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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bmaz @emptywheel @digby56 Actually you've been fairly quiet today. How the Blue Khaki's doing?
emptywheel @digby56 So am I. (That and shitty reporting on the dragnet.) But it's a big sports day.
emptywheel @joanneleon When debate started, O would have had to go back for Congress to treat Libya as ISIS. @EliLake
emptywheel @joanneleon When debate started, GOP didn't call it for a vote bc they would have lost on ground troops, unlimited geography. @EliLake
emptywheel @joanneleon Right. Libya. But disagree precedent set: you can limit it. @EliLake
emptywheel @joanneleon What's important of timing of call for it is this won't be a limited AUMF. It'll be Iraq War 2.0. @EliLake
emptywheel @joanneleon Not having an AUMF basically says unlimited POTUS powers are cool. @EliLake
emptywheel @joanneleon I'm supporting an AUMF that puts geographical limits, defines ISIS, rules out certain activities. @EliLake
emptywheel @joanneleon I think people on both side of issue can support AUMF (as I do). But yes, now hawks will get boots on the ground. @EliLake
emptywheel What's nutty abt the dragnet--and govt's attempt to pretend it has ended it--is all other countries dragnet with notice. Still mostly works.
emptywheel @NSlayton I'm less worried abt campaign reporting than factually incorrect reporting from beat writers. @SabrinaSiddiqui
emptywheel @SabrinaSiddiqui Perhaps you might have asked him why, if they're getting more info under USAF (as Comey testified) that was the case?