MEK to Be Delisted as Terrorists in Reward for Engaging in Terrorism

The Foreign Terrorism Organization list really doesn’t mean much if the way to get off it is by killing Iranian scientists at the behest of the US and Israel.

The Obama administration is moving to remove an Iranian opposition group from the State Department’s terrorism list, say officials briefed on the talks, in an action that could further poison Washington’s relations with Tehran at a time of renewed diplomatic efforts to curtail Iran’s nuclear program.

The exile organization, the Mujahedin-e Khalq, or MeK, was originally named as a terrorist entity 15 years ago for its alleged role in assassinating U.S. citizens in the years before the 1979 Islamic revolution in Iran and for allying with Iraqi strongman Saddam Hussein against Tehran.

The MeK has engaged in an aggressive legal and lobbying campaign in Washington over the past two years to win its removal from the State Department’s list. The terrorism designation, which has been in place since 1997, freezes the MeK’s assets inside the U.S. and prevents the exile group from fundraising.

Oddly, the entire article makes no mention of allegations that MEK trained at a US Special Forces camp in the NV desert and/or killed a bunch of Iranian civilians with magnet bombs.

Though its last paragraph amounts to as much.

“If there’s a coalition against the mullahs, then we should fund that coalition, and the MeK should be a part of it,” said Rep. Dana Rohrabacher (R., Calif.). He cautioned that for now, he wasn’t advocating directly funding MeK. “The MeK has the resources to resist and fight the mullah dictatorship. They don’t need our money, they just need us to get out of the way and take the shackles off.”

Jim? I believe this is your department.

Though maybe it’s not all the dead scientists that made the difference here. Maybe it’s the art project that significantly resembles the INC’s finger painting projects leading up to the Iraq War. America. Big fans of primitive art.

We demand our terrorists to be able to both kill civilian scientists and draw crude pictures, you know.

Update: In potentially related news,

Iran has hanged a man it said was an agent for Israeli intelligence agency Mossad whom it convicted of killing one of its nuclear scientists in 2010, Iranian state media reported on Tuesday.

 

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12 replies
  1. Jim White says:

    My department? I think I’ll just let this piss off Donna and then I’ll hit on the piece Josh Rogin writes when Donna (oops, Dana) goes crying to him.

  2. par4 says:

    Reading this I was reminded of John LeCarre’s last book(Our Kind of Traitor). These are our(U.S.Gov.)kind of terrorists.

  3. MadDog says:

    Smells like election-year politics as Bibi gets a pony.

    Shorter Hillary: “Have a nice ride on your new pony Bibi!”

  4. MadDog says:

    OT – And speaking of the US escalation of the war in Yemen, via CNN:

    Two suspected U.S. drone strikes reported in Yemen

    “Two suspected U.S. drone strikes killed seven al Qaeda militants and eight civilians in the southern part of Yemen on Tuesday, three Yemeni security officials said…

    …At least seven civilians were injured in the Tuesday strikes, the officials said…

    …According to the security officials, one of Tuesday’s strikes targeted a militant hideout in Jaar district, a militant stronghold. Another strike targeted a home believed to be harboring militants in the same district.

    Three senior al Qaeda leaders were among those killed, the officials said.

    Jaar district residents said civilians were killed after they rushed to the site of the first strike…”

    Do you suppose that after his latest pow-wow with the Yemeni President this past Sunday about the US’s willingness to escalate the war in Yemen that John Brennan has a sad?

    No, I didn’t think so.

  5. JTM says:

    How, exactly, does anyone lobby for the MeK given that such activity would count as support for terrorism?

    Just askin’.

  6. orionATL says:

    well, it was either this are arrest a bunch of prominent americans for material support of terrorism.

    these days, its not “make the punishment fit the crime”;

    it’s “make the laws fit the the perpetrators”.

    we simply cannot have a situation in our nation in which powerful, well-connected politicians go around flaunting the law.

  7. MadDog says:

    @MadDog: And via the AP, a report that reinforces my comment about the US’s escalating involvement in the war in Yemen:

    “Yemen: US gives help in new assault on al-Qaida

    Yemeni warplanes and troops backed by heavy artillery waged a four-front assault on al-Qaida militants Tuesday, trying to uproot their hold in the south in an offensive Yemeni officials said was for the first time being directly guided by American troops at a nearby airbase.

    The central U.S. role in the operation would be a significant stepping up of American-Yemeni cooperation against al-Qaida’s branch here, which is accused of a string of attempted attacks against the United States…”

    MACY or Military Assistance Command Yemen. You read it here first.

  8. MadDog says:

    @MadDog: From the same AP piece:

    “…Several Yemeni military officials told The Associated Press on Tuesday that unlike previous, failed offensives against al-Qaida, this time the United States was providing direct logistical support to the Yemeni military.

    The officials said an airbase called al-Annad in the southern province of Lahj is serving as a command center where nearly 60 U.S. troops are helping advise the Yemenis. They also said the Americans were providing information and logistical support to Yemeni troops…”

  9. PeasantParty says:

    @JTM: How? Because Congress lets them and is supportive. Our Government is a Terror organization, support and fund it, and use it against the US citizenry. Propaganda via news organizations is number one on their list and the other is the Debt Monster that is going to eat us alive if we don’t give everything good about the country to the Banks and Military Industrial Complex that serves corporations and not citizens.

  10. earlofhuntingdon says:

    “Take the shackles off”, as if the MEK were being released from prison and torture, instead of being freed to torture and imprison. The plot reads like a bad film about Ninja assassins-for-hire.

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