Mike Pence Hates Iranians – Iran Interlink Weekly Digest – Nov 05, 2021

Mike Pence Hates Iranians – Iran Interlink Weekly Digest – Nov 05, 2021

Mike Pence Hates Iranians - Iran Interlink On Rajavi CultIran Interlink, November 06 2021:… Several outlets reported on Mike Pence’s collaboration with the MEK. Daniel Larison, writing in the Anti War Blog, said “The willingness of so many prominent politicians and ex-officials to embrace such a group reflects how warped and toxic the debate over Iran policy is in this country.” He adds, “Any former official or retired officer that throws in with the MEK proves beyond any doubt that he hates the Iranian people and wants to cause them harm. In Pence’s case, we already knew that from the policies he supported in Congress and as Vice President, but it is useful to have it confirmed.” . Mike Pence Hates Iranians 

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Mike Pence Hates Iranians – Iran Interlink Weekly Digest – Nov 05, 2021

Iran Interlink Weekly Digest Mojahedin Khalq MEK NCRI Rajavi cult++ Mohammad Karami in Paris, former MEK member and human rights campaigner, published an article focusing on several MEK witnesses in the Swedish court case. Karami points out that these witnesses have claimed various things under oath. He then introduces them with photos and documents, as having worked for Saddam Hussein, carried out terrorist acts inside Iran and sworn pledges of unconditional total devotion to Rajavi while renouncing their own ‘self’. The documents are taken from the MEK themselves. Karami concludes, ‘if this does not prove that this court case is ridiculous, what will?’ On same subject, Hamed Sarafpour, an ex-member who writes analytical articles about the MEK, has written a piece on the court case. He begins by questioning, what is the reason they have watered down other witnesses like Mesdaghi and made the MEK witnesses so important. At first glance it could be said that because there are more of them this has been done to annoy Iran. Then as they move the witness list to Albania, and we look deeper, it becomes clear that it’s not about the case, it’s about rescuing Maryam Rajavi since the MEK cult is rapidly declining. Sarafpour points out that these witnesses never had a job, never paid a penny in tax, all have pledged lifelong, unconditional devotion to the leader and every one of them have been lying and deceiving for years. The Swedish case is being pursued to rescue Maryam Rajavi. But the problem is that by doing this, they have destroyed the credibility of the case. In the end, Iran is the winner. The losers are those who might have had a genuine grievance. They will never be able to get justice after this. Whoever pushed this behind the scenes has done a service to Iran in the long term and a disservice to those who actually had a case.

++ This week there was a cyber-attack on petrol stations in Iran which disrupted supplies for around half a day. For the next week the MEK claimed it as a victory as though they had done it. Some people comment that even if they haven’t done it, they should be given the credit because ‘if they could have, they would have’. This is the kind of people they are. The name of the attackers matches what they are: the killer sparrows.

++ Mehdi Khoshhal wrote about MEK acolyte Parviz Khazai in Norway. For the last three decades Khazai has said whatever the MEK ask him to with the pitch: ‘In Norway during the Second World war they executed traitors. So, therefore the MEK should execute the ex-members as traitors’. He gets paid to write this every time. Khoshhal has commented about Khazai himself. Before the 1979 Revolution, he was working in the Scandinavian embassy for the Shah. After the Revolution he stayed at the embassy and convinced the new government he would work for them. However, because he is a corrupt person, they wanted to dismiss him. This corruption included selling blank passports. When he was pushed out he took a lot of passports and documents from the embassy with him and took them to Rajavi, asking ‘how much?’ Rajavi appointed him his representative in Scandinavia. Khoshhal makes a second point: the ex MEK members that he is talking about executing are those who joined the MEK when the life expectancy for an MEK activist was around six months. They joined wanting nothing and giving everything. ‘Do you think’ asks Khoshhal, ‘that they are worried about execution?!’

++ In Albania, in the total silence of Rajavi and all the MEK sites and YouTube and Twitter etc, Ehsan Bidi has gone back to normal life. This week he celebrated his birthday with his friends – the former members. In a short interview he said, “I could not have resisted if it wasn’t for support of the families and these friends. I had the idea that this is not about me, it was about rescuing everybody.”

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In Germany, Zeit Magazin published an interview by Lusia Hommerich with Amin Golmaryami, a former MEK child soldier. Golmaryami was a child of MEK parents who fled to Iraq after the Revolution. He was smuggled into Germany along with at least 40 other children in the early 1990s as Massoud Rajavi separated families to gain greater control over the cult members. Golmaryami had his brothers were exploited for social security fraud in Germany before being deceived into travelling to Iraq. Once in Iraq he was trapped and unable to leave until the MEK was transferred to Albania in 2013 and he could finally make his way back to Germany. In the interview, which spanned five meetings, Hommerich skilfully teases out the heartbreaking details of Golmaryami’s life under MEK control and his struggle to recover and pursue a normal, fulfilled life with his partner and new baby.

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++ Massoud Khodabandeh wrote a piece on the MEK’s celebration of Maryam Rajavi’s three-decade long stint as ‘president-elect’, pointing out the irony that not a single election has been held sine to affirm or reject her in this role. Khodabandeh explains the way and the reason why this role was constructed by Massoud Rajavi in the early 1990s. The aim, for Massoud Rajavi, was to regain political support lost when he remained under Saddam’s protection during the First Gulf war. According to Khodabandeh, Maryam did not have the intelligence or political capabilities to undertake this work and instead tried to push her ‘feminist’ agenda among western women. Her main focus was on recruiting Iranian refugees to swell her audience. Essentially, Maryam Rajavi has based her career on performance and shows, with nothing concrete to show for her efforts or the vast sums of money spent.

++ Tasnim News in Iran reported on the use of terrorists as witnesses as Iran rejects the UN Human Rights Rapporteur’s report on Iran. “Ambassador and Deputy Permanent Representative of Iran to the United Nations Zahra Ershadi delivered a speech to the 76th session of the United Nations General Assembly focusing on “item 74: Report of the Special Rapporteur on the Situation of Human Rights in the Islamic Republic of Iran.” During her speech, Ershadi said, “We regret that one of the main sources of the Special Rapporteur continues to be the same terrorist groups which have long been laundered by their supporters and portrayed as opposition and so-called human rights defenders. Making use of unofficial, biased vague sources coming from sworn enemies, and taking a selective approach towards human rights achievements in the Islamic Republic of Iran put a serious question mark over the validity and reliability of such a report. It is repugnant to glorify terrorists whose hands are stained with the blood of innocent citizens.”

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++ Several outlets reported on Mike Pence’s collaboration with the MEK. Daniel Larison, writing in the Anti War Blog, said “The willingness of so many prominent politicians and ex-officials to embrace such a group reflects how warped and toxic the debate over Iran policy is in this country.” He adds, “Any former official or retired officer that throws in with the MEK proves beyond any doubt that he hates the Iranian people and wants to cause them harm. In Pence’s case, we already knew that from the policies he supported in Congress and as Vice President, but it is useful to have it confirmed.”

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++ Nejat Society in Iran has published Part One of a series of stories about nine women under the rule of Massoud Rajavi. Maryam Sanjabi, herself a former MEK member, writes about nine specific women who escaped the cult after it was relocated to Albania. She says, ‘the stories of some of these women were more complicated. The first part features the stories of four of these women.

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Mike Pence From Anti Saddam To lobbying for Saddam Private Army

Mike Pence Mujahedin SaddamAli Alavi, Iran Interlink, October 29 2021:… Speaking at a NCRI meeting is one way to illustrate Pence’s uncompromising stance on Iran and the JCPOA. Past speakers at NCRI events have included former national security adviser John Bolton, former Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani, and most recently Pompeo. His appearance is likely to draw criticism, too. Critics of the NCRI and MEK—both led my Maryam Rajavi since the disappearance of her husband Massoud Rajavi in 2003—dismiss the groups as fringe organizations with little support inside Iran. Tehran rejects the groups as terrorist organizations working on behalf of foreign powers .Lobbyist Mike Pence Mujahedin Saddam Hussein. 

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Mike Pence’s Iraq lie: The VP candidate (wrongly) announced the discovery of WMDs

In 2004, Mike Pence tried to help George W. Bush by declaring “weapons of mass destruction have been found in Iraq”

By SIMON MALOY
PUBLISHED JULY 21, 2016 9:58AM (EDT)

Back in May 2004, the Iraq war wasn’t going particularly well. It had been over a year since George W. Bush had triumphantly landed on an aircraft carrier to declare semi-victory in the war he had initiated against Saddam Hussein’s regime, and the situation in Iraq had been steadily unraveling ever since. Insurgent attacks were on the rise, American human rights abuses had been uncovered at Abu Ghraib, and the weapons of mass destruction the Bush administration had warned were present in Iraq had not been discovered. The CIA’s former chief weapons inspector had said in January that, in all likelihood, those weapons did not exist.

With the security situation in Iraq deteriorating and the rationale for the conflict crumbling, President Bush and his Republican backers in Congress found themselves in a politically dangerous situation. They needed some good news, something to lift their spirits and prove the war critics wrong. One man stepped up: then-Indiana representative, and current Republican vice presidential nominee, Mike Pence.

On May 19, 2004, Pence gave a short speech on the floor of the House of Representatives pushing back against the idea that America under George W. Bush was substantially worse than it had been four years earlier. As evidence of how things had improved, Pence argued that in the year 2000, Saddam Hussein had “amassed weapons of mass destruction,” but four years later Hussein had been captured and “we have found pieces of his WMDs.”

It wasn’t entirely clear what Pence meant by “pieces of his WMDs,” but he helpfully elaborated on this claim the following day. On May 20, 2004, Pence once again took to the floor of the House and said “I am here to report… weapons of mass destruction have been found in Iraq.”

As Pence made clear in his remarks, he was referring to the discovery of two (2) munitions by U.S. soldiers that were found to contain sarin and mustard gas. In Pence’s estimation, those two weapons validated the administration’s arguments for war. “‘Where are the WMDs?’ We’ve been asked that again and again,” Pence said. “They are where they’ve always been: hidden in Iraq, within the reach of terrorists, a threat to the Iraqi people, U.S. soldiers and the world.”

Here’s what actually happened. Pence, in claiming that WMDs had been found, was way out ahead of the Bush administration itself, which was unwilling to wave around the discovery of these munitions as validation of its rationale for war. The reason the administration held back was simple: they weren’t the weapons Bush and his top officials had warned about. They were old munitions from the weapons program Saddam Hussein had discontinued in 1991. The Bush administration’s argument for the war was that the Iraqi dictator had restarted chemical weapons production and stockpiled new WMDs.

Indeed, contemporaneous news reports show Bush administration officials urging caution in drawing any conclusions from the discovery the munitions. Here’s what the Associated Press reported on May 18, 2004:

But officials stopped short of claiming the munition was definite evidence of a large weapons stockpile in prewar Iraq or evidence of recent production by Saddam’s regime – the Bush administration’s chief stated reason for invasion.

Some U.S. officials and weapons experts suggested the artillery shell may be an experimental design that predates the 1991 Gulf War.

A defense official, speaking on the condition of anonymity, said the origin and age of the artillery shell are under investigation, but said shells of this type have a long shelf life, so it could have been constructed some time ago.

Sure enough, it was later determined that the sarin shell was an experimental remnant from the Hussein regime’s old chemical weapons program. A few months after the discovery of those shells, the Iraq Survey Group released its final report which found that “while a small number of old, abandoned chemical munitions have been discovered, ISG judges that Iraq unilaterally destroyed its undeclared chemical weapons stockpile in 1991. There are no credible indications that Baghdad resumed production of chemical munitions thereafter.”

But Pence just blew right past all the warnings and grandiloquently declared that these old, degraded munitions were evidence of the chemical weapons stockpile Saddam Hussein had allegedly “amassed” in the years leading up to the war. It was a politically motivated lie that not even the Bush White House was willing to go along with.

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Mike Pence Says Joe Biden’s Iran Nuclear Strategy Shows ‘Weakness’
BY DAVID BRENNAN ON 10/28/21 AT 1:38 PM EDT

Former Vice President Mike Pence has claimed President Joe Biden‘s efforts to revive the Joint Comprehensive Plan of Action (JCPOA) nuclear deal with Iran risk encouraging more regional aggression by Tehran.

Pence told a Washington, D.C. event on Thursday that Biden’s “embrace” of the nuclear deal was dangerous for the U.S.

His decision to appear at the event organized by the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI)—the political wing of the controversial People’s Mujahedin of Iran (PMOI/MEK)—reiterates his hawkish stance on Iran.

“Peace follows strength,” Pence told the attendees. “With our current administration’s embrace of the JCPOA, their hesitation to condemn rockets being fired at our cherished ally Israel, and the heart breaking and disastrous withdrawal from Afghanistan, our adversaries may be sensing weakness in the current American administration.”

Pence added: “They may be emboldened to test our resolve.

“Weakness arouses evil.”

The summit—attended by interventionist figures including former Democratic senator Joe Lieberman and former Marine Corps Commandant General James Conway—was called to condemn what NCRI called Iran’s “nuclear defiance, terrorism, regional meddling,” and the role of Iran’s conservative President Ebrahim Raisi in a 1988 massacre of Iranian political dissidents.

Pence condemned the “tyranny” of the Iranian government and dismissed Raisi as a “brutal mass murderer,” suggesting his election was a “sign of the regime’s growing desperation and vulnerability.”

Pence added: “His crimes must not go unpunished.”

JCPOA talks remain stalled, despite President Biden’s desire to revive the landmark nuclear deal that Trump ditched in 2018.

Since then, Iran has broken from the deal’s restrictions and significantly expanded its stockpile of enriched uranium and its enrichment capabilities.

Iran’s “breakout time”—i.e. how long it would take Tehran to build a nuclear bomb if it decided to do so—is disputed, though it is believed to be less than six months and possibly as low as a matter of weeks.

JCPOA talks in Vienna, Austria, faltered when Raisi came to power in August, taking over from President Hassan Rouhani who negotiated the 2015 deal with former President Barack Obama.

Iran’s new chief negotiator Ali Bagheri Kani said on Wednesday that talks are expected to resume by the end of November.

Foreign Minister Hossein Amirabdollahian, however, said this week that Tehran did not wish to resume negotiations from where the Rouhani administration left off.

Meanwhile, tensions abound in the Middle East. U.S. troops and interests have been the target of semi-regular attacks by Iranian-allied militias in Iraq. Earlier this month, troops at a U.S. base in southern Syria came under drone attack which officials blamed on Tehran.

A National Security Council spokesperson told Newsweek: “As we have said many times, we are prepared to return to Vienna, and we believe that it remains possible to quickly reach and implement an understanding on return to mutual full compliance with the JCPOA by closing the small number of issues that remained outstanding at the end of the sixth round of talks in June.”

“As we have also been clear, this window will not remain open forever as Iran continues to take provocative nuclear steps, so we hope that they come to Vienna to negotiate quickly and in good faith.”

Any success on the JCPOA will have to overcome fierce GOP opposition in the U.S. Most Republicans consider the deal an unacceptable capitulation and endorsement of Tehran’s aggressive regional strategy.

Speaking at a NCRI meeting is one way to illustrate Pence’s uncompromising stance on Iran and the JCPOA. Past speakers at NCRI events have included former national security adviser John Bolton, former Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani, and most recently Pompeo.

His appearance is likely to draw criticism, too. Critics of the NCRI and MEK—both led my Maryam Rajavi since the disappearance of her husband Massoud Rajavi in 2003—dismiss the groups as fringe organizations with little support inside Iran. Tehran rejects the groups as terrorist organizations working on behalf of foreign powers.

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The NCRI and MEK leadership has dismissed such criticism, framing itself as the most significant anti-regime force inside the country with a network of informants and activists.

The group publicly gave up its armed struggle in 2001 and says it has not engaged in any violent operations since.

The MEK was a proscribed terrorist organization in the European Union and U.S. until 2009 and 2012, respectively.

Pence described the MEK as “a well-organized, fully prepared, perfectly qualified and popularly supported alternative” to the current government in Iran. Rajavi, he said, is “an inspiration to the world.”

Newsweek has contacted Pence’s team to request comment on his relationship with the NCRI and MEK.

“While I no longer speak on the behalf of the United States government…I am confident I speak for the views of tens of millions of Americans,” Pence told the crowd.

“And I tell you with certainty that the American people support your goal of establishing a democratic, secular, non-nuclear Iranian Republic that derives its powers from the consent of the governed.”

Pence has long been hawkish on Iran, as were the majority of Trump’s top team during his term. Pence backed Trump’s withdrawal from the JCPOA in 2018, and later even pressed the European signatories to also ditch the deal.

After the assassination of Iranian Major General Qassem Soleimani in January 2020, Pence peddled conspiracy theories linking Soleimani and Iran to the 9/11 attacks. Pence said Soleimani was an “evil man” and claimed Trump “took the world’s most dangerous terrorist off the battlefield” via the Baghdad drone strike.

On Thursday, Pence again celebrated Soleimani’s assassination. “Qassem Soleimani is gone,” he said, to a standing ovation, describing the killed commander again as “the most dangerous terrorist in the world.”

At times, reports framed Pence as a moderating check on Trump’s aggressive instincts.

The New York Times reported in December 2020 that Pence—along with Pompeo—was among the advisers warning that a military strike against Iran’s nuclear program could escalate into a wider conflict.

But other reports depict Pence as more hawkish. The New Yorker reported in July that Pence and Israel’s then-Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu pushed Trump to strike Iran in his final weeks in office.

In one meeting where Trump was not present, Pence was asked why he was so intent on military action. “Because they are evil,” the vice president replied, according to Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Mark Milley.

Trump’s administration was criticized for the impact its “maximum pressure” strategy had on the people of Iran, particularly measures that humanitarian groups said blocked the import of vital medical supplies during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Indeed, on Thursday Pence spoke of the crippled Iranian economy. “The Iranian regime has never been weaker than it is today,” he said, noting runaway inflation, unemployment, and the falling value of the rial.

“Four out of five Iranians now live below the poverty line,” Pence said.

Newsweek has contacted Iran’s United Nations mission in Geneva for comment.

Update 10/29/21. 3:45 a.m. EDT: This article has been updated to include comment from the National Security Council.

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Mike Pence’s Despicable Shilling for the MEK

Mike Pence Maryam Rajavi Mujahedin Khalq TerroristsDaniel Larison, Eunomia, October 30 2021:… Pence described the MEK as “a well-organized, fully prepared, perfectly qualified and popularly supported alternative” to the current government in Iran. Rajavi, he said, is “an inspiration to the world.” The willingness of so many prominent politicians and ex-officials to embrace such a group reflects how warped and toxic the debate over Iran policy is in this country. Mike Pence Maryam Rajavi and American Corruption

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1- Mike Pence’s Despicable Shilling for the MEK

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The willingness of so many prominent politicians and ex-officials to embrace such a group reflects how warped and toxic the debate over Iran policy is in this country.

Mike Pence joins the long and growing list of current and former elected officials and retired officers to discredit themselves by shilling for the Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK), the deranged cult and “former” terrorist organization that seeks regime change in Iran and pretends it is a legitimate opposition group:

Pence described the MEK as “a well-organized, fully prepared, perfectly qualified and popularly supported alternative” to the current government in Iran. Rajavi, he said, is “an inspiration to the world.”

It isn’t surprising that some former Trump administration officials have become pro-MEK shills since they left government. Even if they weren’t lacking in integrity and apparently willing to take money from anyone, they share the MEK’s hostility to Iran and they are presumably only too happy to cheer on a group that almost all Iranians everywhere despise. Fortunately, there are no longer MEK boosters in charge of U.S. policy right now, but the MEK’s extensive network of bought-and-paid-for cheerleaders in both parties means that their baleful influence will continue to be felt in our Iran policy debates for years to come. MEK shills have already demonstrated that they have no shame if they’re willing to endorse a group like this in public, but it is important to keep explaining why their support for this group is so damning. This is a group that has American blood on its hands, and it routinely abuses its own members. It is an oppressive and fanatical organization, and it would be a nightmare if it ever managed to gain power over a larger population. There is a reason it has sometimes been likened to the Khmer Rouge.

In terms of its support inside Iran and among the Iranian diaspora, the group is hated and little more than a bad joke, but thanks to the funds it can lavish on its propagandists it has been able to buy support in Washington. In other words, it is irrelevant to internal Iranian politics, but it has considerable influence among our political class. They are an exile group with no support at home, and so they seek to enlist other governments, especially ours, to do their dirty work for them. There is some reason to believe that the MEK receives funding from Saudi Arabia, and former Saudi officials have spoken at MEK events in recent years, and that would account for how the group can throw around such exorbitant speakers’ fees.

Any former official or retired officer that throws in with the MEK proves beyond any doubt that he hates the Iranian people and wants to cause them harm. In Pence’s case, we already knew that from the policies he supported in Congress and as Vice President, but it is useful to have it confirmed. Anyone that embraces this awful group as though it represented a credible alternative to the Iranian government also proves that he doesn’t understand the first thing about Iran and his views on Iran policy should be dismissed out of hand. The willingness of so many prominent politicians and ex-officials to embrace such a group reflects how warped and toxic the debate over Iran policy is in this country. It is not a coincidence that a political culture that legitimizes a cruel organization like the MEK will also support cruel and inhumane policies that punish tens of millions of ordinary people in Iran with economic warfare.

Legal corruption in Washington is often pretty brazen, but the ongoing campaign to promote a brutal and totalitarian cult as the future of Iran may be one of the most despicable examples I have seen.

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2- Pence supports MEK, an Iranian dissident group that bans sexual thoughts

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Mike Pence supported the MEK, a fringe Iranian dissident group with little support in Iran.
The group forbids members to think sexual thoughts, viewing them as a distraction from their goals.
Rudy Giuliani, John Bolton and Mike Pompeo have also supported the group.

Former Vice President Mike Pence on Thursday offered his support to a fringe Iranian dissident group seeking to overthrow the Iranian government, calling the group’s longtime leader, Maryam Rajavi, an “inspiration to the world.”

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Pence spoke with former Senator Joe Lieberman at the 2021 Free Iran Summit in Washington, DC, a conference hosted by an organization affiliated with the Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK), which maintains a secretive connection in Albania.

“One of the biggest lies the ruling regime has sold to the world is that there is no alternative to the status quo,” Pence said, referring to Iran’s theocratic government, in which an ayatollah has supreme power and influence who who can run for selected positions. “But there is an alternative, a well-organized, fully prepared, perfectly qualified and popularly supported alternative called MEK.”

 
The room then erupted in cheers, with members of the audience chanting the phrase “MEK” repeatedly.

“The MEK is committed to democracy, human rights and freedom for every citizen of Iran. And it is led by an extraordinary woman. Mrs Rajavi is an inspiration to the world,” Pence said.

The former vice president criticized the Biden administration for its “embrace” of the JCPOA, or the Iran nuclear deal, which the Trump administration pulled the United States out of in 2018. Negotiations between the United States and Iran to revive the nuclear deal have still stalled.

Pence also said Iranian President Ebrahim Raisi should be removed from office by the Iranian people and “prosecuted for crimes against humanity and genocide,” citing Raisi’s involvement in the execution of thousands of political prisoners in 1988.

A secretive group that bans sexual thoughts

Maryam Rajavi has been the leader of the mysterious group ever since the group’s former leader, Rajavi’s husband Massoud, disappeared during the US invasion of Iraq in 2003, where the group was previously headquartered.

The group was delisted as a terrorist group by the United States in 2012 following a lobbying campaign, despite killing U.S. citizens in Iran.

The MEK has been branded as a “cult-like group” and does not appear to have significant support in the country it aims to lead. This is because the MEK was protected for 20 years by the Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein – who waged a brutal 8-year war against Iran – and allegedly collaborated with Israel to kill Iranian nuclear scientists and received funding from Iran’s leading regional enemy, Saudi Arabia. Arabia.

Both the New York Times and the BBC report that the group prohibits members from thinking sexual thoughts, engaging in “self-criticism rituals,” and recording such thoughts in a notebook.

“We had a small notebook and if we had any sexual moments we had to write them down. For example, ‘Today, in the morning, I had an erection,’” a former member of the group told the BBC.

“You can not have a personal life when fighting for a cause,” a current member told the Times.

The MEK is also well-funded, paying U.S. politicians such as former Pennsylvania Gov. Ed Rendell and former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani hundreds of thousands of dollars to speak at their events. And prominent officials in the Trump administration, including former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and former National Security Adviser John Bolton, have also spoken at MEK events or supported the group.

It is unclear whether Pence was paid to speak to the group, and a spokesman for Pence did not respond to a request for comment.

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