After years of intense lobbying and many millions of dollars spent to buy support from influential US politicians, the LA Times is reporting that the State Department is taking the Mojahedin-e Khalq (MeK) off the list of terrorist organisations. This bizarre cult claims to have killed 40,000 people and treats others as well as its own supporters in an inhumane fashion. However, there is apparently big money behind the group because they have paid a fortune to politicians such as Tom Ridge, Rudy Giuliani, Howard Dean, Wesley Clark, Bill Richardson and others to speak on their behalf and push for the terrorist group to be de-listed. While the group has almost no support at all inside of Iran, money was able to bring together US Neo-conservatives and humanitarian-interventionists in support of the extremist group; the MeK literally bought political support in Washington, DC.
Glenn Greenwald wrote an article earlier this year about the MeK’s secret source of funding and how this money was used to buy US politicians:
Then there’s long been the baffling question of where MEK was getting all of this money to pay these American officials. Indeed, the pro-MEK campaign has been lavishly funded. As the CSM noted: ”Besides the string of well-attended events at prestigious American hotels and locations, and in Paris, Brussels, and Berlin, the campaign has included full-page advertisements in The New York Times and Washington Post — which can cost $175,000 apiece.” MEK is basically little more than a nomadic cult: after they sided with Saddam Hussein in his war with Iran, they were widely loathed in Iran and their 3,400 members long lived in camps in Iraq, but the Malaki government no longer wants them there. How has this rag-tag Terrorist cult of Iranian dissidents, who are largely despised in Iran, able to fund such expensive campaigns and to keep U.S. officials on its dole?
All of these mysteries received substantial clarity from an NBC News report by Richard Engel and Robert Windrem yesterday. Citing two anonymous “senior U.S. officials,” that report makes two amazing claims: (1) that it was MEK which perpetrated the string of assassinations of Iranian nuclear scientists and (2) the Terrorist group “is financed, trained and armed by Israel’s secret service.” These senior officials also admitted that “the Obama administration is aware of the assassination campaign” but claims it “has no direct involvement.” Iran has long insisted the Israel and the U.S. are using MEK 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” (MEK issued a statement denying the report).
So, it appears that the Israeli secret service may be behind the funding of this terrorist cult which the Feds are de-listing. This is hardly surprising. Expect a great deal of US taxpayers’ money to now flow more openly to the MeK. And expect for the cult to kill more Iranian scientists and civilians in the not-so-covert war that Washington, DC and Tel Aviv are waging against Iran.
For much more information about the MeK, how it became a cult, how the US protected MeK terrorists and more, check out Scott Horton’s recent interview with Jeremiah Goulka, a former analyst at the RAND Corporation.
Also see: Israeli hawks continue to demand US attack Iran; Netanyahu pushes war against Iran over false pretenses; Gen Dempsy against joining Israeli attack on Iran; Feds & Israel push for war against Iran