Tasnim News, Tehran, January 04 2018:… Many rioters arrested in the recent unrest in Iran have been trained by the terrorist Mojahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO), the IRGC commander said, adding that enemies have even dispatched a number of Daesh (ISIL) terrorists to Iran for acts of sabotage. In comments on Wednesday, Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Major …
MKO-Trained Rioters Arrested in Iran: IRGC Chief (aka Maryam Rajavi cult, MEK, NCRI, …)
TEHRAN (Tasnim) – Many rioters arrested in the recent unrest in Iran have been trained by the terrorist Mojahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO, MEK, Rajavi cult)), the IRGC commander said, adding that enemies have even dispatched a number of Daesh (ISIL) terrorists to Iran for acts of sabotage.
In comments on Wednesday, Commander of the Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) Major General Mohammad Ali Jafari said many rioters arrested after December 29 amid violent unrest in some cities of Iran have been trained by the anti-revolutionary forces and the MKO terrorists.
The timely public move to counter the riots helped security forces capture the ringleaders of sedition quickly, the general added, saying that the IRGC forces took limited action only in three provinces of Isfahan, Lorestan and Hamedan to quell the riots.
According to the commander, the US, Zionists and Al Saud have ordered a number of offense teams of the Daesh terrorist group to enter Iran for acts of sabotage and blasts, but stressed that Iran has gotten all of those attack teams under control.
Weaker teams of the terrorist group would not even dare to cross the Iranian border, he added.
Major General Jafari also disclosed a seditious plot by the rioters and their masters for a rise in the death toll from the unrest in Iran and blaming it on the government.
The “casualty-creating” scenario was carried out in the cities of Qahdarijan, Izeh and Najafabad, as even two voluntary forces were martyred by rifle pellets and stabbing, the commander went on to say.
Riots broke out in some Iranian cities last week amid peaceful rallies in protest at price hikes and economic woes.
Security forces have arrested a number of leading rioters and mercenaries affiliated with foreign intelligence services, a chief judiciary official in Tehran said.
On Tuesday, Leader of the Islamic Revolution Ayatollah Seyed Ali Khamenei highlighted the role of enemies in the recent events in Iran, saying the adversaries have employed various tools at their disposal, including money, weapon, politics and security organizations, to harm the Islamic Republic.
On Wednesday, people held demonstrations in many cities across Iran to condemn the riots and acts of vandalism.
Mojahedin Khalq (Maryam Rajavi cult, MEK, MKO) terrorists are among protesters
Borzou Daragahi, Buzz Feed, January 01 2018:… presence of the Mujahedin Khalq organization, or MKO, in the organization of the protests. The bizarre, cultlike Marxist Islamist group has strong ties to Washington but is widely despised by Iranians. Iran has reacted mercilessly to any movement tainted by the MKO, and Iranians have generally approved; the group partnered with Saddam Hussein in …
Iran’s Rouhani Acknowledges Right To Protest, But Blasts Trump For Encouraging It
“This gentleman in America, who is now trying to sympathize with our nation, appears to have forgotten that he called the Iranian nation terrorists several months ago.”
Reporting From Istanbul, Turkey
Iranian President Hassan Rouhani sought to cool tempers Sunday after four days of protestsover rising prices and political repression that were marked by escalating violence.
Unarmed demonstrators in dozens of cities and towns across the country showed increasing willingness to confront security forces and attack symbols of state power, while government officials signaled they were moving to clamp down on the protests.
Speaking at a Cabinet meeting, Rouhani defended the right to peaceful protest but warned that security forces would not tolerate vandalism and chaos.
“According to the constitution, and based on basic and citizens’ rights, the people are completely free to make criticism and even protest,” he said in comments reported by news agencies. “The government, however, will most certainly not tolerate the action of any group that wants to vandalize public property or disrupt public order and create social disorder.”
Rouhani also blasted US President Donald Trump, who in statements defended the rights of Iranian protesters and warned that “the world is watching” what is unfolding in Iran.
“This gentleman in America, who is now trying to sympathize with our nation, appears to have forgotten that he called the Iranian nation terrorists several months ago,” he said, describing Trump as an enemy of Iran “from the top of his head to his very toes.”
Despite Rouhani’s conciliatory tone, violence showed no signs of stopping Sunday. Images of fiery protests and streets flooded with tear gas and riot police poured out of the country.
At least two people have died already in the protests, according to Iranian officials. Activists have counted as many as six dead, including five in the southwestern province of Lorestanand in Zanjan, on the eastern border. Video footage has emerged showing gunfire and scenes of lifeless young men being hurried to medical facilities. Scores have been arrested, with video showing at least some being taken to notorious detention centers such as Tehran’s Evin prison.
Iranian security officials warned that they were closely watching people’s behavior on the streets and in the internet forums where the protests appear to be organized.
Iranian politicians all appeared to be struggling to address the swell of protests. In his statement, Rouhani vowed to address public concerns. “Resolving some of these problems are time consuming and the government and the nation must join hands in order to resolve them,” Rouhani went on to say.
“What happened in some regions of the country over the past few days provided another opportunity to reveal the true colors of those who nurture hatred and vengeance against the Islamic Republic of Iran and its people,” Iranian Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani-Fazli said during a meeting on Sunday, according to the Afkar news website. “Those who exploited the patience and tolerance of law enforcement force during these days must definitely answer for this lawlessness and disrespect toward the people.”
Iran imposes tough limitations on journalists, barring most international correspondents from freely working inside the country and placing severe restrictions on diplomats, visiting scholars, and independent local observers. Much of the news about the protests, which began Thursday in the eastern city of Mashhad, comes from unverified video footage distributed online by ideologically driven activist networks with spotty track records.
But while the magnitude, aims, and composition of the unfolding protests remained tough to pin down, the scope of the unrest — the worst political crisis in the country since a 2009 mass uprising — had clearly stunned Iranian officials and analysts monitoring the country. Unlike the 2009 uprising, triggered by the disputed reelection of hardliner president Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, the protests erupted not just in large cosmopolitan centers but across dozens of small cities and towns across the country. Many erupted in eastern and western border regions that have long accused Tehran of ignoring their economic and social demands.
“This is an expression of both social economic and political grievance that have been simmering for a long time,” said Ali Fathollah-Nejad, a scholar at the Brookings Doha Center and the German Council on Foreign Relations.
Videos of the protesters showed mostly young men in knockoff designer blue jeans or tracksuits in far-flung, little-known towns chanting radical slogans calling for an end of the Islamic Republic. They demanded death to both Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei, a hardliner, and the twice-elected President Hassan Rouhani, who drew the votes of the young, women, and minorities in 2013 and 2017 by promising reform. Among the protesters spotted in videos, there were few images of well-coiffed middle-class women who took part in the 2009 uprising. Instead, young, gruff men fearlessly confronted armed security forces.
“It seems to be more people involved from lower- and lower-middle-class strata of society,” said Fathollah-Nejad.
Unemployment and inflation, exacerbated by years of Western sanctions over Iran’s nuclear program, endemic corruption, and gross incompetence, have frayed hopes among Iran’s young people. “Everyone is dissatisfied,” the daughter of a Tehran area leader of the pro-regime Basij militia said via the Telegram messaging service. “When there are protests, they go into the streets.”
Despite growing economic hardship and palpable anger, many Iran analysts assumed that the rural towns and lower-middle-class districts where the unrest is rooted were the regime’s base of support; Mashhad, Iran’s second-largest city, is considered a conservative bastion. Voting patterns confirmed that rural areas tended to support the status quo, despite 17 million nonvoters out of an eligible 55 million.
“I think the grassroots and lower middle class are venting out anger,” said one hardened Tehran journalist, a veteran of both the 2009 uprising and 1999 student protests which shook the country. He said he was somewhat baffled by the latest turn. “The destination of the protests is unknown,” he said.
Iranian politicians all appeared to be struggling to address the swell of protests. Neither Khamenei nor Rouhani had publicly addressed the protests by late Sunday. Mohammed-Reza Aref, a reformist leader allied with Rouhani, said he sympathized with the protesters’ aims but warned against breaking the law. “Attending to the welfare of our dear people is the duty of statesmen,” he wrote on Twitter. “However, we should be aware not to act in a way that creates tensions in the country, as this is the desire of ill-wishers of the nation that seek to take away people’s hope.”
But the protesters appear unheedful of and untethered to any of Iran’s political factions or civil society streams. In four days of protests, there were few if any of the green banners or ribbons that symbolized the 2009 revolt, or chants in support of former president Mohammad Khatami, who sought to liberalize Iran during his 1997 to 2005 tenure, or reformist politicians Mir-Hossein Mousavi and Mehdi Karroubi, both under house arrest.
“There is no space for appeasement in the current demonstrations, no signal to Khatami, nor to Mousavi,” one Tehran social scientist wrote in a note on her private Facebook page. “But what are these people looking for? [Expressing] great anger and overthrowing the regime at any price? Do not let these demonstrations go the direction of the Arab Spring and Syria and Libya, which would be really terrible.”
Several participants in the 2009 revolt said they were not taking part in the current unrest — and did not know anyone who was. The lack of ties to the reformists may make them darlings of Iranian exiles in the West and a clique of influential Iran opponents in Washington who don’t distinguish between Iranian factions, but it also risks alienating a sizeable number of middle-class Iranians, including tens of millions who waited in long lines to vote for Rouhani seven months ago. Images of protesters attacking banks and government offices may frighten away Iranians worried the country will descend into chaos.
The protesters’ lack of any patron within the political elite could lower the cost of using violence against them. There were already reports and video suggesting the security forces were rapidly gathering equipment and personnel to crack down. The Iranian government has many arrows in its quiver, including the special riot police, the plainclothes Basij militia, which answers to the Revolutionary Guard, and violent religious zealots with informal ties to the security forces. In 2009 rumors surfaced that the members of the Lebanese Hezbollah militia were being deployed to crack down on protesters in the capital and other major cities. Eight years later, not only does Iran have access to Hezbollah, it has also formed new groups drawn from Shia in Iraq and Afghanistan and has shown a willingness to deploy them in ambitious ways.
Many observers also noted the presence of the Mujahedin Khalq organization, or MKO, in the organization of the protests. The bizarre, cultlike Marxist Islamist group has strong ties to Washington but is widely despised by Iranians. Iran has reacted mercilessly to any movement tainted by the MKO, and Iranians have generally approved; the group partnered with Saddam Hussein in Iran’s eight-year war against Iraq.
As young Iranians began to gather for protests on Sunday, Iran’s semiofficial Mehr news agency issued an ominous warning that Sunni jihadis were rumored to be preparing violence against demonstrators in what many Iranians considered a pretext for violent attacks on protests. “These groups commissioned forces to shoot or stab people at the protests and attribute killings to the police, Basij or the Revolutionary Guard,” said the statement, carried on Mehr’s Telegram channel.
Borzou Daragahi is a Middle East correspondent for BuzzFeed News and is based in Istanbul.
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Intel Vets Tell Trump Iran Is Not Top Terror Sponsor (Mojahedin Khalq, MEK, Maryam Rajavi, NCRI)
Consortium News, December 26 2017:… The MEK were classified as a terrorist group, until the United States decided that as long as the MEK would help kill Iranians rather than Americans, that they were no longer terrorists. The MEK’s history of terrorism is quite clear. Among more than a dozen examples over the last four decades these four are illustrative: During the 1970s, the MEK killed U.S. military …
Intel Vets Tell Trump Iran Is Not Top Terror Sponsor (Mojahedin Khalq, MEK, Maryam Rajavi, NCRI)
A group of U.S. intelligence veterans urges President Trump to stop his administration’s false claims about Iran being the leading state sponsor of terrorism when U.S. allies, such as Saudi Arabia, are clearly much guiltier.
MEMORANDUM FOR: The President
FROM: Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity
SUBJECT: Is Iran the “World’s Leading Sponsor of Terrorism?”
We are concerned by recent strident and stark public statements from key members of your Administration that paint Iran in very alarmist terms. The average American, without the benefit of history, could easily be persuaded that Iran poses an imminent threat and that there is no alternative for us but military conflict.
We find this uncomfortably familiar territory. Ten years ago former President George W. Bush was contemplating a war with Iran when, in November of 2007, intelligence analysts issued a formal National Intelligence Estimate (NIE) debunking the prevailing conventional wisdom; namely, that Iran was on the verge of getting a nuclear weapon. The NIE concluded that Iran had stopped working on a nuclear weapon in 2003.
Recalling this moment in his memoir, Decision Points, President Bush noted that the NIE’s “eye-popping” intelligence findings stayed his hand. He added this rhetorical question: “How could I possibly explain using the military to destroy the nuclear facilities of a country the intelligence community said had no active nuclear weapons program?”
We believe that you are facing a similar situation today. But instead of an inaccurate claim that Iran has nuclear weapons, the new canard to justify war with Iran is the claim that Iran remains the “world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism.” This is incorrect, as we explain below.
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One of the recurring big bipartisan lies being pushed on the public with the enthusiastic help of a largely pliant media is that Iran is the prime sponsor of terrorism in the world today.
In the recent presentation of your administration’s National Security Strategy for 2018, the point is made that:
“Iran, the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism, has taken advantage of instability to expand its influence through partners and proxies, weapon proliferation, and funding. . . . Iran continues to perpetuate the cycle of violence in the region, causing grievous harm to civilian populations.”
Those sentiments are echoed by several other countries of the Middle East. Saudi Arabia’s Foreign Minister, Adel al-Jubeir, for example, declared in October 2015 that: Iran “is the biggest sponsor of terrorism in the world, and it is working on destabilizing the region.”
The Saudi foreign minister conveniently declined to mention that 15 of the 19 terrorists who hijacked planes and attacked America on 11 September 2001 were Saudis, not Iranians. And, while Iran was an active promoter of terrorism two decades ago, it is no longer in the forefront of global terrorism. Ironically, that dubious distinction now goes to Iran’s accusers — first and foremost, Saudi Arabia.
The depiction of Iran as “the world’s leading state sponsor of terrorism” is not supported by the facts. While Iran is guilty of having used terrorism as a national policy tool, the Iran of 2017 is not the Iran of 1981. In the early days of the Islamic Republic, Iranian operatives routinely carried out car bombings, kidnappings and assassinations of dissidents and of American citizens. That has not been the case for many years. Despite frequent claims by U.S. officials that Iran is engaged in terrorism, we simply note that the incidents recorded annually in the U.S. Department of State’s Patterns of Global Terrorism rarely identifies a terrorist incident as an act by or on behalf of Iran.
Iran’s relationship with Hezbollah also has evolved radically. In the early years of the Islamic Republic, Hezbollah was often a proxy and sub-contractor for Iran. But during the last 20 years Hezbollah has become an entity and political force in its own right. It fought Israel to a standstill in 2006 in southern Lebanon, which was a watershed moment in establishing Hezbollah’s transformation into a conventional army. In the intervening years, Hezbollah, which is now part of the Lebanese government, also has turned away from the radical, religious driven violence that is the hallmark of the Sunni extremists, like ISIS.
Iran’s Asymmetrical Response
After Iran fell under the rule of the Ayatollah in 1979 terrorism, its role in high profile terrorist attacks, such as the taking of U.S. hostages and the bombings of the U.S. Embassy and the Marine barracks in Lebanon, fed understandable U.S. animosity towards Iran. But Iran’s actions were not driven primarily by blind hatred or radical religious views. For Iran terrorism was a way to punch back against more powerful foes, principally the United States, which was providing military and intelligence support to Iran’s neighbor and enemy, Iraq.
The Iranians were also pragmatic and had direct dealings with Israel. During the early days of the Iranian revolution the Mullahs, despite publicly denouncing Israel, happily accepted secret military support from the Israelis. Israel was equally pragmatic. The Israeli leaders ignored the Mullahs and gave the support as a means of helping counter the threat posed by Iraqi President Saddam Hussein. A classic case of the enemy of my enemy is my friend.
The public image of Iran as a hotbed of fanatical terrorists has been usurped since the August 1998 bombings of the U.S. Embassies in east Africa by Al Qaeda and other radical Sunni entities. The U.S. Government’s own list of terrorist attacks since 2001 shows a dramatic drop in the violence carried out by Iran and an accompanying surge in horrific acts by radical Sunni Muslims who are not aligned with Iran. The latest edition of the Global Terrorism Index, a project of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, shows that four groups accounted for 74 percent of all fatalities from terrorism in 2015 — Boko Haram, Al-Qaeda, the Taliban and ISIS.
Thirteen of the 14 Muslim Groups identified by the U.S. intelligence community as actively hostile to the US are Sunni, not Shia, and are not supported by Iran:
– ISIS (Sunni)
– The Al-Nusra Front (Sunni)
– Al-Qa’ida Central (Sunni)
– Al-Qa’ida in Magheb (Sunni)
– Al-Qa’ida in Arabian Peninsula (Sunni)
– Boku Haram (Sunni)
– Al-Shabbab (Sunni)
– Khorassan Group (Sunni)
– Society of the Muslim Brothers (Sunni)
– Sayyaf Group in the Philippines (Sunni)
– Taliban in Pakistan and Afghanistan (Sunni)
– Lashgar i Taiba (Sunni)
– Jemaa Islamiya (Sunni)
– Houthis (Shia)
The last major terrorist attack causing casualties that is linked to Iran was the July 2012 bombing of a bus with Israeli tourists in Bulgaria. That departure from Iran’s more recent policy on terrorism was retaliation for what Iran perceived to be Israel’s role in assassinating five Iranian scientists involved with Iran’s Nuclear program, between January 2010 and January 2012 (the dates and names of those attacked are appended).
One can easily imagine the outrage and lust for revenge that would sweep the U.S., if Americans believed a foreign country sent operatives into the United States who in turn murdered engineers and scientists working on sensitive U.S. defense projects.
There have been other terrorist attacks inside Iran bearing the handprint of support from the United States. Author Sean Naylor, Relentless Strike, which details the history of operations carried out by U.S. Joint Special Operations Command (JSOC) over the past 30 years, sheds light on this uncomfortable truth:
“JSOC personnel also worked with the Mujahideen-e-Khalq (MEK), a militant Iranian exile group that had based itself in Iraq after falling afoul of the ayatollahs’ regime in Tehran. The State Department had placed the MEK on its list of designated terrorist organizations, but that didn’t stop JSOC from taking an attitude of “the enemy of my enemy is my friend” toward the group. “They were a group of folks that could transit the border, and they were willing to help us out on what we wanted to do with Iran,” said a special operations officer.”
The MEK were classified as a terrorist group, until the United States decided that as long as the MEK would help kill Iranians rather than Americans, that they were no longer terrorists. The MEK’s history of terrorism is quite clear. Among more than a dozen examples over the last four decades these four are illustrative:
- During the 1970s, the MEK killed U.S. military personnel and U.S. civilians working on defense projects in Tehran and supported the takeover in 1979 of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran.
- In 1981, the MEK detonated bombs in the head office of the Islamic Republic Party and the Premier’s office, killing some 70 high-ranking Iranian officials, including Iran’s President, Premier, and Chief Justice.
- In April 1992, the MEK conducted near-simultaneous attacks on Iranian embassies and installations in 13 countries, demonstrating the group’s ability to mount large-scale operations overseas.
- In April 1999, the MEK targeted key military officers and assassinated the deputy chief of the Iranian Armed Forces General Staff.
Despite this history, a bipartisan parade of prominent U.S. political and military leaders has lobbied on behalf of MEK and has been well compensated in return.
Benighted Policy So Far
In the ultimate ironic turn, the U.S.-led 2003 war in Iraq played a critical role in Iran’s resurgence as a regional power. Saddam Hussein was replaced by Shia muslims who had received sanctuary in Iran for many years and Baathist institutions, including the Army, were taken over by Iraqis sympathetic to Tehran.
Iran has come out ahead in Iraq and, with the 2015 nuclear agreement in place, Iran’s commercial and other ties have improved with key NATO allies and the other major world players—Russia and China in particular.
Official pronouncements on critical national security matters need to be based on facts. Hyperbole in describing Iran’s terrorist activities can be counterproductive. For this reason, we call attention to Ambassador Nikki Haley’s recent statement that it is hard to find a “terrorist group in the Middle East that does not have Iran’s fingerprints all over it.” The truth is quite different. The majority of terrorist groups in the region are neither creatures nor puppets of Iran. ISIS, Al-Qaeda and Al-Nusra are three of the more prominent that come to mind.
You have presented yourself as someone willing to speak hard truths in the face of establishment pressure and not to accept the status quo. You spoke out during the campaign against the 2003 U.S. invasion of Iraq as a historic mistake of epic proportions. You also correctly captured the mood of many Americans fatigued from constant war in far away lands. Yet the torrent of warnings from Washington about the dangers supposedly posed by Iran and the need to confront them are being widely perceived as steps toward reversing your pledge not to get embroiled in new wars.
We encourage you to reflect on the warning we raised with President George W. Bush almost 15 years ago, at a similar historic juncture:
“after watching Secretary Powell today, we are convinced that you would be well served if you widened the discussion … beyond the circle of those advisers clearly bent on a war for which we see no compelling reason and from which we believe the unintended consequences are likely to be catastrophic.”
LIST OF IRANIAN SCIENTISTS ASSASSINATED IN IRAN
January 12, 2010: Masoud Alimohammadi, Iranian Physicist:
Killed by a car bomb. The perpetrator reportedly confessed to having been recruited by Israeli intelligence to carry out the assassination.
November 29, 2010: Majid Shahriari, Iranian nuclear scientist:
Killed by a car bomb. According to German media, Israel was the sponsor.
November 29, 2010: Assassination attempt on Fereydoon Abbasi Iranian nuclear scientist:
Wounded by a car bomb.
July 23, 2011: Darioush Rezaeinejad, Iranian electrical engineer, nuclear scientist
Killed by unknown gunmen on motorcycle. Specialist on high-voltage switches — a key component of nuclear warheads. Assassinated by Israeli intelligence, according to the German press.
January 11, 2012: Mostafa Ahmadi-Roshan, Iranian nuclear scientist
Killed at Natanz uranium enrichment facility by a magnetic bomb of the same kind used in earlier assassinations of Iranian scientists.
Richard Beske, CIA, Operations Officer (ret.)
William Binney, former NSA Technical Director for World Geopolitical & Military Analysis; Co-founder of NSA’s Signals Intelligence Automation Research Center
Marshall Carter-Tripp, Foreign Service Officer (ret.) and Division Director, State Department Bureau of Intelligence and Research
Bogdan Dzakovic, Former Team Leader of Federal Air Marshals and Red Team, FAA Security, (ret.) (associate VIPS)
Philip Giraldi, CIA, Operations Officer (ret.)
Larry C. Johnson, former CIA and State Department Counter Terrorism officer
Michael S. Kearns, Captain, USAF (Ret.); ex-Master SERE Instructor for Strategic Reconnaissance Operations (NSA/DIA) and Special Mission Units (JSOC)
John Kiriakou, Former CIA Counterterrorism Officer and former senior investigator, Senate Foreign Relations Committee
Karen Kwiatkowski, former Lt. Col., US Air Force (ret.), at Office of Secretary of Defense watching the manufacture of lies on Iraq, 2001-2003
Edward Loomis, NSA, Cryptologic Computer Scientist (ret.)
David MacMichael, National Intelligence Council (ret.)
Ray McGovern, former US Army infantry/intelligence officer & CIA analyst (ret.)
Elizabeth Murray, Deputy National Intelligence Officer for Near East, CIA and National Intelligence Council (ret.)
Torin Nelson, former Intelligence Officer/Interrogator (GG-12) HQ, Department of the Army
Todd E. Pierce, MAJ, US Army Judge Advocate (ret.)
Coleen Rowley, FBI Special Agent and former Minneapolis Division Legal Counsel (ret.)
Greg Thielmann — Former director of the Strategic, Proliferation, and Military Affairs Office of the State Department’s intelligence bureau (INR) and former senior staffer on the Senate Intelligence Committee
Kirk Wiebe — former Senior Analyst, SIGINT Automation Research Center, NSA
Lawrence Wilkerson, Colonel (USA, ret.), Distinguished Visiting Professor, College of William and Mary (associate VIPS)
Sarah G. Wilton, CDR, USNR, (Retired)/DIA, (Retired)
Robert Wing — former Foreign Service Officer (associate VIPS)
Ann Wright, Col., US Army (ret.); Foreign Service Officer (who resigned in opposition to the war on Iraq)
Full-Time Job Of Maryam Rajavi (MEK), working as Mercenary for Iran’s enemies
Mazda Parsi, Nejat Society, November 23 2017:… If America could be made ignorant and amnestic of the horrors imposed on America by the MKO by selective information, leaks, and by silence brought and made possible by Israel then ISIS had a good chance of being received by the US and maintained by the Zionists for the rainy day. The secret deals between the cultish, violent regressive MKO –which was an acolyte of Saddam Hussein …
Full-Time Job Of Maryam Rajavi (MEK), working as Mercenary for Iran’s enemies
working as Mercenary for Iran’s enemies
It has been near two decades that the Mujahedin Khalq Organizaion (the MKO/MEK/ the PMOI/ the Cult of Rajavi) propagate its fabrications on Iran’s nuclear program and eventually Iran hawks in the United States and Israel fearmonger about the “threat” of Iran.
Siding with the the countries’ enemies caused the Iranian people to hate the Mujahedin-e Khalq .
If America could be made ignorant and amnestic of the horrors imposed on America by the MKO by selective information, leaks, and by silence brought and made possible by Israel then ISIS had a good chance of being received by the US and maintained by the Zionists for the rainy day.
The secret deals between the cultish, violent regressive MKO –which was an acolyte of Saddam Hussein– and the US warmongers, show that Israel will create a friend out of an enemy of a friend. Considering the fact that the US has no common interest with the MKO –anti Iran stance as an American duty has also been cooked by Israel. In fact, Israel bribes the senators, congressmen, mayors and governors of the allied country to normalize relation with the MKO, a sworn enemy of US with blood on hand.
This is the very reason ISIS can be suspected of collusion with Israel. If the MKO could get removed of terror list, ISIS which has not killed the US citizens –as the MKO did in the 1970s– could also get but at a time chosen by Israel. Enemy of my enemy is my friend is obsolete ideological term for Israel. For Israel making friendship with the enemies of the friend and then using both of them for its own reactionary interests is the norm.
“Former administration officials like Tom Ridge and Washington think tanks allied with the Israel Lobby have published screeds calling for violent overthrow of the Iranian regime,” Richard Silverstein of the Jewish website Tikun Olam writes. “Their op-eds are bought and paid for by former terror groups like the MeK charged with assassinating U.S. diplomats. Ridge alone has earned tens of thousands of dollars for giving 15-minute speeches addressed to MeK gatherings around the globe. Scores of other past officials including Howard Dean, Rudy Giuliani, Ed Rendell, John Bolton, have also joined the gravy train.” 
A former CIA agent who writes on the American Herald Tribune, Philip Giraldi revealed the well-paid lobbying campaign of the MKO in the US government. He writes: “Multi-million dollar contracts with Washington lobbying firms experienced at “working” congress backed up by handsome speaking fees have induced many prominent Americans to join the chorus supporting NCRI. Prior to 2012, speaking fees for the group started at $15,000 and went up from there. Former Pennsylvania governor Ed Rendell reported more than $150,000 in honoraria. Rudy Giuliani has been paid generously for years at $20,000 per appearance for brief, twenty-minute speeches. Bear in mind that MEK was a listed terrorist group at the time and accepting money from it to promote its interests should have constituted material support of terrorism.” 
The US paid advocates of the MKO have been very probably informed about the true substance of the MKO by prominent columnists like Philip Giraldi. “MEK is widely regarded as a terrorist cult headed by a bizarre husband and wife team Massoud and Maryam Rajavi,” he asserts. “Its members are required to be celibate and are subjected to extensive brainwashing, physical torture, severe beatings even unto death, and prolonged solitary confinement if they question the leadership. One scholar who has studied them describes their beliefs as a “weird combination of Marxism and Islamic fundamentalism.” 
He suggests that with the sharp turn of the Trump Administration against Iran, the MKO is now finding an audience in the US, “telling the American public that Iran is “cheating” on the nuclear deal”.
A few weeks prior to the article by Philip Giraldi, Yuram Abdullah Weiler published an article on the American Herald Tribune titled “The Iran Nuclear “Threat”: Trump’s Recycled Fake News”. His investigated post exposes the so-called expert Alireza Jafarzadeh as the MKO’s arm in the US war hawk media, the Fox News. He suggests that Jafarzadeh just recycles the same alleged intelligence on the Iran nuclear program that he has repeated over and over since 2002. 
“Jafarzadeh gained notoriety in August 2002 when he held a press conference to present “evidence” of a nuclear weapons program in Iran” he writes. “In his 2006 book titled “The Iran Threat,” which reads like a pulp-fiction spy thriller, he admitted that he has worked as a lobbyist for the MeK and even managed to convince 219 members of the U.S. House of Representatives to sign a statement in support of the NCRI […] The similarity of the current (2017) Fox News article and the 2005 press release is striking.” 
Where is this intelligence fabricated originally?
The prominent journalist Gareth Porter has several times answered this question based on documented information. A few weeks ago, once more he asserted that Zionism is the main element to run the US policy and the agenda of its terror and propaganda arms in the world. “President Donald Trump’s new Iran policy clearly represents a dangerous rejection of diplomacy in favor of confrontation,” Porter suggests. “But it’s more than that: It’s a major shift toward a much closer alignment of U.S. policy with that of the Israeli government of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.” 
Porter denounces the MKO’s American sponsors as main operators of Zionists policy in the US. “But it was Bolton who worked with Israeli officials to plan a campaign to convince the world that Iran was secretly working on nuclear weapons,” He writes. “His goal was to sell key European nations on a UN Security Council resolution accusing Iran of developing a nuclear program. Bolton explains in his memoirs that the assumption of his strategy was that either the Security Council would strip Iran of its right to have a nuclear program or the United States would take unilateral military action.” 
About the alleged revelations on the Iranian nuclear sites he resumes: “In the summer of 2004, a large collection of documents allegedly from a covert Iranian nuclear weapons research program was suddenly obtained by Germany’s foreign intelligence agency. Those documents became the sole alleged evidence that such a program existed. But this writer found more than one telltale sign of fraud in the papers, and a former senior German foreign office official told me on the record in March 2013 that the source who passed on the documents was a member of the Mujihadeen e-Khalq (MEK), the armed Iranian opposition group. The MEK has allegedly worked with Israel’s Mossad for some time.” 
What makes the MKO credible for Iran hawks?
Richard Silverstein notices the history of the group and concludes that “It would be totally in character for the MeK to accept funding from Iran’s enemies, as it was once sheltered in Iraq by Saddam Hussein during the Iran-Iraq war.” 
Some of the services the MKO offers its sponsors are listed by Silverstein: “the MeK participated in the assassination of five Iranian nuclear scientists. Many analysts believe that MeK’s mysterious largesse originated in the treasury of the Saudi regime, a sworn enemy of the Iran’s Shia regime. NBC, quoting Obama administration sources, claimed the Mossad was an important funder as well. Meir Dagan, Israel’s former Mossad chief, publicly boasted of Israeli acts of terrorism sponsored inside Iran. Clearly, these sorts of operations need Iranian insiders and MeK is a likely culprit. The same NBC report asserted that the MeK participated in the assassination of five Iranian nuclear scientists. I reported here, based on a high-level Israeli former military officer, that the Mossad and MeK jointly coördinated the attacks. Other journalists have reported that the Saudis gave Israel $1-billion for various operations to sabotage Iran’s nuclear program including the assassinations and the Stuxnet malware attack.” 
In all these filthy deals there is a “poor bargain” for the people of the world. The destructive cult of Rajavi is a bad tool for the warmongers that will one day come back to haunt them just like what Al Qaeda and ISIS did.
By Mazda Parsi
 Silverstein, Richard, Trump and Iran Nuclear Deal: ‘On the Road to Nowhere’, Tikun Olam, November 5, 2017
 Giraldi, Philip, The Rise of MEK/NCRI in Washington: Pay Off The Right People and You Are No Longer A Terrorist, American Herald Tribune, October 30, 2017
 Weiler, Yuram Abdullah, The Iran Nuclear “Threat”: Trump’s Recycled Fake News, American Herald Tribune, October 13, 2017
 Porter, Gareth, Trump Trashes Iran Deal to Satisfy Netanyahu U.S-Iran policy is closer to Israel than it has been in years, the American Conservative, October 20, 2017
 Silverstein, Richard, Trump and Iran Nuclear Deal: ‘On the Road to Nowhere’, Tikun Olam, November 5, 2017
Anne Khodabandeh (Singleton) exposing Maryam Rajavi’s MEK activities in Albania
Mojahedin Khalq (MEK, NCRI, MKO, Rajavi cult …)to purify their violent history
Nejat Society, November 18 2017:… Definitely, the slogan “death to America” was widely used by the MKO at least in the first three decades of its existence. Besides killing the American citizens in Iran in 1970’s, the group was a radical anti-America entity until the fall of its former landlord Saddam Hussein. They celebrated the death of hundreds of American citizens in the September eleventh attack in 2001. “After this, the scenes of the airplanes smashing …
Hostage Crisis, Change Of The Cover Not The Essence Of The MEK
MEK to purify their violent history
On the 38th anniversary of the U.S. Embassy takeover in Tehran, the propaganda activists of the Mujahedin Khalq Organization (the MKO/MEK/ the Cult of Rajavi/ the PMOI) keep on their efforts to purify their violent history projecting the entire violence committed at the time to the newly established Islamic Republic.
The member of the MKO’s parliament in exile, Ali Safavi fabricated a post on the Hill to distance his group from any opposition against the United States; the enemy of the enemy is now the dear respected friend of the MKO.
Safavi claims that the chants of “Death to America” and “the disdain for international norms” are exclusively embraced by the Islamic Republic. Approving the invalidity of Safavi’s claims is quiet easy by a very simple search in the accessible papers and documents of the group itself, as well as the international bodies and the worldwide media.
One very tangible investigated report is that of Chris McGreal of the Guardian that defined “what is the MEK” in September 2012, the same time that the group was delisted by the US State Department. “The MEK ran a bombing campaign inside Iran against the Shah’s regime the 1970s,” he wrote. “The targets were sometimes American, including the US information office, Pepsi Cola, Pan Am and General Motors. The group routinely denounced Zionism and “racist Israel”, and called for “death to America”…The MEK was an enthusiastic supporter of the seizure of the US embassy in Tehran following the Iranian revolution. It called the eventual release of the American hostages a “surrender”. 
Definitely, the slogan “death to America” was widely used by the MKO at least in the first three decades of its existence. Besides killing the American citizens in Iran in 1970’s, the group was a radical anti-America entity until the fall of its former landlord Saddam Hussein. They celebrated the death of hundreds of American citizens in the September eleventh attack in 2001. “After this, the scenes of the airplanes smashing into the towers began to be broadcast on the widescreens in the hall over and over again,” Reza Sadeghi Jabali, former member of the group said in his testimonies. “Each time they were shown, the leaders would stand up, cheer, clap and shout slogans and each time they would look toward the section commanders to ensure they and their people also stand up and join the celebrations. And they would, because they knew the consequences of not obeying. Rajavi, standing on the stage, was more excited than anyone else. After a while he ordered people to stop and listen. He then said (his exact words): “Praise Islam. Praise Islam. Imagine, if this is what Reactionary Islam can achieve, then what a day it will be when Revolutionary Islam steps up to the scene”. 
The MKO’s anti-US approach was originally documented by the US State department. The State Department’s Country Reports on Terrorism released in 2011, listed the MKO’s attacks against the American interests in Tehran which included six cases of bombings in different places that ended with the death of six American nationals. One case was particularly committed in the US embassy in Tehran. “In 1972, the MEK set off bombs in Tehran at the U.S. Information Service office (part of the U.S. Embassy),” the report said. 
“Though denied by the MEK, analysis based on eyewitness accounts and MEK documents demonstrate that MEK members participated in and supported the 1979 takeover of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran and that the MEK later argued against the early release [of] the American hostages,” the report said. “The MEK also provided personnel to guard and defend the site of the U.S. Embassy in Tehran, following the takeover of the Embassy.”  Thus, it was not unlikely that the MKO agents would have killed the American hostages of the embassy if they had had the power at the time.
While Ali Safavi calls the hostage taking in the US embassy as “medieval”, claiming that the Iranians have changed and seek a normal relation with the US, he should be asked what about the MKO. As the representative of the MKO, he claims that his group has got “re-energized, boosting its strength and cohesiveness” to aid the Iranian people in their aspiration for friendship with the West. Supposing that the Iranians trust the MKO for the alleged vows, has the MKO really changed?
“The MEK reinvented itself in American eyes,” Chris McGreal clarifies. The state department report quotes an American journalist as saying of the MEK: “They hope to transform their public image in America from terrorists to freedom fighters”. 
The MKO abandoned violence only after it was disarmed by the US army in 2003. However, the violence inside the cult-like structure of the group continues systematically. The 1992 report of the State department –before the group could buy support in the US government— said the MKO’s leadership “never practices democracy within their organisation”. 
“Many Iranians who have dealt with MEK members assert that the [MEK] suppress dissent, often with force, and do not tolerate different viewpoints. The [MEK’s] credibility is also undermined by the fact that they deny or distort sections of their history, such as the use of violence or opposition to Zionism. It is difficult to accept at face value promises of future conduct when an organisation fails to acknowledge itspast,” the report said. 
The time has come for the world to see the true image of the Cult of Rajavi; one that still keeps people as hostages in its camps, depriving them of their most basic rights, barring them from leaving the cult and allow them to choose freely whether they want to stay in the cult or not.
Respects for human rights, gender equality and free-market economics is worthless in the MKO. The small society of the Cult of Rajavi is an iconic example of segregation, gender inequality, and forced unpaid labor. Read the testimonies of former members.
 McGreal, Chris, Q&A: what is the MEK and why did theUS call it a terrorist organization? , the Guardian, September 21, 2012
 McGreal, Chris, Q&A: what is the MEK and why did the US call it a terrorist organization? , the Guardian, September 21, 2012
Captain Lewis Lee Hawkins
(Photograph courtesy Annette Hawkins)
Lets create another Vietnam for America(pdf).
(Mojahedin English language paper April 1980)
Letter to Imam (Khomeini) (pdf).
(Mojahedin English Language paper April 1980)
Some questions unanswered regarding the US military invasion of Iran (pdf).
(Mojahedin English Language paper June 1980)
link to one of the Mojahedin Khalq songs
advocating terror and killing Americans
(In Persian written and distributed after the Iranian Revolution)
National Geographic, March 04 2017:… Leading MEK members squirm under the knowing gaze of Michael Ware. Watch the shifty looks and glances as the MEK representatives try to lie about their true intentions. They admit to wanting regime change, but claim to be pacifists. Ware asks ‘Why does a political organization still need to have a para-military organization?’ He then cleverly gets them to …
Associated Press, February 16 2017:… The group at one point successfully infiltrated the U.S. Embassy in Tehran, according to a State Department report. And a series of bombings attributed to the MEK accompanied visits by presidents Richard Nixon and Jimmy Carter to Iran, including one to target an American cultural center. In 1973, MEK assailants wearing motorcycle helmets shot dead U.S. Army Lt. …
Iran Interlink, February 15 2017:… The following OpEd by MEK advocate Col. Wes Martin was published first in The Hill, followed by Mojahedin Khalq’s “Iran Probe” and the “NCRI” websites. Iran Interlink has published it here as indication of how hysteria has become the new normal in American published writing. A form of madness appears to have infected US politics and now all and sundry are dancing …
Massoud Khodabandeh, Huffington Post, February 07 2017:… He also signals that his war is not with ISIS but with the country Iran. Donald Trump rose to victory in part on the promise to take on ISIS and defeat the group. Yet ISIS cannot be defeated except by a coalition of forces that includes Iran. The facts on the ground in Syria and Iraq demonstrate unequivocally that ISIS forces in Aleppo and Mosul have been defeated largely due to the involvement
Gazeta Impakt, Albania, Translated by Iran Interlink, January 01 2017:… According to Fatos Klosi, former director of the National Intelligence Service, the American CIA chief has warned Albania that Donald Trump will renounce support for the MEK terrorists and it will be the Albanian Government itself which must deal with internal security and must confront a group trained militarily from the time of Saddam Hussein …
Massoud Khodabandeh, Huffington Post, December 24 2016:… That can only happen if journalists and investigatory bodies (human rights, nuclear experts, war crimes, etc) are able to base their work on facts and not the fake and fictionalised fantasies of stooges like the MEK, which are clearly designed to misinform on these issues. The information laundry cycle is not difficult to follow – the Washington Times takes its report …
Massoud Khodabandeh, Huffington Post, November 12 2016:… In particular, Rudi Giuliani, John Bolton and Newt Gingrich. Putting aside their weak personalities as well as their individual neoconservative agendas, the common thread which links these names together is their decade long support for the Mojahedin Khalq terrorist organisation (also known as Saddam’s Private Army or Rajavi cult). It is certain that …
Iran Interlink, October 30 2016:… Local observers in Tirana are reporting that the Mojahedin Khalq cultic terror group (MEK) is buying and creating several sandwich and kebab shops in the city and is using the MEK members to work in these fast-food businesses. On the surface this may look like a positive move. In an article titled ‘Albania: What would a de-radicalization program for the Mojahedin Khalq involve’, it was …
Anne and Massoud Khodabandeh, Iran Interlink, October 16 2016:… In spite of American promises, no de-radicalisation programme is in place to deal with over 2500 members of the Mojahedin Khalq terrorist group who have relocated to Tirana from Iraq. The MEK has a long history of violent and criminal activity. This has not stopped now they are in Tirana. Unless the Albanian government introduces its own programme, it must accept …
Anne and Massoud Khodabandeh, Huffington post (and Top Topic), October 09 2016:… For the local citizens, mystery surrounds their arrival and their lifestyle. Should these secretive and covert neighbours be treated with suspicion or kindness? At a local level, the first thing neighbouring families need to be aware of is that among all MEK members, sexual relations have been banned for over 25 years. This means there are no marriages or children or young people in the organisation. More troubling …
Massoud & Anne Khodabandeh, Huffington Post, July 14 2016:… Whether Rajavi is already dead or now killable is not known – only he can answer this – but he and his whole organisation are certainly now, body and soul, in the capable hands of the Saudi Prince. If he is still alive, Rajavi’s only role is to act as go-between to instruct his wife what she must do on behalf of the Saudis. If he is dead
Massoud Khodabandeh, Huffington Post, July 08 2016:… Clearly this message is not aimed at Iranians. The clamour for regime change in Iran does not emanate from inside the country in spite of its many social, civic and political problems. Who then is Maryam Rajavi’s constituency? Fro