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Obama regime to remove MEK from terrorist list
US officials continue to violate US law by giving material support to the Mujahedeen-e-Khalq (MEK), a terrorist group that has killed Americans. Therefore the Obama regime will remove the MEK from its terrorist list, U.S. officials told reporters Friday. This will open the doors for the MEK to receive US Congressional funding.
The decision is expected to be formally announced before Oct. 1, the deadline set earlier this year by a federal court to make a determination. Hilary Clinton will send it as a classified report to Congress, according to the State Department spokeswoman Victoria Nuland.
The MEK has been on the US list of terrorist groups since 1997. Australia and the EU have already removed the MEK killers from their terrorist lists. Canada still considers the MEK terrorists to be terrorists, but Canada will likely follow the U.S. lead.
MEK supporters gathered for an early celebration rally in front of the State Department hours, after the news leaked.
Some Iran specialists think this is a very unwise move.
“Iran’s government and people despise the MEK, partly because the terrorist group joined forces with Saddam Hussein during the Iran-Iraq War. The Iranian government and people will sees this as a hostile act by the United States. Even the Green Movement, which is pro-USA, is anti-MEK.”
~ Paul Pillar, a former CIA analyst who served as the National Intelligence Officer for the Near East and South Asia from 2000 to 2005. He now teaches at George Washington University
“Tehran will see this as a reward for the MEK’s terrorist actions in Iran. Already Iran has concluded that the Western demands for broader inspections of Iran’s nuclear program, including its military sites, are a smokescreen for increased cyber attacks, sabotage, and assassinations of nuclear scientists. This will lead to less cooperation by Iran with the International Atomic Energy Agency.”
~ Seyed Hossein Mousavian, a former senior Iranian diplomat and nuclear negotiator currently at Princeton University:
“The biggest winner is the Iranian regime, which has long claimed that the USA wants to destroy Iran, and is the enemy of the Iranian people,” said NIAC’s policy director,
~ Jamal Abdi, policy director of the National Iranian American Council.
The decision to honor the MEK followed a high-profile multi-year campaign by the terrorist group and its sympathizers that featured almost-daily demonstrations at the State Department, full-page ads in major newspapers, and former high-level U.S. officials collecting tens of thousands of dollars to make public appearances on behalf of the terrorists.
Some of those former officials were Obama’s first national security adviser, Gen. James Jones, former FBI chief Louis Freeh, and a number of senior officials in the George W. Bush administration, including his White House chief of staff, Andrew Card, attorney general Michael Mukasey, and former U.N. ambassador John Bolton.
Earlier this year, NBC News quoted one U.S. official as confirming Iran’s charges that Israel has used MEK terrorists to carry out sabotage operations, including the assassination of Iranian nuclear scientists.
Republican congressman Ted Poe, a member of the House Foreign Affairs committee, has led calls in support of the terrorist group. He said Clinton's decision was "long overdue."