Stefano Zecchinelli, L’ interferenza (Translated by Nejat Society), December 17 2015:… Journalist Seymour Hersh has reported the presence of jihadist training camps connected to MEK in Nevada. Hersh writes: “They got the standard training in commo, crypto [cryptography], small-unit tactics, and weaponry-that went on for six months [and] they were …
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Mujahedin-e Khalq: propaganda against Iran sponsored by the US
At the same time as thousands of small and medium-sized Italian companies are about to sign trade agreements with the Islamic Republic of Iran and Imam Khamenei, Supreme Leader of the Iranian state, is launching a decisive and merciless struggle against terrorism of Daesh, the Italian government, irresponsibly (but intentionally), continues to grant full political freedom to the clearly anti-Shia and anti-Iranian organization Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK) and its related acronyms. A serious choice that proves the short-sightedness of a government policy, to Renzi, totally subordinate to the imperialist American and Israeli foreign policy.
What is the MEK, what is its history?
The MEK was founded in the ’70s as an islamo-socialist organization, it participated in the struggle against the Shah Mohammad Reza Pahlavi, only to later do not recognize the new government of Khomeini. When the war broke out between Iran and Iraq – in which the two countries devastated one another, these (new) jihadists made the disastrous choice of siding with Saddam Hussein, at the time considered by most leftist Muslims as a watchdog of the United States. The National Liberation Army (NLA) was founded with the help of Hussein as their armed wing. Because of this choice the MEK’s path antagonized the majority of the Iranian people who considered him ”guilty of having helped to kill the children of Iran ”. After the US invasion of Iraq, the MEK became in fact to be at the service of Washington beginning with its leaders Massoud and Maryam Rajavi.
The MEK’s anti-Shia and anti-Iranian hatred transformed its substance, into abandoning its original socialist inspiration. The Mojahedin-e Khalq obtained coverage and support of Israel and its intelligence service (Mossad); moreover the approach if not the enslavement against Tel Aviv was the obligatory path to be able to continue their plainly anti Iranian activities.
Mohammad Javad Larijani, a close associate of Khamenei, in an interview with NBC revealed that “According to the Iranian government many recent attacks (such as explosions in military depots) and terrorist attacks (such as those against Iranian scientists) are conducted through a collaboration between Israel and the Mojahedin.” This thesis could be considered until recently as Iranian propaganda but – as noted by an article published in Linkiesta – now the evidence of its truthfulness seems unexceptionable and accessible to all.
We read the online Italian newspaper that “Journalists have NBC continued its investigation in the United States, investigating the information gathered by the CIA. On February 9 of this year three public officials, in three separate interviews, have confirmed this link. Israel provided weapons, training and money to the MEK, for terrorist actions that were carried out in Iranian territory”. 
The sources have emerged: those who kill Iranian scientists? Bibi (Netanyahu), responds Linkiesta. The interesting thing, nailing Israel and anti-Iranian propagandists in Europe, is that the Israeli government has never denied his involvement. On the contrary, Lieutenant-General Benny Gantz was allowed to say that Iran should expect more “unnatural” events. 
Although, the MEK was formally listed as terrorist organizations by the US State Department, in 1997 (from 1997 until 2012), Seymour Hersh has revealed the continued support of the Republican administration for this organization. In 2008, the great journalist wrote an article entitled “Preparing the battlefield” where he explained that “The MeK was on the terrorist list of the State Department for more than a decade, but in recent years the group has received arms and intelligence, directly or indirectly, from the United States. Some of the secret funds for a new permit, said the Pentagon consultant, could end up in the coffers of the MeK.” US poured money into the coffers of the Mujahedin, certainly not for humanitarian purposes. The script seems to be the same as always: to eliminate the enemies of the US.
In the same opinion is Ismail Salami of the GlobalResearch. His analysis seems to leave no room for doubt “The terrorist Mujahedin Khalq Organization aka MKO or MEK Seems to be a ubiquitous agent any time there is an assassination in Iran. A shadowy cult with myriad of financial, military and intelligence connections to Tel Aviv and Washington, the MKO works in league with Kidon, the assassination unit within the Mossad. There are firm reports indicating that the MKO members have received military and intelligence training both from the US forces as well as from the Mossad ‘’.  In the same article a report by Richard Engel and Robert Windrem of the NBC News was quoted, “cites two anonymous senior US Officials with two interesting claims: 1) That it was MEK Which perpetrated the string of assassinations of Iranian nuclear scientists and 2) the terrorist group “is FINANCED, trained and armed by Israel’s secret service.” I know the report testifies the veracity of what Iranian officials have asserted about the involvement of Israel with MEK and the killing of Iranian nuclear scientists on the soil.
In 2009, the MEK (or MKO) tried to assassinate former President Ahmadinejad. The news was picked up by many international media including also Il Sole 24 Ore 4, although the incident was not reported in its severity (Il Sole 24 Ore edulcorò the news with the typical attitude of the Western media). The statements of Ahmadinejad were moving: “The stupid Zionists have hired mercenaries to assassinate me.” It would seem obvious that this organization is in direct hetero effects.
After this ‘enterprise’, fortunately failed, the jihadists intensified their relations with the US, France and Israel.
A year later, it organized a demonstration in Paris against the legitimate government of Tehran in June 26, 2010. While Obama distanced himself from these terrorists, the neocons continued to support them; the various French governments, even continued to host their sites. On that occasion “About 30,000 people from all over Europe, have heard the speeches of former Prime Minister of Spain, José Maria Aznar and former US ambassador to the UN, John Bolton, who have just founded with the Friends of Israel Initiative- asking the State Department not to consider the People’s Mujahedeen a terrorist organization, and the European Union to strengthen the unilateral sanctions against Iran ” 3. At that episode, certainly, the group represented the prelude to something more dangerous: the CIA was preparing to give the MEK qualified trainers as well as a wider network coverage intelligence. Said and done.
Journalist Seymour Hersh has reported the presence of jihadist training camps connected to MEK in Nevada. Hersh writes: “They got the standard training in commo, crypto [cryptography], small-unit tactics, and weaponry-that went on for six months [and] they were kept in little pods.” 4 The neocons have put the anti-government Iranian group in terms of hard hitting, and to provide even serious damage to the civilian Shiite population.
2012 was the year in which the Mujahedin ceased to be terrorists in Washington. On January 6, they organized a conference in Paris which was attended by members of the US elites including Tom Ridge, John Bolton, Howard Dean and French high profiles such as Philippe Douste-Blazy, Andre Vivien.
At this point a question is raised: Do the Mujahedin-e Khalq have relationships with Daesh and Al Qaeda?
Certainly the MEK has collaborated with the US in the destruction of Iraq Baathist, his former patron, and shares with the same anti-Shia hatred that Daesh does. The hypothesis of a collaboration between the two jihadi groups is certainly founded and it is very likely that the Mujahedin militants could be transformed to Daesh (or vice versa?).
Again, it is necessary to say that the evidences are not lacking: when Daesh began his bloody raids in Iraq, members of the MEK argued that any anti-terrorist measures would represent a violation of the Security Council of the United Nations.
While the men of Al Bagdadi were massacring Christian communities, Shia and Kurdish in Iraq and Syria, Saudi Arabia and Israel intensified their support for the MEK. The website of Iran’s Press TV quoted Iran-Interlink that “According to sources, who declined to be named, the MKO terrorists are undergoing training on how to conduct terrorist operations in Iran and Iraq and are receiving technical as well as information technology ( IT) training from Israeli agents “. 
And ‘he same as many members of the Iraqi Ba’th, after 2008, who have passed into the ranks of Daesh, it is very likely that the MEK / MKO has followed the same parable, in fact many weapons belonging to the anti-government Iranians were found in supplies of mercenaries of Al Bagdadi.
Yet, despite this, the leaders of the Mujahedin continue to give instructions in the EU institutions on democratic rights, especially civil and political.
How does the MKO make a living?
The MEK is an ‘organization of a dubious purpose with strong connections with the most militaristic right-wing American imperialist sectors. The Washington’s high- profiles enjoy the MEK’s donations whose men are allowed to move freely, organizing activities and events planned to delegitimize what they call “the anti-democratic governments in Iran”. The figures in these donations are large, the New York Times has a precious revelation: “Many of the American supporters, though not all, accepted fees of $ 15,000 to $ 30,000 to give speeches to the group, as well as travel expenses to attend MEK rallies in Paris. Edward G. Rendell, the former Democratic governor of Pennsylvania, said in March he that had been paid a total of $ 150,000 to $ 160,000 “. 
The strategy of the Mujahedin is to disguise themselves: they are sometimes as Marxist and Islamic organization managed to convince large sections of the left Eurocentric; sometimes they create artificial acronyms such as the Association of Democratic Women in Iran. The behavior of a representative, Davood Karim, who repeatedly took part in the campaigns of the Zionist right Islamophobic Roman, is somewhat ambiguous. 
In Italy, some acronyms related to the MEK have also seized attention of several verbal anthropologists
such as Tiziana Ciavardini – some visible also on her facebook page – that intentionally and clearly intimidate and slow down the cross-cultural and inter-religious dialogue that the Ciavardini herself has been pursuing so meritoriously, for years.
In conclusion, I think we can say that despite attempts to disguise themselves behind usual ideological and political cover, the real nature and purpose of this organization is the destabilization of the Islamic Republic of Iran. A goal which, as we know, the various US administrations pursued for decades now.
By Stefano Zecchinelli , Translated by Nejat Society
Failed assassination of Ahmadinejad
Al-Sarraj: America supports Mojahedin Khalq ( Rajavi cult, MKO, MEK) in Iraq as leverage in negotiations
Ashraf News, Baghdad, January 19 2015:… Sarraj told the reporter for Ashraf News, that “Washington also hopes that the MEK terrorist organization can be used as a bargaining chip in any future negotiations with Iran.” With respect to the MKO terrorist group’s demand last Wednesday that the United States re-arm them in Camp Liberty, Adnan al-Sarraj …
Translated by Iran Interlink
Al-Sarraj: America supports Mojahedin Khalq ( Rajavi cult, MKO, MEK) in Iraq as leverage in negotiations
A member of the State of Law coalition and Head of the Iraqi Centre for Media Development, Adnan al-Sarraj, said that the United States is still giving political, intelligence and financial support to the Mojahedin Khalq organization, and plays a role in coordinating them to carry out criminal acts against Iran.”
Sarraj told the reporter for Ashraf News, that “Washington also hopes that the MEK terrorist organization can be used as a bargaining chip in any future negotiations with Iran.”
With respect to the MKO terrorist group’s demand last Wednesday that the United States re-arm them in Camp Liberty, Adnan al-Sarraj said, “I do not find it surprising. This ridiculous request to get arms from the Americans is a tactic used by the US with the clear political agenda to add pressure in favour of America in the next upcoming negotiations, otherwise it is clear that in the current circumstances it is impossible for them to do this.”
Hoaxes, Hype, and Hysteria. The War Party never takes a holiday
Justin Raimondo, Anti War, September 10 2014: … That’s the same phrase used to describe yet another purloined laptop, this one supplied by the Mujahedin-e-Khalq, an Iranian terrorist group that, for years, has been feeding the War Party bogus “intelligence” about Tehran’s nonexistent nuclear weapons program. That tall tale was debunked in 2011 …
Hoaxes, Hype, and Hysteria
The War Party never takes a holiday
While Americans were barbecuing over the Labor Day weekend, the Usual Suspects were busy cooking up new wars, from Iraq to Ukraine. While this is nothing new – after all, evil never sleeps – one thing I did notice: the stunning lack of imagination on their part. It was, in effect, the equivalent of a bunch of summer reruns: tired formulaic retreads that weren’t all that convincing in the first place.
Take the latest war propaganda centered on the alleged “threat” to our precious bodily fluids supposedly posed by ISIS, the War Party’s latest bogeyman. As polls showed a stubborn reluctance on the part of the American people to re-invade Iraq, the neocons came up with a not-so-new one: they claim a laptop computer ostensibly captured from ISIS by the “good” jihadists – the so-called Free Syrian Army, which is armed and trained by the US – contains plans for constructing “weapons of mass destruction,” i.e. biological weapons. They’re even calling it the “laptop of death” – a phrase that ought to ring a bell for those who follow these sorts of things.
That’s the same phrase used to describe yet another purloined laptop, this one supplied by the Mujahedin-e-Khalq, an Iranian terrorist group that, for years, has been feeding the War Party bogus “intelligence” about Tehran’s nonexistent nuclear weapons program. That tall tale was debunked in 2011 – yet another case of MEK cobbling together old outdated data, adding a dash of forgery, and shaking well enough to fool the credulous.
You can’t teach an old dog new tricks, but what if the dog can pass off an old hoax as a new one? And that’s why I’m here: to remind you.
Speaking of America’s Good Jihadists, a.k.a. the Syrian Free Army, I was struck by this nugget from an account of the killing of Douglas McAuthur McCain, an American fighting for ISIS in Syria, in the New York Times:
“The rebels who killed him were fighting for the Free Syrian Army, a rival group backed by the United States, and they went on to behead six ISIS fighters – but not Mr. McCain – and then posted the photographs on Facebook.” Yes, these are the “moderate” Syrian rebels, backed by your tax dollars and the prestige of the United States government. Oh, but don’t worry, kids: they’re our barbarians – so beheading is okay, even praiseworthy, since they’re doing it on behalf of spreading “freedom” and “democracy.”
And speaking of hoaxes, here’s a biggie: they’re telling us that the long-awaited Russian invasion of eastern Ukraine has finally arrived! Yay! You can almost hear the sigh of relief all the way from Washington. The War Party’s journalistic camarilla – which has been telling us for the past six months or so that Putin’s move was “imminent” – yelped “we told you so!” in unison. Neocon hysteric Anne Applebaum screeched that this proved that we have to prepare for “total war” with nuclear-armed Russia – which, she claims, is planning to “use nuclear weapons to bomb Poland and the Baltic countries.”
There’s just one problem with this alleged “invasion” – there’s zero evidence for it. Normally when one country invades another, troops pour over the border, missiles strike their targets, and the invaders proclaim their victory. So where are the Russian tanks, the missiles raining down death, the tens of thousands of troops marching in to take possession of their newly-conquered territory?
They’re nowhere to be seen. The best NATO could come up with was a series of murky satellite photos showing a column of military vehicles going somewhere from some place else – and that’s it. Apparently the Ukrainian army is so under-equipped that the poor things don’t even have a single cell phone camera to take a quick shot of the invading hordes. (This just proves they need more American aid!) Washington avers that one thousand Russian troops are now in Ukraine – but why would Putin send in such a paltry “army” and risk defeat? Why not just send in the troops, as he did in Crimea, and be done with it?
Oh, but the new cold warriors have a ready answer for the absence of solid evidence: this, we’re told, is no regular old-fashioned conquest. In this case, it’s a “new” kind of invasion – a “stealth invasion.” Which just goes to show that words can be twisted to mean their exact opposite.
Yet this “stealth” angle elides an important element of any invasion plan: the political benefits to be had at home. These are, by the way, the only benefits to be had if Putin decided to annex ramshackle east Ukraine, with its profitless Soviet-era industries and desperately poor populace. So why isn’t he up there beating his chest and scoring points by telling the Russian people he’s the kind of strong leader who can stand up to the West?
The War Party has sunk to a new low: they’re stealing from Hollywood! If this isn’t outright plagiarism of the plot of “Wag the Dog,” then it’s damned close. If I were the producers of that movie, I’d sue – but that’s just me.
While our war propagandists lack originality, you have to give them credit for persistence: these guys never give up. When one lie is exposed, another quickly takes center stage – and if the War Party does this in the belief that the memory of the American people is lamentably short, then who can fault their logic?
That’s why Antiwar.com is a vitally important resource for those of us who want to put an end to our foreign policy of global intervention. Our online archives are a detailed record of the War Party’s now-debunked fabrications, a charge sheet stretching all the way back to the mid-1990s.
And our readers apparently realize the value of this resource – because, unlike the War Party’s bought-and-paid-for “journalists,” we depend on a growing base of grassroots supporters to keep this operation afloat and expanding.
Amid all the navel-gazing discussion by “mainstream” scribes about how to sustain a news operation in the face of a technology that has changed the face of journalism, Antiwar.com’s success in building a new model has gone largely unremarked. As mainline journalists bemoan the decline of their industry, Antiwar.com has pointed the way forward for new media by building a news organization that abandons the old subscriber-advertiser-dependent revenue stream and bases itself, instead, on reader donations.
Of course, bloggers have been doing this, with the by-now-traditional “tip jar,” for years, but I believe we were among the first to apply it to a broader-based news-and-opinion site – and make it work.
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Michael Rubin, Commentary, April 29 2014: … The Mujahedin al-Khalq may be a lot of things, but it is neither progressive nor is it non-violent. Progressive movements tend not to dictate to women who to marry and who to divorce. It has its roots in the same Islamist currents that Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini drank from, and only abandoned the Islamic Republic when its revolutionary …
Brett Wilkins, Digital Journal, February 06 2014: … Ros-Lehtinen has also publicly voiced her support for Mujahedeen e-Khalq (MEK), a then-State Department-designated foreign terrorist organization of Iranian dissidents who once assassinated numerous US officials and carries out attacks inside Iran with US and Israeli assistance. She also backs the brutal, conservative Honduran regime …
Philip Giraldi, Global Research, August 31 2014: … Supporters of MEK also ignore the fact that the group is run like a cult, routinely executes internal dissidents, and has virtually no political support within Iran. But such are the ways of the corrupt Washington punditocracy, lionizing an organization that it should be shunning. MEK’s political arm is located in Paris and …
Ariane Tabatabai, The National Interest, August 24 2014: …The voices supporting the MEK are ignoring the lessons of some of the most catastrophic U.S. foreign-policy mistakes in the past few decades, urging Washington to repeat history. Overhyping the threat of an adversary and blindly supporting groups opposing it led to the creation of Al Qaeda in Afghanistan …
Rianovosty, August 11 2014: … The US had Mujahadeen-e-Khalq and they were long on the US’s list of foreign terrorist organizations. They had even killed Americans in the past etc. So, they were on the list. But now, in the last couple of years we had many of our neocon politicians ask for that group to be taken off the list, so that they could then be operated and used to destabilize Iran …
Daniel Larison, Th American Conservative, August 10 2014: …It’s important to remember that the MEK and its umbrella group are not “the main Iranian opposition” or anything like it. For one thing, the real “main” Iranian opposition is still in Iran, and unlike the MEK it is not widely loathed by Iranians. Naturally, any exile group would like foreign governments to believe that …