August 20, 2017

Opposition group could give Iran trouble

    The foiled plot by agents of the Iranian regime to assassinate the Saudi ambassador to the United States has officials in the Obama Administration furiously scratching their heads for an “ appropriate” response. All too often with Iranian provocations, U.S. policy options swing ineffectually between the uncreative (economic sanctions) to the unrealistic (military strikes). One option sure to get the attention of the ruling mullahs in Tehran — and that could help set the stage for a future democratic transition there — is to unleash Iran’s main opposition group, the Mujahedin-e Khalq (MeK), which remains constrained by an ill-advised U.S. policy. The MeK was put on … [Read more...]

Iranian Americans call on U.S. to protect Iranian exiles in Iraq

THE WASHINGTON POST Hundreds of Iranian Americans rallied outside the White House on Saturday, saying they’re worried that the Obama administration’s newly announced plan to withdraw U.S. troops from Iraq by year’s end will leave 3,400 Iranian exiles vulnerable in a settlement outside Baghdad. The protesters also called on the Obama administration to remove Mujahedin-e Khalq, or MEK, the group affiliated with the exiles, from the State Department’s list of foreign terrorist organizations. The designation, protesters said, gives the Iraqi government an excuse to persecute residents of Camp Ashraf, which has been more like a small city, 40 miles north of Baghdad, since the … [Read more...]

Hundreds Rally For Iranian Opposition

WAMU Radio Hundreds of Iranian Americans rallied in front of the White House Saturday demanding the Obama administration do more to help the Iranian resistance movement. The protestors are asking the U.S. government to take the Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK) off the State Department's list of terrorist organizations. The group was once allied with Saddam Hussein's Iraqi regime, but MEK officials say they renounced violence a decade ago. Former Homeland Security Secretary Tom Ridge was among the protesters. He says U.S. officials haven't been helping the process. "The State Department has been horribly naïve - not just this administration but the previous administration - thinking … [Read more...]

Hundreds rally in support of Iranian opposition

ASSOCIATED PRESS WASHINGTON (AP) — Hundreds of people rallied outside the White House on Saturday, calling on President Barack Obama to remove an Iranian opposition group once allied with Saddam Hussein's Iraqi regime from the U.S. list of terrorist organizations. Former Pennsylvania Govs. Tom Ridge and Ed Rendell were among the speakers urging the U.S. to take the Mujahedin-e Khalq off the State Department's list. Ridge, a Republican, was the nation's first homeland security secretary. Rendell is a top Democrat who helped elect Obama. "The only group that should be on the list is the country of Iran itself, under the rule of the mullahs," Ridge said, noting recent U.S. allegations … [Read more...]

Iran exiles demand delay of Iraq camp closure

AGENCE FRANCE PRESSE WASHINGTON, October 22, 2011 (AFP) - Hundreds of protesters gathered Saturday at the White House to demand that the closure of a refugee camp for Iranian exiles in Iraq be postponed, arguing that a massacre will occur when US troops leave. Wearing yellow hats and waving banners demanding "protection for Camp Ashraf," the demonstrators also called on US President Barack Obama to remove the People's Mujahedeen of Iran group from a blacklist of terror groups. "By illegally insisting on the continued listing of the PMOI, the United States has blocked the path to change in Iran while paving the way for a massacre in Ashraf," the movement's leader Maryam Rajavi said … [Read more...]

Demonstrators Call for Iranian Opposition Group to Be Removed From US List of Terrorist Organizations

FoxNews [oqeygallery id=2]   WASHINGTON –  Hundreds of people rallied outside the White House on Saturday, calling on President Barack Obama to remove an Iranian opposition group once allied with Saddam Hussein's Iraqi regime from the U.S. list of terrorist organizations. Former Pennsylvania Govs. Tom Ridge and Ed Rendell were among the speakers urging the U.S. to take the Mujahedin-e Khalq off the State Department's list. Ridge, a Republican, was the nation's first homeland security secretary. Rendell is a top Democrat who helped elect Obama. "The only group that should be on the list is the country of Iran itself, under the rule of the mullahs," Ridge said, noting … [Read more...]

Grassroots Campaign to Liberate Iran Spreads Across America

PRNewswire More than 30,000 Sign Petition to Secretary of State Hillary Clinton BERKELEY, Calif., Oct. 21, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A groundswell of American people from all walks of life have petitioned the U.S. Government to remove the main Iranian opposition organization, the Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK), from the State Department's Foreign Terrorist organization list. The more than 30,000 people who signed the letter to Secretary of State Clinton join a growing roster of prominent American national security experts and human rights advocates who believe the designation is unjustifiable, inhumane and counter to U.S. interests. More than 4,000 parliamentarians around the world have … [Read more...]

Mislabeling Iran’s enemies

NEWSDAY The death last week of Libyan dictator Moammar Gadhafi means focus will soon shift back to the single most significant threat America is facing: Iran. Officials in the Obama administration are still scratching their heads for an appropriate response to the foiled plot by agents of the Iranian regime to assassinate the ambassador of Saudi Arabia in Washington. All too often with Iranian provocations, U.S. policy options swing ineffectually between the uncreative (economic sanctions) to the unrealistic (military strikes). One option sure to get the attention of the ruling mullahs in Tehran -- and that could help set the stage for a democratic transition there -- is to unleash … [Read more...]

For an effective response to Iran, remove MeK from terror list

THE CHARLOTTE OBSERVER The foiled plot by agents of the Iranian regime to assassinate the Saudi Ambassador to the U.S. has officials in the Obama administration furiously scratching their heads for an "appropriate" response. All too often with Iranian provocations, U.S. policy options swing ineffectually between the uncreative (economic sanctions) to the unrealistic (military strikes). One option sure to get the attention of the ruling mullahs in Tehran - and that could help set the stage for a future democratic transition there - is to unleash Iran's main opposition group, the Mujahedin-e Khalq (MeK), which remains constrained by an ill-advised U.S. policy. The MeK was put on … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]