June 26, 2017

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 … [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 … [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 … [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...]

MeK, Iran and the War for Washington

THE NATIONAL INTEREST There is an escalating war for influence over U.S. policy toward Iran: It is a dispute among university scholars, think-tank analysts and former American officials. Reverberations of this war are not confined to the Washington beltway but have profound significance for the Middle East. As Arab republics like Egypt and Tunisia fall from popular protests, internally inspired regime-change scenarios abound. While largely peaceful protests brought down regimes in Cairo and Tunis, state suppression resulted in violent pushback in Libya, Syria and Yemen. Although Arab republics are the immediate targets of their populations, Arab kingdoms like Bahrain, and to a much … [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...]

Ignore Iranian regime’s lies on opposition group

THE PHILADELPHIA INQUIRER  While Secretary of State Hillary Clinton edges closer to deciding to remove the Iranian opposition group, the Mujahedeen e Khalq (MEK), from a U.S. list of banned organizations, the international media has been awash with Iranian regime propaganda attempting to demonize the group. In an attempt to counteract this tendentious public relations campaign, the group's supporters, including senior figures in U.S., British, and European political circles, have waged their own media campaign to counter the Iranian propaganda. Indeed, a recent independent assessment by a former senior State Department official debunked virtually all of the stale allegations that … [Read more...]

Obama’s Iran Appeasement Syndrome

TOWNHALL.COM Calling President Obama’s approach toward Iran “bad policy” is like calling a rotten egg a failed omelet. The Iranian regime is an avowed enemy of the US and the West by virtue of its stated goals and its violent actions. The Iranian government’s visceral, unmitigated hatred of the United States and its hostile intentions are manifest in every speech by President Ahmadinejad and every edict from the mullahs of the ruling Islamic High Council. No American should doubt that Iran is at war with the US and the West and will escalate its hostilities as new weapons and new resources become available. None of this is new or controversial among people who have followed Iran’s … [Read more...]