July 22, 2017

Senior Panel Denounces Ahmadinejad’s Visit to the United States, Urges the U.S. to Stand with the Iranian Opposition

PRNEWSWIRE WASHINGTON, Sept. 18, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- On Saturday, September, 17, 2011, a senior panel of former Secretaries, Generals, and Governors, as well as State and Justice Departments officials denounced the presence of the Iranian regime's President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad at the United Nations, and urged the removal of Iran's main opposition, the Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK), from the State Department's list of Foreign Terrorist Organization, according to Human Rights and Democracy International. The panel of former senior officials included Attorney General Michael Mukasey, Energy Secretary Spencer Abraham, Governor Ed Rendell of Pennsylvania, Commandant of the Marine … [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...]

Who’s afraid of the Iranian opposition?

THE AMERICAN THINKER The West has spent more than thirty years looking for incentives for compromise with the Islamist regime in Iran.  After the takeover of the alleged reformer Khatami in 1997, things looked brighter than ever before.  In what U.S. diplomat Martin Indyk described as a "goodwill gesture," the Clinton administration put the Iranian opposition group the Mullahs fear most -- the "Peoples Mujahedin Organization of Iran" (MEK) -- on their list of "Foreign Terrorist Organizations." The European Union followed suit with a similar decision in 2001, but had to remove the MEK of their list of terrorist organizations in 2009.  The many accusations that have been brought … [Read more...]

Misguided policy and bias on MEK

UNITED PRESS INTERNATIONAL WASHINGTON, Sept. 16 (UPI) -- On Aug. 26, hundreds of students and faculty from various universities in the United States, Canada and Europe joined Iranian-Americans in front of the U.S. State Department in Washington to call on Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to remove Iran's major opposition group, the People's Mujahedin of Iran, from the department's list of Foreign Terrorist Organizations. The PMOI is also known as the Mujahedin-e-Khalq. Participating students led the protesters with a banner that read, "Secretary Clinton, you now have the backing of the court, the U.S. Congress and the Iranian people to delist the MEK." Why does the MEK … [Read more...]

Getting on the right side of history

    President Obama is in a quandary over what to do about Iran. News headlines over the last few weeks illustrate this: ·    “IAEA: Increasing concerns about Iran’s warheads designed to deliver nuclear payloads.” ·   “U.S. Treasury Department: Iran is aiding Al Qaeda.” ·   “Top al-Qaeda ranks keep footholds in Iran.” ·    “Iran continues to harbor and refuses to hand over bombers of Argentine Jewish charities.” ·   “Senior U.S. officials: Iran transferred lethal new munitions to Iraq and Afghanistan for attacks on U.S. troops.” The Iranian regime has become brazen in its defiance of multiple UN resolutions and continues to thumb its proverbial nose at the entire … [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...]

Washington Times: 100 Iranian-American Scholars & Experts Call for Delisting of MEK

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The US State Department Positioned on the Wrong Side of History

THE WOMEN'S INTERNATIONAL PERSPECTIVE  Secretary Hillary Clinton! Who’s to be held accountable for the death of my brother who was killed by Iraqi forces when they raided Ashraf in July 2009? Are you aware that we, in Camp Ashraf, are paying the price for the “goodwill gesture” the State Department made to the mullahs in labeling the MeK? We are paying the price with our bodies and souls, with the pierced hearts and blood soaked bodies of our beloved! Can you even begin to imagine how my heart was scarred when I stood before the dead body of my beloved brother and 46 other friends in Camp Ashraf? They had all trusted the U.S. government and had relinquished their weapons, as … [Read more...]

An Interview With Camp Ashraf Representative Shahriar Kia

TOP SECRET WRITERS Back in May of this year, I wrote an article about a massacre that took place at Camp Ashraf in Iraq. Camp Ashraf is the home of Iran dissidents that are currently unarmed and relatively harmless, however they have a long history of coordinating attacks against the Iran regime. Some people would call those attacks part of a long-term revolution against a terrible dictatorship, while others would call the efforts of the MEK a form of terrorism. There are even questions about the validity of historical accounts involving the involvement of the MEK in the death of soldiers and defense contractors in the 1970s, and the takeover of the U.S. embassy in 1979, where 52 … [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...]