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NIAC: Delisting MEK would be a disaster for U.S. national security and the Iranian pro-democracy movement

Press Release, National Iranian American Council (NIAC), August 26, 2011

Washington, DC - The Mujahadeen-e Khalq (MEK), a cult-like Iranian terrorist organization with a history of violence and no support among the Iranian people, has been paying U.S. politicians to help them get off the State Department's terrorist list. They are rallying in front of the State Department today to take the group of the terror list. Today, NIAC President Trita Parsi released the following statement in regards to the MEK campaign:

“If the MEK campaign is successful, it means that America’s national security is officially on sale to the highest bidder, and terror groups are free to set U.S. policies if the price is right.

Delisting the MEK has little to do with humanitarian concern or support for a democratic Iran, and everything to do with putting the military option at the center of our Iran policy. The group’s biggest supporters in Washington have suggested using the MEK in a ‘tit for tat’ campaign of attacks against Iran that could quickly escalate into war.

Despite the MEK’s claims, delisting the group would be disastrous for Iran's nonviolent democratic opposition-the Green Movement, which has warned that delisting the MEK would be a gift to hardliners in Tehran. The MEK is pressuring the U.S. to turn its back on the millions of Iranians who have embraced nonviolence in the struggle for democracy to instead support an undemocratic terrorist organization.

The MEK operates as a cult that abuses its own members, and delisting it would only worsen humanitarian concerns in Camp Ashraf by empowering the group’s leadership. MEK leaders have exploited the suffering of the people in Ashraf and obstructed serious humanitarian proposals in order to advance their agenda of gaining U.S. support.

If the MEK leadership truly cares about the people in Camp Ashraf, they would not threaten to order them to commit mass-suicide to U.S. diplomats if the MEK isn't delisted.

This group’s history of fraudulent claims casts serious doubt that we can simply take them at their word that they are no longer engaged in terrorism. They claim to have changed their ways, but the MEK refuses to acknowledge that their attacks that killed Iranian and American civilians are terrorism. This begs the question: how does the MEK expect us to believe it has changed its ways if the organization doesn’t even acknowledge it was a terrorist group in the first place?”


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  • MKO Supporters Rally To Call For U.S. Delisting - Several hundred supporters of the Iranian opposition Mujahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO, aka MEK and People's Mujahedin) gathered on August 26 in front of the State Department in Washington, D.C., to urge Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to remove the group from the United States' list of foreign terrorist organizations. -Golnaz Esfandiari, Hossein Aryan, RFE
  • Experts Warn Delisting Iranian Terror Group Would Carry Damaging Repercussions - An expert panel convened today (August 4) to discuss the potential repercussions of an pending decision by the State Department regarding the terrorist designation of the Iranian Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK) organization. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton is expected to issue her decision on the group's designation imminently.
  • Joint Expert Statement on Mujahedin-e Khalq - Thirty-seven Iran experts, human rights defenders, and members of Iran's pro-democracy movement published a letter, featured today in the Financial Times, stating that the Mujahedin is not Iran's main opposition, that it threatens the democracy and human rights movement in Iran, and it should not be supported by the U.S or removed from the list of Foreign Terrorist Organizations.
  • Mujahedin Supporters Envision "Tit for Tat" Campaign Against Iran - The Iran Policy Committee, an organization dedicated to gaining U.S. support for the Mujahedin-e Khalq, organized an event on Thursday with former U.S. officials calling for the MEK to be removed from the U.S. list of Foreign Terrorist Organizations. -NIAC
  • Delisting the MEK for Higher Aims - As the US Department of State is contemplating whether to remove the Iranian Islamic Mujahedin-e Khalq group (MEK) from its terrorist list, a debate is taking place among pundits with some arguing for the removal and some for the status quo. -Hooshang Amirahmadi
  • Iranian Activists Warn That MKO Delisting Would Send Negative Signal To Iranians - Iranians hardly ever agree on anything. But there's at least one thing on which most Iranians share a common view, and that is their dislike of the Iranian opposition Mujahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO). -Golnaz Esfandiari, RFE
  • Mujahedin Machine vs. The Iranian-American Community - In the past few weeks, the Mujahedin-e Khalq (MEK) has been launching relentless attacks against the National Iranian American Council (NIAC). The immediate reason is the Iranian-American campaign spearheaded by NIAC to keep the MEK on the U.S.'s terrorist list. -Trita Parsi, Huffington Post

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