February 25, 2018

Iranian Opposition: No Role In Plot

THE WALL STREET JOURNAL - Real Time Brussels Blog The Iranian opposition group Mujahedin-e Khalq, or MEK, has forged a core of support at the heart of Europe by flying in U.S. political heavyweights for lavish conferences. In January, it was former U.S. ambassador to the UN John Bolton (and his body double), former New Mexico governor Bill Richardson and former U.S. National Security Advisor director James Jones. This week, Louis Freeh, FBI boss under Bill Clinton, was in town. Mr. Freeh, now a senior partner at his Washington consulting firm Freeh Sporkin & Sullivan LLP, has positioned himself as an MEK ally and fierce opponent of the regime in Tehran. “We’ve been appeasing these … [Read more...]

Top US Security Officials Write Open Letter to President Obama: Delist MEK Now, Protect Camp Ashraf

FoxNews Fox News: More than a dozen of countries top security officials wrote an open letter to President Obama last week in the New York Times about a group they say has been falsely designated as terrorist. Former Secretary of Homeland Security,TomRidge, and former Attorney General, Michael Mukasey, were two of the authors of the letter who have joined us now to explain this. Gentlemen, this is an interesting group of leaders that came together to write a letter. They were Republican like yourself, along with Rudy Giuliani plus Democrats like Howard Dean and Governor Ed Rendel ... What was so important that you all wanted to write to President Obama? Mukasey: This group was designated … [Read more...]

Ending hypocrisy of terrorist designation

THE WASHINGTON TIMES Friends are branded as enemies while real enemies are appeased As two current high-profile cases demonstrate, the U.S. government’s practice of listing “foreign terrorist organizations” (FTOs) has become an increasingly dangerous and hollow political exercise rather than a sober assessment of the real threats to America. Last month, Afghanistan’s ruthless Haqqani Network reportedly staged a brazen attack against the U.S. Embassy in Kabul. The Haqqanis, who conduct grisly terrorist attacks on hotels, embassies and other targets to advance their agenda to become power brokers in a future political settlement, reportedly are responsible for hundreds of American deaths … [Read more...]

Tehran’s Foes, Unfairly Maligned

THE NEW YORK TIMES Washington - As the United States tries to halt Iran’s nuclear program and prepares to withdraw troops from Iraq, American voters should ask why the Obama administration has bent to the will of Tehran’s mullahs and their Iraqi allies on a key issue: the fate of 3,400 unarmed members of the exiled Iranian opposition group, Mujahedeen Khalq, who are living in Camp Ashraf, north of Baghdad. The government of Prime Minister Nuri Kamal al-Maliki, a Shiite Muslim, has brazenly murdered members of the Mujahedeen Khalq. Mr. Maliki justifies his attacks by noting that the group is on the United States’ official list of foreign terrorist organizations. In April, Iraqi forces … [Read more...]

Protesters rally against Iranian leader outside UN

THE ASSOCIATED PRESS NEW YORK, (AP) -- Former United Nations ambassador John Bolton said Thursday that the Obama administration is doing "almost nothing" to protect Iranians from the violence of their own regime — as represented at the U.N. by President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Minutes before Ahmadinejad addressed the annual U.N. General Assembly, about 1,000 Iranian-Americans staged a protest rally in nearby Dag Hammarskjold Plaza. Children stomped on a poster of Ahmadinejad among banners that covered the pavement. "Down With the Islamic Republic of Iran," read one. Bolton, who served as ambassador during George W. Bush's presidency, told The Associated Press that the … [Read more...]

Will U.N. Chief Ban Ki-Moon Do the Right Thing and Protect Iranian Dissidents?

FoxNews.com Each September, like clockwork, a bestiary of the world’s worst rogues and criminal heads of state arrive at the U.N. building on First Avenue to join in the organization’s opening of the 193-member United Nations General Assembly.   This season, the winner of the contest for “greatest rogue with diplomatic immunity” is, once again, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad of Iran – a president with blood on his hands and nukes in his dreams who will get his 8" by 10” glossy photograph of a handshake with U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon--and a P.R. platform supported by U.S. tax dollars.  Despite Ahmadinejad’s infamy as a Holocaust denier and his wild-eyed claim that the … [Read more...]

Free Iran’s freedom fighters

NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Those who slander the MEK know nothing about its promise. As the first colonel to command Camp Ashraf in Iraq, where the main Iranian opposition movement, the People's Mujahedin of Iran (MEK) is located, I should like to think I can speak with some authority about this deeply misunderstood organization now at the center of a fierce debate in Washington. The MEK is the largest component of the National Council of the Resistance to Iran (NCRI), Iran's parliament in exile. They established several bases inside Iraq in 1986, when Iraq was locked in a war with Iran. Today, as Iraq grows ever closer with Iran, the MEK is being targeted for annihilation in its … [Read more...]

Take Iran opponent MEK off terror list

CNN Opinion Editor's note: Louis Freeh served as director of the FBI from 1993-2001; Lord Corbett of Castle Vale heads the British Parliamentary Committee for Iran Freedom; and Rt. Hon. Lord Waddington QC is a former British home secretary and leader of the House of Lords. Freeh has received payment for travel expenses and speaking at conferences organized by groups that want People's Mujahedeen Organization of Iran removed from the State Department's list of foreign terrorist organizations. (CNN) -- Congressional leaders and former top U.S. officials are pressing Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to remove Iran's main opposition group, the People's Mujahedeen Organization of Iran, … [Read more...]

Unshackle Iran’s main opposition

THE WASHINGTON TIMES Refusal to remove MEK’s terrorist designation betrays democracy With Iran reportedly making progress on its nuclear program, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton has an opportunity to recognize an Iranian opposition group that is dedicated to democratic reform; has a secular, pro-Western outlook, and is most feared by the Iranian rulers. There’s only one catch: She must first remove the group from the U.S. list of Foreign Terrorist Organizations (FTO). Removing any group from the FTO list is never easy, as doing so inevitably runs the risk of being seen as soft on terrorism. But, if ever there were a case for so acting, it is with regard to a group known as … [Read more...]

Secretary Clinton, it’s time to delist the PMOI

    In recent weeks a debate has flared in Washington over whether or not Secretary of State Clinton should remove Iran’s main opposition movement, the People’s Mujahidin Organisation of Iran (PMOI), from the State Department’s list of Foreign Terrorist Organisations (FTO). The subject has been receiving exceptional attention in the media as we approach the anticipated decision in the next few weeks.  An outstanding group of US former officials and experts on national security as well as members of Congress from both sides of the aisle have called on Secretary Clinton to delist the PMOI. They simply argue that based on their personal experience and deep knowledge there is … [Read more...]