent Iranian dissident group, the People's Mojahedin Organization of Iran/Mujahedeen-e-Khalq (PMOI/MeK), from its list of terrorist organizations, saying the classification is unjustified and 3,400 Iranian dissidents housed at Camp Ashraf in Iraq cannot be safely resettled until the change is made. "What troubles me is the politicization of the national terrorist list," former Rep. Patrick Kennedy, D-RI, said at a conference attended by more than 1,000 Iranian-Americans and community leaders Saturday in … [Read more...]

Bi-Partisan Members of Congress, Prominent Former Officials Call for Peaceful Resettlement of Camp Ashraf Residents, Removal of the Dissidents from Terrorist List

PRNEWSWIRE WASHINGTON, Feb. 7, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Members of Congress, prominent scholars and former U.S. officials called for a speedy and peaceful end to the standoff over the fate of 3,400 pro-democracy Iranian dissidents at Camp Ashraf in Iraq, amid warnings that a failure to quickly and safely relocate them would endanger their lives. "There is a looming genocide that could occur if a number of different things don't go right in the next weeks and months," warned former FBI Director Louis Freeh. "Our goal here is to make sure that genocide does not occur." "This issue is simple, and at this critical time, the U.S. position must be clear and steadfast," added Rep. … [Read more...]