• 7 July 2011
  • Posted By Jamal Abdi
  • Congress, MEK, Neo-Con Agenda

Former U.S. officials have admitted to receiving cash to speak at pro-MEK conferences.  Now, officials who may be getting paid to publicly advocate in support of MEK (Mujahedin-e Khalq) are being invited to testify before Congress.

Today at 2pm, a House Foreign Affairs Subcommittee is holding a hearing on the MEK in which three out of the four witnesses  have appeared at conferences to advocate for the MEK to be removed from the U.S. terror list.

[update: watch the hearing live here]

Among the officials is former Bush Attorney General Michael Mukasey, who flew to Paris last December to appear alongside MEK leader Maryam Rajavi and call for the U.S. to remove MEK from the terrorist list and start “offering all possible overt and covert support to the opposition.”

Interestingly, the only official testifying today who has not participated in pro-MEK events, Ray Takeyh, has been falsely smeared by MEK as being “pro-ayatollah” and “a leading figure of the pro-Iranian regime circles.”

Unfortunately, none of this comes as a surprise.  In fact, the Chairman of the Oversight and Investigations Subcommittee, Dana Rohrabacher (R-CA), and top members like Ted Poe (R-TX), are themselves avowed supporters of the MEK.  They even recently led a delegation to Iraq where they pushed the MEK agenda and promptly got themselves kicked out of the country.  The embarrassing incident prompted the U.S. Embassy in Iraq to publicly distance itself from Rohrabacher and his pals and explain the group did not speak for the U.S.

If only now somebody would step up to explain why the laws aren’t being enforced to prevent former officials from getting paid to appear alongside terrorist leaders like Maryam Rajavi.

To learn more about the MEK and its campaign of political pressure, visit www.MEKterror.com.

Posted By Jamal Abdi

    3 Responses to “MEK supporters brought to testify before Congress”

  1. Pirouz says:

    MEK? Ain’t those the pipple fightin’ those terrible eye-ray-nians? Yeah, those terrible eye-ray-nians; the ones that stone wimmin to death; that totalitarian state. Those pipple are terrible.

    I mean, even that there NIAC trash-talks eye-ran–and they’re eye-ray-nian! . Everybody’s doin’ it’!

    We gottta take out eye-ran. Yes sir-ee, let’s back MEK against those terrible eye-ray-nians.

  2. Patrick says:

    Why is NIAC is so pissed at MEK ? Let these poor people do their thing. What ever that thing is…….

    • David Elliott says:

      Why is NIAC getting involved in the debate over the potential de-listing of the Mujahedin?

      The MEK opposes the core principles that NIAC stands for: peace, democracy, human rights, and a strong Iranian-American community.

      We stand for peace, not war. We support a resolution to the many troubling issues regarding Iran, including the government’s disregard for human rights and the rule of law, through peaceful solutions. This is a position shared by Iran’s indigenous human rights and democracy movement. The MEK has a long history of using violence and human rights abuses to achieve its political ends. The MEK is also a major force for war with Iran.

      We stand for democracy. We believe the Iranian people are the only ones who can choose Iran’s destiny, not policymakers in Washington, cult leaders in Paris or autocrats in Tehran. History has proven that non-violent means provides the best prospects for replacing dictatorships with democratic regimes. Leaders of the Iranian Green movement have expressed deep concern about the potential de-listing of the MEK, due to its negative impact on their non-violent struggle for democracy. The MEK stands for authoritarian rule and seeks to replace Iran’s current unelected rulers with its own unelected ruler, Maryam Rajavi.

      We stand for human rights. We have called for stringent human rights mechanisms to be put in place in Iran to protect the human rights of the Iranian people. Just as we cannot sit idly by while the Iranian government’s violates human rights, we cannot be silent as the MEK abuses its members. The State Department, the FBI, Human Rights Watch, RAND, and others have documented MEK human rights abuses and cult activities carried out against its rank and file members, including forced detainment at Camp Ashraf, forced separation from spouses and children, and torture that has led to death.

      We stand for a strong Iranian-American community. We support a politically active, civically engaged Iranian-American community whose voices are heard by policymakers in Washington. The MEK seeks to monopolize the political space in Washington and to drown out our community’s voices to advance an agenda we oppose in the name of our community and the Iranian people.

      But the MEK is a cult whose members are not responsible for the decisions of its leaders. Should we not support these innocent captives of the MEK?

      The situation for many of the members of the MEK is tragic. We support protections for these innocent people suffering under MEK leadership. RAND predicts that a full 70% of the inhabitants of Camp Ashraf were brought to the camp under false pretenses or against their will. The FBI has documented how children of MEK members are separated from them and used for fraudulent fundraising in Europe. But the suffering that occurs under the MEK cannot be addressed by further legitimizing the leaders of this cult organization.

      If the MEK is delisted, and their clout and legitimacy expands in Washington, it will only tighten the MEK leadership’s grip on the individuals who have forcibly been brought into the cult. It will become increasingly difficult to resolve the serious human rights abuses that are conducted by the MEK. Instead, the leaders of the MEK must be held responsible and the members of the organization who have been indoctrinated, separated from their family, and even held against their will must be provided a way to leave the cult and chose their own future.


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