Blacklisting the Iranian Opposition

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The intelligence analysis group STRATFOR called the listing “a major gesture toward Iran.” The Iranian regime has consistently accused the U.S. of supporting Jundullah, especially in the wake of a 2007 ABC News report alleging such. A “senior U.S. government official” explained that financial aid to Jundullah was part of an arrangement for the group to help track Al-Qaeda. This does not necessarily mean Jundullah is pro-American, though, as the group reacted to its designation as a Foreign Terrorist Organization by saying, “The United States has always supported criminals and murderers, like Sharon and Zionists, and supports also criminals (in the Iranian regime) to advance its interests.”

At the same time, the State Department is in a legal battle with a third opposition group called the Mujahideen-e-Khalq (MEK), which began under the Bush Administration. Recently, the European Union parliament passed a resolution officially asking the United States to remove the MEK from the State Department’s list of Foreign Terrorist Organization. The MEK was removed from the United Kingdom’s own list in 2008 and the European Union’s list last year after a protracted but successful legal fight.

On July 16, the MEK scored a victory in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia when the judge ruled that the State Department had to review the group’s designation and offer it a chance to see the evidence against it and defend itself. It was decided that the MEK’s due process had been violated. The State Department said that classified intelligence bolstered its accusations against the MEK, but the court noted that “Some of the reports included in the Secretary’s analysis on their face express reservations about the accuracy of the information contained therein.”

The MEK’s battle may become part of the 2012 presidential race. Potential candidate John Bolton has called for their de-listing and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani has publicly agreed.

“I have studied terrorism for over 35 years. I have investigated terrorism and I have seen first hand, in my city, the devastation that terrorism can bring about. This is not a terrorist organization,” Giuliani said. He called on the rest of Congress to support a House resolution supporting the MEK’s de-listing that already had the support of 83 bi-partisan members of Congress.

The credibility of the MEK as an opposition group is hotly debated among proponents of regime change in Iran, with some arguing that it has popular support and others saying that supporting the group would cause a backlash amongst Iranians. Whatever the case may be, the MEK’s past legal battles have resulted in verdicts that do not fit the definition of a terrorist group.

The blacklisting of PJAK and Jundullah and the resistance to delisting the MEK are overtures to the Iranian regime by the Obama Administration but it also sends a message to Iranians: Anyone that reacts to the Iranian regime’s violence with violence of their own will be branded a terrorist.

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  • badaboo

    Do they blow up people ? If so ….then they are terrorists . We are harboring a terrorist who blew up an arliner . But since his act was against Cuba , we will not turn him over to the Cubans ……is he a "good terrorist " ?
    Jundallah > did they not claim responsibility for an act of terrorism > So because Iran accuses the US of supporting them , does that somehow minimize the act ? Are we sure no innocents were killed ? But they are attacking synbols of the Shia Regime ?

  • badaboo

    What is going on in this article is , "splitting hairs " on the defintion , for the sake of partisan politics . Moral relativism at it's best . Shia blow up a Sunni mosqe in Iraq / Sunni blow up a Shia mosque in Iraq …..which are "the good guys " ?

  • sam000

    Anyone that reacts to the Iranian regime’s violence with violence of their own will be branded a terrorist.

    This is the "GOLDEN PAGES" of the American History, the same people which made ARMED RESISTANCE to gain his FREEDOM.

    The BIG QUESTION is , what is the Relationship between American Administrations and American People.

    We know that, you the Americans are for DEMOCRACY
    We know that, you the Americans are against the Islamic Regime of Iran.

    and we know that you the Americans, you have elected democratically your Government and your President.

    so, WHY your ELECTED LEADERS ARE THE SAME as the IRANIAN MULLAHS?

    WHY the result of your free choice are the same as our executionnors?

  • jacob

    I believe it all depends on the end, the purpose of the act…

    If BEGIN, the IRGUN, the STERN Group, etc,. would have remained passive
    as BEN GURION was, Jews would still be arguing with Great Britian when
    was it going to vacate Palestine…and as History has it, when they finally
    moved out, it handed over to the Arabs theTAGGART forts whose retaking
    took so many Jewish victims among the concentration camps graduates..

    As to the most useles and dangerous departments the present administration
    has, (JUSTICE included) STATE's wisdom can be distributed among a million
    cows….

    Ps.- I forgot to congratulate the SENATE with their ratification of the STEALTH
    treaty…
    The anathomical conformation of the throats of those who voted FOR didn't
    allow them to bray….

  • ze-ev ben jehudah

    I hope,with all my heart,that Mr Barack Hussein Obama,the man with no brains,
    that there won't be a second term for him one is more than inough.
    If there is to name one terrorist organisation it is the Iraqi administration.

  • http://www.mysapce.com/freddawes1776/ Fred Dawes

    So let me see? if you fight the terrorists you are a Terrorists? OH God we need help!

    well if you look at this you can say Obama family in black Africa do a hell of alot of hate race crimes/Religion hate crimes so obama must by a hate race monkey for islam. Maybe be are in the movie X files too. One of obama may 1/2 brothers murdered 500 black christians? or maybe evil spirits that obama hates?

  • http://netzero.com Steve Chavez

    The Nicaraguan Contras were terrorists too to the Dems and Obama who was a student during the 80's. At the same time, the Dems, and Communist Party front groups, raised funds for the Marxist FMLN rebel movement in El Salvador as they sought to cut off funding to this pro-U.S. government. "NO CONTRA AID BUT FUND FMLN REBELS?" What's the difference, to a PEACE AND HUMAN RIGHTS PERSON, between a Contra and a Rebel? In this case, the Contras were fighting Communists and the Rebels were Communists! The Democrats never met a Communist they didn't like! So what's the difference between a "freedom fighter and a terrorist?"

    Look at how they are now making KGB PUTIN into a "cool guy!" He was on Larry King, playing piano, singing, horse back riding, karate and judo? Look how KGB PUTIN is aiding Iran? Now START by the Dems/Obama? Obama was brainwashed by the KGB so it's no wonder he is siding with them now. Watch SALT movie with Jolie.

  • http://360.yahoo.com/paulsheldonfoote paulfoote

    For years, Kenneth Timmerman authored articles critical of the Iranian Communist MEK (MKO, PMOI, NCRI, Rajavi Cult, or Pol Pot of Iran) terrorists, including: 'Gray Lady' Runs Ad for Terrorists, http://www.iran.org/news/mek_nytimes_ad.htm

    Robert Baer and Phil Giraldi, based upon their experiences working for the CIA, have written and have spoken about the CIA's support for these terrorist organizations. See, for example: http://antiwar.com/radio/2007/11/01/philip-girald

    If Americans are serious about a war on terrorism, they can start by prosecuting those in the CIA and the neo-conservatives (neo-Trotskyites) who promote terrorists.

    • MixMChess

      If Americans were serious about terrorism we would prosecute domestic terrorist such as yourself who foment hate and bigotry.

      • sam000

        This throl is invited by Ahmadinejad to pass his holidays in Iran, he has married with an Iranian woman (the daughter of an Ayatollah of the city of SHIRAZ).

        This throl had an monthly payeroll by the the ALAVI FOUNDATION (Actually under USA JUSTICE INVESTIGATIONS), he is paid directly by the REGIME.

        He has an study GRANT from the REGIME.

        His name is PAUL SHELDON FOOT.

        One of his hobbies is the STONNING of the WOMEN who were conmdamed to death by STONNING.

        He has other "QUALITIES" that I will bring to this FORUM.

        • MixMChess

          Thanks Sam for exposing what piece of garbage Prof. Foote is.

  • SAM000

    He was employed by "Massoud Khodabandeh" to work with the MOIS (Ministry Of Information and Security, equivalent of the NAZI Geshtapo).

    "Massoud Khodabandeh" and his British wife "Anne Singelton" have an Office in the Prison of EVIN.

    Prison of EVIN is the Iranian DAKHAO, or Aushwitz "EXTERMINATION PRISON"

    He has assisted on the prisoners interrogation;

    The outcome of these interrogations are EXTRACTING THE EYES, CUTING THE FINGERS, BREAKING THE BONS, SMASHING THE GENITAL PARTS, and Raping the KIDS in the presence of their parents, and many many other barbaric operations,

    very few prisonners came out alive from this EVIN PRISON.

    I don't want to destroy your CHRISTMASS,

    BUT, please, on the name of CHRIST, pray for our victims, the Prophet who suffered and bought the pain of the humanity.

  • Elton

    PMOI group are for democracy and freedom in Iran and U.S must delist them , they must not be on the terror list of America, this is not fair….U.S. must act as Europe did …..
    Free this group to bring peace to the world.
    Free this group to bring freedom to Iran….
    Justice must be for PMOI….