Habilian Association, September 03 2021:… Do not assume that they are doing such actions because they are powerful. They exploded a bomb somewhere; a 12-year-old child can also take a bomb, plant it somewhere and blow himself up. This is the utmost weakness. I consider these (MKO members) as worse than Ibn Muljam (person who killed Imam Ali, the first Shia Imam), because he, god damn him, committed his job among the people. But these individuals even lack the manliness of that scoundrel man, and do things stealthily. (Grand Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, Sahifeh Nour, Vol. 15, p. 139). Mujahedin-e-Khalq in International Documents
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Do not assume that they are doing such actions because they are powerful. They exploded a bomb somewhere; a 12-year-old child can also take a bomb, plant it somewhere and blow himself up. This is the utmost weakness. I consider these (MKO members) as worse than Ibn Muljam (person who killed Imam Ali, the first Shia Imam), because he, god damn him, committed his job among the people. But these individuals even lack the manliness of that scoundrel man, and do things stealthily. I consider Abbas Agha (Tabrizi), who shot Iran’s prime minister and himself in public with pistol when he saw he was going to be caught, a (real) man. Those who decamped from here, and give orders from abroad (to their agents) to surreptitiously kill people. These are the theses of the scoundrels.
Grand Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, Sahifeh Nour, Vol. 15, p. 139
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Habilian Association, August 27 2021:… Within the cult, hijab is limited to scarves, and women are not allowed to use other types of clothing such as shawls or hats, etc. The only colors that they could choose for their scarves were green, red, and khaki. Women could wear red and khaki scarves only in certain places, and if someone wanted to wear a red or khaki scarf outside the Mojahedin propaganda ceremonies, she would be reprimanded. Cultish Behaviour In MEK
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If you look at cults from the outside, they look attractive, but when exploring them, there will be unseen angles that the cults do not want to be known. Seeking deceptive attraction, cult leaders want obedience, time, and, in a word, the lives of members. Cults use sophisticated mind control and recruitment techniques that have evolved over time.
To get rid of the cult’s appeal, you need to know how they work and what techniques they use. In most cases, the belief system of a religion is used as a tool for the use of techniques. In free societies, people can believe in anything they want, say whatever they think, and dress and wear whatever they want, but this is not the case in cults.
One of the cults which is known to the Iranian people is the Mojahedin-e Khalq Organization (MEK), a terrorist group that presents itself as a political opposition and in terms of organizing and employing individuals has all features of a cult. Originated in a Shiite country, this terrorist cult uses the cover of Islam and the tools of the Shiite religion to maintain the framework and structure of its organization. An important rule of Islamic sharia is the hijab of women, but the MeK uses this as a technique to control members.
“Rajavi said that your sisters’ headscarf is the border between the Revolutionary Mujahideen and the counter-revolutionary bourgeoisie,” said Ali Shirzad, a former member of the MeK. 
“The red color of the scarf in the uniform of the Mojahedin Khalq has been borrowed from Marxism. The green overcoats belong to the Castro and Che Guevara wars in Cuba. although covering the Shari’a, the hijab of women in the uniforms, is merely a declaration of allegiance to the religion of the masses. Fewer photos of MEK women have been published in a variety of colors and clothing. Of course, this restriction has not been imposed on non-members who attend MEK gatherings,” said Majid Mohammadi, a current member of MeK. 
“Women who entered the cult were told very openly: The headscarf is the official (i.e., mandatory) form of this organization,” said Zahra Sadat Mirbagheri; a dissident member of the MeK. 
Character assassination to create a sense of guilt
“In Rajavi’s establishment, all women should wear headscarves. Even if the headscarves were a little behind and a little of the woman’s hair was visible, they initially were warned and then became slandered. Yes, Maryam Rajavi used to spread repression in a new and creepy way, and this oppression is still present in the relations of the Rajavi’s cult,” Zahra Sadat Mirbagheri said. 
Hijab; a means of control the women present at the headquarters of this group must wear a certain type of uniform with a certain color.
This is while leaders of this group, who control a so-called political opposition, in their statements about the government in Iran condemn the obligatory hijab in the country.
Maryam Rajavi’s “Ten Point Plan for Future Iran” states: “We believe in complete gender equality in political, social and economic arenas. We are also committed to the equal participation of women in political leadership. Any form of discrimination against women will be abolished. They will enjoy the right to freely choose their clothing. They are free in marriage, divorce, education, and employment.” 
Following the MeK’s escape and transfer to France, Iraq (Camp Ashraf and Camp Liberty and parallel camps) and finally to Albania (Camp Mans) and setting up organizational camps to maintain and deepen relations, we see that no female member of the organization is allowed to cover or uncover the hijab, even in women’s dormitories and restaurants.
“Within the cult, hijab is limited to scarves, and women are not allowed to use other types of clothing such as shawls or hats, etc. The only colors that they could choose for their scarves were green, red, and khaki. Women could wear red and khaki scarves only in certain places, and if someone wanted to wear a red or khaki scarf outside the Mojahedin propaganda ceremonies, she would be reprimanded,” said Zahra Sadat Mirbagheri. 
All that has been said, along with other cultish tactics, such as fear and intimidation, mind control, information control, long work hours and sleep deprivation, and forced public confessions has turned this organization into a cult with a terrorist approach that is far more dangerous than an ordinary terrorist group.
 Ali Shirzad, Vatanam Iran Blog, January 8, 2019
 Majid Mohammadi, Independent Persian, September 4, 2016
, [4 [,  Zahra Sadat Mirbagheri, Facebook page, January 3, 2014
 Website of the People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran
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A Deranged Cult and Our Warped Foreign Policy
Daniel Larison, AntiWar, July 15 2021:… This show of support for the MEK reflects the extent to which our foreign policy debates are distorted and corrupted by the lobbying efforts of foreign groups and governments alike. No one knows for sure where the MEK gets its money, but there is reason to believe that it may be coming from the Saudi government and/or Saudi individuals. In recent years, prominent Saudis have begun participating in MEK events, and that coincided with the kingdom’s intensifying hostility towards Iran in the last decade. A Deranged Cult and Our Warped Foreign Policy
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Cultish Behaviour In MEK
by Daniel Larison Posted onJuly 14, 2021
Every year the notorious cult and “former” terrorist group Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK) holds a political conference to promote its propaganda and call for regime change in Iran, and every year many current and former American, Canadian, and European officials and elected representatives line up to pay homage to the group and their leader, Maryam Rajavi. Members of both major parties in the U.S. have either traveled to the group’s compound in Albania or spoken remotely through video messages in exchange for hefty speaking fees for the last ten years. The annual parade of prominent officeholders and policymakers that offer up effusive praise to such a wretched group is an ongoing disgrace for the United States and its allies, and it is a symptom of deeper problems with our foreign policy.
This show of support for the MEK reflects the extent to which our foreign policy debates are distorted and corrupted by the lobbying efforts of foreign groups and governments alike. No one knows for sure where the MEK gets its money, but there is reason to believe that it may be coming from the Saudi government and/or Saudi individuals. In recent years, prominent Saudis have begun participating in MEK events, and that coincided with the kingdom’s intensifying hostility towards Iran in the last decade. Our Iran policy debate is being influenced to an alarming degree by an extremist cult and an increasingly repressive authoritarian client state, and none of that can be good for American interests or democratic accountability in our foreign policy.
American support for the MEK reminds us that bipartisanship in foreign policy usually means rallying behind exceptionally bad causes. This year’s conference was described in one report as a “rare moment of bipartisan unity,” as if this somehow made cheering on a deranged cult better. The pro-MEK boosterism also shows that there are far too many people in and around our government that will make common cause with absolutely anyone if they are in favor of regime change in Iran. That in turn is a measure of just how irrational our government’s fixation on Iran is.
The MEK was originally an armed group opposed to the Iranian monarchy before the revolution, and during that period it was also responsible for killing several Americans. The MEK supported taking and keeping US diplomats hostage. After the group fell out with Khomeini and were brutally purged, the group relocated to Iraq where they joined with Saddam Hussein to attack their own country. Their participation in Iraq’s attack on Iran has earned them the enduring loathing of almost all Iranians everywhere, and for that reason and others they have virtually no support in Iran or in the diaspora. While the MEK was officially removed from the State Department’s list of foreign terrorist organizations in 2012 after an extensive lobbying campaign, it remains a totalitarian, cultish organization that abuses its own members. There is good reason to believe that members of the group still act as cat’s paws for Israeli intelligence in carrying out assassinations and acts of sabotage inside Iran. As part of the group’s effort to remake its image, it uses a political front organization, the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI), to create the impression that the MEK has changed and committed itself to democracy.
The MEK has not changed. They remain at their core the same militant and extremist organization they have been for decades. Cheering on the MEK is as crazy and irresponsible as endorsing the Lord’s Resistance Army or defending the Khmer Rouge, and it is not an accident that the group has sometimes been likened to the latter. Unfortunately, because they hate the Iranian government and make the right noises about democracy, they are given a free pass and Iran hawks embrace them as allies. In the past, participants in MEK summits have ranged from Newt Gingrich, John Bolton, and Rudy Giuliani to Joe Lieberman, Tom Ridge, and John McCain. This year it included former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, former Under Secretary of Defense for Policy Michele Flournoy, the current Chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, Bob Menendez, his fellow New Jerseyan Sen. Cory Booker, and many other members of Congress. The speakers routinely declare that the MEK and its allies are the “real” opposition working towards “secular democracy,” they denounce the Iranian government, and they call for some form of regime change.
Flournoy’s participation in the conference this year proved to be especially controversial since she is a major figure in Democratic national security circles and had frequently been mentioned as a possible Biden nominee for Secretary of Defense earlier in the year. In her remarks, she expressed hope for “internal regime change” in Iran, and congratulated the assembled audience for their work: “we must continue to applaud and support the important work of Diaspora groups like yours that keep alive the vision of a secular, free, and democratic Iran.”
Faced with a swift backlash online, Flournoy now claims that she didn’t know that she was speaking at an MEK event and wouldn’t have participated had she known, but it strains credulity that she was unaware of the nature of the event and its sponsor. A simple web search would have shown the relationship between the NCRI and the MEK, as well as the violent and disturbing history of the cult. Frankly, it is impossible to believe that she didn’t know who she was addressing.
The language that Flournoy used in her speech sounds too much like the standard pro-MEK talking points that other speakers have used for the last decade, and the MEK’s lobbying efforts are too well-known and have been going on too long for her to plead ignorance. It is notable that Flournoy felt the need to concoct a cover story to excuse her participation, since most pro-MEK shills take pride in what they do, but her excuse isn’t credible. Even if her explanation were true, it doesn’t excuse the horrible lack of judgment that she displayed here. If she didn’t understand that she was addressing an MEK event, she shouldn’t be offering advice on Iran policy or holding forth on the political future of Iran.
The MEK is a dangerous and disreputable group. They ought to be so politically radioactive that no one would want to be associated with them, but that has not happened because Iran hawks from both parties and in many other Western countries find the MEK useful to their agenda. Supporting the MEK allows them to mislead ignorant audiences into falsely believing that their hard-line policies enjoy support from the Iranian Diaspora No one who knows anything about Iran thinks that the MEK deserves support or has any support back in Iran, so whenever someone celebrates the group that is all the proof you need that nothing else that person says about Iran and Iran policy should be taken seriously.
Iran hawks and the MEK are both obsessed with regime change in Iran. Since they cannot achieve it from within Iran, it is just a matter of time before the cult’s yes-men in Washington push for military action aimed at toppling the government. Just as they sided with Saddam Hussein to attack their own country over forty years ago, the MEK wants to rope the US into fighting another war against Iran. If we want to prevent that war from happening in the future, the MEK’s cheerleaders need to be exposed to ridicule and criticism over their willingness to support a group that has both American and Iranian blood on its hands.
Daniel Larison is a contributing editor and weekly columnist for Antiwar.com and maintains his own site at Eunomia. He is former senior editor at The American Conservative. He has been published in the New York Times Book Review, Dallas Morning News, World Politics Review, Politico Magazine, Orthodox Life, Front Porch Republic, The American Scene, and Culture11, and was a columnist for The Week. He holds a PhD in history from the University of Chicago, and resides in Lancaster, PA. Follow him on Twitter.
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USA backs MEK terrorists then produces Terrorism Report ; Iran says
Mehr News and Press TV, June 26 2020:… Refuting brazen claims leveled against Iran in the US “Country Reports on Terrorism 2019,” Abbas Mousavi said on Thursday, “The Islamic Republic of Iran totally rejects and dismisses the US annual report on terrorism due to its clear dishonesty and the double standards applied by this regime to fighting terrorism.” “Iranians have been both victims of and heroes in fighting those terrorists, who have been created and supported by the United States,” Mousavi added. USA backs MEK terrorists then produces Terrorism Report .
USA backs MEK terrorists then produces Terrorism Report ; Iran says
1-Foreign Ministry strongly dismisses anti-Iranian claims in US’ so-called ‘terrorism report’
Mehr News, June 26 2020:
TEHRAN, Jun. 26 (MNA) – Foreign Ministry Spokesperson roundly rejected the US State Department’s annual report on terrorism, saying the world’s most infamous terrorist and the criminal regime is in no position to judge the other countries.
In a statement on Thursday, Seyyed Abbas Mousavi dismissed the annual Country Reports on Terrorism released by the US regime, saying, “The Islamic Republic of Iran categorically rejects and condemns the US’ annual Country Reports on Terrorism because that regime is blatantly shifting the blame onto others, is utterly insincere, and has double standards in the fight against terrorism.”
“The United States of America’s regime, known as the biggest state sponsor of terrorism and the main sponsor of the aggressive and occupying Zionist regime, is in no position to claim to be fighting against terrorism and make judgments about this issue,” the Iranian spokesperson added, Foreign Ministry website reported.
History of the past couple of decades clearly shows that the United States of America, as acknowledged even by a number of American officials, has had a role in the creation of some terrorist groups or has supported those groups and their terrorist activities, Mousavi noted.
“Trump has also admitted openly in his election campaign that the previous US administrations have created ISIS and other terrorist groups,” he noted.
The spokesman further slammed the US regime’s cowardly and terrorist move to assassinate Lt. General Qassem Soleimani –known as the hero of the war on terrorism- as a brazen example of the US regime’s terrorist crimes, saying,
“The Islamic Republic of Iran, as the biggest victim of terrorist actions, which have been taken mainly with the US government’s direct and indirect supports, and with more than 17,000 people martyred in this path, is always at the forefront of the fight against terrorism at the global and regional levels.”
Mousavi finally denounced the US regime’s unilateral sanctions, economic terrorism, and medical terrorism against people of Iran as the latest example of the US regime’s terrorist measures against independent nations in the world.
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2- Foreign ministry: Iranians main victims of US-backed terrorists
Press TV, June 26 2020:
Iran’s Foreign Ministry spokesman has reacted to the latest annual terrorism report released by the US Department of State, saying that despite US claims, Iranians have been the main victims of acts of terrorism carried out by terrorists directly supported by Washington.
Refuting brazen claims leveled against Iran in the US “Country Reports on Terrorism 2019,” Abbas Mousavi said on Thursday, “The Islamic Republic of Iran totally rejects and dismisses the US annual report on terrorism due to its clear dishonesty and the double standards applied by this regime to fighting terrorism.”
“Iranians have been both victims of and heroes in fighting those terrorists, who have been created and supported by the United States,” Mousavi added.
The so-called report identified Iran as “the world’s worst state sponsor of terrorism,” claiming the country has been providing support for “various terrorist groups” throughout the Middle East.
It came amid Washington’s continued and unreserved backing for anti-Iran terrorist outfits, including the terrorist cult of the Mujahedin-e-Khalq Organization (MKO) that is responsible for slaying around 12,000 Iranians since the 1979 victory of Iran’s Islamic Revolution.
In 2019, the year covered in the so-called report, the US also blacklisted Iran’s Islamic Revolution Guards Corps (IRGC) despite the elite military force’s indispensable advisory support for the regional countries’ fight against Takfiri terrorists. And in early 2020, Washington assassinated Lieutenant General Qassem Soleimani, the commander of the IRGC’s Quds Force, who has won reputation as the Middle East’s most decisive and respected anti-terror personality.
The US report named the Lebanese and Palestinian resistance movements of Hezbollah and Hamas — that have been defending their respective peoples against deadly Israeli acts of aggression — as two of the groups that it said were being backed by Iran.
Mousavi added, “The regime of the United States, as the main sponsor of state terrorism and the most important supporter of the aggressive and occupying Zionist regime is in no position to have any claim to fighting terrorism and handing down any judgment in this regard.”
The spokesman reminded how history itself bears witness to the US’ creation of or support for terrorism.
Some American officials have, themselves, admitted this fact, including US President Donald Trump, who acknowledged on his electoral campaign that previous American administrations had created the Daesh Takfiri terror outfit and other such groups, Mousavi added.
“As the biggest victim of acts of terrorism that have majorly been conducted through US administrations’ direct or indirect support, and with the 17,000 martyrs that it has lost to these [atrocities], the Islamic Republic invariably stands on the frontline of the fight against terrorism on the regional and international scale,” he noted.
The spokesperson finally pointed to Washington’s economic and medical terrorism targeting the Iranian nation that has seen it imposing unilateral and illegal sanctions its the people.
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