-- WASHINGTON - The Bush administration is considering giving secret support
to a terrorist group as part of a massive new covert operation to
destabilize the ayatollahs ruling Iran, it was revealed yesterday.
Administration officials confirmed to The Post last night that a proposal to
get in bed with the Mujahedin e-Khalq, an anti-government group based in
Iraq and once supported by Saddam Hussein, is being pushed by Pentagon
hard-liners as part of a new get-tough policy to force a regime change in
Officials stressed President Bush has made no final decisions on either
trying to overthrow Iran's fanatic leaders or using the MEK.
The officials added that supporting the MEK is a controversial idea within
the administration because the group is on the State Department list of
terrorist organizations and there are other student and reformist groups in
Iran that could also receive support under any new covert action program.
The Bush administration's policymakers are calling for tough new action
against Tehran in the wake of intelligence that Iran is actively pursuing a
nuclear weapons program and is giving sanctuary to a handful of al Qaeda
leaders, including its military commander Saif al-Adel. These leaders are
suspected of orchestrating the recent terror attacks in Saudi Arabia and