Delisting the MKO. America: A state sponsor of terrorism ‎against Iran

In an act of unequivocal and explicit hostility toward Iran, the United States took the name of ‎Mujahedin-e-Khalq Organization (MKO) off its list of foreign terrorist organizations on Friday, ‎September ‎‏28‏‎, showing its unconditional support to the sworn enemies of the Iranian nation ‎straight from the shoulder.‎

The U.S. government announced the decision a few days after the Secretary of State Hillary ‎Clinton submitted a file of classified information about the terrorist cult to the Congress.‎

The decision was made under the pretext that MKO has not carried out any terrorist operation ‎over the past ‎‏10‏‎ years. This controversial announcement which bespeaks of the United States’ ‎undeniable animosity with the Iranian people comes while there are several reliable documents ‎confirming that the MKO is responsible for the killing of more than ‎‏40,000‏‎ Iranians during the ‎‏1980‏s war between Iran and Iraq. This gang has also assassinated Iran’s former President ‎Mohammad Ali Rajaei, Prime Minister Mohammad Javad Bahonar and judiciary chief Ayatollah ‎Mohammad Beheshti in the first years of Iran’s Islamic Revolution in ‎‏1979‏‎. Since ‎‏2010‏‎, it has ‎also assisted Israel’s Mossad to kill four high-ranking Iranian nuclear scientists in a bid to thwart ‎Iran’s scientific progress.‎

Immediately after the announcement by the U.S. government, the Paris-based leader of the ‎terrorist group Maryam Rajavi made a statement, hailing the decision: “this has been the correct ‎decision, albeit long overdue, in order to remove a major obstacle in the path of the Iranian ‎people’s efforts for democracy.” Rajavi promised that her group will step up pressure on Iran, ‎and one may easily visualize what devilish and malicious plans they have in mind for the people ‎of Iran.‎

New York Times says that MKO bribed some of the influential U.S. politicians in the ‎Department of State and some lawmakers in the Congress to convince them to uphold the anti-‎Iranian bid. Some of the high-ranking U.S. officials supporting MKO include former CIA ‎Directors, R. James Woolsey and Porter J. Goss; former FBI director Louis J. Freeh; former U.S. ‎President George W. Bush’s homeland security secretary, Tom Ridge; Attorney General, Michael ‎B. Mukasey; and President Barack Obama’s first national security adviser, Gen. James L. Jones.‎

The MKO which receives underground funding from Israel and some of the Western ‎governments had invested a lot in attracting the support of high-ranking American politicians and ‎is said to have paid fees amounting from ‎‏$15,000‏‎ to ‎‏$30,000‏‎ to these people as an incentive to ‎compel them to attend their rallies and give speeches in support of their anti-Iranian activities.‎

The former Democratic governor of Pennsylvania, Edward G. Rendell, admitted in March that ‎he had received a total of ‎‏$150,000‏‎ from the group to support their cause.‎

One day after the U.S. government de-listed MKO, Lord Ken Maginnis, a neo-conservative ‎member of the House of Lords and a former UK parliamentarian called it a “landmark decision ‎by U.S. State Department” and “a victory for justice.”‎

‎“Now, the best way to ease the threat of a nuclear-armed Iran is to facilitate a regime change in ‎Tehran. And that is on the horizon. The Iranian resistance doesn’t need troops or arms; it needs ‎the support of freedom-loving people and of governments that eschew tyranny,” he wrote in an ‎article.‎

There are credible reports, indicating that MKO members have received considerable amounts of ‎money, military training and equipments from the states which are hostile to Iran and fear of its ‎growing influence in the Middle East, including the United States, Israel and Saudi Arabia.‎

In an article published in New Yorker on April ‎‏6‏‎, ‎‏2012‏‎, the renowned investigative journalist ‎Seymour Hersh revealed that how the U.S. government has furtively supported the MKO ‎terrorists. The article entitled “Our Men in Iran?” documented that members of the MKO were ‎trained in communications, cryptography, small-unit tactics and weaponry by the Joint Special ‎Operations Command (JSOC) at a base in Nevada starting in ‎‏2005‏‎.‎

‎ “JSOC instructed MEK operatives on how to penetrate major Iranian communications systems, ‎allowing the group to intercept telephone calls and text messages inside Iran for the purpose of ‎sharing them with American intelligence,” wrote Nile Bowie in a research article published on ‎Global Research on April ‎‏16‏‎, ‎‏2012‏‎. The Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) is a ‎component command of the United States Special Operations Command and is known to have ‎carried out clandestine operations in Iran with the direct authorization of George W. Bush.‎

On July ‎‏7‏‎, ‎‏2008‏‎, Marsha Reid revealed in an article for Geopolitical Monitor that JSOC has been ‎kidnapping members of Al-Quds force of Iran’s Revolutionary Guard and taking them to Iraq ‎for torturing and interrogation. It’s said that MKO has been involved in these underground ‎operations.‎

The prominent investigative journalist Glenn Greenwald wrote on February ‎‏10‏‎ on that ‎MKO has received “substantial fees” from some of the high-ranking U.S. officials to carry out ‎terrorist operations on Iran’s soil: “one of the most under-reported political stories of the last year ‎is the devoted advocacy of numerous prominent American political figures on behalf of an ‎Iranian group long formally designated as a Terrorist organization under U.S. law. A large ‎bipartisan cast has received substantial fees from that group, the Mojahedin-e Khalq (MEK), and ‎has then become their passionate defenders… As The Christian Science Monitor reported last ‎August, those individuals have been paid tens of thousands of dollars to speak in support of the ‎MEK.”‎

According to an NBC News report by Richard Engel and Robert Windrem, the terrorist group ‎‎“is financed, trained and armed by Israel’s secret service.” Two unnamed senior officials in the ‎U.S. government also admitted that “the Obama administration is aware of the assassination ‎campaign” directed at Iran’s nuclear scientists. Iran has long insisted the Israel and the U.S. are ‎using MKO to carry out terrorist attacks on its soil, including the murder of its scientists, and ‎NBC notes that these acknowledgments “confirm charges leveled by Iran’s leaders.” NBC has ‎also pointed out that MKO has previously worked with the mastermind of the first attack on the ‎World Trade Center in New York City.‎

Qorban Ali Husseini Nezhad, a former senior member of MKO who served the group for ‎‏30‏‎ ‎years as a foreign affairs analyst and Arabic translator and declared his defection from MKO ‎after he ran away from Temporary Transit Location (Camp Liberty) on Wednesday April ‎‏25‏‎, ‎‏2012‏‎, revealed terrible facts and figures regarding the complicity of Massoud and Maryam Rajavi ‎with the former Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein during the years of war with Iran. In a letter ‎following his defection, he unveiled that Saddam Hussein had allocated a remarkable portion of ‎Iraq’s oil revenues to MKO so as to strengthen this terrorist group in its anti-Iranian efforts.‎

According to Husseini Nezhad, in his last visit with Saddam Hussein in August ‎‏2000‏‎, Masoud ‎Rajavi “asked Hussein to increase his oil share up to ‎‏100‏‎ thousand barrels a day (‎‏3‏‎ million barrels ‎a month), according to the documents and letters I translated or reports composed by his closest ‎comrades that I was able to read. Rajavi received his oil share in coupons which were then sent to ‎Europe to be changed into dollars. Rajavi’s quota from Iraqi oil was ‎‏50‏‎ to ‎‏70‏‎ thousand barrels ‎before the visit.”‎

Another MKO defector Maryam Sanjabi also pointed out that the group has been receiving funds ‎from Israel and Saudi Arabia. Speaking in an exclusive interview with Ashraf News website she ‎said there is evidence about the relations and cooperation between the MKO and the Saudi ‎kingdom. She also revealed that when she joined MKO, she was told from beginning that leaving ‎the organization would be impossible: “When I was appointed as a senior member of the MKO ‎leadership council, I was told that I could never leave the organization. Otherwise, I had to kill ‎myself by taking a cyanide pill.”‎

All in all, there are bitter and painful truths behind the MKO and the life of its members. They ‎are a group of misguided people who have intentionally or inadvertently betrayed their ‎countrymen and should be held accountable over the atrocities they have committed and the ‎bloods they have spilled.‎

The U.S. Department of State’s delisting of MKO will embolden the terrorist gang and make it ‎able to carry out more terrorist operations under the umbrella of a civilian group which is simply ‎opposed to the Iranian government, But their ultimate goal is disintegrating Iran and destroying ‎the current establishment of the country. People of conscience from around the world should ‎lend a hand and counter the threats which this dangerous group poses to the security of Iran, ‎Middle East and the whole world.‎‎sponsor-of-terrorism-against-iran/‎