April 28, 2017

Iran Group Must Get Ruling on Terrorist Label, Court Says

BLOOMBERG NEWS The People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran, designated a terrorist group, must be told within four months by the U.S. State Department whether the label will be removed or an appeals court will order the change itself. The U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington today said the department ignored a congressional mandate that requests for delisting be answered within 180 days, noting the People’s Mojahedin’s petition was filed almost four years ago. Unless Secretary of State Hillary Clinton rules within four months, the court will order the group’s delisting itself, the judges said. “The specificity and relative brevity of the 180-day deadline manifests Congress’s intent … [Read more...]

Clinton ordered to make terror list decision

CNN A federal appeals court has ordered Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to make a prompt decision on whether to remove an Iranian dissident group from the State Department's list of foreign terrorist organizations. The United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia gave Clinton four months from Friday to deny or grant Mujahedeen-e-Khalq's request for removal from the list, or the court would issue a so-called writ of mandamus and remove the group itself. "We have been given no sufficient reason why the secretary, in the last 600 days, has not been able to make a decision which the Congress gave her only 180 days to make," the court said in its ruling. "If she fails … [Read more...]

U.S. told to decide Iranian group’s fate in four months

REUTERS WASHINGTON (Reuters) - A U.S. appeals court on Friday ordered Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to decide within four months whether to remove an Iranian dissident group from a U.S. terrorism list. The three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit unanimously ruled for the group, Mujahadin-e Khalq, or MEK, which has sought to force the State Department to take it off the list or decide within a specified time period on its request to be removed. The appeals court ordered Clinton to either grant or deny the group's petition in four months. If she fails to take action in that time, it said it would set aside the U.S. government's … [Read more...]

D.C. Circuit Criticizes State Dept. in Dispute Over Iranian Group

LEGAL TIMES BLOG (THE BLT) The U.S. State Department has four months to decide whether to continue to designate an Iranian dissident group as a foreign terrorist organization, a federal appeals court in Washington said today in an opinion that criticized the agency. A three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit said it will remove the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran from the list if the State Department fails to act in four months, posing a potential foreign relations headache for the government. The court's opinion is here. Lawyers for the PMOI in February asked the appeals court to give a 30-day deadline to the State Department to act on the … [Read more...]

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 ordering the government to remove the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran from the foreign terrorist list or setting a deadline for the government to act on the petition from the group. The court could take a middle ground, requiring the government to provide reports on the status of the ongoing assessment. The Justice Department’s Robert Loeb, … [Read more...]

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 (Click on the this link or the image below for the PDF version)   … [Read more...]

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 find out whether Ed Rendell, Hugh Shelton, Tom Ridge, and others have taken money from an outfit designated by the State Department as a foreign terrorist organization (FTO). However, the nub of the case is whether the MEK merits the designation. The former officials contend that the group of Iranian exiles based in Iraq hasn’t used … [Read more...]

United States is Iran’s handmaiden against opposition

THE TAMPA TRIBUNE  By LEO MCCLOSKEY, DAVID PHILLIPS, WESLEY MARTIN One year ago, the peace at a refugee camp under the “protection” of Iraq’s government was shattered by the thunder of military vehicles storming the gates. Iraqi soldiers murdered 36 defenseless Iranian dissidents, and left hundreds injured in the rampage. Despite calls from the U.S. Congress, the European Union and the United Nations, there has been no independent inquiry into the incident. No one has been held accountable. How could this massacre go unpunished? The answer goes into a dark, uncomfortable place. This was not the first deadly attack on the unarmed residents, who are members of Iran’s … [Read more...]

The most powerful weapon Obama can deploy against Iran

FoxNews.com By Tom Ridge, General Hugh Shelton, Patrick Kennedy To believe that the resumption of negotiations in Istanbul could — or ever will –avert Iranian nuclear breakout and a possible Middle East conflagration, is to believe in the triumph of hope over experience. When it comes to the Mullahs’ intentions, however, we believe that the past is best viewed as prologue. Consider that on the eve of these new negotiations, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad brazenly mocked President Obama’s “last chance” proffer to the Mullahs, declaring that sanctions were a failure because Iran has stockpiled enough hard currency to survive for years without selling any oil. True or not, the fact remains … [Read more...]

Former US Officials Reiterate Backing for Delisting the Iranian Opposition Group, Say They Will Not be Intimidated or Silenced

WASHINGTON, April 9, 2012 /PRNewswire via COMTEX/ — A group of prominent former officials say they refuse to abandon their support for the People’s Mujahedin of Iran (PMOI/MEK) and their efforts to have the group removed from the State Department’s terrorist list, despite indirect warnings from the Treasury Department that their support for the group could constitute a crime. “I never knew obtaining a subpoena from your own government would be so much fun,” former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell told a crowd of nearly 1,000 at an event to commemorate the first anniversary of an attack by Iraqi military forces against Iranian citizens in the Camp Ashraf in Iraq, where 36, including eight … [Read more...]