PREZ WOOS 'TERROR' ALLY VS. IRAN

Source: http://www.nypost.com/news/worldnews/58236.htm

By NILES LATHEM


May 30, 2003 -- 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 Tehran.

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 Morocco.