Iran: US human rights stance contrary to their support for Mojahedin Khalq (MKO, MEK, Rajavi cult) and terrorism
Iran: US human rights stance contrary to
their support for Mojahedin Khalq
(MKO, MEK, Rajavi cult) and terrorism
(Iran raps West on human rights misuse)
... Ayatollah Larijani noted that the US and its Western allies, in contradiction to their claims of human rights, support a number of regional regimes that have no regard for human rights and democracy in their countries. The Iranian Judiciary chief also criticized the West's support for certain terrorist groups such as Mujahedeen Khalq Organization (MKO) “that clearly violated human rights and killed many people.”The MKO is listed as a terrorist organization by much of the international community. The Iraq-based group is also known to have cooperated with executed Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein in suppressing 1991 uprisings ...
Iran's Judiciary chief has criticized Western countries for imposing their viewpoints of human rights on other states by using their “media domination.”
“There is a contradiction between the words and actions of Western countries on human rights and they impose their viewpoints of human rights on other states by media domination,” said Ayatollah Sadeq Amoli Larijani on Tuesday, Mehr news agency reported.
He added that the US and other Western nations “repeat their human rights allegations” against other countries in an attempt to destabilize them.
Ayatollah Larijani noted that the US and its Western allies, in contradiction to their claims of human rights, support a number of regional regimes that have no regard for human rights and democracy in their countries.
The Iranian Judiciary chief also criticized the West's support for certain terrorist groups such as Mujahedeen Khalq Organization (MKO) “that clearly violated human rights and killed many people.”
The MKO is listed as a terrorist organization by much of the international community and has carried out numerous acts of terror and violence against Iranian civilians and government officials.
The Iraq-based group is also known to have cooperated with executed Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein in suppressing 1991 uprisings in southern Iraq and the massacre of Iraqi Kurds.
The European Union removed the MKO from its list of terrorist organizations in 2009.
In 2010, the European Parliament also issued a declaration and urged the US to remove the MKO from Washington's list of Foreign Terrorist Organizations. The MKO, which has been on the US terror list since 1997, filed a petition against the blacklisting in 2008.
Mojahedin Khalq (MKO, MEK, Rajavi cult) contact arrested in Lebanon charged with spying for Israel
... has been detained in south Lebanon on suspicion of collaborating with Israel. The official said Tuesday that Mohammad Ali al-Husseini was detained Saturday. He says the cleric will be referred to military court if the charges are confirmed. He spoke on condition of anonymity in line with regulations. Lebanon and Israel technically remain at war, and more than 100 people have been arrested in Lebanon since 2009 on suspicion of spying. The detention marks a rare instance of a clergyman's suspected involvement in a spying case. Al-Husseini is ...
BEIRUT (AP) — A security official says a Shiite Muslim clergyman and scholar has been detained in south Lebanon on suspicion of collaborating with Israel.
The official said Tuesday that Mohammad Ali al-Husseini was detained Saturday. He says the cleric will be referred to military court if the charges are confirmed. He spoke on condition of anonymity in line with regulations.
Lebanon and Israel technically remain at war, and more than 100 people have been arrested in Lebanon since 2009 on suspicion of spying.
The detention marks a rare instance of a clergyman's suspected involvement in a spying case. Al-Husseini is known to be against Hezbollah, the Shiite militant group that fought a war with Israel in 2006.
The Mujahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO), a terrorist cult responsible for tens of thousands deaths in Iran and Iraq, is so isolated that is enjoying supports by an isolated Lebanese sheikh who calls himself an Allamah (a title given to a very knowledgeable Muslim scholar) and claims to win a high support throughout the Arab world. Habilian Association first reveals details of the personality and activities of Sayyid Muhammad Ali Husseini Lubnani, a young Lebanese "fake sheik" and a great supporter of the Saudi royal system.
(Leader of Washington backed Terrorist with Saddam Hussein)
Life and education
Sayyid Muhammad Ali Husseini Lubnani, from Al-Shumaysat, Lebanon, was ostracized by the family due to his unsuitable behaviour. He spent a few years in Qom, Iran to continue his Islamic studies before being expelled from Iran due to his deviations from true Islamic ideology. His education can be marked only by low ability of learning and his numerous plagiarized writings. He kept plagiarism until 2006 when his books on Islam included several parts of downloaded material!
He always complains about his stay in Iran and, as it is said by a Shia from Jabal Amil, Lebanon, this is due to his great wrath at his expulsion. Therefore, he tries to unite any anti-Iran groups, including Saad Hariri's Future Movement (Al-Mustaqbal). In his first meeting with Hariri, the Lebanese sheikh suggested him to establish a joint organization dedicated to counter what he called an "Iranian Shiism". Hariri accepted the suggestion and gave him a 35-thousand grant as a start.
Expelled by Hezbollah
Not familiar to many Lebanese people, Muhammad Ali also has a background of joining Hezbollah for a while, but he was expelled by Sayyid Hassan Nasrollah, the party's secretary general in person due to his same ideological deviations.
Though keeping countering Hezbollah, the 34-year-old man knows his "Arab-Islamic Council" a good alternative to the popular Hezbollah.
Through his frequent visits to European and Arab countries, Muhammad Ali tries to make himself popular as a supporter to the poor. He is accused of a big fraud by pretending he was gathering contributions to the poor while in his visits to the Persian Gulf Arab countries. He could manage to make such visits thanks to his frauds.
Supporting a terrorist cult
Lubnani claims he had survived an assassination attempt in Tyre Road, Lebanon in 2007, following which he issued a statement condemning Iran. He has issued several statements against Iran and supporting the MKO.
He refers to Maryam Rajavi, MKO leader's wife, as "the Iranian president". There is a link on his website covering Iran's post-election events and including all MKO's statements in this regard.
In a March 2006 interview with Al-Siyasah website, the Lebanese sheikh claimed he had a good relationship with Hezbollah. However he remained silent when asked how he could claim that while having good relations with the anti-Iran MKO.
The Lebanese so-called leader has condemned Iran and supported the MKO several times through interviews and official statements, though the cult is regarded as a terrorist organization by the US Department of State and many human rights organizations. Here is a brief report of his comments in a chronological order.
March 2008: Lubnani urged Iraqi president Jalal Talabani in a statement to apologize for what he had said on the MKO.
April 2008: In an interview with the Kuwaiti Al-Watan newspaper, he claimed Iran was cooperating with Hezbollah to launch a new war.
May 2008: In a letter to Mryam Rajavi, he appreciated her fighting against Iranian regime.
May 2008: Following the removal of MKO from UK's terror list, he sent a telegraph to Maryam Rajavi to congratulate her on behalf of the Lebanese nation.
July 10, 2008: "The presence of our brothers in Ashraf City (how he calls Camp Ashraf) is justified by moral, religious, ethnic, Arab, human and international criteria, since they are expelled from their country and are staying in Iraq inevitably", he said in an interview with the Iraqi Al-Sumeriyyah TV along with Muhammad al-Daini, former Iraqi Pro-Baath MP recently arrested in Malaysia on charge of terror efforts including bombing Iraqi parliament. "The Iraqi government has no evidences against these people", he added condemning Iraq for what he called their strict behaviour with regards to the MKO.
July 2008: "Iran doesn't fear the US missiles, but it fears the truth spread from Camp Ashraf by its knowledgeable residents. In fact, Ashraf is the true enemy to Iran's hypocrisy, since it represents the Iranian nation's true view points. We do believe that Uk's excluding MKO from its terror list is an interpretation of the Quranic ayah saying, 'the truth has come and the falsehood has vanished away'", he said on Camp Ashraf.
October 3, 2008: "Ashraf residents represent truth and the Iranian nation. They are Iran's children and are like the early Muslims who immigrated to Abyssinia (the then Ethiopia). Following a full research, we in the Arab-Islamic Council found out that it is our human, religious and legal duty to urge the world and the UN as well as high religious figures to stand by this oppressed group", he said in a statement.
It was on October 7, 2008 that he issued two statements in a day supporting MKO. The MKO notorious terrorists have frequently stated his comments on their websites.
Most recently, he showed his sympathy with the MKO by starting "The Arab-Islamic Committee in Defense of Ashraf". In a press conference on October 21, 2009, Lubnani insisted again on his support to Ashraf residents, urging Iraq to respect international, human, moral and religious criteria and stop what he called aggression against the refugees. He also urged the US, EU and UN to make any efforts to ensure Ashraf residents' health and security.
Assassination attempts fancy
The angry young man has made many efforts to provoke Arab leaders against Iran. He has always fancied he had been under assassination attempts by Iran. He said he had got flat tyres and barricades in his house car park to prove his assassination claims!
Love for Saudi regime
The Lebanese sheikh wrote a book on the Saudi Arabia showing his great love for the kingdom. In "The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and its Role in Lebanon", he admires the Saudi Wahhabis and their great role in what he calls establishing peace in Lebanon. He refers to the Saudi Arabia as "a kind father and brother" in the book.
Though calling himself "Mr Peace", he is so notorious for his lies that some Arab states decreased their support to him. He has turned to Qatar following the Saudi had government decided to decrease contributions to him.
He has cursed the Sunni caliphs in his books though he claims to be a full supporter of Shia-Sunni unity. This can be traced in "The Tears of the Righteous on the Grieves of the Father of the Noble", pages 11, 12, 43 and 44, though he amended these parts in later editions.
War games with a few people!
Lubnani claims to do several war games with his troops. Interestingly enough, the war games are held with only a few people. This can be traced in photos and videos available on his website. The troops are the same board members of his Council, where he is much interested in having women.
No interview with Habilian
Several efforts by Habilian Association (families of over 16000 terror victims) to interview the Lebanese sheikh failed due to his rejection to answer questions on his supporting the MKO.
... Established in February 2005, the Iran Policy Committee (IPC) is comprised of former officials from the White House, State Department, Pentagon, intelligence agencies, and experts from think-tanks and universities. Members of the IPC, a nonprofit and bipartisan organization based in Washington DC, include R. Bruce McColm; Lt. General Thomas McInerney USAF (ret.); Captain Charles T. "Chuck" Nash, USN (ret.); Lt. General Edward Rowny, USA (ret.); Professor Raymond Tanter; Major General Paul E. Vallely, USA (ret.). Many of the MKO members abandoned the terrorist organization while ...
Sources revealed that the terrorist Mojahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO) is using former US officials and retired Generals to advance its terrorist goals.
According to a report published by the website of the Habilian association - a human rights group formed of the family members and relatives of the Iranian victims of terrorism - the Washington-based 'Iran Policy Committee' is one of those agencies that serve the interests of the terrorist group.
Established in February 2005, the Iran Policy Committee (IPC) is comprised of former officials from the White House, State Department, Pentagon, intelligence agencies, and experts from think-tanks and universities.
Members of the IPC, a nonprofit and bipartisan organization based in Washington DC, include R. Bruce McColm; Lt. General Thomas McInerney USAF (ret.); Captain Charles T. "Chuck" Nash, USN (ret.); Lt. General Edward Rowny, USA (ret.); Professor Raymond Tanter; Major General Paul E. Vallely, USA (ret.).
The Habilian report said the IPC's overt and covert policies are highly influenced by the MKO.
The report stated that the IPC's stance on the MKO even runs counter to the declared policies of the White House, specially when the interests of the MKO are in danger.
The IPC members even embark on taking such stances which are completely in opposition to the policies that they adopted during the years of their service, the report noted.
The committee also is trying to portray the MKO as an alternative for the Islamic Republic and is trying to convince the US administration to take the MKO off its list of terrorist groups.
The MKO, whose main stronghold is in Iraq, is blacklisted by much of the international community, including the United States.
Before an overture by the EU, the MKO was on the European Union's list of terrorist organizations subject to an EU-wide assets freeze. Yet, the MKO puppet leader, Maryam Rajavi, who has residency in France, regularly visited Brussels and despite the ban enjoyed full freedom in Europe.
The MKO is behind a slew of assassinations and bombings inside Iran, a number of EU parliamentarians said in a recent letter in which they slammed a British court decision to remove the MKO from the British terror list. The EU officials also added that the group has no public support within Iran because of their role in helping Saddam Hussein in the Iraqi imposed war on Iran (1980-1988).
Many of the MKO members abandoned the terrorist organization while most of those still remaining in the camp are said to be willing to quit but are under pressure and torture not to do so.
A May 2005 Human Rights Watch report accused the MKO of running prison camps in Iraq and committing human rights violations.
According to the Human Rights Watch report, the outlawed group puts defectors under torture and jail terms.
The group, founded in the 1960s, blended elements of Islamism and Stalinism and participated in the overthrow of the US-backed Shah of Iran in 1979. Ahead of the revolution, the MKO conducted attacks and assassinations against both Iranian and Western targets.
The group started assassination of the citizens and officials after the revolution in a bid to take control of the newly established Islamic Republic. It killed several of Iran's new leaders in the early years after the revolution, including the then President, Mohammad Ali Rajayee, Prime Minister, Mohammad Javad Bahonar and the Judiciary Chief, Mohammad Hossein Beheshti who were killed in bomb attacks by MKO members in 1981.
The group fled to Iraq in 1986, where it was protected by Saddam Hussein and where it helped the Iraqi dictator suppress Shiite and Kurd uprisings in the country.
The terrorist group joined Saddam's army during the Iraqi imposed war on Iran (1980-1988) and helped Saddam and killed thousands of Iranian civilians and soldiers during the US-backed Iraqi imposed war on Iran.
Since the 2003 US invasion of Iraq, the group, which now adheres to a pro-free-market philosophy, has been strongly backed by neo-conservatives in the United States, who also argue for the MKO to be taken off the US terror list.
American Backers of Mojahedin Khalq (MKO, MEK, Rajavi cult) terror group : For as little as 25k we will take them off the list
Banned Terror Group Seeks U.S. Rebirth
... These officials, and others including former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and former heads of the military Joint Chiefs of Staff, have taken the podium to praise the group. The speakers wouldn't disclose their speaking fees, but many of them charge between $25,000 and $40,000 per appearance."We should take the MeK off the [terror] list and recognize them for what they are, which is the legitimate government of the Republic of Iran," former Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean said at a recent event in London. Mr. Dean said he has made both paid and unpaid speeches for MeK ...
WASHINGTON—An Iranian exile group once allied with Saddam Hussein has enlisted former top U.S. officials—including heads of the CIA, FBI, the Joint Chiefs of Staff and politicians from both parties—to try to get it removed from the State Department's terrorist list.
The Mujahedin e-Khalq, or People's Holy Warriors, has deployed the heavyweights on speaking tours in Washington and European capitals, hoping to convey the image of a popular, democratic alternative to Tehran's ruling clerics.
Obama administration and European officials, however, fear the campaign could undermine Washington's policy of reaching out to opposition forces in Iran. They say that's because the U.S. would appear to be aligned with a group that is widely unpopular due to its military alliance with Iraqi leader Saddam Hussein during the 1980s and '90s and a string of terrorist attacks the U.S. says it launched inside Iran.
Among the group's newfound cheerleaders are recently departed members of President Barack Obama's national security team, including Jim Jones, the former national-security advisor, Dennis Blair, the former director of national intelligence and James Woolsey, who headed the Central Intelligence Agency.
These officials, and others including former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani and former heads of the military Joint Chiefs of Staff, have taken the podium to praise the group. The speakers wouldn't disclose their speaking fees, but many of them charge between $25,000 and $40,000 per appearance.
"We should take the MeK off the [terror] list and recognize them for what they are, which is the legitimate government of the Republic of Iran," former Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean said at a recent event in London. Mr. Dean said he has made both paid and unpaid speeches for MeK.
MeK's backers cite intelligence it has provided the West on Iran's nuclear program and aid to U.S. troops in Iraq as reasons to remove the listing. They also cite MeK's democratic platform.
Mohammed Mohaddessin, a senior member of MeK's political arm in Paris, said Iranian communities in the U.S. and Europe organized and funded the lobbying effort. He said that in 2001, "the MeK rejected all kinds of violence, so there is no excuse for keeping them on the list."
The MeK, led by Maryam Rajavi, was founded in 1965 to fight the Shah of Iran, and the U.S. says it killed several Americans in Tehran in the 1970s. The group briefly allied with, then turned violently against, the clerical regime that came to power in 1979. In the early 1980s, the MeK retreated to Paris. By 1986, it relocated to Iraq and fought alongside Saddam's forces in the eight-year war against Iran.
The State Department first listed MeK as a terrorist group in 1997. In its latest terror report, in 2009, it blames MeK for many attacks on Iranian embassies, military officers and politicians, though not since 2001 until 2001, when it was based in Iraq. The report says the MeK took part in the deadly suppression of Kurdish and Shiite revolts inside Iraq. Mr. Mohaddessin denies allegations that MeK was involved in internal Iraqi security operations. "Those are rumors spread by the Iranian regime,' Mr. Mohadessin said, pointing to frequent Iranian state media attacks against it.
The group says its main motivation for the campaign is to help protect its ranks in Camp Ashraf, north of Bagdad, whose residents suffered a deadly Iraqi army crackdown last month. About 3,400 MeK members have lived there since allied forces disarmed them after invading Iraq in 2003. MeK officials say its designation lets Iraq treat it as terrorists.
Two senior State Department officials dismissed that argument, saying a delisting wouldn't help Ashraf's residents and that the U.S. hoped to move them to another Iraqi location as a prelude to relocating them to third countries.
Getting off the list, which can keep members from entering the U.S., would also allow MeK to raise funds from unaffiliated Iranian-Americans and better organize towards its goal of overthrowing Iran's theocracy.
Prominent members of the Green Movement, Iran's broad opposition movement, have spoken out against delisting the MeK. They argue such a move would taint its movement by association and embolden Iran's hardliners to step up repression.
"The MeK is widely hated inside Iran because they are seen as collaborators with Iraq," said Tufts University Prof. Vali Nasr, an Iranian-American who recently left the State Department. "Delisting the group under the pretext of supporting the opposition will be used by the regime to taint the entire Green Movement."
Mr. Mohadessin blames MeK's unpopularity on misinformation spread by the government.
The last time the State Department had to consider MeK's status was during the waning days of the George W. Bush administration. In upholding the terrorist designation, then-Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice wrote in a 2009 internal cable released by anti-secrecy group Wikileaks: "The most powerful myth the MeK has been able to lodge in the minds of most supporters is that they are the democratic alternative to the current regime in Tehran." She also referred to the MeK's "terrorism and cult-like repression of its members."
In response to an MeK lawsuit, a federal court ordered the State Department last year to review the listing again. U.S. officials say that should be done by mid-summer. A State Department spokeswoman said the federal-court ruling acknowledged that classified information provided "substantial support" for keeping the MeK on the terror list. Both the U.K. and the European Union have taken the MeK off their terror lists in recent years under court orders after legal action by the group.
The U.K. court found that since 2001 it was no longer "concerned in terrorism" and thus must be de-listed. The EU court ruled that the European Commission's 2008 decision to keep the terror listing violated the MeK's due process rights and failed to demonstrate why they should stay on the list.On Thursday, French investigators dropped an eight-year terrorism probe of 24 MeK members, including Mrs. Rajavi.
Since December, the MeK has hosted about a dozen events in Washington, London, Paris, Berlin and Brussels.
"We shouldn't just de-list the MeK; we should applaud them," Mr. Giuliani, the ex-mayor, said at a Washington event last month. "We should join with them, we're on the same side," he said to rousing applause from a few hundred MeK supporters from across the U.S. He declined to comment.
Other speakers at recent events include Hugh Shelton, Richard Myers, and Peter Pace, all former chairmen of the Joint Chiefs; Tom Ridge, the first head of Homeland Security; and Louis Freeh, former director of the Federal Bureau of Investigation.
In an interview, Mr. Woolsey, who said he waived his usual speaker's fee at a recent MeK event, said Tehran's condemnation of MeK was "like a backwards weathervane—wherever they're pointing, we should do the opposite"
Ex-CIA chief Mr. Jones, who said he received his standard speaking fee, said, "I'm not saying I'm convinced this is the future government of Iran, because that's for the people to decide, but our policy is at odds with reality."
Mojahedin Khalq spokesman threatens more violence if MEK demands not met
Ali Safavi reveals MKO keeping bodies as a bargaining tool
... The group was given sanctuary by the Saddam Hussein, then protected by the American forces after the regime fell, and now falls under the jurisdiction of the Iraqi government... The residents who were killed on April 8 have not yet been buried, according to Ali Safavi, a member ... "Iraqi forces need to leave Camp Ashraf so that those who were killed can be buried," Safavi said. "In addition, wounded residents must get treatment; families and international delegations must be allowed to visit the camp, and all sides have to resolve the issue peacefully. Unless those conditions are met, the threat of another attack is very real." ...
(CBS/AP) A month after more than 30 Iranian dissidents were killed and several hundred wounded when Iraqi army forces entered Camp Ashraf, the fate of the 3,400 camp residents is still uncertain.
Camp Ashraf, located in Iraq's northeast Diyala province, is the home of the People's Mujahedeen Organization of Iran (PMOI), which seeks the overthrow of Iran's leaders and is considered a terrorist group by Iran, as well as the U.S. The group was given sanctuary by the Saddam Hussein, then protected by the American forces after the regime fell, and now falls under the jurisdiction of the Iraqi government.
The PMOI maintains that 35 people were killed and 345 wounded during fighting with Iraqi Army forces, and that 42 of the seriously injured still have not received adequate treatment.
The residents who were killed on April 8 have not yet been buried, according to Ali Safavi, a member of Iran's Parliament in Exile, National Council of Resistance of Iran, and president of the Near East Policy Research. He said that Iraqi forces have occupied the area of the camp where the cemetery is located, and have constructed a four-mile long embankment that divides the camp.
"Iraqi forces need to leave Camp Ashraf so that those who were killed can be buried," Safavi said. "In addition, wounded residents must get treatment; families and international delegations must be allowed to visit the camp, and all sides have to resolve the issue peacefully. Unless those conditions are met, the threat of another attack is very real."
The U.S. and the United Nations have condemned the April 8, 2011 attack on Camp Ashraf.
U.S. Senate Foreign Relations Chairman John Kerry called the raid a "massacre," saying the Iraqi government should "hold accountable the responsible parties and ensure that there will be no sequel to these horrific events."
"It now seems certain that at least 34 people were killed in Camp Ashraf, including seven or more women," U.N. High Commissioner for Human Rights Navi Pillay said. "Most were shot, and some appear to have been crushed to death, presumably by vehicles."
"There is no possible excuse for this number of casualties," said Pillay. "There must be a full, independent and transparent inquiry, and any person found responsible for use of excessive force should be prosecuted."
The European Parliament met with Iraqi leaders at the end of April, and called for an independent inquiry, and call for the perpetrators being brought to international justice.
The main obstacle to resolving the situation is the terrorist designation accorded the PMOI by U.S., according to Safavi. "The onus is on the U.S. to protect these people," he said.
Retired Gen. James Jones, a former national security advisor to President Obama and Supreme Allied Commander Europe, and retired Gen. Peter Pace, former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, both advocate delisting PMOI as a terrorist organization.
"Some folks said to me this week if the United States government took the MEK [Mojahedin-e-Khalq Organization, another designation forPMOI] off the terrorist list it would be a signal to the Iranian regime that we had changed from a desire to see changes in regime behavior to a desire to see changes in regime. My response to that is: sounds good to me," Pace said in February 2011.
Reuters has reported that the U.S. is drafting a plan to move camp residents to a new location in Iraq, and then resettle them in other countries.
"We recognize that this is a humanitarian tragedy that is occurring and has great potential to be a humanitarian issue into the future," an official said on condition of anonymity.
Struan Stevenson, president of the European Parliament's Delegation for Relations with Iraq, believes that residents should not be moved from the camp they have inhabited for 20 years. "Forcible transfer of these 3400 unarmed refugees would be illegal and in violation of international standards and provisions of International Humanitarian Law," he said in a May 6 statement.
(Mojahedin Khalq) refuses to let families bury the dead
... Mojahedin-e Khalq loyalists are also refusing to bury the dead unless the land where their cemetery is located is given back and that the Iraqis leave this land without conducting any further investigations. The Iraqis are apparently already investigating some unmarked graves and have discovered some hidden caches of arms and ammunitions in that part of the camp which they reclaimed from the group. Iraqi officials responding to appeals by the families of the dead for humanitarian consideration have accepted that the bodies can be buried in the original MEK cemetery, but have again said that the land will not be given back as ...
One month after the coordinated attack by Mojahedin-e Khalq loyalists on the Iraqi security forces in charge of the security of Camp New Iraq (formerly Ashraf), the bodies of the individuals who were killed (some, according to Iraqi officials, while trying to run away from the garrison and some forced to rush towards the Iraqi posts throwing petrol bombs and pre-fabricated missiles) are still lying inside the notorious camp and the leaders of the terrorist cult with the direct support of American agencies in Iraq refuse to give officials access to them. Mojahedin-e Khalq leaders also refuse to bury the dead inside the camp and insist in keeping the bodies without their families or any other agency having any access to the bodies.
The Iraqi government acted in April to enforce a ruling by the court of Baghdad such that land unlawfully confiscated by Saddam Hussein’s regime and given to Massoud Rajavi for his military headquarters, must be returned to the original landowners who live in the village next to the camp.
The Mojahedin-e Khalq’s pre-meditated attack on the Iraqi forces was a show of power and was intended to demonstrate the ability of the leader of this Washington backed group to instigate mass murder and massacre of the captive hostages inside the camp. The notorious cult has repeatedly used this tactic in the past; the latest example took place in several European capitals in 2003 when MEK loyalists (some drugged) indulged in self-immolations in which two died and others were left with permanent disabilities and disfigurement.
The Mojahedin-e Khalq leader recently pronounced through his interlocutors that the MEK will only bury the dead if the Iraqi government abandons its investigation and if they give the land recently reclaimed back to the Washington backed terror group; a demand the Iraqi government finds impossible to consider as it is against the law of the land.
Mojahedin-e Khalq loyalists are also refusing to bury the dead unless the land where their cemetery is located is given back and that the Iraqis leave this land without conducting any further investigations. The Iraqis are apparently already investigating some unmarked graves and have discovered some hidden caches of arms and ammunitions in that part of the camp which they reclaimed from the group.
Iraqi officials responding to appeals by the families of the dead for humanitarian consideration have accepted that the bodies can be buried in the original MEK cemetery, but have again said that the land will not be given back as it is subject to a court ruling which the government cannot reverse.
In turn the MEK did not accept this concession because the Iraqi government had stipulated that fewer than 200 MEK members attend the burials. This is because both the government and the MEK and the American backers of terrorism in Iraq (and others) know that the MEK is only using this (having large numbers attend the funerals) as an excuse to occupy the land and then refuse to leave. Thus, creating yet another situation whereby they can shed more blood and divert attention from the real problem which is that they have been holding thousands of people hostage and do not let them have any contact with the outside world.
At the same time, the Americans claim they buried the body of Bin Laden at sea (with some so-called Islamic ceremonies) because “Islam dictated that the dead should be buried ASAP”! It is ironic that their beloved terrorist cult in Iraq is encouraged to keep the bodies of the victims and not allow their families to bury them.
Many families of the victims have already complained officially to the Iraqi Judiciary demanding the bodies of their loved ones be returned to them. Many more are now getting together to insist on a full investigation into the Mojahedin-e Khalq’s plots and the deaths of their loved ones. They want to see that the bodies are forcefully taken out of the hands of the American backed terrorists and ensure that they are buried after post mortem examinations establish the cause of their deaths.
... Fourth Geneva Convention Protected Persons’ status was wrongfully applied in 2004 by Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld. He gave ‘Pentagon protection’ to his terrorists in Iraq while the UN and ICRC expressed their concern over the issue and argued (fruitlessly) that the MEK is a paramilitary group, not a civilian population and this designation had no legal basis. But in any case the status would not apply after 2006, a year after the first elections in Iraq – a fact repeatedly corroborated by British, European and American officials. A document produced by the Library of the UK’s House ...
There are a number of basic facts which even the sophisticated and well-financed MEK propaganda machine cannot make untrue. It is worth repeating them.
The number of MEK members has never risen beyond 6,000 to 7,000. Even in 1988 at the height of their powers the group could only muster 5500 to launch its abortive operation to topple the regime, the infamous Eternal Light operation. American soldiers corralled 3800 members inside Camp Ashraf in 2003. In the rest of the world figures probably do not exceed an additional one to two thousand including the MEK’s non Iranian supporters and backers.
Fourth Geneva Convention Protected Persons’ status was wrongfully applied in 2004 by Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld. He gave ‘Pentagon protection’ to his terrorists in Iraq while the UN and ICRC expressed their concern over the issue and argued (fruitlessly) that the MEK is a paramilitary group, not a civilian population and this designation had no legal basis. But in any case the status would not apply after 2006, a year after the first elections in Iraq – a fact repeatedly corroborated by British, European and American officials. A document produced by the Library of the UK’s House of Commons states: “In the case of occupied territory, the Convention continues to apply for a year after the general close of military operations, and partially thereafter if the occupying power continues to exercise the functions of government. The occupation of Iraq formally ended on 30 June 2004.”
The MEK members in Camp Ashraf do not have any legal right to be in Iraq. No MEK member has refugee status in Iraq. Leader Massoud Rajavi ensured they all entered the country illegally in order to be able to use this against them if they defected (he sent scores to Abu Ghraib in this way). After 2003, the UNHCR in Iraq would not grant refugee status to MEK members because it is a paramilitary group and the GOI has refused to grant refugee status to members of what is known throughout Iraq as a terrorist organisation which has killed some 25,000 Iraqi civilians. In Written Answers in the House of Lords on 20 April 2009, Lord Malloch-Brown (then Minister of State, Foreign & Commonwealth Office) told parliament, “The UN High Commission for Refugees has previously determined that Camp Ashraf residents do not qualify as refugees.”
The Government of Iraq has every reason, regardless of Iranian or American influence either way, to wish to expel the MEK from the country. The MEK was responsible for killing 25,000 Iraqi civilians. It is currently the only part of Saddam Hussein’s repressive apparatus which remains intact and active. This is due to the failure of the American military to dismantle the camp and remove the inhabitants. (RAND Report, August 2009) Iraq’s Foreign Minister Zebari a few weeks ago again accused the MEK of trying to maintain a state within a state and said that "the Mojahedin-e Khalq terrorist organization is like many other armed terrorist organizations," adding that "the government is determined to impose its sovereignty and not allow any party to impose its policy orientations."
The Iraqi Judiciary would like to prosecute leading members of the MEK for war crimes and crimes against humanity committed against Iraqis in Iraq. They have been frustrated by the interference of the MEK’s backers in Washington, London and Brussels.
Iraqi soldiers are stationed at Camp Ashraf to provide protection, a role imposed on them by the Americans who failed to deal with the MEK for six years. In the six years that American soldiers protected the terrorist group and its base, fourteen American soldiers were killed during escort missions for MEK shopping in Baghdad. (RAND Report August 2009.)
There is plenty of evidence that the MEK commit serious human rights abuses against their own members inside Camp Ashraf, but to date no independent investigation has taken place into these allegations.
The Iranians outside Camp Ashraf are the families of members trapped inside. The MEK do not allow the members to have contact with them. The families have been recently attacked by MEK special forces from inside the camp which resulted in the hospitalisation of a couple of old people. The American soldiers have repeatedly come to support the MEK in the harassment of the families who have now entered their 13th month of their picket, demanding a simple visit to make sure their loved ones are there of their own free will. So far, no one has established that the people inside Camp Ashraf are there of their own free will.
Ex-Officials Say They Were Paid To Attend Pro- Mojahedin Khalq (MEK, MKO, NCRI, Rajavi cult) Events
... Hamilton, who once chaired the House Foreign Affairs Committee and was a co-chair of the 9/11 Commission, told reporter Barbara Slavin he was paid "a substantial amount" to appear at a panel in Washington D.C. in February. Zinni, who spoke at a similar event in January, said he had been paid his "standard fee," without detailing what that is. According to Slavin, both men said they were unaware of the cultish elements attributed to the MEK. The State Department's 2008 Country Reports on Terrorism, for example, reported the following:In addition to its terrorist credentials, the MEK has also displayed cult-like characteristics. Upon entry into the group, new members are indoctrinated in MEK ideology and ...
Former Rep. Lee Hamilton (D-IN) and retired Gen. Anthony Zinni
Former Indiana Congressman Lee Hamilton (D) and former CENTCOM Commander Anthony Zinni told the Inter Press Service that they were paid to appear at recent events supporting the MEK, an Iranian opposition group currently considered a terrorist organization by the State Department.
Hamilton and Zinni are among the many big time former government officials and military leaders who have appeared at recent pro-MEK events sponsored by a group called Executive Action, LLC. (The events true organizers remain unclear, Executive Action's CEO Neil Livingstone would only tell TPM they included Iranian American groups.) Speakers at the events have portrayed the MEK as critical to any chance of regime change in Iran.
Hamilton, who once chaired the House Foreign Affairs Committee and was a co-chair of the 9/11 Commission, told reporter Barbara Slavin he was paid "a substantial amount" to appear at a panel in Washington D.C. in February. Zinni, who spoke at a similar event in January, said he had been paid his "standard fee," without detailing what that is.
According to Slavin, both men said they were unaware of the cultish elements attributed to the MEK. The State Department's 2008 Country Reports on Terrorism, for example, reported the following:
In addition to its terrorist credentials, the MEK has also displayed cult-like characteristics.
Upon entry into the group, new members are indoctrinated in MEK ideology and revisionist Iranian history. Members are also required to undertake a vow of "eternal divorce" and participate in weekly "ideological cleansings." Additionally, children are reportedly separated from parents at a young age. MEK leader Maryam Rajavi has established a "cult of personality." She claims to emulate the Prophet Muhammad and is viewed by members as the "Iranian President in exile."
"They presented me with a platform that was thoroughly democratic," Hamilton told Slavin. "Were they misleading me? You always can be misled."
Zinni was firmer:
"De-listing ought to be done much the way we handled the PLO and the IRA," Zinni said in an interview.
Zinni, who famously inveighed against the U.S. invasion of Iraq and was a fierce opponent of Iraqi exile Ahmad Chalabi, seemed to have no similar compunctions about Iranian exiles.
"The Iranian community outside Iran has much more influence inside than the Chalabis of the world that we ended up supporting in Iraq," he said.
Over the years, the Iranian government has arrested and executed thousands of MEK members. Still, experts say that the group actually has very little support in Iran, where people remember how it fought for Saddam Hussein during the Iran-Iraq war. Iranian studies scholar Ahmad Sadri told TPM in February that U.S. support for the MEK would anger ordinary Iranians.
Although it was put on the U.S. terror list in 1997, the MEK has a history of support in Congress. While it originally blended elements of Islam and Marxism, the group and its supporters say it has renounced violence and now advocates for a secular and democratic Iran. After the fall of Hussein, who armed and funded the group for many years, about 3,400 MEK members were consolidated at Camp Ashraf, north of Baghdad. MEK backers also insist that U.S. forces should be permanently stationed at Ashraf, for protection. (Camp residents have been subject to attacks they blame on the Iraqi and Iranian governments.)
On Tuesday, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton appeared before the House Foreign Affairs Committee, where several lawmakers urged her to delist the MEK. Clinton said that the State Department is reviewing the MEK's designation in accordance with a Washington D.C. District Court of Appeal's recent ruling, after a suit brought by the MEK.
"You know it's proceeding," Clinton said. "These are very important considerations and reviews and you know as soon as we can we will make such a decision."
TPM reached out to both Zinni and Hamilton for comment.
Wondering at those Americans who stand under the flag of Mojahedin Khalq (MKO, MEK, NCRI, Rajavi cult) only to LOBBY for the murderers of their servicemen
... Massoud Rajavi was on the stage and while he had his hands on his waist he began a war cry against the USA, and in his admiration for Osama Ben Laden and his organization, Al Qaeda, he said, ”This was fanatical Islam which trembled and shacked the basis of US Imperialism and they destroyed the twin towers which were the symbol of their power, and successfully reduced it to rubble through their successful mission”. Then he (Massoud Rajavi) with a smile on his face continued his war cry and said, ”What will happen to the USA if revolutionary Islam with our Ideology and Maryam’s leadership comes to power, then this paper tiger (the USA) will be destroyed as a whole.” ...
This documentary takes us beneath the surface of acts of terror against Iran and shows how Iranians have been targeted by various terrorist groups, some of which enjoying the support of human right organizations.