Open Letter to Nancy Pelosi: Don’t allow the MEK to hijack your name

Open Letter to Nancy Pelosi: Don’t allow the MEK to hijack your name

Anne Khodabandeh (Singleton), Iran Interlink, April 14 2015:… It will come as some surprise to you therefore, that a group of Iranian war-mongering regime change proponents, the terrorist Mojahedin Khalq (MEK), claim to have your support. In an astounding act of hubris, the MEK has not only appropriated your good name and …

Anne Khodabandeh London Sep 2014Expert in cultic abuse and terrorism in the MEK speaks in London charity meeting

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Open Letter to Nancy Pelosi: Don’t allow the MEK to hijack your name

Dear Ms Pelosi,

Following the long awaited announcement in Lausanne on the Iran nuclear agreement, your strong opposition to Senator Corker’s legislation has been welcomed by peaceable Iranians and Americans who, like you, support President Obama’s push to resolve the nuclear issue through diplomatic means.

It will come as some surprise to you therefore, that a group of Iranian war-mongering regime change proponents, the terrorist Mojahedin Khalq (MEK), claim to have your support.

In an astounding act of hubris, the MEK has not only appropriated your good name and attached it to a stance which is in contradiction to what you have always stated, but the group has also apparently fooled many of your opponents in Congress whose presence in this event has also been misrepresented as specific support for the MEK.

The MEK’s website Iran News Online reported as a news item a celebration held in Congress on March 17 to mark the Iranian New Year or Norouz. According to this news item, the event was attended by several advocates and lobbyists of the MEK – those named include Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, Ted Poe and Jackson Lee, all of whom advocate the MEK’s regime change stance. As well as around 300 Congressional staff, many, but not all, of the attendees have been Neoconservatives whose anti-diplomacy stance is overtly expressed by people like John Bolton who so recently exhorted America to ‘bomb Iran’.

This is not company in which we would expect to find your name, let alone your endorsement. Yet, the duplicity and deceit and treachery of the Mojahedin is so bold as to allow them to do exactly this.

In this reporting of the event in Iran News Online – written in Farsi, not in English – the MEK have quoted a letter purported to have been written by yourself especially for the event on the occasion of the Iranian New Year. This letter states simply that you “congratulate the people of Iran on their New Year”.

This of course is a natural and commendable expression of support. But the context in which this letter is used makes it appear as though you are in agreement with the other participants. The event was attended by Sona Samsami, a long-term MEK member who represents the MEK’s front organization the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI) in the United States. This group promotes itself as the agent of violent regime change in Iran – even though it has no support among Iranians and no capacity to undertake any such activity.

The MEK have misreported and manipulated this event so that it looks as though it has been held specifically to promote the MEK and its regime change agenda. I am sure that most of the attendees had no such awareness or intention.

سوء استفاده مجاهدین خلق از سیاستمداران امریکاScreenshot from MEK site

But this is not all. The MEK’s public site Mojahedin.org actually puts words into your mouth as though you were at the event and reports that Nancy Pelosi “Congratulates the people of Iran and the residents of Camp Liberty”. This, of course, is preposterous. These residents, the old and sick remnants of the MEK’s army, are awaiting expulsion from Camp Liberty and Iraq because of the MEK’s thirty year history of terrorism and treachery in that country. The UN mandate is to find them third countries to be transferred to for their safety. (Unfortunately this process has stalled because the MEK leader Massoud Rajavi refuses to cooperate and is holding the residents incommunicado inside Camp Liberty without any access to their families or the outside world. And in addition, most countries shun the MEK as a terrorist outfit and are very reluctant to accept them even as individual refugees.)

The report also quotes you from 2007 when you mentioned the situation of these Iranians in Iraq and said ‘something must be done about them’ in a way to sound as though you supported the MEK. But it is simply amazing that the MEK could think anybody except their own brainwashed members would believe you support such a group except on humanitarian grounds, in which case your support would take a very different form.

سوء استفاده مجاهدین خلق از سیاستمداران امریکاScreen shot from MEK site

I write to you as an expert on the MEK who has been campaigning for over a decade to help free the residents of Camp Ashraf and Camp Liberty, and to expose the lies and deceit of the MEK’s leaders Massoud and Maryam Rajavi. I would urge you to investigate the matter of your name and reputation being hijacked by this group. But further, I would urge you also to alert your colleagues in Congress – including those who are your political opponents – to the duplicitous methods of this group. The MEK’s unchallenged interference in the political process of America is not only very much against your country’s national interests, it is a slap in the face of those peaceful Iranians and Americans who, like yourself and President Obama have invested so much time and energy into allowing diplomacy to work.

About Anne Khodabandeh (Singleton):
Middle East Strategy Consultants,
http://www.mesconsult.com

Autor of “Saddam’s Private Army” and “The life of Camp Ashraf”
http://www.camp-ashraf.com

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Anne Khodabandeh (Singleton) and Nasrin Ebrahimi, European Parlaiment: 
Silencing the victims of Mojahedin Khalq (MKO, MEK, Rajavi cult, PMOI, NCRI …) to promote Maryam Rajavi

Anne Singleton from Iran-Interlink
visits Camp New Iraq (Formerly Ashraf)
in wake of violence by loyalists of the Rajavi cult

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Also read:
http://iran-interlink.org/wordpress/?p=5787

Rajavi cult abuse – Albania must protect human rights of Iranian refugees from MEK

Anne Khodabandeh (Singleton) , Iran Interlink, January 24 2015:… Albania’s efforts to improve its human rights and bring them into line with European and international standards could be seriously undermined if it does not take action to curtail the activities of the terrorist Mojahedin Khalq cult organisation in that country. There is strong evidence that …

Anne Khodabandeh (Singleton), University of Baghdad: MEK’s Western backers are complicit in their deaths

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Rajavi cult abuse – Albania must protect human rights of Iranian refugees from MEK

Albania’s efforts to improve its human rights and bring them into line with European and international standards could be seriously undermined if it does not take action to curtail the activities of the terrorist Mojahedin Khalq cult organisation in that country. There is strong evidence that the MEK has bought land and property just outside Tirana in order to create a closed cult enclave similar to ones in Iraq, and that it is using coercion to keep refugees captive there where they are subject to systematic human rights abuses outside the supervision of the Albanian authorities.

The MEK is a terrorist organisation. It is being dismantled in Iraq because its presence and its activities there are illegal under Iraq’s constitutional law. UN officials have made high level efforts to persuade third countries to accept these individuals, in particular those with previous connections to those countries. Understandably, most Western countries have been extremely reluctant to allow trained terrorists into their countries even as refugees. Albania has, however, generously accepted to receive some of the Iranians as refugees. Since 2013, over four hundred of these former MEK combatants have been transferred from Camp Liberty in Iraq to Tirana by the UNHCR as refugees.

Unfortunately UN officials responsible for undertaking to transfer the residents of Camp Liberty have been hindered further in their task by the cult nature of the group. The MEK leaders have effectively imprisoned and isolated the residents of Camp Liberty just outside Baghdad, and refuse to allow them to leave independently or have contact with the outside world. This has meant that families wishing to help their loved ones have been unable to do so. MEK treatment of these people involves the violation of nearly all their internationally recognised human rights; including the right to form a family, to enjoy citizenship, freedom of belief and many more.

Once they arrive in Albania one of the first things all the new arrivals do is to contact their families and seek out other forms of support. The refugees are given time limited support by the UN refugee agency – accommodation and a small living allowance – which is deemed sufficient for them to settle in their new country and make new lives for themselves.

But the MEK does not easily relinquish its control over these former members and has made every effort to prevent them from living independently. One obvious reason is that the MEK want to maintain numbers so they can advertise to Western sponsors as an opposition group. But more importantly, these new arrivals are desperate to tell their stories. They want to speak out about the suffering they endured, some for many, many years. Their stories are of terrible internal human rights abuses committed by the MEK leaders over a period of thirty years (documented by HRW and RAND) and which are still ongoing. They are also witnesses to the MEK’s war crimes while the leaders Massoud and Maryam Rajavi collaborated with Saddam Hussein. The MEK is desperate to silence them.

As the first group arrived, the MEK dispatched senior members from Paris to intimidate them and re-create the cult hierarchy in Tirana. Although unable to physically contain these people, the MEK first offered money and then issued threats to coerce them into compliance. Even so, over half of them rejected the MEK.

The MEK has now created a physical space in which the cult can continue to impose the same strict controls that exist in all its bases. Albanian authorities overseeing the resettlement of these refugees may choose to believe the MEK’s deceptive arguments that this is a humanitarian act because this appears to fulfil the obligations the government has toward the refugees. But former MEK members and cult experts know that already this inaccessible enclave hides systematic human rights abuses.

A country’s commitment to improve human rights for its citizens must not be allowed to exclude the most vulnerable people, including refugees. If Albania is serious about ratifying international human rights conventions and harmonising existing legislation to comply with European standards this issue must be addressed as a matter of urgency before conditions for these vulnerable refugees become intractable.

MEK leader Massoud Rajavi refuses to allow Camp Liberty residents to seek refuge in Albania

تهدید به مرگ آن خدابنده توسط مریم رجوی مجاهدین خلقAnne Khodabandeh (Singleton): In a democracy we don’t beg terrorists not to kill us – Instead we expect our elected leaders to ensure that such crimes are prevented

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Also read:
http://iran-interlink.org/wordpress/?p=5755

Rajavi’s lobbyists demand Mojahedin Khalq terrorist cult in Iraq be re-armed rather than removed

Anne Khodabandeh (Singleton), Iran Interlink, January 14 2015:…  Whether delusional or corrupt, this gang – listed below and now posing as the International Committee in Search of Justice (ISJ) – says the residents of Camp Liberty should have their “personal protection weapons returned to them for self-defence following serious threats and attacks [sic] as the …

گزارش کمپ لیبرتی 6Rajavi’s combatants are nearing retirement age (Iran Interlink Fourth Report from Baghdad, Novmeber 2014)

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Rajavi’s lobbyists demand Mojahedin Khalq terrorist cult in Iraq be re-armed rather than removed

It is surely ironic that the same bunch of people who lobbied hard and at great expense to have the Mojahedin Khalq terrorist cult removed from European and American terrorist lists (the flimsy claim they had renounced terrorism was only possible because in 2003 the US army captured, disarmed and confined them to a single camp in Iraq), is now lobbying to have them re-armed.

Whether delusional or corrupt, this gang – listed below and now posing as the International Committee in Search of Justice (ISJ) – says the residents of Camp Liberty should have their “personal protection weapons returned to them for self-defence following serious threats and attacks [sic] as the Iranian regime’s intervention in Iraq grows”. But has neglected to inform their English speaking audience that the MEK leader, Massoud Rajavi, has demanded the MEK be re-armed with heavy weapons as well as small arms.

In any case, anyone who knows anything about the situation of Camp Liberty knows that the residents are deliberately imprisoned incommunicado inside the camp by the MEK leaders, that the greatest danger these residents face is from these MEK leaders, and that small arms are wanted in order to impose greater control over these captives as they become more and more desperate to escape the tyranny of the cult.

The ISJ statement should certainly not be read without context: Since attaining sovereignty in 2009, each successive government of Iraq has designated the MEK as a terrorist entity which must, under the Constitution, be entirely removed from Iraqi territory. The demand for re-arming rather than removing this group is doubly insulting for a country still swarming with Western spawned terrorist groups.

Perhaps the most ironic ‘complaint’ of the Committee is that the government of Iraq is not investigating the September 1, 2013 attack on Camp Ashraf in which fifty three people died. How is this possible when forty two key eye witnesses – survivors of the attack – have been incarcerated by the MEK inside Camp Liberty so that no investigator in the world has access to them?

Instead of demanding the MEK be re-armed ready to utilize violence again – the raison d’etre of the terrorist cult – this gang should be demanding from Massoud and Maryam Rajavi that each resident of Camp Liberty be given the opportunity to make contact with their families in privacy and to freely leave the camp if they desire. Then we would see how quickly and efficiently these people can be resettled.

List of members of the ISJ according to the MEK:

Alejo Vidal-Quadras, former MEP; Patrick Kennedy, former Congressman; Günter Verheugen, former member of the EU Commission; Nicole Fontaine, former MEP; General Hugh Shelton former US military; David Kilgour, former Canadian Secretary of State; Ingrid Betancourt; Raymond Tanter; Horst Teltschik; Colonel Wesley Martin, former US military; Senator Lucio Malan, Italian Senate; Alessandro Pagano MP; Antonio Razzi, Italian Senate; Gérard Deprez MEP; Ryszard Czarnecki, MEP; Tunne Kelam MEP; Lord Carlile, UK; Lord Clarke, UK; Lord Maginnis, UK; Lord Dholakia, UK

About Anne Khodabandeh (Singleton):
Middle East Strategy Consultants,
http://www.mesconsult.com

Autor of “Saddam’s Private Army” and “The life of Camp Ashraf”
http://www.camp-ashraf.com

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