Washington Post, criticizing the US government for its double standards toward terrorism, wrote: "For a group officially
Washington Post, criticizing the US government for its double standards toward terrorism, wrote: "For a group officially designated by both the Bush and Clinton administrations as a "foreign terrorist organization," the People's Mujaheddin of Iran has been remarkably active in the United States.
That other groups on the State Department's terrorism list have been relentlessly hunted down, their assets confiscated, their supporters thrown into jail and by contrast, the Iranian group has established a substantial political presence in Washington -- lobbying Congress, holding news conferences and raising funds to finance an armed uprising against Iran, shows contradiction.
Outraged by what they see as gaping inconsistencies in the government's anti-terrorism policies, State Department officials are pushing for the freezing of the group's financial assets and the closure of its Washington office. US officials do this by relying on Europe's tough move toward this group and the decision of Federal Appeals court to keep terrorist label on the group.
"The government is looking at the activities of this group in the U.S., and will be taking appropriate action," said Sean McCormack, a spokesman for the National Security Council.
He referred questions about the timing and nature of such actions to the Justice Department, which declined to comment."
Washington Post writes: "Mujaheddin has become a prime example of the politicization of the State Department's terrorism list, illustrating how political considerations can help determine whether an armed resistance group is labeled a foreign terrorist organization.
the Mujaheddin has become a prime example of the politicization of the State Department's terrorism list, illustrating how political considerations can help determine whether an armed resistance group is labeled a foreign terrorist organization.
Their status should be reexamined," said Raymond Tanter, "I have seen no evidence that justifies them being on the list, in the sense of the deliberate targeting of civilians for political gain."
Within the government, the fight to declare the People's Mujaheddin a terrorist organization has been led by the State Department's Near East bureau, which has also argued the case for dialogue with Tehran, and the counterterrorism bureau, which is responsible for drawing up the terrorism list.
Some Pentagon officials, by contrast, have argued that the group is engaged in legitimate armed resistance against a anti-American state.
Alireza Jafarzadeh, Washington spokesman for the Mujaheddin's political wing, the National Council of Resistance of Iran, said that the Mujaheddin had cooperated with U.S. forces in Iraq and supplied "valuable information" to Washington about Iranian nuclear programs.
The Mujaheddin have "virtually no support" inside Iran, according to Ervand Abrahamian, a history professor at Baruch College. He said that the ideology of the organization had reached a deadlock.
Iranian Interior Minister Abdolreza Rahmani Fazli called for tougher measures against the Mojahedin-e Khalq Organization (MKO, also known as the MEK, PMOI and NCRI) terrorist group by the European Union...